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One Brewery For Life

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by TheChiefBrews, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. Pahn

    Pahn Champion (850) New York Dec 2, 2009 Beer Trader

    cambridge brewing company


    new england brewing company


    runners up:

    hill farmstead
    sierra nevada
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  2. Kinsman

    Kinsman Advocate (660) California Aug 26, 2009

    Wow, it took 40 minutes and 23 replys before Hill Farmstead got a mention? They were easily the first brewery to come to mind when I saw this thread. In previous versions of this thread, I always went with the likes of Sierra Nevada or Smuttynose but 2012 was good to me and I was able to get over to VT quite a bit (even still, I'm relatively local being only 70 miles away in NH).

    Heck, I don't even need HFs full line up, just three of their regulars... Abner to cover my hop need, Everett to cover the dark side of the spectrum, and Anna for my saison/Belgian needs. More often than not my cravings fit either into the hoppy, roasty, or funky (very loose definition here) category. All others would just be a bonus.
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  3. TychoNDC

    TychoNDC Advocate (500) Colorado Jan 7, 2013 Beer Trader

    Based on what I have personally drank, probably Founders or Russian River. As mentioned, the stouts are really killing RR here.

    Based on hype and the exceptional reviews, I'd consider blindly selecting HF though...
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  4. mrkrispy

    mrkrispy Savant (410) California Apr 5, 2006

    Any person with any forethought knows it is Russian River.....solid, consistent sour beers, some of the best IPAs, and Younger. Game over
  5. LuckyJohn

    LuckyJohn Advocate (540) Colorado Feb 6, 2013

    Founders. Or Odells. Or Deschutes. O.K., I'm having a hard time with this one brewery concept.
  6. BeerMeFitz

    BeerMeFitz Savant (355) Illinois Oct 24, 2011

    Pipeworks.... local , fresh and every style of beer comes out of this brewery and they are all great guys!
  7. jrnyc

    jrnyc Champion (870) New York Mar 21, 2010 Beer Trader

    stone. A year ago I wouldn't have said that, but Enjoy By and Ruination 10 changed that.
  8. Charlie_Hoss

    Charlie_Hoss Savant (310) New Jersey Jan 2, 2013 Beer Trader

    haters gonna hate!
  9. wibeerman

    wibeerman Zealot (90) Wisconsin Aug 2, 2012

    Founders as long as I get access to their full lineup.
  10. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Advocate (635) Minnesota Feb 15, 2005

    Hill Farm for sho
  11. smakawhat

    smakawhat Poobah (1,310) Maryland Mar 18, 2008 Subscriber

    Hill Farmstead...
  12. Seriously? None of you would choose your own kitchen or brew room? That's a shame.
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  13. Drew26

    Drew26 Advocate (510) Wisconsin Nov 2, 2012 Beer Trader

    I'd pick Founders as well.
  14. TheBoog013

    TheBoog013 Savant (380) California Feb 24, 2011

    Port Brewing/Lost Abbey, two for one because of sharing brewery and between the two I'll get a world class example of every style that I care about. I win.
  15. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poobah (1,200) Colorado Aug 15, 2010 Beer Trader

    Mikkeller. Is that cheating?
  16. abkayak

    abkayak Advocate (520) New York Jan 8, 2013 Beer Trader

    would i be very wrong if i said Weyerbacher??... if so change this to Founders or Victory....for now.
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  17. bpfrush

    bpfrush Advocate (625) Wisconsin Jan 24, 2009 Beer Trader

    Hill Farmstead for me as well. Toppling Goliath is getting pretty close though.
  18. This is easy
    Voodoo Brewery
  19. Lare453

    Lare453 Champion (975) Florida Feb 1, 2012 Beer Trader

  20. MetalMountainMastiff

    MetalMountainMastiff Savant (440) California Oct 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    I'm going to have to go with Stone......
    Enjoy by
    Stone imperial
    Double bastard
    Old Guardian

