Originally Posted by Latchigo
Each to his own. This thread at least shows me that not everybody in North America drinks the wrong brand of Budweiser.A couple more observations:-In my opinion, Boddingtons is rubbish - a bland liquid sold on the strength of a creamy head. I last drank it in Salt Lake City, because I had no bottle opener and the State off licences did not sell them. So I had to drink tinned beer.In my opinion, Caffreys is just an unremarkable nitro keg. I thought they stopped making it, as the crowd that used to drink it would be on Magner’s cider by now.Bottled beers are all very well - but the real test is draught beer. I am not sure how most American beer is dispensed. I suspect it will be under carbon dioxide pressure as opposed to hand-pulled or gravity dispense.My own favourites were Youngs Ales. No fancy names - just Ordinary or Special. They were packed full of hops which is how I like my beer - extremely bitter.Unfortunately, the Youngs brewery closed a few weeks ago, after several hundred years on the same site. You cannot brew exactly the same beer somewhere else. So I do not know what I will drink now. They were my standbys as well. Not some ‘Here today. Gone tomorrow’ micro brewery that I supped once in a blue moon. http://www.timeout.com/london/restau...rint/1522.html
A Real Ale enthusiast , I see. I generally agree.
I don't know of any American breweries that supply real cask ales. They'd have a problem with distribution if they tried (no pubs are equipped for it). Having said that, many do a very good job with what they have to work with.
And at least in the PNW, there is a long brewing tradition, and many of the micros have moved well beyond the ‘Here today. Gone tomorrow’ stage (although there are many for which that label would be appropriate). This is what happends when you have one of the world's great hop producing regions in your back yard.
And yes, Boddingtons, Caffreys and the like are not very good. They get considered 'high brow' in the states for no other reason than being foreign, and therefore ex*****ve.
EDIT: Why is 'e x s p e n s i v e' censored?