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Most Overrated Beer?

Thanks, I'll look for the Rogue beers. I'm a huge fan of Full Sail's pale and amber ales, for some reason I can't seem find the Session beers up here though!

May 28, 2010
tevis in Beer

Most Overrated Beer?

As a resident of Seattle and former resident of SF, I would agree that this particularly true in the West, especially the Pacific Northwest where lamentably many of the best breweries (e.g., Rogue, Hale's, Deschutes, etc.) tend to focus on high alcohol and/or very heavy, dark beers rather than good session brews.

May 26, 2010
tevis in Beer

7-11 beer

I would stick to their Slurpees.

May 26, 2010
tevis in Beer

Most Overrated Beer?

Josh, you just said more articulately what I was originally trying to say. Nothing wrong with the "big flavor" beers at all, just too many of them are of poor quality and IMO it would be better to see brewers focusing on the entire spectrum of products (including drinkable everyday beer) and less on trying to create the Duvel or Chimay--two of my favorite beers but I don't want to spend my life sampling lesser imitations. There are of course a number of great American lagers, pilsners, pale ales, etc. but I think there should be more--and more availability across the country. That's my hope.

May 25, 2010
tevis in Beer

Help me break free from Pilsner Urquell

Blech.

May 24, 2010
tevis in Beer

Heading to montreal, any must try brews??

St. Ambroise pale ale. Readily available across the province, it's a very fine regional beer and you should try it just to "check it off the list.'

May 23, 2010
tevis in Beer

What is the deal with Stella?

Interesting history, Thx.

May 22, 2010
tevis in Beer

Help me break free from Pilsner Urquell

Chinon, right, but to be precise about it German pilsners typically have a different profile from Czech pilsners, let alone pilsners from anywhere else. The poster (self-professed "novice") seemed to me to be asking for good widely available European lagers. As a PU fanatic, I wouldn't compare Stella with it either but if someone is just looking for a good European lager (pilsner, helles, whatever) they both fit that mold.

May 22, 2010
tevis in Beer

Most Overrated Beer?

Right on, nice to see someone with a similar view. The good news is that, I think, we're finally starting to see a turn toward more American craft brewers trying to focus on complexity and drinkability, not just producing an Imperial Stout with a massive flavor profile and 10% abv (well, you get the idea). My real hope is that we'll see the American industry, whether it's bigger producers like Sam Adams or even the little ones, making more "everyday" beers. In my neck of the woods, for example, we have Mac n' Jacks which is only available on tap, a little local producer with a super product and I usually order it if I'm at a restaurant or pub and it's available. All things being equal, I'll always buy the local if I can.

May 21, 2010
tevis in Beer

Worst Beer Ever?

Worst beer? Old English.

Especially when you pick it out of a trash can.

May 21, 2010
tevis in Beer

Favorite Beer Bar Ever?

Augustiner in Munich.

May 21, 2010
tevis in Beer

Your "Go To" Beer?

A lot of commenters seem to get "skunked" or at least stale/old Pilsner. Obviously, none of it here is super-fresh, especially the bottled stuff, but 95% of the time I still get a Pilsner Urquell with great aroma and that beautiful soft put pungent floweriness from the hops. I happen to live in Seattle (port, cool weather, etc) thinking maybe I'm just luckier to get beer that hasn't been put through the furnace and shelved forever.

Your beer snob comment is right on, but I'm no big fan of most American microbrews. There are some great ones, for sure, but so much of it is just way over the top. Good beer is about complexity and drinkability, not setting records for shocking taste buds.

May 21, 2010
tevis in Beer

What is the deal with Stella?

Standard size bottle in many European countries, my friend.

May 21, 2010
tevis in Beer

What is the deal with Stella?

Stella has been a European staple for decades, and one of my "go to" beers when I just want a technically good, tall cold one. Since Stella has been penetrating the US market recently, I guess it became "hot" and now the backlash from the anti-cool crowd. No matter, it's the same Stella people in the Low Countries have been quaffing for decades, it's frankly something I'd pick over 90% of the inedible self-masturbatory microswill made here in the States.

May 21, 2010
tevis in Beer

Sam Adams Noble pils

I'm a huge fan of pilsners, which means that living in the US is like a wasteland for me. Anyway, I just found this out on the left coast and tried it for the first time. Excellent beer, definitely one of the top ten domestic pilsners at least. I hope Sam Adams recognizes that they have a winner here, and that one day folks will realize what a good pilsner can really be.

May 21, 2010
tevis in Beer

Help me break free from Pilsner Urquell

There are plenty of alternatives, Czechvar is another good Czech pilsner, the Munich breweries (Paulaner, Spaten, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbrau, Augustiner, Lowenbrau) have great pilsners and light lagers, Stella is a good solid option, a mainstay in Europe for years (not sure why it's so bashed here except I guess it's "fashionable" now). Not many great pilsners in the US but Trumer and Victory are good. Other good light beers would be Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada Pale ale . . . and too many others to mention. Finally, I'm not sure why so many folks here seem to reguarly get skunked European beer--may be how it's distributed. Here in Seattle if you buy it from a retailer with quick turnover you'll usually get a reasonably fresh product (although there's nothing like the source with pilsners).

May 20, 2010
tevis in Beer

Most Overrated Beer?

No, of course I am exaggerating. I won't win any popularity contests, but I've had a lot more bad American craft beer than good. Part of this may be that English styles predominate in the US, I much prefer almost all continental beers, especially Czech, Bavarian, and Belgian. But IMO good beer is similar to good wine: it is about subtlety, complexity, and ultimately should be a joy to drink. There is a terrible dearth of good pilsners, German lager/helles style, and other lagers and good lighter ales in the American craft beers. It's exactly the same problem that exists with most American wine. The American craft brews that I will support are the ones that make good drinkable beer with top ingredients and subtlety in palate. Bigger and bolder is not necessarily better.

May 20, 2010
tevis in Beer

Help me break free from Pilsner Urquell

There are a number of other Czech pilsners that you can buy in the States, Budvar is one that comes to mind. Alternatively, I'd suggest that you try some of the Bavarian helles (light) lagers: Augustiner is the best but also Paulaner, Hofbrau, Spaten, Paulaner, these are very similar to pilsners but will expand your horizons a bit.

May 16, 2010
tevis in Beer

Most Overrated Beer?

Most overrated beer? Go to your local grocery store and pick out every so-called American microbrew. You can be sure that 95% of those products are borderline inedible alcoholic monster swill. For real beer hop on a plane and disembark at any central European location.

May 16, 2010
tevis in Beer

Your "Go To" Beer?

Pilsner Urquell. Ain't nothing like the original.

May 16, 2010
tevis in Beer

Looking for best Italian in Seattle area?

Here are the three best:

Il Terrazzo Carmine (most elegant)
La Spiga (most "authentic")
Volterra (most romantic)

You can't go wrong at any of these three places, but they're all different. All very good--if not excellent--food. Check them out online, and figure out what kind of dining experience you want.

Apr 04, 2008
tevis in Pacific Northwest

Taco Trucks in Seattle

I'm lucky to live in Seward Park so I regularly visit all the trucks on Rainier. In addition to the ones you mentioned, there's a good one in the parking lot where the Columbia City farmers market takes place. (It's one block south of Alaska St.) It's open at odd hours, though.

Apr 04, 2008
tevis in Pacific Northwest