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Jono
04-19-2008, 18:07
Whenever I have a party I always like to provide good food and drink...I cannot count the times I have been to a party and the beer selection is crap....of course...some view drinking as just a means to getting drunk so no reason to buy good booze....but I drink what I like for the taste experience...any buzz is secondary. I don't like being left with extra beer I don't really enjoy. If I serve liqour, it is of good quality as well.

With that in mind...I will usually provide what I know my guests prefer and then some....many just want Miller or Bud Light....but I don't drink them...so I always have either a higher shelf beer...be it something from Sam Adams, Molson Golden, various regional beers...Goose Island, Lienenkugel in their specialty bottlings....I have always preferred Michelob products for the domestic mass produced....will drink MGD. In addition to domestic, I like various imports...Harp, Bass, Guinness, Dos XXX etc.

So, are you a cheap beer host?

CorvallisCracker
04-19-2008, 18:24
Cheap beer host?

Not sure about that. But I'm sure I'm not a bad beer host.

There are good beers out there that don't cost $10 for a sixpack. When I lived in Florida, I could get Yuengling, which was priced in the same range as Bud or Miller but far better brew IMNSHO.

Here in OR we have lots of great beer from small-to-medium producers, but it's often expensive (and the rising price of hops doesn't help). We look for sales.

When we expect guests that we expect to want beer, I'll buy a good one, but still try to save money if I can. As for those who want light beer, I'll buy Sam Adams.

Quality and price do not perfectly correlate. This is true generally, not just for beer.

Jono
04-19-2008, 19:08
Agree....I should title it "crap beer host"

spun_cookie
04-20-2008, 01:18
I keep a keg of Guinness at my place with Bass, Harp, Newcastle in the cooler...

Virus_Of_Life
04-20-2008, 02:41
OK Because I think Budweiser is a perfectly decent beer I'll chime in here!

First off, I'll say you can keep your Guiness - worst stout I've ever tasted, yeah go ahead and go off about it I don't care I can't stand the shit. If you ever in Oregon try Terminator Stout at McMenamins and then give me your opinion - Or even Descutes Obsidian Stout. And the same goes for Bass, can't stand it! If you want to talk good imported beer I'll take something from Belhaven in Scotland, Twisted Thistle IPA is about as good an IPA - beer period - as I've ever tasted. As for what I have around for get togethers it is most typically Bud, Bud Light, maybe Corona and maybe another premium such as something from Deschutes or Rogue in Oregon or something similar that I can actually get in Cali maybe Stone. Now if I could get it here, Dogfish would always be in my fridge and when I move back to Oregon just like my best friend up there I'll keep a 1/4 Keg of either Bridgeport or Deschutes in the keg fridge at all time.

Jono mentioned Michelob, I agree wholeheartedly that is a damn good mass produced beer! And I personally prefer Miller High Life light to just about every light beer except Michelob Light. I think too often people rip on mass produced domestic because it is en vogue to do.

OscarV
04-20-2008, 06:26
First off, I'll say you can keep your Guiness - worst stout I've ever tasted, yeah go ahead and go off about it I don't care I can't stand the shit. If you ever in Oregon try Terminator Stout at McMenamins and then give me your opinion - Or even Descutes Obsidian Stout.



I am not a big fan of American micro brews ales and lagers, (one with lunch at a bar on tap is good), I prefer Europeans like Czechvar, Grolsh, Hacker Pschorr and Stella Artois.
But when it comes to porters and stouts you cannot beat a fresh American micro brew. They are all good.

Moonshine Mike
04-20-2008, 06:48
When inviting people over...I've learned that some guests require something that they have heard of and seen a commercial for. A mixture of Bud, Bud Lite, and Mic AmberBock have never treated me wrong along with a bottle of MM. Then I leave it up to the guest...bring what you want and we might share! ;) That's how we all become enlightened...

Jazzhead
04-20-2008, 07:06
All-Yuengling usually does the trick for me. Premium, Chesterfield Ale and Yuengling Porter or maybe Black and Tan. I also try to have Straub's available, if I can find it.

pepcycle
04-20-2008, 08:19
I can't believe y'all buy beer.

Whatever happened to serving guests homemade stuff.

I bet y'all cater your food too!!!!

(LOL, this thread was getting way to snobbish)

Right now, the Pepcycle Household is serving homebrewed double brown ale, aged in a 14 year old FR bourbon barrel for 60 days.

That's the ticket.

Jono
04-20-2008, 08:46
Mr. Ed...please do a tasting note on your intriguing brew!

Next time I am in KY there may be a knock on your door...ha!

