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Title: How low can you go?
Post by: kerneldustjacket on January 03, 2011, 12:50:09 AM
So to what low will you sink in regards to beer drinking? Are there some beers you just won't drink?

As admitted on another post, I'll drink Bud Light. Heck, I've even drank Bud Light Lime on a golf course.
But I won't drink malt liquor. No way. No Olde English 800, No Schlitz, no Clot 45.

What about you?
Iron City? Schaffer's? Natty Light? PBR? Hamms? Natural Light?

Come on...confession is good for the soul. Fess up.
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: tubercle on January 03, 2011, 12:54:44 AM
You need to take PBR outta that list. Them's fightin' words >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: punatic on January 03, 2011, 01:04:52 AM
As seen written on a quote board at McGuire's Irish Pub,

"Life is too short to drink bad beer!" 
Carrie Nation

(http://library.buffalo.edu/exhibits/panam/music/personal/gray/nation.jpg)
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: kerneldustjacket on January 03, 2011, 01:17:04 AM
You need to take PBR outta that list. Them's fightin' words >:( >:( >:(

You South Carolinians...always quick to jump to the fight! (Remember Fort Sumter?)

In defense of PBR, a can of it went with my dad to his grave, nicely tucked under his hand.
He once asked one of my brothers if he had any beer in his truck, my brother said yes but it's hot. My father took it anyway, popped it open, took a sip and said, "Ahhh, perfect drinking temperature!"
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: corkybstewart on January 03, 2011, 01:20:02 AM
Years ago when work was slow and I was dead assed broke I bought a 12 pack of Schaeffer for about $3.00 figuring it was better than nothing,  Wrong.  Every morning before work I'd drainpour the half can I wasn't able to finish the night before.  Now if I can't afford or find decent beer I'll drink iced tea or coffee.
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: weithman5 on January 03, 2011, 01:55:49 AM
i have said many times.  i still like, yes actually like, budweiser,  :-\, i really don't like guiness. oh, i really struggle when someone offers wine. ugh
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: loopy on January 03, 2011, 02:33:42 AM
I drink budweiser as well.  mostly at sporting events or other outings where the selection are just the primary 4 or 5 big commercial lagers.  Sometimes just around the house and garage I'll go cheap and buy budweiser.  I dont care for any of the lightbeers, but if someone offered I wouldnt say no.  I dont buy them, but I do think coors light is the best of the lot.  As for Mickeys, Colt45, and the like.  Not so much. 

I'm not a beer snob, and I am very far from a beer nazi.  But I am not exactly a beer slut either.  maybe a lil bit beer slut. 

PBR has a great grassroots marketing program.  nice to see an old label get revitalized like that.  Maybe there is hope for Olympia. 
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: euge on January 03, 2011, 02:35:19 AM
I dislike cheap-ass mass produced green lagers like Old English or St Ives.  F'ing headache bombs.  >:(

And beer with spices in it. Most of them.

Edit: as low as I'll go? Icehouse. Lonestar.  
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: beerocd on January 03, 2011, 02:55:56 AM
I can drink "bud select" without getting a headache.
Otherwise I rather have a pop vs bud light, bud, mgd, lite....
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: majorvices on January 03, 2011, 03:30:55 AM
If I am at someone's house and they offer me a beer I will be appreciative of whatever they give me and I won't complain. But I really dislike "Light" beers.

