Most Underrated Brewery

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

  1. Thanks Max, we appreciate the love!
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  2. alexipa

    alexipa Savant (465) Colorado Oct 7, 2011

    Two Brothers. I visit family in Illinois all the time, and every time I'm completely blown away by their offerings. If I could have any single brewery distribute to Colorado that currently doesn't, it would 100% be Two Brothers.
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  3. aedeos

    aedeos Aficionado (150) Washington Dec 15, 2007

    Can we all just shut the fuck up about Quishnam?

    Henry has said time and time again that he wants nothing to do with the larger beer community. He makes Hill Farmstead look like BMC distribution, for better or worse.

    That being said, it's criminal that he isn't more well known. But if that's what he wants...
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  4. doobliebop

    doobliebop Aficionado (215) Colorado Dec 24, 2010 Verified

    Have to agree with this post. Chad can't be rated high enough for his work these days.
  5. TX-Badger

    TX-Badger Poobah (1,045) Texas Jun 14, 2012 Verified Subscriber

    New Glarus Brewing Co. gets my vote.
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  6. quasimoto

    quasimoto Savant (360) Ohio Sep 14, 2002

    Fat heads, Cleveland OH.Wins IPA contests left and right, also wins a lot for his Baltic porter.
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  7. maximep

    maximep Savant (265) New York Oct 23, 2009

    No doubt, keep doing your thing.
  8. hardy008

    hardy008 Champion (795) Minnesota Jan 12, 2008 Subscriber

    Steel Toe. A small brewery making great beers.
  9. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,120) Washington Sep 18, 2010 Verified

    Red Peak makes Hill Farmstead taste like BMC too. ;)
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  10. bennetj17

    bennetj17 Advocate (670) Arizona Oct 30, 2005 Subscriber

    I'll second Anchor Brewing.
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  11. Fatpants

    Fatpants Disciple (70) Minnesota Oct 16, 2009

    Good call. I know who they are. Love the Steelhead Double IPA especially.
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  12. raymo55

    raymo55 Savant (475) Michigan Oct 3, 2011

    I am gonna say Dark Horse....they make so many different varieties of beers that get overlooked....and I would even say that Plead the 5th and BB Plead the 5th are underrated!
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  13. herrburgess

    herrburgess Champion (925) South Carolina Nov 4, 2009 Verified

    Really want to say Heller-Trum, but with 600 years more experience on them, I have to say Weihenstephan.
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  14. I have always wanted to try your lineup but it is hard to buy beer from across the contry with no date on the can. So suggest that to the higher ups or if you are the higher ups get on it!
  15. Noelito76

    Noelito76 Advocate (615) New York Oct 30, 2004 Verified

    North Coast
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  16. denver10

    denver10 Poobah (1,020) Colorado Nov 17, 2010


    Obviously, their limited distribution is a significant roadblock towards allowing greater, national appreciation towards them.

    Also, I think their beers are best appreciated on tap further limiting the audience.

    That said, when there are local threads (i.e. in the Mountain Region subforum) telling posters to ignore prior suggestions for visiting Funkwerks when in town, I'd argue that suggests a relative level of underappreciation from those in the know of the brewery. Personally, I think these guys are creating some great beers that are best appreciated at their taproom (or in local bars that offer their stuff). For Belgian styled brews, I don't think there is anyone in Colorado who can compete with these guys. I am a huge fan.
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  17. hilgart1

    hilgart1 Savant (445) Illinois Feb 20, 2011 Verified

    Central waters....always solid stuff
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  18. dennho

    dennho Savant (365) New York Oct 29, 2006

    I admit I'm a homer but my vote goes to Wormtown. Sixty + beers in two years is pretty good Be Hoppy might be my "desert island" beer. A 90 BA rating. You want barrel aged, no problem. You want 100% local ingredients in a beer, OK. How about an eggnog beer? Whatever.

