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Now that I have your attention...

Mrs. Porchman is planning a whoop for her firm this summer. She wants to know what a "crowd-pleasing" beer would be. Price would be part of the issue.

I stock Dos Equis for our parties, because I have found that it's the one beer that seems to please everybody, and I don't like stocking a bunch Bud, Coors, Leiny's, funky euro-beers, etc. that we're not going to drink. I know it's pricier, but it comes down to a management issue

Your thoughts/recommendations? Mrs. P. thanks you!

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shiner bock

Ditto.

In fact, the optimal crowd-pleasing strategy may be to leverage the strong Shiner brand by providing a wide assortment of Shiner brews, allowing people to perform a kind of taste test while wallowing in state pride.

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Have a variety of types and grades so people can sample something new.

I've found C.E.O.'s and other higher-up bosses like Boddington's.

Talk to someone at Spec's. They'll take good care of you.

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In fact, the optimal crowd-pleasing strategy may be to leverage the strong Shiner brand by providing a wide assortment of Shiner brews, allowing people to perform a kind of taste test while wallowing in state pride.

Same can be said for St Arnolds... except you get the added benefit of wallowing in state and civic pride....

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Nothing wrong with the "King of Beers" ! You can wallow in state and civic pride also, as it is made here in Houston. I recommend Budweiser Select, BUT, get some Shiner Bock and that Dos XX green, make sure to provide limes with it, just to mix it up a bit.

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Thank you for the suggestions. In my haste to run off to a meeting tonight, I failed to mention one other factor: The firm and the whoop are in DC. Saint Arnold's is probably out. However, I discover Shiner has distribution out of Southern MD, and is apparently widely available in our nations capital.

My query also turned up this amusing blog which includes a rant about a vegan joint that serves Shiner on tap. The Lewis-Black-meets-Marvin-the-Martian rant on "Why I hate DC" also has some other amusing comments.

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Nothing wrong with the "King of Beers" ! You can wallow in state and civic pride also, as it is made here in Houston. I recommend Budweiser Select, BUT, get some Shiner Bock and that Dos XX green, make sure to provide limes with it, just to mix it up a bit.

T, I'm with you. Bud Select for the lite beer drinkers. 2X lager for the people who put limes in everything and Shiner Bock for the rest.

I'm not a fan of most St. Arnold's flavors. (Summer Pils the exception, but not a great pils, per se--not dry enough) Like many American made ales, most St Arnold's are, for me, too sweet and have too much going on. For a refreshing darker beer that's not too sweet, I really like Bohemia.

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yeah i tend to think of St Arnold's as fall beers - too much complexity to be simply thirst-quenching. The Lawnmower is probably their best summer beer but there are less expensive options. Tecate, Carta Blanca, Modelo....all with an abundance of limes handy of course.

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Today Houston brewery St. Arnold's has released this year's Divine Reserve, a Scotch Ale. It sells out quick, so check Spec's or other local stores, or get it on tap at a few bars white it lasts.

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Downtown Spec's SOLD OUT all 70 cases they got of it in 22 minutes of opening this morning. Still can be found at some Kroger's, HEB, etc. if you are lucky.

On tap: Mucky Duck, Taps House of Beers, GingerMan, Stag's Head, Cedar Creek, DarkHorse, Richmond Arms, Rudyard's, Valhalla, Under the Volcano, Onion Creek

Most have it today, Flying Saucer is tapping it on Sunday afternoon.

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Taps will not be tapping til Tuesday. Each bar only got one keg and no more will be produced. I struck out at Kroger's on West Gray and Kroger's on Montrose, but I hear other Kroger's still have sixers.

I'm currently sitting at Little Big's (burger place on Montrose near Westheimer) drinking a DR8 bottle ($3.75...cheap!) and its delicious (toffee, chocolate, raisin flavors) and surprisingly drinkable for an ABV of 9.3%. Rumor has it that Rudyard's, Onion Creek, and The Drinkery tapped it tonight. I'm about to pedal over to Rudyard's.<br><br><br><br>Edit: confirmed on tap at Rudyard's, $7.50. Mmmmmm<br>

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Scored a 6 pack today but only because my wife works at a Whole Foods. They only got like 5 cases for their whole store. The problem is they are distributing to Austin and San Antonio so there's not a lot to go around. 

