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Okay, so I know we've struck up some conversations about beer in previous threads, but I think the greatness that is beer deserves its own thread.

Anyone have any beers that really impressed them this weekend? Right now I'm sipping on one of my favorites, North Coast's Old Rasputin.

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Old Rasputin is a godly elixer.

Right now, though, I've got some New Belgium 1554 Enlightend Black Ale in the glass. Gonna pop the top on some Three Philosophers I got for my birthday sometime next week.

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Two very good choices. I really enjoy both of them.

I think the 1554 is one of the better dark beers you could have at a BBQ. Not that you should resign yourself to lighter styles in hot weather, but when it's 95 degrees, most will reach for something more refreshing. I think the 1554 has those nice malty, chocolatey flavors while still being very refreshing and -- dare I say it -- drinkable.

I've had just one bottle of Three Philosophers, but I really enjoyed it. I need to pick it up again.

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Three Philosophers is easily my favorite beer. I've yet to find something that tops it. Its just so damn expensive! But a high alcohol content without the burn, a rich coffee flavor with a hint of chocolate and a little spice afternote...wonderful stuff.

If you're into stouts though, I'd also highly recomend the Bell's double cream stout in the winter;and Harviestoun's Old Engine Oil and Spaten's Optimator year round if you ever find them.

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If you're into stouts though, I'd also highly recomend the Bell's double cream stout in the winter;and Harviestoun's Old Engine Oil and Spaten's Optimator year round if you ever find them.

I've had the Double Cream Stout, but I fear I may have gotten a bad batch. Mine was a bit sour, and apparently Bell's is currently having some issues with soured batches. I'm willing to give it another shot, as I like everything else I've had of theirs. Two Hearted Ale is my favorite IPA, and Hopslam is very good if you can get it.

I haven't had the Harviestoun's, but I'll look for it. I do like Optimator, though. Good Doppelbock, and it's nice that you can get it at most Harris Teeters or Lowe's Foods now.

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A nice darker beer that won't break the bank is Session's Black. That's good stuff.

My summer beer this year is Brooklyn Lager on tap.

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The Brooklyn lager is always a pretty decent choice for summer. Brooklyn Brewing turns out a lot of really good beers. I've got a Brooklyn Sorachi Ace in my fridge right now that I've been waiting to try. It's their new saison that features the Sorachi Ace hop, which has a nice lemon character. Should be interesting.

I haven't had the Session Black, but I do like a good black lager. I'll look for that one, too.

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Kinda liking Sierra Nevada Summer Ale right now.

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Kinda liking Sierra Nevada Summer Ale right now.

I really enjoyed that one last year, and will definitely grab a sixer of it this year.

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Anyone know where I can get some good sampler packs? My beer horizons are pretty low right now, pretty much limited to Yuengling and Blue Moon. Tips?

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