I'm a pretty big beer geek but my younger brother and my girlfriend both just turned 21 so all they have ever really had is Bud light/keystone etc. and they would like to enter the world of good beer. So I'm having a little beer tasting party for them. We've got a pretty good beer store where they sell a large selection of single bottles so I'm hoping to get 6 different styles for them to taste. I'm really looking forward to this but I just wondered what 6 you would choose for contrasting styles.
I've got Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter and a local bock that i want them to try. So for the other 6 I was thinking-
Samuel Adams Lager- Not the best, I know, but quite a few people I know cite this as their "crossover beer" and I think it's a decent lager and worth a try.
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale- for the hoppy selection. I was considering maybe going with a great IPA like the Dogfish Head 90 minute or the SN Torpedo since I think they're both better beers but I don't want to overwhelm them with hops and I think the classic Pale Ale is pretty balanced.
I'd like a recommendation for a good pilsner- I don't drink plisners a lot so probably the best I've had is the Prima Pils by Victory BrewCo. and I'm not completely sure if that's available.. so any recommendations?
Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale- I wanted to include an Irish Red because that was one of the first beers I really liked.
I'm not sure what style to make my last one... I was thinking a good American Wheat Ale because I love some of those during the summer. I know I'd be leaving out all the Belgian styles but I've never been too big on Belgian beers and I'm not sure they'd be the greatest thing for this kind of tasting. Maybe we'd do another tasting where we just do all Belgian Beers.
So anyway.. I just wondered what recommendations/suggestions/ideas CH would have.