US v. UK, Round 12: Alcoholic Beverages

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Whose Booze is Best?

USA
8
33%
UK
16
67%
 
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US v. UK, Round 12: Alcoholic Beverages

Postby Nolamike » 30 May 2014, 14:57

Bourbon v. Scotch. Plymouth Gin v. Tito's Vodka. California Wine v. British Beers. Southern Comfort v. Pimm's. Mad Dog 20/20 v. Buckfast. Etc...

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Re: US v. UK, Round 12: Alcoholic Beverages

Postby Goat Boy » 30 May 2014, 15:06

The UK of course.

By miles.
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Re: US v. UK, Round 12: Alcoholic Beverages

Postby Insouciant Western People » 30 May 2014, 15:11

Goat Boy wrote:The UK of course.

By miles.


Yep.

The UK would win it on either beers or whiskies alone.
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Re: US v. UK, Round 12: Alcoholic Beverages

Postby Deebank » 30 May 2014, 15:17

:o What!

Have you forgotten about Thunderbird Wine?

In the US cider isn't even alcoholic! Wusses!
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Re: US v. UK, Round 12: Alcoholic Beverages

Postby Goat Boy » 30 May 2014, 15:18

I was surpised when I was in America by how popular those low alcohol lagers are. What the fuck is that all about?
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Re: US v. UK, Round 12: Alcoholic Beverages

Postby Goat Boy » 30 May 2014, 15:19

Nick wrote:
Goat Boy wrote:The UK of course.

By miles.


Yep.

The UK would win it on either beers or whiskies alone.


We're world class pissheads.
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Re: US v. UK, Round 12: Alcoholic Beverages

Postby Stille Baron » 30 May 2014, 15:20

Nick wrote:
Goat Boy wrote:The UK of course.

By miles.


Yep.

The UK would win it on either beers or whiskies alone.


Ultimately, y'all may be right, but I'm not at all sure it's so clear cut.
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Re: US v. UK, Round 12: Alcoholic Beverages

Postby Rayge » 30 May 2014, 15:30

All booze is pish.

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Re: US v. UK, Round 12: Alcoholic Beverages

Postby The Prof » 30 May 2014, 15:35

Rayge wrote:All booze is pish.

Absinthe


Now you're talking!

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Re: US v. UK, Round 12: Alcoholic Beverages

Postby Nolamike » 30 May 2014, 15:40

Baron of the Flies wrote:
Nick wrote:
Goat Boy wrote:The UK of course.

By miles.


Yep.

The UK would win it on either beers or whiskies alone.


Ultimately, y'all may be right, but I'm not at all sure it's so clear cut.


I probably prefer Scotch to Bourbon, but it's close - a bottle of Blanton's is about as tempting to me as a bottle of Macallan or Highland Park.

I think British beers have a higher floor for quality (thanks, Annheuser Busch), but in the last few decades, some truly great American breweries have popped up (e.g., Stone, New Belgium, etc) that just about match the British beers, though I'd still give the nod to the UK.

For other stuff, the UK has Pimm's and Plymouth, both of which are great, but the US can counter with several excellent Louisiana rums, Square One and Tito's vodka (I'm not a vodka man, but I'm told both are quite good), Laird's Applejack, Southern Comfort, some fine absinthes, etc.

Of course, the elephant in the room is West Coast wine. I don't think the UK has anything to answer it, and it's what gives it the nod for me.

Oh, and if we expanded it to include cocktails, it wouldn't be a contest - just about every significant cocktail, with the exception of the gin and tonic, originated in the US.
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Re: US v. UK, Round 12: Alcoholic Beverages

Postby Stille Baron » 30 May 2014, 15:46

As much as I have come to look at the modern "craft" jive with a jaundiced eye, I have to admit that it's been good for beer here. There's been an explosion of good, varied (in style and strength) beer. I'd be content just drinking Texas beer from here on out, which wouldn't have been true even five years ago. It also doesn't take into account all the action in the west.
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Postby Rayge » 30 May 2014, 15:52

Prof Coan wrote:
Rayge wrote:All booze is pish.

Absinthe


Now you're talking!