I do a lot of back packing and once after three days and four nights in the woods we stopped at a gas station (on the way home) and the "best" beer they had was MGD and it couldn't have tasted better had Jesus himself handed it to me - pure gold. So I will say it does depend on the circumstances. I also admit to being a sucker for Corona and Lime while sitting on the Gulf. Normally, however, I'll just as soon take one of my IPAs to just about anything.
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: majorvices on January 03, 2011, 03:35:08 AM
As seen written on a quote board at McGuire's Irish Pub,

"Life is too short to drink bad beer!" 
Carrie Nation

(http://library.buffalo.edu/exhibits/panam/music/personal/gray/nation.jpg)

Yeah, Carry Nation never said that. She did say "Men are nicotine-soaked, beer-besmirched, whiskey-greased, red-eyed devils." And I concur.  ;)
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: Mikey on January 03, 2011, 04:23:50 AM
Bud Light and  a REAL lime is my go to, non-craft beer. Regular Bud isn't too bad either. While I like my beer the best, I haven't developed that beer snob attitude yet.
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: chezteth on January 03, 2011, 04:45:14 AM
I usually drink homebrew, craft beers or imports.  However, I have been known to buy a 12 pack of Michelob on occasion.  If I go to someone's house or a party and a beer is offered to me I will graciously drink it.  As my dad has always said "free beer is good beer!"   :)
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: BarleynYeast on January 03, 2011, 06:46:08 AM
Over the last 30+ years I’ve drank some cheep swill, so long as it had alcohol. Now days I reserve my calories for the best I can get.
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: jaybeerman on January 03, 2011, 06:53:49 AM
I guess PBR is my low, though I agree it's a pretty decent macro.  I use to kindly accept any beer that was offered up with fairly minimal comments about my preferences; not anymore.  Oddly enough I physically can't tolerate light beer even if I wanted to be polite.  If I drink a Coors light (yes I live in Coors country) within 30 minutes I can guarantee that I'll be lying on the couch with major/violent stomach pain.  Go figure.  Although I don't, I imagine that I could drink a dozen PBR's with no discomfort.  Otherwise the crappiest beer I've personally bought and consumed at home in the last ten years was a 6er of Avery (BIPA) Porter.  Tea is my number one beverage and I far prefer plain ole crappy (Alvita) Chinese Green Tea to a crappy beer.  Cheers, j
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: oscarvan on January 03, 2011, 10:11:20 AM
Marooned on an island with only a few cases of <insert crap beer name here> YUP, I'll drink it.

Kinda like the story that says:"Ma'm, will you sleep with me for 1 million dollars? Sure! How about 10? What do you think I am, some kind of hooker? Well, yeah, we've already established that, we're just haggling at this point.

Morale of the story? Learn to brew, and do it often. Maybe you won't have to drink the dregs.
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: nicneufeld on January 03, 2011, 12:45:13 PM
Marooned on an island with only a few cases of <insert crap beer name here> YUP, I'll drink it.

Me too, but I'd be quickly working on brewing palm wine!

For me, I have a sentimental spot for Milwaukees Best Light.  Its my father in laws beer, so there are a lot of occasions I'll accept one.  And to be forthright, there's not terribly much to criticize about it.  There's not terribly much about it at all!  Best way I can describe it is that it is basically sparkling water flavored with the juice of canned corn.  Its refreshing in its way...the same way sparkling water is.  I can drink most macro lagers (to be honest I've never tried any malt liquor or anything lower than MBLight) but its typically in a social setting and they never leaving me wanting a second beer.  Still, de gustibus non est disputandum!  My tastes are remarkably proleterian when it comes to wine (stopping short of those ghastly sweetened or flavored wines), I actually quite like a number of the boxed wines just fine!
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: ethalacker on January 03, 2011, 02:31:44 PM
I am lucky. For only a dollar more than bud i can buy a case of yuengling.  so that is my go to when cash is a little tight and homebrew is running low.  :D
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: majorvices on January 03, 2011, 03:47:17 PM
I like some of the Yeungling beers but their lager tastes awful to me.
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: denny on January 03, 2011, 04:48:03 PM
I'd say Fat Tire is about as low as I'll go.  I don't judge others by what they drink...if you like, drink it...it's OK with me.  But I'll drink water before I'll drink a NAIL.
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: oscarvan on January 04, 2011, 04:22:17 AM
I'd say Fat Tire is about as low as I'll go.  I don't judge others by what they drink...if you like, drink it...it's OK with me.  But I'll drink water before I'll drink a NAIL.

