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The beer question for the holidays.

Old 12-13-15, 09:25 PM
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I live in Bend, OR. It's a given that drinks may occur after a ride
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Originally Posted by GuitarBob View Post
A good one. A similar one that I've been preferring lately is Union Jack by Firestone-Walker.

Uh oh. How is Constellation supposed to make its billion dollar buyout of Ballast Point work out if you abandon Sculpin???

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Old 12-13-15, 09:33 PM
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Stout. (Guinness= the Rolling Rock of dark beer)

No stout> Porter.

No Porter> Amber.

No Amber> IPA or what ever's reasonable.

Really slim pickings? Dos Equis

Only Bud, etc.? Go thirsty.
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Old 12-13-15, 09:35 PM
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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
Uh oh. How is Constellation supposed to make it's billion dollar buyout of Ballast Point work out if you abandon Sculpin???
Remarkable, eh? Craft beer is now huge business. I'll do what I can to hold up that sector of the economy, no worries.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
To answer your question in the order asked: no, yes, no, no, no, no, nothing. Discussing a cold beverage is exactly what I'm doing. I know most folks don't agree with me. You can't imagine even one person not agreeing with you.

Simply put, I don't bore you guys with my enthusiasm for wine, knowing that not everyone shares my interest. Why do so many of you have to harp on your beer fetishes so constantly?
No. You’re not just discussing a cold beverage. You’re snarky insults are in no way constructive to this conversation. If it somehow makes you feel better to put others down to make yourself feel better, go for it. If you see a thread that doesn’t interest you its better to just move on, rather than come back and criticize over and over.

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Old 12-13-15, 09:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Andy STi View Post
I live in Bend, OR. It's a given that drinks may occur after a ride
From which hails one of my favorite Christmas Beers.




I think my overall favorite is Anchor Christmas, though. Yummmm!!

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Originally Posted by woodcraft View Post
Stout. (Guinness= the Rolling Rock of dark beer)
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Originally Posted by woodcraft View Post
Guinness= the Rolling Rock of dark beer)
I disagree there. Not only is Guinness Extra Stout an absolute classic, and due to its longevity, really the grandfather of the American craft beer movement in some ways, their Foreign Extra is a rich, intense piece of work itself.

The Guinness Draught which has become so common is, however, a disappointment if you want stout. It's still light years better than Rolling Rock, though, and I'd more aptly call Negra Modelo the Rolling Rock of dark beer.
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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
I disagree there. Not only is Guinness Extra Stout an absolute classic, and due to its longevity, really the grandfather of the American craft beer movement in some ways, their Foreign Extra is a rich, intense piece of work itself.

The Guinness Draught which has become so common is, however, a disappointment if you want stout. It's still light years better than Rolling Rock, though, and I'd more aptly call Negra Modelo the Rolling Rock of dark beer.
I'll have to try the Extra Stout, since I've only had Guinness Draught and was disappointed. I agree with the Negra Modelo, hard to finish the bottle.
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I do enjoy beer, and have tried all year to back off it a bit in favor of wine or something else not so filling-fattening-carby…etc. Water is what I really try to stay with immediately after a ride. So, if you could not discuss beer here that would be ideal, for me at least

Having said that, I have enjoyed a few New Belgium Ranger IPA's; real hoppy, relaxing after a ride, deelish! Not more than one or two, though.
As for Snickers? Gentlemen, have some respect for your body!

Aaand, FLvector, look who's talking about being harsh..jeez lighten up. At least rp's got something to say.
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Old 12-13-15, 10:13 PM
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The only place to truly appreciate Guinness Stout, is ina pub in Ireland. Ive been there a few times, and its the best when fresh off the truck. As far as IPA's go, my favorites are thenCoronado Idiot IPA, and the Ballast Point Sculpin IPA.

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Old 12-13-15, 10:33 PM
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I like a tasty cold beer every once and a while. However, I find some of the IPAs to be a little too chewy.
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One of my favorite group rides ends at a local watering hole, but it's an evening ride and disappears after daylight savings is over. Don't need an excuse to drink beer though!

This time of year I do look forward to Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale too. Another favorite is Founder's Breakfast Stout. I wish these two beers were available year round instead of being seasonal. St. Bernardus Christmas Ale, Dupont Avec Les Bon Veux, and Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout are a few other regular seasonals that are great but you gotta have time to savor them.
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Old 12-14-15, 02:22 AM
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I've been drinking Founder's Breakfast Stout semi-regularly recently. I am on the hunt for Peche Mortel on tap though ... last time I saw it around here (NorCal) was last December.

