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Most Underrated Brewery

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by RussBecker1, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. RussBecker1

    RussBecker1 Aficionado (210) Jul 3, 2012

    For me it's always been Weyerbacher. They've always broken the mold on a number of styles while conjuring up some really great flavors....not to mention some of the best names/designs in the business
  2. robinsmv

    robinsmv Initiate (0) Florida Jun 24, 2010

    Saint somewhere. I dont see them getting too much attention on here, either good or bad. They may not be everyone's cup of tea, but they make some outsanding saisons.
  3. RussBecker1

    RussBecker1 Aficionado (210) Jul 3, 2012

    In certain cases, I find that saisons can be surprisingly difficult to grasp...being Saint Somewhere's specialty I'm not shocked they get overlooked despite what a shame it is.
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  4. robinsmv

    robinsmv Initiate (0) Florida Jun 24, 2010

    I'm not shocked at all and get that saisons aren't a very popular style. I just think its cool that they specialize in brewing a style that works perfectly with floridas climate and put out some very tasty, unique beers. I also think they have some of the most beautiful labels out there.
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  5. I agree with you. I was born and raised on the east coast, and whenever I got back home I know that I can pick up a Weyerbacher and enjoy still.
  6. Etan

    Etan Advocate (745) Wisconsin Jul 11, 2011

    Troll thread?
  7. I'm going to go with Samuel Smith
  8. brewbetter

    brewbetter Savant (400) Nauru Jun 2, 2012

    Weyerbacher has the worst label design... For most under-rated brewery, I will go with a sarcastic response of The Alchemist and a serious response of Dogfish Head.
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  9. stupac2

    stupac2 Initiate (0) California Feb 22, 2011

    Things are rated what they're rated, but a brewery that I really like that doesn't get a lot of attention is Drake's.
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  10. gueuzer

    gueuzer Savant (260) Colorado Jun 9, 2010

    Crooked Stave. They get some attention, but for the level of beers they're brewing; definitely underrated.

    Not really complaining though...
  11. maximep

    maximep Savant (265) New York Oct 23, 2009

    DFH? you're wiling. that's one of the most "rated" and publicly celebrated breweries.

    Anderson Valley, hands down. they literally do not make a beer I don't want to drink more than once. Best year round, non special, non "brewery only", non fuckfest beer makers.
  12. mcaulifww

    mcaulifww Initiate (0) Virginia Aug 18, 2011

    I'll go Heavy Seas
  13. brewbetter

    brewbetter Savant (400) Nauru Jun 2, 2012

    I disagree, you must be confusing it with The Alchemist. DFH is easily one of the most hated breweries in the craft world. I can't think of any breweries (beyond BMC) that have close to as many haters.
  14. mcaulifww

    mcaulifww Initiate (0) Virginia Aug 18, 2011

    Weyerbacher
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  15. maximep

    maximep Savant (265) New York Oct 23, 2009

    No, i'm not confusing it with the Alchemist (which isn't even that celebrated, Heady Topper is, for sure, but their other beers are less than celebrated)...

    DFH may be hated somewhere (where's it hated? the majority waxes lyrical...) but if you ask any average Joe what their favorite craft brewery is they'll probably say DFH. it's widely recognized and appreciated as the quintessence of American Craft. Regardless of whether it is in fact this (which it isn't) the average American sees it as such.
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  16. RussBecker1

    RussBecker1 Aficionado (210) Jul 3, 2012

    honestly....I love their label design =/
  17. Weyerbacher is what came to mind when I read the thread title.
  18. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Advocate (610) Florida Jul 15, 2011

    Mad River. I've had four different beers from them, all were really good. Yet no one seems to know who they are.
  19. Etan

    Etan Advocate (745) Wisconsin Jul 11, 2011

    I know, I'm just bustin' your balls.
  20. jivex5k

    jivex5k Advocate (550) Florida Apr 13, 2011

    Yeah St. Somewhere is great.
    Holy Mackarel was great last year...this year though something went wrong.
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  21. BreakingBad

