over the weekend:

New Belgium - "Bierre de Mars" -- good, a bit on the sweet side for me
New Belgium - "Le Fleur, Misseur" -- omfg!! I love this beer!!! Reminded me a lot of Duvel Green

Bear Republic - Racer 5 IPA -- still one of my favorite IPA's
Firestone - Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada - Pale Ale
Lagunitas - Maximus IPA

Cantillon - 2006 "Lou Pepe" Gueuze ... extremely rare bottling from this heralded producer. Compared to other high-quality gueuzes, this wasn't worth the $30 tariff ... that said, it is inherently worth the $30, imo.
Eel River - Climax Noel Imperial Red Ale
Anchor - Our Special Ale 2009
Brouwerij - Corsendonk Christmas Ale
Great Lakes Brewing - Christmas Ale
Brouwerij - Petrus Winterbier (this was awful)
Ridgeway Brewing - Criminally Bad Elf
Three Floyds - Alpha Klaus Xmas Porter
Brouwerij - St. Bernardus Christmas Ale

All of the above were generally excellent with the exception of the Petrus Winterbier.
quote:
Originally posted by big and red:
Stone Double Bastard Ale. At 10.5% alcohol, WOW! Very hoppy and very bitter and really unique.


an Imperial Red Ale ... one of the very few Stone brews I do not like. It's just waaay too much malt for me. Drink 2 pints of that stuff and you're seein' triple.
quote:
Originally posted by thelostverse:

All of the above were generally excellent with the exception of the Petrus Winterbier.


wow ... this is quite the surprise (which I suppose it was for you, too). I'm generally impressed with Petrus' bottlings ... now I know not to try this one. Their oak-aged brown ale is fantastic ("Oud Bruin" ... or something like that ... good stuff!).
quote:
Originally posted by Sticky2:
Sam Adams Winter Lager


Had the Sam Adams winter lager last night.
Having a Taras Boulba extra hoppy ale tonight for the Blackhawks VS Sharks game.
quote:
Originally posted by NCcollector:
Harpoon IPA


also having this one

as well as:
Boulder Brewing's "Mojo" IPA
Warsteiner
Bell's Amber Ale

and some Budweiser and Yeungling while on the golf course this afternoon
quote:
Originally posted by Brashley:
quote:
Originally posted by NCcollector:
Harpoon IPA


also having this one

as well as:
Boulder Brewing's "Mojo" IPA
Warsteiner
Bell's Amber Ale

and some Budweiser and Yeungling while on the golf course this afternoon


No bacon beer? Cool
Franziskaner Weisbier. This was an interesting Weissbier that is great with a holiday meal. Quite a bit of clove and nutmeg on the back end.
Seasonal recommendations from my recent extensive(!) research:

Sweetwater Festive
Sierra Nevade Celebration
Magic Hat Howl
Anchor Christmas
At Diamond Knot brewerey the other night, we had a number of different beers, but the outstanding one was called "Industrial-HO-HO!"
We had a little gathering at my place last night - to watch the MWC go to 3-0 in bowl games - and my neighbor brought a fantastic home-brewed Scotch Ale. Cool
Had the Sierra Nevada trifecta last night.

1. Pale Ale
2. Torpedo
3. Celebration

Wow, these are all good stuff. The regular has always been a go-to beer for me. The Torpedo just steps up the hoppy intensity and the Celebration is a great new find. I am not sure if that is new this year or just this holiday season is the first that I have seen it, but it is crisp, seems lighter but is very much a pale ale in the Sierra Nevada style and is one of my favorite "new beers" that I have discovered in a while.

Dale
Was drinking Fat Tire all last week in Chicago. But for whatever reason, it seems as though it used to taste so much better on draft back in Boulder and Aspen back in the day...still good though! -mJ
We ate at Piece a couple days ago here in Chicago and bought a couple growlers of their own beer to bring back with us. One each of the Worryin' Ale and Dark & Curvy - both very tasty.
quote:
Originally posted by TBird:
*easily* the best in the states... Cool

quote:
Originally posted by Pinotlvr:
I'm addicted to dogfish head


Wow. That's a pretty bold statement, TBird! And one, frankly, with which I disagree. But, to each his own, I suppose... Wink
quote:
Originally posted by dannyk8232:
quote:
Originally posted by Brashley:
quote:
Originally posted by NCcollector:
Harpoon IPA


also having this one

as well as:
Boulder Brewing's "Mojo" IPA
Warsteiner
Bell's Amber Ale

and some Budweiser and Yeungling while on the golf course this afternoon


No bacon beer? Cool


it's been awhile ... i'm overdue for one of those Big Grin
quote:
Originally posted by Ed Bowers [FWS]:
Dragon Stout from Jamaica


LOVE this stout ... one of the best I've ever had ... of course, it does seem to taste a bit better with local Jamaican offerings.
in the last week or so, while in Minny:

Barley John's - Amber Ale (little brewpub in Roseville, MN that's making some of the best beer in the world.)
Summit - IPA
Bell's - Two Hearted Ale
Bell's - Amber Ale
James Page - Amber Lager
Reinaert - Flemish Wild Ale Special Reserve
Summit - Extra Pale Ale
"Black and Blue" - half Guiness, half Blue Moon
Dale's - Pale Ale
Red Hook - IPA
it's from my own personal research but it is an on going investigation and will gladly re-consider all samples submitted... Smile Cool

quote:
Originally posted by BRR:
Wow. That's a pretty bold statement, TBird! And one, frankly, with which I disagree. But, to each his own, I suppose... Wink

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