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Really, your ability to get any of the beers listed here depends on where you live. TN has bad distribution laws, which makes it difficult for some beer companies to do business in the state. If you live in Knoxville, you should just go to Barley's or Sunspot for $2 pints (on Tuesdays) or hit up the Casual Pint and see what you like. I will give a few recommendations for beers that are available in Knoxville, some that aren't, and some that require visiting a liquor store to purchase in TN.
Terrpain's Moohoo Stout
Bell's Java Stout
Dogfish Head Indian Brown
Chimay Blue Label (good first Belgian to try)
Sweetwater IPA (good starter IPA)
Pisgah's King Don's Pumpkin Ale (much better than Cottonwood's and slightly better than Terrapin's)
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
Great Divide's Yeti (very, very dark)
Samuel Smith makes a good porter and stout
Old Stout number 38 (good starter stout)
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout.
Stone Vertical Epic
Stone Arrogant Bastard
Most of these are either fairly dark or fairly bitter.
This post was edited by jeffersonthedog 14 months ago
My 3 favorite: Cold, yellow and free.
I prefer a nice amber ale, myself... and my favorite "go to" is Killian's. As far as smaller breweries go (and some you might easily find on the left coast) check out Evil Dead Red and Hop Head Red, Calico Amber, and My Bloody Valentine...all brewed in San Diego by different small brewers.
If you want something with a little more of a "kick", try Innis & Gunn Rum Cask. It's brewed and stored in old rum barrels, and takes on some of the flavor (and lots of the alcohol). It's pricey, comes in 4-packs, and due to alcohol-by-volume here in Tennessee, you have to get it from a liquor store.
Not sure how I forgot to add Fullers ESB. Fantastic stuff, but probably more of an acquired taste.
I'm in love with Newcastle at the moment.
So you drink piss with ice?
Top 5 beers for me are as follows (in no particular order):
Young's Double Chocolate Stout
Ghost River Golden Ale (Made from a local brewery in Memphis)
I'm also partial to ice cold PBR if I'm looking to get my domestic on.
Left Hand Milk Stout, Dogfish Head 60, 90, and 120 minute, Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale, all of the Ghost River selections, Stone IPA, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Rougue Double Dead Guy, Rougue IPA, 1554, Fat Tire, and my number one go to beer Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan
Been around the world 6 times and drank beer in every country that wasn't trying to kill me. After all that I still remain a simple kind of man........ Batender, I'll take a Coors Light in the bottle. And when I feel like stepping out of the box, a little Red Stripe goes a long way.
Welcome to the board- great info!
This post was edited by bgosnell151 14 months ago
I have started moving towards a darker and darker beer also.
Here is my list in no particular order:
Sam Adams Seasonal (just had winter and not as good as oktoberfest or winter, but still good taste)
Newcastle is great beer. They have a Founders Ale that is really good also. It must be seasonal because I haven't seen it around lately. Since you're a Newcastle fan -- I would definitely recommend this one to you.
I mainly drink miller or coors, but I also like:
Yuengling Black and Tan
Shipyard Co Pumpkinhead Ale
Yazoo Gerst, ESB
French Broad Pilsner
Mama's Little Yella Pils
and just recently Sam Adams Alpine Springs Ale
I favor a pilsner, lager or an amber ale.
Franconia ( local beer in Mckinney Texas)
Dogfishhead is hands down my favorite brewery. Can't go wrong with 60 Minute IPA. There's a reason why 120 and 90 are in 4 packs instead of 6 packs. ;)
Also, the best IPA I think I've ever had ...ever is is La Cumbre's Elevated IPA. (if you like citrus and pine cones...this is your best west coast IPA...bar none in my opinion.)
Ratings for Elevated IPA; American IPA style beer brewed by La Cumbre Brewing Co. in Albuquerque, NM. 97 out of 100 with 134 BeerAdvocate opinions.
Sweetwater IPA- the best,strongest beer I've ever drank!
Guinness is a great sipping beer with steak.
Coors light is my go to! JMO.
GO BIG ORANGE!!
Thanks, I will look for it and try it.
If you like a lighter beer, go with a Belgian. I noticed some people mentioned Chimay, Corsendanc (sp?) and Delirium Tremens. Delirium is by far my favorite of the widely available Belgians but it is too pricey for everyday consumption.
I have found myself over the years gravitating to IPA's. My favorite IPA at the moment is the Stone IPA. Frankly, anything from the Stone brewing company is top notch.
You might have to hit up a liquor store if you are in Tennessee for most of the above because the alcohol % is too high for supermarket's.
If you are near Nashville or Memphis, you can't go wrong going to Boscos. Get the tasting platter and I'm sure you'll find something you'll love.
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