- posted 14 years ago
First thing I did was to cut the newsgroup headers so this only shows up in alt.beer.
Steve's response is sinister. Chris has come to realize that swill is not worth drinking. I will not drink either French Wines or Sam Adams. I am boycotting both for political reasons. The French were gutless and two-faced over the invasion of Iraq. Sam Adams is brewed in the most liberal State in the Union.
If you live in the mid-west (as in MN. MO, WI, IL, KY. MI, IN, OH, or PA), you can buy Bell's Beer. It is an excellent family of beers. Larry Bell started 20+ years ago as a LHBS (Local Home Brew Store) and today is Kalamazoo Brewing Co. Go to and see how many of Bell's beers are rate 4.0 or higher on a 5 point scale. They are awesomely great brewers.
Now if you live driving distance to Delaware, there Dogfish Brewing Company.
You need to go to and read the beer styles so you can see how low on the totem pole Bud and Rolling Rock are and how much higher you want to go.
Also go to and see how various beers were rated by reviewers.
I no longer drink beer unless I go to a bar or a party. I have no taste for wine and prefer rum and coke over everything except a Rusty Nail and Jack Daniel's Single Barrell.
I brew Mead - the Nectar of the Gods. My initial investment in equipment is about $200. My cost per gallon about $7 and maybe less. Behind me is an awesome Maple Wine Mead (costing me about $12 a gallon and worth every penny), a Chocolate Peppermint mead (about $5/gallon), and a Spearmint Mead (about $4.50/gallon) which is going to help me sleep tonight.
Go to your LHBS and talk with them. They have a vested interest in your repeat business. You might like homebrewing beer. It beats the hell out of drinking swill.
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