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Dogfish 90-minute IPA is the greatest beer on the face of the earth!!!
Russian Imperial Stout (Victory Storm Stout is excellent) is a man’s beer and will put hair on your chest!!!
I’m actually going to disagree with you Greg, and say that the Dogfish Double IPA, the Burton Baton, is superior to the 90 minute. As far as Russian Imperials go, Northcoast’s Old Rasputin is probably my favorite.
Fr. Z have you ever tried homebrewing?
Then you could make something BETTER than London, Dublin or Munich
The 90 Minute IPA is very good. But, yuo gentlemen have clearly never tasted The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing in KC, MO. I’m willing to bet it is the hands down favorite in Bp. Finn;s diocese.
How cruel! I had teeth pulled today and can’t have anything alcoholic to drink for another 24 hours.
I agree with Phillip.Home brew is always best.$2.50 a six pack is cheap and also better beer.
If you were drinking something that looked like that you were probably in Bristol drinking rough cider at a couple of bob a pint. Unless you were wimpy and adding orange juice
>Russian Imperial Stout (Victory Storm Stout is excellent) is a >man’s beer and will put hair on your chest
So that’s why I’ve had to shave my chest for years. Here I was thinking I needed an endocrinologist. ;)
Personally I lean towards Weyerbacher’s Heresy (http://www.weyerbacher.com/cwo.php?id=7&page_id=14), which unfortunately I can’t get in MN much to my eternal chagrin.
Not a hops girl, but I can’t seem to get the DH away from Bells Hopslam.
Oh, there it is…
It does look like cider. Too bad it’s only a photo.
A bit obscure, but the “Witch’s Brew” from Salem Brewery (Salem,MA) makes Guinness seem like you’re drinking Coors…. a definite “Man’s Beer”… don’t know if they still make it though, last time I was there was 1998…
Having a bottle of relatively ordinary Chimay right now…
Looks like a red ale or possibly a belgian wheat ale and judging from the condensation on the outside of the glass it’s served American style (cold). Which would be appropriate if it was as hot as it was today in Minneapolis. Too hot for stout.
We prefer on draft, “Old Speckled Hen”. London brew.
I’ve got to agree with Greg. Dogfish Head 90-minute is what St. Michael drank the day he gave the what-for to you-know-who.
Unfortunately, I’d stay away from the 120-Minute though. It’s very different. I had some on Friday night for the first time ($12 a pint!) and although there’s a hammer-blow to every sip, it has a sweet, treacly taste.
Stick with the 90 or 60.
PS – I bet Bugnini didn’t even drink Pabst! ;^)
The Southerner in me made me think it was sweet tea at first, but then I noticed a lack of ice.
I was looking forward to my gin and tonic tonight, but after seeing that cold one
it’s just not sounding that good any more. Fortunately, I live in the land of
microbreweries, aka Oregon.
Oh, consider this another vote for Old Rasputin. It’s great for chili too.
Looks like some nice apple cider!
‘Not London’ perhaps, but I think we all know there is only one beer capitol of the world: Portland, OR, which has more breweries than any other city in the world, whose inhabitants consume a higher percentage of craft beer than anyone else in the world, and which, on the whole, produces a majority of the best beers in the world. Yes, Belgium, I hear you, but these are just facts. For fans of Dogfish Head, I have only to say “Hair of the Dog.” And for those seeking an IPA, the reigning one (National IPA Championship) is Laurelwood’s ‘Workhorse IPA’.
Hmm. That’s a welcoming change from politics :)
Crisp Apple Hard Cider- YUM – looks really good
Father, that’s not the “The Kool-aid” I hope!
C’mon, Father. What the heck is it? It looks tasty enough, but I’d have to guess that it is some type of Lager. Right?
Is there such a thing as Italian beer?
Yes, well, sometimes it’s not what you drink but where you drink it. And that’s not even Southwark.
Anyway, I still think that a good strong mead is the way to go. It’s the drink of scholars and all in-your-face ecclesiastics throughout the centuries. It’s a hermeneutic of continuity kind of thing.
The honey should begin to flow any time now. Penjing will have something to say about that for sure.
“‘London is all corporate breweries,’ he said with a scoff. ‘If you want real beer my son, go to Yorkshire. Go north my son.'”
I’m actually going to London this week–any pub recommendations?
