Beer!!!!!

in copious amounts

Thursday, July 9, 2020 by starkers | Discussion: WinCustomize Talk

Hi folks, it's time to talk about beer and the thousands upon thousands of different brands and styles on offer.  Steve and I have been experimenting with various imported beers and we're quite delighted with our findings.  In no particular order, here's a list of our favourites from those we tried:

Molson Canadian lager..... a very, very nice drop that's brimming with the flavour of hops and prairie barley.

Asahi.... a very nice Japanese lager... a smooth and refreshing beer that's easy on the palette.

Heinekin lager.... I mean, what more can I say, it is probably the best beer from Holland.  It too is crisp, clean and refreshing.

Corona lager.... another refreshing beer with just a hint of sweetness and full bodied flavour.

Peroni lager.... a crisp and refreshing beer from Italy with a hint of lemon and a bitterness that satisfies the palette.

Oettinger pilsner.... a really great German beer that's flavoursome and brewed to please.

Stella Artois. pilsner.... a nice brew from Belgium that too is crisp, refreshing and wholesome.

Kilkenny ale..... other than Guinness, it is probably the most popular beer from Ireland, with a full-bodied, rich flavour that's bound to please those who love a rich tasting beer.

Hollandia lager..... another great Dutch beer that's similar to Heiniken but still has an identity and flavour of its own.

Carlsberg green lager.... with its clean, crisp taste and a satisfying depth of flavour, Carlsberg is full-bodied with a rich golden colour.

Sol lager.... another Mexican beer with great taste and compliments spicy foods.

Sapporo premium beer.... is brewed under license here in Australia from a Japanese recipe and has a nice malt flavour.

Grolsch lager.... again from Holland and another crisp, clean beer with a nice malt, hoppy taste.  It also comes in an ornamental flip-top bottle that would go great in a man cave to decorate it in style.

Adnams Ghost Ship pale ale..... a full bodied beer with a hint of sweetness that would likely appeal to those who like a little sweetness in their day.

Becks lager.... a German beer that's a favourite all around the world for its crisp, clean taste.

Coors lager..... a truly refreshing beer that's brewed in the Rockies from a Belgian recipe.... highly recommended.

Kronenbourg 1664 lager..... brewed in Australia under license but is available around the world.  Again, a very refreshing beer with a hint of lemon.

Estrella lager.... brewed in Spain with a full hops flavour that's nice and easy to drink.

Lowenbrau lager.... meaning 'lion's brew', is fully balanced with a dry but crisp, bitter undertone.

Steinlager..... brewed in New Zealand and quite the drop for those who appreciate a fine beer with great body.

Tun draught (red) bitter (green).... brewed in Belgium and bother are full-flavoured and inexpensive.

Tetleys smooth ale.... a British beer that just goes down a treat, especially in the Summer months and after a hard day's work.

Tennents lager.... also brewed in the UK from German hops, Scottish malted barley and the pristine waters of the Scottish Highlands.

Erdinger wheat beer.... a really smooth beer brewed in Germany from the finest ingredients and waqters from Bavaria.

Tuborg Danish lager..... a refreshing bottom fermented beer with a medium rich to bitter taste.

Old Fart ale..... brewed in the UK to celebrate cantankerous old boozers like myself who love a truly full-flavoured rich ale.

Mont-Blanc Blond ale..... brewed in the French alps from all natural ingredients to provide a sweet but bitter taste.

Martens pilsner....a classic European style Pilsener. Its crisp, full bodied taste has a distinctive hop character yet remaining refreshingly drinkable.

Ahornberger ale..... a well balanced brew with a rich full-bodied flavour yet is so refreshing to drink.

Boddingtons Pub Ale.... a draught beer with a thick head and a beaut flavour that's just so drinkable.

 

There are others I may mention later, but now I'm interested in which beers are favourites with WC members and other Stardockians.  Please add a few more great beers to savour.

     

 

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starkers
Reply #21 Sunday, July 12, 2020 8:09 PM

Dcrew57


Quoting Dcrew57,

Strakers you mentioned no fruit in your beer preference. A lot of the mexican beers are great with a little lime in them. Pacifico comes to mind along with Modelo, Does Equixx. Also the heinekin we get in the states is piss compared to the heineken  from europe.


