New here, and not really a beer drinker, per se. I have been known to order a Michelob draft at a pizza parlor or Dos Eces ("XX") in 'Chipotles', but other than that, I preferred wine - until I visited a 'BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse' and tried their 'Jeremiah Red' Irish Red Strong Ale (7.3% Alc). This dense (high specific gravity) ale had a perfect balance of sweetness (from 5 imported specialty malts) to bitterness (25 IBU) for my taste. This is NOT a 'Chug-a-lug' beer, but a 'Sippin'' Ale. I sip mine from a 9 oz. Bodum insulated double walled glass.
See http://www.bjsbrewhouse.com/bj-beers/be ... -red%C2%AE
This beer left a strong impression in my mind to the point that we were spending too much time and money at the restaurant just to get this draft beer ($5+ pint, $3.50+ lunch special). I even tried their bottled take-out (pasteurized) version, but the bottled version tasted like horse piss - worse taste of any beer I've tasted. Bottom line, my wife bought me/us a 'Danby' Kegerator which I added a tower cooler and insulated the tower and cap with foil/bubble/bubble/foil insulation and replaced all metal items in the beer path with stainless fittings. We regularly buy 5 gal. mini-kegs @ $60 (full 15 gal. kegs @ $150 also available, but impossible to get upstairs) every two weeks.
This Ale, being very dense, is sensitive to over carbonization. When served at the restaurant it has little or no head from their 80% CO2 20 % Nitrogen system, and to duplicate this appearance required the tower cooler and reduced CO2 pressure to 7 psi., otherwise excessive foaming resulted. I even made a "condom" from the same foil/bubble/bubble/foil insulation for the "Perl" faucet to keep the faucet at the same low temperature, otherwise the first portion drawn was foamy.
This Ale is only available from the restaurant in the western states, so when I am out of the area, my second choice usually available everywhere is the 'Killian Red' labeled Coors beer which is a thinner, much less robust but has a similar taste - not the same overall quality, but acceptable. If you can find 'Jeremiah Red' in your area, give it a try. I highly recommend it. I find it works well with ALL food and cooking styles.