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Title: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: chezteth on June 16, 2016, 12:45:02 PM
The title says it all. A co-worker quit drinking for 3 months. He is now faced with the dilemma of choosing his first beer. Of course, this got me thinking. What if I was making that decision?
I'll start by saying I would choose my homebrewed tripel. It is so tasty. Of course, with a high alcohol content I probably wouldn't be able to drink much after that long time of abstinence.
Which beer would you choose?

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Brandon

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Title: Re: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: beersk on June 16, 2016, 01:18:24 PM
If it were me, I'd go with a go-to beer, something I'm very familiar with and enjoy a lot. That'd probably be something like DAB or Weihenstephaner hefeweizen. But my beer tastes change as rapidly as my music tastes from day-to-day. Whenever someone asks me what I've been listening to lately, I never know what to say because it changes so much. Same for beer, unless I just say what's on tap at my house.

I have this same dilemma when I take just a week off from drinking any beer; 3 months is a long haul.
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Post by: HoosierBrew on June 16, 2016, 01:52:39 PM
Probably a hoppy APA. Closest thing I have to a go to.
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Post by: toby on June 16, 2016, 02:01:14 PM
I would have to go with something like an ESB or APA as a palate reset.  Don't want something too extreme like a 2000 IBU DIPA, 14% barleywine, or enamel-peeling sour after a few month hiatus.  I would be looking to work my way back to the bigger or bolder beers.
Title: Re: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: chezteth on June 16, 2016, 02:01:26 PM
I don't really have a "go to" beer either. Recently I've been drinking a lot of lighter, sessionanble beers. Excluding the tripel of course. DAB is a beer that I haven't had for awhile and have always enjoyed it when I did.

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Title: Re: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: RPIScotty on June 16, 2016, 02:07:28 PM
Westmalle Tripel
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Post by: HoosierBrew on June 16, 2016, 02:08:40 PM
Don't want something too extreme like a 2000 IBU DIPA, 14% barleywine, or enamel-peeling sour after a few month hiatus.  I would be looking to work my way back to the bigger or bolder beers.


Yeah, that was my feeling.
Title: Re: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: chezteth on June 16, 2016, 02:20:52 PM
I couldn't imagine a huge DIPA after that long. It would be a shock to the system.

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Title: Re: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: Stevie on June 16, 2016, 02:23:18 PM
Budweiser
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Post by: Phil_M on June 16, 2016, 02:28:05 PM
If it were me, I'd go to the local brewpub with some family/friends and just get whatever looks good in the 3-6% ABV range. When I want to make a beer memorable I find it's not just the beer, it who/where I enjoy said beer with.
Title: Re: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: chezteth on June 16, 2016, 02:50:24 PM
If it were me, I'd go to the local brewpub with some family/friends and just get whatever looks good in the 3-6% ABV range. When I want to make a beer memorable I find it's not just the beer, it who/where I enjoy said beer with.
Good point. I had not considered that. Atmosphere can definitely make an event /evening more enjoyable. Or, even a beverage.

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Title: Re: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: Joe Sr. on June 16, 2016, 03:17:00 PM
Westmalle Tripel

Tripel Karmeliet or La Fin Du Monde
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Post by: beersk on June 16, 2016, 04:03:36 PM
Budweiser
Quit trollin'! ;)
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Post by: pete b on June 16, 2016, 04:12:32 PM
I quit for the month of January this year and can't remember what I had. I would have whatever I was in the mood for like usual. That would depend on weather, what I'm eating if anything, where I am, what I got etc. I wouldn't necessarily avoid strong flavors or high ABV is if that's what I was in the mood for, I don't think anything magical happens to your pallet from not drinking that makes it in need of a reset. I have been on ten day fasts before and when done have had something low abv and with food as I recall.
Title: Re: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: MDixon on June 16, 2016, 04:24:19 PM
De Dolle Oerbier
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Post by: blair.streit on June 16, 2016, 05:02:09 PM
Budweiser
Why go that big? Start with Natural Light and work your way up.
Title: Re: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: blair.streit on June 16, 2016, 05:02:59 PM
If it were me, I'd go to the local brewpub with some family/friends and just get whatever looks good in the 3-6% ABV range. When I want to make a beer memorable I find it's not just the beer, it who/where I enjoy said beer with.
Good point. I had not considered that. Atmosphere can definitely make an event /evening more enjoyable. Or, even a beverage.

