Have to agree mate, been stateside three times now and have always found decent beer to drink if you look in the right places. I went to the Anhauser Busch beer shop in Florida (Bush Gardens) were they let you have some beer samples one of which is an aged Budweiser. It was the only one that 'tasted' of anything other than bubbles to me. The only Budweiser brand I could stomach was their Amber Bock.
The Joseph Holts Brewery lager. It's called Diamond and it's really an acquired taste type lager. Very strong tasting, refreshing and (I think), 4.9% proof.
Harp brought out a lager around 95-96, an export one, which was extremely strong and tasted delicious. I can't remember the name of it and only ever saw it sold in Northern Ireland. Harp Extra or Harp Export Extra, something like that.
In Ripon, North York's, there's a pub called the One Eyed Right, and that serves some (evil) concoctions in the form of bitters and ales. You go in one door sober, come out the other a gibbering wreck .
That depends on the landlord and area. My local in Levenshulme has had three good landlords over the last ten years. It's just had a make over too. The atmosphere boarders on quiet, but that's okay in my books for an afternoon session. They sell named brands too (Stella, Strongbow) at excellent prices. My Dar swears blind over the £1.19 pint of bitter (and he's usually blind by his 5th). You can spot me, the one wearing US Army fatigues stood at the bar saying 'shut yer face, hippy' every 5 minutes or so.
Okay, maybe 'almost' is the understatement. If it's available, I'll drink it. The problem with getting Guiness in the states is that it tends to be damned expensive when bought by the pint...sometimes as much as $6 US. I think that works out to be like £4 UK (I think).