Which Country Produces the Best Beer? Page 3

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  • localnotail 9 Jun 2010 09:35:56 23,093 posts
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    cozeny wrote:
    Belgium, USA, England, Czech Rep., Germany, Mexico, Australia, Poland, New Zealand Sweden, Canada, Netherlands, Ireland, India, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Japan, Brazil, Italy, P.R. China... Some other write-in?

    People's Republic of Norfolk. Used to have 1 brewery per ~2000 head of population I think. Probably less since the recession. You'd have to visit them to taste them though, I don't think they export to non-locals.

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  • JuanKerr 9 Jun 2010 09:36:41 36,094 posts
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    THFourteen wrote:
    Oooh, I do like a pint of Summer Lightning.

    Goes down well. They never have it anywhere though.

    Waitrose sells it.
  • Load_2.0 9 Jun 2010 09:37:08 18,141 posts
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    THFourteen wrote:
    w00t wrote:
    TH, you must be joking.

    I think Asahi is my favourite lager.

    Nope. if i walk into a bar and see fosters on tap, i'm there.


    High 5!

    It gets shat on by everyone especially Aussie's but the stuff is great! That scuba ball they put in the cans made it my tipple of choice when buying at the supermarket.

    Other than the golden nectar I vary my selections, if it is stinking hot you can't go wrong with a Brahma or a Corona. A Guiness is great in winter etc...

    Not a huge fan of NZ beers but if I had to promote them Steinlager pure is not bad (All other versions are AWFUL) and DB export super dry is fantastic stuff but gives the worst ever hangovers.

    For all you ale drinkers if you ever see Monteiths from NZ give it a try, fantastic stuff.



  • Deleted user 9 June 2010 09:37:25
    I quite like US and some German beers, not one for the British stuff though.
  • billythekid 9 Jun 2010 09:39:55 10,797 posts
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    ryandsimmons wrote:
    sport wrote:
    ryandsimmons wrote:
    However a special shout out to Namibia for the delightful Windhoek

    I've just recently started seeing large ads for Windhoek on my local highstreet. My favourite beer back in SA by far.

    Just a pity it's so expensive over here. I am glad though that you can even get it, I remember when I first came to the UK you could occasionally find Castle and that was it, now it's easy to find Hunters, Savanah, Windhoek etc.

    Ooh, I like Windhoek too, I'll have to look out for some.
  • DFawkes 9 Jun 2010 09:40:53 22,030 posts
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    What do UK licenced brews count as? You know, things like Stella or Coors (not the best choices of beer but they apply to my point?) that are brewed in the UK but aren't really UK beers?

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  • MetalDog 9 Jun 2010 09:41:15 23,706 posts
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    JuanKerr wrote:
    sport wrote:
    /Puts drunken arm around Juankerr

    SHING WID ME!! - "Waltzing Matilda!!!! Waltzing Matilda!! blah blah blah!!!

    Get your fucking hands off me.

    You boys really should try some proper English Ales. You'll never touch Fosters again.

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • Alastair 9 Jun 2010 09:42:24 14,947 posts
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    billythekid wrote:

    Ooh, I like Windhoek too, I'll have to look out for some.

    Is this stuff available in any major high street retailers?

    Not as nice as I used to be

  • w00t 9 Jun 2010 09:43:14 10,970 posts
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    I class ale and Fosters in the same category - stuff I do not like.

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  • Load_2.0 9 Jun 2010 09:44:12 18,141 posts
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    Pfffft Ale is so over rated.

    Maybe the next time I am out on the moors in my flat cap with my whippets I will pop in to the Barley Arms for a half.
  • nickthegun 9 Jun 2010 09:44:59 55,848 posts
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    Alastair wrote:
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    Besides, Fosters is brewed in the UK isn't it?

    Almost definitely.

    Most of them are. Theres a real difference in quality too. If you get a belgian Stella it tastes very different from the high sugar piss water we get over here. Its actually drinkable.

    Asia (not a country) must be in with a reasonable shout. Singha is one of my favourite lagers, Ashai is nice and Tsingtao has its moments.

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  • sport 9 Jun 2010 09:47:43 12,038 posts
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    MetalDog wrote:
    JuanKerr wrote:
    sport wrote:
    /Puts drunken arm around Juankerr

    SHING WID ME!! - "Waltzing Matilda!!!! Waltzing Matilda!! blah blah blah!!!

    Get your fucking hands off me.

    You boys really should try some proper English Ales. You'll never touch Fosters again.

    What, like Carling?
  • MetalDog 9 Jun 2010 09:48:51 23,706 posts
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    Why does the Guinness in Dublin taste fine, but the Guinness over here taste like it's been mixed with earwax?

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  • mcmonkeyplc 9 Jun 2010 09:49:08 38,836 posts
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    As said before it is easily

    UK (possibly just England) for ale, Belgium/ Holland and Germany for Lager.

    There are nice alternatives from other countries ofcourse, but overwhelmingly my favourites come from the above.

    P.S. Australia makes a corker of an ale I cant remember the name of :(

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • MetalDog 9 Jun 2010 09:49:43 23,706 posts
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    sport wrote:
    What, like Carling?

    You fucking heathen =)

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  • mcmonkeyplc 9 Jun 2010 09:49:49 38,836 posts
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    sport wrote:
    MetalDog wrote:
    JuanKerr wrote:
    sport wrote:
    /Puts drunken arm around Juankerr

    SHING WID ME!! - "Waltzing Matilda!!!! Waltzing Matilda!! blah blah blah!!!

