Early on when I was thinking of this blog, I had a lot of ideas about the stuff that I wanted to discuss.
Meat. [little] Girls. Beer. Politics.
I’m a rather opinionated sort that loves to, as my big ol’ red-headed hillbilly buddy puts it, “cuss & discuss”. Beer, however, has been notably absent thusfar. It’s time to fix that. I’ve been known to jokingly refer to myself as a beer snob, but that’s not true. I’m not a beer snob.I’m a beer geek. In no way do I feel like I know more about beer about others. Except, perhaps, in that I like it more. 😉
So, here, I want to discuss some of my tried and true favorite styles, and I’m hopeful that you’ll share some of the same with me. Deal? Excellent. Then, let’s move on.
As you will notice by this list, I’m a hophead, in the beer vernacular. I prefer pale ales. There was a great article in Brew Your Own magazine a few years ago that really sold the idea of a pale ale. That it’s a really great beer to brew over and over and over again, because it can really stand out as to demonstrating the brewer’s skill. I also really like India Pale Ales. You may notice a trend on my list, that I like high alcohol brews. All of mine, save for the Palmetto, I’ve had on draft.
Some favorite pale ales:
Palmetto Pale Ale- Palmetto Brewing Company. This brew leaves my heart as happy as my mouth. Though, it probably has something to do with me being in my favorite place when I’m drinking it.
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale- Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. This is one of my favorite basic beers. When I can’t decide what I’m in the mood for, or if I want something that I can get almost anywhere, that anybody will drink, this is it. Good taste. Not too strong for the masses, but enough taste to satisfy me as well. Just an all around good brew. in my opinion.
Burning River Pale Ale-Great Lakes Brewing Company. Another favorite. A bit stronger in alcohol and in taste than either Palmetto or Sierra Nevada, but still not over the top. However, if you find yourself too deep in a friend’s keg after a long hiatus, you just may experience a bit of a surprise.
Favorite India Pale Ale’s:
As of today, I suspect that my favorite IPA is probably Smuttynose Brewing Company’s Finestkind IPA. For me, this is the one of my favorite non-session session brews. When a couple of buddies and I get together with some Smutty, it’s gonna be a good night, Tater! Though, I suspect that my drinking buddies aren’t accustomed to their session beers being almost 7% ABV. So, be careful!
I also really enjoy Victory Brewing’s Hopdevil. This one is starting to become for more serious hopheads. Though I haven’t had it recently, I remember this one having a strong taste, while drinking it and afterward. Great stuff!
Great Divide’s Titan IPA. Another favorite. High alcohol. High hop. Nice citrus tones. This one can also catch you by surprise, though, at 7.3% ABV.
Last,but certainly not least, is the beer that is currently inhabiting my kegerator. Stone Brewing Company’s Arrogant Bastard Ale. Take the time to visit the site. It’s worth it. It’s certainly not a pale ale, nor is it for the faint at heart. It’s the one beer on this list that I don’t drink as a session beer. “This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. But, if you find that you do, you’ll have found yourself in some rather Arrogant company.
Comment with some suggestions that I need to try. Please?