As an Englishman, I would say that doesn’t look like any beer I’ve ever seen, certainly not a lager because it is cloudy which lagers never are. Looks like ice-tea lol.
TC: … Italian beer?
Definitely. While there in 2006 I enjoyed immensely Perroni and Nastro Azzuro (sp) on tap. Excellent medium lagers.
It’s hard to imagine a beer as good as Augustiner Oktoberfest, the special brew only available (from the keg)in the greater Munich area and only (as far as I know) available in one-liter glass steins. And only during Octoberfest, of course.
I’ve had the types of brews (and brands) all these guys are talking about.
They (the brews) are just pretenders.
I homebrew as well. I wonder if there is any correlation between homebrewing and traditionalism. Probably not…although there is something traditional about the practice.
Anyhow, I generally make an ESB and an old (very dark and 10% abv) ale.
Fermenting should be done at the top.
Here’s more recommendations from one who loves great beer:
Weyebacher — Try the barleywine “Blithering Idiot”..it is the best barleywine I’ve ever had and at 11% it packs some serious punch
Old Rasputin — I agree with the above reviewer that it is excellent. However, I strongly recommend that if you are drinking more than one beer and one of them is Russian Imperial Stout DO NOT drink it first. The Imperial Stout will dominate the taste of any other beer after.
Bell’s — Two-hearted IPA is an excellent IPA and at 7% is not too strong.
Stay away from Dogfishead beers that get into the > 12% range of alcohol. Once beers get up there, no matter what their name, they taste way too sweet.
La Fin Du Monde — I am usually not a fan of Belgian style beers but this is about the best Belgian style beer in the world.
Re Italian Beer: don’t leave out Moretti. That’s some molto buono birra. (I hope that was right, as “Ich spreche wenig Italienisch.” ;) Don’t speak a whole lotta German either.
The ales produced by Ommagang Brewery in Cooperstown, NY, are among the finest in the country — and cheap. A 750ML bottle will set you back only around six bucks. I first tried them in my hometown of Rochester, but they’ve been getting wider distribution. Try the Abbey Ale, but all of them are excellent.
I wish there were more reviews, I guess one only has so much time(and so much beer..)>
Mattk – I can attest to the joys of the first brewery mentioned on the Catholic Beer Review site. Whenever we get back to Wisconsin to visit family, we load up the mini-van with cases of New Glarus Brewing Company’s various offerings, especially Spotted Cow and Totally Naked.
I’m wondering, with Fr. Z’s familiarity with Minnesota and northern Wisconsin, whether he has tried those fine beverages?
Am I the only one who likes Arrogant Bastard Ale (Stone Brewing Co, CA)?
Old Bastard line of beers is excellent.
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I would like the people of heaven to be drinking it through time eternal’
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Ice tea hhmmm?? Would folks actually believe it??? Even with a lemon floating on top??
The reason I ask is that the air conditioning is broken at work and it has been over 90 degrees in my office the past three days…Purgatory on Earth…especially with the crabby and uncharitable folks…a nice cold one sure would ease the pain a bit..
Sylvia, I’d recommend looking through the website http://www.fancyapint.com for pub reviews in London.
One characterful pub in London (with an interesting and Catholic history behind it) I’d recommend (with the proviso that it is small and hard to find) would be Ye Olde Mitre, off Hatton Garden (near Chancery Lane tube station). http://www.yeoldemitre.co.uk/ Used to be the premises of the Bishop of Ely (in the east of England) and is next to a glorious pre-reformation church (with fine music and use of latin), St Ely, Etheldreda Place, that, unusally, was returned to Rome in the 19th century.
After that…there are many, many options. For excellent beer brewed nearby, the Greenwich Union (in Greenwich, a bit out of the centre, but a very charming and historic neighbourhood) is probably my current favourite place http://www.greenwichunion.com/ You can get there by boat from the Tower!
But.. there are many many other options. That fancyapint website is reliable and trustworthy in such matters I find.
I have to second Greg’s recommendations. Dogfish Head’s 60 and 90 minute IPA’s are my favorites, depending on how many bottles are to be consumed. 90 minute is best if you are only having 2. 6o minute if more than two. Arrogant Bastard and Blithering Idiot are also excellent. All are relatively affordable if you buy kegs. The local craft brews are the way to go. Thanks Father now I’m thirsty and it’s not even 2 pm.