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COTTRELL
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COTTRELL
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Summer beers!

General Beer Discussion by COTTRELL

Stuff magazine did an article on Summertime Brews. I saw it on the cover and flipped through to find it, and was utterly disappointed. What 5 beers made their list? Labatt Blue, Miller High Life, Keystone Light, Red Stripe, and Heineken. Seriously. What idiot picked these? Worse yet, what idiot wrote up the reviews? "Heineken's slight salty and celerylike tastes make it a perfect drink with a juicy cheeseburger: The beer's dry aftertaste will put even strong fromage, like bleu, in it's place. Take a six-pack of these microkegs to the party your girlfriend and her roommates are throwing and establish beer cred with the officers who come to enforce the straining order." Ugh. Even worse: "Anyone entering the New World should be given a High Life as an introduction to American beer." And I don't know if I understand this: "This flavorful Canadian pilsner (Labatt Blue) is sweet, and if you were a beer snob, you'd say it has hints of chocolate and caramel." I hope they were completely kidding?


18 years ago
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FLASHPRO
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In Reply To #8 can I say "holy crap" again? This is what happens when you give frat boys a liberal arts degree lol. There truly was no point to that article. It shows quite a narrow-minded view when they keep mentioning sports and girls. There's a hell of a lot more to do with beer than that. And I always laugh when i read "ice-cold" within 2 words of the word "beer". Christ, almost any liquid is drinkable at such low temperatures, and they all begin to taste the same.

18 years ago
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PKSMITH
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I'll take an ice cold pbr thanks.

18 years ago
# 11
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PKSMITH
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Oh...oh...second thought.....NO. Send me a well crafter brew, with nice head and a wonderful body. I'll pass on slammin' it back and just enjoy it for a couple of hours.

18 years ago
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CROWN
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CROWN
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Just read the post about summertime brews..I've had my fair share of Labatt's Blue and they are quite honetly one of the worst Canadian beers made. The only thing worse that I can think of is Molsen Dry. Please don't base Canadian Beer on the mainstream Labatt and Molsen products. It would be much the same as basing US beers on Bud and Miller. Not that you boys do, but...I just wanted to clear up any misconceptions. As for High Life, Red Stripe Etc...I guess if you're looking to save money and don't care what you are drinking they are fine, but I've refined my tastes since college. It's funny that Heineken is in that list because it's one of the beers I used to think of as a very good beer, but now I think of as just an average beer. A product of it's own hype and marketing....although I do still like the keg can.

18 years ago
# 13
# 13

In Reply To #8 Thanks for posting the article. Its sad when you think that is considered a review. Although I must admit the writing is pretty funny. I guess the goal was to appeal to the mainstream. I'm surprised they didn't include Corona.

18 years ago
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COTTRELL
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In Reply To #14 Yea, Corona must not be a sponsor.

18 years ago
# 15
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HAHA that is one humorous article. If you guys want a REAL beer article then check this one out from the new July issue of Men's Journal. Most of the beers that they list actually are decent beers in my opinion. Take a look and decide for yourselves : www.mensjournal.com/feature/0407/bestBeer.html

This message was edited by t-bone at 6/12/2004 11:23:43 PM.

18 years ago
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COTTRELL
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In Reply To #16 Yea, I read that article a couple days ago. Really strange picks IMO. At first they start off with very approachable beers. Pale ales, lagers, steam beers, pilsners and hefes. Then, for some reason, the list also contains World Wide Stout and The Reverand. They don't fit the list, they're too specialized. People who are reading Men's Journal probably don't know a whole lot about beer. They go to the package store, see World Wide Stout and grab it because they remember reading about it. They spit it out and never try anything with the name "stout" on the label. They should have stuck with a bunch of beers that are good for the beginner. I agree with the first 5, and maybe 10, but the others are a little strange for the list. Note: I've never actually had Fitzgerald's porter, but judging from what it says on that site, it's probably not a beginner's beer. Also, Widmer's Hefe sucked! :)

18 years ago
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COTTRELL
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In Reply To #16 One thing I really liked about the article is that the people who made up the list were actual beer professionals! "The expert panel: Daniel Bradford, president, Brewers' Association of America; Julie Johnson Bradford, editor, All About Beer magazine; Dave Brodrick and Phil Megal, Blind Tiger Ale House, New York City; Alton Brown, host, Food Network's Good Eats; Paul Gatza, director, Association of Brewers; Michael Jackson, author of 11 books on beer, including The New World Guide to Beer; Jerald O'Kennard, director, Beverage Testing Institute/Tastings.com; Jim Parker, executive director, Oregon Brewers Guild, editor, Zymurgy and New Brewer magazines; Gregg Smith, historian, author of Beer in America: The Early Years"

18 years ago
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In Reply To #17 Cotrell I agree with ya, I don't know where World Wide Stout fits into the list, as it is certainly not a beginner beer at all like most of the others. Like you said, I'm sure a lot of the readers have not a clue about beer and many probably try it as their first stout, hate it, and never try another. They shoulda replaced that one with something like Stone Imperial Stout perhaps. It was nice to see Sierra Nevada on there, I didn't know it was so widely distributed as they said. PS: I've had Great Lakes Fitzgerald's Porter, not a beginner's beer at all, a good beer IMO, if you get a chance try it sometime.

18 years ago
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