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Favorite Brewery?

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

  1. ja1022

    ja1022 Aficionado (230) Indiana Sep 27, 2009

    Check the avatar... That doesn't mean I think Greenbush is the best brewery (yet), but they are my favorite none the less.
  2. codysjb

    codysjb Savant (470) Prince Edward Island (Canada) Jun 16, 2010 Beer Trader

    Hill farmstead certainly has a special place in my heart if only they would distro Edward. For stuff that doesn't require a pilgrimage to get it would have to be Cigar City or Founders. CCB for Jai Alai and Invasion IPA, Founders for Breakfast Stout. Honorable Mention to Goose Island for BCBS and BCBCS (I would drink them everyday but I value my lack of diabetes).
  3. Mark

    Mark Advocate (595) California Jun 18, 2001

    North Coast is one of my favorites as well but they have done a huge wrong. Closing on Monday and Tuesday since Sept. With my usual days off I can't make it. No likey! Also they have closed the taproom for renovation and can't really tell anyone when they are to reopen.
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  4. Lagunitas. Great beer, great price.
  5. Pecan

    Pecan Savant (490) Arizona Dec 20, 2012 Beer Trader

    Have to give the nod to Three Floyds still. Although Ayinger and the Bruery are very very close behind, with the Bruery gaining ground.
  6. Sierra Nevada.
  7. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poobah (1,045) New Jersey Feb 23, 2012 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Maine Beer Co is on their way to becoming mine.
    World class IPA: Lunch
    Excellent Amber: Zoe
    Excellent Pale: Peeper
    Very Good Porter: King Titus
    They just need a top notch Stout. Mean Old Tom doesn't do it for me.
  8. hardy008

    hardy008 Champion (780) Minnesota Jan 12, 2008 Subscriber

    Surly and Founders.
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  9. OUJayhawk1799

    OUJayhawk1799 Advocate (740) Oklahoma Jan 25, 2013 Beer Trader

    I have a tie between Russian River and Cigar City. Unfortunately, I think they both might be equal distance away from me.
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  10. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (730) Iowa Jan 12, 2013 Beer Trader

    I'm in the Bell's camp too. They have perfect year round beer and even better seasonal/special releases.
  11. This is an easy one for me......de Struise!

  12. Inglewood

    Inglewood Champion (835) Illinois Jan 28, 2013 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Bells& 3 Floyds 4 me
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  13. CurtFromHershey

    CurtFromHershey Advocate (590) Minnesota Oct 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    Can't narrow it down to just one...
    Troegs cuz I can practically walk there, troegenator got me into craft, and I love most of their beers.
    Victory cuz they make great stuff and catered my wedding like a boss
    Sierra Nevada cuz they don't make a single beer I don't like (that I've tried anyway)
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  14. rodlavers

    rodlavers Savant (490) Pennsylvania Jun 20, 2012

    in really no particular order, but certainly the winning triumvirate:

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  15. Hoppy Birthday
    Pure Hop
    Bad Boy

    Need I say more...
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  16. Brewery Ommegang.

    Cigar City.
    Great Lakes.
  17. Chelsea1905

    Chelsea1905 Savant (485) Washington Sep 3, 2008 Beer Trader

    Russian River.
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  18. Stone (Hence the name), w/ Alesmith as a close 2nd (expecting good things in the coming years).
  19. Unibroue or Smutty
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  20. Hill Farmstead is my favorite. I like many others which include bells, lagunitas, founders, stone, firestone walker, 3 floyds, the alchemist, lawsons finest liquors. Hill Farmstead in my opinion is by far the best. Every beer he brews is great. I've tried a lot of what he brews and have not had a bad one yet. As a matter of fact they have all been in my top 10% of my best beers tasted. He is anal when it comes to his beers and the fact that you can't get them except in vermont makes it even more intriguing. I travel 5 hours every couple of months just to get a taste of greatness. I just got back this weekend from there and waited 2 hours in a line at his brew barn just to get some. i got home and i wasted disappointed one bit. If you ever get a chance to taste any beer from Hill Farmstead i suggest you do so at all costs. They will not disappoint.
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  21. robhbest

    robhbest Aficionado (205) Michigan Apr 16, 2012

    Jolly Pumpkin
    Odd Side Ales
  22. Hopsiam14

    Hopsiam14 Advocate (540) Minnesota Jan 23, 2013 Beer Trader

    Lost Abbey
    Russian River
    Cigar City
  23. mp19

    mp19 Zealot (85) Virginia Feb 22, 2013

    Lagunitas, haven't had a bad beer from there and most are exceptional! Sumpin Sumpin, Sucks, Hop Stoopid FTW!
  24. rhartogsq

    rhartogsq Savant (445) Virginia Jun 18, 2010 Beer Trader

    Dark Horse and Deschutes
  25. ezperkins2

    ezperkins2 Savant (435) California Jan 3, 2011 Beer Trader

    Firestone Walker has to be the one for me.

