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post #16 of 29
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I don't drink beer at all. It's not my kind of drink. And for the most part, the people I associate with wouldn't drink it either.
Not much of a beer drinker myself and I'm also in the process of stocking a minibar but that's pretty hilarious.
post #17 of 29
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Not much of a beer drinker myself and I'm also in the process of stocking a minibar but that's pretty hilarious.

+1. Reminds me of the thread a while back with the guy asking about good drinks for parties who said his girlfriend didn't like beer or it's connotations of the lower class.

You don't have to stock Bud light in cans. Their are plenty of high-end, complex, possibly pretentious beers out there to impress with their ornate labels that your friends have likely never seen or tried.
post #18 of 29
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I didn't mention anything about lower class. I just actually don't have any friends who like it and I only invite friends over to my place. We're talking gatherings of 5 or 6 at the absolute most.
post #19 of 29
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I didn't mention anything about lower class. I just actually don't have any friends who like it.
Still, it was reminiscent. And using the language "the people I associate with wouldn't drink it either" is a bit connotative to that sentiment. But anyway, you don't think you'll ever have anyone over who would like a beer? It wouldn't kill you to have a 6-pack or at least a few singles of something good quality around. One Guinness, one Heineken, one Sam Adams, you should be good to go.
post #20 of 29
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Originally Posted by Brian278 View Post
Still, it was reminiscent. And using the language "the people I associate with wouldn't drink it either" is a been connotative to that sentiment.

But anyway, you don't think you'll ever have anyone over who would like a beer? It wouldn't kill you to have a 6-pack or at least a few singles of something good quality around. One Guinness, one Heineken, one Sam Adams, you should be good to go.

Well here's a silly question, since I'm not a beer drinker, how long does beer last? I'm not a fan of being wasteful on account of bad beer either.
post #21 of 29
Sorry, I didn't know you and your guests were too good for beer.
post #22 of 29
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Sorry, I didn't know you and your guests were too good for beer.

I'm sure next time you'll be more careful.
post #23 of 29
If you'd like to try non-liquor drinks, there are other options too. Sometimes all that alcohol can get heavy, or you want something with a fizz to it. Look for hard cider; ideally, you want local stuff. It's really quenching and delicious. There's also things like Lambic Framboise beer. It's a Belgian beer flavored with raspberries and it's really, really good. As for you and your friends not drinking beer, nobody likes beer at first. You hate it for four months while you drink it in college, then one day, you realize that you just want something like a beer. If you like coffee or grapefruit juice, you'll probably be on beer sooner. It might be worth getting some good beer (look for German beer) and trying it out. If you've made up your mind about beer having only had American Pilsners, you don't know what you're missing. If you have people over regularly, it can be fun to have a new bottle of something every now and then to have for all the guests as a mini-tasting. In this vein, check out things like Campari, Cynar, Pernod, Anisette, Zwack and Chartreuse.
post #24 of 29
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I like 10 Cane and Zaya, but the best I've ever had is Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 Anos. I'm having a glass right now.

Huge +1 on the Ron Zacapa. It's fantastic and I always stock a bottle. It's also nice that they've improved the aesthetics of the bottle.
post #25 of 29
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Huge +1 on the Ron Zacapa. It's fantastic and I always stock a bottle. It's also nice that they've improved the aesthetics of the bottle.

It pains me that RZ isn't available in Washington anymore... I really missed out on that one. Similarly, Zaya is getting harder and harder to find.

Pyrat is good, but "artificially" sweetened with sugar and orange flavors during aging. The Pistol bottle is great value for the money (~$17 for 375mL)... delicious and not a huge investment.

I don't understand people who give a detailed list of what liquors to buy, and then recommend cheap white rum. Cheap rum makes shitty drinks just like any other liquor.
post #26 of 29
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It pains me that RZ isn't available in Washington anymore... I really missed out on that one. Similarly, Zaya is getting harder and harder to find.

Pyrat is good, but "artificially" sweetened with sugar and orange flavors during aging. The Pistol bottle is great value for the money (~$17 for 375mL)... delicious and not a huge investment.

I don't understand people who give a detailed list of what liquors to buy, and then recommend cheap white rum. Cheap rum makes shitty drinks just like any other liquor.

Can you special order RZ? That's what I have to do. Every place I move (and that's a lot recently), I've just gone to the better liquor store in the neighborhood and ask about availability. I've never had a problem.

I firmly believe that if you haven't tried a premium rum like RZ then you don't know what rum can be. I always thought it was boring lighter fluid until I wandered into a liquor store in Washington Height in NYC that was offering free samples. It totally changed the way I thought about rum.
post #27 of 29
A well-stocked bar at my work office according to "Rabbie Burns". Haggis not included.



Here's a shot of my customized office bar area, with concealed roller drawer in front is my stash at work. As I spend most of my waking hours here, [no rest for the wicked] this is where on occasion, party hour begins also...



The "everyday" collection, for use at lunch and afterhours, including the wee hours.



A "Royal" flush of sorts.
Some of the rarer breeds - and not always for special occasions. Sad that once opened, they don't last long after that.




The "secret" sliding chest reveals another stash.





The pullout bar on RS houses requisite Fladgate and other basics.

Pity we don't have a 30 hour day.

Cheers, and don't forget the ice.
post #28 of 29
you cant go wrong with glenlivet, bushmills, johnny green label, crown royal, tanq ten, tanq rangpur (my favorite in terms of price/quality ratio), belvedere, and grey goose. of the big name brands, those are pretty standard in my opinion.
post #29 of 29
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Originally Posted by arced View Post
Huge +1 on the Ron Zacapa. It's fantastic and I always stock a bottle. It's also nice that they've improved the aesthetics of the bottle.

Zacapa XO is is superior though and it only costs around 60 dollars in certain places
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