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## Craft Beers, Microbreweries and Homebrewing

This brewery predates the Incas.
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 Quote by Jimmy Snyder This brewery predates the Incas. MSNBC
Whoa... and people thought prohibition would work. I'm not much for drinking, but really, it's clearly something people have enjoyed for millennia.

 Recognitions: Gold Member My favorite beer is the Ayinger Celerbrator. It has a strong malt taste up front and finishes with a nutty/chocolate taste on the back of your tongue. Too easy to drink; I have to force myself to sip it (at $15/4-pack). I even have the official glassses.  Cheers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Attached Thumbnails Attached Images  Just got my Brewer's Association package in the mail, Zymurgy issue should follow soon. Considering preparing for the Beer Judging Certification Program exam, need to become quite familiar with all 97 or so styles of beer, mead and cider.  Recognitions: Gold Member For a thinly-populated state, we have a healthy population of microbreweries and brew-pubs. http://www.mainebrewersguild.org/  Admin A friend and colleague just informed me of 3 Floyds Brewery in Munster, Indiana. http://www.3floyds.com/our-beers-2/ They have some good beers - especially Scottish Ale, Pale Ales, Stouts and Porter.  I have to contribute my couple of cents with some of my favorite Texas beers. Real Ale Brewing Blanco, TX My favorite, Fireman's 4 St. Arnolds Brewery Houston, TX My favorite, Lawnmower and their IPA Shiner Shiner, TX Although not a microbrew, I do enjoy pretty much anything these guys make.  I tried something called... UFO citrus... or something like that. I'm not sure about the name, but for beer, it was very refreshing.  Quote by Astronuc A friend and colleague just informed me of 3 Floyds Brewery in Munster, Indiana. http://www.3floyds.com/our-beers-2/ They have some good beers - especially Scottish Ale, Pale Ales, Stouts and Porter. YES! 3 Floyds Russian Imperial Stout is like drinking nectar of the gods. It's always one of the most highly rated beers in the world. Admin  Quote by gravenewworld YES! 3 Floyds Russian Imperial Stout is like drinking nectar of the gods. It's always one of the most highly rated beers in the world. gnw, you can get 3 Floyds where you are?!  Quote by Ronnin I have to contribute my couple of cents with some of my favorite Texas beers. Real Ale Brewing Blanco, TX My favorite, Fireman's 4 St. Arnolds Brewery Houston, TX My favorite, Lawnmower and their IPA Shiner Shiner, TX Although not a microbrew, I do enjoy pretty much anything these guys make. My god, it's like you took the words right out of my mouth. I love the Fireman's #4; tis my summer beer. While St. Arnold Winter Stout be my winter beer, and their Spring Bock is always on my shopping list...come spring.  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/119/431/ Otter creek Stovepipe Porter... I LOVE this beer. It avoids being sweet, while still laying on the malt and rich flavors. It's absolutely perfect with red meat, or even as a sipping beer. I'm adding this image: It actually pours with a nice head, but you can't see that here... but HERE: Yeah... it's dark, and rick, but NOT thick. I'm a big fan (maybe a local thing) of what Dogfish Head puts out, but my favorite beer of all time was some small-batch heffeweisen I had once, and never since. I don't know if it's even sold, or if it was a house beer, but it's was rich and almost sweet: it was like drinking amazing bread. Beyond that, my favorite has already been mentioned: Ayinger Celerbrator. It's pricey, but you don't drink quickly or to get trashed, just for the meal in a cup. I love it with Kabanosy, some cheese, mustard, and brown or black bread.  Recognitions: Gold Member Science Advisor I think I messed up. Usually I keep cheap beer on hand; having to watch my finances. But I ran out of beer last night and since it's Sunday and the liquor stores are closed on Sundays here, I made a trip to the Free State Brewery, where you can get your jugs refilled on Sundays until 7:00pm. They provide the 64oz jugs and it cost about$8 for a refill, so that's what I did. Damn, I should have bought a new jug full of that good wheat beer. It's going down way to smooth and fast. :(

 Quote by Astronuc gnw, you can get 3 Floyds where you are?!
No, I can not get 3 Floyds where I currently am. I had their Russian imperial at their brewery on 'Dark Lord Day' when my friend in IN and I got tickets to the event. I believe they only sell the Dark Lord at their brewery only. It is insanely delicious and is almost indescribable. I've never had anything like it or anything that can match close to it. The thing I like most about American brews is the fact that we aren't afraid to experiment. A ton of European beers are stuck in their traditions, which is fine and all, but their beers never change. Americans use so many more ingredients, have more styles, and have much wider array of flavors. You will almost never see a good IPA outside of the US. Not many breweries outside of the US make good porters and stouts either (sorry Guinness doesn't count) also.

 Admin Blog Entries: 5 http://www.newglarusbrewing.com/ is great and wins many awards!
 When did this microbrewery thing really start anyway? I remember when it was foreign beer, or panther piss (bud): things have gotten REALLY good in the intervening years for people who like beer, not just drinking. to Greg Bernhardt, are those giant copper cookers and stills?! I want whatever they're making in those, but this thread is a litany of great beers I can't get! Oh why wasn't I born in the Pacific Northwest!? Por que dios mio, POR QUEEEE?!