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 Posted:   Sep 19, 2018 - 4:06 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Yes, Budweiser has been steadily popular in Ireland through the years. Heaven knows why though, I've always thought it too gassy. Miller was popular in the 90s but it seems to have died off. Very few bars seem to stock it anymore. I didn't like it at all. Is it still popular stateside?

Harp and Carlsberg are much the same to me, I don't recognise much difference between them. Carling is even worse, though it's not that popular apart from in England. I try to drink ale when I'm in the pub, but it ain't easy getting good ones here.

Also while I remember, there is a new "Irish Lager" from Guinness on the market here called Rockshore which is doing well. Light and crispy apparently, though it tastes like Coors to me ie. pointless.


Yes, Miller beer is still a huge seller, though from a list I saw, "Lite" beer is the biggest seller in the USA--a true American tragedy.

How can it be hard to find good ale in Northern Ireland?!? What is popular there?

While in Prague, I discovered there was another Budweiser...Budweiser Budvar.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budweiser_Budvar_Brewery

Never tried it. I avoid American Budweiser like a-ha avoid having more than one hit song. wink

Guinness in bottles is not very good, though on draft I love the stuff. Beer "experts" online claim that Guinness in cans is better than the bottled stuff, but since no one here likes Guinness, I'll never know unless I try it myself.

How is Bass ale? It's sold everywhere here, which of course makes me suspicious...

 
 Posted:   Sep 19, 2018 - 11:18 PM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

Guinness in bottles is not very good, though on draft I love the stuff. Beer "experts" online claim that Guinness in cans is better than the bottled stuff, but since no one here likes Guinness, I'll never know unless I try it myself.

I like Guinness. I don't enjoy stouts as much as I used to, but I still drink Guinness on occasion, particularly when in an Irish Pub or on St. Patrick's Day. Poured from a keg is certainly the best way to enjoy Guinness. Cans work in a pinch, as the can has a nitro cartridge in it to replicate the from the tap flavor/experience. You need to pour it into a glass and give it a couple of minutes to settle.

With respect to the bottles, it depends on which type of bottle you get. They have a more recent bottle which also has a nitro cartridge in it, and is designed to be enjoyed directly from the bottle itself. It isn't bad, but it tastes a bit watered down when compared to the can. The other bottle, which I believe is still made, is a traditional bottle of beer. There is no nitro cartridge so you don't get the creaminess normally associated with Guinness. Not recommended.

How is Bass ale? It's sold everywhere here, which of course makes me suspicious...

Bass is okay. I will pick it when the other options are other mass produced beers, but when choosing between a craft microbrew ale and Bass ale there really isn't any contest. Basically, it is drinkable, but I can't imagine it is anyone's first choice. You see it everywhere because it is now owned by Anheuser Busch InBev, and their distribution reach is second to none.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2018 - 1:29 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

While in Prague, I discovered there was another Budweiser...Budweiser Budvar.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budweiser_Budvar_Brewery

Never tried it. I avoid American Budweiser like a-ha avoid having more than one hit song. wink


Not even comparable. American Budweiser is piss water, the Czech Budvar is PROPER beer.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2018 - 1:44 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Agree Budvar is much nicer, I don't mind it at all. Bass is classed more as a beer than a "proper" ale, and unless you like drinking it out of a can in NI you won't have much option. Very few bars sell it anymore and I never see it in bottles. I always used to drink it on draught when I was in the pubs, but not many other people seemed to!

 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2018 - 3:12 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

While in Prague, I became quite fond of draught Pilsner Urquell. The other major players were nice, but I kept returning to Pilsner. It's bottled counterpart tastes nothing like it, though, at least what I drank at home.

As for Guinness and stouts, there are several other stouts out there, of course, and I'm looking forward to trying those. There are several Irish stouts that sound delightful. They are listed here in the grimly-named site linked below:

https://www.irelandbeforeyoudie.com/top-12-beers-everyone-try-ireland-2/

 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2018 - 10:10 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2018 - 11:48 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

While in Prague, I discovered there was another Budweiser...Budweiser Budvar.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budweiser_Budvar_Brewery

Never tried it. I avoid American Budweiser like a-ha avoid having more than one hit song. wink


Not even comparable. American Budweiser is piss water, the Czech Budvar is PROPER beer.


I'm not sure anyone in this thread's stated anything to the contrary, except maybe these Irish YouTube entitiies:

 
 Posted:   Sep 23, 2018 - 3:37 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

BTW, I find it deeply disconcerting that so many here are "experts" on "piss water." I hope that expertise isn't based on taste testing.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 23, 2018 - 2:15 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Two more binging days of beer and cognac drinking over (Friday and Saturday). Next batch: Tuesday.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 23, 2018 - 5:40 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

While in Prague, I discovered there was another Budweiser...Budweiser Budvar.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budweiser_Budvar_Brewery

Never tried it. I avoid American Budweiser like a-ha avoid having more than one hit song. wink


Not even comparable. American Budweiser is piss water, the Czech Budvar is PROPER beer.


Absolutely! Though American Budweiser is fine. ....if there's nothing else available.

 
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