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I stopped drinking cheap beer years ago. Figured I wasn't drinking gallons at a time so I may as well drink something good. I enjoy trying new beers. But my fall back is Rusty Chain from Flying Bison,a local brewery. I also have my own mug at a local brew pub. I usually enjoy their offerings.
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reddave: Taste the High Country!

Where I live, the "High Country" ain't for drinkin' beer.:p
 

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I've found over the years, that I will no longer drink swill.
I like many beers and a lot of the different styles. Current brown beer favorites : SHED Mountain Ale / Rugged Brown Ale from Vermont, ATLANTIC BREWING Bar Harbor Real Ale from Maine; hoppy beer favorite (not ridiculously hoppy!) : CONEY ISLAND BREWING Co Mermaid Pilsner (and it's not even an IPA!), and seasonal favorite SHIPYARD BREWING Pumpkinhead from Maine. The Shed Mountain Ale is a 7.4 beer, so a few go a long way, you've been warned.
My pals and I have routed rides in order to visit multiple breweries throughout New England. Even made the pilgrimage to the Alchemist brewery in VT... where you can only drink the free samples on premises. Every beer was outrageously hoppy... to the point that I might as well have had a mouthful of grapefruit rinds to chew on. The only one I could say was even slightly enjoyable was the Focal Banger... and it's a damn hoppy IPA.

** BrotherJim, Asheville has a thriving craft brewery scene going on. Look for a bar/pool hall(? I had a good time!), two stories (can't remember the name for the life of me), has hundreds (?) of taps on blackboard walls... the beer selections written in chalk above the taps. If you can't find something there... Within a block or two of the city center... on Broadway (?) maybe. Anyone with local knowledge... chime in!
BUT, be careful, on the trip down I had a great brown beer with lunch, in some college town a couple hundred miles north (ish). First night, at aforementioned two story joint, (third bar for the night) I proceeded to have four pints of the brown nectar while chatting up the locals and playing pool with the crew.... I was flat out BOMBED! Smiling and stumble drunk... I had a great time... they tell me. Next evening at the hotel bar... after suffering the daylong hangover, the % alcohol for the nectar was listed as 8.9 or the like.... so, I assuredly felt like I'd drunk a dozen 'regular' beers. leading the planned ride that day was not the most fun I've had :)
 

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Since San Diego is a craft beer hot spot of course my favs are from here. Stone IPA’s most , Ballast point Sculpin.
 

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Since San Diego is a craft beer hot spot of course my favs are from here. Stone IPA’s most , Ballast point Sculpin.
Interesting name Mike! :p As a kid I bet I caught a thousand little sculpin at Ballast Point.
 

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I really enjoy beer - mostly locally-brewed varieties

A month ago my gut doctor told me only one beer a day - max

Oh well - he didn't say anything about free basing coke so . . .

 

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I really enjoy beer - mostly locally-brewed varieties

A month ago my gut doctor told me only one beer a day - max

Oh well - he didn't say anything about free basing coke so . . .

That made me spit my water out. Funny.

That being said, I worry about the day that my Doc tells me the same as I like beer - a lot. My garage fridge always has plenty supply of my current two favorites:

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When we're at our favorite local haunt, it's this on tap (sucks out of a can or bottle):

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Back in March my VA Doctor, we will call him "Hadji", said I needed to cut my beer consumption down to 2 or 3...I sez, "2 or 3 a night, I might be able to handle that...most evenings..." "No, No, No, Patrick, 2 or 3 a week..." I laughed and said back..."Doc, I turn 70 years old next week...I probably should have been killed off by the Agent Orange by now...no way in this life am I cutting back on something I enjoy so much...I'll take my chances" He just looked skyward, and shook his head...

And so it goes....:D

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^My dad was in the C-123s that carried that shit. You mofos are tough as hell.

To the guys whose gaskets got blown from me swearing again... have a beer.:icon_thumbright:
The C 123s of Nha Trang sometime in 1969....my first base...we were a fly out spot for 123s, along with the C~47 Spooky's and C130 Shadow Gun Ships...

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If any of you happen to be in the Elk River (POP of ~ 156) area in Idaho stop by the Shattuck Brewery. Remote area, but great beer. I liked their WookeyFoot Red and only $4.00 a pint. Check out shattuckbrewery
As a side note when a "town" say they do not have a large enough population to support a Craft Brewery, you can mention Elk River.
 

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This thread has taken off after my spoof of a drunk bear stealing only his favorite bear in Post #1.
While not a big beer drinker or beer thief myself the responses have been very entertaining. Apparently craft beers rule!
 

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Just got back from Disney Orlando on Wednesday....and figure Ol Walt would be spinning in his grave

Since my last visit in 1977 the place of course has changed so much, not much is the same, except a couple of rides, everything else, and I mean everything is much different, including the bars and eatery places, especially at EPCOT...to make a short story long, youngest son and his wife took the 4 Grandparents down for our "Christmas" gift for 4 days, all inclusive packages of rooms, parks, meals, speed pass, etc, etc, ...the rest of the them, son, his wife, and boys, are staying for 8 days, after wearing out the grandparents :eek: ...anyway I didn't drink much, but did get a chance to sample a few local Florida "Craft Beers" ...this one was my favorite:

https://www.cigarcitybrewing.com/beer/jai-alai-ipa/

and frankly I'm not a big IPA guy....but this one hit the spot in the heat and humidity:

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I'll be heading down to Naples next month for a 3 week visit, as I'm "House, Dog, Bird, Cat Sitting" my youngest sister and her husband's place on the Gulf, while they trek off to Denmark, his home country....in addition to plenty of sun, Gulf Fishing off their dock, etc, I should get to sample more local craft beers before my November Return, and will give a "Full Report"
 

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Craft beers are kinda expensive in Ontario. I bought 24 tallboys (473ml) of Bud Light for $55.95!
I remember on a fishing excursion back in 1995 up north of Rice Lake to Havelock {Lake Tangamong} and we purchased Molson and Labatt Blue, and even back then, those non craft brews cost upwards of $35 to $40 a case in the out of the way stores....that was a lot of money getting peed off the sides of the boat...:grin:
 

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Since they put a brewery in Asheville, the Sierra Nevada pale ale is pretty nice. A little bit expensive for me though, especially at 5.6% ABV. But I like the stuff. In its absence my go-to is a Yuengling. It's even weaker than the Sierra Nevada I believe, but a decent taste. Probably best I don't get too buzzed anyhow :D

There's lots of really good, costly beer out there, and plenty that's just too funky for me. I tried a chocolate beer some time back, for instance. Really strange, but it packed a wallop.
 
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