C'mon Denny......stranded on an island..... nothing else but a case of Boones Farm?
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: jaybeerman on January 04, 2011, 04:30:56 AM
I'd say Fat Tire is about as low as I'll go.  I don't judge others by what they drink...if you like, drink it...it's OK with me.  But I'll drink water before I'll drink a NAIL.

C'mon Denny......stranded on an island..... nothing else but a case of Boones Farm?

Fat Tire is pretty low.  Thank god they have a brew (fat tire) that enables them to brew the good stuff though.  I have to add that at the moment I'm very unhappy with new belgium...had the sahti on-tap the other day and I swear it was old fat tire.  I couldn't pick out a single sahti-like character, terrible. 
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: weazletoe on January 04, 2011, 05:00:50 AM
  Not a beer snob, but I can't make myself pay 5.00$ for a pint of BMC, If I'm out, and that's all they have, I'll have a Pepsi. If I'm at a buddies, and he offers it to me, I'll drink it. And summertime, you'll always find a case of Milwaukee's Best Light in my fridge. There is really no better beer on a hot after mowing the lawn. It's just good stuff.

edit : It's also a very good shower beer. And with the cans, there's no worries of a broken bottle in the bottom of the tub.
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: punatic on January 04, 2011, 08:02:07 AM
Canoe beers?  Really?!  Wow.  If that's all there is to drink I volunteer to be the designated driver.  I only have so many brain cells.  I refuse to kill any with canoe beer.
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: phillamb168 on January 04, 2011, 09:32:40 AM
edit : It's also a very good shower beer. And with the cans, there's no worries of a broken bottle in the bottom of the tub.

Ah yes, the Power Shower. That brought back some memories.
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: chumley on January 04, 2011, 06:31:27 PM
I'll drink any beer around....except for sour beers.
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: denny on January 04, 2011, 06:35:38 PM
I'd say Fat Tire is about as low as I'll go.  I don't judge others by what they drink...if you like, drink it...it's OK with me.  But I'll drink water before I'll drink a NAIL.

C'mon Denny......stranded on an island..... nothing else but a case of Boones Farm?

Water, thank you....at least until the situation actually arises and I have to face reality.
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: denny on January 04, 2011, 06:36:40 PM
Canoe beers?  Really?!  Wow.  If that's all there is to drink I volunteer to be the designated driver.  I only have so many brain cells.  I refuse to kill any with canoe beer.

You only have one liver...destroy it wisely!
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: tubercle on January 05, 2011, 12:09:10 AM
I'd say Fat Tire is about as low as I'll go.  I don't judge others by what they drink...if you like, drink it...it's OK with me.  But I'll drink water before I'll drink a NAIL.

C'mon Denny......stranded on an island..... nothing else but a case of Boones Farm?

 Ahhhh...Strawberry Hill. Puked up many a bottle of that. Those sweet high school memories <sigh>.
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: svejk on January 05, 2011, 12:26:47 AM
If anybody is keeping track, put me down in the "no thanks to macros" column.  I started drinking back when there weren't any craft breweries in the US, so I had my fill of what they have to offer.  Fortunately in the Pacific NW, it seems that every bar has at least one local craft beer on tap (Mac & Jacks is our Bud).  I have a feeling if I lived in a less hospitable region, my opinion would likely change.
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: jeffy on January 05, 2011, 03:02:00 AM
If anybody is keeping track, put me down in the "no thanks to macros" column.  I started drinking back when there weren't any craft breweries in the US, so I had my fill of what they have to offer.  Fortunately in the Pacific NW, it seems that every bar has at least one local craft beer on tap (Mac & Jacks is our Bud).  I have a feeling if I lived in a less hospitable region, my opinion would likely change.

