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Old 07-28-2010, 08:03 PM   #1
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One of the only complaints I have had with the forum thus far is the BCM bashing. Personally I probably drink more BCM (PBR) then homebrew for a few reasons: Its cheap so when I want to drink a lot it doesnt cost me much in both money and time spent on homebrew, If I drank only homebrew I would be 600 lbs, etc. I think BCM and good beer both have a valid place in the drinking world.

So my girlfriend has always wanted to branch out from Bud Light (basically the only beer she drinks). She has never branched out because she has found something she likes, its pretty cheap and she saw no reason to explore anything else.

But she has been supportive of my relatively new hobby, but hasn't really enjoyed anything I have brewed other than my raspberry pale ale. We came to an agreement that I would make a list of commercial beers. She has to try a new one every two weeks to help her explore the world of brews.

So I need help compiling a good list...I have a bunch in mind to get us started but I won't be delusional in thinking I am a beer expert nor have I tried everything there is to offer.

Any suggestions you have (anything from APA to barleywines) I would greatly appriciate!


From myself and everybodies suggestions, here is my starting point to see where to go:
New Castle (Brown Ale) or Dundee Honey
Widmer Hefewisen (Hefe)
Hoegarrden (wit)
Paulaner (Wheat)
Kolsch (need specific suggestions)
more to come

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What is your local selection like? Good, mediocre, crap? Sam Adam's and Sierra Nevada are pretty common in most areas. I'd say for styles, pick an APA, a Wheat, an IPA, a Porter, a creamy stout, blonde, some belgians perhaps. Great thing about beer is that if you say you don't like beer, you've just not tried the right ones.

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What is your local selection like? Good, mediocre, crap? Sam Adam's and Sierra Nevada are pretty common in most areas. I'd say for styles, pick an APA, a Wheat, an IPA, a Porter, a creamy stout, blonde, some belgians perhaps. Great thing about beer is that if you say you don't like beer, you've just not tried the right ones.
Bingo. We have excellent selection both at home and at college. She tried my Rogue Dead Guy Ale last night and was pleasantly surprised. She said "I expected it to have that bite/aftertaste your blonde had but it didn't". She was referring to my IIPA so I am thinking that beer with high IBUs are sometihng she dislikes. But she loves blue moon...
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Start by going to the grocery store finding the beer isle.

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A lot of people who don't like other beers will enjoy a good lambic or wild ale. Cantillon and Jolly Pumpkin are two of my favorite breweries when I'm looking for something like that.

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Try a hoegarrden and Paulaner. A wit and a wheat. She may like a good Helles or Kolsch as well. Just because it's yellow and fizzy, doesn't mean it can't be good.

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wow... I love beer, but those are two styles that I cannot stand.

I'd try a Newcastles on her.
If she likes that, give her a Fat Tire.
If she likes that, give her a Bass.
If she likes that, give her a Sweetwater 420.
If she likes that, take the gloves off and give her an oak aged arrogant bastard.
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wow... I love beer, but those are two styles that I cannot stand.

I'd try a Newcastles on her.
If she likes that, give her a Fat Tire.
If she likes that, give her a Bass.
If she likes that, give her a Sweetwater 420.
If she likes that, take the gloves off and give her an oak aged arrogant bastard.
Ditto.

And I've found that some people who don't like "dark beers" actually enjoy IPAs or Stouts (because they thought that dark was something that didn't end in "Light")

And with the sour beers coming out, there may be something there that she likes. Just have her try a bunch of everything. It takes a while, but it's worth it.
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sampler packs. I make my gf run through the courses with me when im trying beer.

sam adams samplers, magic hat samplers, etc. there's usually a couple that i like, and a couple that she likes, especially in the summer time when they are showcasing lighter beers.

also, our local martins (grocery store) does mix and match sixers and I'll grab some of them when I can.

one that she recently liked was dominion spring buck blonde ale.

I'm not expert, but she knows even less than me about the brews, so its tough. for example, she says she doesnt like wheat beers, but one of her favorite craft brews is Bell's Oberon, which of course is a wheat. And i think any flavor that she doesn't care for means the beer is too hoppy, whether its actually hoppy or not.

try several different brands of each style of beer as they can differ greatly.

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Start by going to the grocery store finding the beer isle.
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