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Friday Fun: What's your favourite beer/drink

As a Belgian, beer-lover and home brewer, beer is one of my great passions. I love the fact that with just a few ingredients (usually just water, hop and malt) you can create so many different tastes! 

I know that many Atlassians and customers are beer drinkers as well (or they were drinking it at Summit because it was free) but I was wondering what beer is your favourite? And if you don't like beer, tell us your favourite drink! 

I'm usually a big fan of hoppy beer but the beer I've scored the highest on Untappd is a Triporteur Special Roast Belgian Oak Vintage 2016 which I've tasted only once at a beer festival in Bruges. 


And for those of you wondering if beer can age the same way, it can in some cases! My second favourite was a Deus from 2002 which I drank in 2013. My father in law found it between his wine in his wine cellar. :D It was very tasty!

How about JIRA and Beer?

There are people that use JIRA as a beer inventory system. I've tried that myself but I really wanted a link with Untappd (where I keep track of what I drink and how much I score the beers) so I've created my own application:


Monique vdB Community Manager Mar 15, 2018

@Maarten Cautreels I was introduced to beer on a trip to Belgium about a decade ago! (I assume you've been to the Kulminator in Antwerp?) My favorite beers are the Belgian stouts: Westvleteren, Troubadour Stout, De Struise Pannepot. I also like the geuze sour beers! But nothing hoppy. 

Yes the Kulminator is very famous. They have a beer bible instead of a beer card :D

Troubadour definitely is on my list of favourite brewers as well! If you're ever visiting Belgium again, let me know! I'd be happy to introduce to some more beer ^^

Monique vdB Community Manager Mar 15, 2018

I have been there twice, so I'm familiar with the beer bible! But I will take you up on that invitation. I think we may be going back next summer (our home base will be the Netherlands, where my family lives, but we always make time to go to Belgium!) 

Thomas Schlegel Community Leader Mar 15, 2018

Great - let's meet in Bruges - it's soooo nice there 😄

I've been there two years ago.

Beginning of February there's a beer festival each year with over 80 brewers and over 300 different beers to taste. Great experience and opportunity ;-) 

There's a similar one in Leuven in April! :D And there are smaller beer festivals all year round! 

Thomas Schlegel Community Leader Mar 16, 2018

@Maarten Cautreels@Monique vdB, let's make a champions meeting in Belgium 🍻 😄

BiancaE Atlassian Team Mar 16, 2018

Ooo, I want to go to this February festival!

Monique vdB Community Manager Mar 16, 2018

Oh okay, twist my arm! 🥨 🍻 🇧🇪

@Maarten Cautreels, we'll have to exchange recipes. I make a lot of continental beers, particularly Belgian beer.  I'm seasoning an oak barrel that I got recently. I plan to do a wild ale with it next year.

@dave Theodore [Coyote Creek Consulting]

Are you coming to Summit EU? If yes, we should exchange home brews! ;-)


I would join as a taster... 😜

@Maarten Cautreels, unfortunately, not this year.  I'll be there in spirit, though. A trip to Belgium that is purely for fun certainly isn't out of the question, though!  

I just kegged a raspberry fruit beer. I made this recipe last year and brought it to US Summit, where it was well received. 

I'm working on whiskey and bourbon oak barrel beer. So far so good!

I actually like Japanese beers on tap - I recently discovered a place in Austin that has Kirin Ichiban on tap, and I was a happy clam.

That said, I think my favorite beer might be a root beer float. Sprecher's does a wonderful root beer suitable for a float!

If you can find Kirin that is made in Japan, it tastes nicer than the Kirin made here, IMO.  My favorite Japanese brewery is Hitachino Nest.  They are more of a craft brewer. If you find your way to the SF office, you can go to their restaurant and enjoy wagyu paired with their beers. Also keep your eye out for Ebisu (may be spelled Yebisu.) That's generally regarded as Japan's top lager beer.

Andy Heinzer Atlassian Team Mar 15, 2018

Ayinger Urweisse - I think it might be my favorite right now just because I have it so rarely.  But it's really tasty.  I have found wheat beers to have this strange complexity in favor and this one is no exception.  

Bridget Community Manager Mar 15, 2018

My favorite beer is Dogfish Head, 60 minute IPA (My parents live pretty close to the HQs in Delaware). 


Prost, everyone!


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Andy Heinzer Atlassian Team Mar 15, 2018

Good choice.  I was lucky enough to have the 120minute once in my life.  It came in small glass, and it was unexpectedly strong. 

