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Beer Rating - A great American past time

I'm in Oregon this wek, enjoying the weather, the company and the thought of seeing a whale or two. Last night I was out drinking (imagine that) and Nairne and I were trying to rate American beers in terms of nastiness from most nasty to least. Here's what we have so far. We invite comment as some categories only have one or two (this may have been because as the Rogue Hefeweizen took effect it became harder to think clearly). And I'm not a beer snob, I drink Budweiser and MGD on a regular basis but when in the presence of better beer, why not partake?

1. The nasties - could be used to take paint off your car

Meister Brau, Milwaukee's Best, Cost Cutter, Old Milwaukee, Mickeys

2. Less Nasty traditionals - characterized by having to drink successive beers to get the nasty after taste of the last one out of your mouth

Pabst Blue Ribbon, Blatz, Falstaff, Stag, Old Style, Hamms, Schlitz (arguably not a beer but a malt liquor. No one seems to know the difference anymore so I'll leave it in) Iron City, Keystone, Olympia, Ranier, Coors, Carlings Black Label, Natural Light.

3. Mainstream mass consumed decent beers - typically sweet up front but kill your taste buds after one or two and after that you just get drunk

Budweiser (and all it's sub derivatives), Miller Genuine Draft, Miller High Life, Miller Lite (typically known only as Lite), Busch (which I think we all must admit is just Bud in a different can), Michelob, Michelob Golden Draft, Lonestar, Pearl, Yuengling, Icehouse.

4. Green Bottle American Beers - typically tasting skunky because the green bottle lets in too much light

Rolling Rock - Are there any other American green bottle beers we have not listed

5. High Production Specialty beers - Great Beer that started as a craft brew and has now achieved mass appeal

Shiner (Bock, Blonde, Hefeweizen, etc), Fat Tire, Rogue (in all it's glorious incarnations), Lienenkugel, Pyramid, Sierra Nevada, Summit.



Care to weigh in?


Wander

Comments

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gun___slinger
Apr. 18th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
i'm not much of a beer drinker, but a vodka drinker.
however, if i do drink beer, it's usually blue moon or yuengling.

for some reason i actually like PBR. it might be because it's so cheap at bars :X
wander
Apr. 18th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
And I drink Blue Moon all the time. Thanks for that, I'll edit the post.

W
gun___slinger
Apr. 18th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
no problem!
wander
Apr. 18th, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
Oops. just looked and it's Canadian but still a good beer.

W
the_luna_nymph
Apr. 18th, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
Wait, where in Oregon are you? I live in Eugene now!
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the_luna_nymph
Apr. 18th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
Small world! Greetings, fellow Eugene-ite :)
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wander
Apr. 19th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking of coming back in September for a festival or something so maybe we can all get together then. In truth, I didn't have a lot of extra time this week. You think you don't have anything planned and your time gets taken up pretty quickly. I visited cousins in Corvallis on day and long lost friend in Salem another day. We wound up not getting everything done we wanted to do locally in Newport so I'll be back. Great area of the country! Sorry I missed you both.

Wander
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wander
Apr. 19th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
Damn, I was in Newport. I put it out on my journal a while back that I was going. I will be back this year hopefully. I went past the turnoff for Eugene a few hours ago. As it turns out, I could have stopped as I'm delayed by 2 hours at PDX right now.

W
the_luna_nymph
Apr. 19th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
Ah, I've been pretty intermittent about livejournal use so I must have missed that. Well, if you do come back again in the fall, it would be lovely to meet you! Hope your visit was a good one, and that you succeed in getting home soon.
redsgoddes
Apr. 19th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
"3. Mainstream mass consumed decent beers - typically sweet up front but kill your taste buds after one or two and after that you just get drunk

Budweiser (and all it's sub derivatives)
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I don't drink much anymore..BUT my father worked for Ruch Distributors for years. I got to see the Clydesdales more then once. Such big beautiful horses. Breathtaking up close. Just thought I'd share.
wander
Apr. 19th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
I think one of the big reasons I drink Bud is the clydesdales.

W
redsgoddes
Apr. 19th, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC)
When you say Bud you've said it all!
auryn24
Apr. 19th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
My favorite beer.
Trois Pistoles (Canadian)

OMG, yum.
wander
Apr. 21st, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
Re: My favorite beer.
One of my favs is Hoegarden but I'm trying to think of American beers for the moment.

W
virga_flame
Apr. 21st, 2009 05:32 am (UTC)
I'm really keen on Fat Tire and the other New Belgium Brewery ales. Not only because they're relatively decent as far as inexpensive, nationally distributed stuff goes, but also because of New Belgium's ethic. They've managed to be both successful and environmentally sensitive. They partnered with the local power company to bring active solar energy to the area. They give employee incentives to those who walk, bike, or carpool to work. Their facility itself is an old industrial building converted to take advantage of passive solar technologies.

And they're still capitalists making money. We don't need Obama. We need New Belgium.

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wander
Apr. 21st, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
Shiner was like that for awhile. You couldn't get it in Illinois. Something about the way they pasteurize their beer. Anyway, a bunch of Shiner fans were complaining and now you can get it in Illinois. The stupid thing was you ould get it in all the states around Illinois so I'd have to go across state lines and stock up.

W
wander
Apr. 21st, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
I agree on the New Belgium part anyway. The world would be a better place with better access to a wider variety of beer.

W
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