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Re: 12 Craft Beers That Taste Like … Beer!
« Reply #30 on: April 01, 2021, 04:18:21 PM »
I've had a few of those beers including the Zwickel from Urban Chestnut and the Helles from Wibby.  Actually, all of the Urban Chestnut lagers are fantastic and they come in this can that opens all the way open... the entire top comes off, not just a small opening.  Their Pils is very nice as well.  What if craft breweries just picked up where many US macros left off prior to WW2?  What if thousands of craft breweries across the US made delicious gold lagers for the masses that kicked Bud Light right in the pants?  These beers should not be confused with wimpy, fizzy gold lagers because they're better than that.  A rich, full-tasting gold lager with some hop presence is one reason why I brew and I love to see craft breweries concentrate on that as opposed to triple IPAs, 12% Belgians and Doughnut Stouts. 
Yeah, Urban Chestnut is really good, I agree. And those cans are really cool. I've been to Wibby as well and enjoyed the brewery/beer. Fun times.
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Re: 12 Craft Beers That Taste Like … Beer!
« Reply #31 on: April 01, 2021, 04:25:40 PM »
I have always said that "American Lager" is a style like any other and I understand why so many craft breweries and beer enthusiasts don't want to go there.  There are already so many examples of the style everywhere you look but that doesn't mean that the craft version has to emulate the macro version.  Use different hops, more hops, better malt and a yeast with more character.  Use less corn or no corn.  Less rice or no rice.  Give the beer better character but still nice for a warm and sunny day.  I remember tailgating with my daughter before an Indiana football game.  I found Urban Chestnut Zwickel at a big liquor store down there and offered one to a guy hanging with us.  He looked at the can like he had never seen anything like it, was wowed by the entire top coming off but when he tasted it... you could tell he was in Beervana.   
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Re: 12 Craft Beers That Taste Like … Beer!
« Reply #32 on: April 01, 2021, 05:27:43 PM »
A rich, full-tasting gold lager with some hop presence is one reason why I brew and I love to see craft breweries concentrate on that as opposed to triple IPAs, 12% Belgians and Doughnut Stouts.

I would just change that to "And".

Because as Hawkeye Pierce might say, "The more craft breweries concentrate on golden lagers, the less craft breweries there will be to concentrate on golden lagers."   :)

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Re: 12 Craft Beers That Taste Like … Beer!
« Reply #33 on: April 01, 2021, 05:44:19 PM »
A rich, full-tasting gold lager with some hop presence is one reason why I brew and I love to see craft breweries concentrate on that as opposed to triple IPAs, 12% Belgians and Doughnut Stouts.
I would just change that to "And".

Because as Hawkeye Pierce might say, "The more craft breweries concentrate on golden lagers, the less craft breweries there will be to concentrate on golden lagers."   :)
True, they can concentrate on all of them at one point or another.  My issue is with some places I have been to where all the beers seemed so weird and gimmicky that we would have a hard time finding something.  I have absolutely been to places where there might be 10-15 choices and every one of them was a "Margarita Gose" and a "Blueberry Sour" along with the big IPAs, Belgians and Stouts, etc.  If there were an APA, a Kolsch or other style that was more standard then I really wouldn't care what the rest of the selections were because I was able to find something I liked.  I've gone into places where not ONE of the choices "tasted like beer".  :D
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Re: 12 Craft Beers That Taste Like … Beer!
« Reply #34 on: April 01, 2021, 09:28:24 PM »


A rich, full-tasting gold lager with some hop presence is one reason why I brew and I love to see craft breweries concentrate on that as opposed to triple IPAs, 12% Belgians and Doughnut Stouts.
I would just change that to "And".

Because as Hawkeye Pierce might say, "The more craft breweries concentrate on golden lagers, the less craft breweries there will be to concentrate on golden lagers."   :)
True, they can concentrate on all of them at one point or another.  My issue is with some places I have been to where all the beers seemed so weird and gimmicky that we would have a hard time finding something.  I have absolutely been to places where there might be 10-15 choices and every one of them was a "Margarita Gose" and a "Blueberry Sour" along with the big IPAs, Belgians and Stouts, etc.  If there were an APA, a Kolsch or other style that was more standard then I really wouldn't care what the rest of the selections were because I was able to find something I liked.  I've gone into places where not ONE of the choices "tasted like beer".  :D

Unless it is a niche brewery focusing on a particular style, I agree that it would be pretty disappointing not to see at least something un-extreme at a brewery.