Haven't had one from Dogfish yet but I've read many good things about their beers!

Bridget Community Manager Mar 16, 2018

Whoooa @Andy Heinzer good thing you only had a small glass! 120 can hit hard. @Maarten Cautreels let me know when you get around to it :) 

Jack Brickey Community Leader Mar 16, 2018

oh yes...the 60 is very nice indeed and prefer the 90! But the 120 is a special treat indeed.

60 is good but heavy on the hops. 90 has a fruity syrupiness that keep me going back to it. Tried the 120; too boozy for my tastes.

Palo Santo Marron is a sinful delight: frighteningly drinkable given the 12% ABV. 

BiancaE Atlassian Team Mar 15, 2018

I wasn't a big fan of beers initially, but the first beer that converted me was Manny's Pale Ale (Georgetown Brewing) - it's still one of my favorites! My recent favorite is Medusa's Game Face (Bare Bottle) - a red IPA with the hops aroma but not the bitterness.

I have, more than once, made the trip from the Boston area to Stowe, Vermont to get Heady Topper and other beers from The Alchemist. But living in New England, there's so many local breweries, I have three within a 10 minute drive of my house. Shout out to Jack's Abby.

BiancaE Atlassian Team Mar 16, 2018

That's dedication to Heady Topper! It sounds kind of like the elusive Pliney the Younger.

Thomas Schlegel Community Leader Mar 15, 2018

Franziskaner Weißbier. It's a Bavarian beer, quite sweet. I don't like beer that is too dry or malty. Or too dark, or whatever. I'm very choosy when it comes to beer 


Andy Heinzer Atlassian Team Mar 15, 2018

Dass es gut.   That it a good one too.

BiancaE Atlassian Team Mar 16, 2018

When it comes to beer, it's good to have standards!

Danny Zuccaro Community Leader Mar 15, 2018

Lately I've been enjoying a local wheat - Muskoka Summerweis wheat. Sadly it is seasonal and not always easily found.

Hard to name a "favourite", I like a lot of stuff, and what I like to drink varies by mood and what's available.

I have a really good real-ale pub with a 12 tap rotation 100 yards away, a coffee and tea importer 150 yards off,  a good brewery with an "1833" beer a mile away, a taste for gin, an ex-employer who has his own vineyard , and a brother-in-law who *really* knows wine well.  I've got a wide range.

But if you insist on a single favourite, it's a proper English answer.  Tea ( Specifically, Nilgiri on this page )

Jack Brickey Community Leader Mar 16, 2018

Nice! I need you to take me to the Coach and Horses badly. When I spent a bit of time in the UK I would go the the Crown @ Bray. Loved this place!

Jack, if you ever head UK-wards, yell.  We can find better places, probably.

@Maarten Cautreels Let's meet in Belgium for beer week:) 

I hope after I can say my favourite beer!)

I can not tell i have favorite beer. I like to try small almost home made beers.

Where i live in Germany there is brewary with restorant, and they brew own beer. I like that.

And in Croatia (where i come from) there iz Zmajsko Pivo (in translation Dragon's Beer).

BiancaE Atlassian Team Mar 16, 2018

Dragon's Beer! I want to try this.

It sounds like it would go well with a Dragon Slayer quest!

Guys that open Dragon's Brewary (Zmajska Pivovara) are IT guys, who decided not to work in IT more, rather to brew beer...

How can it go wrong :)

My favorite is Bira 'Imagined in India'. :D Here, we get seasonal fruit beer in breweries, which is always special.

Jack Brickey Community Leader Mar 16, 2018

My favorite is general my next... ;-)

There is nothing wrong w/ a good Duff beer either! DOH!

Monique vdB Community Manager Mar 16, 2018


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I have no favorite beer: Different occasions, seasons, food demand for different beers. I would go for a light citrus tasting beer in summer, but just now (Snowing outside in Germany) I just opened a Schneider Aventinus Eisbock, strong malty tasty with lots of rpm...

Monique vdB Community Manager Mar 16, 2018

@JanR Germany! Well, you'll have to join our Belgian beer meetup, then! 😃

Belgian monastery’s beers are outstanding, but hard to get over here. A friend invited me to a Belgian beer tasting & brought some bottles of a beer one can only buy directly at the monastery. Delicious! But I skip on Belgian beers with fruit taste 😜

I prefer Belgian quads or double IPAs. 

I like this one, personally :)



Monique vdB Community Manager Mar 30, 2018

@Dave Theodore _Coyote Creek Consulting_we have one bottle of this left at our house....

