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Old 07-03-2007, 01:40 PM   #1
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Default Overall, who has the best beers?

Which continent has the best beers? With all of the microbreweries in the U.S., it's easy to think that one day we'll rival the rest of the world in overall quality.

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How are we defining "Best?"


Depending on the criteria, there are different answers to the question.

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I'd say the US, but if the trend to over-hop and imperial everything continues, we lose big time. Catering to one segment of the beer drinking population resulted in BMC, we are headed towards Cascades-flavored vodka! A large variety, true to style, is what it takes.

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I'd say the US, but if the trend to over-hop and imperial everything continues, we lose big time. Catering to one segment of the beer drinking population resulted in BMC, we are headed towards Cascades-flavored vodka! A large variety, true to style, is what it takes.
Well said, old chap. I agree.
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US vs Germany, US vs. Belgium, even US vs. UK, maybe a fair fight. US vs. the whole ROW? Not even close. Way too many excellent styles grossly underrepresented here. Where's the ordinary bitter? Helles bock? Schwartzbier? and on and on.

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hehe someone had to pick the third...

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As far as I am concerned it's a question that has no definitive answer.

All answers are based upon exposure and experience, or lack of, to foreign brands. In many cases those brews may have been old and stale to be enjoyed and judged properly.

Then again, it may be a conspiracy to ensure the American consumer prefers BMC over foreign competition...

As for me, I spent 9 years in Germany. For an everyday drink I would prefer a good German lager over any other in the world. They are straightforward and you know what you are getting. Same with an English Bitter.

Dessert beers are fine for special occasions, but you really can't drink a Frambiose, Chimay (dubbels/trippels, et al) everyday.

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....but you really can't drink Chimay (dubbels/trippels, et al) everyday.
Speak for yourself...... i could drink an abbey ale everyday....


But you're right about one thing, the region the beer is named for (German Lager, English Bitter) is the region that's going to do it the best...
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I'd say the US, but if the trend to over-hop and imperial everything continues, we lose big time. Catering to one segment of the beer drinking population resulted in BMC, we are headed towards Cascades-flavored vodka! A large variety, true to style, is what it takes.
Well, that "trend" has singlehandedly vaulted the US ahead of every other country. If you prefer boring beers, luckily you can still brew them, but for now you can thank all of the craft breweries who are experimenting with beer for putting beer back onto the map.

I agree with the variety, but we wouldn't have the variety we do now if it weren't for the extremes.
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Good question. I can't answer. I mean many countries are churning out (and have been doing so for so long) premium quality beer. Now if you talk new directions in beer and innovation, I'd go with US. Traditional Styling- Germany. The stuff from Belgium is so broad in it's own right to merit subdivisions of the question at hand, imo.

I think you can see regional (US) contention because some trends are stronger in some areas. Most of the PA breweries that I know have still held back from high hop rates in the majority of their beers. There are a few individual products...like HopDevil, Nugget Nectar and such...but in general you don't see too much of it here. We have some fairly traditional breweries like Penn and Stoudts to name a few. Troegs seems to be a bit more 'upbeat' and in the flow of adding new twists to styles without going what I would view as overboard. Up the Coast, Harpoon is more traditional. Now Belgian-American styling...Ommegang is very grounded in that sense, yet remains pretty innovative.

I also am a firm believer that there is a time and place for certain brews. Personally I like my "old friends" as Papa puts it.



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