I've had the pleasure of enjoying what has to be over 150 different beers over the past several years, and that's just a low estimate. There are dozens that I never photographed or even took a note about, and sadly, many of those are lost from memory (although hopefully by chance we'll meet again). In many cases though, I at least snapped a photo on my phone so I'd remember. Here is a collection of different beers I've enjoyed. Put them on your list of beers to try!
I'll start with a recent personal favorite - Bell's Two Hearted Ale. I first had this on cask at Slows BBQ while visiting my girlfriend Michelle in Detroit. I can't get Bell's in Maryland, so I snag something from them almost every time I'm out in Michigan for a visit. Two Hearted is my favorite. On Bell's website, part of Two Hearted's description says "India Pale Ale style well suited for adventurous trips to the Upper Peninsula," and that's funny because this photo was taken at Michelle's family's 4th of July weekend party/pig roast in the Pickford area of "the U.P."
at Brasserie Beck, Washington, DC:
Barbãr Winter Brassin
Corsendonk Abbey Pale Ale
at Ale Mary's, Baltimore, MD:
Great Divide St. Bridget's Porter - Couldn't find this on their website, maybe it's discontinued or it was a special batch...? That or I'm blind.
Corsendonk Abbey Brown Ale
at Old Stein Inn, Edgewater, MD:
Paulaner Salvator Dopple Bock - My favorite beer to have at Old Stein, it goes with everything!
at Poe's Tavern - Sullivan's Island, SC:
New Belgium Fat Tire - This is one of my favorite beers of all time, and like many of my favorites, is not available in Maryland. I've had it several times on tap at Poe's, and in bottles when I've been in California for work, and now I hear they're doing cans!
at the 2010 Charleston Brewvival:
De Dochter van de Korenaar L'enfant Terrible - Had a taste of this at the 12 Percent Imports stand at the Brewvival, deliciously funky!
at Buz & Ned's BBQ - Richmond, VA:
J.K.'s Scrumpy Hard Cider - Not a beer, but a very palatable hard cider that went well with the ribs I had for dinner (Buz & Ned's has a very good beer list as well, which includes Chimay and Dogfish among others). Don't knock me for this, I love beer, it's my beverage of choice, but I'm not a snob.
at Tapas Teatro - Baltimore, MD:
Estrella Damm - Nothing special, but it was nice to see a tapas place actually serving a Spanish brew.