    BreakingBad Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2012

    Half Acre I think is really good and not everyone knows about although I am new and I don't know how people like it here
  22. maximum12

    maximum12 Advocate (735) Minnesota Jan 21, 2008

    Came here to say...Weyerbacher.
  23. Steeeve

    Steeeve Savant (255) Pennsylvania Nov 16, 2010

    I don't know about "underrated", as their ratings seem oddly accurate, but in terms of "undertalkedabout", I would vote for Otter Creek/Wolavers. Most of their beers are very solid and affordable. I love the Wolavers Alta Gracia, and the Stovepipe Porter is great. But this is BA, so there isn't really a lot of love for solid breweries that don't make bourbon barrel imperial smoked sour stouts aged on vanilla chipotle turkey legs that get rated 100 by "the bros."
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  24. n2185

    n2185 Advocate (640) North Carolina Apr 14, 2008

    I'll throw in a vote for Smuttynose. I love their labels and their beers are solid at worst with many world class beers (Ry(e)an, Robust Porter, Baltic Porter, etc.)
  25. tony32408

    tony32408 Aficionado (215) New York Sep 21, 2009

    Captain Lawrence?
  26. maltmuncher

    maltmuncher Aficionado (195) Aug 22, 2012

    The one in my kitchen :p
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  27. bleakies

    bleakies Savant (365) Massachusetts Apr 11, 2011

    I need to investigate these folks in greater depth. The only two Otter Creek/Wolavers brews I've tried are the two you mention, and I liked both quite a lot. The coffee aspect of the Alta Gracia was especially spot on.

    But I came into this thread with a local/regional answer and a national answer for breweries that aren't poorly regarded so much as they don't seem to get mentioned as often as I'd expect.

    Locally I nominate Mayflower. Solid year-round portfolio of beers that don't get up in your face but instead invite you to relax, plus some very enjoyable seasonal offerings.

    Nationally I nominate Anchor. Anchor obviously gets plenty of recognition and plaudits, but damn, I consider their porter as a benchmark for the style; I could drink their Liberty Ale for days; they helped set a template for American barleywines; what I've heard about their newish Humming Ale makes me salivate (but I haven't had a chance to try it yet); and, of course, Anchor Steam is Anchor Steam. Kudos, Anchor. Kudos.
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  28. leedorham

    leedorham Champion (835) Washington Apr 27, 2006

    I'll see if I can get a permission slip for a field trip.
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  29. BrewDog, people just associate them with being bat shit crazy... Such as beers like Tactical Nuclear Penguin and Nevermind the Anabolics..

    But their year round lineup is nothing short of world class. The 5am Saint is probably the best amber ale out there right now, and Hardcore IPA is a very complex, vastly interesting and daring take on the style. Easily my favorite brewery
  30. ledzeppelin4

    ledzeppelin4 Savant (365) Illinois May 18, 2011

    Brooklyn. Very diverse brewery and they nail all kinds styles quite well.
  31. Stoudt's is super solid and very affordable.
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  32. bellce0

    bellce0 Aficionado (220) Georgia Feb 20, 2010

    We all have our biases. Mine is for the liquid bliss of the beers of Terrapin.
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  33. robinsmv

    robinsmv Initiate (0) Florida Jun 24, 2010

    Rogue
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  34. jivex5k

    jivex5k Advocate (550) Florida Apr 13, 2011

    I really enjoy their double IPA.
  35. Thirsty Dog. Siberian Night holds its own against other RISs. Cerberus is a fantastic Tripel, and the Raspberry Ale is pretty good as well. BA Siberian Night and Cerberus are solid too. They just seem to get lost since theyre in the same town as Hoppin Frog, 45 mins from Great Lakes, and the next state over from Founders/Bells/every other MI brewery.
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  36. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,015) Washington Sep 18, 2010

    That's actually just an unsubstantiated stereotype. A good friend is a social worker over there, very involved with the tribe. In fact the brewery is subsidized by the tribal casino (which is why these world-class barrel-aged beers are so ridiculously cheap), and a portion of the proceeds from every beer go to a great alcohol awareness program. The brewery is apparently very involved in the local community, which is a great asset for such a depressed area.

    Anyway, hope you can get back out here for another bike trip.
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  37. Sarcasm?
  38. robinsmv

    robinsmv Initiate (0) Florida Jun 24, 2010

    No, naming a brewery that has way more haters then DFH
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  39. Ahh, that makes sense. Count me in on the Rogue haters category.
  40. FEUO

    FEUO Initiate (0) Ontario (Canada) Jul 24, 2012

    Big fan of Dark Horse and Greenbush.
    Dark Horse's Perkulator and Greenbush's BA Brother Ben are a couple of my favs.
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