I don't mind a tad of lemon or lime in lagers but I draw the line at tropical fruits being added to beer.  I tried one called Pacific something-or-other [just the one mouthful] and it had guava, pineapple, kiwifruit and coconut.  Put bluntly and succinctly, it was fechen awful and NEVER to be tried again.  There were some boutique beers that were intended for the yuppie set that also were laced with fruit... NEVER to pass my lips again.

As for Heinekin, all the stuff I've tried is imported from Holland and a very nice lager indeed, as is Hollandia.  In fact, I still have 8 500ml cans in the fridge for later, plus a case of 30 375ml cans of 'Ice', which is brewed here in Australia by Tooheys.  Ice is only 4% alc vol, but it is still a nice a refreshing drop, especially after working outside in the yard.  Yup, believe it or not, I can still work up a sweat in just 12c here in Tassie's winter, and a cold beer afterward is just the ticket.

BTW, I have tried Modelo and Pacifico before, but I may just have to refresh my memory with another venture into them.  Thing is, there are so many imported beers to try, but I do fully intend to try them all... less those with damned tropical fruit in 'em.


Yep....in Oz there are two versions of Corona [not the virus] ....one's a 'copy' brewed in a vat instead of XXXX [or something].

I like the fully imported Corona [but not the mid-strength one... too watery for mine] and another Cerveza group beer made in El Salador called Cantina.  It is similar to Corona but a tad more bitter, though I quite like them both.


If you look for 'Imported' at least you get the real McCoy, not just that, but Heineken too ....and Grolsch ...etc.

I spend quite a bit of time in the import section at Dan Murphys to specifically research imported beers and their ingredients.  There are some European and British beers that have a taste of fruitiness, but I've mostly enjoyed all the ones tried thus far.  There's a Greek beer that has a hint of liquorice in it and I figured that I wouldn't like it.  However, at a Dan Murphys tasting session I was pleasantly surprised and took home a 6-pack to savour a bit more.

Dcrew57
Reply #22 Monday, July 13, 2020 7:26 PM

Where I am in the states, Southern Ohio, we have a large abundance of micro breweries around us. Lots of IPA's and and anything ya want. Its real big here. Too many to keep track of.    Cheers

 

 

starkers
Reply #23 Tuesday, July 14, 2020 10:50 AM

Dcrew57

Where I am in the states, Southern Ohio, we have a large abundance of micro breweries around us. Lots of IPA's and and anything ya want. Its real big here. Too many to keep track of.    Cheers

 

 

Yeah, there's a few micro-breweries here in Oz brewing what's known as boutique beers.  Thing is a lot of them are adding fruits that simply do not belong in beer, so I avoid 'em.... that is the fruity beers.  I have tried some of the fruitless boutique beers and thus far I've been pleasantly surprised with the content and quality of most. 

We have a distributor here named Dan Murphys and they have probably the largest selection of imported beers in Australia, also dozens of Aussie boutique beers, and now that I'm a member I can get special member savings on a lot of my fave brews.

Today we tried a couple of newbies [to us] that were quite nice:  Monteiths Black Beer and Urquell Pilsner from the Czech Republic.  Let's just say that both are very flavoursome and nice on the palette.  Another we have in the fridge for tomorrow, etc, is Steersmans Extra Dry.  I've not tried that one before so I have something to look forward to.

Something that's truly pissing me off at the moment is various Aussie breweries are shrinking bottle and can sizes and charging the same price or more for less.  One such mob is Great Northern Brewing Co.  When they first went on the market, their cans were 375ml, their large bottles were 750ml and the stubbies [smaller bottles], were 375ml.  Now their so-called large bottles only hold 660ml, and the stubbies down to 330ml, and drinkers are paying more for less product.  I point blank refuse to buy it, on principle.

I don't mind paying the going price for imported beers with only 330ml because they were mostly that size and price beforehand... unlike those bastards shrinking bottle and can sizes to ramp up profits.  Sadly, it's a practice that's being used right across our product range to ramp up profits.... many people don't notice the smaller sizes when they're at the supermarket, bottleshop and even pharmacy, but I do and I've boycotted that many products now it's hard to keep count.