Ten Fidy (or practically anything Oskar Blues makes) in a can is an awesome mid-ride refresher, at least on MTB rides.
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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
You guys are kidding, right? I mean, I don't think I've *ever* ridden with anyone who wasn't up for a beer after a ride...excepting those stupid, crack-o'-dawn rides before work. But that's what makes them stupid, of course; no post-ride beer.
Someone who doesn't drink alcohol is stupid? What's stupid is buying beer for double the price because it has a cool looking microbrew label that makes you feel sophisticated drinking it. Put some Coors in a Vermont Wild Mountain Doctorate Velo or something with a picture of a brain surgeon riding up a HC climb on a vintage bike and you probably wouldn't know the difference. I used to be a drinker but thankfully I outgrew that phase 15 years ago.

And being a former drinker who's spent time in Germany drinking real Hefe Weissbier that takes the bartender 5 minutes to pour it properly, I can tell you anything you buy in the USA is piss water. In all fairness, if I lived in Germany now I'd be an alcoholic

The stuff there gives you a different kind of buzz you'll never experience in this country.
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Old 12-14-15, 06:47 AM
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I always enjoy the cooler months when porters/stouts start hitting the shelves & like many of you I look forward to Anchor Christmas every year.

As for after ride beers, I lean towards something on the hoppy side or a nice wit.
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Fat Tire is my beer of choice, however I've really stopped drinking alcohol and reserve it for special occasions. When I was going off on my bodybuilding kick I remember reading that alcohol consumption, even one drink, can severely inhibit your muscle growth. I can't remember the percentages, but I do remember being shocked by how significant the impact was. Also, the orthopedist suggested that I give up alcohol to help facilitate my collarbone fracture healing after my accident, and I haven't really kept up my stock since. On an anecdotal note, I've noticed that even one beer the day before a ride significantly impacts my performance. My HR is elevated given the power generated, legs feel heavy and tired, gut feels bloated, and my interval recovery is slow (HR stays higher longer during rest intervals).
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Old 12-14-15, 08:37 AM
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Damn, I never knew Snickers was such a controversial candy bar.
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
Someone who doesn't drink alcohol is stupid? What's stupid is buying beer for double the price because it has a cool looking microbrew label that makes you feel sophisticated drinking it. Put some Coors in a Vermont Wild Mountain Doctorate Velo or something with a picture of a brain surgeon riding up a HC climb on a vintage bike and you probably wouldn't know the difference. I used to be a drinker but thankfully I outgrew that phase 15 years ago.

And being a former drinker who's spent time in Germany drinking real Hefe Weissbier that takes the bartender 5 minutes to pour it properly, I can tell you anything you buy in the USA is piss water. In all fairness, if I lived in Germany now I'd be an alcoholic

The stuff there gives you a different kind of buzz you'll never experience in this country.
No, I said it's the dawn rides that are stupid.

With regards to your silly challenge, you clearly don't know who you are talking to, because you'd have to be an absolute moron to say that to me.

Lastly, speaking as a beverage pro of 17 years, I do not find alcoholism funny.
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Originally Posted by WalksOn2Wheels View Post
Damn, I never knew Snickers was such a controversial candy bar.
It's not. It is the critics who are controversial.
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No, I said it's the dawn rides that are stupid.

With regards to your silly challenge, you clearly don't know who you are talking to, because you'd have to be an absolute moron to say that to me.

Lastly, speaking as a beverage pro of 17 years, I do not find alcoholism funny.
Grow some skin. And go to an AA meeting, there, Beverage Pro
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
It's not. It is the critics who are controversial.
The reality is that the 41 could even make wingtip shoes a hot button issue. Especially in winter.
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Originally Posted by silversx80 View Post
Fat Tire is my beer of choice, however I've really stopped drinking alcohol and reserve it for special occasions. When I was going off on my bodybuilding kick I remember reading that alcohol consumption, even one drink, can severely inhibit your muscle growth. I can't remember the percentages, but I do remember being shocked by how significant the impact was. Also, the orthopedist suggested that I give up alcohol to help facilitate my collarbone fracture healing after my accident, and I haven't really kept up my stock since. On an anecdotal note, I've noticed that even one beer the day before a ride significantly impacts my performance. My HR is elevated given the power generated, legs feel heavy and tired, gut feels bloated, and my interval recovery is slow (HR stays higher longer during rest intervals).
A ride is the best hangover cure, though!
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I prefer dark beers and ales but have been enjoying the "lighter stuff" lately -- namely various amber ales. I drink an occasional IPA but don't get the obsession with bitterness. My local grocery store has started selling a wide selection of microbrews that you can mix and match for $10 a six pack. It's a great way to try different brews, and I usually will throw in one pale ale just to broaden my horizons. A beer/ale tasting store opened up near my neighborhood over the past year or so, and they have 18 different kinds on tap. I like stopping there because they always have a good selection of darker beers on tap, in contrast to most bars and brewpubs in this area. There are so many kinds of microbrews available now that it's almost pointless to recommend favorites because distribution is limited except for the well-known brands.
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
Grow some skin. And go to an AA meeting, there, Beverage Pro
Sorry to have to catch with you with your ass out like that, but sometimes it's good to shut-the-f***-up when you don't know what you're talking about.
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