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Good universal red, white and beer for guests

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Good universal red, white and beer for guests

Im planning to move out this year and I was just curious on what is the best universal red wine, white wine and a beer to keep on hand when guests come over because I'm not a drinker so I don't know a thing about it lol

My mother like Dr. Loosen riesling... Probably have to be the white wine choice because I will get nagged by her telling me why I don't have her wine lol
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Don't know what to say about beer or wine, but if you invite me over, don't forget to stock a bottle of Scotch ........ you can get whatever is the cheapest blended Scotch at the LCBO, I'm not fussy. Smiling Face With Open Mouth

But seriously, unlike wine and beer, distilled spirits don't go bad. If you don't drink yourself and you stock beer and wine for guests, you risk having to go bad after a while. This won't be a problem with Whiskey, Vodka, Rum, Gin, etc.
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White: Chardonnay (any brand)
Red: Merlot (any brand)
Beer: Molson Canadian

These are popular (though uninspired) choices which 90% of guests will drink.
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CheapScotch wrote: Don't know what to say about beer or wine, but if you invite me over, don't forget to stock a bottle of Scotch ........ you can get whatever is the cheapest blended Scotch at the LCBO, I'm not fussy. Smiling Face With Open Mouth

But seriously, unlike wine and beer, distilled spirits don't go bad. If you don't drink yourself and you stock beer and wine for guests, you risk having to go bad after a while. This won't be a problem with Whiskey, Vodka, Rum, Gin, etc.
True on the risk of wine go bad after a while

Funny name u got there ... I guess your name give your own opinion lol

Oh Lord all those bottles ... That mean I gotta get one of those small bar chests to hold these spirits lol
DiceMan wrote: White: Chardonnay (any brand)
Red: Merlot (any brand)
Beer: Molson Canadian

These are popular (though uninspired) choices which 90% of guests will drink.
Any suggestions on the Chardonnay and Merlot?

Isn't Molson kind of cheap bar beer? Some people say it like piss water no offend to anybody here who drink it ... Don't know it myself ... What about sleeman? I know Stella Artois is decent beer from what I heard but a bit pricey which I ain't paying lol
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toshibaaa wrote: Any suggestions on the Chardonnay and Merlot?

Isn't Molson kind of cheap bar beer? Some people say it like piss water no offend to anybody here who drink it ... Don't know it myself ... What about sleeman? I know Stella Artois is decent beer from what I heard but a bit pricey which I ain't paying lol
Canadian/Niagara brands are fine for casual drinking. Peller Estates, Inniskillin, Jackson-Triggs. They're pretty inexpensive.

Yeah, some say Canadian is piss water Smiling Face With Open Mouth but in my opinion, it's one of the least offensive and most accepted beers. No one is likely to crave having a Canadian like a $300 bottle of scotch but few will reject it. Sure, you can go with more expensive Stella if you want. It's all good. There's not too much to go wrong with beer unless you buy something like Guinesss (which I do like) that some people love and some people absolutely hate.
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toshibaaa wrote: True on the risk of wine go bad after a while

Funny name u got there ... I guess your name give your own opinion lol

Oh Lord all those bottles ... That mean I gotta get one of those small bar chests to hold these spirits lol
I think if you get one bottle of Scotch for the whiskey drinkers (most Rye and Bourbon drinkers won't mind Scotch), one bottle of Rum (suggest Havana Club medium), one bottle of Vodka (any cheap brand should do), you will have most of the bases covered. You can buy some Coke to mix with the Rum and OJ to mix with the Vodka for those who don't take their liquor straight. Maybe if you want to get a bit fancier, you can buy Gin and Vermouth to make martinis - and I am only saying this because my mother liked martinis.
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You'll learn quickly when expecting guests and prepare with booze, by the end of the night you will be left with more booze than you started with.

I agree to stick with a hard liquor...maybe not whisky but perhaps a vodka or gin to mix with. This way you don't have white wine or beer taking up room in your fridge.
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For the white wine drinkers who don't like Chardonnay:

http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo/product/cono-s ... lQr2jdG2M8

Great value Chardonnay:

http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo/product/argent ... lQsIDdG2M8

Red wine to go with pasta:

http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo/product/spinel ... lQsljdG2M8

Red wine to go with steak or ribs:

http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo/product/santa- ... lQt_jdG2M8

All four are also pleasant to drink without food.
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Keep in mind that you cant open a bottle of wine and then put it away for a later time, it will be spoiled within a couple of days.

