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Old 07-19-2008, 02:06 AM   #1
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Default West Coast beers for an East Coaster

A friend of mine is going to Portland next week and said she'd bring me back some beer from the west coast. What are some good beers gotten on the west coast that can't be gotten on the east coast that I should request?

I have 2 so far on my list...

Alaskan Smoked Porter
Pliny the Elder


What else?

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Old 07-19-2008, 02:10 AM   #2
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Not sure if you can get this where you are on the East Coast (I can get in MA and NY, but not CT, where I live), but I'm quite fond of Stone Pale Ale. If you've never had it, it's amazingly amazing.

I've also heard that Fat Tire Amber Ale is quite good, though I've never had it because I can't find it anywhere in CT, MA, or NY!

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Having just returned from Portland myself, I was really fond of Deschutes Brewery's Mirror Pond Pale Ale, and I also enjoyed a MacTarnahan's (I think that's the spelling) Amber Ale. I finally got to have some of the Fat Tire but I wasn't overly impressed and found it to have a bit much chocolate flavor for me. Widmer's Drop Top Ale was a big favorite around Portland if you preferred more of a malty brew to a hoppy one.

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+1 on most Stone brews, but I gotta disent on Fat Tire, which is an incredibly overrated, mass-produced, below averags amber.


I'm kind of a hop head, so my answers are all similar:

Anderson Valley - Hop Otten IPA
Lost Coast - Great White (light, spicy summer ale brewed
with Koelsch yeast), and Indica IPA
Ninkasi - Total Domonation IPA
Caldera - Pale (the only Micro I've seen in cans)
Stone - IIpa
Mendecino Brewing Red Nectar Ale

Just a few, there are sooo many good brews here!

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FYI - most Stone beers can be had on the east coast.

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Anything by Hair of the Dog. Especially the "Adam". Mmmmm!

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FYI - most Stone beers can be had on the east coast.
Except Connecticut. Thankfully, it's a small state, so I can shoot over to NY or MA where I can get it. Wasn't sure about VA.
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+1 on most Stone brews, but I gotta disent on Fat Tire, which is an incredibly overrated, mass-produced, below averags amber.


I'm kind of a hop head, so my answers are all similar:

Anderson Valley - Hop Otten IPA
Lost Coast - Great White (light, spicy summer ale brewed
with Koelsch yeast), and Indica IPA
Ninkasi - Total Domonation IPA
Caldera - Pale (the only Micro I've seen in cans)
Stone - IIpa
Mendecino Brewing Red Nectar Ale

Just a few, there are sooo many good brews here!
Oscar Blues has all their beers in cans. I just started seeing them here in Houston this year. Also try to find some of Russian Rivers barrel aged belgian specialty beers like Temptation, Damnation, and so on.
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I'm from Wisconsin and was excited when I found out my sister could get Fat Tire in TX, where she lives. I tried it in a bottle with great expectations and was disappointed. It was ok, but not great. By this time I had my own clone in the primary, and that stuff was *great* (although not quite like New Belgium's brew). I had another clone (much different recipe) that was more like the real thing that was mediocre (although 2 months in the bottle helped a lot). In May, I had it on tap in Houston and it was much better than in the bottle.

Rambling over--Fat Tire is not all it's cracked up to be and not worth dragging through the airport. The one time I was in Portland I spent 36 hours there for work with a bunch of guys who didn't drink :-( so I missed out on all the brewpubs.

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Not in North Carolina. The SWMBO lives in San Diego, you can bet I'll be doing the tour when I visit out there
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