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The beer question for the holidays.

Old 12-13-15, 07:16 PM
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The beer question for the holidays.

Ok I do ride serious but nothing beats a good beer after a nice work out and settling in for the evening. I am wondering given the time of year what those that have taste for the suds are drinking? I suppose the serious racers are avoiding this stuff but I remember Frank Shorter marathon gold medalist enjoy a liter the night before we won. He did not want to change is normal routine.

For me the best is the Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. For a cyclist this seems the true beer because it brings to mind those Sierra Nevada climbs in NoCal and it is one of the best beers in the hunt. Had one tonight and this years is no exception very good with malt and hops.

This is not a Holiday Beer as such but a true gem Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA. This one makes the post ride worth all the crazy cold and crappy weather of December.

I have not tired and others so throwing this thread out to see what is good to try. For myself the idea of cycling and them making sure to enjoy the fruits of the journey with a beer is always nice.
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Ice water and a Snickers beats a beer after a workout. Alcohol is nasty. Even the stuff that has a hip and sophisticated image drinkers go for because of the label design
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I try different stuff every year. A friend recommended this and it hasn't disappointed: Pennsylvania Tuxedo | Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales

This was a hit at Thanksgiving dinner: Holiday Cheer | Shiner

I have little to no desire to have a beer after a bike ride. But with dinner or while relaxing before bed or out with friends or working on a bike or...
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Not a big fan of IPA's, but lots of local cycle guys drink a cold one after a long bike ride. A glass of good ale or red/brown works for me sometimes after a hot day and a 2+ hour ride. I wouldn't call alcohol nasty though LOL
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
Alcohol is nasty. Even the stuff that has a hip and sophisticated image drinkers go for because of the label design
I think you are confusing wine with beer here. Or maybe I just don't understand your rant. I do drink beer after all. And hate Snickers (3 Musketeers are where it's at).
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Suds? Don't you get tired of representing a cliche?
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I've been known to have 3-4 IPAs after rides, but only on days that end with the letter "y".
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Face it. You are a beer drinker, OP. This has nothing whatsoever to do with cycling.
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After a ride, Kronenbourg would be ideal, but they don't carry it at the local package stores. Peroni is also good, and Stella will do in a pinch. Of the more flavorful stuff, Fuller's ESB is a favorite, but I can't imagine having that, or anything too flavorful after a ride. However, I wouldn't want anything too light, either; water is much preferable to water-like beer.
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Ice water and a Snickers beats a beer after a workout. Alcohol is nasty. Even the stuff that has a hip and sophisticated image drinkers go for because of the label design
Snickers? Talk about nasty....
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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.

So long as it's not all malty and sweet, I'll drink it, from lagers, to sessions, to hopped-out ales and oatmeal breakfast stout. I'll even crush a couple of good gueuzes. Mostly Michigan micro is preferred, because Michigan beers are just about always in the top quality rung for any given style, and drinking locally is always cool.
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Snickers is the best chocolate candy ever devised. The only thing better than Snickers is frozen Snickers.
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****ing beer is great. Switchback from VT has been a recent fave...tonight's Rioja was quite nice as well.

Let's ride.

p.s. Snickers sucks...Sweetened poodle extrusion.
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Two of my favs, but almost anything will do. I don't care for the bitterness of most IPAs, though, given the right paring (food, not snickers) I will have one from time to time.
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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.

So long as it's not all malty and sweet, I'll drink it, from lagers, to sessions, to hopped-out ales and oatmeal breakfast stout. I'll even crush a couple of good gueuzes. Mostly Michigan micro is preferred, because Michigan beers are just about always in the top quality rung for any given style, and drinking locally is always cool.
You've been riding with the wrong crowd. News for chaadster: not everyone drinks that swill.
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On the weekends we're done with our ride around 11am, so its a stop at Starbucks for a beverage. Later in the evening, I'm definitely up for a some suds after a good hard ride and a day of errands. If you haven't tried this one, give it shot. Delicious.

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Ok I do ride serious but nothing beats a good beer after a nice work out and settling in for the evening. I am wondering given the time of year what those that have taste for the suds are drinking? I suppose the serious racers are avoiding this stuff but I remember Frank Shorter marathon gold medalist enjoy a liter the night before we won. He did not want to change is normal routine.
Sculpin IPA. It's a great bottle-conditioned IPA like Bridgeport might brew if they weren't afraid of flavor. There are enough hops it's obvious you're drinking an IPA (70 IBU), but they don't dominate as with many West-Coast beers.
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Originally Posted by UnfilteredDregs View Post
****ing beer is great. Switchback from VT has been a recent fave...tonight's Rioja was quite nice as well.

Let's ride.

p.s. Snickers sucks...Sweetened poodle extrusion.
Bet. All that.

I'm the official Wine Guy for my club's spring training camp, and I hook up all kinds of good juice; bonarda frizzante from Italy was a hit last year.
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You've been riding with the wrong crowd. News for chaadster: not everyone drinks that swill.
I'll leave the slow ones and the prudes to you, then, man.
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I'll leave the slow ones and the prudes to you, then, man.
The only way beer could make you fast would be due to the rear exhaust action. Ain't nothing prudish about refusing to drink slop. I never said I don't drink alcohol. I just prefer that it not have passed through a horse first.
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Suds? Don't you get tired of representing a cliche?
Don't you get tired of responding to almost every thread, multiple times, even though you think its cliché? Do you even ride your bike or just sit around posting on BF all day? Seems a bit OCD, don't ya think? Or just going for a higher post count?


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Face it. You are a beer drinker, OP. This has nothing whatsoever to do with cycling.
Kind of harsh, eh? What's the matter with discussing a cold beverage after a ride?
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Seems to me, someone of means should bring back this brewery and brand for the cyclist crowd.
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The only way beer could make you fast would be due to the rear exhaust action. Ain't nothing prudish about refusing to drink slop. I never said I don't drink alcohol. I just prefer that it not have passed through a horse first.
If you categorize beer as slop, you're not only prudish, but uneducated.
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On the weekends we're done with our ride around 11am, so its a stop at Starbucks for a beverage. Later in the evening, I'm definitely up for a some suds after a good hard ride and a day of errands. If you haven't tried this one, give it shot. Delicious.

That's f***ing right! Michigan.
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Sculpin IPA.
A good one. A similar one that I've been preferring lately is Union Jack by Firestone-Walker.

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Don't you get tired of responding to almost every thread, multiple times, even though you think its cliché? Do you even ride your bike or just sit around posting on BF all day? Seems a bit OCD, don't ya think? Or just going for a higher post count?



Kind of harsh, eh? What's the matter with discussing a cold beverage after a ride?
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?
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