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Scored a 6 pack today but only because my wife works at a Whole Foods. They only got like 5 cases for their whole store. The problem is they are distributing to Austin and San Antonio so there's not a lot to go around.

Yeah, Dallas too. Follow @SaintArnold on Twitter for updates on where it can be found.

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This is the first I've heard of this, and I've got to have it! I've just had a kid, so hitting up a bar is a little bit unlikely. Anyone aware of where it might still be available in a six-pack?

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This is the first I've heard of this, and I've got to have it! I've just had a kid, so hitting up a bar is a little bit unlikely. Anyone aware of where it might still be available in a six-pack?

Very very unlikely. It sold out at downtown Spec's in 22 minutes of opening, and all Krogers and HEB seem to now be wiped out. It is rumored to be sold by the bottle at Star Pizza on Harvard, and Little Big's still has it in bottle...I think.

Taps House of Beers on Washington will be tapping it on Tuesday. Flying Saucer's tap ran out as well as Drinkery and Rudyard's. I had three at the Saucer yesterday, and hooboy, at 9.3% alcohol it was a wallop. A delicious wallop. Khon's in Midtown is selling bottles.

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Wonder when we are going to see ebay listings for these? If your allowed to sell beer on ebay.

Word to Saint Arnolds: You are a Houston Brewery. How about next year you keep the Divine  in Houston. Screw Dallas and the other cities. It's not like your going to have any trouble selling it all here. 

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Very very unlikely. It sold out at downtown Spec's in 22 minutes of opening, and all Krogers and HEB seem to now be wiped out. It is rumored to be sold by the bottle at Star Pizza on Harvard, and Little Big's still has it in bottle...I think.

Taps House of Beers on Washington will be tapping it on Tuesday. Flying Saucer's tap ran out as well as Drinkery and Rudyard's. I had three at the Saucer yesterday, and hooboy, at 9.3% alcohol it was a wallop. A delicious wallop. Khon's in Midtown is selling bottles.

I'm guessing due to Texas' quirky distribution laws we can't just go to the brewery and pick up a sixer either. Crap. Hopefully I'll be more attentive next year.

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I'm guessing due to Texas' quirky distribution laws we can't just go to the brewery and pick up a sixer either. Crap. Hopefully I'll be more attentive next year.

Yeah, St. Arnold's was encouraging fans via their mailing list to contact their state reps last legislative session because there was a bill in state Congress to end the law banning breweries from selling, but there wasn't enough support to get it passed last session. Maybe next session.

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Yeah, St. Arnold's was encouraging fans via their mailing list to contact their state reps last legislative session because there was a bill in state Congress to end the law banning breweries from selling, but there wasn't enough support to get it passed last session. Maybe next session.

Not at Central Market either. I went by there on the way home from the office, and they sold out in two hours. I spoke with their beer guy, Casey I believe, and he told me he'd had some but wasn't terribly impressed. He has a buddy that buys it annually and bottle ages it for a year which supposedly does the trick to bring all the flavors out. Divine Reserve is apparently a longterm drinking investment.

I didn't leave empty handed though. I got some insanely hoppy IPAs which are leaving a big smile on my face right now.

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I know where they are tapping a keg this afternoon. Cant tell you yet bc there needs to be some left for my bf when he gets off work!

Well I'm just going to spoil all your fun and tell everyone its Taps House of Beers tapping their keg at 4 PM, mwahahaha

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Yeah, St. Arnold's was encouraging fans via their mailing list to contact their state reps last legislative session because there was a bill in state Congress to end the law banning breweries from selling, but there wasn't enough support to get it passed last session. Maybe next session.

Email Kinky. Maybe he'll put it on his platform.:lol:

I'd vote for that.

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I got some insanely hoppy IPAs which are leaving a big smile on my face right now.

I really like "insanely hoppy IPA". Have you tried Bear Republic's Racer 5 IPA?

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Last night, I had one of these:

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And these four:

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Waking up this morning wasn't easy.

I really like "insanely hoppy IPA". Have you tried Bear Republic's Racer 5 IPA?

