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Old 04-19-2006, 11:21 AM   #1
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Okie, So After 24 years of Military Service I am Retiring at the end of the Summer (my official Orders are in ). I want to Brew up a "Retirement, So Long Navy Ale" to be served at my Retirement Party. I'm looking for something that will appeal to a wide range of consumer (so a stout or really Hoppy Pale is out)

It needs to be something memorable, but at the same time "crisp and medium bodied" And it needs to appeal to hardcore craft beer drinkers and those who think Budweiser is good stuff.
Any Ideas?

P.S. One of my coworkers does all grain so either extract or all grain recipies will work.



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Old 04-19-2006, 12:13 PM   #2
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Of course there's really nothing that meets all of those criteria...

Maybe an ESB? Or a not too excessively hopped APA. Or a red ale?

I'd probably go with the ESB.



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Old 04-19-2006, 12:24 PM   #3
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I'd go with a lower hopped APA. I have a lot of friends who are BMC-evangelists and really unadventurous in their beer drinking. While most of them will taste my homebrew . . . the only one they really, really like is my lightly hopped pales. They "look" like BMC and they don't have excessively malty or toasty flavors.

The ESB would be an easy-drinking beer, though.

Make two . . . your craft beer friends will love one . . .and those other people can drink the other.

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Old 04-19-2006, 12:34 PM   #4
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Make two . . . your craft beer friends will love one . . .and those other people can drink the other.
That's probably the best approach: since it's a summer event, maybe a kolsch or blonde ale or something for the BMC crowd and something special for the craft folks: a Wit or Saison would be a cool brew, or a big IPA.
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Old 04-19-2006, 02:28 PM   #5
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First off, congrats!!!! I'm at 15 and doubting I'll make it to 20 with all my marbles!

I'd go with a brown ale. People might scoff at the color but once they try it they will be suprised.

Again, 24 years..WOW!

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Old 04-20-2006, 12:24 AM   #6
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I played Army from '72-'80. I've played Army civilian since '81...that comes to 32 years (this coming June).

I have about 3.5 years left to go for 37 years. I'm hanging up the guns then and I'll only be 55. Yes, I started at 17.

Congrats! Navy, huh? I would think...salty....(just kidding!)

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Old 04-20-2006, 01:14 AM   #7
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Congrats,
I get to retire in Dec after 28yrs in the airline industry(still have to find another job though). How about a steam like maybe an Anchor steam clone, I did an extract version years ago for my sister-in-laws wedding and it was a real hit..

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Old 04-20-2006, 02:32 AM   #8
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Congratulations and thanks for your service!
I would say you could go with maybe a special bitter with a fairly mild hop schedule.

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A brown or mild with low AA english hops (fuggles, EKG, etc.)

I did five in the Navy and no way would I have been sane after twenty!

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What about a hefe??

Contrats!



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