July 16, 2012
New Holland Brewing Company - Dragons Milk. An Imperial Stout (?) that had been casked conditioned in old whiskey barrels. Mikkeller 19 - An IPA that features at least 10 varieties of Hops. It was recommended by the barkeeper at a bar in Amsterdam and it was very good. Citra Bomb Unit - An IPA i brewed with my wife. Tons of citra hops for a happy hoppy mouth explosion. Shared it with friends and made for many memorable evenings.
Schwarzbier - it combines the malty goodness of dark beer with the drinkability of a lager. Koestritzer is good, but there are better ones.
Schwarzbier and most other dark ones. Some breweries make a good Märzen, but that is often hit or miss.
Nice question. It's good because it keeps breweries from doing stupid stuff like adding energy drinks to their "beer". On the other hand, it is limiting factor for many brewers. Certain ingredients, like honey, can add a great touch to a good beer. Bottom line: If you are trying to push beer to the next level and are willing to have an open mind - don't let the RG limit you. If you are trying to make a mass-consumable product and call it beer, stick with the law.
Learned to truely appreciate beer while living in the United States. Nothing beats a strong, hoppy IPA. Now I live in Berlin and my wife and I brew our own beer on the regular. Would love to meet other beer-minded people.