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^^^^This
Title: Re: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: chezteth on June 16, 2016, 05:20:04 PM
Budweiser
Why go that big? Start with Natural Light and work your way up.
Yep, ruin your palette from the start

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Title: Re: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: blair.streit on June 16, 2016, 05:23:41 PM
Budweiser
Why go that big? Start with Natural Light and work your way up.
Yep, ruin your palette from the start

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For palate impact, I'd put cucumbers and iceberg lettuce ahead of Natural Light.
Title: Re: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: HoosierBrew on June 16, 2016, 05:26:22 PM
For palate impact, I'd put cucumbers and iceberg lettuce ahead of Natural Light.


I don't know - Natty Light is like a Wee Heavy next to Coors Light IMO.
Title: Re: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: erockrph on June 16, 2016, 05:35:01 PM
I'd probably hit my beer cellar and pick out a barleywine I've been sitting on. Three months isn't quite worthy of one of my few remaining Thomas Hardy's, but something along those lines.

Or Orval. Can never go wrong with that.
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Post by: dls5492 on June 16, 2016, 05:35:14 PM
I recently had that dilemma. I had prostrate cancer and had surgery in April. I didn't have a beer for six weeks. You want your first beer to be fantastic. So, I picked my favorite beer, a Porter I brewed and entered into NHC. His favorite beer is what I would recommend.
Title: Re: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: Stevie on June 16, 2016, 05:37:57 PM
Budweiser
Quit trollin'! ;)
Honestly I do wonder what it would be like with a completely unadulterated pallet.
Title: Re: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: HoosierBrew on June 16, 2016, 05:43:21 PM
Honestly I do wonder what it would be like with a completely unadulterated pallet.


I vote sh*^^y.  Maybe not.  I don't have any lingering fond memories of it.
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Post by: pete b on June 16, 2016, 05:46:52 PM
Honestly I do wonder what it would be like with a completely unadulterated pallet.


I vote sh*^^y.  Maybe not.  I don't have any lingering fond memories of it.
From what I remember of Bud it didn't taste bad, it just didn't taste enough.
Title: Re: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: Stevie on June 16, 2016, 05:49:09 PM
Honestly I do wonder what it would be like with a completely unadulterated pallet.


I vote sh*^^y.  Maybe not.  I don't have any lingering fond memories of it.
From what I remember of Bud it didn't taste bad, it just didn't taste enough.
I can't remember dinners from last week let alone the flavor of a beer when I was a teenager, I mean 21.
Title: Re: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: HoosierBrew on June 16, 2016, 05:51:05 PM
Honestly I do wonder what it would be like with a completely unadulterated pallet.


I vote sh*^^y.  Maybe not.  I don't have any lingering fond memories of it.
From what I remember of Bud it didn't taste bad, it just didn't taste enough.


Agreed. I had my share of it (and cheaper mass produced stuff, too) before the craft beer thing. Insipid and boring isn't the same as having off flavors.
Title: Re: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: ethinson on June 16, 2016, 06:09:23 PM
Honestly I do wonder what it would be like with a completely unadulterated pallet.


I vote sh*^^y.  Maybe not.  I don't have any lingering fond memories of it.
From what I remember of Bud it didn't taste bad, it just didn't taste enough.

I think that's the point... Coors Light tastes like nothing so you can slam 12 of them without getting tired of them and at 3.2% abv you can still walk home. 

