Your List of Must-Try Beers

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  1. zid

    zid Grand Pooh-Bah (3,036) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Here's my list for the above. Perhaps I'd change it tomorrow though. I've limited myself to one beer per brewery, one beer per style, and what's currently available in the US.

    Schneider Weisse Original
    Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel
    Schlenkerla Urbock
    Pilsner Urquell
    Rodenbach Grand Cru
    Saison Dupont
    Westmalle Dubbel
    Cantillon Gueuze
    Guinness Extra Stout
    Thomas Hardy’s Ale (various brewers)
    Anheuser-Busch Budweiser
    Miller Lite
    Anchor Steam
    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    The Alchemist Heady Topper
    Tree House Julius
    Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout
  2. zid

    zid Grand Pooh-Bah (3,036) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    That one is my favorite Hefeweizen, but I went with Schneider for my list for being a far more important beer in terms of it's history and influence.
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  3. taxandbeerguy

    taxandbeerguy Pooh-Bah (2,423) Jul 12, 2013 Canada (ON)

    There's lots of them but I think the following would have to make the list:

    Pilsner Urquell (Hofbrau and Spaten are different but also really show what you can do with fizzy yellow beer)
    Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier (substitute Scheneider Weisse or Ayinger Hefeweizen if you must)
    Duvel (La Chouffe is only comparable)
    Orval (no comparison)
    Chimay Red (premiere) (Westmalle Dubbel is excellent)
    Rochefort 10 (Westy 12 or St. Bernardus Abt 12 are viable)
    Rodenbach Grand Cru (i'm sure other options exits, but I just haven't tried them)
    Schlenkerla Urbock (Schlenkerla Marzen would work too)
    Unibroue La Fin Du Monde (substitute Westmalle Tripel)
    Saison Dupont (Ommegang Hennepin)
    Oskar Blues Ten FIDY (Old Rasputin?)
    Schneider Weisse Aventinus (Weihenstephaner Vitus)
    Heady Topper (Pliny the Elder)
    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    Du De Ciel! Peche Mortel (Founders Breakfast Stout)
    Fuller's London Porter
    Anchor Steam
    Allagash White (Hoegaarden may substitute)
    Tree House Julius (Potentially many substitutes)
    Bell's Two Hearted or Sculpin
    Sam Adams Utopias

    A ton of other beers should be on this list though too.
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  4. rozzom

    rozzom Pooh-Bah (2,534) Jan 22, 2011 New York
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    A few days ago, a friend of mine and I had a discussion about him wanting to try new beers in order to really better understand beer nerds. He wanted to know which beers are the most important for him to drink, in order for him blow through all of his savings, spend the majority of his time over the next month acquiring them, and ideally giving him at least a moderate case of alcohol poisoning. Style diversity was a big no no.

    Great list thank you :stuck_out_tongue:
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  5. zid

    zid Grand Pooh-Bah (3,036) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    I was thinking of including another type of beer on this list, but not a specific brand so I decided against it. That was a mistake, so I'm adding it now.

    - cask ale

    Unfortunately, there isn't a good answer for this that's a brand that's regularly available here in the States (that I know of). Regardless, the list needs to include this. Some general advice about it: The best US option will possibly be a brewery or brewpub that specializes in English ales... and stick with something simple. If the OP's friend is in DC, then go to Churchkey.

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  6. A_Rad

    A_Rad Initiate (0) May 8, 2015 Wisconsin

    Sticking to the US:

    Victory Prima Pils
    Allagash White
    Heady Topper
    Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
    Founders Porter
    Lagunitas IPA
    Pliny the Elder
    Westbrook Gose
    Fat Tire
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  7. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,069) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

  8. bbtkd

    bbtkd Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,104) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    You forgot to mention all the calories.
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  9. abovethearch

    abovethearch Initiate (0) Sep 26, 2016 Ohio

    what’s the closest production wit to pierre celis’ intentions?

    st bernardus wit?

    his namesakes’s beer is in production limbo at the moment, and i recall reading how he walked away from hoegaarden with the recipe once they sold.

    i’m gleaning this info from michael jackson’s books. i’ve been beering since 2008, so i never got to try pre-sale hoegaarden, nor celis white. the st bernardus wit, however, is a staple for me. excellent beer!
  10. TheEpeeist

    TheEpeeist Maven (1,348) Nov 5, 2008 Maryland

    Bourbon County
    Westvleteren 12
    Heady Topper
    Pliny the Younger
    Rodenbach Alexander
    J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
    Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel
    Ayinger Brauweisse
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  11. Beer-Panda

    Beer-Panda Pooh-Bah (2,337) Mar 27, 2016 Netherlands

    Interesting and very inspiring thread!

