netcrusher88 wrote:I gather you're in upstate New York. You should be able to track down Unibroue fairly easily - they're a brewery in Montreal. Unibroue specializes in Belgian styles (much like Ommegang, actually) and you can't go wrong with them. You will almost definitely like La Fin Du Monde, a Belgian white, and you'll probably like their others (Maudite, Tres Pistoles, and maybe some others) too. They can be a bit pricey and usually come in 750s - caveat emptor. Likewise Ommegang, a brewery somewhere in NYS that also specializes in Belgian brews. You didn't specify which brew so I'm guessing Three Philosophers - again, you can't go wrong with the brewery. Usually come in 750s sealed like champagne, and again a bit pricey - at least out here in the Northwest.
You could say that. Ithaca, NY to be specific. Not gonna get into regional variations in the definition of what constitutes "upstate" though.
I have had Three Philosophers and liked it when I tried it (and only remembered that at your mention of it). It wasn't the same as the other Ommegang one I tried. Trying to google it, I think the one I mentioned was their Abbey Ale.
Also, grabbing a pen and paper to write down all these recommendations. The Wegmans store here has a large beer section (including a walk-in cooler you can go into), so I might have to search there for a bit.
On the hops-- It most likely is an acquired taste. Who knows if I'll like it later or not. I never thought I'd actually like beer, but I have found a few that are good so far. I had Yeungling a couple times many years ago and while I could acknowledge the difference in quality between it and dishwater beers (like Budweiser), I still didn't like it. But now it's not that bad. I think maybe my tastes are just maturing more and more as I get older.
Azrael wrote:If you don't like hops, stay away from IPA's (obviously), pale ales in general, anything with an indicator of time in the title (60-min etc) and pretty much anything that's a variation of an ale and brewed on the West Coast. Aim for brown ales, Belgians, saisons, wheat beers, virtually anything Germanic in style and virtually all things dark. Unibroue and Ommegang have already been mentioned. Rogue and Stone are a tier more affordable, but are West Coast breweries, so be cautious.
As for readily available "6-pack" beer, hit up Saranac & Brooklyn. They are both high quality mid-sized regional breweries. If you find a store with a larger beer selection, try Anderson Valley Brewery (CA) or Victory (PA). Find all the mix 12 packs you can, it gives you the necessary variety to figure out what you really like.
When you're feeling spendy and adventurous, head towards Dogfish Head.
I know we have Saranac around here. And I've heard good things from that same friend about Dogfish Head. Funny short story: my dad was visiting Athens, Ohio a while ago and they had no idea what Yeungling was when he asked for one. They thought it was some foreign beer (even though it's brewed in PA, one state over). Oddly enough, they had Saranac which is much more regional.
I'll try some of these and report my findings. Thanks all. And if you have any more recommendations, I'll add them to my list.
I'm addicted to bad ideas, and all the beauty in this world.