    I could drink those for ever!
  21. mweso2000

    mweso2000 Savant (405) Georgia Apr 10, 2010 Beer Trader

    I would have to go with Lagunitas. Every beer is just solid. Founders (their stouts are better than Lagunitas). is a close second but Lagunitas wins because of beers such as Brown Sugga, Sucks and lucky 13. Cappuccino Stout is good enough for me to get by.
  22. Sierra Nevada. SNPA + Celebration + Bigfoot + Narwhal could keep me content for the most part - although I would miss my Belgian ale fix.
  23. Rizalini

    Rizalini Savant (365) Nevada Jan 20, 2011

  24. JuniperJesus

    JuniperJesus Savant (450) Illinois Feb 26, 2011

    Goose Island.

    Everything they do is stellar, especially those magnificent, imperial stouts.
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  25. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poobah (1,065) Wisconsin Nov 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    I live in Wisconsin but I would have to go with CCB. I haven't had a single pint from them I didn't like- and I've had 8 different pints in their tasting room at one time. They have a wide variety of great beers, and a fantastic go-to IPA that comes in CANS. Then there's Marshall Zhukov, Big Sound, etc. all sorts of goodness.

    Founders (porter, FBS, FIS, KBS, etc. satisfy my dark cravings but not as much a fan of their other offerings)
    FFF (ZD and Alpha King are excellent and they do have a whole bunch of different styles, not all float my boat though)
    New Glarus (Lots of very good/not great offerings, with the Thumbprint to mix things up. But I'll happily drink their stuff every day for the rest of my life if I had to)

    Can't comment on Russian River, Hill Farmstead and other hyped breweries since I haven't had enough of their beers.

    Also, maybe in 10-15 years, we'll all be saying AB InBev if they buy up some more successful craft breweries to go along with Goose Island.
  26. MammaGoose

    MammaGoose Aficionado (230) Wyoming Jan 10, 2013

    I'm going to go with Avery's. They have pretty solid beers and a wide variety. Or O'Dell. I love their IPA and Myrcenary (DIPA). I love IPAs and stouts, but I'd rather have an awesome IPA and a decent stout than the other way around.

    That said, I haven't tried many of the hyped up breweries (Hills Farmstead or Founders, for example), so I'm not making a very educated decision.
  27. Brouijweri Van Steenberge or FatHeads. Don't make me choose.
  28. beerindex

    beerindex Savant (350) Michigan Jun 18, 2007 Beer Trader

    Well, assuming that your premise means that Cascade Barrel Room gets moved to St Louis, so I can try their large range of unbottled stuff, Cascade.
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  29. It sounds like there are only like 6 breweries in the country! I'd pick People's Pint in Greenfield, MA
  30. founders !
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  31. M1A2

    M1A2 Advocate (525) Ohio Jan 15, 2012 Beer Trader

    IMO i would say FFF.
  32. cobrakai44

    cobrakai44 Disciple (50) Illinois Oct 31, 2009

    I would have to agree with those that said Three Floyds, as I'm a big fan of their variety and liberal use of citra hops.
  33. Deschutes all the way.
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  34. DJ-22

    DJ-22 Aficionado (155) Michigan Apr 17, 2012 Beer Trader

    Three Floyds
  35. Scrolled through 3 pages and not one other person chose Alpine. More for us!!!
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  36. Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky

    Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky Advocate (590) Minnesota Feb 13, 2013 Beer Trader

    I can't believe it took so long for someone to stand up for Wisconsin! Tyranena would be my choice (great variety of solid beers!) with New Glarus close behind.

    Ale Asylum is also a great Madtown brewery!
  37. Deschutes. I love all their special releases (abyss, the dissident, etc) or maybe Hair of the Dog.
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  38. Eduk8traz

    Eduk8traz Savant (295) Arizona Nov 13, 2010

    I love Firestone Walker but It would have to be Stone.
  39. lic217

    lic217 Advocate (630) Connecticut Aug 10, 2010 Beer Trader

    1) Founders

    Sierra Nevada
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  40. eajb24

    eajb24 Aficionado (205) Connecticut May 26, 2005

    I would strongly agree with that
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