Yes, Sleemans is a much better choice for beer, I personally think Canadian is terrible beer and would not drink it. As for the wine, get a cheap bottle of Jackson Triggs Merlot and Pinot Grigio... you cant please everyone, these are drinkable and used at a lot of functions.

As for the spirits, if thats all someone had to offer me then I would pass. I would have a beer or a glass of wine.
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Your standard basic lager has a shelf life of 6 months or so. Cans will last longer than clear or green glass bottles and take up less room in the fridge. Clear and green bottles are lousy at blocking light from reacting negatively with the beer (which creates skunky beer - a defect). Cans will not let light through.
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I would just canvass your potential guests as to their preferences. My guests do not drink much but I do cater to their tastes in wine, spirits and beers. They also know I do not drink Canadian beers and I always have a good selection of imported beer.
wesley1874 wrote: Your standard basic lager has a shelf life of 6 months or so. Cans will last longer than clear or green glass bottles and take up less room in the fridge. Clear and green bottles are lousy at blocking light from reacting negatively with the beer (which creates skunky beer - a defect). Cans will not let light through.
Maybe things have changed over time, but myself I never buy canned beer. During my time I had to destroy many a can of beer and after sitting in an evidence room for usually a minimum of 6 months , most would go bad. Many a can of Canadian beer would be sludgy and putrid when it was poured out. No other way to describe the contents. Now go enjoy that can of beerFace With Tears Of Joy.
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They can either bring their own (which most guests tend to do), or be happy with what I offer. You are seriously overthinking this moving out thing. I rarely go empty handed to someone's house for a social event - even though I don't really drink (I have a drink once in a long while - I would say maybe one drink a month on average). I'll usually bring wine or beer. Our friends all do the same.
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Things have indeed changed over time. There is no problem with canning a good quality beer. It is more cost effective for the breweries as well (and better option for recycling). It will last longer refrigerated as opposed to sitting on a shelf exposed to different temperatures. Also, always pour it into a glass and that goes for a bottle as well.

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wesley1874 wrote: Things have indeed changed over time. There is no problem with canning a good quality beer. It is more cost effective for the breweries as well (and better option for recycling). It will last longer refrigerated as opposed to sitting on a shelf exposed to different temperatures. Also, always pour it into a glass and that goes for a bottle as well.

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Hate beer out of a can, and I'm okay with just drinking from the bottle (oh, the horror lol).
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DiceMan wrote:
Canadian/Niagara brands are fine for casual drinking. Peller Estates, Inniskillin, Jackson-Triggs. They're pretty inexpensive.

Yeah, some say Canadian is piss water Smiling Face With Open Mouth but in my opinion, it's one of the least offensive and most accepted beers. No one is likely to crave having a Canadian like a $300 bottle of scotch but few will reject it. Sure, you can go with more expensive Stella if you want. It's all good. There's not too much to go wrong with beer unless you buy something like Guinness (which I do like) that some people love and some people absolutely hate.
will check those wine suggestions out

true on guinness .. either like or hate it type of beer

I want to offer a beer to a buddy who just randomly decided to hang out at last minute or whatever ... watch a game or just chill on balcony ... don't want to offer subpar beers like bud light, molson and the likes, something a little better.
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I think if you get one bottle of Scotch for the whiskey drinkers (most Rye and Bourbon drinkers won't mind Scotch), one bottle of Rum (suggest Havana Club medium), one bottle of Vodka (any cheap brand should do), you will have most of the bases covered. You can buy some Coke to mix with the Rum and OJ to mix with the Vodka for those who don't take their liquor straight. Maybe if you want to get a bit fancier, you can buy Gin and Vermouth to make martinis - and I am only saying this because my mother liked martinis.
thats not too bad at all
No Frills wrote: You'll learn quickly when expecting guests and prepare with booze, by the end of the night you will be left with more booze than you started with.

I agree to stick with a hard liquor...maybe not whisky but perhaps a vodka or gin to mix with. This way you don't have white wine or beer taking up room in your fridge.
I have no idea what to expect with guests lol... I don't know the norm with guests or a buddy show up and alcohol :P

good to know on sticking with a hard liquor
Keelie wrote: Keep in mind that you cant open a bottle of wine and then put it away for a later time, it will be spoiled within a couple of days.

