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June 20, 2008

Fab Five Friday

When I was coming up with my list of the five most ideal beers to have on tap, I kept closing my eyes like I was actually dreaming.

It was weird, but rewarding.

You guys had some great lists of your own, too.

I think the one you mentioned most often topped my own list. Coincidence? There are no coincidences, kids.

Either way, it wasn't easy drawing up a list of only five beers I'd love to have on tap at all times.

But by gosh I did it.

I tried to keep it a well-rounded list. But since I'm no big fan of porters or stouts, I gave ales and lagers first dibs.

Voila ... 


1. Brewer's Art Resurrection

Delicious. Delicious. Delicious. Delicious. Delicious.

2. Clipper City McHenry

Rumored to be made with the original Natty Boh Premium recipe, McHenry is a must-have in my dream bar. 

3. Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

I have to check myself when this beer's on tap -- it's kind of addictive.

4. Sam Adams Oktoberfest

Nothing says fall like a cold Oktoberfest, and Sam Adams makes one of my personal favorites.  

5. Yuengling Lager

My standard fallback beer. Call me crazy, but I kinda like it better out of bottles. Still, having Yuengling on tap is like having fries with your burger. Yum.

(Photo by Kenneth K. Lam/Sun Photographer) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:37 AM | | Comments (15)
Categories: Fab Five Fridays


1. Leffe Blonde - Mmmmm.
2. Bud - for when you just want a plain old beer like Sam's Yuengling.
3. Paulaner Pilsner
4. Anchor Steam Porter
5. Sam Adams Oktoberfest - Hate to be a copy cat, but its just damn good.

But since I'm no big fan of porters or stouts, I gave ales and lagers first dibs.

Porters and stouts are ales.

My Top 5 (as of this morning):

1) Spaten Optimator
2) Guinness (preferably the real one from overseas)
3) Sam Adams (rotate Ale/Lager/Octoberfest)
4) Brooklyn Brown Ale
5) Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout

Hal, thanks for adding to the converstaion, Im glad someone knows everything in the entire world on these blogs.

Hal, thanks for adding to the conversation, Im glad someone knows everything in the entire world on these blogs.

My Top 5

1) Sam Adams (I love them all)
3) Simpatigo (One of the best mexican beers)
4) Grolsch
5)Dragon (One of the toughest Jamaican brews)

1. SOL

1.) Sam Adams Lager
2.) Loose Cannon
3.) Newcastle
4.) Hopback
5.) Blue Moon

top five (in no order)

hop hog, harpoon pale ale, shipyard export ale, great divide, stone pale ale,

Sessa. this is a friendly word of warning. I work for a man who also has a Sun blog...let's call him The Friendy Ghost...the word is lay off the beer topics. See when TFG feels threatened, he calls me. You don't want to meet me.
Last time sam, stick to your girl drinks. Back off the beer.
Just saying.

1. Resurrection (Brewers Art)
2. Leffe Blonde
3. Westmalle
4. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
5.Michelob Ultra (My light beer of choice)

Not an easy list to come up with...

Brewer's Art Resurrection
Victory Hop Devil
Stone Ruination IPA
Dos XX

Victory Prima Pils
Anchor Steam
Rogue Dead Guy
Pabst- for my regular everyday beer!

Guinness needs to be there. I can not think of another beer that is so vastly inferior out of a bottle when compared to its greatness from a tap.

1. Resurrection
2. Dogfish Head 60-Minute IPA - A lot of people don't dig on this but I love it and the beer and myself are originally from Delaware.
3. Arrogant Bastard - Porter's in Fed Hill is the first place I have seen it on tap and my is it delicious
4. Guiness
5. Hoegaarden - Had my first one in London and stole the glass because it was so cool. Even has Her Majesty's Royal Pint stamp on it.

And if anyone knows where there is Harpoon Summer Beer on tap post where it's at. Nectar of the Gods

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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