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Kantz
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Budding Beer Geek


Hey guys. One of my favorite parts of this board is reading about beer. I'm still fairly new to craft beer and am just now coming upon the means to purchase and explore new and more expensive beers.

I've tried a lot of the local beers from NOLA and Abita and such. I've also had several from larger craft breweries such as Sierra Nevada, Stone, Shiner, Sam Adams (weird that they all start with "s"). I have had several styles and haven't really found anything I don't like.

I'm here to ask for some advice though. I want to explore some more and venture out into some other breweries and styles. Would you suggest picking a brewery and working through their available beers? Or would you suggest choosing a style, pick up several from different breweries and comparing and contrasting?










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Rohan2Reed
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This is very dependent upon where you live.





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Eddie Vedder
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Or would you suggest choosing a style, pick up several from different breweries and comparing and contrasting?


i would take this route. that way you have a better point of comparison. along the way, you will naturally figure out which breweries you like or don't like without having to actually focus on drinking a bunch of beers from one brewery at once.









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give some examples of what you like

then i would work within those styles and expand from there

then i would pick some beers based upon the weather and time of year

hitting spring time and warmer weather is prime time for a traditional saison or pale ale or even a doppelbock or Schwarzbier (black lager)






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. I want to explore some more and venture out into some other breweries and styles. Would you suggest picking a brewery and working through their available beers? Or would you suggest choosing a style, pick up several from different breweries and comparing and contrasting?


With spring coming up try the different Saisons available. Saison Dupont, La Merle, St. Feuillien. Most of Stillwater's beers are saison/belgian beers. Saint Somewhere makes some great stuff. Ommegang's Hennepin is a great place to start.



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did you see where i have chance to go to a beer dinner with chuck silva in april?






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did you see where i have chance to go to a beer dinner with chuck silva in april?


I did...

Sounds pretty cool to me. Love a lot of their stuff.






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Kantz
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I live in Baton Rouge.

In my fridge right now I have Abita Strawberry, Nola brown, SN pale ale, SN torpedo, Canebrake, and Ruination.

Any suggestions on books to help me learn some of the differences in styles?






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Kantz
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Ommegang's Hennepin


I've had this before. Loved it.






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Any suggestions on books to help me learn some of the differences in styles?
go to the bulldog or the cove and chat up the bartenders






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Kantz
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You mean I have to talk to people IRL??







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Eddie Vedder
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Any suggestions on books to help me learn some of the differences in styles?



Michael Jackson's books on beer are considered to be the gold standard by some.

I've got Randy Mosher's Tasting Beer but I don't think it is a great book.

Beer Advocate's beer styles page is a good, free, online source for information..






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I've had this before. Loved it.


So all the other beers I posted are in the same style.

Give them all a try and you'd have a great understanding of a somewhat unique style.

The Oxford Companion to Beer

I have this book and still occasionally pick it up to understand a style of beer.






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The Oxford Companion to Beer

I have this book and still occasionally pick it up to understand a style of beer.


i just got this one in the mail last week. i haven't had time to check it out yet, though.






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i just got this one in the mail last week. i haven't had time to check it out yet, though.


It's not much of a reader but is pretty handy when it comes to checking out the origins of something like Flanders when it comes to beer.






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Any suggestions on books to help me learn some of the differences in styles?


One of my favorite non-technical beer books is 'The Brewmaster's Table' by Garrett Oliver the brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery.

He gives you a little background on most common styles of beer and some foods that pair nicely with the style.






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I wish I could be a beer geek but in reality I'm just a drunk who likes to drink different varieties of beers.





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Eddie Vedder
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It's not much of a reader but is pretty handy when it comes to checking out the origins of something like Flanders when it comes to beer.


yeah, i just wanted to have a nice reference to grab for looking up styles and terminology.

beer has been becoming more and more of a hobby for me; i'm going to make the plunge into brewing later this year, and i've been doing a lot of research in preparation...a big part of which has been buying and reading lots of books...mainly because i tend to enjoying researching the hell out of something before diving in...just a personality flaw, i guess..






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Kantz
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Haha I'm trying to make that transition.

Thanks guys, I knew this was the place to come get some good info.






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go to the bulldog or the cove and chat up the bartenders


meh. would probably get better information in here in most cases.






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