Jafo
Reply #24 Tuesday, July 14, 2020 11:21 AM

Yair .... I remember when beer came in man size ...

KP2809
Reply #25 Tuesday, July 14, 2020 5:24 PM

OMG! Heineken and Grolsch are both Dutch! Were you really in Germany??    

Dcrew57
Reply #26 Tuesday, July 14, 2020 6:53 PM

Still drank the heck out out of both for 2 years at Ramstein AB.     

Dcrew57
Reply #27 Tuesday, July 14, 2020 8:36 PM

Went to dinner with wife last nite and this is the glass. Anybody know of this brewery?

starkers
Reply #28 Wednesday, July 15, 2020 9:45 PM

I don't know of that particular brewery but I'd give their beers a try if Dan Murphys stocks it.  Other US beers that we are going to try are Shambles Summer Ale Shambles American IPA.... and both are currently in stock.

Yesterday we tried Steersmans Ultra Dry and it was quite nice.... was very refreshing after working in the yard.  Today we're going to try Shepherd Neame Spitfire Kentish Ale and maybe John Boston Pale Ale.

starkers
Reply #29 Friday, July 17, 2020 9:21 PM

Another beer we have on order is Aktien Landbier 1857 Helles.

I love the ornamental bottle top.  It's more expensive than I'd normally pay, but I figured 'wot the heck, not getting any younger and I wanna try every beer on the market.... minus those fruity effers.

Jafo
Reply #30 Friday, July 17, 2020 9:50 PM

There's a pub in Werribee that has 180 beers...either on tap or in bottle.   I had one a few years ago that was 18 percent ...cost a fair bit...but was pretty good...can't remember the name.  When this lock-down is over I'll try to get back there...

starkers
Reply #31 Saturday, July 18, 2020 10:55 AM


There's a pub in Werribee that has 180 beers...either on tap or in bottle.

I went to a pub in London in '69 that claimed to have the most on-tap beers in the world.... it had 3 separate bars to accommodate them all.


When this lock-down is over I'll try to get back there.

Yeah, I keep seeing in the news that Vic is really battling Covid-19.  Thing is, there are too many inconsiderate and selfish bastards who refuse to behave in accordance with the restrictions, those who are putting others at risk.  What they are not realising is that the restrictions will go on longer and get tougher if they keep flouting the laws put in place to protect people.

A friend of ours up in Queensland was telling us that a Melbourne man drove all the way up through NSW and was stopped 3 times at the Qld border, fined $1600 twice and was turned around 3 times.  Not listening, he parked his car someplace and tried walking across about a km into a NSW farmer's property to try crossing again.  The farmer wasn't having any of that, made a citizens arrest and handed him over to police.  He's now facing some serious jail time for repeated breaches in the 3 states.

Anyhow, not that we're in lockdown here, but I'm quite happy staying at home and don't miss getting out and about or socialising.  So long as we have plenty of food, our medications and lots 'n lots o' beer, I'm not fussed if I get out or not.... these days it's just the doctor's, the chemist, the supermarket and the bottle-o when necessary.

starkers
Reply #32 Saturday, July 25, 2020 12:50 AM

Well today has been a bit of a mixture and very soon I'm going to have a grandpa nap to recuperate from a rough night of coughing and not being able to sleep much.

Anyhow, att. Jafo, we started out with Coopers Sparkling Ale, and what a nice drop it is, too.  Some people may get put off the slightly cloudy appearance, but I hope that doesn't put anyone off giving this great beer a try.  It has a crisp sparkling texture with a nice hop/malt flavour.  It comes in at 4.8 alc vol and is very pleasant to drink.

We had a couple of those each and switched to some Aktein Landbier 1857 Helles.  After a couple of those we switched to Molson Canadian Lager and finished with some Shambles Summer Ale.  I have about half a glass left and then I'm going for a sleepies.

2of3
Reply #33 Saturday, July 25, 2020 9:34 AM

The original and best Budweiser! (unpopular opinion, but hey)

starkers
Reply #34 Saturday, July 25, 2020 8:50 PM

Don't know why the original Budweiser would be an unpopular choice, it is in fact quite a decent beer, not that I've had one in a while.  I've seen it at Dan Murphys but went with other choices at the time.  However, I shall purchase a slab [case of 24] next time I'm in-store.

