Beer. What would I do without it?

I love it. I mean, I'm always trying new beers. I visit breweries. I take whole trips planned exclusively around getting new beers or beers I know, only fresher. Visiting 2000 person villages to celebrate their annual festival.

I'm not an expert on the science and brewing of beer; however, the drinking, the history, and the social function of beer is my favorite pastime.

If you love beer too, share it with the rest of the monkeys on iBOasis.

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Apr 16, 2007
Apr 16, 2007

You'd like 'The Map Room' in Chicago, I think there are 400 beers there, mostly bottles. Also, 15 on tap, flown in from random parts of Europe, USA, etc.

Apr 16, 2007

is pretty awesome and I don't always like beer

Apr 16, 2007

any place like that in NY?

Apr 16, 2007

My girlfriend signed me up for a beer of the month club where they mail me a dozen beers a month fro microbreweries all over the world. Best gift ever.

She's a keeper.

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Apr 16, 2007

Drinking is a sin.

Apr 18, 2007

"Drinking is a sin."

Only if you're mormon or muslim. and i'm not.

Apr 16, 2007

I love beer and to date I've never met anyone who can drink more beer than me. Kinda surprising when you consider I'm not that big, about 6'1, 195 lbs.

I've drunk in England and all over the US, all that's left is Germany and Australia to see if there's anyone that can outdrink the Master.

Apr 16, 2007

especially miller lite or Mich Ultra

Keep those abs tight!

Either you sling crack rock or you got a wicked jump shot

Apr 16, 2007

ever tried spaten oktoberfest? best beer i've ever had.

Apr 16, 2007

best beer ever..Hofbrau in Munich

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Apr 16, 2007

SeanC may I suggest going to a small town in Ireland. You might find some folks there who can outdrink you.

I've been able to hang everywhere else I've been in Europe, the States, and South America, but the Irish in their small town pubs are incredible.

I've seen a few posts on Munich beer, which for my money is the best city for consistently high quality beer. For the regular lager beers (Helles), my favorite is Augustiner. Not as well known as Hofbrau or Spaten outside of Germany, but really incredible.

If you like Wheat Beers (German Hefe-Weizen) Andechs (a monastery outside of Munich) is hands down the best.

Belgium is the place to go for a ton of varieties of beer...it just never ends and many with super high alcohol contents.

Keep em coming

Apr 16, 2007

There's a bar in NYC on 36th and Madison that serves a sizeable variety of beers. I can't recall the name right now but the Belgian beers were a little wack.

Apr 16, 2007
Seanc:

There's a bar in NYC on 36th and Madison that serves a sizeable variety of beers. I can't recall the name right now but the Belgian beers were a little wack.

I think it is called Ginger Man.

For good German selections try Loreley near Prince and Houston, Zum Schneider in Alphabet City, and Hallo Berlin on 10th Avenue in the 40's or 50's I think.

Apr 16, 2007
Seanc:

but the Belgian beers were a little wack.

Also, a trippy little Belgian Bar is right off the West 4th Street Subway stop.

I think it's called officially Vol du Nuit, but everybody I know just calls it "The Belgian Bar"

Anyway, great selection and cool atmosphere. The owners are Belgian. It's kind of hard to find because you have to walk through a little alley/courtyard first, so get the exact address before you go. It's kind of behind a little basketball court there.

Apr 16, 2007

Ginger Man it is.

Apr 16, 2007

couldn't live without it

Apr 17, 2007

Had a good selection in Berlin a few years back. And Belgium's definitely amazing for beers. They have quite a few old school family breweries. No names come to mind (I'm more the ignorant tourist than the connoisseur from that point of view).

Some of those places claim to produce the beer with exactly the same methods as they did in the Middle Ages. They export all over the world (Japan apparently being the largest importer of such products). Only small scale production since the fermentation process is closer to that of Champaign (amazing drink) than modern beer, hence high cost. And you need a rock solid stomach too since it seems to ferment even more while you digest...

Apr 16, 2007

Euromonkey,

Maybe that beers you had in Berlin was Berliner Pilsner, that's one of my favorite Euro brews. I had it when I was there a year or 2 ago.

Apr 16, 2007

Try Coopers, an excellent Australian beer.

Apr 16, 2007

is there anywhere that serves good British cask ales in NY?

Apr 17, 2007

Coors Light and Bud Light out of a bottle...nothing touches 'em.

Apr 16, 2007
TheKing:

Coors Light and Bud Light out of a bottle...nothing touches 'em.

The only reason to drink Coors or Bud is because it's offered to you. If you choose it willingly, that shows your lack of sophistication on numerous levels.

I like your strong wording, it masks the lunacy of your statement.

Apr 17, 2007

Not as exotic as some of these, but a microbrewery in Atlanta called Sweetwater has some amazing beers. Georgia Brown, 420, and Happy Ending (9% alcohol) are all very good.

Apr 17, 2007

Anyone had that Sam Adams beer that is supposed to be the most alcohol by volume of any beer ever? Its apparently more like a brandy but is still technically a beer because of the process of making it. I would love to try that.

Apr 17, 2007

bryan: doesn't sound familiar, I'll have to try out your Berliner Pilsner then...

A few good tips on this thread, good move launching it alex.

Apr 17, 2007

A few years back (recurring phrase for an ibanker when talking about non-work stuff) I went to a restaurant at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin where they have a variety of beers they would serve on a meter.

The place was a copper brew house in a restaurant; some if not all of the beer was brewed inhouse.

Apr 16, 2007
EuroMonkey:

A few years back (recurring phrase for an ibanker when talking about non-work stuff) I went to a restaurant at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin where they have a variety of beers they would serve on a meter.

The place was a copper brew house in a restaurant; some if not all of the beer was brewed inhouse.

That sounds cool. Will have to look for it and check it out my next time in Berlin.

Apr 16, 2007

So there are not many brews from there. If it was a standard pils from Berlin, odds are it was Berliner Pilsener.

The other famous Berlin beer is Berliner Weisse. It's unlike Bavarian Wheat Beers and is very bitter. Thus it is usually mixed with either a red or green sweet syrup. Sort of girly, but when you're there you should try it.

Speaking of Berlin, there is a great beer bar called Aufsturz on Oranienburger Str. close to the Hackescher Markt Subway/Train stop. About 100 beers in bottles, which is very unusual for Germany, since most bars affiliate with a brewer or two and that's it.

Anybody interested in what or where to drink in most major German towns/cities, let me know.

Apr 18, 2007

Achel and Westmalle. Now those are delicious.

Apr 17, 2007

Oh btw maybe I wasn't that clear, the old school beer I was talking about was in Brussels not Berlin.

Apr 16, 2007
EuroMonkey:

Oh btw maybe I wasn't that clear, the old school beer I was talking about was in Brussels not Berlin.

Probably a lambic.

Apr 18, 2007

cream ale is underrated

Apr 18, 2007

Black Sheep from the Black Sheep Brewery in North Yorkshire.

or

Abbeydale Moonshine from Sheffield

or

Greene King's Abbot Ale from Bury St. Edmunds.

I'd love to hear from anyone who's had any of these three beers. Really good stuff.

Apr 17, 2007
Apr 19, 2007

beer is my life!

Apr 19, 2007

Old Speckled Hen is enjoyable, nothing else particularly memorable

hmmm....

Apr 18, 2007
Apr 17, 2007