Draft beers at a local pub

A nearby pub (Village Draft House - Raleigh, NC) has a large selection of mostly-US beers on tap. I'm familiar with the dozen or so locals they have and have omitted those from the list. Is anything in the following list special enough to tackle first in my goal to drink through the beer menu? Also, what's dreadful enough to pass up?
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* Abita Purple Haze: New Orleans, LA * Abita Turbo Dog: New Orleans, LA * Blue Moon Belgian White: Memphis, TN * Brooklyn Brown Ale: Brooklyn, NY * Flying Dog Doggie Style Pale Ale: Denver, CO * Guinness Stout (nitrogen): Ireland * Harpoon I.P.A.: Boston, Mass. * JW Dundee Honey Brown Lager: Rochester, NY * Lost Coast Raspberry Brown: Eureka, CA * Mad River Steelhead Scotch Porter: Blue Lake, CA * North Coast Red Seal: Fort Bragg, CA * Pyramid Hefeweizen: Seattle, WA * Red Hook E.S.B.: Portsmouth, NH * Red Hook Nitro Porter (nitrogen): Portsmouth, NH * Rogue Dead Guy Ale: Newport, OR * Rogue Mocha Porter: Newport, OR * Rogue Shakespeare Stout (nitrogen): Newport, OR * Saranac Hefeweizen: Utica, N.Y. * Sam Adams Boston Lager: Boston, MA * Shiner Bock: Shiner, TX * Shipyard Export Ale: Portland ME * Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: Chico, CA * Weeping Radish OBX Kolsch Ale: Fredericksburg, MD * Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen: Portland, OR * Woodchuck Pear Cider: Springfield, VT * Yuengling Black & Tan: Pottsville, PA * Yuengling Traditional Lager: Pottsville, PA
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>A nearby pub (Village Draft House - Raleigh, NC) has a large selection of >mostly-US beers on tap. I'm familiar with the dozen or so locals they have and >have omitted those from the list. Is anything in the following list special >enough to tackle first in my goal to drink through the beer menu? Also, what's >dreadful enough to pass up? This is just my personal taste, but I'd avoid: > * Abita Purple Haze: New Orleans, LA > * Flying Dog Doggie Style Pale Ale: Denver, CO > * JW Dundee Honey Brown Lager: Rochester, NY > * Pyramid Hefeweizen: Seattle, WA > * Red Hook E.S.B.: Portsmouth, NH > * Shiner Bock: Shiner, TX And go for first: > * North Coast Red Seal: Fort Bragg, CA > * Rogue Shakespeare Stout (nitrogen): Newport, OR > * Sam Adams Boston Lager: Boston, MA [Only if FRESH] > * Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: Chico, CA [DITTO] These are just "eh" beers: > * Abita Turbo Dog: New Orleans, LA > * Blue Moon Belgian White: Memphis, TN > * Harpoon I.P.A.: Boston, Mass. [Unless they've reverted to the taste of the early days] > * Rogue Dead Guy Ale: Newport, OR > * Yuengling Black & Tan: Pottsville, PA > * Yuengling Traditional Lager: Pottsville, PA > * Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen: Portland, OR
The rest I either haven't had in awhile or don't know. -- Joel Plutchak "Senza la birra tutto diventa orfano." plutchak@[...] - Italian proverb (slightly revised)
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Larc wrote in news:fvltvvsaphftsbhbl8iqmhualcfafcch60@4ax.com: My votes: > * Abita Purple Haze: New Orleans, LA Not only don't drink it, actually flee the room when you see it. Bad. > * North Coast Red Seal: Fort Bragg, CA Excellent stuff. Go for this one first. > * Rogue Dead Guy Ale: Newport, OR > * Rogue Mocha Porter: Newport, OR > * Rogue Shakespeare Stout (nitrogen): Newport, OR Nitro? Why would they screw up one of the best stouts in the world with nitro? That's a freakin' crime. The Dead Guy is pretty good and, if you're a coffee fan, you'll like the Mocha Porter. Shame about the stout, really is one of the best things around. > * Shiner Bock: Shiner, TX Bleah. > * Shipyard Export Ale: Portland ME Good stuff. Was pleasantly surprised. > * Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: Chico, CA One of the classics of the style, but the Red Seal (same style) is IMO better. > * Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen: Portland, OR
A pretty standard American Wheat, which generally means boring as hell (and does in this case). Not that much going on. -- ***************************************************************** Dan Iwerks thinks that the beer you're drinking probably sucks. The fundamental problem with Solipsism is it makes me responsible for the fact that you're a complete idiot. *****************************************************************
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"Dan Iwerks" wrote in message > > * Shipyard Export Ale: Portland ME > > Good stuff. Was pleasantly surprised.