Yeah, great stuff. I tried my first one about a month ago. I picked it up at Central Market after I saw the silt on the bottom of the bottle. I've never had a bad beer that was cloudy and silty, and the Racer 5 was no exception.

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Divine Reserve 9 begins brewing next week and will be available in November/December! Its a pumpkin beer.

gag.

It's because of this sort of fruits and berries stuff that I got bored with craft beer years ago. I'll be hangin' with that dude in Red's avatar, drinking regular, manly beer. And liquor. Waiting for those damn kids to get off my lawn.

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gag.

It's because of this sort of fruits and berries stuff that I got bored with craft beer years ago. I'll be hangin' with that dude in Red's avatar, drinking regular, manly beer. And liquor. Waiting for those damn kids to get off my lawn.

Much of it fruity etc beer is bad, some of it is good. I will reserve judgment on chocolate pumpkin beer. :)

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gag.

It's because of this sort of fruits and berries stuff that I got bored with craft beer years ago. I'll be hangin' with that dude in Red's avatar, drinking regular, manly beer. And liquor. Waiting for those damn kids to get off my lawn.

dont devastate the youngsters

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Much of it fruity etc beer is bad, some of it is good. I will reserve judgment on chocolate pumpkin beer. :)

Dogfish Head Brewery has been making Pumpkin Beer for several years. It is available at Specs. It's Ok, but too sweet. I stick with their 90 Minute IPA.

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Yeah, I don't like it. There's a lot of Dogfish Head I don't like, actually, and its hard for me to find any IPA I like. Elissa's alright.

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Yeah, I don't like it. There's a lot of Dogfish Head I don't like, actually, and its hard for me to find any IPA I like. Elissa's alright.

I like my beer to have taste. I will drink water before I drink anything made by Bud, Miller, Coors, Corona, etc., etc.

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I like my beer to have taste. I will drink water before I drink anything made by Bud, Miller, Coors, Corona, etc., etc.

Well sure, I'll agree with you there, I just don't like the bite of IPA. Belgians are probably my favorite genre. I love Le Fin Du Monde and the other Unibroues.

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Anyway, because some make fruits and berries beers is not a sufficient reason to get bored with craft beer as a whole. I call foul! :)

It's not?? I used to spend a lot of time and money on trying new beers. After a while, I realized that I was drinking only a little bit of great beer and a whole lot of 'moo' beer. I still like craft beer, but there are just too many chewy, over-flavored and too-sweet ales. I prefer a really crisp, hoppy pils. St Arnold's summer one is pretty good, actually.

I've always been much more of a liquor person, anyway. I am of the belief that heaven is Clive Owen and Gerard Butler serving my evening small-batch bourbon over a pair of geometrically perfect ice cubes made from pure, heavenly rainwater...NOT chocolate-persimmon-pumkin-butternut reserve ale # 11 in a logo pint glass. ;)

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It's not?? I used to spend a lot of time and money on trying new beers. After a while, I realized that I was drinking only a little bit of great beer and a whole lot of 'moo' beer. I still like craft beer, but there are just too many chewy, over-flavored and too-sweet ales. I prefer a really crisp, hoppy pils. St Arnold's summer one is pretty good, actually.

Yes, that is a pretty good craft beer. :lol:

I like liquor, I like beer, I like it all. My cabinet is stocked with Glenmorangie Port Wood Finish and Balvenie among others.

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Is this thing still around?

Last sightings of DR8 were that it was tapped last night at Taps House of Beers...probably gone, but maybe not?

Khon's in Midtown had about 8 bottles left yesterday night, unknown if they still have a couple. Little Big's Sliders had it in bottle last week, not sure if they still do.

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Yes, that is a pretty good craft beer. laugh.gif

I like liquor, I like beer, I like it all. My cabinet is stocked with Glenmorangie Port Wood Finish and Balvenie among others.

What's it like to be able to keep a liquor cabinet stocked? I've long marvelled at people who posess restraint. Alas, it is not a character trait that I possess.

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What's it like to be able to keep a liquor cabinet stocked? I've long marvelled at people who posess restraint. Alas, it is not a character trait that I possess.

The next thing I covet is a really nice little antique bar. They sell some beautiful restored antique ones at Roxbury Antiques on Westheimer.

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