Sometimes I'll scroll through the beer thread in between trips to RateBeer, just to see what non-beer geeks are drinking.
Here's the deal for me.
I'm not a beer geek or snob, fact is, I know very little about BEER.
My main alcoholic beverage for many years was AMERICAN whiskey. MakersMark was/is my affordable, easy to find "go to".
I've drank a shit load of beer in my day but I've never really enjoyed drinking it, it was just something to drink, it was an easy, cheap buzz.
A few years ago, I set out to find out what all the "stir" was about. I started buying a 6 pack of this or that, just to see what I'd find. In the process, I found that I liked (really enjoyed) some of the IPAs and American/ Farmhouse ales. I started with what I could find at the same place I bought my Copenhagen or groceries. As I got more interested I moved onto some of the liquor stores or specialty shops, I started talking to folks and looking stuff up.
I've really grown to like the the IPAs but they really do vary so much. I find one that I like for every 5-6 that I wouldn't drink again.
I'd actually at this point love to try my hand at brewing some of my own, I just don't have the time to devote. Maybe some day I will.
I've had a few stouts that I liked but only for an occasional change of pace, or after a meal as a finisher. I feel the same way about the sours, or porters.
I don't like anything that tastes like it was artificiality flavored. An example would be, Ballast Points Grapefruit Sculpin vs Shiners RubyRed. One seems legit, the other flavored.
My intention in starting this tread was to share some of the beers that I found to be enjoyable. I don't expect everyone, or even anyone to agree with me, I just want to share.
I really wish we all could get together and share what we like in person.
I look at beer kinda like I do the Seahawks, something that can unite us in spite of our differences.