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Old 06-01-12, 10:59 AM   #1
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Getting old and cranky...

Other than the fact that after a good ride I like to go to my local roadhouse (1/2 mi. from my house) for a beer and a grinder (Non-New Englanders think sub) this has little to do with cycling. But, for the second time this year my local roadhouse has dropped the beer I like to have after a ride. First it was Narragansett and now Stella Artois. The Stella was the replacement for the 'gansett. Now all they have are IPA's, three wheat beers (including some god-awful pumpkin one), hard ciders and all the usual garbage Bud and Bud clones. Not a lager/pilsner to be found. I go to this place 3-5 times a week. All I want is a dammed drinking lager. Now I don't even want to go there and it used to be one of my hangs. I'm pissed and cranky.
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I'm an ale drinker myself, so I'd likely be happy with the IPA's, as long as they were hoppy enough. I also work the other end of the ale spectrum, drinking dark stouts (oatmeal stouts/porters are a favorite). So I'm really surprised that they wouldn't have lagers. Usually most places have too many lagers, because lagers are so easy to brew and the taste is so uniform. Which is why I'm not much of a lager fan. I like beer that has some taste to it, which means ales! But yeah, ya gotta have some lagers for people who like lagers & Euro-beer. But I agree with you that the Bud and Bud clones are total crap! I tried a Bud once and it was like drinking flavored water. Or was it a cheap MGD? It's what kids like to drink just to get drunk.

Sorry if you're a Bud fan, I didn't mean to insult your sense of taste, I'm just stating what I like. Each to his own.

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If they would just have Harp or Moretti or Peroni or some decent Pale Ales or Pilsners. It's just that after a ride I want a fresh, clean beer. Easy to drink but not watery like Bud. Which I always call "Butt Weasel."
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.. I like to go to my local roadhouse (1/2 mi. from my house) for a beer and a grinder ...All I want is a dammed drinking lager. Now I don't even want to go there and it used to be one of my hangs. I'm pissed and cranky.
Assuming that you still like the grinders, why not bring them a six pack of your favorite bottled beer weekly and ask them to keep it chilled for you. They might laugh and go for the suggestion. Then post ride, you just arrive, order your grinder and preferred beer. This will send them a subtle message, too, that you're a neighborhood customer and you would prefer a different beer selection.
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I'd be happy with the IPA's too, and in fact have tested them as an after ride recovery drink and found them most satisfying . . . but that's just me. YMMV, and probably will.

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Assuming that you still like the grinders, why not bring them a six pack of your favorite bottled beer weekly and ask them to keep it chilled for you. They might laugh and go for the suggestion. Then post ride, you just arrive, order your grinder and preferred beer. This will send them a subtle message, too, that you're a neighborhood customer and you would prefer a different beer selection.
Great minds and all that. I was thinking about doing just that.
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I'd be happy with the IPA's too, and in fact have tested them as an after ride recovery drink and found them most satisfying . . . but that's just me. YMMV, and probably will.

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A few racing buddies met at my house last night and we rode some training intervals. After the workout we sat on my deck and did the recovery thing by eating chips and salsa along with a 12 pk of Yeungling lager.
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We water drinkers don't have your problems, so we don't get "cranky"

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Beer snobbery is at an all-time high. I'm okay with that, mostly, except that when someone who either prefers one of the popular beers, or honestly doesn't know what the snooty beers are, it makes them uncomfortable and that's the last thing any respectable pub should be doing to its customers.

For a lot of the places local to me, the hipster standby (PBR) is usually available and is often the cheapest option. I usually like the snooty stuff, but sometimes I'm a little light in the wallet and just thirsty and a PBR hits the spot just fine (especially when it's hot).
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Ale drinker here except for some of the "Light" Belgian beers. By light I mean low alcohol. But Pubs in England used to be tied to a brewery. The brewery provided the beer as they owned the Pub and had Tenant Landlords. You either liked that beer or went to another pub. There are fewer Tied pubs now as apparently they do not pay and large chains have bought some pubs- pubs have closed or the tenant bought the pub and turns it into a "Freehouse" where he can serve any beer. Luckily this has meant that I can get my favourite beer-"Spitfire" in most towns in Sussex. This was not the case 20 years ago as Sussex is Sussex and Sussex beer was the best--For Sussex people. I was bought up in Kent and I liked Kent beers. 25 years ago I moved to sussex and that sussex beer is good. But I had to hunt out my favourite beer and it was always in bottles and expensive.

However with the upsurge in Freehouses I have been able to get that beer in most towns. Still have to hunt for it but it is great to have a beer you enjoy. Whern Wobbly and I do meet up we will be able to enjoy a decent pint of Harveys-the local brewery- in most pubs but I will have to see if he enjoys one of our old Kentish ales.
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I don't do beer . . .
Am originally from Belgium a land of great dark beers with good alcahol content.
Came to the US in 1947 and beer was 3.2 . . . too light, no flavor.
Didn't like it . . . and switched to an occasional glass of wine.
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I'm an ale drinker myself, so I'd likely be happy with the IPA's, as long as they were hoppy enough. I also work the other end of the ale spectrum, drinking dark stouts (oatmeal stouts/porters are a favorite). So I'm really surprised that they wouldn't have lagers. Usually most places have too many lagers, because lagers are so easy to brew and the taste is so uniform. Which is why I'm not much of a lager fan. I like beer that has some taste to it, which means ales! But yeah, ya gotta have some lagers for people who like lagers & Euro-beer. But I agree with you that the Bud and Bud clones are total crap! I tried a Bud once and it was like drinking flavored water. Or was it a cheap MGD? It's what kids like to drink just to get drunk.