Jono
04-20-2008, 08:59
Christian...I agree you can find many many fine microbrews and other imports....I like Theakestons Old Peculiar...there are many fine Belgian, German, Czech etc. beers to choose from....my point was that to just have a couple of kegs or barrels filled with light beer is pathetic. Usually, around Chicago, you find Old Style, various Miller products or Bud. As a host, I think it is important to treat your guests as you would like to be treated...don't shortchange them with inferior product.

Slob
04-20-2008, 09:19
For parties, my fridge is usually stocked with Piels and Schaefer and maybe a few 40's of Ballantine. If you're bringing beer, which is recommended, Miller High Life and Schmidt's are both welcome. Bud and Bud Light are discouraged. If you bring Coors Light you have to drink it out of the toilet. That's the only way I'll allow it on the premises. I would stock an assortment of microbrews, but I always wind up getting stuck with a few bottles of some thick, disgusting sludge that nobody likes.

spun_cookie
04-20-2008, 10:09
OK Because I think Budweiser is a perfectly decent beer I'll chime in here!

First off, I'll say you can keep your Guinness - worst stout I've ever tasted, yeah go ahead and go off about it I don't care I can't stand the shit.

To each there own man. I wonder if you have ever had a proper pour of fresh Guinness.

Most that hate it have had it at places that do not know how to pour properly. They say it tastes like bad coffee or worse.

A perfect pour is as smooth as milk with no bitter taste at all.... Guinness is a very temperamental beer (bruises very easily)

You make it to AZ, I'll pour you a good pour... if you donít like it... you can have your money back :grin:

As a side note, when it is poured wrong, I don't like to either... it taste terrible.

Jono
04-20-2008, 12:46
I have not tried most of the beers on this list:

http://www.ratebeer.com/RateBeerBest/table_2008.asp?title=Best+Beers+of+the+United+Stat es+2008&file=usa_beer_2008.csv

#24 is interesting : http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/goose-island-bourbon-county-stout/8909/

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

"2006 bottle sampled at Chicago Whiskey Fest 2008. Very thick black pour with sparse tan head. Lots of big aromas including bourbon, sweet caramel, licorice, vanilla, a touch of soy from age. A sip takes over the tongue with the same flavors flooding the palate. I previously had not enjoyed this beer much... foolish of me tos ay the least."

"Black bodied without even a hint of head formation. Hardly any noticeable bubbles rise to the top. The aroma is rich with caramel bourbon notes, slightly sour soy sauce, and bit of chalky cocoa. Flavor is rich with chocolate, sweet smooth bourbon, a chocolate mousse similarity, and a light roasted finish with a floral hop note. The body is quite nice and silky smooth. Wonderfully complex but just too much bourbon character overpowering the other subtleties."

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/lost-abbey-the-angels-share-bourbon-barrel/72798/
Lost Abbey The Angels Share (Bourbon Barrel)

melting
04-20-2008, 15:23
I'll be honest here. If it's a get together that I am hosting than you can rule out cheap right off the bat. I'm paying for the food and the beverages and not asking guests to bring their own. That rules out cheap in my book.

Having said that, this is what you can expect any time you come over to my place for a get together.

Sam Adams
Pabst Blue Ribbon, which is my everyday beer now.

Maybe I'll have some local Wachusett Brewing varieties available but that's not a guarantee. I try to support the locals a little here and there.

If I know my best friend Myril is coming I'll try to have some Bud cause that's all he drinks. It's hit or miss that I will have it so he always comes with his own cooler.


None of my friends really drink hard liquor so that's not an issue.

As far as I'm aware, no one has been disappointed. The occasion is usually more about good family, friends and food anyways.

Chris

Jono
04-20-2008, 15:52
Chris...PBR was one of my first beers due to family...it was ok COLD. Has it changed over the years? I have not had one in a long time.

pepcycle
04-20-2008, 17:28
Finally,
Someone who understands a party

Its about the people!!!!!

Thank You!!!!






I'll be honest here. If it's a get together that I am hosting than you can rule out cheap right off the bat. I'm paying for the food and the beverages and not asking guests to bring their own. That rules out cheap in my book.

Having said that, this is what you can expect any time you come over to my place for a get together.

Sam Adams
Pabst Blue Ribbon, which is my everyday beer now.

Maybe I'll have some local Wachusett Brewing varieties available but that's not a guarantee. I try to support the locals a little here and there.

If I know my best friend Myril is coming I'll try to have some Bud cause that's all he drinks. It's hit or miss that I will have it so he always comes with his own cooler.


None of my friends really drink hard liquor so that's not an issue.

As far as I'm aware, no one has been disappointed. The occasion is usually more about good family, friends and food anyways.