In certain circumstances (like sitting outside around a campfire) a Bud Light isn't that bad (for what is is...)

As for my "special occasion" beer, I'd probably go with Chimay Blue Label.
Title: Re: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: erockrph on June 16, 2016, 06:47:44 PM
Honestly I do wonder what it would be like with a completely unadulterated pallet.


I vote sh*^^y.  Maybe not.  I don't have any lingering fond memories of it.
From what I remember of Bud it didn't taste bad, it just didn't taste enough.
There's something about it that I just don't like. Probably the fermentation character, because I get the same flavor out of WY2007. I'd gladly take a Coors Banquet or MGD over Bud if I had to choose.
Title: Re: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: dbeechum on June 16, 2016, 06:52:32 PM
Saison Dupont III - aka "Avec"

Don't act surprised. :)
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Post by: MDixon on June 16, 2016, 06:55:38 PM
Upon reflection I remembered the time I almost drowned while whitewater rafting underneath the New River Gorge Bridge when a hydraulic called Fayette Station flipped the boat. Afterwards I was presented with a Coors and it was manna from heaven.

I'd still choose De Dolle Oerbier after a 90 day hiatus.  ;D
Title: Re: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: Slowbrew on June 16, 2016, 07:19:27 PM
My first thought was after a 3 month break it probably wouldn't matter what I started with because it would end in "too much".   :-[

If I had to choose it today I'd grab a pint of my English Golden Ale.  Very fine brew that would invite a second.

Paul
Title: Re: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: HoosierBrew on June 16, 2016, 07:29:50 PM
There's something about it that I just don't like. Probably the fermentation character, because I get the same flavor out of WY2007. I'd gladly take a Coors Banquet or MGD over Bud if I had to choose.


I agree. It's the yeast character I'm not a big fan of. Forced to pick one of the other macros I'd go with Coors Banquet or MGD, too. Though back when Schlitz actually had the 'kiss of the hops' like it said on the can, I'd have picked it hands down.
Title: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: juggabrew303 on June 16, 2016, 07:51:27 PM
Lawson's finest liquids 'Sip of Sunshine' IPA
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Title: Re: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: Rhoobarb on June 16, 2016, 09:40:53 PM
I think I'd go with my current go-to.  Pollyanna Lexical Gap.  I've been stocking up wheneer I go to Chicago or whenever freinds or family from there come to visit.
Title: Re: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: beersk on June 16, 2016, 11:55:17 PM
There's something about it that I just don't like. Probably the fermentation character, because I get the same flavor out of WY2007. I'd gladly take a Coors Banquet or MGD over Bud if I had to choose.


I agree. It's the yeast character I'm not a big fan of. Forced to pick one of the other macros I'd go with Coors Banquet or MGD, too. Though back when Schlitz actually had the 'kiss of the hops' like it said on the can, I'd have picked it hands down.
Man, seriously...I don't know why you'd choose either of those...that's bleak. I guess "forced" was the key word there. I'd go Hamm's or Peebs, myself if I had to choose swill. We don't get Yuengling here...that is actually good tasting beer.
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Post by: HoosierBrew on June 17, 2016, 12:20:21 AM

Man, seriously...I don't know why you'd choose either of those...that's bleak


I agree - I wouldn't. That was a hypothetical BMC crapfest answer. Kinda like the 'Would you rather....' game.  :)   I'll stick with having one of my hoppy APAs as first beer back after a long hiatus, as a gateway back to good beer.
Title: Re: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: tommymorris on June 17, 2016, 02:24:01 AM
My homebrew.

I took 30 days off earlier this year. I had 2 homebrews lagering and ready to go at the end of the tunnel.

My current favorite is a homemade pale lager. But that's probably because it is so hot outside.
Title: Re: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: chezteth on June 17, 2016, 11:44:08 AM
I don't believe I've ever had Coors Banquet. I'll have to try it sometime just to say I did.

