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Old 01-16-2012, 03:57 AM   #1
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I am from Oregon. I was pretty confident we were winning the beer battle because of the great quantity and quality of craft brews in my neck of the woods.

However, I am in NC right now and I can find some pretty awesome brews here in the grocery store...much different than 5 years ago!

I have found some great beers that are rare on our side. Bell's two hearted ale, Dogfish 60 minute, and Hopsecutioner. Needless to say these are great beers, and would do very well in the major west coast markets.


Soooo. To those who have tried many east and west coast brews. Where do you stand. Is the East or the West leading the way.

I still lean left, but gotta say my only real logical criteria is the low cost of quality left coast brews, like Bridgeport hop Czar and SN Torpedo.

What do you think?



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Considering there's 100 craft breweries in the state of michigan alone, I say midwest represent!!!!



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Well, I have only spent maybe 3 months total in CA, and the rest of my life on the east coast, I sure did try a lot of beers in Cali.

I will say that East coast is better by far. I just don't like the sissy girly craft beers made on the west coast.

It's like that classic song says "spend a year in NYC, but leave before it makes you hard. spend a year in California, but leave before it makes you soft"

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Well, I have only spent maybe 3 months total in CA, and the rest of my life on the east coast, I sure did try a lot of beers in Cali.

I will say that East coast is better by far. I just don't like the sissy girly craft beers made on the west coast.

It's like that classic song says "spend a year in NYC, but leave before it makes you hard. spend a year in California, but leave before it makes you soft"
I tried not to be controversial in my original post...this is. You do know that women brew and drink beer right. In fact women are half of the population on the west coast.

Any suggestions of a beer he could try that wouldn't make him feel so effiminate?
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Every region and every state has some breweries producing phenomenal beer. For every Ommegang and Dogfish Head there's a Highland, a Sweetwater, and a Stone.

Some areas are struggling more than others (Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, for instance), but there's always potential for improvement in each state.

This type of discussion reminds me of all the arguments over which country makes better beer.

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I tried not to be controversial in my original post...this is. You do know that women brew and drink beer right. In fact women are half of the population on the west coast.

Any suggestions of a beer he could try that wouldn't make him feel so effiminate?
well, wasn't trying to offend. Just trying to represent my east coast hommies!

3 out of the 4 football teams left are east coast. the west coast team, the 49r's are based in San Fran. I sent a few weeks in San Fran. My friends who lived there loved Steam Ale. I couldn't see it. I would rather have a boston Ale. But then, thankfully, the San Fran bars always seemed to have Boston ale on tap.

Last year, saw Steam ale in the store, and grabbed a six pack. Still don't like it. Different tastes for different coasts, I suppose.

I will say, Midwest has some great beers. Minnesota and the Twin cities have some great craft brews.
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I've lived in NY for several years but Seattle has always been my home. IMO the West is best.

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This type of discussion reminds me of all the arguments over which country makes better beer.
Hmmm.... USA USA USA! Germans, belgians, and english can keep their beer. Although, I haven't found a good american lambic yet. Maybe we don't have enough monks.

Lets keep this discussion fun!
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well, wasn't trying to offend. Just trying to represent my east coast hommies!

3 out of the 4 football teams left are east coast. the west coast team, the 49r's are based in San Fran. I sent a few weeks in San Fran. My friends who lived there loved Steam Ale. I couldn't see it. I would rather have a boston Ale. But then, thankfully, the San Fran bars always seemed to have Boston ale on tap.

Last year, saw Steam ale in the store, and grabbed a six pack. Still don't like it. Different tastes for different coasts, I suppose.

I will say, Midwest has some great beers. Minnesota and the Twin cities have some great craft brews.
So you're judging West Coast beers based off of one beer? Ok, so I've had Boston Lager. Thought it was pretty bad. By that argument, I can claim that Northeastern beers are all pretty bad. But of course, I do know better and some of my favorite beers are from the Northeast, just like some are from Oregon, others from Texas, etc.

And repping your bros in the NFL playoffs? Here's a better stat: 6 consecutive BCS Titles. SEC! SEC! SEC!
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So you're judging West Coast beers based off of one beer? Ok, so I've had Boston Lager. Thought it was pretty bad. By that argument, I can claim that Northeastern beers are all pretty bad. But of course, I do know better and some of my favorite beers are from the Northeast, just like some are from Oregon, others from Texas, etc.

And repping your bros in the NFL playoffs? Here's a better stat: 6 consecutive BCS Titles. SEC! SEC! SEC!
It's a good point. You don't like Boston Ale.

I suspect, and this is without any science to back it up, just emperical observations, that tastes in beer around the country are affected by climate. I was making a generalization that West Coast beers tend to be light and fruity. East coast beers tend to be dark and thicker. I think much like wine, beer is a regional product.

Ultimately, drink what you like. jeez.


And the BCS is a joke. But that is off topic.


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