My very first introduction to beer was PBR.
First and last time I’ve ever drank it.
If PBR is for you, then great. It’s just not for me. Thankfully my taste(s) have changed since then.
My go-to drink at the bar senior year was McKenzie’s pumpkin cider—I was obsessed with it. I also drank my fair share of Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy and Yuengling. Once I graduated, I gravitated toward any fruity beers, like Wachusett Blueberry. I wasn’t too big on IPAs because I had tried one during college that I remember being wicked flowery. Never did I think that now that’s all I drink.
I’m a big fan of New England IPAs, milkshake IPAs, sours, and sessions. I don’t drink stouts; they’re disgusting. I drink a lot of craft beers, and my go-to domestic beer is Samuel Adams; if I’m going somewhere and don’t have a list available right away, nine times out of ten, places have some sort of Sams, so I’ll get that—either the original lager or whatever seasonal one is on tap.
Tree House Brewing is big out here, and I’m in the minority here but I think it’s just okay. I’ve only been out to the brewery twice, and they don’t sell cans outside of the brewery, so you have to go there to get them. Thus the hours and hours you could spend standing in line. I went there last fall, and we made a day out of it because we waited like two hours in line. There are a few beers they make that I do like, but for the most part, a lot of the IPAs taste the same to me *shrug emoji*
(Disclaimer: This list below is very reflective of the fact that I live in Connecticut and I drink a lot of local craft beers from Connecticut and Massachusetts.)
Favorite beers I’ll always grab
- Whirpool from Night Shift Brewing
- Any milkshake IPA from Abandoned Building Brewery
- Nectar of the Goats from Thomas Hooker Brewing Co.
- Rec. League from Harpoon Brewery
- Lil’ Heaven from Two Roads Brewing Company
- Really anything from Problem Solved Brewing Co.
- Fresh Pick by Fort Hill Brewery
- Cloud Candy IPA from Mighty Squirrel Brewing Co.
- Wendy Peffercorn from Iron Duke Brewing
I’m pretty open to trying new beers, but I will put my foot down when it comes to stouts. I’ve tried a few, and I still think they’re gross. Maybe one day, but for now, I’ll stick with my milkshake IPAs.
If you do drink, and if you drink beer, what are some of your favorites?