2of3
Reply #35 Sunday, July 26, 2020 7:48 AM

starkers

Don't know why the original Budweiser would be an unpopular choice,
For many Americans there is only one Bud is why....lol. Anheuser Busch even has an ongoing suit against the Czech company for the name.

Dcrew57
Reply #36 Sunday, July 26, 2020 8:09 AM

Also i believe Anheuser Busch is German as well. Love the labeling though.

Jafo
Reply #37 Sunday, July 26, 2020 8:35 AM

starkers

Anyhow, att. Jafo, we started out with Coopers Sparkling Ale, and what a nice drop it is, too.  Some people may get put off the slightly cloudy appearance, but I hope that doesn't put anyone off giving this great beer a try.  It has a crisp sparkling texture with a nice hop/malt flavour.  It comes in at 4.8 alc vol and is very pleasant to drink.

In South Oz they'll ask you if you want it 'rolled' [mixed] or else it's decanted into a glass.  I drink it straight from the Stubby ....so it's getting an equivelent of 'rolled' anyway.

Coopers without the sediment is like Mezcal without the worm...

starkers
Reply #38 Sunday, July 26, 2020 5:01 PM



Quoting starkers,

Don't know why the original Budweiser would be an unpopular choice,

For many Americans there is only one Bud is why....lol. Anheuser Busch even has an ongoing suit against the Czech company for the name.

That's typical: the Yanks suing the original holder of a name to own and use it themselves.  I recall a family bakery I used to visit in Ipswich Queensland being sued by MacDonalds for the name it had been known by since the 1850's.  As was often the case, big money and the system stacked in their favour, MacDonalds won that case and forced the bakery to discontinue using its own family name.


Coopers without the sediment is like Mezcal without the worm...

Yeah, it is best with the sediment, but so many drinkers will not touch it because of the sediment.  I used to brew my own, Coopers Draught, and most of my mates wouldn't touch it because there was a little sediment in it.  Oh well, all the more there was for me.  I don't brew my own these days cos it's so time consuming, sterilising and preparing the bottles for filling.  I used to have 3 x 60 litre fermenters so I used to get quite a lot of back aches back then, so these days I am quite happy to leave it the the breweries and sample their wares.

Jafo
Reply #39 Sunday, July 26, 2020 8:32 PM

starkers

That's typical: the Yanks suing the original holder of a name to own and use it themselves.  I recall a family bakery I used to visit in Ipswich Queensland being sued by MacDonalds for the name it had been known by since the 1850's.  As was often the case, big money and the system stacked in their favour, MacDonalds won that case and forced the bakery to discontinue using its own family name.

They lost with Ugg boots.  The Oz Govt simply ignored the idiots who had tried it on.  The utter gall of trying to wipe out the original Aussie product and replace it with a cheap Chinese knock-off.

starkers
Reply #40 Sunday, July 26, 2020 10:28 PM



Quoting starkers,

That's typical: the Yanks suing the original holder of a name to own and use it themselves.  I recall a family bakery I used to visit in Ipswich Queensland being sued by MacDonalds for the name it had been known by since the 1850's.  As was often the case, big money and the system stacked in their favour, MacDonalds won that case and forced the bakery to discontinue using its own family name.



They lost with Ugg boots.  The Oz Govt simply ignored the idiots who had tried it on.  The utter gall of trying to wipe out the original Aussie product and replace it with a cheap Chinese knock-off.

What I thought was sheer gall is MacDonalds suing a family bakery for exclusive rights to its name.  I mean, the bakery was established in the 1850's, decades upon decades before the fast food giant was even thought of.  The shit thing is that MacDonalds won the case after they had it adjourned umpteen dozen times so the family finally ran out of money and could no longer afford to contest it. 

It's not something they should have had to do.... to give up their birthright to a jumped up, Johnny-come-lately Yank company.  Moreover, it was my favourite bakery for all sorts of pastries and bread products, so yeah, I am annoyed that in the end they were forced to close with all their capital bled dry by US greed.

Right!!!! Now I'm going to before I say anything more to upset anyone.  

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