God gave us hops and barley for a reason, guys...
On New Years 2014, I came up with an idea. I wanted to try beer...and alot of them. So I decided to start at Wegmans (a great food/drink grocery store). They have a 'Create your own six pack' deal for $11.99. I decided to try as many different types as possible. I ran out of space on my cabinet around August, thus unofficially ending my collection. However, I came across some very interesting beers along the way. For example here are some excellent crafts. Just a fun fact, I love wheat beers and a good IPA:
Victory Hop Devil and Golden Monkey: A very potent IPA and and a whopping 9.2% percentage triple ale (respectively). Victory Brewing Company is minutes away from me in Downingtown, PA. Their beers have been expanding outward and I encourage anyone to try these.
Troegs Dreamweaver: One of my favorite beer companies. This smooth wheat beer is great for these times of year. The have a wide range of seasonal and year round brews in all styles. Another highly recommended brand. Based out of Hershey, PA.
White Lightning: A kick ass Belgium-style wheat beer with enough alcohol to make you ride the lightening. I apparently loved it on New Years, despite being quite drunk at the time. Hails from a North Versailles, PA which is outside of Pittsburgh.
Sam Adams Rebel IPA: Wanted- Not so much a craft anymore, this extremely West Coast style IPA will heighten your senses with an earthy flavor. Last seen: Chili's. Reward: A good experience with food.
Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter: This beer was quite a treat. I found out about this brew after a shift at the restaurant I used to work at. The head chef broke a couple open and was quite pleased. Very thick and full of flavor, can barely taste the alcohol. Made at the Duclaw Brewing Company in Baltimore, Maryland.
Venom Pale Ale: Another DuClaw product, this ale is quite sharp yet has very little aftertaste. They did a good job with this one. Not sacrificing taste or alcohol percentage. I could easily drink 3 of these and let the poison sink in deep throughout the night.
Shock Top Belgian White: I picked this up in the summertime and was no let down with the citrus and coriander aftertaste that had me begging for more. I enjoy their comical logos a lot. Comes from St. Louis, Missouri.
Dos Equis Ambar: I don't always drink craft beers, but when I do, I make sure to eat a burger with them. This excellent beer was incredibly crisp and unique. I am not a huge fan of Mexican beers but Dos Equis has become my favorite import.
Image Credit » myself and all the great breweries in this picture
BarbRad wrote on November 26, 2014, 2:57 AM
I don't drink alcohol because there's a family history of alcoholism on my mother's side. I don't want to risk it. I can't even stand the smell of beer, though. It's a shame, because I live about a mile from a popular brewing company and I'm also surrounded by wineries and tasting rooms.
facenorth wrote on November 26, 2014, 6:25 AM
i do drink beer but not always. I do it occasionally. I don't really consider beer as an alcohol drink because of hops and barley, just like when we consume softdrinks, it does some benefits to our body
Scorpie wrote on November 26, 2014, 10:13 AM
I can go for a Sam Adams winter lager on tap. Beer in bottles and cans just does not ever taste right to me.
LeaPea2417 wrote on December 23, 2015, 10:30 PM
I do drink beer on occasion and one time many years ago my Mom and I were traveling in Western Canada and saw a field of hops and was told by the tour guide how they were used in beer.