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    Quote Originally Posted by lord bunberry View Post
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    The thing is im sure there's some really good craft beers out there, but the ones I've had have been pretty poor. I will admit to having never bought any myself and have only sampled the ones given to me at Christmas or birthdays. The innes and gun thing I had was absolutely awful. I quite like the idea of craft beers and I've even given making my own beer a bash, but it's definitely an acquired taste.
    Innes and Gunn, though I don't mind it, is probably a bad choice for trying first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylar View Post
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    Beer snobbery has unfortunately grown alongside the rise of the 'craft' industry.

    I love a lot of stuff the smaller producers put out there, and I'm a big fan of the American micro-brew beers. Scotland has a great scene just now too though. Having said that, I wouldn't consider myself a beer snob, as I can quite easily sit and drink a slightly more mass produced stuff - but if I want to savour a nice beer, I'll usually pick up something a bit different - we have a local deli in Lanark that specialises in some excellent imports, and even Lidl has started stocking a large shelf of Scottish produced beers that are quite rare.

    It does bother me that most of the 'craft' stuff is still a bottle-heavy industry though, and increasingly can-heavy. I really enjoy draft beer, and a lot of places won't stock it. Of course, that's pub-specific I guess, and there are some pubs out there that excel with their choices.

    I've often wondered if the rise of craft has also perhaps curbed binging a little. I know a lot of lads who would go out on a weekend and knock back a stupid number of pints on a night, but now, tend to be more selective, drinking fewer (albeit stronger) beers, that perhaps cost a bit more and (arguably) taste much nicer.
    I definitely drink less in terms of volume now. So despite the beer appearing expensive, I tend to have fewer pints and go home earlier! Therefore, it's cheaper

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    In a brew pub as I type... North Riding brewery... Hunters Dream 5.6% abv and it's tasting very nice indeed... Some of the guys sitting here have this as their local... *sigh*

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    Steer clear of the elvis juice it's infused with grapefruit and it's bogging

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    Quote Originally Posted by leither17 View Post
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    Steer clear of the elvis juice it's infused with grapefruit and it's bogging
    All down to personal taste but it's one of my favourite beers just now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leither17 View Post
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    Steer clear of the elvis juice it's infused with grapefruit and it's bogging
    Grapefruit IPAs are pretty popular at the minute. I like Elvis Juice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leither17 View Post
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    Steer clear of the elvis juice it's infused with grapefruit and it's bogging
    That on wasn't there .... Maybe just as well

    Although a couple of others seem of a different opinion! Might try a grapefruit one when I get a chance, always been a glutton for punishment!
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    I wasn't aware London Fields had been bought over by Carlsberg. Did a tour of their brewery and a tasting a couple of years back and really liked their story and what they were doing. It's a tiny operation in Tower Hamlets producing some really nice stuff.

    I guess it's all semantics, as this thread has probably highlighted. I've no illusion that Blue Moon or Goose Island are big brands now (they weren't when I first discovered them), but I wouldn't stop drinking them because they're owned by larger multinationals...besides, I also probably drink some of the 'mass produced' stuff by the same multinationals. Puritan behaviour is just silly - if you like a beer, drink it! Sometime I want something like a Blue Moon, Sierra Nevada, Anchor Steam...other times, I'll quite happily guzzle a Coors Light or Corona (increasingly Modelo).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylar View Post
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    I wasn't aware London Fields had been bought over by Carlsberg. Did a tour of their brewery and a tasting a couple of years back and really liked their story and what they were doing. It's a tiny operation in Tower Hamlets producing some really nice stuff.

    I guess it's all semantics, as this thread has probably highlighted. I've no illusion that Blue Moon or Goose Island are big brands now (they weren't when I first discovered them), but I wouldn't stop drinking them because they're owned by larger multinationals...besides, I also probably drink some of the 'mass produced' stuff by the same multinationals. Puritan behaviour is just silly - if you like a beer, drink it! Sometime I want something like a Blue Moon, Sierra Nevada, Anchor Steam...other times, I'll quite happily guzzle a Coors Light or Corona (increasingly Modelo).
    I really don't care who makes the craft beer, as long as it tastes good. A thing that has been tried (and largely failed) in NZ by the big breweries is them bringing out 'craft beer' ranges that are somewhere between their usual mainstream stuff and actual decent craft beer. They were cheaper than craft beer, but ultimately tasted rubbish! So those who prefer mainstream wouldn't drink it because it was 'craft' and those who drank craft beer didn't like it because it was 'pretend' craft beer!

    If a big brewery takes over a good craft brewery and that results in the beer being easier to get and possibly cheaper, then it suits me.

