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One brewery to rule them all.

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by goodbeerallday, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Advocate (625) Ohio Jul 4, 2008

    I'll stay local & say Great Lakes Brewing. Founders & Bells are right up there.
  2. glaze3

    glaze3 Aficionado (150) Nevada Jul 29, 2010

    Firestone Walker
  3. lostproc

    lostproc Zealot (80) Pennsylvania Mar 5, 2007

    Dogfish Head
  4. mooseisloose

    mooseisloose Advocate (575) Florida Nov 16, 2005

    BBC or Bogota Beer Company, best tour in the world. No public tours but if your are resourceful you will enjoy one of the best brewery tours in this hemisphere. The beer rocks as well. Just need to start putting out more seasonals and new brews.
  5. shawnohall

    shawnohall Savant (355) Texas Nov 8, 2009

    I've heard great things about HF, but most people don't live in or very close to Vermont, and are therefore, regarding Hill Farmstead, SOL.
  6. Shagator

    Shagator Savant (420) Kentucky Mar 17, 2012

    i know no one likes southern tier but thrm and founders and stone
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  7. Brouwerij Verhaeghe
  8. Lost Abbey or Ommegang for me
  9. i just opened a Unibroue Grande Reserve 17 on Christmas day. it had been a long time where i was just blown a way by a one a year release. i would drink that beer any day gladly. fantastic!
  10. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Poobah (1,045) New Hampshire Apr 9, 2010 Beer Trader

    Founders or Great Divide. Awesome stouts and IPAs that is what I love most.
  11. Tough choice but if I had to pick only one - Bear Republic
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  12. ECalebrews449

    ECalebrews449 Savant (425) Nebraska Dec 23, 2012 Beer Trader

    Three Floyd's and Sierra Nevada. Love them both.

  13. Huhzubendah

    Huhzubendah Champion (860) District of Columbia Oct 29, 2007 Beer Trader

    Hill Farmstead. Variety and world class quality.
  14. ScottK22

    ScottK22 Savant (400) New York Dec 30, 2010

    I totally understand so many people going with Founders. But, if we are taking all aspects into account I'm going with Sierra Nevada. I'm not so sure that I could afford to drink nothing but Founders.
  15. As of right now it would have to be either Samuel Smith or Brewdog. I pick Samuel Smith because I have yet to have a beer of theirs that isn't just frakking awesome. As for Brewdog, I love their Punk and Hardcore IPAs as well as their Alice Porter. These guys do some really interesting stuff with their beers and are worth a place in any beer lover's beer fridge.
  16. I didn't read the rest of thread, but this one is obvious to me: Russian River. What brewpub can you go to and have 14+ beers (brewed by the that brewpub) that are good to great any day of the year? I have never been to any other, so that makes this very simple for me.
  17. KC9LDB

    KC9LDB Savant (415) Illinois Apr 20, 2009

    New Glarus, I just have a very emotional attachment to that brewery.
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  18. zrbeer1579

    zrbeer1579 Savant (380) Illinois Dec 3, 2012

    Three Floyds, like many others. FFF makes the majority of my favorite beers. Follow by Founders then Great Lakes.
  19. Porkhustle

    Porkhustle Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012

    Yeah, but not a single lager in their lineup. Fuck that noize.

    If I had distro, Bells, otherwise it's gotta be Victory or Great Lakes
  20. rollom

    rollom Advocate (740) New York Jan 22, 2011 Beer Trader

    Hill Farmstead.

    They cover almost all bases, generally to perfection.
  21. Ahh, Founders v. FFF.

    FFF by a hair (of a Zombie). ;)
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  22. Durb777

    Durb777 Savant (460) Illinois Nov 30, 2011 Beer Trader

    Not a lager fan anyways so it works perfect for me!!

  23. Barrel_age_me

    Barrel_age_me Zealot (95) Ohio Dec 26, 2012

  24. ford0626

    ford0626 Savant (305) Washington Oct 5, 2010 Beer Trader

  25. I'd have to say Sweetwater. The IPA is just soooooo good plus I love being able to find it everywhere.
  26. Mattmc1973

    Mattmc1973 Savant (280) Michigan Jun 4, 2008 Beer Trader

    Founders or Alesmith. Both have world-class offerings of a wide variety of beers.
  27. Barrelsnbeer

    Barrelsnbeer Aficionado (200) North Carolina Oct 6, 2012 Beer Trader

    Terrapin or Mother Earth(N.C) mother earth has a solid line up and has been surprising me with some new projects, but definitely Terrapin solid line up and small batch projects that ive never been let down by
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  28. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Advocate (645) Wisconsin Apr 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    Add me to the masses who say Founders, for very good reason!
  29. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Champion (800) Colorado Jan 20, 2012 Beer Trader

    If the lugene choco milk stout is a pinnacle of the style like cut throat porter and their ipa are then I'll second this. If not then I am still searching for the perfect brewer. As I'm typing this I'm thinking that's really all odell is lacking is a good stout. Sours are solid, regular and seasonals can't be beat, and the one offs are also very well done.
  30. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Advocate (510) Missouri Sep 14, 2011

    No doubt about it, Founders.
  31. mrcraft

    mrcraft Poobah (1,010) California Dec 15, 2012 Beer Trader

    Founders. I haven't had a beer I didn't like. (Not yet, at least...)
  32. BlastBeats

    BlastBeats Savant (470) Illinois Mar 24, 2011 Beer Trader

    Well said - these breweries are probably number 1 & 2 for me

  33. jtierney89

    jtierney89 Initiate (0) New Jersey Aug 15, 2011

    hands down, great divide. I've never had aanything less than an amazing beer from them and they have so much versatility
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  34. Also Deschutes hasn't done me wrong yet.
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  35. Geez...how did I forget!
  36. Price is a good issue here. The OP did not say that we would be drinking for free. All of you saying CC, RR, HF, and FFF must be doing alright if that is the only brewery you would buy beer from...or you would be taking a significant hit in consumption.
  37. goalie33

    goalie33 Savant (350) New York Dec 3, 2009

    Stone or Goose Island.
    Like someone said before, GI hits the whole spectrum with the sisters, their barrel aged sours, bcbs and varients, king henry, sophie, and their year round and seasonal beers. Don't forget night stalker and big john.
    I have never been disappointed by a stone beer. the AB series is awesome; RIS, sublimely and smoked porter are all regarded among the best in their style. across the board, they are just solid.
  38. StubFaceJoe

    StubFaceJoe Advocate (530) Colorado Nov 24, 2011

    A V E R Y! As long as the taproom is part of the consideration. Not just great beer, but great people.
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  39. AJ01923

    AJ01923 Advocate (625) Massachusetts Jan 1, 2013 Beer Trader

  40. divineaudio

    divineaudio Savant (410) Michigan Dec 7, 2009

    Founder's. Three Floyd's, Bell's and Stone aren't far behind though.