June 2, 2013
The beers that stick out most in my head are definitely ones my friends have made and labored over. My one friend made a very high IBU IPA and mistakingly fermented it for too long, making it taste very unique. Also, the first time trying Pilsner Urquell was fairly memorable, I like a good pilsner.
My favorite German beer so far (I've only been here for 3 days) is probably Jever Pilsner. It's got that bitter zap I like to taste in a crisp pilsner.
My favorites are definitely American craft IPA's, such as Ruination by Stone and Sierra Nevada Torpedo. I also love Hefeweizens.
It's good in the sense that German beer drinkers and people on beer tourism can experience a well-refined craft that's been restricted to certain regulations, which can arguably contribute to a level of perfection that might never be attained if it were not for a restriction such as this one. However, the other side of the coin with restrictions is that it inhibits and experimentations that might hook in new drinkers who are not used to the bitterness of beer, such as making fruity beers or shandys.
I'm only 22 but I've been avidly trying many American craft beers since turning 21 in the states. I'm here visiting and would love to discuss and learn about beer making here in DE. I've brewed two beers myself so far, a pale ale and a pilsner