Now, that is the first time in over a year that you've liked something and I've thought "WTF?" I thought the Export Ale was ass-wash, perhaps their worst beer.
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"Lew Bryson" wrote in news:X_DLb.7656$%v5.1851@newssvr16.news.prodigy.com: > "Dan Iwerks" wrote in message >> > * Shipyard Export Ale: Portland ME >> >> Good stuff. Was pleasantly surprised. > > Now, that is the first time in over a year that you've liked something > and I've thought "WTF?" I thought the Export Ale was ass-wash, perhaps > their worst beer.
Hrm. Recall it being a decent, nutty/malty British ale of sorts, and was pleasantly surprised after the less-than-pleasant experience I had with their Fuggles. Then again, I recall you think WWS 23 was as good as the 18, so I'd say your judgement is veeeeeeery questionable anyways. Hrrmph. -- ***************************************************************** Dan Iwerks thinks that the beer you're drinking probably sucks. The fundamental problem with Solipsism is it makes me responsible for the fact that you're a complete idiot. *****************************************************************
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"Dan Iwerks" wrote in message > "Lew Bryson" wrote in > > "Dan Iwerks" wrote in message > >> > * Shipyard Export Ale: Portland ME > >> Good stuff. Was pleasantly surprised. > > > > Now, that is the first time in over a year that you've liked something > > and I've thought "WTF?" I thought the Export Ale was ass-wash, perhaps > > their worst beer. > > Hrm. Recall it being a decent, nutty/malty British ale of sorts, and was > pleasantly surprised after the less-than-pleasant experience I had with > their Fuggles. Then again, I recall you think WWS 23 was as good as the > 18, so I'd say your judgement is veeeeeeery questionable anyways. > Hrrmph.
Dude. I had WWS 23 on draft, a pint of it. Believe you me, it was freakin' tasty.
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> * Abita Purple Haze: New Orleans, LA Fruit beer. Bleh. > * Abita Turbo Dog: New Orleans, LA If fresh, very, very good. > * Blue Moon Belgian White: Memphis, TN Mediocre, but not bad, Belgian wit-style beer (actually brewed by Coors) > * Brooklyn Brown Ale: Brooklyn, NY > * Flying Dog Doggie Style Pale Ale: Denver, CO > * Guinness Stout (nitrogen): Ireland Wow, you've not had Guinness? That's refreshing, in a way. Quintessential dry stout. Light-bodied, creamy, roasty flavor. Decent-enough beer, but there are many stouts that are better. > * Harpoon I.P.A.: Boston, Mass. > * JW Dundee Honey Brown Lager: Rochester, NY That's still around? Easily skippable. > * North Coast Red Seal: Fort Bragg, CA Nice beer. Straddles a line between amber and pale ale, depending on how malty one thinks either style should be. Nice balance of hoppiness and maltiness. > * Pyramid Hefeweizen: Seattle, WA Bland, bland, bland. > * Red Hook E.S.B.: Portsmouth, NH Boring, boring, boring. > * Red Hook Nitro Porter (nitrogen): Portsmouth, NH > * Rogue Dead Guy Ale: Newport, OR OK. Malty-ish. > * Rogue Mocha Porter: Newport, OR Better. > * Rogue Shakespeare Stout (nitrogen): Newport, OR Really good. Although, being Rogue, you better like hops. > * Saranac Hefeweizen: Utica, N.Y. > * Sam Adams Boston Lager: Boston, MA Unfairly knocked by many beer geeks. Nice, balanced beer. Not one I'm going to run out and hunt down, but one I'm not disappointed with if that's what I have to choose from. > * Shiner Bock: Shiner, TX Eh. Hope you like flavors reminiscent of corn. > * Shipyard Export Ale: Portland ME > * Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: Chico, CA Outstanding. The textbook American pale ale. Definitely try. > * Weeping Radish OBX Kolsch Ale: Fredericksburg, MD > * Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen: Portland, OR
See Hefeweizen, Pyramid.
