Black Cat Godess wrote:I don't care if it's Naty, Bud, Miller, or a microbrew. I have never liked beer. I don't care if it's port, red, burgundy, or white, I've never liked wine. The only alcohol I've been able to stand have been a couple of mixed drinks, one sparkling white wine, and a fruit beer that most people would argue is not beer at all. If any of that is an acquired taste, I don't want to acquire it. Same for coffee. Don't try and tell me the best part is picking out the subtle flavors either. If you're gonna give me something that's supposed to have chocolate notes in it, of better taste like chocolate!
Power to those who like it, though. I'm gonna stick with my Pepsi Throwback, if you don't mind.
Valerie wrote:Also, five pages of beer, guys? I know we all fit the "misunderstood genius" stereotype, but there's a little too much love for booze here.
Fen wrote:Valerie wrote:Also, five pages of beer, guys? I know we all fit the "misunderstood genius" stereotype, but there's a little too much love for booze here.
Technically most of the posts are anti-beer, anti-taste of beer, meh-about-beer or american-beer-sucks anyway.
To redeem this thread, I will mention that I've loved beer since I was 5 and I always will <3
Interestingly enough i had my first beer when I was about 9 or 10, but that was mostly a teacher who really wanted to frame me
Muttley wrote:Beer flavours combine hoppy, malty, yeasty, fruity, sweet, bitter, sour and dry elements and vary in carbonation from almost still to champagne-cork fizzy. Colours vary from pale straw to pitch black via golden, red and brown.
Michael Jackson (no, not that one) made a short series of programs called "The Beer Hunter" on BBC. Clips turn up on YouTube and his website is a good introduction to the vast range of beers throughout the world.
credited with re-awakening public interest in the flavour of beer rather than its effect
sgtrock wrote:Freemage wrote:sgtrock wrote:Can I just chime in here as a long time beer drinker? Have you ever noticed that the split between beer lovers and haters is largely gender specific? This thread is a pretty good indicator of that. More than half of the people who have responded that they don't like beer are women, while the beer lovers are more than half men. While I've observed this for several decades, I've never seen a good explanation of it. A female acquaintance of mine back when I was still a sailor put it down to the fact that men are inherently idiots, so OF COURSE we'd prefer to drink swill.
Also, those who think that American beer is all terrible simply hasn't visited a liquor store here in a very long time. I think the variety and quality stacks up against the best beer anywhere else in the world.
While there's been a good selection available since the Germans and Belgians first emigrated here in the mid 1800s, Prohibition put a damper on things until about the 1970s. After that, though, there's always been a pretty decent selection here for those who were willing to look. Heck, even Walmart carries a decent selection these days.
A very, very small sampler of American brews that I really like:
I will concur that American craft brews stack up against the international scene quite nicely. However, that's not really what people are talking about when they reference "American beer" (as in, "How is American beer like making love in a canoe? They're both fucking close to water!").
Rather, they're talking about the mass-market beers--Budweiser, Miller and so forth. It's the convenience-store comparison, not the 'specialty liquor store' comparison. Walk into a convenience-type store in both countries. Pick a brand largely at random, buy and drink. I can guarantee that 9 times out of 10, you'll have a happier look on your face after the test in Germany or Ireland than you will in America.
I can walk into any liquor store in Minnesota, whether mom and pop run, municipal owned, chain, attached to a grocery store, anywhere that has a liquor license and find a selection of decent brews. (I don't think gas stations can sell booze here, so your basic convenience store doesn't have beer or wine.)
Besides, Walmart's not a convenience store???? Kidding. Sort of. But when Walmart starts selling craft beer, I contend that decent beer has gone mainstream in a HUGE way. It's way past time to drop this tired old meme.
Top Beers by Brand 2010:
Bud Light (unchanged from 2009) – 28.5% market share
Budweiser (unchanged from 2009) – 11.4% market share
Coors Light (unchanged from 2009) – 10.2% market share
Miller Lite (unchanged from 2009) – 9.1% market share
Natural Light (unchanged from 2009) – 6.0% market share
Busch Light (up from #7 in 2009) – 4.0% market share
Busch (up from #8 in 2009) – 3.6% market share
Miller High Life (up from #10 in 2009) – 2.7% market share
Keystone Light (not listed in 2009) – 2.6% market share
Natural Ice (not listed in 2009) – 1.9% market share
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