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GBaxter
01-04-2011, 06:42
Why do you (seriously or humorously) consider Bourbon and any other
sprits you also greatly admire, to be so much better to drink than beer ?

barturtle
01-04-2011, 07:06
There is no "better" only "different"

ACDetroit
01-04-2011, 07:13
There is no "better" only "different"

In the immortal words of Yoda ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^! :slappin:

craigthom
01-04-2011, 07:42
Why do you (seriously or humorously) consider Bourbon and any other
sprits you also greatly admire, to be so much better to drink than beer ?

I don't. They fit different circumstances.

Economically, per drink, good bourbon is probably less expensive than good beer, but I can buy special edition limited release beers for a lot less money. For example, this past year Sierra Nevada celebrated their 30th anniversary and released four special beers in 750ml bottles. These were $10 a piece, which is darned expensive for a beer, but a bargain compared to similar bourbon releases.

chefnash51
01-04-2011, 07:43
I have been into craft beer for many years. I have acquired a large cellar of beers that I am still aging. But for me, bourbon has beat beer out hands down.

I don't even drink beer all that much anymore. Reasons for the switch?

1. It became a chase to obtain the next biggest, hoppy beer, with news ones coming out every several months.. it just got old
2. For me there is way better value in bourbon. I can buy a bottle and milk it for a long time, going back to it whenever I am in the mood for a small pour of said bourbon.
3. Bourbon is just way more delicious!
4. Carbs? haha - but honestly, you can't expect to drink beer every night and not run into some issues with all those carbs.
5. It's more fun to drink bourbon alone then beer alone. sounds sad? maybe, but truth is, the majority of my drinks are consumed at home. Ok, my wife is home to, but she isn't exactly drinking with me.
6. Being into bourbon puts me into company that I associate better with.

Don't get me wrong... I still love beer. Still drink some phenomenal brews (those Belgians and Russian Imperial Stouts just keep getting better) and pick up some newer stock. Like the Sierra Nevada releases mentioned above. But when I do drink beer, it's more often a PBR tall boy followed by a pour of bourbon.

ggilbertva
01-04-2011, 09:21
I'll echo what's been stated. Beer has its place as does whiskey (bourbon, scotch, irish, etc.). I love them all. I usually have a beer when I get home from work and then switch to whiskey later in the evening. I enjoy both and bunker both.

squire
01-04-2011, 09:29
Bourbon has more alcohol. Beer cocktail anyone?

Beer&Bourbon
01-04-2011, 09:52
I like where a lot of people are coming from here. I got more into bourbon after some time appreciating really good beers. I've got a cellar with a couple hundred bottles of limited/brewery only release beers - most high alcohol such as bourbon barrel/rum barrel russian imperial stouts. While I love them, it's a PITA to keep up with all of the newest releases. I always find myself wanting/spending more.

Bourbon lasts longer and can be revisited over and over again. Plus my drinking buddy has time to keep up with the bourbon scene (i.e. he buys bottles we share as well) while he doesn't have much time for the beer scene (i.e. I buy most of the nice bottles we share). For these various reasons it's more economical to drink bourbon.

I'll still keep up with good beer though. I'm a huge fan of Jackie O's beers from Athens, OH, but with releases every/every other month with 3+ beers all $15-20 for a 22 oz. bottle, my wallet simply can't keep up.

kickert
01-04-2011, 10:22
I don't

nor02lei
01-04-2011, 12:16
I don't

I donít ether, but beer has a lot of disadvantages like being expensive and making your stomach full and set down your appetite. You also get fatter from beer than bourbon. This said I like beer a lot.

Leif

Gillman
01-04-2011, 12:37
It's not beer or bourbon, it's beer and bourbon (boilermaker). But stop after one.

Gary

Gillman
01-04-2011, 12:43
Incidentally, in frequenting bourbon circles in recent years, I've found that southerners in general seem to have the least interest in beer, or good beer. I think this is because it wasn't as much of a tradition as in other parts of the country, initially because of climate, but not totally, since e.g., beer and ale played a limited role for a long time in New England too. Perhaps it was just one of those things that didn't come over with the Mayflower (despite "our beere being spent"), or barley was not cultivated assiduously where the English first settled. That may be it since if it was cultivated our bourbon would be made of malted or raw barley not corn or rye. That said, I know there are some true beer enthusiasts in the south, e.g., Jeff from Lexington (what say ye, Jeff?), or Joe from Atlanta, but my abiding impression with most southerners I've met is they didn't drink much beer or could take it or leave it.

