Ogeh Ikem wrote:It's a type of beer but I think that it belongs in a special class, all on its own.
I too, am getting to the point where I like dark beers way more than the lighter stuff. In fact, I can't drink light beer anymore -- it all tastes like water. The lightest that I will go at this point is an amber (or maybe a red).
i read a novel once based in the middle ages (around AD1000 or so). they fed the children beer for breakfast. it was pretty much all they had during the winter. beer and bread (hopefully with grease on it). beer kept them alive during the winter.
on a different note, it is an aquired taste just like tobacco.
I like all sorts of kinds, whether it's light or dark. I had a short period when I just started drinking beer where I actually enjoyed darker beers more, but then lost taste for them again.
Because of the hot weather we've had lots of wheat beers, and right now I'm really into the dark stuff again. I'm having a Guinness as I type.
This trip I had Yuengling for the first time, and I have to say it's pretty enjoyable. Other new beers I've tasted in the past two weeks are Genesee Cream Ale, and Blue Moon (which I've never heard of, despite it being a Belgian import), and I quite enjoy both. Pabst is just gross :P
I live right next to the Grolsch factory, so that's our regular swill.
Not all beer is bitter. It comes in many varieties. My favorite beer is Rickards red. It is very sweet for a beer and I find the taste extremely enjoyable. There are many other beers that have a great taste as well and I find many beers are much better tasting as a draft than bottled. Beer is a great marinade as well. A good cold beer with friends at a barbeque is my favorite way to enjoy it. I do not drink it very much anymore but when I do it is a pleasure to have.
Where do you live Vishal? There are some beers that are very sour (especially some Belgian and French beers) but sour is not how I would describe most beers...at least not in the US. Bitter is a term that applies more often, but it is not necessarily a bad thing. Beer is an incredibly complex drink with a wide range of styles and flavors (sweet, malty, roasty, sour, bitter, fruity, etc.)
Not meaning to start a war, but the US is the best place in the world these days for a beer geek...errr...beer conisure, and this might be the best time as well! American craft breweries make incredible and unique American style beers and styles from around the world plus you can get beers from all over the world imported here. Tomorrow I am heading to a weekend event focused around home brewed beer (with lots of commercial beer and good food mixed in).
I normally drink Newcastle Brown Ale, cos its good for you
Also I do like some of the quality German beers; and its good to try any local beers and ales from around the country - sadly a lot of these small independent breweries are closing down...
San Diego has a thriving microbrewery industry and the emphasis is on hoppy beers, especially IPAs, i.e., India Pale Ales. I'm curious; are IPAs available these days in India? My impression is that mostly mediocre imports make up the Indian market, like Budweiser, Fosters, Corona, Heineken, etc. Any good local brews?
Greg Charles wrote:San Diego has a thriving microbrewery industry and the emphasis is on hoppy beers, especially IPAs, i.e., India Pale Ales. I'm curious; are IPAs available these days in India? My impression is that mostly mediocre imports make up the Indian market, like Budweiser, Fosters, Corona, Heineken, etc. Any good local brews?
Greg, you're right in saying that a majority of the market is made up by the mediocre brands- Kingfisher, Tuborg, Budweiser etc.
Over the last couple of years, there have been quiet a few microbreweries that have opened up in the NCR (Delhi, Gurgaon etc.).
Rockman's Beer Island, Vapour, Howzzat to name a few. They serve some really good beer very much unlike the Fosters and the Coronas..Once you've had them, its hard to go back..
Hi Ishu, that's good to hear. That's pretty much how the U.S. market has gone: a wasteland of bland, mass-market beers 10-15 years ago to a wealth of choices now. What about IPAs though? I know that historically they were brewed for British serving in India, and I'm curious if that carried over to popularity with the local population?
The people who mentioned micro breweries and special brands of beer bring to mind a good point. Not all beers are created equal and the majority of the beers available are not very impressive mass market brands. Just like wine or a good scotch, good beer can be hard to find. Unlike scotch, beer is not very expensive for the better brands. You just need to try them. There is certainly a lot of brands to try and I have found draft beers to be very good in general. Unfortunately they are usually only found in pubs not in stores and at a higher price than store brands. It also takes time(a more valuable commodity) to enjoy one in a pub. I enjoy the opportunity when it arises and microbrewery beers are usually very good drafts to chose from when you have the time.
can remember my first sip of beer, somewhere in my early teens, and finding it pretty bad (and yes, it would have been a inexpensive mainstream beer like Bud, etc).
When you're only used to milk, juice, and soda pop, it's not surprising the bitterness imparted by the hops, and the lack of sweetness, will be a shock to your taste buds.
But I also clearly remember in my late teens, helping building a barn one summer, being hot and thirsty, and my older sister offering me a beer (again, a 'cheap' brand).
Boy did that quench my thirst. Unlike pop, it did not leave a sugary residue in my mouth.
Now, I savor deep amber ales, that are reminiscent of hearty whole grain bread.
(it's not uncommon to hear beer described as liquid bread, because of the common ingredients of grain and yeast).
In the Middle Ages people drank beer rather than water because there was often no good clean, drinkable water nearby. Drinking water could be dangerous because it could be infected with diseases. I guess the alcohol in beer kills most of the germs that are in the water that is used to make the beer, so that they are not a big problem.