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Title: Can anyone suggest some nice beers?
Post by: watai0102 on August 01, 2017, 02:55:09 AM
I would like to try out some good proper beers other than the mainstream ones like Fosters and Corona. Can anyone of you beer drinkers and enthusiasts suggest some of your favourites.
Title: Re: Can anyone suggest some nice beers?
Post by: Bilsch on August 01, 2017, 03:46:37 AM
Um.. Bitburger is fairly ubiquitous and a nice example of a well brewed light German lager.
Title: Re: Can anyone suggest some nice beers?
Post by: Bob357 on August 01, 2017, 11:53:54 AM
You've got some great breweries in Ft. Collins. I'd start with your local beers.
Title: Re: Can anyone suggest some nice beers?
Post by: dls5492 on August 01, 2017, 12:44:15 PM
In the latest issue of Zymurgy Magazine, they list the "Best Beers in America". That is a good starting point on your search.
Title: Re: Can anyone suggest some nice beers?
Post by: dmtaylor on August 01, 2017, 12:55:53 PM
Hacker-Pschorr Weisse changed the game for me.  Also Warsteiner.  For easiest transition, just learn to appreciate anything with a German name that is difficult to pronounce, you just can't go wrong.
Title: Can anyone suggest some nice beers?
Post by: banjo-guy on August 01, 2017, 01:29:31 PM
This a basic question but I still think it's an interesting topic. I would like learn about easy to find beers that exemplify the various styles.
I'm finding great IPA's in my local Stop and Shop supermarket lately. There seems to be no shortage of great beer available.


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Title: Re: Can anyone suggest some nice beers?
Post by: Slowbrew on August 01, 2017, 02:03:51 PM
If you're trying to find a style(s) you like but never knew about, pick a local taproom and buy a sampler flight.  Taste beer, take notes.  Then pick another pub, rinse, repeat.  You have to expose yourself to different styles and interpretations.  Takes friends with you and have fun.   :)

Paul
Title: Re: Can anyone suggest some nice beers?
Post by: Iliff Ave Brewhouse on August 01, 2017, 02:35:48 PM
You've got some great breweries in Ft. Collins. I'd start with your local beers.

Couldn't agree with this more. Visit Odell.
Title: Re: Can anyone suggest some nice beers?
Post by: toby on August 01, 2017, 04:59:05 PM
Wait, you're in Fort Collins and consider Fosters and Corona mainstream? I figured Dale's Pale Ale flowed out of the water fountains in Colorado.
Title: Re: Can anyone suggest some nice beers?
Post by: ethinson on August 02, 2017, 11:54:56 AM
If you haven't done the New Belgium Tour I highly highly recommend it.  Another vote for Odell's and also, right next door is Fort Collins Brewing which I heard good things about, but didn't get to try while I was there.

Wait, you're in Fort Collins and consider Fosters and Corona mainstream? I figured Dale's Pale Ale flowed out of the water fountains in Colorado.

I thought that was Coors Light?
Title: Re: Can anyone suggest some nice beers?
Post by: reverseapachemaster on August 02, 2017, 02:53:21 PM
If you haven't done the New Belgium Tour I highly highly recommend it.  Another vote for Odell's and also, right next door is Fort Collins Brewing which I heard good things about, but didn't get to try while I was there.

Fort Collins Brewing mostly relies on their range of staple beers which are right down the middle in quality. Their special releases and brewery-only beers are solid though. The food is also excellent. When I make it up to Fort Collins I usually start here for lunch.

There's quite a few breweries in Fort Collins. Horse and Dragon has some interesting beers. Funkwerks does a good job with their saisons and various other Belgian beers. Zwei on the south end of town has some solid German offerings. I think Prost's tasting room is also open now. I wasn't a huge fan of Equinox outside of their oatmeal stout. Several other breweries in town I haven't tried out yet. I'd give another vote to Odell.

Prost and Zwei might be good options if Corona and Fosters are your preference for beer.

New Belgium's tour is great even if you're not the biggest fan of their beers but you have to register for tickets far in advance.
Title: Re: Can anyone suggest some nice beers?
Post by: toby on August 02, 2017, 06:30:14 PM
Fort Collins Brewing

I thought FCB was closed by now after selling out to Red Truck from Canada?
Title: Re: Can anyone suggest some nice beers?
Post by: ethinson on August 02, 2017, 08:17:54 PM
Fort Collins Brewing

I thought FCB was closed by now after selling out to Red Truck from Canada?

