I started drinking beer in college because a) I could afford it (it was often free) and b) social pressure. Over time, I acquired a taste for it. GOOD beer is full of flavor and aromas.
I don't drink much at all now - maybe 2-3 total drinks a month. But every once in a while, nothing beats an ice cold beer.
This says that beer made all the invention.
Bear Bibeault wrote: I don't understand the appeal of guzzling down the mass-market swill.
Its well known that if you advertise something heavily, people will buy it. No matter what it is.
Most American mass market beers have no taste and are designed to get a lot of alcohol into you quickly. Thus the taste, or lack there of, is not an issue, since the point is to get to the booze.
I will admit that when its scorching hot, as it has been recently in the mid-west and east, an ice cold American style beer tastes good.
Ogeh Ikem wrote:It's a type of beer but I think that it belongs in a special class, all on its own.
I too, am getting to the point where I like dark beers way more than the lighter stuff. In fact, I can't drink light beer anymore -- it all tastes like water. The lightest that I will go at this point is an amber (or maybe a red).
on a different note, it is an aquired taste just like tobacco.
Mostly I go not too light (I avoid Bud, Miller, Coors, and so on), and usually nothing as heavy as a Guinness. These days I usually go for an ESB or an IPA. When I do go light, I like Mexican beers
Because of the hot weather we've had lots of wheat beers, and right now I'm really into the dark stuff again. I'm having a Guinness as I type.
This trip I had Yuengling for the first time, and I have to say it's pretty enjoyable. Other new beers I've tasted in the past two weeks are Genesee Cream Ale, and Blue Moon (which I've never heard of, despite it being a Belgian import), and I quite enjoy both. Pabst is just gross :P
I live right next to the Grolsch factory, so that's our regular swill.
You have fruity beers, strong brown beers but also sweet and strong brown beers, blond beers, white beers, ... and my favourite ones are the triple which are blond sweet and strong beers.
More than this, if you compare to other alcohols beer is one of the most easy to digest.
You can drink a lot of beer feeling you thirst disappear before feeling ill or drunk.
Young people begins to alcohol with beer as a light drink. Therefore alcohol addiction is becoming increasingly severe.
Even so it is not true to use less if most of them will do intoxicating...
There are many types in the clean circle of beverages: fruit juices, mineral waters, etc...
Not meaning to start a war, but the US is the best place in the world these days for a beer geek...errr...beer conisure, and this might be the best time as well! American craft breweries make incredible and unique American style beers and styles from around the world plus you can get beers from all over the world imported here. Tomorrow I am heading to a weekend event focused around home brewed beer (with lots of commercial beer and good food mixed in).
It is good to be a beer geek!
Greg Charles wrote:San Diego has a thriving microbrewery industry and the emphasis is on hoppy beers, especially IPAs, i.e., India Pale Ales. I'm curious; are IPAs available these days in India? My impression is that mostly mediocre imports make up the Indian market, like Budweiser, Fosters, Corona, Heineken, etc. Any good local brews?
Greg, you're right in saying that a majority of the market is made up by the mediocre brands- Kingfisher, Tuborg, Budweiser etc.
Over the last couple of years, there have been quiet a few microbreweries that have opened up in the NCR (Delhi, Gurgaon etc.).
Rockman's Beer Island, Vapour, Howzzat to name a few. They serve some really good beer very much unlike the Fosters and the Coronas..Once you've had them, its hard to go back..
When you're only used to milk, juice, and soda pop, it's not surprising the bitterness imparted by the hops, and the lack of sweetness, will be a shock to your taste buds.
But I also clearly remember in my late teens, helping building a barn one summer, being hot and thirsty, and my older sister offering me a beer (again, a 'cheap' brand).
Boy did that quench my thirst. Unlike pop, it did not leave a sugary residue in my mouth.
Now, I savor deep amber ales, that are reminiscent of hearty whole grain bread.
(it's not uncommon to hear beer described as liquid bread, because of the common ingredients of grain and yeast).