hm, I did not have a beer in weeks, it is Federweißer (Young wine) and Rauscher (young Applewine) season herebut a I had a really good one at my dads birthday, can't remember what it was but it was an unfiltered sweet beer in a classic
Bügelflasche (there seems to be no english word for it)
Evil Lincoln wrote:
Kölsch? You really are evil, aren't you?
I'm not much of a beer drinker. I'd rather have a pint of Bulmer's. The real stuff, of course, not that watered-down English swill.
Fabius Maximus wrote:
+100I looove irish Bulmers and that says something coming form Hessia, the applewine capitol
of the world.
sadly we only get the ebglish bulmers here in germany
are you irsh?
I was brought up in SW England, and the cider I like best is the heavy duty scrumpy made with fertiliser runoff and containing anonymous bits of what you hope is apple - hard to get much further North, although Old Rosie gets the job done. Bulmer's sounds like Guinness, i.e. the Irish keep the best stuff for themselves :)
Interested to hear about applewine, though - what's it like? Clear? Cloudy? Fizzy? Still?
Nope. German as well, from Berlin. There are a few places here where you can get Irish Bulmers, although it's mostly pubs and bars and therefore pretty expensive.
Funnily enough, my local supermarket has begun to stock the English version, mostly the pear variant. I can't see how they are going to sell much of the stuff.
@Limeylongears: The Irish Bulmers is sold in the rest of the world under the name of Magners. There was some kind of legal hassle over the brand name, I believe. I think both companies use the same basic recipe, because the English variant tastes more or less like the Irish one, except it's much more watery.
As for applewine, you can get various drinks with under that name. Never tried "Äppelwoi" (the official Hessian name), but there is a local Brandenburgian brew which is pretty cloudy (with 18% Alcohol; tastes like nothing, but does funny stuff to your head).
Apfelwein or in hessian Äppelwoi is a big thing in my german homestate of Hessia.it has around 7% alcohol, usually is clar (but cloudy once exist)
in Traditional hessian taverns you get it in a kind of earthenware Pitcher called "bembel", the glass is called "Geripptes"
you drink it either
where I live every village still has a small local producer where people bring their apples
Evil Lincoln wrote:
Or let the bees grow honey for me so I can make mead.
Fascinating - thanks very much! :)
I have been drinking the Spaten Octoberfest and enjoying it a great deal.
There are so many. Quebec also has several micro-breweies and brew pub.....
here is a list of my tops
Anything from Unibroue in Québec
In the summer, when I want someting ligth in tase and and alcohol... drum roll....
Sadly, there are no US microbrewery imports available at our liquor stores, which is to bad because I hear there are some great ones out there.
it is the most popular "Schwarzbier" (dark lager) in Germany,
Köstritzer is produced since 1543
Not an avid drinker but my players are. For them though it's something of a combo between makers mark for harder stuff and Guiness for beer. Luckily we have one of these within driving distance for just about anything they could be looking for.
Forgot about this, it made delicious apple juice. We're still waiting for the cider.
I had Betty Stoggs, St. Peter's Mild and a Thornbridge Kipling.
Betty Stoggs is an old favourite, the mild was really nice and the Kipling was a nice surprise.
Kipling is full of grassy hops with a bitter edge. Not something I'd drink a lot of but a nice change of pace.
The mild was great: roasted, malty, with a bitter edge and a hint of licorice.
Betty Stoggs is just a lovely classic summer ale. Not really appropriate for the time of year but great stuff.
Harpoon makes one called "Rich and Dan's Rye IPA" and I just had a pretty good one brewed by Saranac out of NY. The Harpoon one is availabe year around in 6 packs and the Saranac one I got out of a summer variety pack. I'm on the lookout for one made by Sierra Nevada but every store here in NH seems to carry a different selection of Sierra Nevada beer (mostly the pale ale and the IPA).
I'm partial to Sly Fox's offereings, particularly their Pheonix Pale Ale and Grisette.
I'll also be going to a tasting of Dogfishhead at my local beer snob taproom tommorrow as a birthday outing.
Possibly my first ever homebrew, a dry stout. I apparently made a good choice, there! Come to think of it, all three homebrews I've made so far were absolutely amazing. Who knew I'd revere a plastic 6 gallon bucket?
Or if we're talking strictly commercial beers, I think I'd have to go with Guinness. There are a lot of good choices out there for "favorite", but it's my old standby. A classic. I'm never not in the mood for Guinness. And I've only had the import version -- I need to try the real stuff someday!
Evil Lincoln wrote:
Which I do. In my suburban yard. Hops, Malt, sorghum, boil down maple tree sap for syrup, and raise bees for honey.