Re:American Craft Beer Discussion
120 is just too over the top for me. I like 90 if I'm drinking one, and 60 if I'm drinking two.
My experience is that the variety is almost overwhelming: it's almost easier to pick away from things like "Ralph Steadman font" or "goofy bro name" than it is to guess if an unknown is going to be good by looking at the packaging.
That being said, I feel confident choosing from:
Ithaca Beer Co
Those are the ones I could think of. Dogfish Head makes some of my mostest favoritest brews (Burton Baton, 90, 60, Palo San Marron) and some of my least favorite (Midas Touch), so I can't buy their stuff without a reference.
IPAs have evolved to be the American style, I think. I'm surprised, if you'd asked me in the '70s I would have bet on lagers. Everyone was all about Germans and the reinheitsgebot, and purity, while the English brews were like, "Oh yeah, and over here we have the bottom fermented styles popular in the pubs." And the Belgians were discussed in hushed tones, you only read about lambics and monastery beers, they were rarely imported.
My personal preference is pretty eclectic, I like almost everything except Belgian sour beers (just don't like 'em) and American adjunct lagers. If forced to choose I would say the darker the better: stouts, strong porters, dopplebocks, stuff like that. But there's more fun in variety. I will enjoy a great pilsner for its clarity and simplicity just as much as I will enjoy a Baltic porter for its depth and complexity.
If you like the Dogfish Head beers, look for Ithaca Flower Power, if you haven't tried it yet. Honest to god, it's like someone discovered how to brew a beer that tastes like a meadow of wild flowers.