As the season approaches, I figure now is as good a time as any to discuss the brilliant combo of hops and malted barley (or wheat, or any grain you prefer). Rules of the thread: 1- Dissing someone else's favorite beer is, well, a time honored tradition. But be prepared to take it if you want to dish it out. 2- The thread is meant to be informative as well as entertaining. Feel free to pass along trivia and tidbits. Just make sure they're accurate. Just got back from the distributor and I'm stocked up for a while. A couple cases each of Guinness Extra Stout, and Sam Adams Octoberfest. 2 of my favorite beers. Guinness is my favorite. I like the Draught too, but Extra Stout is where it's at. Sadly, I can never find Extra Stout in places to buy six-packs, so by the case is the only way I can get it. Now, the Guinness people will tell you that Draught and Extra Stout is the same. That "Draught" is just formulated to be drank straight from the can or bottle without the need for "the perfect pour." It's close, I suppose, but they're not the same, IMO. And isn't that "perfect pour" part of the romance with Guinness? It is for me anyway. A good head - waiting for the head to settle into a nice creamy froth - is part of the ritual and gets the taste buds in a state of anticipation. Recently, I was in Ocean City, MD. There's a Steeler bar there called "The Salty Dog." Great bar, great atmosphere, great food. If you're near the area, check it out. But the best part is they have Guinness Extra Stout on tap! That's 10000 bonus points in my book. Guinness on tap is perfection. It's enough to make even an atheist believe there is a god... and he loves us. And contrary to popular perception, Guinness isn't really any heavier than other beers. Calorie content is the same, or even lower (!) than most beers. Guinness is also not black. It's actually red. It's just so deep, that it drinks the light and appears black. Hold one up to the light, you'll see for yourself. I still haven't tried their Black Lager. I'm sure it's good. But if I'm going to buy a Guinness, it will be a Stout. Sam Adams Octoberfest is a great seasonal beer. I love it. I wish they brewed it year round. As much as I love Guinness, I like variety now and then. I also like trying various beers. Sometimes, I find beers that are outstanding, sometimes, meh, or bleh! So what's everyone's favorite beers? Go to beers? Things people should try before they die?