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Re: 12 Craft Beers That Taste Like … Beer!
« Reply #35 on: April 01, 2021, 09:32:38 PM »
All that said, I'm a big believer in everyone brewing what they like or what sells.  If you're a craft brewery with a ton of gimmicky beers and they all sell... excellent.  Some people look at all of their ingredients and say "what can I make with this?" while others say "what CAN'T I make with this?".  :P
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Re: 12 Craft Beers That Taste Like … Beer!
« Reply #36 on: April 02, 2021, 05:32:49 AM »
Absolutely. I’m not a fan of blonde ales that have a dash of lactic acid and fruit extract added labelled as “sour” at $10 a glass, but if the hipsters are happy to pay, more power to the brewery for cashing in.
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Re: 12 Craft Beers That Taste Like … Beer!
« Reply #37 on: April 03, 2021, 01:14:07 PM »
The hipsters in my area of the world appear to be moving to hard seltzer. 

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Re: 12 Craft Beers That Taste Like … Beer!
« Reply #38 on: April 03, 2021, 03:07:46 PM »
Absolutely. I’m not a fan of blonde ales that have a dash of lactic acid and fruit extract added labelled as “sour” at $10 a glass, but if the hipsters are happy to pay, more power to the brewery for cashing in.
My girlfriend likes a brewery in gettysburg that seems to turn out "sours" every week they taste like lactose and fruit puree

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« Reply #39 on: April 03, 2021, 04:48:21 PM »
When I do go to brewery’s or brew my own beer, I always go for the classics old school styles I tend to brew a lot of portors and stouts only because I love dark beer. The two brews I did were lighter to challenge my self. June’s beer brew will be a strong ale


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Re: 12 Craft Beers That Taste Like … Beer!
« Reply #40 on: April 03, 2021, 06:46:17 PM »
When I do go to brewery’s or brew my own beer, I always go for the classics old school styles I tend to brew a lot of portors and stouts only because I love dark beer. The two brews I did were lighter to challenge my self. June’s beer brew will be a strong ale


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I was really hating on IPAs for awhile till I decided to brew a session with less bitterness and more hop flavor and aroma. I think you'll really enjoy expanding your horizons especially when it's crafted by your own hands.

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Re: 12 Craft Beers That Taste Like … Beer!
« Reply #41 on: April 03, 2021, 08:32:26 PM »
When I do go to brewery’s or brew my own beer, I always go for the classics old school styles I tend to brew a lot of portors and stouts only because I love dark beer. The two brews I did were lighter to challenge my self. June’s beer brew will be a strong ale


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I was really hating on IPAs for awhile till I decided to brew a session with less bitterness and more hop flavor and aroma. I think you'll really enjoy expanding your horizons especially when it's crafted by your own hands.

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I like ipa’s I just don’t like the milkshakes and the new trendy sours beers.


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Re: 12 Craft Beers That Taste Like … Beer!
« Reply #42 on: April 03, 2021, 08:40:41 PM »
When I do go to brewery’s or brew my own beer, I always go for the classics old school styles I tend to brew a lot of portors and stouts only because I love dark beer. The two brews I did were lighter to challenge my self. June’s beer brew will be a strong ale


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I was really hating on IPAs for awhile till I decided to brew a session with less bitterness and more hop flavor and aroma. I think you'll really enjoy expanding your horizons especially when it's crafted by your own hands.

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I like ipa’s I just don’t like the milkshakes and the new trendy sours beers.


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Re: 12 Craft Beers That Taste Like … Beer!
« Reply #43 on: April 03, 2021, 08:50:30 PM »
When I do go to brewery’s or brew my own beer, I always go for the classics old school styles I tend to brew a lot of portors and stouts only because I love dark beer. The two brews I did were lighter to challenge my self. June’s beer brew will be a strong ale


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I was really hating on IPAs for awhile till I decided to brew a session with less bitterness and more hop flavor and aroma. I think you'll really enjoy expanding your horizons especially when it's crafted by your own hands.

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I like ipa’s I just don’t like the milkshakes and the new trendy sours beers.


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I love milkshakes.. just not when I want a beer!

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Re: 12 Craft Beers That Taste Like … Beer!
« Reply #44 on: April 04, 2021, 10:40:13 AM »
I accept what these small craft breweries are doing, but when I cannot find at lest one pale ale, blond ale or similar classic style to choose from their current offerings, it is disappointing.
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