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>> * Sam Adams Boston Lager: Boston, MA > Unfairly knocked by many beer geeks. Nice, balanced beer. Not one > I'm going to run out and hunt down, but one I'm not disappointed > with if that's what I have to choose from.
This is my standby... It's reasonably easy to find as an option to Budmillercoors in bars, and it's what Budmillercoors SHOULD be (and even better beers as the "other" the way Sam is now).
That said though, it's better fresh, so even Sam can be a little disappointing at times. -- //*================================================================++ || Russ Perry Jr 2175 S Tonne Dr #114 Arlington Hts IL 60005 || || 847-952-9729 slapdash@rcn.com [NEW!] VIDEOGAME COLLECTOR! || ++================================================================*//
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> > and it's what Budmillercoors SHOULD be > (and even better beers as the "other" the way Sam is now).
HUH? Look, I've only had a HopDevil, a Jever and a Heavyweight Lunacy Grand Cru, so I *should* be able to figure this sentence out...
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> > and it's what Budmillercoors SHOULD be > > (and even better beers as the "other" the way Sam is now). > HUH? Look, I've only had a HopDevil, a Jever and a Heavyweight > Lunacy Grand Cru, so I *should* be able to figure this sentence out...
Sorry. What I mean is that rather than have budmillercoors as the beers in every bar with Sam as the best chance at something good ALSO available, I wish it was stuff like Sam as the beers in every bar, and even better stuff (pick your favorite micro or craft beer) was the "other" (better) choice. -- //*================================================================++ || Russ Perry Jr 2175 S Tonne Dr #114 Arlington Hts IL 60005 || || 847-952-9729 slapdash@rcn.com [NEW!] VIDEOGAME COLLECTOR! || ++================================================================*//
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> * Abita Purple Haze: New Orleans, LA bad, bad, bad and fruit flavored > * Abita Turbo Dog: New Orleans, LA very good kind of altbeerish > * Blue Moon Belgian White: Memphis, TN poor but drinkable > * Brooklyn Brown Ale: Brooklyn, NY Never Tried (NT) > * Flying Dog Doggie Style Pale Ale: Denver, CO Avarage > * Guinness Stout (nitrogen): Ireland Avarage > * Harpoon I.P.A.: Boston, Mass. Avarage > * JW Dundee Honey Brown Lager: Rochester, NY sweet, and crappy > * Lost Coast Raspberry Brown: Eureka, CA Fruit flavored but actually pretty decent > * Mad River Steelhead Scotch Porter: Blue Lake, CA GOOD, worth trying > * North Coast Red Seal: Fort Bragg, CA GOOD, worth trying > * Pyramid Hefeweizen: Seattle, WA boring, boring, boring > * Red Hook E.S.B.: Portsmouth, NH slightly less boring than above > * Red Hook Nitro Porter (nitrogen): Portsmouth, NH NT > * Rogue Dead Guy Ale: Newport, OR > * Rogue Mocha Porter: Newport, OR > * Rogue Shakespeare Stout (nitrogen): Newport, OR All Excellent especially the stout > * Saranac Hefeweizen: Utica, N.Y. NT > * Sam Adams Boston Lager: Boston, MA Avarage > * Shiner Bock: Shiner, TX slightly below avarage > * Shipyard Export Ale: Portland ME I've had it once in the bottle but I really don't remember it. Which probably says something. > * Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: Chico, CA Very Good > * Weeping Radish OBX Kolsch Ale: Fredericksburg, MD NT > * Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen: Portland, OR slightly better than the pyramid HW but that ain't saying much > * Woodchuck Pear Cider: Springfield, VT NT > * Yuengling Black & Tan: Pottsville, PA NT > * Yuengling Traditional Lager: Pottsville, PA NT > >Larc > > >
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>> * Pyramid Hefeweizen: Seattle, WA > >Bland, bland, bland. > >> * Red Hook E.S.B.: Portsmouth, NH > >Boring, boring, boring. >
I wrote almost exactly the same thing before reading your comments. Strange.
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