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Re: US v. UK, Round 12: Alcoholic Beverages

Postby GoogaMooga » 30 May 2014, 16:07

I had a Brooklyn Xmas Ale once which was outstanding. Also found Bourbon to produce less retching. But I'm with Rayge, teetotal hashish-smoker.
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Re: US v. UK, Round 12: Alcoholic Beverages

Postby Qube » 30 May 2014, 16:20

This couldn't be an easier win for the UK.

However, one thing that has surprised me since moving here is the quality of beer you can get in the US, there's a really good microbrewery scene. You can't get a decent British ale anywhere for love or money though (you can find Old Speckled Hen and other things from time to time, but they seem to add liquid nitrogen to it judging by the temperature...).

Of course this will be a generalisation, but most Americans I interact with seem to be impressed by how cold a beer is, rather than how it actually tastes.

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Re: US v. UK, Round 12: Alcoholic Beverages

Postby Stille Baron » 30 May 2014, 16:25

Qube wrote:Of course this will be a generalisation, but most Americans I interact with seem to be impressed by how cold a beer is, rather than how it actually tastes.


I readily concede that the UK has a greater proportion of discerning drunkards.

There are, of course, climate issues that could be responsible for different preferences, but I'm not about to defend our cold beer obsession.
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Re: US v. UK, Round 12: Alcoholic Beverages

Postby harvey k-tel » 30 May 2014, 16:33

Baron of the Flies wrote:
Qube wrote:Of course this will be a generalisation, but most Americans I interact with seem to be impressed by how cold a beer is, rather than how it actually tastes.


I readily concede that the UK has a greater proportion of discerning drunkards.

There are, of course, climate issues that could be responsible for different preferences, but I'm not about to defend our cold beer obsession.


Coors seems almost pathologically obsessed with demonstrating how cold their beer is. It's really bizarre.
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Re: US v. UK, Round 12: Alcoholic Beverages

Postby Nolamike » 30 May 2014, 16:41

Harvey K-Tel wrote:
Baron of the Flies wrote:
Qube wrote:Of course this will be a generalisation, but most Americans I interact with seem to be impressed by how cold a beer is, rather than how it actually tastes.


I readily concede that the UK has a greater proportion of discerning drunkards.

There are, of course, climate issues that could be responsible for different preferences, but I'm not about to defend our cold beer obsession.


Coors seems almost pathologically obsessed with demonstrating how cold their beer is. It's really bizarre.


Especially with those color-changing cans they have. Why would someone need a color-coding system on cans and bottles to identify whether the contents are cold, when simply touching the can or bottle answers the question, is beyond me.
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Re: US v. UK, Round 12: Alcoholic Beverages

Postby Hugh » 30 May 2014, 16:54

Harvey K-Tel wrote:
Baron of the Flies wrote:
Qube wrote:Of course this will be a generalisation, but most Americans I interact with seem to be impressed by how cold a beer is, rather than how it actually tastes.


I readily concede that the UK has a greater proportion of discerning drunkards.

There are, of course, climate issues that could be responsible for different preferences, but I'm not about to defend our cold beer obsession.


Coors seems almost pathologically obsessed with demonstrating how cold their beer is. It's really bizarre.


It needs to be cold to kill the taste.

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Re: US v. UK, Round 12: Alcoholic Beverages

Postby Stille Baron » 30 May 2014, 16:59

Exactly. Cool Coors is the only thing worse than cold Coors.
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Postby hookfinger » 30 May 2014, 17:06

Baron of the Flies wrote:
Nick wrote:
Goat Boy wrote:The UK of course.

By miles.


Yep.

The UK would win it on either beers or whiskies alone.


Ultimately, y'all may be right, but I'm not at all sure it's so clear cut.


He's not right and it's not so clear cut.

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I probably prefer Scotch to Bourbon, but it's close - a bottle of Blanton's is about as tempting to me as a bottle of Macallan or Highland Park.



Heathen!! ;)

You can no more compare a Blanton's to a Macallan than you can a Macallan to a Talisker. A standard bottle of Wild Turkey blows away a Highland Park. And a George T Stagg or Pappy Van Winkle makes em all look silly. Scotchs can be world class or than can be crap, same for Irish and Bourbon but on the whole Bourbon is by far my preference.

Beers I will abstain since I drink rather generic albeit imported beers. But they are not my forte.

Californias wines also can be world class or barrel scrapings, so all told I think the scales tip to the US.
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