I hosted a beer tasting at my house last July and now have suddenly become some sort of defacto expert on beer (I do not claim to be, this is what has been foisted upon me by others).
Anyways, I went to a beer tasting party over the weekend where I did help out and we had a grand time (It was a church group, who knew those Lutherans loved their beer so much?)
Between mine, the one over the weekend and the MANY beers I have "sampled" over the ages, what a great topic to discuss????
I am no beer snob but am rapidly getting there, my tastes have not gone too far into the really obscure stuff and it seems most of the really highly rated beers are not in my wheelhouse just yet (although your taste buds do change over time) I seem to enjoy the Amber hued beers yet not the "red beer/ale" category quite as much? (seems odd to me). Some of my favorites:
Sam Adams, Boston Lager
Brooklyn Brewing, Brooklyn Lager
Great Lakes, Eliot Ness
Otter Creek, Copper Ale
Ithaca Brewing, Cascazilla
Troegs, HopBack Amber
speaking of HopBack Amber, just out is this beers "sister" beer, "Nugget Nectar"
It scores through the roof everywhere I see it, I picked up ONE bottle to try it out ...meh, it was ok.
While visiting my daughter in San Diego we went to Stone Brewery and their Arrogant Bastard was pretty darned good stuff as well but it was a small taster sample only, I keep meaning to grab a six of that some time soon to fully test.
Any others care to share???