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Favorite Brewery?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Jacurdy60, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. What's your favorite brewery? Do you even have one? It's hard to say because I am so limited due to the region I live in and the fact that there are so many damn beers out there. That aside, what is a brewery you have never been disappointed by? Mine is Great Divide, by far. I have yet to have a less than exceptional beer made by them. There may be a better brewery out there, but due to my limited scope, this one, as of now, is my favorite.
  2. dap325

    dap325 Aficionado (200) New York Apr 2, 2009

  3. BeastLU

    BeastLU Advocate (595) Virginia Dec 20, 2012

    Lagunitas. Almost all great beers (sorry pils). And the fact that I can get a 8.99 sixer 3000 miles away just isn't fair.
  4. Lagunitas for me. Price, availability, quality
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  5. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Champion (870) Michigan May 8, 2006

    Bell's and The Livery. It has just as much to do with the people as it does the beer. Great friends and great beer at both. Easy to support that.
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  6. mecummins

    mecummins Savant (425) Illinois Nov 16, 2012

    Count me as another Lagunitas fan. They make well balanced, reasonably priced, and easy to find beers. I like that they have a consistency in their quality. I can trust that just about any beer they have will worth drinking.
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  7. DerekMorgan

    DerekMorgan Savant (465) Massachusetts Jan 15, 2013 Beer Trader

    Haven't had every variety but Founder's has yet to disappoint.
    And Weihenstephaner and Unibroue as far as consistency goes.
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  8. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Savant (445) Colorado Nov 29, 2006

    Hard to pick but I'd go Lost Abbey (Close 2nd for Avery) The range of creativity and skill is too hard to dismiss or deny. I love belgian beers and they have taken a unique perspective on many of the styles.
  9. Steimie

    Steimie Advocate (590) Michigan Jan 7, 2012

    Tell us why, in NO FEWER than 100 words.
  10. paulytasker

    paulytasker Advocate (575) New York May 16, 2012

    Victory, Troegs, and Smuttynose... Unfortunatley some of the well known top breweries don't distribute where I am, so my sampling from them has been limited unless a friend from out of town comes around. Although I can't complain because the 3 I listed make some damn good brews. Honorable Mention - Great Lakes.
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  11. teal

    teal Aficionado (195) Wisconsin May 3, 2012

    My own

    Those are my "go to" places.
  12. raffels

    raffels Savant (310) West Virginia Dec 12, 2009

    Sierra Nevada. I may just bleed Torpedo if you cut me..
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  13. beertunes

    beertunes Poobah (1,400) Washington Sep 24, 2007 Beer Trader

    Deschutes. Their regular lineup is solid to great, and the limited/special release stuff is (generally) fantastic. I love the Black Butte Birthday series. Mirror Pond is the yardstick by which I judge all other APAs. Honorable Mentions to Firestone Walker, Fremont, Ommegang, and Unibroue.
  14. I haven't had an average beer from Founder's yet. Their beers have either consistently been very good to excellent or completely mind-blowing. If I'm in a mood for a lager or just for drinking large quantities of awesome beer, it's Jack's Abby without question.

    I haven't had nearly enough of Lagunitas's lineup but that's only because Sucks sixers are still on the shelves. Once those are gone, that will change.
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  15. The Wedge
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  16. denver10

    denver10 Poobah (1,055) New Mexico Nov 17, 2010

  17. Dtapeski

    Dtapeski Aficionado (230) Colorado Oct 26, 2012

    So many good breweries right now.
    Love GD and Odell's (the homer in me)
    North Coast and Firestone Walker do no wrong in my eyes.
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  18. Bell's is best in my book.
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  19. SouthTexasBeerGuy

    SouthTexasBeerGuy Initiate (20) Feb 26, 2013

    I would have to say Alesmith out of San Diego. Great beers just a shame you cant get them anywhere else.
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  20. Stratoc100

    Stratoc100 Aspirant (40) Illinois Jun 11, 2012

    If I could only drink from one brewery, any one of these would bd awesome.
    Anchorage Brewing Company
    Jolly Pumpkin
    Three Floyds
    New Glarus
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  21. T-RO

