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Good Beer from a Bad Brewery?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by TheJerkstore, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. I know these are subjective terms, but I'm wondering - are there any beers that stand out to you that come from Breweries that are otherwise forgettable?

    Always looking for that diamond in the rough...
  2. Here in GA, Red Brick makes mostly solid but forgetable beers but their recent Lost Years spiced barrel aged strong ale is freakin awesome.
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  4. Domingo

    Domingo Champion (945) Colorado Apr 23, 2005

    In Denver I'd say that Denver Beer Co. tends to have a pretty bad reputation...but their Graham Cracker Porter is fan-tastic.
  5. MadDogMD

    MadDogMD Aficionado (130) Arizona Jan 7, 2013

    Heady Topper ;)
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  6. superspak

    superspak Poobah (1,070) Michigan May 5, 2010

    Atwater VJ Black Imperial Stout

    Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout and 471 DIPA
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  7. I loved Uinta's Hop Notch but haven't been really impressed by much else from them.
  8. In my opinion, any brewery that makes a good beer is a good brewery.
  9. zestd

    zestd Savant (380) Idaho Jan 18, 2013

    Shakespeare Stout, Hazelnut Brown and the XS IPA are great, but Rogue is Rogue.
  10. Cvescalante

    Cvescalante Savant (435) Texas Dec 24, 2012

    One of only two Gueze available at stores near me, and this is definitely the better of the two. I have a bottle in my fridge that I plan on drinking tonight.. I will add Laughing Dog Alpha Dog. That beer is very under rated in my opinion.
  11. Cvescalante

    Cvescalante Savant (435) Texas Dec 24, 2012

    Agreed on 471. It's what made me finally like IPAs and DIPAs. I still love it.
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  12. BKBassist

    BKBassist Savant (490) New York Jan 24, 2013

    I don't think Magic Hat is outright bad, just fairly pedestrian, but I do like Ticket To Rye.
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  13. I enjoy Shipyard Export. The rest of their lineup is completely out of the question.
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  14. All it takes is one?
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  15. ChanChan

    ChanChan Advocate (575) California Dec 12, 2009

    Fixed that for you!!
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  16. Why not? All it takes is one great movie and you're Mark Hamill. One great album and you're Nirvana. One perfect game and you're Don Larsen! :)
  17. frazbri

    frazbri Advocate (695) Ohio Oct 29, 2003

    "Bleach" was an awesome album! Too bad it all went nowhere after that. ;)
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  18. Interesting, I can't really think of any. Every brewery I think to say makes at least two beers that I enjoy.
  19. Phillyz

    Phillyz Savant (485) Pennsylvania May 20, 2010

    Dubhe is pretty, pretty good. So is their labyrinth.
  20. It's not available in 'Merica, but they also make a kriek lambic version of it. It too is pretty damn good.
  21. Have you tried their Prelude, probably my favorite from Shipyard.
  22. Not yet. Typically I am not a big winter warmer fan. I'll keep an eye peeled and maybe toss one in a mix-a-six next winter.
  23. I agree. Magic Hat isn't bad, just kind of run of the mill. I haven't had Ticket to Rye, though. I came to suggest their Heart of Darkness stout.
  24. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Advocate (615) Colorado Jan 20, 2012

    Bristol brewingin colorado springs has a pretty okay lineup, but winter warlock is probably my favorite oatmeal stout.
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  25. I would not agree with the second part of your post. I've actually enjoyed a lot of their beer. I stop by their brew pub every time I'm in Maine. I really enjoyed the Longfellow winter seasonal last time.
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  26. I would definitely pop into the brew pub and honestly, I'd probably enjoy it there. Popping into brew pubs of breweries that I am not fond of is like going to a hockey game. I have zero interest in hockey, I don't follow it, I don't play it, I don't care about it, etc. Nevertheless, every now and I then I find myself at a Providence Bruins game and you know what, it's a blast. I figure the same would happen if I went to Shipyard's brewery. Hard to have a bad time in a place like that.
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  27. Mgm54

    Mgm54 Savant (385) Illinois Apr 7, 2011

    Glad to here labryinth is good, as I have one bottle right now. Also, I agree with Dubhe, very solid brew
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  28. semibaked

    semibaked Advocate (695) Kentucky Mar 27, 2007

    Magic Hat's Heart of Darkness
    Arbor Brewing Buzzsaw IPA
    Atwater Brewing Bloktoberfest
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  29. Agreed. I thought Encore was a pretty damn tasty beer.
  30. I hate saying this because I'm from AL, but Good People is a mediocre brewery, but their Snake Handler DIPA is world class. They need to distribute it more widely. I will buy Good People beer because it is fairly priced and not half bad (and local), but the snake handler DIPA is absolutely superb.
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  31. --Dom--

    --Dom-- Savant (415) Missouri Dec 22, 2012

    I strongly dislike anchor, but old foghorn is a friggin delicious barleywine
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  32. Lantern

    Lantern Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2011

    And Detour.
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  33. BlackDragon

    BlackDragon Initiate (0) Michigan Feb 16, 2013

    KBS is decent but ya everything else is forgettable to me but I do love CBS
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  34. Oberon would qualify as the inverse of this
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  35. You're kidding right?
  36. Widmer I don't really care for, but I'll drink their Pitch Black IPA or Nelson Imperial IPA any time.

    Also a fan of Smashed Blueberry from Shipyard.
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  37. Buzzsaw, Ypsi Gypsi, and the sours are pretty good beers from Arbor.
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  38. lokieman

    lokieman Savant (475) Oklahoma Jan 20, 2011

    Saint Arnold's Pumpkinator...
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  39. No, I'm not.
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  40. AHood

    AHood Aficionado (155) Texas Nov 28, 2012

    Magic Hat is pedestrian, but I love their summer seasonal Elder Betty. Don't judge me.
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