Right off the top, let me say that I am no great beer expert. I HAVE been drinking more suds lately and enjoying them, but I am nowhere near as well traveled in beer as I am in single-malt whisky. That said, I wanted to start a discussion about beer, especially since I understand it to be an OLD tradition (started with the Egyptians, so I hear) and one which I do enjoy.
Among my favorites are:
Don't ask me why about that last, other than it's a bit too hoppy for my taste. I like their dark brews. They have a Honey Porter which is lovely and (I think) an Oatmeal Stout which, while it's no match for Guinness, has its moments.
As to more pedestrian fare, make mine Bud or Coors (the ORIGINAL, NOT Coors Light!), please. Either work GREAT in front of a baseball or football game, especially with a dog in hand. I should mention that the brew which bears my surname I wouldn't hit a dead dog with!
Do you like any Canadian beer?
I used to enjoy Molson Export Ale quite a bit. There was an Indian restaurant in Winnipeg called "India House" where I regularly washed down my Rogan Josh with one of those. Not much traveled in other Canadian brews, but always open to suggestions!
I live in BC, & Kokanee is very popular along with Labatt's Blue. Lots of micro breweries are here too, but don't know much about them. I've not been past Saskatchewan, so don't know the east.
You are the one who handles the dough with a big shovel,
Mixing in a pit, the bappir with sweet aromatics,
Ninkasi, you are the one who handles the dough with a big shovel,
Mixing in a pit, the bappir with honey,
You are the one who bakes the bappir in the big oven,
Puts in order the piles of hulled grains,
Ninkasi, you are the one who waters the malt set on the ground,
The noble dogs keep away even the potentates,
You are the one who soaks the malt in a jar,
The waves rise, the waves fall.
You are the one who spreads the cooked mash on large reed mats,
You are the one who holds with both hands the great sweet wort,
The filtering vat, which makes a pleasant sound,
You place appropriately on a large collector vat.
Ninkasi, you are the one who pours out the filtered beer of the collector vat,
Like the onrush of Tigris and Euphrates.
Apparently this is a more accurate rendition of the original -
I think it's key to have noble dogs keeping away the potentates.
I love beer! Thanks!
Newcastle Brown Ale
Smithwicks Irish Ale
Not a big fan of Budweiser products.
Strangely enough, I never did like Guinness, until I went to Ireland. The fresh, unpasteurized version, on tap in a pub that keeps their lines cleaned tastes nothing like that which you get in America. The bitterness I've always tasted in Guinness served in the US was gone, and it was excellent.
I know exactly what you mean about the Guinness, Pat. I was in Derry on a job once, and my hosts took me pub-crawling the last day I was there. One pub we went to ... man, I don't know how, but they NAILED it. To me, when Guinness is good, it's great, and when it's bad, it's still pretty good. I've also heard that it doesn't travel very well, and to taste it in the home country (or near that!) showed off that truth pretty damned well. This one pub, though ... I don't know whether they got a really good keg or what, but WOW.
My husband's dream trip is to go to Ireland. I will have to tell him what you said about the Guinness.
Guinness draught is the only way to drink that beer in my opinion. It's also different in Kenya than in the USA.