Sorry if you're a Bud fan, I didn't mean to insult your sense of taste, I'm just stating what I like. Each to his own.

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You don't know what you're missing.
You mean I am missing the "cranky" part or the "old" part?

I can't help the old part, but I sure don't seem to have the cranky part, at least from what I drink. Cool, clear water. Refreshing.
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Ale drinker here except for some of the "Light" Belgian beers. By light I mean low alcohol. But Pubs in England used to be tied to a brewery.
Don't know what you think of it but I love some of the Samuel Smith's brews...Nut Brown Ale and Old Brewery Pale Ale are two of my favorites.
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I don't rely on anyone but myself to have the brew waiting for me at the end of a ride. It's the reason we have a second small refrigerator stocked with a variety of our favorite brews. So, if I'm cranky it's my own fault.
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If they would just have Harp or Moretti or Peroni or some decent Pale Ales or Pilsners. It's just that after a ride I want a fresh, clean beer. Easy to drink but not watery like Bud. Which I always call "Butt Weasel."
Biking down the coast of Oregon, we stopped in a microbrewery/pub that served food and, of course, beer. Every once in a while, one of the waiters would ring a ship's bell on the wall and all the wait-staff would chant, "Near beer, near beer." Turns out this happens every time someone orders a Bud Light or something similar. I'm not sure whether the customer ordering understood the significance. As my college age daughter complained after attending a party with only Bud Light, "Where's the taste?"
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Cranky Beer Guy update:

I went over to my roadhouse and got a grinder (sub) and the bartender asked if I wanted a beer. I told her I wasn't drinking there anymore 'cause they tossed my beer out. The owner (Rob) happened to be around the corner. He came in and said. "What wrong?" I said, "Rob, you dumped Stella. I've got nothing to drink here." He said, "I can't sell it. Does it have to be Stella?" "No, Rob but it's got to be a Lager...you know crisp and clean. Something like Harp or Peroni or Moretti." Rob says, "I love Peroni. Can it be in bottles?" "Absolutely as long as I can get a chilled glass with it." "I'll have it this week", says Rob. That was yesterday. Today I came in with a bottle of BBC Steel Rail as a present to Rob for being so patient with me. As I came through the door the bartender says, "We don't have the new beer yet. Can I get you a Sam Adams?" Sure. I gave her the BBC for Rob and he came down and we talked about beer and the Peroni coming in tomorrow. He was itching to try the BBC. Later the Manager came down to the bar and she said, "I told him 'that man' is going to be upset if you don't have Stella. But we're going to have some Italian beer." I replied, "I know. I just talked to Rob." Later she showed up again and said, "I found this Stella glass. You should take it home with you." So, I walked out a happy guy once again. And, feeling a lot better about my roadhouse. Tomorrow...Peroni.
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A good end to the story. I used to like beer when I was younger, but now even half a can and I don't want the rest. Any kind of alchol and me just don't agree.
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Cranky Beer Guy update:

I went over to my roadhouse and got a grinder (sub) and the bartender asked if I wanted a beer. I told her I wasn't drinking there anymore 'cause they tossed my beer out. The owner (Rob) happened to be around the corner. He came in and said. "What wrong?" I said, "Rob, you dumped Stella. I've got nothing to drink here." He said, "I can't sell it. Does it have to be Stella?" "No, Rob but it's got to be a Lager...you know crisp and clean. Something like Harp or Peroni or Moretti." Rob says, "I love Peroni. Can it be in bottles?" "Absolutely as long as I can get a chilled glass with it." "I'll have it this week", says Rob. That was yesterday. Today I came in with a bottle of BBC Steel Rail as a present to Rob for being so patient with me. As I came through the door the bartender says, "We don't have the new beer yet. Can I get you a Sam Adams?" Sure. I gave her the BBC for Rob and he came down and we talked about beer and the Peroni coming in tomorrow. He was itching to try the BBC. Later the Manager came down to the bar and she said, "I told him 'that man' is going to be upset if you don't have Stella. But we're going to have some Italian beer." I replied, "I know. I just talked to Rob." Later she showed up again and said, "I found this Stella glass. You should take it home with you." So, I walked out a happy guy once again. And, feeling a lot better about my roadhouse. Tomorrow...Peroni.
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Our son gave me a selection of ales last Christmas so I don't have to depend on a pub. if there was one close by that wasn't a redneck dive I'd be there in a heart beat (a real English Pub, not a poseur like we have in a few places in town.) For a committed Southern Baptist he sure can select ales or at least his friends can.

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