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Old 06-09-2013, 02:53 AM   #1
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My first ESB was Fosters. Since I've been learning more about better beers I've been trying ESBs when I find them, but two have been ho hum, and the one I had tonight (forgot who it was) was far too bitter.

What ESBs out there that are more common that I might be able to find near San Antonio, TX, which is barely coming around lately, that would be more buscuity like Fosters?


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Redhook ESB, Anderson Valley Boont ESB, Red Racer ESB, Deschutes Bachelor ESB, Young's Ram Rod, Real Ale ESB, Alaskan ESB should all be available.

Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery Pale Ale and Bass Ale are on the edge of ESB and pale ale. Could be considered ESB.


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Get your hands on some Fuller's ESB. You could have it ordered for you if you can't find it. You might also have some luck at Whole Foods.
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Get your hands on some Fuller's ESB. You could have it ordered for you if you can't find it. You might also have some luck at Whole Foods.

This. Fuller's is the quintessential ESB as they invented the beer. Seek out a bar that has it on tap. You won't be disappointed.
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:30 PM   #5
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This. Fuller's is the quintessential ESB as they invented the beer. Seek out a bar that has it on tap. You won't be disappointed.

+1 on Fuller's. If I can get it at the grocery store here in Tyler, I'm confident that you will be able to find it fairly easily in SAT.

BTW- The best ESB batch kit that I've encountered thus far has been from MoreBeer. Theirs includes honey malt and special roast in addition to crystal. Ferment with either S-04 dry yeast at 63-64*F (finish at 68*F) or Wyeast 1968 London ESB (the "cottage cheese" yeast).
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I've eyed that kit.

Thanks for the suggestions! Deschutes, Real Ale, and Alaskan I'm certain ought to be available, hopefully I'll find an ESB.
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Check out AHS for ideas. Note that they have a Fuller's clone. This is a search of 8C with some 18C trippel chaff mixed in:
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Personally I'm a Redhook ESB fan.

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I'm giving Austin Homebrew Supply another plug here as well. I've made this Extra Special Bitter kit and it was a favorite for many that tried it. I thought it was great, but this is not a style I drink much of, so I don't have much experience with it.

Redhook is not that great, in my opinion. I really enjoy Real Ale's Phoenixx Double ESB, but that may be more bold than a normal ESB, considering they call it a "double".
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Plus 842 on Fuller's. Well's Bombardier is another good one, should be able to source both in TX.
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I'm giving Austin Homebrew Supply another plug here as well. I've made this Extra Special Bitter kit and it was a favorite for many that tried it. I thought it was great, but this is not a style I drink much of, so I don't have much experience with it.


I've brewed the Austin ESB. It's currently on tap #2 in my keezer. Nothing wrong with it, but it's not nearly as good as the MoreBeer recipe. My next ESB batch will be AG (E-BIAB) using either Maris Otter, Optic (Fuller's base grain - if I can get it) or Golden Promise along with the same exact specialty grains that MoreBeer includes in their kits. It was that good.


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