Favorite Beers (and Bars)

Here are a few of my favorite beers, at least those than can be obtained fairly easily.  I like pretty much every kind of beer, and enjoy everything from the “pedestrian” Miller Lite to some of the more snotty barley wines available from craft breweries.I’ve got a couple of rules when I’m drinking beer:

  1. Always drink draft over bottles.
  2. Drink it in a glass when drinking from the bottle.
  3. No jawing about how someone’s beer they’re drinking is “gross” or “weak” or “stupid” or “American.”  I have drunk a lot of different beers, and often drink what some would consider to be expensive or sophisticated beers, but I also really enjoy Miller Lite.  Especially on a hot day.  Even better if I’m watching baseball.

So with that said, here’s the list of beers I really like to drink, in no particular order:

  • Miller Lite
  • Michelob Ultra
  • Guinness
  • Smithwicks
  • Newcastle
  • Old Speckled Hen (not so easy to find)
  • Blue Moon
  • Tecate
  • Sam Adam’s Summer Ale (tap only)
  • Sam Adam’s Cherry Wheat (tap only)
  • Boddington’s
  • Sierra Nevada (not so easy to find)
  • Kronenbourg
  • Abita Purple Haze

In general, I like to drink the light beers when it’s hot out or if I’m outside and it’s bright and sunny.  I enjoy the rest when it’s a little cooler or if I’m inside.  I enjoy the darker beers with a meal.  If you can ever find Kronenbourg on tap, I highly recommend you try it and the same goes with Old Speckled Hen from the bottle (I’ve never had it from the tap).

Drinking Beer in South Florida

Here’s a list of some of the best places to drink beer in South Florida:

  1. The Field (Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood)  – unmatched ambiance and character, with a great beer selection and good Irish food.  They have amazing live Irish music most nights.
  2. The Lodge (Boca Raton) – quirky ambiance with great beer selection and decent food.
  3. Ye Olde Falcon Pub (Davie) – great food, over 50 beers on tap, great character.
  4. Shuck ‘N Dive (Fort Lauderdale) – really good cajun style food, Abita beer on draft, be prepared for a rowdy if you find yourself there when LSU is playing.

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