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cavandre

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Have you tasted any of these? Fri, 10/10/08 11:50 AM (permalink)
We’re going over to the EPCOT Food & Wine Festival for the weekend. They’re serving a lot of beers I know I like & several beers I’ve never tried. I’m looking for some feedback on whether I’m missing something if I don’t try the following…

Boston…Sam Adams’ Pale Ale
Louisiana…Abita’s Amber & Purple Haze
Turkey…Efes’ Pilsner
Morocco…Casa Beer
India…Kingfisher Premium Lager
 
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    AlDente

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    RE: Have you tasted any of these? Fri, 10/10/08 12:09 PM (permalink)
    Sam Adams is fantastic, i have liked all of their different beers.

    Anytime i go out to eat Indian food i ALWAYS get a King Fisher...........excellent!
     
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      Dr. L.

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      RE: Have you tasted any of these? Fri, 10/10/08 12:36 PM (permalink)
      Kingfisher is a very nice beer, with I believe a little stronger alcohol content than regular old beers..
       
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        mbrookes

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        RE: Have you tasted any of these? Fri, 10/10/08 2:26 PM (permalink)
        I really like Abita Amber. In fact, all of the Abitas are good in my opinion.
         
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          cavandre

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          RE: Have you tasted any of these? Fri, 10/10/08 2:29 PM (permalink)
          quote:
          Originally posted by mbrookes

          I really like Abita Amber. In fact, all of the Abitas are good in my opinion.

          Do you know what the "Purple Haze" is like?
           
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            the ancient mariner

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            RE: Have you tasted any of these? Fri, 10/10/08 3:33 PM (permalink)
            Purple Haze is what you have when you wake up after
            a day at the wine tasting at Epcot. I have had it
            after a few hours ar the Pinetree --B'way and 242nd.

            It's like a cross between a pink elephant and a blue mist !!!!
             
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              andydeahl

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              RE: Have you tasted any of these? Fri, 10/10/08 3:37 PM (permalink)
              Sam Adams is a standard bearer in New England. You will like it.
               
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                mbrookes

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                RE: Have you tasted any of these? Fri, 10/10/08 4:08 PM (permalink)
                No, I have not had Purple Haze. I think you drink it listening to music by the artist formerly known as Prince.

                Abita Amber, however, goes great with Dixieland jazz.
                 
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                  jaylhorner

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                  RE: Have you tasted any of these? Fri, 10/10/08 6:56 PM (permalink)
                  Sam and Kingfisher... they get my vote.
                   
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                    cavandre

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                    RE: Have you tasted any of these? Mon, 10/13/08 1:03 PM (permalink)
                    We were over at EPCOT last weekend & it was hot (around 90) & humid. In between enjoying some favorites, I tried two of the above beers I had never tasted.

                    Kingfisher Lager...was dry & crisp for a lager & went well with a samosa. My only complaint was that it wasn't served cold enough. With the weather, all the beers got warm very quickly. This was the only beer I had there that wasn't on draught.

                    Abita's Purple Haze had a very unique flavor. I thought it almost has a slight grape after taste. This one's an acquired taste.

                    You guys are getting your artists mixed up...Purple Rain=Prince, while Purple Haze=Hendrix.
                     
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                      Poverty Pete

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                      RE: Have you tasted any of these? Mon, 10/13/08 6:31 PM (permalink)
                      I had the Efes beer last week, in Turkey. It was ok, better than the Greek beers, but not worth exporting to the USA.
                       
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                        Fieldthistle

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                        RE: Have you tasted any of these? Tue, 10/14/08 6:25 AM (permalink)
                        Hello All,
                        I love Kingfisher. The only place
                        I can get it is at our local Indian restaurant.
                        I always have at least 2 before chicken saag.
                        Take Care,
                        Fieldthistle
                         
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                          doggydaddy

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                          RE: Have you tasted any of these? Tue, 10/14/08 6:40 AM (permalink)


                          ===You guys are getting your artists mixed up...Purple Rain=Prince, while Purple Haze=Hendrix.+++

                          Sheb Wooley = Purple People Eater...

                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9H_cI_WCnE

                          mark
                           
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                            jesskidden

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                            RE: Have you tasted any of these? Tue, 10/14/08 7:10 AM (permalink)
                            Kingfisher Beer, in the northeast US (according to the below linked webpage), is a contract-brew from Olde Saratoga in upstate New York.

                            http://www.oldesaratogabrew.com/brewlistKF.html

                            In a confusing ownership web, Olde Saratoga is owned by the Mendocino Brewing Co., which is in turned owned by Vijay Mallya, the head of the "UB Group" which claims to be one of the largest beverage companies in the world.

                            http://www.mendobrew.com/company/history.html

                            It's relatively unusual for a beer to exist in a country as both an import AND a locally-brewed contract beer, if by "Northeast US" it means other parts of the US still get Indian-brewed Kingfisher- or possibly Mendocino-brewed Kingfisher? Any label readers know?

                            Contract-brews in the US have a mixed history- with the long-lived but now discontinued Miller's Lowenbrau the most notorious, of course. They currently started brewing Foster's domestically (after a stint as a Canadian-brewed "Australian" beer), even using the ridiculous dba "Oil Can Brewing Company". Granted, Foster's hardly has the reputation Lowenbrau had/has.

                            But the interesting trivia about Kingfisher is that, with the shared ownership of Kingfisher and Saratoga, it might be the first time a beer in the US exists in *both* a domestically brewed version and imported version from the same brewing company since Guinness' short-lived NYC area brewery in the late 40's-early 50's.

                            http://jesskidden.googlepages.com/guinnessinamerica
                             
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                              mbrookes

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                              RE: Have you tasted any of these? Tue, 10/14/08 1:00 PM (permalink)
                              Doggydaddy, thanks for straightening me out. I really shouldn't stray so far from Beach music, big band and jazz.
                               
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                                crew84row

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                                RE: Have you tasted any of these? Tue, 10/14/08 2:40 PM (permalink)
                                I've drank 4 of the 5 in the past. Haven't had the Moroccan beer. Been years, but the last bottle of Efes I drank was pretty skanky from sitting in some distributors warehouse and then on the retailer's selves too long.

                                Interesting that Kingfisher now has a contract brewed version. Must explain the lighter "Americanized" taste of the one I had at an Indian dinner a couple of months ago.

                                Abita does make some decent craft brews that go quite well with cajun and creole dishes. Purple Haze, as I recall, is a wheat beer with raspberries, similar to Sam Adams' Cherry Wheat.

                                I heard "Purple Haze" over my IPod this weekend. The Hendrix, not the Ozzy Ozborne version.
                                I like Sam Adams brews, except the Cherry Wheat--not a fan of fruit beers. Had a pitcher of the Ocktoberfest this past weekend at a pizzeria in Jacksonville, FL.
                                 
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                                  Chazon

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                                  RE: Have you tasted any of these? Thu, 10/16/08 11:46 AM (permalink)
                                  Purple Haze is actually my favorite. It's Abita's Wheat beer with rasberry puree added as Crow84row stated. I get it every chance I get
                                   
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                                    mncorn

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                                    RE: Have you tasted any of these? Mon, 10/20/08 12:40 AM (permalink)
                                    Pigs Eye. It was a St. Paul, MN beer but now made in New Ulm, MN. It is not the same. I would go with the Sam Adams.
                                     
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