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Old 11-23-2015, 03:38 PM   #1
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Best beer is from the US

I know it sounds like an oxymoron or words coming from a delusional person.

After spending most of my adult life laughing at grown men drinking an assortment of watered down beer going under the “lite” label, I have discovered what may be the best beer I have tasted “anywhere”.

Driving back from Seattle post the Hawks trashing of the 49ers, (gotta love T. Rawls with his 209 rushing yards), I did the customary Canadian thing and stopped for some cheap gas in Bellingham prior to crossing over.

When the kid manning the cash at the station discovered that I was from the north, he suggested that I try a “local” brew from Bellingham Washington. I told him that drinking US lite beer may lead to having my passport revoked or even a deserved beating, he insisted that this was different.

Reluctantly, I purchased a sack of his recommended, Kulshan Winter Ale.
Once home, I poured a glass … WOW … This is a rich dark chocolate roasted barley ale … smooth and delicious.

I may start going back south just for the beer now. Kudos to the Gas station kid with good taste
http://www.kulshanbrewery.com/beer/k...ns-winter-ale/
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Old 11-23-2015, 04:01 PM   #2
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Lots of good American beers, almost exclusively micro brews though.

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Old 11-23-2015, 05:02 PM   #3
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Lots of good American beers, almost exclusively micro brews though.

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I'm coming around. Would be nice to see them get more shelve space, and counter the Giant brewery's dominance in stores.
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Old 11-24-2015, 06:42 AM   #4
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BALLENTINE ALE

Is the only USA brew I have discovered (so far) that tastes acceptable simply chilled , not near frozen.

Put it in a net bag , hang it below a while to cool and it tastes great.

Most of the other brews are not fit to wash grass off a lawnmower.
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BALLENTINE ALE

Is the only USA brew I have discovered (so far) that tastes acceptable simply chilled , not near frozen.

Put it in a net bag , hang it below a while to cool and it tastes great.

Most of the other brews are not fit to wash grass off a lawnmower.
I will put that one on my list as well, and get to the bottom of it.
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Kulshan makes some nice dark ales/stouts. Not quite on a par with Guinness in my opinion but they make a very acceptable substitute if Guinness isn't available. Kulshan is available in a number of establishments in Bellingham.

Winter Ale is seasonal so if you like it get it while you can.
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Greetings,
Just remember. You don't buy beer, you only rent it.
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Kulshan makes some nice dark ales/stouts. Not quite on a par with Guinness in my opinion but they make a very acceptable substitute if Guinness isn't available. Kulshan is available in a number of establishments in Bellingham.
Winter Ale is seasonal so if you like it get it while you can.
I find Guinness too bitter for my liking, although I'm a big fan of Newcastle brown ale.

Apparently, Bellingham is a hotbed for emerging micro breweries. This will take more investigation.

Bellingham-Area Craft Breweries Bring the Suds - WhatcomTalk
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Yes, there are a number of them there. Some of them have opened pubs/restaurants in their brewing facilities.
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Old 11-24-2015, 01:01 PM   #10
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A few years ago, two guys came into our yacht club in San Diego (our club has eight beer taps) with a keg of craft beer. They offered it at a discount if we would give it a try. This month, they sold their craft beer company "Ballast Point Brewery" for 1 BILLION dollars. Yes, that's with a "B."
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Old 11-24-2015, 01:07 PM   #11
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So many beers, so little time!
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At this moment I'm enjoying a bottle of Not Your Father's Root Beer from Small Town Brewery. It's a 5.9% alc. spiced ale. Refreshing and a welcome change from the usual beer taste. Satisfies both child and grown-up in me.

There's a plethora of micro-breweries in California. One could spend a life-time sampling all their beers once.

Guinness, Corona, and Heineken are over-rated so I avoid.
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Old 11-24-2015, 03:37 PM   #13
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Just remember. You don't buy beer, you only rent it.

SAME as coffee.
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Old 11-24-2015, 05:36 PM   #14
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I find beer to be like women. The colder the climate the thicker they are, and the hotter the climate the thinner :-) I also am a micro brew fan, here in Alaska we have many small micro's to fit just about any taste. Most micro's make at least one variety you can put up with, at least on a temporary basis.
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Heck, it our little town of Poulsbo (~9000 people now) we have three microbrews. Two of those are withing a short walk of the Marina! And as to the previous statement "so many beers, so little time!", I heartily second that. Hmmmmmm, I think it is time to crack open a bottle of Oatmeal Stout.....

Cheers!
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Heck, it our little town of Poulsbo (~9000 people now) we have three microbrews. Two of those are withing a short walk of the Marina! And as to the previous statement "so many beers, so little time!", I heartily second that. Hmmmmmm, I think it is time to crack open a bottle of Oatmeal Stout.....

Cheers!
Marty..........................
I used to stop in at Thomas Kemper's (back when it was in a converted abotoiur on Bond Road) on my way home to Kingston, pick up some fresh ale, and pet the brewery Labrador Retriever.

Now I have to go to the converted post office in Powell River to get my growler filled.
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My two rules for beer:

1. Don't buy beer that's common ( in both meanings of the word) enough to be advertised on TV.

2 Don't drink beer that was final filtered through a Clydesdale or tastes like it was.

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It really is quite amazing how dramatically the beer landscape has changed over the past 20 years within the United States. In the 80's, with very few exceptions, it was Budweiser, Miller, or Coors, and pretty much nothing else. If a bar wanted patrons to think of them as having a wide variety of beers then maybe they would offer Heineken.

Today, any bar or restaurant that doesn't offer a pale ale and an IPA--at least--is considered a barren desert as far as beers are concerned. While American pale lagers are still fairly insipid, and they are still the biggest selling beers in America, there is just so much variety in American-brewed beers today that anyone who immediately thinks of "Budweiser" (or the like) when they think of "American beer" is just sadly and desperately behind the times.

The irony is that while the American mega-breweries, making their pale lagers, are struggling to figure out how to compete with all of the varied and flavorful micro-brews now available here, pale lagers are actually becoming more and more popular in other areas of the world. The market share controlled by pale lagers has been going down in the United States over the last decade, but it has been going up in most of the rest of the world.

It's a wonderful time to be a beer drinker in America.
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Id have to vote Fat Tire beer as the best beer ever.
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