    "A piece of Mass in every glass" very cool.
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  19. claytri

    claytri Savant (465) Maryland Jan 17, 2004

    I do think the old brewers often get overlooked and under appreciated currently. I'll second the Samuel Smith's vote, and add Schneider's to the list. Both have outstanding lineups, and deliver wonderful beers time and again.
  20. danny, very familiar with them; daughter goes to school there (HSU); likely there's numerous others like me here in NorCal familiar with them, good choice on your part
  21. cneville

    cneville Savant (300) Ohio Sep 16, 2010

    People might think otherwise, but Great Lakes is to me. People love Blackout Stout and Nosferatu, and rightly so, but their year-round lineup has some of the best in their styles. Eliot Ness is great, and Eddy Fitz is an incredible beer that I often take for granted. I also don't recall ever having a bad beer here.
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  22. YaKnowBrady

    YaKnowBrady Initiate (0) New Jersey Jul 23, 2010

    All this talk of Red Peak prompted me to double check my cellar last night, came across my last Britikka! Absolutely amazing, even with 3+ years on it. I can't believe that the PNW hasn't brought this brewery up in all of the numerous underrated breweries threads there have been in the past.

    Also can't believe I forgot about it for so long....
  23. kirkse

    kirkse Initiate (0) Florida Dec 31, 2010

    I'll also put in a vote for Dark Horse. Never had a beer from them I didn't like.
  24. Smuttynose is under-appreciated. In my humblest of ultra-righteous opinions.
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  25. smutty33

    smutty33 Advocate (705) Connecticut Jun 12, 2009

    Couldn't agree w/ ya more ! Well said............;)

  26. JEdmund

    JEdmund Savant (475) Kansas Oct 23, 2006

    North Coast comes to mind. They don't get a lot of attention (other than for Old Raspy), probably because they aren't constantly unveiling new brews, but their core lineup is pretty solid.
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  27. smutty33

    smutty33 Advocate (705) Connecticut Jun 12, 2009

    mmmmm..........Smooth Hoperator...................:D

  28. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Advocate (515) Ohio Jan 28, 2011

    I drink Eddy Fitz all the time, and every single time I think to myself "Wow, this beer is incredible". Love me some Great Lakes.
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  29. smutty33

    smutty33 Advocate (705) Connecticut Jun 12, 2009

    I need to try more from this brewery for sure.

  30. jageraholic

    jageraholic Savant (475) Massachusetts Sep 16, 2009 Verified

    Southern Tier excellent line up of beers and most are done very well.
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  31. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poobah (1,000) Pennsylvania Sep 6, 2010 Verified

    With their re-branding, I wholeheartedly disagree.
  32. haruspexvic

    haruspexvic Savant (265) Illinois Aug 23, 2012

    Cisco Brewing
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  33. Victory
  34. Long Trail
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  35. Dennoman

    Dennoman Advocate (505) Belgium Aug 20, 2011

    If Dark Horse is underrated, it's a vote for them from me. Apparently I've had the cream of their crop (BBPT5) and I highly doubt any American bourbon-aged big stout will impress me more. Let's just say Goose Island, Founders and Cigar City have their work cut out for them.
  36. YaKnowBrady

    YaKnowBrady Initiate (0) New Jersey Jul 23, 2010

    Cigar City, maybe. Their barrelling program is hit or miss sometimes (compare AB Hunahpu to Rum Barrel Big Sound).

    However, Dark Horse, having 1 distributed (Brewery only release?) BA beer, and only another handful on tap or one-offs, puts them well outside the spectrum of the likes of Goose Island and Founders, as well as Firestone Walker. These breweries have top-tier barrelling programs, far surpassing DH, and ther have the volume, ratings and demand to prove it. I've had BBPT5 before, and while it's an excellent BBL Stout, nowhere near what these other breweries can do, with the BCBS variants and Founder's -Breakfast Stouts. I'd say DH is the one with their work cut out for them.
  37. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Advocate (635) Minnesota Feb 15, 2005

    Too small to be "rated" at all!
  38. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Advocate (635) Minnesota Feb 15, 2005

    Widmer Brothers. They do all of the interesting high concept beers that the more "elite" breweries do, and they usually knock it out of the park. Their Rotator IPAs, SXNW, Old Embalmer, Marionberry Hibiscus Gose, etc. are all great. Always cheaper and easier to find than their more hyped brethren.
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  39. jpfromb

    jpfromb Aficionado (155) Oregon Apr 9, 2010 Verified

    Does anyone have a burlap sack, flashlight, or better yet, state of the art night vision goggles? If so, we can go out for a Red Peak snipe hunt. If I'm wrong I'll fry up some fresh snipe tonight!
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  40. jampics2

    jampics2 Champion (840) Ohio Dec 19, 2008 Verified

    This is the truth.