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Title: Re: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: 69franx on June 17, 2016, 03:22:38 PM
I think coors banquet was the first beer I had that was not provided in small sips by my parents. It was awfully good way back in 7th grade, I mean sophomore year of college. Back to the main topic, I think my first beer back would be a nice crisp pilsner, or whatever I could easily put my hands on
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Post by: Visor on June 17, 2016, 03:43:19 PM
   Since I'm am a hop junkie it would have to be a good solid IPA or APA [and where exactly is the black and white dividing line between the two?]. If I didn't have anything that needed to be done, or need to drive afterward I might have a DIPA and the spend the next couple hours inspecting the inside of my eyelids.
   In defense of the majors [don't kill me please] it might be noted that Coors Banquet won gold at last year's GABF for American Light Lagers. Whilst most of us fans of "real" beer may look down our noses at what my ever so subtle Brother calls "bladder wash", the beers we grew up with in our teens [or college] were excellent examples of the ubiquitous American style. One could argue that they are the ultimate session beer [I won't though].
   A couple of FWIWs, although I grew up drinking Coors, the first beer I ever had [drinking was absolutely taboo at home] was a Bud that had spent the previous several days in a hot car trunk, it was the bestest thing I had ever tasted! If warm Bud tasted that good, I knew I was doomed to be a beer drinker. The other FWIW, last evening I actually had a Bud Light, it was either that or a Coors light or nothing. Usually I would have opted for nothing, but I just felt like being kinky instead, I guess 
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Post by: reverseapachemaster on June 18, 2016, 03:40:13 PM
All of it.
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Post by: Steve Ruch on June 18, 2016, 04:00:26 PM
The first one I could get my hands on (excluding any BMC, of course).
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Post by: majorvices on June 18, 2016, 08:52:36 PM
Yellowhammer beer! Of course! ;)
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Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on June 18, 2016, 11:57:00 PM
3 months :o    --- PBR me baby and i'm sure id be happy as a pig in sh*t!
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Post by: GS on June 21, 2016, 12:28:44 AM
After 3 months without a beer, I would choose whatever beer is available, exclusively!

Seriously, probably Anchor Steam.



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Title: Re: Which beer would you drink first if you abstained for 3 months?
Post by: Weavz on June 22, 2016, 03:05:14 AM
I have had some experience with this. The answer is ... It doesn't matter which beer I'd drink. Let me explain. I like to spend a week in the backcountry every year with just what I can carry. I was hiking on the Appalachian Trail a few years ago when I tasted what seemed like the best beer ever. It was a Yuengling. I know, an American light lager is not my favorite brew, either (I do respect the Yuengling family brewery). But at that time, at that place, after drinking water I filtered and treated myself, a cold brew was incredible. Now, sitting in my overstuffed chair-and-a-half in my air-conditioned home, a Russian imperial stout tastes wonderful but isn't nearly as rewarding.
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Post by: majorvices on June 22, 2016, 10:40:55 AM
I have had some experience with this. The answer is ... It doesn't matter which beer I'd drink. Let me explain. I like to spend a week in the backcountry every year with just what I can carry. I was hiking on the Appalachian Trail a few years ago when I tasted what seemed like the best beer ever. It was a Yuengling. I know, an American light lager is not my favorite brew, either (I do respect the Yuengling family brewery). But at that time, at that place, after drinking water I filtered and treated myself, a cold brew was incredible. Now, sitting in my overstuffed chair-and-a-half in my air-conditioned home, a Russian imperial stout tastes wonderful but isn't nearly as rewarding.

Similar story for me. Spend several days in the back country and stopped at the first gas station we found out in the  middle of no where. The best beer they had was a six pack of MGD. It was ice cold and was one of the best beers I ever drank. Another time I was on a motorcycle ride from Alabama through Tennessee then North Carolina then routed through Georgia (all in one morning/afternoon) and stopped in a neat little German replikca village called Hellen in GA and was served an Erdinger Hefewezen and it was pure manna.