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With regards to beer, I prefer it to be:

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Brewed in a mega-factory.
  2647 votes / 7%
From a regional (mid-sized) producer.
  9170 votes / 26%
From a micro-brewery.
  10569 votes / 30%
  2506 votes / 7%
Kept away from me.
  10137 votes / 28%
35029 total votes.
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With regards to beer, I prefer it to be:

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  • Real Ale! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by RotateLeftByte (797477) on Tuesday June 28, 2011 @01:16AM (#36593322)

    From the like of Hoggs Back, Kings (Horsham) & especially Harverys (Lewes) dunk at cellar temp on a hot day is pure delight
    None of this chilled to death stuff.
    No Rice in the brew.

    • I work about 10 mins walk from the Harveys brewery in Lewes and it's always a pleasure to pop into their shop for a few bottles. It's amazing how many locals you see walking about town with their large plastic containers on the way to/from a fill-up!

  • a good regional brewery i'd prefer for consistency, a micro brewery for the flavour, even if it varies batch-by-batch.

  • Sorry, but if I can see through it, it's not worth drinking.

    • I like the dark ones as well, but my favorites are the hefeweizens which are very opaque. If you insist on it being a dark beer then I would suggest a dunkle hefeweizen which is a nice dark brown instead. They may not be darker going in than coming out, but hefeweizens are damn tasty. My favorite is having a nice cold Franziskaner hefeweizen after mowing the lawn on a hot humid day.
    • True for Coffee too.

    • by metlin (258108)

      Elitist beer snobbery crap.

      If it's hot outside, I wouldn't be caught dead drinking a dark beer. Pale ale and lager it is for me, with veggies and ranch.

      If it's cooler outside, I love a good dark beer with a burger.

      It's never one or the other -- much like my women, I like them all.

  • by caviare (830421) on Tuesday June 28, 2011 @01:50AM (#36593530)
    To find out that there is at least 69 other people in this world that don't like beer, man, I'm ecstatically happy. This poll has made my previously loathsome and terrible day.
  • Back when I was young, I liked beer from micro-breweries, or local brands. Now, alas, I'm Type II so I really shouldn't be drinking it at all.
    • by dltaylor (7510)

      Try Beck's LA.

      We did a blind taste test with that and the two shades of Clausthaler from Trader Joe's. MY SO picked the Beck's. It's preferred over Sharp's, here, too.

      Personally, I prefer the stuff that looks like root beer, but a Beck's LA is tolerable.

    • T2ss can drink - just stay off the high-carb (Guinness-type) stuff and don't drink on an empty stomach.

      Best wishes from another T2 (who drinks)

  • Micro-brewers and home-brewers all seem to think the secret to great beer is more hops. I can't remember the last time I had a micro-brew that wasn't too bitter to drink.
    • by manicb (1633645)

      My homebrewing so far has come out a lot less bitter than commercial ales like Greene King IPA and Hobgoblin. As for micro-brewers, you may have a point in that they tend to specialise in bitters (Brewdog in Scotland produce some insane beers) but I promise you there are some good lighter ales out there, at least in the UK! I think part of the problem is that the "signature" ale of a brewery is often quite bitter, as their milder stuff is less distinctive. That doesn't stop them being very tasty. Look up a

    • I am a home brewer and I don't use much hops. Hops should add to the taste (and the shelf life) of a beer, it should not control the taste. I find many macro brewers use to much hops to my taste.
      Therefore "all" is incorrect, but I must acknowledge "nearly all". Most of the people in my guild use to much hops and they love it.
  • by tqft (619476) <<moc.oohay> <ta> <ua_sworrubnai>> on Tuesday June 28, 2011 @02:27AM (#36593720) Homepage Journal

    1 point for free
    1 point for cold
    1 point for served by a beautiful woman

  • I used to be able to get Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout at the grocery store (here in the US) pretty much anytime I wanted. They'd occasionally have less common beers like Tusker available too. Now, the best I can usually find is Sam Adams. Nothing against it - it's probably my favorite American beer - but it'd be nice to have a wider selection available than just the various American brews (Red Hook, Pyramid, Fat Tire et. al.).

    I know grocery stores are selling shelf space for most everything anymore, but goo

    • by uncanny (954868)
      Our Kroger has a microbrew section, trader joes has a good selection of micro/regional beers, and a few liquor stores around here have great selections.
      you just have to look around a little more!
  • ..cold, In a pint glass, apart from that I'm not so fussy.
  • I don't really care where it is made as long as it has some actual flavor. Most major American beers have to be served ice cold to numb your tongue because otherwise you might actually taste them. Most anything from Anheuser-Bush tastes like bad water. Give me something that tastes good served at 50F and we'll be talking about real beer. Bonus points if it is served with good pizza or Mexican food.

    • by AntEater (16627)

      Oh yeah, don't forget to throw it away if it comes in a can. Cans are for garbage.

      • by Stele (9443)

        Cans are for garbage.

        I thought so too - then I had some Oso micro-brew in a can. They sell several including a Scotch Ale in a can - and it's all good. Cans are actually more hygienic than bottles. Aside from that I prefer mine from the tap, or from a Belgian bottle.

    • by Greyfox (87712)
      This sounds like the situation as it stood in the 90s. The number of really good microbrews has exploded in the last 10 years or so. You might still find better beer in Europe, but the gap's a lot closer than it used to be. For overall quality, "Locally brewed" probably means more than just about anything else. Even the big breweries seem to recognize the trend and are experimenting with recipes.

      Funnily enough, back in the 90's my parents invited me to meet up with them at a restaurant that happened to be

    • Samuel Adams isn't bad for a beer available nationally. Lately I've been drinking Rogue Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales in Oregon. I recommend it.
    • by glwtta (532858)
      Why, what a novel and incisive point - no one has brought this up before!

      Look, most places in the US are spoiled for choice for great beer, just don't by the AB InBev swill, and you won't have to complain about the AB InBev swill.
  • They aren't all bad. I like some of Samuel Adams's beers. Especially the Cranberry Lambic, Oktoberfest, Cherry Wheat & Scotch Ale. Michelob's Amber Bock & Honey Lager are pretty good too, as is Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss. My wife is very partial to their Berry Weiss, but that one is a bit too sweet for me. Otherwise, I like to drink Bell's [] when it's available.
  • There's a Left Hand Brewery about 2 miles from my house. I can stop there on the way home from work and get half a gallon of their Imperial Stout to go for about $15. Though if I keep that up it may make more sense to just get a keg from them every so often...
  • by marcovje (205102) on Tuesday June 28, 2011 @09:32AM (#36596276)

    I like Orval Trappist most.

    (yes,yes, I know, most readily available Trappist is brewed in factories)

  • I smile a little bit when i go bottom-of-the-barrel bear. taste like collage :)
  • Root? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by antdude (79039) on Tuesday June 28, 2011 @11:34AM (#36597930) Homepage Journal

    Root beer!

  • Don't like beer. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by sootman (158191) on Tuesday June 28, 2011 @01:24PM (#36600180) Homepage Journal

    Or coffee either. Or smoking. Sadly, that also made socializing a lot harder.

    • Only if you like going to bars or Starbucks for your socializing. Think of something you like to do, and me people doing that. If you don't have anything you like doing, that is your social problem, not beer or cigarettes. :)

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