They were open when I was there back in February.  I didn't realize they had sold, so I have no idea.
Title: Re: Can anyone suggest some nice beers?
Post by: Iliff Ave Brewhouse on August 02, 2017, 09:52:20 PM
I will be up in FTC on Friday and am looking forward to exploring breweries I have never been to. Boulder on Thursday, FTC on Friday, and Longmont on Saturday. Should be a good beer trip!
Title: Re: Can anyone suggest some nice beers?
Post by: ethinson on August 03, 2017, 12:00:30 PM
http://www.coloradoan.com/story/life/food/beer/2017/05/27/fort-collins-brewery-close-after-sale-canadian-brewery/351303001/

This is an interesting story, although it doesn't make a lot of sense (not sure the sales ever do make sense unless the place is going under).. they just revamped their beer line up, added a can line, renovating a restaurant and then poof... gone.  It will reopen though under the Red Truck name, so the "location" will still be there, just not as FCB.  Suggests spring of 2018 as when it will reopen as Red Truck. 

The article also mentions 3 other breweries that have recently closed in FTC, so not good news for that area.
Title: Re: Can anyone suggest some nice beers?
Post by: reverseapachemaster on August 03, 2017, 02:54:05 PM
http://www.coloradoan.com/story/life/food/beer/2017/05/27/fort-collins-brewery-close-after-sale-canadian-brewery/351303001/

This is an interesting story, although it doesn't make a lot of sense (not sure the sales ever do make sense unless the place is going under).. they just revamped their beer line up, added a can line, renovating a restaurant and then poof... gone.  It will reopen though under the Red Truck name, so the "location" will still be there, just not as FCB.  Suggests spring of 2018 as when it will reopen as Red Truck. 

The article also mentions 3 other breweries that have recently closed in FTC, so not good news for that area.

I didn't know about this. My guess from the article is that they spent money expanding the business thinking it would make them more competitive to sell thinking the new buyer would keep the FCB name alive.

I don't think FCB had a great market position. I can't recall ever seeing them on tap anywhere in Colorado other than the brewery. I barely recall seeing them in bottle shops in the state. Mostly twelve packs and a few bombers. Strange that they were so absent from their own market having been around for so long. I never heard people saying good things about them.
Title: Re: Can anyone suggest some nice beers?
Post by: Iliff Ave Brewhouse on August 03, 2017, 08:50:05 PM
Interesting. FCB had the same recipes of H.C. Berger that disaappeared back in the day. Red Banshee was a beer that was around back then and recreated by FCB. Somehow they were connected but not sure how
Title: Re: Can anyone suggest some nice beers?
Post by: reverseapachemaster on August 04, 2017, 02:43:04 PM
Interesting. FCB had the same recipes of H.C. Berger that disaappeared back in the day. Red Banshee was a beer that was around back then and recreated by FCB. Somehow they were connected but not sure how

FCB bought out H.C. Berger.
Title: Re: Can anyone suggest some nice beers?
Post by: Iliff Ave Brewhouse on August 04, 2017, 05:25:34 PM
There ya go. There was quite a gap there so thought they just reopened with a new name.
Title: Re: Can anyone suggest some nice beers?
Post by: Wilbur on August 04, 2017, 07:13:40 PM
A note if you're looking for "classic" examples, the BJCP guidelines have "classic" examples of listed at the end of each style.

https://www.bjcp.org/docs/2015_Guidelines_Beer.pdf (https://www.bjcp.org/docs/2015_Guidelines_Beer.pdf)

A recommendation from them for stouts: Avery Out of Bounds Stout,
Deschutes Obsidian Stout, North Coast Old No. 38, Rogue
Shakespeare Stout, Sierra Nevada Stout
Title: Re: Can anyone suggest some nice beers?
Post by: juggabrew303 on August 04, 2017, 07:19:10 PM
You've got some great breweries in Ft. Collins. I'd start with your local beers.

Couldn't agree with this more. Visit Odell.
Also New Belgium offers a great tour for you to sample.  I'm sure there's a good craft beer store close to you as well who should be helpful.


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