I live in a less hospitable region than the Pacific NW (who doesn't?) and I can usually say "no thanks" when I can't get a craft beer.  If there's nothing on the menu but bland american lagers, I'll go with something else, perhaps Scotch?
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: dannyjed on January 05, 2011, 04:09:10 AM
I'll drink a PBR, which I consider "light beer".  I think I've had well water that is stronger than most light beers. :-\
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: stevo155 on January 05, 2011, 01:11:45 PM
As a young'un, it was Michelob Light and Boonesfarm.  In college, Bud, Stroh's 30 packs and this wonderful thing we found called Heiny Wine ( I think that's how you spell it ).  Kinda like a wine cooler.  We poor college students couldn't resist the $9.99 for a 24 bottle case.  Only problem was you woke up in the morning feeling like someone cut your heart out.

Now, the "worse" I will drink is Corona mainly because a friend of mine loves it and we go over to his house in the summer and he offers me one or two.  Other than that, I choose water over  the other macros.

The AHA has made me a beer snob!!  Thank you AHA!!!
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: nicneufeld on January 05, 2011, 03:26:37 PM
There is the old classic from the Pythons:

"American beer is like making love in a canoe...."

Perhaps I'd best not supply the punchline!   ;D
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: bluefoxicy on January 06, 2011, 06:10:18 PM
So to what low will you sink in regards to beer drinking? Are there some beers you just won't drink?


I like National Bohemian.  It'd be awesome to steam crabs in.

I cannot for the life of me drink it. Just a sip tells me, oh yeah, time to make crabs.  Another sip... I can't do it.  It's just too horrible.

Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: tschmidlin on January 06, 2011, 09:52:00 PM
Under the right circumstances I could drink PBR, Coors Banquet, Busch, Busch Light, Iron City, even IC Light.

But I can't drink Bud or Bud Light, I'd rather drink water.  I had AB Bud in Ireland once though, and it was actually pretty good - I think it was a nitro pour, but it lacked the acetaldehyde that is such a big turnoff for me with the Bud in the US.
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: bluesman on January 06, 2011, 10:31:22 PM
PBR is okay on the lawnmower in the hot sun.  8)

My brother-in-law drinks Corona with a lime, so when we go surf-fishing...I'll have a few.

I had a Bud about 3 years ago and could barely finish it....yuchhhhh ;)
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: rabid_dingo on January 07, 2011, 02:24:47 AM
I will drink any BMC, being in Colorado Coors is ok, but the locals seem to have a love hate
relationship with it. I would say Bud or Coors are my lowest rung. My neighbor, the other home
brewer (you know who you are), drinks Miller High Life. I can't. For the life of me I have tried and
I couldn't do it. On the beach in Mexico, Tecate with a lime and a dash of salt, yum.

Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: ryan6458 on January 07, 2011, 05:35:32 AM
I'll drink just about any beer, but nothing labeled "Ice." Instead of making beer flavorless, it's like they intentionally make it taste bad. Not to mention the headaches. It makes good beer can chicken though. That's what happens to it when you leave a case at my house. :)
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: weazletoe on January 07, 2011, 06:04:18 AM
One thing I have to give to the macro brewers, their beer my be awful, but don't you all agree it takes real talent to make bad beer, cosistently? I mean, batch after batch, a bud taste like a bud, and coors, coors.....every beer, for years on end taste the same, millions of gallons, on gallons. I really do think it take skill and talent to make a product taste in such quantities, taste the same, every time. For that, we gotta respect them.
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: euge on January 07, 2011, 06:38:57 AM
 
One thing I have to give to the macro brewers, their beer my be awful, but don't you all agree it takes real talent to make bad beer, cosistently? I mean, batch after batch, a bud taste like a bud, and coors, coors.....every beer, for years on end taste the same, millions of gallons, on gallons. I really do think it take skill and talent to make a product taste in such quantities, taste the same, every time. For that, we gotta respect them.

The secret is that they blend at least in Bud's case.  So potential good beer is turned into bad beer on purpose. 