    Here's my quick list based on the beers that I had myself :

    • Orval (first one that comes to mind)
    • St Bernardus Abt 12 & Rochefort #10 (to compare these two)
    • Schneider Weisse (they only produce very good beer)
    • Voodoo Ranger
    • Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon (any edition)
    • Duvel Triple Hop (any edition)
    • Chimay (Blue)
    • Rothaus pilsener (Weisse is also good)
    • Saison Dupont
    • Guinness (from tap in a bar in Ireland / or the UK)
    • Westmalle Triple as an addition :slight_smile:
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  12. rotsaruch

    rotsaruch Pundit (850) Jun 18, 2002 Pennsylvania

    How far this beer (Storm King, and unfortunately along with other popular Victory beers) has come and gone! If I remember right, Stormy ruled as the No. Uno BA brew in 2002 & 2003! The brew has gone back and forth as only a seasonal to a year round favorite and available also on cask as well as Nitro. Now, the ABV management guys that are ruling the roost have decided to label it as a "throwback beer) not to be confused with a seasonal lager, known as Throwback Lager)." This designation is for one of many beers that will be rotated around on a quasi yearly or seasonal basis, only on draft. It's my understanding that any of the portfolio of Victory beers that have been trade marked have to make an appearance every 5 years or the brew can lose its trade mark status. I wouldn't hold your breath on when the next time you might see it again (likely less than 5 years from now). Sad outcome to a once very popular beer.
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  13. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,069) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Maybe Hoegaarden?

    I purchased a 6-pack of Celis White last fall when visiting family in Texas and I discussed this beer in a New Beer Sunday thread:

    I sure hope that Celis Brewing Co. comes out of Chapter 11 proceedings in OK shape. I would hate for this beer to ‘die’ again.


  14. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    DFH 60
    DFH 90
    Woot Stout
    Heady Topper
    Focal Banger
    TH Green
    Guinness Draught
    Jai Alai
    Yards Brawler
    Big Bad Baptist
    Two Hearted
    Abt 12
    Golden Monkey
  15. SixpointMikey

    SixpointMikey Initiate (0) Jul 8, 2014 New York

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  16. Quilentro

    Quilentro Maven (1,340) May 12, 2017 Illinois

    Non-answer: local’s favorite.

    Beer remains one of the few hyperlocal crafts (see: draconian distribution laws). I absolutely love going into a new market, finding a random brewery in an industrial park, and saying “give me your favorite.” I’ve been to plenty of shares where an unknown beer steals the show.

    Forget your prejudices and forget the hype, love the beer, the community, and the adventure - taste the terroir!
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  17. flaskman

    flaskman Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2015 New York

    I am still hoping for a fresh Pliny the Elder some day. I am also looking forward to Double and Triple Sunshine.
  18. Tdizzle

    Tdizzle Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2006 California

    - Coors Banquet
    - New Castle
    - Guinness

    - Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    - Old Rasputin
    - Anchor Steam
    - Fat Tire
    - Stone IPA
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  19. JSullivan

    JSullivan Zealot (679) Aug 18, 2010 Massachusetts

    Trying to limit to 10 is tough. I'm close enough...
    • Guinness Extra Stout
    • Timothy Taylor Landlord
    • Pilsner Urquell
    • St Bernardus Abt 12
    • Weihenstephaner Hefe
    • SNPA
    • Old Rasputin
    • Rodenbach Grand Cru
    • Heady Topper or Pliny The Elder
    • Duvel
    • Arrogant Bastard or SN Bigfoot
    • Saison Dupont
    • Ayinger Celebrator
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  20. M_chav

    M_chav Maven (1,396) Apr 15, 2014 New Mexico

    the Top 250......that is all of a sudden gone...
  21. rozzom

    rozzom Pooh-Bah (2,534) Jan 22, 2011 New York
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    I'm too lazy to do a list but mine would be pretty close to this. Def a good shout with Tim Taylor
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