Gary

camduncan
01-04-2011, 12:50
For me beer is a taste I can't stand. I'm yet to try a beer that doesn't activate my gag reflex and make me want to spit (or vomit) it back out.

Scrub
01-04-2011, 12:59
Beer makes me feel funny if I drink too much of it ................ Bourbon always makes me fell BETTER !!

CorvallisCracker
01-04-2011, 13:01
Why do you (seriously or humorously) consider Bourbon and any other
sprits you also greatly admire, to be so much better to drink than beer ?

Why do you assume we do?

Gillman
01-04-2011, 13:28
Cam, it's something you may never acquire a taste for, and if so, fair enough. But it is truly an acquired taste and many today acquire it not by repeated consumption, but by learning what it is supposed to taste like. That doesn't mean - and I stress this - that you will or should like it. But it's one of those tastes that can seem weird, or so it was for me, until I learned why it tastes as it does. That it has a Ovaltine-like cereal taste which is made less sweet with a flowery or bitter flowering plant which is the hop. (And I could go on and on). So not trying to convert you or anyone but it's something I would say akin to some foods that we won't like instinctively but when we know how it is made and why we can say, okay I see, they smoked ham to preserve it, and that taste is a smoky taste like a fire, or they burned the barrel to cleanse it, and the taste got into the whiskey...

Hope all is well with you and Jen and we can see you in old Kentuck soon.

Gary

squire
01-04-2011, 13:38
Gary beer is far more popular than whisky here in the Coastal South, it is hot most of the year, but no real beer brewing tradition because barley is difficult to grow in this area.

jburlowski
01-04-2011, 13:50
Less gas....... :rolleyes:

OscarV
01-04-2011, 14:03
'cuz it is,...remember that bourbon that you are now drinking was once beer and it grew up to be better.

squire
01-04-2011, 14:20
Beer with a college education.

Gillman
01-04-2011, 14:21
Good point Squire re the tradition on the Coast in the South (I can't recall your first name now but remember our earlier conversations well), hope all is good with you.

Gary

squire
01-04-2011, 14:24
Squire is my name, that's what all my friends call me.

Special Reserve
01-04-2011, 15:07
I don't as well. I like both beer and bourbon. I almost never drink bourbon in a bar.

There are many quality brewpubs and microbreweries locally. It is not hard to find Belgian Ales, Imperial Stouts, or even doppelbocks.

Don't get me wrong I do like bourbon but I won't rate one over the other.

imbibehour
01-04-2011, 15:25
I love them both. They have great pros and cons.

Craft Beer pros:

Cheaper to purchase (usually)
Bigger drink
More varieties and styles to compare

Craft Beer cons:

Takes up more room
Huge calories
Too easy to get skunked (ruined) beer
once open you gotta drink it
Some of it you have to drink right away (when you purchase it)

Bourbon pros:

some variations in taste and all that
it keeps and can hang around a bit
Is almost always never ruined upon initial purchase
can be used in cocktails
Easier to cook with than beer

Bourbon cons:

Can get pricey
Limited choices
tastes aren't as varied as craft beer styles
Lots of opened bottles sometimes making it harder to consume quickly (for some), although this can be a pro ;)

That's about my 2 cents. Luckily I get to imbibe alot in both! :lol:

ErichPryde
01-04-2011, 15:32
bourbon's better. WAY better. I saw bourbon and beer fight one time with ancient katanas folded a thousand times by demons enslaved in fiery armor specifically to make such weapons. Bourbon cut straight through that long neck of beer's, and beer's head went spraying off into the ink stained night.

Just sayin'.

OscarV
01-04-2011, 15:35
bourbon's better. WAY better. I saw bourbon and beer fight one time with ancient katanas folded a thousand times by demons enslaved in fiery armor specifically to make such weapons. Bourbon cut straight through that long neck of beer's, and beer's head went spraying off into the ink stained night.

Just sayin'.



I saw the same thing ouce but was afraid to come out and say it, thanx 4 puttin' it out there Mr Pryde.

CorvallisCracker
01-04-2011, 15:41
bourbon's better. WAY better. I saw bourbon and beer fight one time with ancient katanas folded a thousand times by demons enslaved in fiery armor specifically to make such weapons. Bourbon cut straight through that long neck of beer's, and beer's head went spraying off into the ink stained night.

I saw that. IIRC the part of Bourbon was played by Uma Thurman and that of Beer by Lucy Liu.

Or am I thinking of something else?

squire
01-04-2011, 16:43
That's my recollection.

BMartin42
01-04-2011, 17:37
I love them both for many of the same reasons that have already been stated. Both have their place and time (as do wine, rum, gin, tequila, etc.) For that matter, I love craft beers and enjoy them most often, particularly the english style ales and any stout, but on a hot day on the golf course, a few Bud Lights just about hit the spot. I'm enjoying a relative expensive bourbon right now (Rock Hill Farms), but I also find Evan Williams black label to be fantastic on a cold day on the golf course. My bottom line is that I pretty much enjoy a lot of different alcohols/flavors and it just depends on my mood or setting. That is why I never poo poo anyone else's choice in any alcoholic beverage. Variety is the spice of life after all.

bourbonNOOG
01-06-2011, 11:21
Bourbon and Beer have a permanent place in my heart. Both of are equal importance to me. That being said I don't collect beer like I do bourbon. Partially because of the fact that it can go bad and because of the fact that i'm just not interested in collection beer bottles etc.

I do own a growler and I do get it filled quite often. The mother in law got me a BeerTender for Christmas, which is a miniKeg dispenser. Identical to a Kegeratore but counter size. The only issue is the Beer Tender is a joint venture between Heiniken and TFal, which means it only works with minikegs that carry the DraughtKeg design and function. Up until yesterday I thought that was only Heiniken and Heiniken Light. But, to my surprise it just happens that my favorite beer NEWCASTLE jumped on board and now offers a DraughtKeg minikeg.

Needless to say when I can find one of these locally my nightly bourbon consumption decreases considerably. Whereas before the BeerTender I would have a couple of pours (2-4) a night, now it's only one. I've found that this just happens to work out in my financial favor as I'm consuming my pricey bourbon as quickly, which means I don't have to replace it as often.

All in all, I think if I had to choose it would be bourbon.

theDon
01-06-2011, 11:46
Bourbon is sincere. Beer and Vodka I can have a few and not feel'em and then they sneak up on you all at once. I know when I'm drinking bourbon from the first sip with it's initial burn all the way down to my belly and I immediatly feel the relaxing effects. It helps keep me in check, most of the time, unless I'm at the Houston bourbon get together. Then I have zero control over my pouring hand and abilitiy to not swallow what is in my glass.

ILLfarmboy
01-06-2011, 14:22
For me beer is a taste I can't stand. I'm yet to try a beer that doesn't activate my gag reflex and make me want to spit (or vomit) it back out.


I felt the same way until recently, though in reality I can't say I sampled enough beer to come to that conclusion in an unbiased open minded way. I tried beer when I was younger; mid teens and then again when I was of age. Bud light, Coors light that sort of thing. I think about five or six years ago I tried a Killians Irish Red and couldn't finish it.

Part of the problem is I have always thought of beer as a cheep way to get loaded. It sounds silly but I never realy gave the craft of brewing any thought, until recently.

Here's what hapened. Bear with me this is a window into my thought process.:

I was looking for a convenient way to drain the skim milk from the cream sitting on top of it. First, I looked for one of those gallon jugs people use to make sun tea, the kind with a spigot at the bottom. I couldn't find one but I remembered my brother-in-law has one of those Mr. beer kits. Well, he doesn't have it anymore. So I started looking on-line which led me to peruse a couple home brew forums out of boredom. The more I learned the curiouser I got. I could now put a name to those aspects of beer that turned me off, and consequently had an educated idea of what I thought I might like.

A few weeks later I found myself in town at lunch time and quite hungry. Instead of ignoring my stomach till I got home, or going somewhere familiar, I stopped at a brewpub and instead of ordering iced tea with my burger I said, "I'd like to try your bock". The waitress offered to bring me a small sample but I figured I should give it a propper go and ordered a pint. To date, I have been back to the same place three times, always ordering their bock and drinking it with a meal. That last part is important. I really believe that consuming it in this way has helped acclimate me to the taste. The last time I ate there, the first several sips of beer led me to exclaim to myself, damn this really is good.

