A bunch actually. Weyerbacher, located in Pennsylvania, make one that is called Hersey. Avery makes one too, and I think Allagesh does as well.
Bad nws about Weyerbacher's entry, it's out of season at this time, so you may need to wait to track it down.
I don't think these are "bourbon fortified" by the definition Docjowles was using. He seemed to be talking about a stout that was actually mixed with bourbon. Stouts like Heresy are oak aged in bourbon barrels, but actual bourbon isn't added to them to my knowledge. Not to be a nit picker :P
Tried any good beers as of late Kaubel? This Forum seems to be lacking your input/suggestions as of late, as for myself I have a big ass bottle of a wonderful brew called Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse has a mud colored look with good head to it, smooth as butter, very clean after taste, and very wonderful to drink... I would give this a solid 8 out of 10 since it could have just a better taste to it; seems to lack something, and I know a Hefe-Weisse is basically the brother of a Lager but other than I guess a flavor to it this is still one damn good beer.
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Why don't Brothels offer First Time Buyer Incentives?
I still have some beers a friend got me for Christmas, so I'll try to find the time to open a few this weekend. I've just been so damn busy that all I do anymore is drink a single Shiner Bock with supper.
I have a big ass bottle of a wonderful brew called Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse
If you haven't yet, I suggest the Paulaner hefe or the Weihenstaphaner hefe. I make sure to have one or the other (or both) in my fridge at all times during the summer.
I don't really have anything new that I have tried... it's imperial stout season for me and i've already had all of the ones I can get ahold of for the most part. So i'm just happily drinking them again and again. And again.
Franziskaner is one of the big hefeweisse producers. (I have a steadily dwindling 12-pack in my fridge right now.) Hacker-Pschorr is my personal favorite of the true-blue German hefeweizen, but it's not all that widely distributed here in the States.
Hefeweisse styles do not hit you over the head with a hop bomb or big malt explosion. They use a particular type of yeast that lends the beer a very distinctive smell, with aromas of clove, bread, and bananas. (Some people also get an almost medicinal smell out of it, like a newly-opened band-aid.) Because the yeast is a big part of the style, your nose plays a big part in enjoying everything it has to offer. Pour the beer into a room-temperature glass and let it warm up a bit. Drinking it from a glass means you stick your nose right in there and get a nice whiff of what those yeasts have been up to.
There is a lot of complexity in the style, but it is subtle and it is in the nose as much as it is in the mouth. There is a particular style of glass that is specific to weisse beers, but it's not mandatory to enjoy the beer. Just make sure you aren't drinking it straight from a bottle out of the fridge and you should do fine.
You can also try a dunkelweisse. It's the same ingredients, but the brewer roasts the wheat longer, lending the beer a dark brown color and the chocolate / coffee notes that are common to porters and other dark beer styles. Most breweries that do a hefe will do a dunkel as well, but they might be a bit hard to find as an import since many Americans shy away from dark beers.
If that still doesn't quite tickle your fancy, then you can try a Belgian wheat beer style called a witbier. It is a lightly-hopped wheat beet style similar in some ways to a hefe, but with spices like coriander and orange peel. Hoegaarden is pretty typical of the style and gets wide distribution as an import beer.
I'd also recommend a Belgian tripel or a saison ale. The St Bernardus mentioned earlier is an outstanding tripel, and Ommeggang is a domestic brewer in Cooperstown, NY (owned by Belgian brewer Duvel) that does a number of outstanding beers, including their Hennepin farmhouse ale. It is by far the best saison I have ever had, and it gets pretty decent distribution here in the States.
Those are all beers that have some similarities in their flavor profiles, and one of them should be more up your alley if you find a plain hefeweisse to be a bit bland.
Real Ale Firemans #4
A decent session beer. The only thing that comes to mind is sweeter Fat Tire but with slightly less overall flavor and slightly more bitterness. The draft version is pretty good too, and a sports bar here serves it practically frozen. There's little chance of it becoming a go-to beer, but it's versatile enough to drink any time and with any food.
New Belgium Mighty Arrow
Typical New Belgium beer. It reminded me of their Abbey but with slightly more hops. When it comes to hops though it's just too "American" in style. I like my IPAs to be kick-me-in-the-nuts bitter, and my pale ales to be just under that so I can drink more than two or three swallows without my brain exploding.
This weekend I also had a New Belgium brew that I've never had before, its called the 1554 (New Belgium 1554), I found it to be quite mellow and drinkable with lots of different flavors present, but none too overpowering. I almost felt like they didn't know what they wanted to make and so they just put in a little bit of everything, which actually turned out pretty good.
There is a place near me called Dragonmead. They have this Belgian Tripple (Final Absolution), and a Dubble (Griffin) too. Both are great finds and if anyone is near detroit i recommend going and getting a growler (1/2 gal).
Hey guys I need some beer advice. I am going to be heading to San Francisco on business in about a month, and since I will be down there anyway, figure I can bring back some good West Coast beers here to NJ that I can't normally find around here. Here's what I can currently find.
Bear Republic (Racer 5, Hop Rod, Big Bear Stout and Red Rocket)
Stone (pretty much everything)
Green Flash (Everything as well)
Anchor Steam (Ditto)
Not as much North Western beers here other then a bunch of Rogue and Elysium beers.
I like hoppy stuff, so I am sure there are some good choices out there I haven't had the chance to try. Mainly looking for the stuff that has smaller distribution channels.
I'd suggest Drake's IPA or one of their seasonal/specials, Gordon Birsch (spelling?) is also pretty common out here, I can't say that they're great but they're worth a taste. Also Eye of the Hawk and Red Tail are also common, as well as Moonlight, and Russian River brews. However if you're going to be in the city then I'd suggest just going to one of many brewpubs and check out their selection, see what you like. I like a place called Toronado, they've got one of the largest beer selections in the city.
Well, I know what *I* would be looking for that I can't get here: Alesmith! I'd be going after Speedway Stout personally, but sounds like you'd be more into their IPA or Pale Ale. Whichever you choose, they are all highly rated.
How have I stayed away from this thread for so long? Tonight, I had some of the Weihenstephan, it's amazing. I'm surprised to see so much talk of Bell's on here. I figured that was a fairly local thing to the great lakes area. Speaking of which, has anyone tried the Great Lakes Brewery's Edmund Fitzgerald (lovingly referred to as Eddie Fitz)? It's wonderful for those who like a dark, hoppy beer.