    T-RO Savant (410) New Hampshire Nov 9, 2012 Beer Trader

    Funny, I logged on to start a similar thread, the brewery that is accessible to me that has all bases covered is
  22. MarriedAtGI

    MarriedAtGI Savant (380) Illinois Feb 26, 2013

    Never been disappointed by Firestone Walker or Dogfish Head
    If I could only drink from one brewery, then Three Floyds
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  23. eggmaggi

    eggmaggi Aficionado (235) Oregon Aug 11, 2012

    Sierra Nevada, Occidental Brewing out of Portland, Weihenstephaner
  24. jbaker67

    jbaker67 Advocate (740) Pennsylvania Jul 1, 2012 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Jolly Pumpkin
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  25. loafinaround

    loafinaround Savant (415) New York Jul 16, 2011

    goose island: I want to live in bourbon county. cherry rye is bliss... Big john is amazing. All stouts are done to perfection.
    Lagunitas: I don't view it as a brewery, it's more like my "dealer" because sucks is heroin.
  26. EyePeeAyBryan

    EyePeeAyBryan Advocate (725) Arizona Dec 20, 2011 Beer Trader

    One? No.

    Firestone and Odell.
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  27. dpjosuns

    dpjosuns Savant (280) Illinois Dec 8, 2009

    Bell's. Hometown - tough choice though.
  28. Cantillon
    De Dolle
    Firestone Walker

    ...and that's all I need!
  29. MaltMilkshake

    MaltMilkshake Savant (275) California Feb 9, 2011 Beer Trader

  30. OneShinerAway

    OneShinerAway Aficionado (105) Ohio Jul 27, 2008

    Great Lakes
    Pennsylvania Brewing

    How can you have just one?
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  31. SadMachine

    SadMachine Champion (785) New Jersey Mar 14, 2011 Beer Trader

    For me I think it's between Stone and Founders. They never disappoint, and have good availability. I've only had like 4-5 Lagunitas offerings, but they all range from good to world-class (Sucks anyone?!), and their availability is excellent. Firestone Walker has been moving up my charts as I have yet to have anything even mediocre by them, but it's hard to get a lot from them by me. Hill Farmstead just blew my mind this past weekend, but getting their beers requires a 10+ hour round trip for me...
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  32. tlacott1

    tlacott1 Aficionado (140) Maryland Jun 16, 2012

    Ya I love me some Lagunitas but a lot of their beers taste very similar.
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  33. I pick Coast brewing. They were my local "gateway" brewery. Their Hopart was my first intro to IPAs. They along with the Beer Exchange organize Brewvival which is an awesome showcase of epic beers. The wife of the owner/brewer was highly involved in lobbying for changes in beer laws that have led to much more craft beer in SC.
    Aside from them, on a national level I love Dogfish Head. He has helped pave the way for craft beer. He is by far the most creative and innovative with his beers. He covers so many styles. He is very friendly on a personal level too. He started pouring beers at brewvival and I got a chance to meet him and get an awesome pic with him. Sam is the man!
  34. We started getting bottles in Seattle and I cannot get enough. The IPA is amazing
  35. --Dom--

    --Dom-- Savant (425) Missouri Dec 22, 2012

    I'm gonna have to go with Lagunitas. Sucks, Hop Stoopid, Sumpin Sumpin, Sumpin Sumpin Wild, Maximus, all far above average.
  36. CoachC

    CoachC Aficionado (165) Florida Nov 25, 2012

    Cigar City!! Honorable mention goes to Lagunitas and Troegs
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  37. RRBC

    Hops & Sours...Hops & Sours.
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  38. Founders and FW.
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  39. RobDB

    RobDB Advocate (745) New Jersey Aug 31, 2009

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  40. I would have to take a combination of New Glarus and Central Waters because they each have there own strengths and together they would form one super brewery!

    New Waters
    Central Glarus?????
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