Chris

ThomasH
04-20-2008, 18:22
Most of the get togethers I've been involved with are with family and close friends. Most of the beer that shows up at these places is Bud Light. Sometimes, if I'm in a beer mood, which isn't often, I'll take some Killians Red or Rolling Rock. Many people take to the Killian's but I get mostly moans and groans and stories of splitting headaches when people see the Rolling Rock. When the get together is at my house, people see whats in my bar and abandon the beer rather quickly. When I go to someone elses place for a get together, I usually take a decent bottle of bourbon. Whoever wants a drink is welcome to it!

Thomas

T47
04-20-2008, 21:31
I always try to have beer on hand in case someone stops by and that's there drink of choice, and of late it's been Red Stripe. It reminds me of my first beer, Rainier.
A friend and I put on a retirement party for another buddy last night. I went to Mac and Jacks and got 4 Growlers filled with each of their beers they had on tap. There IPA was the one most enjoyed.

:toast:

Jono
04-20-2008, 21:41
Ya mon....cool runnin...Red Stripe.

We are going back to Jamaica this June....taking the kids this time...we honeymooned there....I recall downing a few Red Stripe bottles at that time...will probably drink quite a few more along with the usual tropical choices.

melting
04-21-2008, 01:14
Jono, I don't know if it's any different than it was before. It's probably kind of weak to most folks. There are so many better brews out there but I keep buying this one.

Kind of like there are so many excellent coffees to choose from but I always come home with Maxwell House. My mother gave me a Christmas blend from Starbucks a few months ago. I thought it was really good but when it was gone I went straight back to what I've been accustomed to.

Creature of Habit when it comes to things like this. I'll experiment a little but usually end up with the old standby.

Chris

Whiskey Willie
04-21-2008, 05:50
Beer selection at my place always includes Samuel Adams lager or ale, plus a stout, usually Bell's Kalamazoo stout with a Guinness extra stout backup.

jburlowski
04-21-2008, 16:31
A good host provides what his guests will enjoy...

I've found that my beer-drinking friends & neighbors seem to want and enjoy Bud or Miller Lite (as do a plurality of patrons at most public bars). So that's what I provide for them.

Not my personal choice but if it makes my guests happy and want to return, it's fine with me.

Special Reserve
04-21-2008, 16:53
A good host provides what his guests will enjoy...

I've found that my beer-drinking friends & neighbors seem to want and enjoy Bud or Miller Lite (as do a plurality of patrons at most public bars). So that's what I provide for them.

Not my personal choice but if it makes my guests happy and want to return, it's fine with me.

John,

You nailed this. Provide what someone will enjoy.

Will

SBOmarc
04-21-2008, 17:27
I will do the same but from time to time I find that the Miller or Bud drinkers take advantage ( not in a negative way ) of my Microbrews and other specialty bottlings. It is the cost of doing business, they are invited guests in my home and what I have is available.

Except my Pappy23 or my lone WT Tribute.

Jono
04-21-2008, 19:31
I do buy what I know they will prefer..be it Bud Light or Miller Light etc...but I am conscious of the need to provide something with more flavor...be it an ale or stout etc. when there is a large group with some unknown tastes. I usually give the left over light away...it just sits and get old if I keep it. My philosophy is that if I am inviting guests...it is my responsibility to provide a nice selection of food and drink. Not all hold to this view....but it can reflect on the host....and you want to leave a positive impression.

Stu
04-21-2008, 23:13
I agree about keeping what your guests like. Down here that's Miller High Life in cans or bottles of my home brew. I have two beer 'fridges and have them in both. Personally I like bottled beer better than cans, and draft better than bottled. I don't drink enough beer to warrant keeping a keg however.

Phischy
04-24-2008, 09:17
First off, I'll say you can keep your Guiness - worst stout I've ever tasted, yeah go ahead and go off about it I don't care I can't stand the shit. If you ever in Oregon try Terminator Stout at McMenamins and then give me your opinion - Or even Descutes Obsidian Stout. And the same goes for Bass, can't stand it! If you want to talk good imported beer I'll take something from Belhaven in Scotland, Twisted Thistle IPA is about as good an IPA - beer period - as I've ever tasted. As for what I have around for get togethers it is most typically Bud, Bud Light, maybe Corona and maybe another premium such as something from Deschutes or Rogue in Oregon or something similar that I can actually get in Cali maybe Stone. Now if I could get it here, Dogfish would always be in my fridge and when I move back to Oregon just like my best friend up there I'll keep a 1/4 Keg of either Bridgeport or Deschutes in the keg fridge at all time.

You live just north of me and rave about OR beer. Uh...dude...seriously. San Diego County is currently blowing the entire PNW away with the quality of beer. Lost Abbey, Port Brewing, Alesmith, Alpine, Ballast point and hell...even San Diego Brewing Company is making waves! SD is winning more awards and medals than all of OR and WA in the last few years. I don't mention Stone because I really don't care for it compared to what else is readily available. You need to stop in at Pizza Port Carlsbad and check out their offerings...it's amazing. Or PP San Calmente.