Yes, Sleemans is a much better choice for beer, I personally think Canadian is terrible beer and would not drink it. As for the wine, get a cheap bottle of Jackson Triggs Merlot and Pinot Grigio... you cant please everyone, these are drinkable and used at a lot of functions.

As for the spirits, if thats all someone had to offer me then I would pass. I would have a beer or a glass of wine.
really?! didn't know that wine have a pretty short life once it open

yeah I just want to offer a little better beer because I'm the type of person that doesn't like to buy the cheapest beer... like to buy best value whatever or spend just a little bit more for a way better quality product, it kind of how I do with every aspect of my life... if the wine itself is the cheapest but have a decent taste to it then i'm cool with that ... it true that I can't appeal to everybody.
wesley1874 wrote: Your standard basic lager has a shelf life of 6 months or so. Cans will last longer than clear or green glass bottles and take up less room in the fridge. Clear and green bottles are lousy at blocking light from reacting negatively with the beer (which creates skunky beer - a defect). Cans will not let light through.
huh! interesting and good to know
rcmpvet wrote: I would just canvass your potential guests as to their preferences. My guests do not drink much but I do cater to their tastes in wine, spirits and beers. They also know I do not drink Canadian beers and I always have a good selection of imported beer.



Maybe things have changed over time, but myself I never buy canned beer. During my time I had to destroy many a can of beer and after sitting in an evidence room for usually a minimum of 6 months , most would go bad. Many a can of Canadian beer would be sludgy and putrid when it was poured out. No other way to describe the contents. Now go enjoy that can of beerFace With Tears Of Joy.
My friends drink beers, wines and probably a few mixed drinks ... they are mostly under 30 years old so it not surprising lol

what is your choice of imported beer?

thanks man! for that image of a can of canadian beer would be sludgy and putrid haha
Chickinvic wrote: They can either bring their own (which most guests tend to do), or be happy with what I offer. You are seriously overthinking this moving out thing. I rarely go empty handed to someone's house for a social event - even though I don't really drink (I have a drink once in a long while - I would say maybe one drink a month on average). I'll usually bring wine or beer. Our friends all do the same.
I was just curious on what the norm of guests, alcohol and manners since I don't know much on this situation :P lol

I don't really drink myself as well because I don't like the taste of alcohol/hops in beers and wines ... I find wines kind of taste the same with slight variations lol ... so I just don't bother pursuing different to find which one I like or else it would be an expensive ordeal lol

probably like mixed drinks more since they don't taste like beers/wines ... my uncle used to own a bar and I think his most popular drink is amaretto sour using lime juice instead of lemon
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Bud light is a subpar beer to beer snobs, but it's a very safe choice. It's light and refreshing, so even those who don't like it can drink it.
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Shaner wrote: Bud light is a subpar beer to beer snobs, but it's a very safe choice. It's light and refreshing, so even those who don't like it can drink it.
What do you consider some safe beers for beer snobs instead?
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toshibaaa wrote: What do you consider some safe beers for beer snobs instead?
Innis and Gunn would be a good call, or Sam Adams Boston Lager. You won't offend a beer snob, and it's not some over the top craft brew that'll chase a casual drinker away. Stray away from IPA's, I personally love them but there are just as many people who detest them.

There's lots of good craft stuff, but depending on your audience is how that'll be perceived.
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toshibaaa wrote: What do you consider some safe beers for beer snobs instead?
Heineken, Stella, and I'm still with Sleemans as a good choice.

I'm not sure 'beer snob' is the right term for someone who enjoys a good beer, its a matter of quality over quantity. I like to enjoy what I am drinking, I'm past the stage of drinking anything just to drink, but that does not make me a beer snob.
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Keelie wrote: Heineken, Stella, and I'm still with Sleemans as a good choice.

I'm not sure 'beer snob' is the right term for someone who enjoys a good beer, its a matter of quality over quantity. I like to enjoy what I am drinking, I'm past the stage of drinking anything just to drink, but that does not make me a beer snob.
Maybe I should have put quotation marks around the words beer snob. It wasn't meant to be taken literal nor meant as a degrading term at all. It was just a figure of speech to refer to someone who prefers "good" beer instead of the cheaper brands. I still stand by my post, bud light, coors light, Canadian, etc. are safe beers. Anyone who likes beer can drink them without cringing, but many people can't drink an IPA, for example, without gagging. Bud light is a very mild flavour, which is why I think it's a safe choice

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