Not long ago I would have said bourbon is by far better than beer. In fact I would have considered beer an unfinished product totally efed up with the addition of hops. Why make beer when you can leave the hops out and distill it and age it in oak barrels? I don't think that way anymore.

MissinER101
01-06-2011, 15:53
It's kinda strange with me, almost like having a wife and a mistress.......

I drink bourbon at home, rarely do I have a beer at home.

I drink beer at bars; usually accompanied by loud music and dancing girls.

Gillman
01-06-2011, 16:24
Well that's interesting Brad.

Beer does often go well with food, although food can get in the way of it too, sometimes.

Beer. Made mainly from malted barley. A sweetish, cereal-based drink, not all that different from the malt in a shake. Except bitter, sometimes flowery hops are added to balance and off-set that sweetness. Yeast type can add fruity flavours too, just as in a bourbon mash. Originally the hops were added as a preservative but then people got used to the taste. A lot of people are turned off beer because the commercial norm of it often is so lousy. But a bock is an all-malt, fairly low-hopped drink, a good introduction. Prosit.

Gary

warehouseman
01-14-2011, 20:00
Bourbon = Good
Beer = mule piss

Beer sets my stomach on fire causes extreme pain i must be allergic to it.Hard liquer dont bother me ???

jburlowski
01-15-2011, 04:34
Bourbon = Good
Beer = mule piss

Beer sets my stomach on fire causes extreme pain i must be allergic to it.Hard liquer dont bother me ???

Except (as you know) in Kentucky it's horse piss (http://www.horsepissbeer.com/).

bvscfanatic
01-15-2011, 06:39
I do not consider bourbon better than beer. I like both (actually, I like ales far more than beer) and I like rum, and I find that I tend to like all three of them better when they're about as dark as they can be. There are times when only a beer will satisfy my desire at that moment. Sometimes rum or an even sweeter liqueur might call to me momentarily.

BUT what I WILL state very emphatically is that bourbon is MY very favorite whiskey, and really the only one I care to purchase or drink. My reasoning here is the many factors that make bourbon so varied and so interesting and so adaptable to any taste. The mere range of proofs alone makes bourbon the most fascinating whiskey available, at least where I live. The variety of recipes, the variety in aging, and the agreed to standards of production take the whole matter further. I've never seen another whiskey that tempted me to switch. Just my personal opinion. And that's pretty much any of us can offer.

George
01-15-2011, 06:49
I rarely drink bourbon outside my home. When away from the house, it's usually beer for me.

craigthom
01-15-2011, 20:18
(actually, I like ales far more than beer)

That's like saying you like bourbon far more than whiskey. Ales are beer.

bvscfanatic
01-16-2011, 01:08
That's like saying you like bourbon far more than whiskey. Ales are beer.

You're absolutely right. I can't believe I wrote that. Thanks for catching it. What I meant to say was that I like ales more than lagers. Not sure what I was drinking when I wrote that.

sailor22
01-16-2011, 16:13
Add some Bourbon, let's say Ezra B 12 yr to... oh say Rogue Double Bastard Ale and, Damn, the football game just got a lot more interesting. Tastes damn fine too.

Robmo
04-08-2011, 00:52
"One bourbon, one scotch, one beer"

Best song ever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNknFH6asAs

OscarV
04-08-2011, 11:40
"One bourbon, one scotch, one beer"

Best song ever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNknFH6asAs

And I like drinking alone.
Except with my old Buddy Wiser.
Also Jack, Jim and Johnny.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysXMAOgEIq4

River Runner
04-17-2011, 18:20
I love beer!!

I'm fortunate to have some amazing bars that specialize in having 100+ flavors available and the selection in a few package stores is just amazing. 20 years ago, I brewed my own. I have found that there are so many choices that I can just keep trying new ones while rotating through my old favorites. I still can't believe there are people like my brother in law who won't drink a bud light, "horse piss", but buys Coors light by the 30 pack...WTF???

I've always liked whiskey but never appreciated it. Recently, I've become aware of the variety available that I enjoy with beer and look forward to trying them all. :grin Like others mentioned it is nice to have many bottles open and rotate through them. Also, I'm finding that after a few beers I feel full and I don't care for that bloated gassy feeling anymore. I tend to start with a beer first then pour a bourbon to sip and enjoy. Glad to have found this forum!