Personally, I love a super hoppy IPA or a really dark stout, and especially the real king of all beers:
Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale
I’ve been pretty much on an IPA binge recently, but now that it’s getting cooler I’m gonna be doing some darker beers. How about you?
I’m a hophead. There is a new brewery out of Mass. called Clown Shoes. Their Tramp Stamp, Eagle Claw, and Hoppy Feet are all amazing. Can never go wrong with Stone, Victory, Left Hand, or Jester King either.
The Long Awaited Drinking Thread
Yeah that was more about liquor though… and who cares about that?
Doghead Fish 90 minute IPA.
this is my favorite:
When Feelin’ Fancy:
it actually sucks (although people claim to love it). but…
Not drinkin’ right now, but wish you were here:
Pictures do add to this thread, so:
Michael – I’ve only had the 90-minute IPA once & I don’t remember what it tasted like, but I remember deciding that it wasn’t good enough to spend $9.99 for a 4-pack of it. However, I currently have a 6-pack of the 60-minute IPA in my fridge right now!
I bought this yesterday:Titan IPA
and it’s a new favorite. Apparently there’s a shortage of Two-Hearted Ale right now, so I can’t find any in Georgia. :(
Mind-blowingly good. Hops and coffee dominate.
That sounds interesting – I’ve never had a black IPA. I’m not a fan of Stone’s normal IPA though…
I can’t wait for the 15th anniversary beer to make its way here….
@Drunken: Stone’s Sublimely Self Righteous is probably the best black IPA out there. The Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet I mentioned earlier is also a magnificent black IPA. Deschutes Hop in the Dark is pretty solid as well. The SSR is very hoppy and thick, with a more bitter malt, whereas the Hoppy Feet has a similar hoppyness but is thinner and has a dark chocolate after-taste.
Those sound really interesting – I’ll look for those at Total Wine this week! Thanks!
“Black IPA” is a contentious topic among beer geeks, since it really isn’t an India Pale Ale (not pale, not linked to India historically). People in the Northwest like to call it Cascadian Dark Ale, which I think is more appropriate. Stone thinks the debate is kind of ridiculous, which is why they call theirs and “Escondidian (brewed in Escondido, CA) Imperial Black IPA.”
Of course, this probably interests nobody except me. However you slice it, the Stone 15 is super tasty. I’m also looking forward to all the fresh hop beers coming out in the next month. This is one of my favorites:
Sierra Nevada Estate Homegrown Ale made with hops and barley grown at the brewery. It tastes incredibly fresh and grassy.
Yeah I’ve read a little bit about black IPA’s… I’ve only realized they existed since last month… maybe I’ll go tomorrow and try to find some in Sandy Springs, GA!
Shiner Bock is a decent session beer, for sure. Are there any other decent smaller breweries in the Lone Star State? I can’t think of any off the top of my head.
There are a bunch, but I haven’t sampled them. Too much of an import junkie as well as a whiskey hound.
Thanks for that, HOL. I’ll be attending the Great American Beer Festival next weekend and will keep an eye out for some of those. Forgot about Jester King; their Black Metal Stout is the stuff of legend. I understand that the laws in Texas have made it difficult for independent brewers to get up and running but, judging by that site, there are plenty on the way. I was amazed to read that there are over 600 licensed micro and nano breweries slated to open in the US this year, despite a sluggish overall economy.
Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Takes the sting out of a Philadelphia Eagles loss to the Giants. Cocoa nibs and a hint of cayenne pepper.
Enjoying some homebrew now. My St. Bridget’s Stout is rounding into shape.
Mmmmm sounds good! Will you mail me some? I can’t wait til I have a permanent residence where I can start a homebrewing operation!
“Shiner Bock is a decent session beer, for sure. Are there any other decent smaller breweries in the Lone Star State? I can’t think of any off the top of my head.”
^ lol. Almost as funny as Budweiser coming up with the Zeigen Bock label to compete with Shiner.
Aside from Jester King, there are quite a few other breweries in Texas that are great:
Real Ale (Blanco)
Karlbach (Houston, just opened by the ex-brewmaster of Flying Dog)
No Label (Katy), just started up not too long ago, but I haven’t tried anything from them. St. Arnolds in big in Houston, but I’ve never been too impressed.
I made a point to check out some Texas brewers at the Great American Beer Festival this weekend. Jester King was my favorite; their Drink’in the Sunbelt was a real treat, but 512’s Double IPA was very, very solid too. I’m glad I asked about TX brewers on this thread. Now I just need them to distribute in Colorado . . .
Drunk Daddy: Home brewing is lots of fun; I got into it with two of my friends, which helped split up the cost of getting started. We’ve moved from extract brewing to an all-grain set up in the span of about seven months. It’s addictive and surprisingly easy. Designing the labels is a lot of fun, too.
Yeah, the 512 Two is pretty damn good. I was in VA over the weekend and got to have the Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA and the Southern Tier Back Burner Barleywine….wish I could get those in TX.
I plan on doing some homebrewing once I have a permanent residence as well. Seems like a bunch of fun!
It’s finally below 60 degrees in ATL, so I bought this yesterday: