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    Beer rules. Do you have any?

    Edit: I've altered my original post in order to spare a bit of boredom for the reader. If anyone hankers to sit through the original post, it's been quoted below. Here goes:

    As a long time beer drinker, I've had various rules for choosing a beer over the years. Today, there are so many great beers that there is no way to be anything other than sort of precious when declaring one beer better than the next. I live in Oregon, so have access to all the Washington and California beers as well. My cup runneth over. I've had to update my rules for choosing/praising beers. The rules aren't hard and fast, but guide my decisions. Here are my latest rules:

    1. I believe a person should be able to drink at least a six-pack of any great beer before he/she has had too much. Now, lightweights might be excluded here, but if the alcohol content is so high that I'm tapping out after 3 beers, then I'm not a big fan no matter how good the beer tastes.
    2. With so many great beers available, if the cost of a 22oz bottle is too far north of $4 then you're just wasting money. The six pack price point is somewhere around $8. A cost per ounce rule applies.
    3. Arguing over IPAs is not unlike arguing over politics and religion.
    4. The Europeans may have mastered beer, but we recreated it. Buy American.
    5. Bottled/canned beer has to establish the bench mark by which all beers are compared because only a limited few drinkers can get to said ale house, during said limited release, during said season, when said brewmaster got everything right. If you had some great beer, at some pub that only made one barrel, please don't disparage the $4 bottle of beer you're drinking out of my fridge.

    This post is long-winded because tonight I've had the following three 22oz beers for the first time, imbibed in this order:

    Green flash IPA
    Racer 5 IPA
    Phat Matt's IPA

    Based on my rubric above, Racer 5 wins going away. I'm debating whether to have another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluestatevirgin View Post
    As a long time beer drinker, I've had various rules for choosing a beer. Here are some of the rules I've had over the years:

    -When poor, I had to be able to buy at least 8 beers for the equivalent of an hour's pay in order to put a beer on my list. I used to believe that a man should be able to get buzzed/drunk in exchange for an hour of hard labor. Still do actually.

    -When on a health kick, I bought beer based on the sugar to alcohol to calorie content. Most alcohol to calorie usually won out. Taste almost be damned. Yeah, Amstel light used to taste good.

    -In grad school, and while mostly broke, I calculated the price of beer by ounce, and alcohol by ounce, and bought in the most valued quantities. Now taste played some kind of factor, as I would never drink ice beers or any other malt beverage.

    Now, I've had a long history with micro brewing. I grew up in the Northwest. And I'm old enough to remember/experience the genesis of the craft beer movement. Today, there are so many great beers, there is no way to be anything other than precious when declaring one beer better than the next. I live in Oregon, so have access to all the Washington and California beers as well. My cup runneth over. I've had to update my rules for choosing/praising beers. Here are my latest rules:

    1. I believe a person should be able to drink at least a six-pack of any great beer before he/she has had too much. Now, lightweights might be excluded here, but if the alcohol content is so high that I'm tapping out after 3 beers, then I'm not a big fan no matter how good the beer tastes.
    2. With so many great beers available, if the cost of a 22oz bottle is too far north of $4 then you're just wasting money. The six pack price point is somewhere between $8 and $9. Essentially my old cost per ounce rule is still applies.
    3. Arguing over IPAs is not unlike arguing over politics and religion.
    4. The Europeans may have mastered beer, but we recreated it. Buy American.
    5. Bottled/canned beer has to establish the bench mark by which all are compared because only a limited few can get to said ale house, during said limited release, during said season, when said brewmaster got everything right. If you had some great beer, at some pub that only made one barrel, then don't disparage the $4 bottle of beer you're drinking out of my fridge.

    This post is long-winded because tonight I've had the following three 22oz beers for the first time, imbibed in this order:

    Green flash IPA
    Racer 5 IPA
    Phat Matt's IPA

    Based on my rubric above, Racer 5 wins going away. I'm debating whether to have another.
    you approach this quite serious don't you?

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    I like your style.

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    Funny, that dogfish head120 breaks all your rules

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    OP, we have verrrrry different viewpoints on this. Though we may still enjoy the same beer, many of the beers I enjoy would break all of your rules. I buy what i want to try, and don't limit myself to rules that prevent me from trying something new.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluestatevirgin View Post
    This post is long-winded because tonight I've had the following three 22oz beers for the first time, imbibed in this order...
    You don't say

    My rules are simple.

    1. Don't spill any.
    2. See rule #1

    I also condone drinking an entire 750ml of Black Tuesday, by yourself, in a dark room as a feasible option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JFryauff View Post
    You don't say

    My rules are simple.

    1. Don't spill any.
    2. See rule #1

    I also condone drinking an entire 750ml of Black Tuesday, by yourself, in a dark room as a feasible option.
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    Rule 1: Don't buy **** beer
    Rule 2: Don't drink **** beer

    Wife's rule to me: Never buy Dogfish Fort and consume the entire bottle solo in an evening. Long story short...drank an entire bottle myself and apparently babbled on and on about nothing (which annoyed the **** out of my wife). I don't recall a good 2-3 hours of that evening. Fort rocked my world.
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    Really, my rules are simple and is but one: 1. Does the beverage contain alcohol? If yes, then drink it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by S1000RR View Post
    you approach this quite serious don't you?
    Well I should have followed the obvious beer rule: don't post on the internet while drinking. But I'm also long winded by nature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JFryauff View Post
    You don't say

    My rules are simple.

    1. Don't spill any.
    2. See rule #1

    I also condone drinking an entire 750ml of Black Tuesday, by yourself, in a dark room as a feasible option.
    Oh I've had stages in my life where these were my rules. I'm older now. I've matured Sort of. My unwritten rule is I have the right to change rules based on the context of my surroundings at the time I crack my first beer.

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    Travelling to Santa Cruz, CA this weekend. Any good local beers there?

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    Some of my alcoholic relatives taught me some beer rules....

    If your going to be an alcoholic.....

    Only drink beer with tomato juice until 1:00pm.....

    That will keep you alive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by velorouge View Post
    Travelling to Santa Cruz, CA this weekend. Any good local beers there?
    Yes but why did you choose this thread for that question? Start a new thread.

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    Yes, beer rules.
    I have many beers and love them all - because, BEER RULES!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluestatevirgin View Post
    1. I believe a person should be able to drink at least a six-pack of any great beer before he/she has had too much. Now, lightweights might be excluded here, but if the alcohol content is so high that I'm tapping out after 3 beers, then I'm not a big fan no matter how good the beer tastes.
    Sorry, you are wrong here. Good beer is about good taste and many times that involves a higher percentage of alcohol. I am not saying it always has to be high alcohol content, but a great Barely wine or Stout (and many other varieties) can be well north of 10%. If you feel the need to drink a whole six pack at once you are bordering on alcoholism. Good beer is about quality NOT quantity.

    2. With so many great beers available, if the cost of a 22oz bottle is too far north of $4 then you're just wasting money. The six pack price point is somewhere around $8. A cost per ounce rule applies.
    Again Quality over quantity, yes many bombers are under $4, but there are many over that price that are worth every single penny.

    3. Arguing over IPAs is not unlike arguing over politics and religion.
    I can agree with you here, most IPA's are overrated hop bombs and lack the complexity of other styles.

    4. The Europeans may have mastered beer, but we recreated it. Buy American.
    You have obviously never had Cantillion Gueuze or an Epic Belgium Quad. Try and broaden your horizons, there is more out there than IPA.

    5. Bottled/canned beer has to establish the bench mark by which all beers are compared because only a limited few drinkers can get to said ale house, during said limited release, during said season, when said brewmaster got everything right. If you had some great beer, at some pub that only made one barrel, please don't disparage the $4 bottle of beer you're drinking out of my fridge.
    I can agree with this.
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    OP, limiting yourself to American session beers is pretty cute. Do you drink them with a sippy cup or a bendy straw?


    I have a bunch of beer rules. It just depends on which drinking game I'm playing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino View Post
    OP, limiting yourself to American session beers is pretty cute. Do you drink them with a sippy cup or a bendy straw?
    LOL! Exactly.
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    I personally would go for the much higher alcohol content if I am drinking with a purpose.

    Saves money, even though they are more expensive. Just a little input

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    I'll preface this with what I'm currently drinking disqualifies rule numero dos in my book. It happens to be a 25.4oz bottle of Brewery Ommegang "The art of darkness" (8.4%). $15.95 in Nashville, TN and not available in Chattanooga, TN. However........Yazoo Brewing's "Sue"(9.4%) could be a fantastic example of your 2nd rule coming in just under $5.00 for a 25.4oz and bursting with goodness.

    The only rules in my house are between my wife and I:
    1- Beer I buy for myself, is mine only. The wife must supply her own as I will not freely share.
    2- Beer she buys for herself receives a 1 month restraining order. After that, well; she was warned....
    3- If you are not the purchaser of said beer, you are entitled to a sip of the forbidden nectar to determine future purchases.
    4.-If at any time rule 1 is ignored, rule 2 is also ignored and all beer is transferred to a super secret location with a super secret hidden mini fridge.

    She's drinking Newcastle "Werewolf" tonight. She's on her third one. She bought the six pack 13.75 days ago.

    Not that I'm counting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by velorouge View Post
    Travelling to Santa Cruz, CA this weekend. Any good local beers there?
    Hit 99 bottles downtown.

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    They are as follows, no binge drinking, no beer after 7pm and keystone is frowned upon harshly

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    Quote Originally Posted by melonas22 View Post
    no beer after 7pm
    Is that some kind of Gremlins reference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino View Post
    Is that some kind of Gremlins reference?
    No light or water, especially the water.

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    In through the mouth
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    WTF?!?!?


    Beer rules?


    Only rule is to drink good beer.
    If it isn't good, then there is no point in drinking it.

    If you want a cheep buzz, then get liquor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Hungus View Post
    Yes but why did you choose this thread for that question? Start a new thread.
    Sorry about that. I just joined and don't yet have the 5 posts required to start a new thread. My bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One Pivot View Post
    Hit 99 bottles downtown.
    Excellent. Thanks for the suggestion. I will check that out.

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    On why I'm so ridiculous...

    As the OP, I think now is a good time to come back in and clarify a few things--misconceptions that are all my fault for choosing my words lazily. My “rules” represent a method for confronting a world where I have 300 choices when I enter the store. These “rules” are dictated by a philosophy—which, by the very nature of any philosophy, requires many words to adequately explain. So I beg your patience.

    To accept, or at least entertain, my “rules”, one must understand how I define “beer drinking”. True beer drinking is a communal activity and requires some sort of “event”. This may be a stop at the corner bar to visit with the neighbors, maybe watching live music, a barbeque, a party, sporting event, or at the very least a movie or sporting event on television. Activities such as these require time. Large chunks of it. Real beer drinking is more marathon than sprint. If I had to put a clock on it, I’d say true beer drinking requires three hours on average. Some good company is mandatory as well. Over the course of these three hours, the drinker must inebriate themselves somewhere North of a mild buzz, but also somewhere South of drunkenness. Why drink unless it’s to allow the alcohol to take affect?

    Now, pairing beer with food, having a beer while completing a task at home, or having one beer before bedtime is, according to my philosophy, not beer drinking. Oh, these are perfectly fine and wonderful endeavors, but I categorize these activities differently. And often alter my purchases accordingly. Also, I consider beer to be a working-class beverage. It has to be affordable.

    So let’s apply this to the rules I laid out in the previous post:

    1. The six pack rule. In three hours time, this means I’m having two beers per hour. Hardly alcoholic territory. If I’m drinking a beer too high in alcohol content, I’m done after hour one, or hour two at the latest. That’s no fun. For me, my body size and metabolism, an ABV of between 6-7% works best to achieve the desired buzz. I didn’t mean to imply that stronger beers aren’t delicious. However, the closer the ABV gets to 10% or above, the less I consider it beer. It starts trending towards wine, and in some cases, hard alcohol. For example, Barleywine is not beer. Technically yes, but not by my philosophy. Too many beerficianados equate ABV to excellence.
    2. The cost rule. It's not that I don't occasionally splurge on expensive beer. However, more than half the time I do, I end up thinking of a half dozen other less expensive beers that I would have enjoyed either nearly as much, as much, or more. Stouts are my favorite style of beer. I can get any number of great ones under my cost rules. Take IPA's. I can get both Ninkasi's Total Domination or a 10 Barrel IPA for under $4 per bomber. Now I'm not going to sit an argue with others that these are the world's greatest IPA's, but man are they good and make me plenty happy. Which leads to the next rule...
    3. Don't argue IPA's. There's so many great ones, so different in their complexities, that it's often the palate of the drinker that matters more than the beer. The beerficianados focus too much on high ABV and IBU.
    4. Buy American rule. I've had plenty of European beers. Many great ones, though I admit to lacking as much knowledge as I should concerning European offerings. American crafters are doing great things in all styles of beers, not just sessions. Generally they are cheaper and fresher than the Euro beers in the store where I do most my shopping. Obviously, I would gladly drink almost any beer, but experimentation lies outside of my core philosophy on "beer drinking".

    On the way out the door, I would like to say I hope everyone who reads this knows I understand how completely and utterly ridiculous this all is. But hey, I've read/taken part in stupider, more foolish, and nearly as long-winded, argue-fests over pedals in these forums. Beer is the perfect place for this kind of foolishness.
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    its a southern thing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by melonas22 View Post
    They are as follows, no binge drinking, no beer after 7pm and keystone is frowned upon harshly
    what the fudge

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluestatevirgin View Post
    Also, I consider beer to be a working-class beverage.
    You lost me at this ^.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino View Post
    You lost me at this ^.
    Hey, at least you got this far. Did I lose you because you don't like to associate yourself with the working class, or because you believe this hasn't traditionally been the case?

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    Quote Originally Posted by melonas22 View Post
    its a southern thing...
    Well, I have visited the south a number of times, but I usually end up talking about food with Southerners, not beer.

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    My rules -
    No Macro-brews. Life is too short to waste time with crappy beer.
    Be open minded. Try different beers when ever possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino View Post
    OP, limiting yourself to American session beers is pretty cute. Do you drink them with a sippy cup or a bendy straw?


    I have a bunch of beer rules. It just depends on which drinking game I'm playing.
    Ah, thanks to you I realize my philosophy is a "sessions" style philosophy, and like everything else I learn on the internet about any philosophy I think I've come to through experience, I've learned the monks invented this philosophy a thousand years ago. Anyways, my sessions require a beer between 6-7% abv.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluestatevirgin View Post
    Hey, at least you got this far. Did I lose you because you don't like to associate yourself with the working class, or because you believe this hasn't traditionally been the case?
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    Ah, thanks to you I realize my philosophy is a "sessions" style philosophy, and like everything else I learn on the internet about any philosophy I think I've come to through experience, I've learned the monks invented this philosophy a thousand years ago. Anyways, my sessions require a beer between 6-7% abv.
    The fact that you consider beer to be a "working-class" beverage means you need to learn more about beer. Beer is often harder to make and more expensive per oz. than wine. Does that mean wine is working class too?

    And I doubt you can kill a sixer of 7% beer without violating your first rule. Unless you can make your way through 8 shots without feeling like you've had too much. In which case I stand corrected.

    FYI most monk-brewed trappist beers aren't session beers (defined as having 5% ABV or less.) Their beer was initially brewed for sustenance, and then for money.

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    So this thread has proven fruitful to me in the end. I realize now, as a long-time beer drinker--one who has tested so many thousands of beers--that I've never really studied the language of beer because, instead, I drink and study mountain bike forums. Thanks to this thread/forum I see that my philosophy falls under a specific category and that's "sessions" style beer. Though I knew my philosophy was nothing new or special, I only now have learned that my version of "sessions" is quite a bit stronger than what has been traditionally considered a sessions beer. So if a sessions beer is traditionally 4-5% ABV, I'm between 6-7%. Really, the only perspective my views can bring is that a great beer should cost a person around $4 per bomber and $8 per six-pack. And that the minimum wage should be at least $8 per hour so a person can go buy a sixer of fine beer for an hour's work (actually more if I'm making a political argument).

    Let my thread stand as evidence for why a person should learn more about beer terminology:

    All About Beer Magazine » Session Beers: Drink More, Drink Better!

    SHOULD THE DEFINITION OF SESSION BEERS BE CHANGED? « ALEHEADS
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino View Post
    The fact that you consider beer to be a "working-class" beverage means you need to learn more about beer. Beer is often harder to make and more expensive per oz. than wine. Does that mean wine is working class too?

    And I doubt you can kill a sixer of 7% beer without violating your first rule. Unless you can make your way through 8 shots without feeling like you've had too much. In which case I stand corrected.

    FYI most monk-brewed trappist beers aren't session beers (defined as having 5% ABV or less.) Their beer was initially brewed for sustenance, and then for money.
    1. I don't want to argue what is or isn't working class, but my simple definition is that at some point a beer gets so expensive that a working class person begins dipping into college funds, house payments, vehicle repair funds, or retirement in order to purchase. For me that point is $4 bomber or $8 six pack in the grocery store.

    2. I don't know all the brewer's terminology, but I've been beer drinking long enough and often enough to have had as many varieties as the next drinker.

    3. I can drink 8 shots over the course of 3 to 4 hours, as is the definition of sessions drinking. No problem. But I did say between 6-7% abv. As I stated, my version of a "session" requires more than a mild buzz and less than drunkeness. Give me 4 hours to drink 8 shots, again, no problem. I don't think that's unusual.

    4. I was being sarcastic about the monks. I should have used an emoticon. But if the monks were brewing for sustenance, they were brewing for the working class.

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    1. The only thing you use a Guiness glasses for is... GUINESS! Do not put water, milk, soda, in my Guiness glasses.

    2. If drinking from a bottle and you finish your bottle. It is not to be set on an elevated surface, must be placed on the floor or in a recycling bin.

    3. If you get up to get another beer for yourself, you must bring a round for all others in need of a fresh beer.

    4. Since I collect bottle caps. All caps go in the cap bin except Bud, Budlite, Miller, Coors.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spec7 View Post
    I'll preface this with what I'm currently drinking disqualifies rule numero dos in my book. It happens to be a 25.4oz bottle of Brewery Ommegang "The art of darkness" (8.4%). $15.95 in Nashville, TN and not available in Chattanooga, TN. However........Yazoo Brewing's "Sue"(9.4%) could be a fantastic example of your 2nd rule coming in just under $5.00 for a 25.4oz and bursting with goodness.

    The only rules in my house are between my wife and I:
    1- Beer I buy for myself, is mine only. The wife must supply her own as I will not freely share.
    2- Beer she buys for herself receives a 1 month restraining order. After that, well; she was warned....
    3- If you are not the purchaser of said beer, you are entitled to a sip of the forbidden nectar to determine future purchases.
    4.-If at any time rule 1 is ignored, rule 2 is also ignored and all beer is transferred to a super secret location with a super secret hidden mini fridge.

    She's drinking Newcastle "Werewolf" tonight. She's on her third one. She bought the six pack 13.75 days ago.

    Not that I'm counting.
    These are excellent rules, except for number 2. I would give it two full weekends or two weeks at most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coondog#77 View Post
    1. The only thing you use a Guiness glasses for is... GUINESS! Do not put water, milk, soda, in my Guiness glasses.

    2. If drinking from a bottle and you finish your bottle. It is not to be set on an elevated surface, must be placed on the floor or in a recycling bin.

    3. If you get up to get another beer for yourself, you must bring a round for all others in need of a fresh beer.

    4. Since I collect bottle caps. All caps go in the cap bin except Bud, Budlite, Miller, Coors.....
    Excellent. I use #3 as well. This is also a "sessions" style rule.

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    If you want to get a job done in your garage, you should take at least one beer.

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    beer rules???

    as long as I can still get them from the fridge, I can keep drinking
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    These are awesome beer rules

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    Rule number one. Don't listen to beer snobs.

    Threw a large party many years ago. Bought three 50 gal drums, the kind made out of paper. They colapse in a couple days and you can throw them out. No I was not into the keg hastle and foam and pumping etc.

    Drum #1 had Bohemia-bohemian? I forget but pricy and yummy.
    Drum#2 Henry weinharts private reserve.
    Drum#3 Freakin HAMMS in a can MMMMMYUMMY.

    Right around midnight there was no beer left but the Hamms drum full to the top. By barely still dark we
    were out of Hamms. It was fun, and funny, and a big part of the laughs.

    Accept for the two day hangover.

    I refuse to discriminate, only beer I don't prefer is the molassis kind.

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    " Do you have any? " yes, yes I do
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    I have 2 rules. First, never send a keg back with beer in it and second, Denogginizer is for after the ride not during.

    Beer makes me happy!!
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    Beer must be served at 2*C

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    ^ lagers i agree.. I kinda like warmer IPA's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One Pivot View Post
    I kinda like warmer IPA's.
    +1

    My rules...

    1. Beers may be consumed at any hour of the day. No need to wait until a certain time. I had a Stone 16th Anniversary at 8am last Wednesday. I hadn't even finished my morning coffee.

    2. When working in the garage I must have a beer within arms reach.

    3. When grilling I must have a beer in hand.

    4. I can drink your shitty beer, if I so choose, without asking. I will only share my good beer with you if you can appreciate it.

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    I keep my rules simple:

    1) If you bring crap beer to my house, you get to drink the crap beer. Any crap beer that you didn't drink, bring home, I don't want it in my fridge

    2) If I bring beer to your house and all you have is crap beer, don't drink all of my good beer. Leave me enough to enjoy. I will leave any extras for you to enjoy
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    To the OP, luckily, it's a free country and you can have any set of rules you like.

    For me it's simple:

    Beer rules and I've got some in the 'fridge ready to be soaked on at any moment.

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    $ 4.00 for a bomber, I wish. Here in MA, looking at 6-10$ , I usually go with 12 packs at about 12-14 $ per. Also good 4 packs, usually $ 10-12 per. 6 beers in a sitting? Not since college, 1-3 and then switch to whisky, oh wait, never mind.
    The downside to being a hophead, I have converted my wife to one. She won't touch the stouts or porters though.

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    Ok my "Beer Rules"
    These are my rules, you may not agree.

    1. Never drink from metal, it must be glass.
    If I get it in a can or a keg, I have to pour it into a glass. Alway keep a drinking glass in the vehicle.
    2. If it is hoppy, I must pass.
    Hops are a perservative, not a flavor.
    3. Never drink beer made with fruit.
    When I eat fruit, I want the real thing, NOT IN MY BEER!
    4. Homebrew what I like, and make it the best.
    5. Just because it is free, does not make it good.
    If you offer me a beer that I don't like, do not be offended, when I refuse. I know what I like in beer and I do not compromise. Likewise if you do not like what I have, do not expect anything else, I will not be offended.
    6. See rule 1 and 2.

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    Beer can only be consumed when:
    1. I had a fun bike ride.
    2. I had a bad or painful ride.
    3. I had a good day.
    4. I had a bad day.
    5. Anytime between 2pm - 2am but not 2am - 2pm.
    6. Obvious rule that shouldn't be stated but with a designated driver when not in the comfort of my own home.
    7. It's something I like.
    8. Friends with similar taste in beer suggests something or even pays for it, at this point consumption becomes mandatory as long as it doesn't conflict with other rules.

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    East Coast IPAs are not gonna be that good.

    Try something new BEFORE ordering an IPA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by textbookonewk View Post
    4. I can drink your shitty beer, if I so choose, without asking. I will only share my good beer with you if you can appreciate it.
    I second this motion!

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    Great posts tonight! Must be Friday. A number of posters have commented on fruit in beer. I would add "no fruit" to my list, but I do make exceptions for citrus. No berries, no pears, no apricots, etc.
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    Do you think left coast ipa's are better? Bring it on! I'll start with Heady Topper. Vermont pub and brewery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bloodninja View Post
    East Coast IPAs are not gonna be that good.

    Try something new BEFORE ordering an IPA.
    See below.

    Quote Originally Posted by leeboh View Post
    Do you think left coast ipa's are better? Bring it on! I'll start with Heady Topper. Vermont pub and brewery.
    Truth. Or anything from Hill Farmstead, or Double Sunshine from Lawson's. Vermont has been cranking out some damn good beer lately.

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    My only rule:

    You are not allowed to ***** about the type of free beer in your buddy's fridge...feel free to gripe about the temperature though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klurejr View Post
    Why do people feel the need to come into the beer forum to boost their post count with random nonsense..... spanking, really?
    He has a link in his sig for a reason - just another spammer.

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    My only rule at home is don't drink any of the good beers unless I know that you do, in fact, like good beer.

    It's usually female friends who only drinks bud light or vodka that will grab a $10+ bottle of beer out of the fridge, take one drink and then put it back when they realize they hate it.

    I don't really enjoy fruity beers but I don't mind citrus.

    If I'm having a few beers with friends, I'll drink "good" beer. If I'm going to be drinking beer after beer all night, then it's cheep beer that isn't heavy. (PBR, High Life, etc) I don't really like the popular bud light/coors light, etc

    I didn't really like beer at all until moving to Colorado around 2004.

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    Oddly enough, I only have one serious rule that I plan to follow until the end of my days: I never get on two wheels after drinking beer. I've ridden bicycles exactly three times after beer. The first was in 1992 - had one beer at the top of Santa Theresa. I hit a rut and wound up with a broken helmet and badly bruised ribs. Second was in 1994 - one beer at the top of Kennedy. Made it down the trail, and while heading down Kennedy Road just as fast as my bike could go I hit a shady corner that was wet and low sided on my right side. I wore through my glove to my palm, and have a nasty scar on my knee to this day. Third time was in 2005 and was a result of nothing more than ZERO judgement.It involved a LOT of beer a beach cruiser and stitches in the emergency room.

    So yeah, it's mainly superstitious, but I ain't going to drink and ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluestatevirgin View Post
    ... The rules aren't hard and fast, but guide my decisions. Here are my latest rules:

    1. I believe a person should be able to drink at least a six-pack of any great beer before he/she has had too much. Now, lightweights might be excluded here, but if the alcohol content is so high that I'm tapping out after 3 beers, then I'm not a big fan no matter how good the beer tastes.
    2. With so many great beers available, if the cost of a 22oz bottle is too far north of $4 then you're just wasting money. The six pack price point is somewhere around $8. A cost per ounce rule applies.
    3. Arguing over IPAs is not unlike arguing over politics and religion.
    4. The Europeans may have mastered beer, but we recreated it. Buy American.
    5. Bottled/canned beer has to establish the bench mark by which all beers are compared because only a limited few drinkers can get to said ale house, during said limited release, during said season, when said brewmaster got everything right. If you had some great beer, at some pub that only made one barrel, please don't disparage the $4 bottle of beer you're drinking out of my fridge. .
    I like the rule list.

    Mine is very simple. Beer must be COLD and reasonably inline with my pallet at that moment. I'll drink about any beer, but surely everyone has had that moment where a beer just wasnt exactly what you were shooting for at that moment.

    My social rule of course is "no beers left behind". Waste not want not.

    Not a rule, but a preference: frosty glass. It's just nice. Surely there are some brews that are not served in a chilled glass, that is fine, but for the others, it's a nice touch.

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    Beer Rules

    Beer Rules, is a statement not a question.

    Mine are very few but important.

    1.Only drink the ones that come out of a can, bottle or off the tap.

    2. Be sure to tip the bartender very well. He /she is your friend and probably needs the money more than you do. If you can't afford to tip well, drink at the house it is way cheaper.

    3.For damn sure don't drive drunk. That is why you ride the bike to the pub. Still against the law, but much harder to get caught and you won't hurt anyone but yourself.

    4. Bike repairs are much easier with a pint in hand, and complex things seem much clearer on the pint.

    5. Mind the pint laddie, too much too often is not so good for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thom H View Post
    1.Only drink the ones that come out of a can, bottle or off the tap.
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    Do they come any other way?

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    Do they come any other way?
    Sometimes they come out of a Growler........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klurejr View Post
    Sometimes they come out of a Growler........
    Which comes off the tap!

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    Drink what you like. If others are too closed to the flavor profiles out of the usual mass produced light lagers it is your obligation to kindly and respectfully try to open their lives to glory beyond the "light"

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    The only rules I follow is I don't drink crap beer and I won't spend more than 9 bucks on a 6 pack. Too many excellent beers at 9 or less to bother spending that much.

    Oh, and I try not to buy the same beer twice in a row. I like to mix it up a bit!

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    My rule is never buy a beer that has too many pictures of hops, has the word "hop" or "hoppy" or "hop bomb" anywhere written on the bottle because I know all it is a super unbalanced hop forward/aft style of the category.

    I love a good IPA and DIPA but prefer some balance to the brew. Anyone can make a super hoppy beer by throwing more hops and hop extract into it. My neighbor even makes a batches in his garage that is equal to if not better than many American IPA's they sell here in the store. It takes skill to make a well balanced version of the style with some good malty character balance.

    And another rule - $12 is my bomber/750 price limit. Once Chimay Blue, La Chouffe and St. Bernardus go over I'll have to readjust.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2melow View Post
    And another rule - $12 is my bomber/750 price limit. Once Chimay Blue, La Chouffe and St. Bernardus go over I'll have to readjust.
    I don't have any price rules, though I probably should......

    What about barrel aged beers? IMO they are worth the extra money because it took extra time and storage for them to be ready. The most expensive Barrel Aged beer I bought this year was 50/50 Eclipse and Bourbon Barrel Aged Speedway Stout from Alesmith, both were about $28.00.
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    If you can read the menu through the beer it's not dark enough.
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    Where are you guys finding your beer for 8-9 bucks a six pack. A cheap sixer of rolling cock is at least 7.59 around here. You'll be lucky to find anything near microbrew status for under 10 bucks. Heck even blue moon, a non-microbrew is 9+

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    Quote Originally Posted by arkon11 View Post
    Where are you guys finding your beer for 8-9 bucks a six pack. A cheap sixer of rolling cock is at least 7.59 around here. You'll be lucky to find anything near microbrew status for under 10 bucks. Heck even blue moon, a non-microbrew is 9+
    Depends upon where you live, I'd imagine. I can get any number of quality six-packs for under $9, but I live in rural Oregon. This includes most Oregon beers sold and marketed in six packs--and many from Washington and California too. Heck, I just bought a sixer of Terminal Gravity's Breakfast Porter for $8.19 in the local version of Whole Foods in Portland, Oregon, so it's not just a rural thing, or a budget store thing either.

    You must live on the East Coast, right?

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    No major rules…to me beer is like a trail take it and see where you end up.

    No fruit beer….just can’t call it beer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by X-FXR View Post
    No fruit beer….just can’t call it beer.
    How do you define fruit beer?

    Have you ever had a high quality sour that is made with fruit? They can be amazing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluestatevirgin View Post
    Depends upon where you live, I'd imagine. I can get any number of quality six-packs for under $9, but I live in rural Oregon. This includes most Oregon beers sold and marketed in six packs--and many from Washington and California too. Heck, I just bought a sixer of Terminal Gravity's Breakfast Porter for $8.19 in the local version of Whole Foods in Portland, Oregon, so it's not just a rural thing, or a budget store thing either.

    You must live on the East Coast, right?
    Often times it has a lot to do with alcohol taxes specific to certain states.

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    1: Cold*
    2: Wet*
    3: Can't have a TV commercial (Exceptions made for Sam Adams)*

    *any of these rules can be bypassed if the beer is free....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino View Post
    Often times it has a lot to do with alcohol taxes specific to certain states.
    Yup. Here's kind of a cool map of rates by state, for those who like to geek out:

    http://taxfoundation.org/sites/taxfo...beer_large.png

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klurejr View Post
    How do you define fruit beer?

    Have you ever had a high quality sour that is made with fruit? They can be amazing.
    Yes I have tried sours, the last was the dissident from Deschutes, while I can appreciate that it’s a craft brew I can’t call it beer in the true sense. But who cares who defines what as anything….if you like it. Those that like it go for it, no hatn’ cause that style appeals to you. It’s not for me, but I’m not a snob that will cast ya out of the pub just a bit of ribbing….

    Beers that I consumed New Year’s Eve

    The Abyss 2010, Black Butte MMX, Celebrator Dopplebock, Pauliner Salvator, Mammoth Hair of the Bear, Lost Coast Downtown Brown to name a few…..no sours, minimal hops, no fruit and no wheat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by X-FXR View Post
    while I can appreciate that it’s a craft brew I can’t call it beer in the true sense.
    Why not? Fruit is an adjunct like any other found in beer. Your Abyss and Black Butte XX series had adjuncts in them too.

    Nice selections BTW. Ever try any dunkelweizens? If you like doppelbocks, you may appreciate a good dunkel too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino View Post
    Why not? Fruit is an adjunct like any other found in beer. Your Abyss and Black Butte XX series had adjuncts in them too.

    Nice selections BTW. Ever try any dunkelweizens? If you like doppelbocks, you may appreciate a good dunkel too.
    Ya I know that beers I like are altered from the basics of water, barley and yeast.... but the taste isn't for me and not what I personally want in a beer. If I want something fruity overtones it better have an umbrella in it

    I have tried dunkelweizens while not bad just aren't my favorite. The wheat just doesn't appeal to me. Drink a dunkel on occasion as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klurejr View Post
    I don't have any price rules, though I probably should......

    What about barrel aged beers? IMO they are worth the extra money because it took extra time and storage for them to be ready. The most expensive Barrel Aged beer I bought this year was 50/50 Eclipse and Bourbon Barrel Aged Speedway Stout from Alesmith, both were about $28.00.
    The last 20 dollar bottle I bought was a barrell aged Yeti that was infected. That was last year. Come to think of it ive bought a few bottles of Crooked Stave which were over the $12 mark. See how tough it is??!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluestatevirgin View Post
    Yup. Here's kind of a cool map of rates by state, for those who like to geek out:

    http://taxfoundation.org/sites/taxfo...beer_large.png
    Need to make the 45 minute drive up to Wyoming more often!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guerdonian View Post
    OP, we have verrrrry different viewpoints on this. Though we may still enjoy the same beer, many of the beers I enjoy would break all of your rules. I buy what i want to try, and don't limit myself to rules that prevent me from trying something new.
    Ditto. I have almost exactly the opposite opinion on everything the OP has stated.

    - The best beers are usually high ABV, it's part of what gives them their strength and complexity. 7.5 - 11% is my common range.

    - Feeling that drinking 3 beers or less is a 'waste' is stupid when the idea is to enjoy the beer. Drinking more than 3 beers is nothing more than getting drunk, and has nothing to do with actually appreciating the beer. I like a good buzz too, but a truly great beer experience usually involves nursing a single strong beer over a fair bit of time.

    I hope all the Americans here appreciate how cheap their beer is. In BC, a decent 6-pack of standard fare micro brew is $11-13. Everything in America is cheap as hell, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LostBoyScout View Post
    Ditto. I have almost exactly the opposite opinion on everything the OP has stated.

    - The best beers are usually high ABV, it's part of what gives them their strength and complexity. 7.5 - 11% is my common range.

    - Feeling that drinking 3 beers or less is a 'waste' is stupid when the idea is to enjoy the beer. Drinking more than 3 beers is nothing more than getting drunk, and has nothing to do with actually appreciating the beer. I like a good buzz too, but a truly great beer experience usually involves nursing a single strong beer over a fair bit of time.

    I hope all the Americans here appreciate how cheap their beer is. In BC, a decent 6-pack of standard fare micro brew is $11-13. Everything in America is cheap as hell, though.
    You pay $11-13 for Molson's?

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    Always use a clean, room temperature, beer glass. The beer should not be too cold and preferably a craft or home brewed beer.

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    OP, limiting yourself to American session beers is pretty cute. Do you drink them with a sippy cup or a bendy straw?
    Couldn't have said it better myself.

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    Dont run out is my number one rule!!!

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