I like OR beer as well and will be spending memorial weekend up there, but SD beer right now is kicking serious ass.

As for what I serve:

http://a442.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/61/l_e8c15c711ddf7170afc4c9539e29d891.jpg

3 taps of my finest homebrew. Right now I have a Russian River Blind Pig IPA clone, a red-ish/brown-ish ale (missed my mark but it's still pretty good) and a robust porter. Coming up in the future I'll be doing a blind IPA tasting and a bourbon tasting for all my beer friends.

The Angel Share Bourbon barrel is interesting, but at $15/375ml it's extremely hard to find and expensive.

Barrel_Proof
04-24-2008, 22:22
I just inventoried the fridges and the storage room and found 11 different brews --
5 are remainders from previous party guests! Thank you, again!

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
Breckenridge Remarkable Vanilla Porter
Augustijn Ale
Brooklyn Winter Ale
Berghoff Red Ale
Mendocino Summer Ale
Schlafly Kolsch Ale
Magic Hat Hocus Pocus
Michelob Select
Bud Light

Yeah; I already drank all of Jeff's IPAs!

spun_cookie
04-24-2008, 23:42
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impresive indeed :bowdown: ............

mier
04-25-2008, 03:48
I think i`m a lousy beer host,when people come along i always like to hook them to whiskey or wine,there is always a few cans of Guinness or bottles Heineken or Grolsch in the fridge for those who are thirsty.For the good stuff i usually go into town,i`m blessed with a lot pubs with good beers here.
Eric.

fredthecat
05-23-2008, 11:12
First off, I'll say you can keep your Guiness - worst stout I've ever tasted


very, very true. i do drink it if i can get it for free.. but there are much more interesting stouts for far cheaper and with much higher alcohol percentages, further increasing the value vs. price

i've tried some stouts from former british colonies lately such as dragon from jamaica and sinha from sri lanka which are very unique (i would strongly, STRONGLY recommend sinha stout :bigeyes: )

New2Whiskey
05-24-2008, 19:29
I've been doing a lot of beer tasting lately. And HOPPIN' FROG B.O.R.I.S. The Cruster Oatmeal-Imperial Stout really hit my taste buds. As well as Southern Tier Chokiat imperial stout. 2 impressive beers!

However, my wallet is feeling it big time.

What is a good quality beer for a reasonable price? Note, I no longer enjoy Miller and Bud. Even HIENEKEN no longer brings me much joy to my tastes buds. What do you all drink that you label as great quality for the price?



Cheap beer host?

Not sure about that. But I'm sure I'm not a bad beer host.

There are good beers out there that don't cost $10 for a sixpack.

cigarnv
05-25-2008, 04:36
For the most part my guests will have available to them what I enjoy drinking with a few exceptions. My beer likes are quite wide ranging and I pretty much will try anything....but most of all it is "what I am in the mood for". As such I will typically have a few pils, porters, stouts and assorted micros around. I will also keep some Corona and decent production brew around.

We are having some friends over today for grilled pork tenderloin, kielbasa, homemade venison sausage and sauerkraut. I will be picking up a few growlers of local micro brew for the occasion....

CorvallisCracker
05-29-2008, 11:39
What is a good quality beer for a reasonable price? Note, I no longer enjoy Miller and Bud. Even HIENEKEN no longer brings me much joy to my tastes buds. What do you all drink that you label as great quality for the price?

When I lived in TLH I bought a lot of Yuengling - it's a great beer and priced in the Budweiser range.

Unfortunately not available here in OR. Mostly I watch for Full Sail Pale Ale on sale. Normally it's about $7.50, but occasionally on sale for $5.99. When I see it at that price I usually buy at least a case.

OldJack
05-30-2008, 07:33
I try to keep homebrew handy, but I don't always have the time to keep some around all the time.

Since I live in Texas, I usually stock Shiner and St. Arnold products for guests. Both breweries make solid brews at decent prices. St. Arnold's Lawnmower and Summer Pils are particularly enjoyable (and a huge quality upgrade) for BudMillerCoors fans and Shiner Bock (though not a true bock) has become the new National Beer of Texas (sorry Lone Star.) Round out the fridge with Shiner's Hefeweizen, St. Arnold's IPA and Stout, and you've got a fridge for almost any beer preference.

camduncan
05-30-2008, 13:17
I'm mostly a lousy beer host as I don't drink or like beer. If you drop over, and it's not a planned thing, I most likely won't have any in the fridge*. But if I know we are having people over who drink beer, I'll always make sure there's a couple of six packs of something good in the fridge.

* Sometimes the latter means there is beer left over for the former.