#TFTI !!! Nice. I did a vertical of 2014, 2015 and 2016 last year and it was pretty amazing to see the difference between the years.

I thought TFTI was some weird variation of TGIF and it took me about five minutes before I realized what you were saying. #brainnotworkingitsfriday

Monique vdB Community Manager Mar 30, 2018

How embarrassing for you, Heather. It obviously means Terrific Factoid Today Interesting.  Everyone knows that.




(I don't know what it means either) 

And Dave, so jealous! I think ours is from 2010. They get so sweet as they age. I feel like five years is the peak aging time though. What did you find?

And have you tried De Struisse Pannepot? Really comparable!

"Thanks for the Info" (I had to google it)

Monique vdB Community Manager Mar 30, 2018

Thanks for looking that up! Terrific Factoid Today Interesting! 🤣

I was referring to the Instagram variant "Thanks For The Invite." :P I guess I should put my phone down.

Monique vdB Community Manager Mar 30, 2018

Hahahaha well you can try some of mine if I can try all of yours! 

I'm working from home today so I just ran in to take a picture of my kitchen. You can see my Westvleteren crate and the official glasses, if you look closely enough. My husband also made some fridge magnets out of the bottlecaps. We're fans!

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I'm kegging a fruit beer tonight. It's German Pilsner/Wheat/Rye grist with fresh raspberries and fermented with (US) East Coast Ale yeast to give a little extra tartness, bittered with Sterling hops for a bit of spicy finish to compliment the rye. ABV 4.2% IBU 14



That really looks like a great installation! Do let me know if you're visiting Belgium! ;-)

Our most recent brew is a herb beer with sage, thyme and rosemary. The one before was with chestnut, which was very very good!

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Veil Brewing in Richmond, VA has a new-England style IPA called Master Master Shredder Shredder. It's amazing. The master brewer studied under the team that brews Headdy Topper from Vermont, considered to be one of the finest beers made.

Monique vdB Community Manager Mar 30, 2018

@[deleted] Is Headdy Topper a hoppy beer? 

... Okay I might have to try Master Master Shredder Shredder just for the name.

I'm not a huge beer fan by any means, but I try a new one from time to time. I tend to lean towards what my dad calls "fake beer"... ciders and mike's hard lemonades. Any suggestions?

You might try some sour beers. There are a lot of different styles and varying levels of tartness.  I prefer the "funky" ones, myself. Many are just tart without funkiness, though.  Most are generally not very bitter, due to the fermentation process, as well. It's sort of the wine drinker's beer.

I'll have to ask someone to pick a few sour beers out for me over the weekend then.

Really hard to pick just one beer so please indulge me as I choose beers starting locally and ending globally.

  • Dallas/Fort Worth  - Though there are a lot of good breweries in this area, my favorite brew is the Billy Jenkins (Bock) from Wild Acre in Fort Worth
  • Texas - Ziegenbock
  • Domestic (US) - The Maharaja from Avery Brewing Co.
  • Worldwide - Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner

Don't get me started on favorite whisky/whiskey.

Thomas Schlegel Community Leader Jun 12, 2018

There's a beer called Ziegenbock in Texas? That's funny, Ziegenbock is German for Billy Goat :-)

Jack Brickey Community Leader Jun 12, 2018

Yep! Texas' roots are firmly set from German settlers so you see lots of German influence: architecture, sausages, smoked meats and of course beer!

Loads of German heritage in Texas.

The town of Fredericksburg was founded by German immigrants and during the holiday season the town lights a large Christmas Pyramid that was shipped over from Germany.

You will also find a lot of German influence in Tejano music which is popular with Hispanics in Texas.

My favorite beer Corona.



After many tastings while traveling through Belgium my favourite Trappist beer is Achel Bruin.

It's hard to find (and expensive) in Australia, so my top 3 locally brewed beers are:

  • Feral Hop Hog
  • Pirate Life Pale Ale
  • Grifter Pale Ale
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Hahn Ultra Crisp or if I want to go dark Monteiths Black Beer....

Another beer lover here. Though I drank Guinness the most, when I came through belgian beers it was a kind surprise, the white beer of Bruges was then the one to drink any time, it's light, good taste and playing

Tim Keyes Atlassian Team Jan 13, 2020

My favorite beer is Hoegaarden which is a Belgium Wit Beer.  It also has some history in Austin, Texas which is where I currently live!  The Austin version of the beer is Celis White, but they recently went bankrupt :(



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