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Old 02-19-2011, 11:02 AM   #1
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I tend to prefer the heavier dark ales... anything from large mass distributors to micro-brewers ya never heard of... like Guinness, various porters, stouts, etc

But i am getting cheap in my old age. Just bought some rolling rock pale ale. The last time I had one of those was in my drunken Semper Fi days (as a kid). If I remember right... it is a little like water... xept the alcohol.


Ok beer guzzlers criticize my swill purchase.

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I love Rolling Rock. "33"
Every bar in Binghamton NY offered 3 ponies (7 oz) for $1 in my college days. LBYM to the ultimate.

I stick with RR or Coors Lite. Both are relatively low calorie (compared to other beers) and go with any kind of food. Especially fresh pizzer.
I treat myself to St Pauli Girl or Heineken when I find them on sale.
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Just bought some rolling rock pale ale.
Wel, just for the record, Rolling Rock is a lager, broadly in the pilsner style, not a pale ale.

If anyone wonders, here are the basics:

All beer is either a lager or an ale. The essential difference is the type of yeast used to ferment them (lager yeast works slower, at colder temperatures).

Within the lager/ale divisions, you can find a very broad variety of different beer styles.
The best single source I know of for describing them is at the beer judge site:
Beer Style Guidelines

I've been an active beer judge for over 18 years, so I'm probably a little oversensitive to the fine points.
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Wel, just for the record, Rolling Rock is a lager, broadly in the pilsner style, not a pale ale.

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I didn't look too close when I bought it... cheap beer was the goal. but hey... lager is fine....
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Rolling Rock used to be brewed fairly close to where I live now in the Laurel Highlands of western PA ("brewed from mountain spring water"). But I believe it is now brewed in New Jersey.
I have a beer every once in awhile when I am out with friends. I almost always get something on tap. I think the last beer I had was a Sam Adams seasonal beer of some sort or another. When I lived in CA, I used to like Sierra Nevada pale ale. A few months ago, I tried a Blue Moon on tap at the recommendation of a friend who is partial to it. It was good and refreshing, served with an orange slice, which was different.
I predict this thread with be hugely popular!
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In my college years, being a true Texican, Coors was the beverage of choice. Then it was Bud during middle age and now Miller Lite in retirement. I'm not a fan of the darker brews.

Regardless of choice, there's nothing quite like a cold beer on a hot day.
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I love Rolling Rock. "33"
Every bar in Binghamton NY offered 3 ponies (7 oz) for $1 in my college days. LBYM to the ultimate.

I stick with RR or Coors Lite. Both are relatively low calorie (compared to other beers) and go with any kind of food. Especially fresh pizzer.
I treat myself to St Pauli Girl or Heineken when I find them on sale.
Maybe not as much as you think - Beer Alcohol and Calories

St Pauli Girl is less Calories than RR, and Guinness is only 43/100mL compared to 40 for RR. Coors Lite comes in at 30/100mL, but really, why bother?

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Wel, just for the record, Rolling Rock is a lager, broadly in the pilsner style, not a pale ale.
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I've been an active beer judge for over 18 years, so I'm probably a little oversensitive to the fine points.
Nah, people need to be educated on this. Keep it up! I've got an 1.063 American Pale Ale fermenting right now with an English Yeast (1968), so we'll see how that combo goes.


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I'm so happy! My local grocery store amazingly carries some of my favorite Oregon beer. They have beer from Deschutes Brewery in Bend, and Full Sail Brewery in Hood River. We like dark, and we really like the Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery.

I'm really amazed it's here, because I don't think I've seen these brands anywhere else in the state.

Now if only they would get some beer from Big Sky Brewing in Missoula Montana.

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fun site for all things beer: BeerAdvocate - Respect Beer.

Sam Adams Noble Pils is out now, excellent spring/summer beer
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Funny this should pop up. I am going this afternoon to the local brewing supply store with yet another person I have corrupted taught to brew recently. We have had a moth epidemic, so I just cleaned out my grain bin and had to toss a bunch of stuff, so I am figuring out the spring brew schedule (likely start next month). Thinking a special bitter, amber(possibly rye), and an IPA on one set of yeast cakes. Then an American Wheat, cream ale and on the next. That set of batches should be enough to get me to the Fall when the weather and my schedule will be amenable to restocking.
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Funny this should pop up. I am going this afternoon to the local brewing supply store with yet another person I have corrupted taught to brew recently. We have had a moth epidemic, so I just cleaned out my grain bin and had to toss a bunch of stuff, so I am figuring out the spring brew schedule (likely start next month). Thinking a special bitter, amber(possibly rye), and an IPA on one set of yeast cakes. Then an American Wheat, cream ale and on the next. That set of batches should be enough to get me to the Fall when the weather and my schedule will be amenable to restocking.

wow, that's an ambitious brew schedule, gotta love a nice wheat beer on a hot summers day - have a blast!
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I started doing Blue Moon (wheat beer) with a slice of orange. Little pricey thou.

Can you save $$ brewing your own ... or is it strictly for hobby?
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Remembering Rolling Rock from college days has me buying it again lately - decades later. Heineken and St. Pauli's are favorites.

DH likes several DiamondBear beers, a microbrewery in Little Rock.

Because of budget restrictions, most beer, most days is Bud Lite with a slice of lime.

We are going beer shopping in a couple hours (it's a big deal because we live in a dry county).
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My son inlaw has gotten me started on IPA's he has three microbrews on tap at all times,refrigerated in basement. But I only get out there twice a year. At home I drink Southhampton IPA, cheap for an IPA but I like it.
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My son inlaw has gotten me started on IPA's he has three microbrews on tap at all times,refrigerated in basement. But I only get out there twice a year. At home I drink Southhampton IPA, cheap for an IPA but I like it.
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Hmmm....3 microbrews on tap 24/7 and only 1 state away from me...
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Can you save $$ brewing your own ... or is it strictly for hobby?
It depends how you approach it, and what you use for a reference point.

You probably can't make beer as cheap as the bargain mega-swill stuff that is called beer (and why would you bother?). And some people like to invest in all sorts of fancy gadgets as part of the hobby, and that raises the price when you amortize that stuff over a few years of use.


But you can make great beer with very little equipment if you choose, and at probably half the cost of the kind of stuff that routinely goes for $6-$10 a six-pack.

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Freebird: Actually the 3 microbrews on tap are located in Indianapolis, that is why I only get out there 2 or so times a year. The Southhampton IPA is made in Latrobe Pa. The other tap he has is used for carbonated water.
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... Just bought some rolling rock pale ale. The last time I had one of those was in my drunken Semper Fi days (as a kid). If I remember right... it is a little like water... xept the alcohol.


Ok beer guzzlers criticize my swill purchase.

It's been years since I had a RR so reasonable criticism would be difficult. Last time I had it was in grad school - it was cheap and cold which met all the important requirements to be considered an excellent beer at the time. These days on the rare occasion I have a beer I prefer nut brown ales and IPAs. Red Hook is pretty good - you might give it a try.

There is a local brewery here that makes some fine ales; all with nuclear themed names. Atomic Ale, Plutonium porter, Half-Life Hefeweizen, etc I never turn down the Atomic Amber
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Guinness is an old favorite; Schlafly Pale Ale is a local favorite; and, I have rarely met an IPA that I did not like.
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