I must admit that I like regular old Coors.  In the can. Don't buy it much but since I'm currently only a few hundred miles from the source maybe a research expedition is in order.  :D
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: rabid_dingo on January 08, 2011, 11:58:08 PM
but don't you all agree it takes real talent to make bad beer, cosistently?

There was a quote or joke and I can't find it. But it went along the lines of

"They have the skill to brew bad beer consistently and the marketing budget
to convince you to drink it. "
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: tubercle on January 09, 2011, 12:32:49 AM
Then we all agree....

 PBR doesn't belong in this post.
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: punatic on January 09, 2011, 02:14:27 AM
but don't you all agree it takes real talent to make bad beer, cosistently?

There was a quote or joke and I can't find it. But it went along the lines of

"They have the skill to brew bad beer consistently and the marketing budget
to convince you to drink it. "

Never underestimate the power of brand allegiance.
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: myh3adhur7s on January 12, 2011, 09:03:29 AM
I may be only 24 years old but i have standards to. Seen and doored to many house parties to drink anything lower than PBR and i have a little place in my keezer for Mickeys as a family joke. Plus i had my first beer in Germany on an exchange program and was there to witness the renew of the Reinheitsgebot which happens every two years ago.Now that was fun.
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: weazletoe on January 14, 2011, 04:53:49 PM
I'm going on a three day ice fishing trip mid Feb, and I plan on taking a case of Milwaukee's Best Light!!!! (pics to come)
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: punatic on January 14, 2011, 07:13:43 PM
I'm going on a three day ice fishing trip mid Feb, and I plan on taking a case of Milwaukee's Best Light!!!! (pics to come)

That's some pretty severe punishment!  What did you do wrong?
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: uthristy on January 14, 2011, 07:44:59 PM
Okay, I'll Admit It I'm a snob :o  and will not drink any beer that I don't like plain & simple. No decent beer than  I drink vodka or water.

Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: weazletoe on January 14, 2011, 08:14:54 PM
I'm going on a three day ice fishing trip mid Feb, and I plan on taking a case of Milwaukee's Best Light!!!! (pics to come)

That's some pretty severe punishment!  What did you do wrong?

which part? The beer, or the ice fishing? I figured I might as well make a sucky weekend suckier.
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: nicneufeld on January 14, 2011, 08:23:45 PM
No decent beer than  I drink vodka or water.

Milwaukees Best Light is very nearly vodka and water.  Just with a hint of corn flavor.

I guess "how low can I go" might be best measured by my willingness to try to save a double IPA that developed a strange, unexpected pellicle in secondary.  Flavor was still fine, so I racked it out and kegged it immediately, at low temperature.
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: punatic on January 14, 2011, 09:13:40 PM
No decent beer than  I drink vodka or water.

Milwaukees Best Light is very nearly vodka and water.  Just with a hint of corn flavor.

I guess "how low can I go" might be best measured by my willingness to try to save a double IPA that developed a strange, unexpected pellicle in secondary.  Flavor was still fine, so I racked it out and kegged it immediately, at low temperature.

Perhaps you had too much Milwaukee's Best Light and brewed a Grand Cru instead of a double IPA by accident?   ;)

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/__nAd50xTIYs/Rdqx2-RNfBI/AAAAAAAAAFc/4eqCaDQd96w/s320/pelican-grand-cru.jpg)
Title: Re: How low can you go?
Post by: Podo on January 15, 2011, 04:20:14 PM
When I was in college, my only standard was "cheap" so we drank a lot of Old Swilwaukee, Stroh's, and Yuengling.  Had quite a bit of Schlitz Malt Liquor too.  Yuengling was the cheapest back then, and I was shocked a few years ago when I moved back to the east coast and Yuengling had become trendy and folks I worked with considered it craft beer.  It's not horrible, but c'mon.  My main objection to the BMC beers is supporting their domination of the market.  But I will have a Corona at the pool in the summer.