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    Thismis true. However, I cast my mind back to the 1980s when imported beers started to appear in the UK. They were very popular as these Lager style beers were immensely superior to the rubbish that was previously available in the UK. Gradually, the big brewers strated moving production to places like Burton-on-Trent which specialised in sub-standard generic lager whilst keeping the name and the brand (along with the premium price). Red Stripe, Rolling Rock, and the like are nothing like the real thing and other beers like Furstenberg seemed to dissappear from the market.

    I suspect that cost management of the craft beers will go down the same route in the name of maximising shareholder value!

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    I wasn't aware London Fields had been bought over by Carlsberg. Did a tour of their brewery and a tasting a couple of years back and really liked their story and what they were doing. It's a tiny operation in Tower Hamlets producing some really nice stuff.

    I guess it's all semantics, as this thread has probably highlighted. I've no illusion that Blue Moon or Goose Island are big brands now (they weren't when I first discovered them), but I wouldn't stop drinking them because they're owned by larger multinationals...besides, I also probably drink some of the 'mass produced' stuff by the same multinationals. Puritan behaviour is just silly - if you like a beer, drink it! Sometime I want something like a Blue Moon, Sierra Nevada, Anchor Steam...other times, I'll quite happily guzzle a Coors Light or Corona (increasingly Modelo).
    Blue moon and modelo are both quality 👍

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    People are allowed to drink what they want but, what is the point of "session beers", just have a cold cup of tea! Its CAMRA inspired pish.

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    A Chilled Bundaberg Ginger Beer is a nice option when driving.
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    A cold pint or several of Heverlee in Winstons is my choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouse Hibee View Post
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    A cold pint or several of Heverlee in Winstons is my choice.
    Heverlee are having a beer fest between 21-23 July @ Waverley Arches with associated Belgian cuisine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HUTCHYHIBBY View Post
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    Heverlee are having a beer fest between 21-23 July @ Waverley Arches with associated Belgian cuisine.
    Nice one cheers.
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    Its Belgian National Day on the 21st, probably the best day to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HUTCHYHIBBY View Post
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    People are allowed to drink what they want but, what is the point of "session beers", just have a cold cup of tea! Its CAMRA inspired pish.
    "Session beers" here just mean slightly lower alcohol - anywhere between 2.5 - 4.5%. They come in all types including IPAs so not sure about the cold tea reference?

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    There's a wee brewery in Tweedbank doing some lovely beer. Get yourselves down to the Oktoberfest - train station's literally a 5 minute walk from the brewery and it's only 50 minutes or so from Waverley. (sorry, on my phone so some kind soul might like to fix the link for me if it doesn't work http://www.tempestbrewco.com/tempest-oktoberfest

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    Should also say, some of their bottles are stocked in the Gala Aldi so it might be worth looking out for them locally, wherever you are

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    All down to personal taste but it's one of my favourite beers just now.
    Loving Elvis Juice, only had the bottles so far, I keep missing it in Brew Dog, best things come to those who wait I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galahibby View Post
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    Should also say, some of their bottles are stocked in the Gala Aldi so it might be worth looking out for them locally, wherever you are
    In reference to colr's post I'm sure Gala Aldi also regularly has Furstenberg. First time I had seen it since the early nineties or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mibbes Aye View Post
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    In reference to colr's post I'm sure Gala Aldi also regularly has Furstenberg. First time I had seen it since the early nineties or so.
    They used to do a really nice Weinachtsbier!! Keep an eye out around December.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galahibby View Post
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    There's a wee brewery in Tweedbank doing some lovely beer. Get yourselves down to the Oktoberfest - train station's literally a 5 minute walk from the brewery and it's only 50 minutes or so from Waverley. (sorry, on my phone so some kind soul might like to fix the link for me if it doesn't work http://www.tempestbrewco.com/tempest-oktoberfest
    Not that wee now - can get Tempest here in Wellington now!

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    Give me a pint or four of Harvey's Best bitter and I am in heaven.

    It is a very hoppy beer which is difficult to find in Edinburgh, but it is good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pollution View Post
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    Give me a pint or four of Harvey's Best bitter and I am in heaven.

    It is a very hoppy beer which is difficult to find in Edinburgh, but it is good!
    I'm a semi regular attendee at Lewes FC (at least I was when they were in the Ryman League) and they have a huge selection of Harvey brews as the brewery is based in the town.

    I swear I've never left that ground sober! It is indeed a decent ale.
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    Just having a pint of Elvis Juice at 56 North, its decent but, not 5.95 a pint decent!

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