    Get your fucking hands off me.

    You boys really should try some proper English Ales. You'll never touch Fosters again.

    What, like Carling?

    Carling isn't an ale....

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • sport 9 Jun 2010 09:54:03 12,038 posts
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    mcmonkeyplc wrote:
    sport wrote:
    MetalDog wrote:
    JuanKerr wrote:
    sport wrote:
    /Puts drunken arm around Juankerr

    SHING WID ME!! - "Waltzing Matilda!!!! Waltzing Matilda!! blah blah blah!!!

    Get your fucking hands off me.

    You boys really should try some proper English Ales. You'll never touch Fosters again.

    What, like Carling?

    Carling isn't an ale....

    Prove it!
  • X201 9 Jun 2010 09:56:39 14,692 posts
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    MetalDog wrote:
    Why does the Guinness in Dublin taste fine, but the Guinness over here taste like it's been mixed with earwax?

    A couple of years ago I would have understood, as it was brewed in the UK.

    But now all UK Guinness comes from Dublin.

  • THFourteen 9 Jun 2010 09:58:11 31,772 posts
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    MetalDog wrote:
    sport wrote:
    What, like Carling?

    You fucking heathen =)

    I like carling too. And carlsberg.
  • billythekid 9 Jun 2010 09:59:05 10,797 posts
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    Alastair wrote:
    billythekid wrote:

    Ooh, I like Windhoek too, I'll have to look out for some.

    Is this stuff available in any major high street retailers?

    It's only recently been released from what I've just read and it's supposedly available in Tesco, Morrisons and Asda.
  • MetalDog 9 Jun 2010 09:59:15 23,706 posts
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    X201 wrote:
    MetalDog wrote:
    Why does the Guinness in Dublin taste fine, but the Guinness over here taste like it's been mixed with earwax?

    A couple of years ago I would have understood, as it was brewed in the UK.

    But now all UK Guinness comes from Dublin.


    It's been a while since I dared drink it over here, so maybe the situation has improved!

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  • sport 9 Jun 2010 10:01:12 12,038 posts
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    ecosse_011172 wrote:
    Is sport a) a wind-up merchant or b) a fanny?

    :-D I'm a fanny merchant \o/
  • JuanKerr 9 Jun 2010 10:02:48 36,094 posts
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    Guiness tastes the same everywhere (including Dublin) - over-rated.
  • Deleted user 9 June 2010 10:06:47
    I think Belgium wins in a walk for me but the US gets points for the huge diversity / renaissance / experimentation going on during the past 10-20 years. It's pretty awesome. Germany's tradition is amazing obviously but the home brewing / craft brewing community in the US is pretty cool and it's continuing to grow and develop.

    There are some really incredible US beers out there and they've done an awesome job:

    1.) revering old-world styles, paying homage to older brewing traditions by crafting very faithful and pretty delicious versions of them (e.g. most of what Great Lakes Brewing Co. does, also Ommegang - they're basically a default Belgian brewery now and have won respect all over the world in brewing circles;)

    2.) re-interpreting older styles and making them completely their own. e.g the American IPA, the Russian Imperial Stout. There is not a single brewery outside the US that makes a better version of either of these two styles. The better American IPAs and RISs are some of the most complex and interesting beers I've ever tasted; and,

    3.) even creating new styles, or resurrecting defunct ones and making them into something totally new. Dogfish Head is pretty hit or miss most of the time, sure, but the experimentation they've kind of ushered in is really cool and has won them a ton of respect and admiration among both US and European brewers. Just about every brewery tour I've been on, the brewers have mentioned how exciting DFH is and how they've really encouraged brewers to innovate AS WELL as look to older and possibly extinct brewing traditions for inspiration.

    Although the US probably deserves to lose some points for the abundance of over-hoppy beers. Why overhopping is considered a virtue I still can't understand. It seems to be a substitute for actually developing a decent flavour. That said the high points of the US brewers' art are spectacular and you can't really argue with the wider popularity of microbrews in the states when compared to Real Ale drinking in the UK.

    That said, England is pretty booming too - a hot day and a pint of cask Best Bitter (southern, no sparkler nonsense please) is pretty special.
  • sport 9 Jun 2010 10:06:47 12,038 posts
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    The best Guinness comes from Nigeria, FACT!
  • Deleted user 9 June 2010 10:06:51
    Yeah, get yourself a proper chocolate stout instead.
  • JuanKerr 9 Jun 2010 10:10:06 36,094 posts
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    Magic_Thighs wrote:
    Yeah, get yourself a proper chocolate stout instead.

    A proper stout or Porter beats the shit out of Guinness. It always surprises me how many people drink Guinness, but have never even tried another type of stout (or even heard of Porter).
  • grey_matters 9 Jun 2010 10:10:28 3,376 posts
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    mrpon wrote:
    Anyone from Manchester remember the LOG42 from the Las O'Gowrie? Jesus that was some potent stuff, bloody nice as well. Also the Flea & Firkin was a regular haunt during my student days, Dog Bolter I think it was called was rather quaffable.

    Ahhh.

    I wonder if the Flea still do Liquid Doom. 12% madness. Smelled like (bad) wine, tasted like (bad) beer.

    /nostalgia
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