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; Just signed up tonight to get some advice. I turned 21 in September and,
; naturally, persued my newfound legal ability to imbibe drinks of an
; alchoholic nature. Unfortunately I am unimpressed so far and I am looking
; for help. I've only had a couple of beers and most, I think were microbrews.
; A friend of mine had me try what he described as a "wheat" beer and it
; didn't go over well. I bought a six-pack of Budweiser recently thinking,
When I was "just legal", I preferred wheats and pilsners. Now, while I
still like a good pils, I find I have no taste for the wheats anymore.
; "It's popular, it must be good." I can't take more than three drinks from a
Just because something is popular, doesn't make it good. It just makes
it popular. About the only good thing about Bud is it's cheap. That
is also a large part of what's bad about it, too. I've been to their
brewery in NH. Big, clean, industrial, and no soul whatsoever. Their
brewing is a purely technical process, calculated to be as inoffensive
as possible, which results in an incredibly bland product in taste,
appearance and alcohol content.
Sprite has more body than Bud. My mouthwash has a better flavor, and
probably more alcohol.
; bottle. Is there anyone I can turn to for help without spending hundreds of
; dollars finding a beer that doesn't make me gag?
Are you still in college? With your email address/domain, I can name a
few places down the street and/or otherwise local to your main campus.
In no particular order:
Cornwalls. In Kenmore Square roughly across from the bus station on
the westbound side (McDonalds is on the far side of the square). This
is an English style pub with English and English style beers, mostly
Boston Beer Works. On Brookline Ave across from Fenway Park. American
brewpub with great beers made on the premise and great food. (There's
another BBW near North Station, too. The Kenmore one is first and
Bukowski's. Beer bar on Dalton Street, near the Hynes Convention
Center and the Sheraton. An amazing selection of beers on tap and even
more in bottles, encompassing damn near every kind of alcoholic
beverage made with barley and/or hops.
Coolidge Corner Clubhouse. On the northbound side of Harvard Street in
Coolidge Corner, Brookline, north of Beacon Street. More of a sedate
sports club bar with about 30 different +good+ beers on tap and very
decent food. (When I worked nights in Coolidge Corner, I'd frequently
order dinner, but no beer, from there.)
Anam Cara. Westbound side of Beacon Street, Washington Square,
Brookline. Irish style pub with beers from all over.
Redbones. Chester Street, Davis Square, Somerville. The food is
Southern barbeque, and the beer selection is eclectic from the "usual
suspects" to imported Belgians.
Cambridge Brewing. 1 Kendal Sq, Cambridge. An American brewpub. OK
food, good to great beers.
In all of these places, and anywhere else for that matter, if you tell
the bartender that you are new to beer and tell him/her what you found
so far that you like or dislike, you should get some good advice on
what to try.
And as Scott also said, go for samplers, so you can try several smaller
amounts of different beers. Samplers will generally cost a little more
than "one beer", but you'll get anywhere from four to eight(!)
different items to try. When doing samplers, a good way to try them is
in order from lightest to heaviest, otherwise if you try a stout before
a pils, you won't taste the pils at all.
Jeffrey Kaplan www.gordol.org
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