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Funky Tide 8
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Costa Rica is the most expensive Central American country by a mile and probably the 4th most expensive Latin American country overall. It's not as expensive to live in as the US (considering overall cost of living), but imported goods are usually 20-50% more expensive than the US. It's an incredibly expensive country by local standards.



Well, clearly the things that I am referring to aren't taken into account by such rankings.


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prevatt33b
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I'm not positive, because I've never had Costa Rican craft beer, but I'm going to assume that it doesn't compare.


Naturally, I don't know what you guys are drinking and I'm not the biggest beer guy, but the craft beer industry exploded here several years ago and there are lots of delicious options. Craft beer breweries and pub houses can be found everywhere. The product seems quite good and quite popular. I can't see how a person would think that a craft beer brewed in X location is by default better than one brewed in Y location. Whatever ingredients are available to everyone and the local water supply here is excellent. Your access to bourbon may be superior to mine, but I'd bet beer is nearly a push compared to a place like Dothan or Huntsville. Birmingham likely has it beat on overall total number of options. I'd have you guys beat on Rum selection and likely Whiskey (scotch not from Scotland). But contrary to popular belief, the US does not have the best of everything. Not trying to argue about it or anything, but lots of countries other than the US have great stuff. The population of the San Jose metro area is north of 2 million people. That alone means a lot. But whiskey is far and away the most popular alcohol in this part of the world.
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Funky Tide 8
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Well, my opinion on this doesn't stem from ehtnocentricsm anythig, I've just never heard a single remarkable thing about Costa Rican beer.

On the other hand, the U.S. is known across the world in modern times for making exceptional beer on the micro level.

I admit, that there is a very slim chance that i could be wrong considering I've never had Costa Rican beers.


prevatt33b
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To be clear, I'm not touting Costa Rican craft beer over US or anybody else's. I'm only saying that the industry is much more developed than you'd think from the outside. Also, I have no idea about craft beer in the US - I'm not a big beer guy and haven't spent much time in the US in a decade. I can only imagine how far the US craft beer industry has come since 2010. I trust you that it's excellent. I just wish I had your access to bourbon.


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Not sure I've ever had Costa Rican beer, but I can say that I really, really enjoy a schwarzbier (black beer) from Brazil called Xingu. They have it at Hop City.

Probably most comparable local to that style is Midnight Special from Yellowhammer. (It used to be called Lost Highway, but they had to change the name over some kind of trademark dispute.)

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Monkeynaut


Agreed on Monkeynaut! Absolutely love it, especially during the summer. I think that one got me hooked on centennial hops.


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Agreed on Monkeynaut!


Their Stout at the Devil is fantastic, too.

I wasn't a big fan of their Laika Russian Imperial Stout though. Too sweet IMO.


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Well, my opinion on this doesn't stem from ehtnocentricsm anythig, I've just never heard a single remarkable thing about Costa Rican beer.



There are a fair amount of American ex-pats living in Costa Rica, so I'd imagine at least some of the craft beer makers there are Americans that have dabbled in American craft beer. I'm sure there are some there that are good.

Grand Cayman has a craft beer brewery run by a few Americans. They're beer was pretty good.


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Laika Russian Imperial Stout


Yeah, I'm not a huge imperial stout fan in general. It's too much of a one-off style to me, and I find it hard to drink only one beer in a setting.

The last couple of years I've been obsessed with finding a good session beer for tailgating. Still haven't found the right taste versus lower alcohol ratio needed to stand around and drink all day in 100 degree weather.


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The last couple of years I've been obsessed with finding a good session beer for tailgating. Still haven't found the right taste versus lower alcohol ratio needed to stand around and drink all day in 100 degree weather.



I found the perfect one a year or two ago - Cigar City's Guayaberra Pale Ale. Around 5% pale ale with all citra hops. Delicious, refreshing, and not heavy or palate wrecking.


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I found the perfect one a year or two ago - Cigar City's Guayaberra Pale Ale. Around 5% pale ale with all citra hops. Delicious, refreshing, and not heavy or palate wrecking.


Well I know what I'm picking up today.


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paperwasp
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Cigar City has got some good stuff, man.

I also like citra hops (though not as much as centennial) - I always associate it with Citra arse Down that I think I had one year at the Magic City Brewfest.

Image: https://www.usabeer.nl/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/CitraAssDownVector_Can_16_TTB_1.jpg


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Laika Russian Imperial Stout


Yeah, I'm not a huge imperial stout fan in general


BBA Laika is actually my favorite thing from STA, and its not even close. IMO its one of the best BBA stouts, relative to its price point, that you can get.
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Funky Tide 8
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I found the perfect one a year or two ago - Cigar City's Guayaberra Pale Ale. Around 5% pale ale with all citra hops. Delicious, refreshing, and not heavy or palate wrecking.



I'll second the Guayaberra. Very good citra beer.



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BBA Laika is actually my favorite thing from STA, and its not even close.


Hmm, maybe I need to go back and give it another shot. It's been a while.


Funky Tide 8
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I can definitely understand someone not liking that style of beer. Its an acquired taste.


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This is a very amateurish question, and I’m sorry. How much better do craft beers taste than the regular stuff like bud, coors, and stuff like that? I can’t stomach the regular stuff?


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Way, way better.


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How much better do craft beers taste than the regular stuff like bud, coors, and stuff like that?



Taste is subjective, but let's start with basics. For one, MOST craft beers are a different style of beer. Bud, Coors, etc. are lagers, while MOST(key word) craft beers are ales. Different yeasts, different fermentation temps, different grains, etc. Some craft beer makers do make some lagers so that isn't absolute. Lagers aren't as open to experimentation with flavor profiles so most craft beer makers avoid them. Plus temp control during fermentation is a bit trickier.

That said, a lot of craft beers are an acquired taste. If you've been solely drinking Bud, Coors, etc. your entire life, an IPA or Imperial Stout is going to taste terrible. But there are several very approachable craft beers to test out for yourself that aren't as off putting as an IPA or Imperial Stout would be. If you're in Birmingham area, check out Cahaba Brewing's Blonde Ale. It is very similar to the Bud, Coors, etc. beers, though it is an ale. Some sours are also a good introduction to craft beer. Trim Tab's Paradise Now is a good one that is easy to find locally. They also make a margarita gose that actually does taste a lot like a margarita.


Cobrasize
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Way, way better.

I sure hope so. I can’t stand regular beer, but it sure would be nice to be able to open the fridge and just grab a drink.


Cobrasize
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Taste is subjective, but let's start with basics. For one, MOST craft beers are a different style of beer. Bud, Coors, etc. are lagers, while MOST(key word) craft beers are ales. Different yeasts, different fermentation temps, different grains, etc. Some craft beer makers do make some lagers so that isn't absolute. Lagers aren't as open to experimentation with flavor profiles so most craft beer makers avoid them. Plus temp control during fermentation is a bit trickier.

That said, a lot of craft beers are an acquired taste. If you've been solely drinking Bud, Coors, etc. your entire life, an IPA or Imperial Stout is going to taste terrible. But there are several very approachable craft beers to test out for yourself that aren't as off putting as an IPA or Imperial Stout would be. If you're in Birmingham area, check out Cahaba Brewing's Blonde Ale. It is very similar to the Bud, Coors, etc. beers, though it is an ale. Some sours are also a good introduction to craft beer. Trim Tab's Paradise Now is a good one that is easy to find locally. They also make a margarita gose that actually does taste a lot like a margarita.


Thank you. I’ll have to start trying some.


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