• Sam Adams Lager
• Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
• Rogue Dead Guy Ale
• Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
• Oskar Blues Ten Fiddy Imperial Stout
The idea here is to hit a range of tastes. Sam Adams is the "safe" beer: most people recognize it, like it, and will drink it if their favorite beer isn't around. The Sierra Nevada pale ale and Rogue's Dead Guy are also fairly familiar, but push the edges a little. The pale ale will appeal to folks who like bitter beers while Dead Guy is sweeter and maltier.
The last two are for your beer lovers or folks wanting to try something different. They might be a little extreme for people who usually drink Corona and Bud Lite, but you'll make your guests who like more intense beer flavors very happy. You could really replace these two with any new, favorite, extreme, or otherwise mind-blowing beer you've recently discovered.
Which five beers would you recommend having on-hand for a crowd of mixed beer drinkers?