    Double Jack
    Velvet Merlin and Merkin
    Union Jack
    Wookey Jack
    The Anny Blends
    and now they are starting to play with wild yeast and bugs! I can't wait for the barrel works stuff to start surfacing.
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  26. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Champion (950) Michigan Aug 29, 2012 Beer Trader

    Tough question, as there are a lot of good breweries right now.

    For price, availability variety and locale, Boulevard really can't be beat in my eyes. Living in KC I can get anything they release and they continue to impress with their new releases. Their "catalog" has some beers that I'm not wild about, but no bad ones. Plus the Smokestack Series is outstanding. Tank 7, Grainstorm, Dark Truth, Long Strange Tripel and others are excellent.

    That being said, there are a couple of breweries from which I have yet to taste a beer I don't like:

    Deschutes - It helps that they distribute pretty much all of their core beers and seasonals to Kansas City, so I have been able to try a lot of their beer and liked it. They have possibly my favorite porter in Black Butte, and a really excellent pale ale in the Red Chair NWPA.

    Green Flash - I'm currently obsessed with the Orval-inspired Rayon Vert, but focusing on that beer doesn't do them justice. I think their West Coast IPA is excellent, as are Le Freak and Palate Wrecker. Hop Head Red is a pretty interesting beer as well. This is another brewery that distributes their core bottles to Kansas City, allowing me to try a bunch of them.

    Honorable mention to Ommegang and Stone. I've liked what I've had from both, but haven't had near enough.

    Hill Farmstead is probably at the top of my "to try" list...
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  27. atomic

    atomic Advocate (500) Illinois Sep 22, 2009 Beer Trader

    50 posts before anyone said Russian River? Color me surprised. Not saying its my favorite, I havent had enough to say that.

    Personally, I'd go with Weihenstephaner. They have pedigree, their entire line is world class, and I can get a bomber for less than $4 of the world's best Dunkelweizen at almost any decent bottle shop. Its less than $3 if you know where to look. I've shifted my palate away from wheat beers recently, but I still love me some steph dunkel.
    Honorable mentions: Goose, Founders, Bell's, New Glarus, Avery, Ommegang.
  28. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012

    New Glarus, FFF
  29. jds8411

    jds8411 Savant (485) California Oct 12, 2008

    Can't have just one. Sierra Nevada, Stone, Deschutes, Ballast Point, and Lagunitas are my favorites. If it absolutely had to be one favorite, it would be Sierra Nevada.
  30. Ommegang, Yards, Sierra Nevada
  31. jucifer1818

    jucifer1818 Savant (420) Florida May 15, 2011

    1st: Southern tier all the way. They never cease to get the better of me, and I can think of nothing they make that is not delicious.
    (NOTE: I am really suprised that Im the only one so far to even list ST..........Odd)

    2ed: Bells. I don't like EVERYTHING they make, but more often than not their brews occupy the "fantastic" range

    Runners up: Founders, Laginitias, Great Divide, and weyerbacher
  32. CTJman

    CTJman Poobah (1,050) Connecticut Jan 14, 2013 Beer Trader

    New England Brewing Company. Fuzzy Baby Ducks, Gandhi Bot, 668 Neighbor of the Beast, Imperial Stout Trooper, Plus all their Small batch stuff. Glad to be 10 minutes away from the source. plus all their beer names are creative.
  33. CTJman

    CTJman Poobah (1,050) Connecticut Jan 14, 2013 Beer Trader

    I love Victory now bc you just quoted them w. Andy sandberg and the lonely island. Like a boss!
  34. MykelJH

    MykelJH Savant (300) California Aug 3, 2011

    Russian River. It's hard for them not be living only an hour away
  35. 1. Three Floyds
    2. Fat Heads (every beer they make is awesome, I have yet to taste a "miss")
    3. Kuhnhenn
  36. johnyb

    johnyb Champion (850) Florida Aug 11, 2012 Beer Trader

    Homer pick, CCB
  37. osubuckeye99

    osubuckeye99 Aficionado (220) Illinois Nov 7, 2009 Beer Trader

    Firestone Walker... but Pipeworks is moving up the board pretty fast.
  38. Beerd_O

    Beerd_O Disciple (50) Michigan Feb 6, 2013

    Founders! It's halfway between my house and my office....