[c]HTF Beer Recommendations Thread[/c] Welcome to the HTF Beer Recommendations Thread. There's been an excellent thread about beer in the After Hours Lounge, but I thought it was a little too intimidating for first timers, and it was too difficult to wade through all the pages. In the spirit of the Anime Recommendations Thread, I've decided to make an easier to use recommendations thread, with the first post dedicated soley to recommendations by our esteemed HTF members. Aside from this thread, here are some excellent websites for beers. www.ratebeer.com Ales Bell's Third Coast Beer Price: Description: Commercial Description - A beautiful golden-hued brew in the pale ale style. The lightest of our beers, it includes a nice hop flavor and all pale malts. Recommended By: Mark Romero Official Web Site: Kalamazoo Brewing Company Fuller's 1845 Price: Description: Zen Butler - Opitmy of balance. Pours a conservative head and not so lacey, but fine for the style. Nose is subdued a bit, but grains and bits of choco prevail. This ones all about the taste. Butter yeast, with hint of grain up front. Deep fruit combined with a woodsy-earth flavor. Just a hint of hop for snap and balance. This is a fine brew, very drinkable because there is so much depth. Chocolate,prunes, butter and wood does not send this all over the map but brings together one of the most well-balanced ales around. Recommended By: Zen Butler Official Web Site: Fuller's Kootenay Mountain Ale Price: Description: Recommended By: Shane Bos Official Web Site: Pale Ales Bell's Two Hearted Ale Price: $7.99 (6-pack) Description: India Pale Ale style well suited for Hemingway-esque trips to the Upper Peninsula. American malts and enormous hop additions give this beer a crisp finish and incredible floral hop aroma. Availability limited to September-April. Distribution currently limited to MI, WI, MN, IL, PA, IN, OH, KY, MO. Recommended By: David Lawson, Mark Romero Official Web Site: Kalamazoo Brewing Company Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA Price: Description: Recommended By: Mark Romero Official Web Site: Rogue Imperial Pale Ale (I2PA) Price: Description: Recommended By: Mark Romero, Michael Were Official Web Site: Rogue Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Price: Description: Zen Butler - "Nice when a brew so widely available hits the target. Pours a cloudy yellow/orange. Smells of citrus,grain and hop. Nice sweet malt, with a tangy citrus middle, and generous hop finish. Light-bodied, but a bit oily. Solid is the word that comes to mind when thinking of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. There is nothing overally fancy about this brew. It's growing popularity may scream fallback to the serious drinker but an overall "gem" it is. A tinge inconsistent at times, from bottle to bottle" Recommended By: Kevin M, Zen Butler Official Web Site: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Stone Ruination IPA Price: Description: Company Tagline - "So called because of the immediate ruinous effect on your palate. 100+ IBUs. Bracingly bitter. Thick, pungent hop aroma. We would say that no hops were injured in the brewing of this beer, but that would be a massive lie. In fact, the words "Stone Ruination IPA" are what older hop vines use to cause little hop vines to quiver with fright and lose sleep at night . We at Stone honor the brutal massacre of countless hops with this "Liquid poem to the glory of the hop!" Paganism at its best!" Recommended By: Ron-P, Zen Butler, Michael Were Official Web Site: Stone Brewing Co. Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPA Price: Description: Recommended By: Mark Romero Official Web Site: Porters Premium Lagers Brooklyn Lager Price: $6-7 (12 oz. 6-pack) Description: How do you describe a moonbeam? Their webpage says "firm," and that's faint praise for this beer, which is subtler than other lagers but simultaneously hearty and satisfying. Great with a steak or a burger. Recommended By: Angelo.M Official Web Site: Brooklyn Brewery Grolsch Premium Lager Price: $6-7 (12 oz. 6-pack), $7-8 (16 oz. swingtop 4-pack) Description: A crisp but sophisticated Dutch lager, which pairs well with foods of bold flavors. Available with the classic, resealable, ceramic swingtop; use the bottle as a oil or vinegar decanter afterward. "At Grolsch, it is still man and not machine that is in charge." Recommended by: Angelo.M, Ron-P, Jack Briggs Official Web Site: Grolsch Stella Artois Price: Description: Recommended By: Shane Bos Official Web Site: Stouts Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout Price: $6-7 (12 oz. 6-pack), October thru March Description: Buy it for her, drink it yourself. Not much for novelty brews, fruity beers, malt beverages that (sorta) taste like tequila, etc and so on, so I had my doubts when I first tried this. It's very, very good, and is a great way to close out a warm winter meal. Recommended after a bowl of chili or stew, or after a nice plate of braciole or timballo. "The beer world's answer to a warming malted milk, with a shot of bourbon." Recommended By: Angelo.M Official Web Site: Brooklyn Brewery Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout Price: Description: Contrary to what the name suggests, Russian Imperial Stout was originally brewed in 18th Century England. The name evolved as the Russian Imperial Court developed an early appreciation for this big, intense brew and provided a ready and eager export market. It's been speculated that no one had a greater appreciation for this rich, roasty elixir than Rasputin, the mystic wag (and favorite of the ladies of the court), who was the ultimate downfall of Czar Nicholas II. Rasputin is probably best remembered for his dramatic exit. Having been deemed politically expendable, he was fed poisoned wine and tea cakes by his rivals. Surviving that, he was shot several times - whereupon he attacked his assailants. He finally succumbed when bound and stuffed through a hole in the ice to drown in the River Neva. Legends that attribute his tenacity to his appetite for Russian Imperial Stout are unproven. A rich, intense brew with a robust palate, a fruity nose and a warming finish. Very complex. Recommended By: Ron-P, JohnE, Zen Butler, Michael Marklund Official Web Site: North Coast Brewing Company Three Floyds Dark Lord Imperial Stout Price: Description: Recommended By: Mark Romero Official Web Site: Well, I'll periodically update this page. If you do have recommendations, please either PM me or just simply reply. As time allows, I'll wade through the old thread to see what people are crazy about. If your name appears on the recommendations section and you want it removed, just reply to this thread.