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The Best Beer From Your State or Country?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Hanzo, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (975) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    If you had to send one beer to a competition as a representation of the best product your state\country produces what would you send? Does not matter what style, but you only get one choice. Flat out, the best beer that comes out of your state\country.

    Rules: it can be a brewery only beer but nothing that is DONG and it cannot be a beer that can no longer be attained*.

    From Virginia I would send Williamsburg AleWerks Bitter Valentine

    It is listed as brewed once, but it was actually made twice and will be a seasonal beer made around Valentine's day each year.

    *basically don't post something that was brewed once ten years ago and was aged in barrels that previously held unicorn tears, I'd like to keep this where beers mentioned could one day be tried by most of us either by travel or reasonable trading.
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  2. RichD

    RichD Poobah (1,020) Rhode Island Mar 18, 2012 Beer Trader

  3. MordorMongo

    MordorMongo Champion (750) Jul 19, 2009

    From Indiana - FFF Zombie Dust

    Honorable mention to Upland Sour Reserve and FFF BAVDL but I don't think they fit your parameters.
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  4. I've always avoided these threads because of the lack of competitive brews made in Nevada. . . until late 2012 that is.

    Hopalong Cassity-dipa (St. James Brasserie) is the best thing made in Nevada. Tastes like its fresh out of SD.

    Mayan Maybe-old ale (Great Basin) is the best bottled beer in Nevada. Vanilla, chocolate, honey, smoked malt, 10% abv rarely tastes so good at 11am.

    Both of these came out at the end of 2012.
  5. alelover

    alelover Advocate (610) Michigan Aug 19, 2012

    im going to go with FBS or a hopslam.
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  6. Definitely Fremont Summer solstice ale ( I really need to get my hands on more supposed rare beers from my state).
  7. tourdot

    tourdot Advocate (600) Wisconsin Mar 3, 2012 Beer Trader

    Wisconsin: Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout
  8. leedorham

    leedorham Champion (855) Washington Apr 27, 2006

    There are no rare beers from WA.
  9. MADPolo

    MADPolo Savant (465) Alabama Dec 19, 2012

    Only going by what I've experienced in my general area of Florida - Peg's Cantina/Cycle Brewing RareR D.O.S.
  10. Victory Helios
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  11. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Advocate (730) District of Columbia Aug 10, 2012 Beer Trader

    DC Brau - On the Wings of Armageddon (IIPA)
  12. tronto

    tronto Savant (270) Kentucky Dec 22, 2010 Beer Trader

    From Louisville - Bo & Luke by Against the Grain
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  13. RichD

    RichD Poobah (1,020) Rhode Island Mar 18, 2012 Beer Trader

    Well, luckily for you this isn't a rare beer thread. The rules are actually quite simple, what is the best beer from your state. Best is different from rarest
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  14. champ103

    champ103 Poobah (1,040) Texas Sep 3, 2007 Beer Trader

    Lots from Texas, but if I had to chose just one, Live Oak HefeWeizen
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  15. smutty33

    smutty33 Advocate (705) Connecticut Jun 12, 2009

    New England Brewing holds the reign here(CT):

    Gandhi-Bot for sure,w/ Fuzzy Baby Ducks I.P.A. in a close 2nd.

    Cheers All.......
  16. I'll cover all of NE:
    Mass: Hoponious Union, (some pretty things offerings are great too)
    CT: Ghandi Bot
    VT: Double Sunshine
    ME: Lunch
    NH: Smuttynose Baltic Porter
    RI: Um, Narragansett Summer?
  17. leedorham

    leedorham Champion (855) Washington Apr 27, 2006

    Clearly, you are not the target audience for my post.
  18. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (770) Illinois Apr 8, 2010 Beer Trader

    BCBS I reckon
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  19. I would have thought Heady for sure as the VT selection.

    As for CT I will stick with NEBCO but go with Imperial Stout Trooper.
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  20. RichD

    RichD Poobah (1,020) Rhode Island Mar 18, 2012 Beer Trader

    I can't disagree with any of those except for RI, even though the Narragansett Summer and the brew I listed are brewed by the same person.

    However, I'd definitely give an honorable for Allagash White for Maine. Lunch is my favorite from Maine but Allagash White is up there too.
  21. I'll go with Half Acre Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Chicago. Tough call over GI Nightstalker and Half Acre Galaxy Double Daisy Cutter.
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  22. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Advocate (695) Ohio Feb 27, 2007

    Going with bottled beers and not draft only or anything like that
    From PA: Troegs Nugget Nectar
    From Ohio: Great Lakes Barrel Aged Blackout Stout
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  23. rfbenavi80

    rfbenavi80 Savant (380) Missouri Mar 15, 2010

    From Missouri:Boulevard Rye-on-Rye
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  24. This might be why i used the term "supposed" in front of rare. Someone on another thread was saying Washington has rare beers but I would tend to agree with you. I have not stumbled upon any of them.
  25. juankzas

    juankzas Aficionado (240) Mexico Jun 13, 2008

    From México I'd choose two.

    - La Chingonería Házmela Rusa
    - Cervecería Insurgente La Lupulosa
  26. leedorham

    leedorham Champion (855) Washington Apr 27, 2006

    I was more making a joke about the now legendary thread.

    There is certainly the occasional DONG that might make TACO worthy wale status and some others that tickers from other states might consider a rare treat. B-Bomb is pretty damn tasty but it's a shelf turd on the west side.

    As far as a serious response to OP - It's hard to pick one. I guess if I were sending a beer to a competition and wanted to win, I'd pick No-Li Crystal Bitter, because it already won. Not my favorite beer and not even my favorite from that brewery, but competitions are different from personal preference.
  27. Yikes being from Spokane, that beer was EASY for us to get here. I am not a fan of anything put out by No-Li. It's just not that good IMO. I guess hard to get, doesn't always mean qualiity.
  28. jglowe77

    jglowe77 Initiate (0) Massachusetts Jan 24, 2011

    Massachusetts - Pretty Things Our Finest Regards barleywine. Knock-out english style.
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  29. leedorham

    leedorham Champion (855) Washington Apr 27, 2006

    They've stepped up their game lately. You should give them another shot. The winter warmer they just brewed is top-notch imho.
  30. Moved from Utah 7 months ago to Philly, so for Utah it would have to be Uinta Dubhe. Pennsylvania I just love Troegs Nugget Nectar.
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  31. denver10

    denver10 Poobah (1,055) New Mexico Nov 17, 2010


    Either Odell's IPA or Funkwerks's Saison.
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  32. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poobah (1,050) Pennsylvania Sep 6, 2010 Beer Trader

    I would have to go with Troegs Nugget Nectar for PA.
  33. From Ohio. Head Hunter IPA :)
  34. I made some changes in bold.
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  35. I poured that one down the drain. From PA? Really? No disrespect, but come on. Rye Rebellion from Full Pint, Troegs offerings, Hop Devil. The list goes on.
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  36. Durb777

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

    I would have to say Bourbon County Coffee. I know it is barrel aged but it does come out every year and is fairly available in the Chicago area.
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  37. Flying Fish Exit 16 Imperial IPA
    The best brewed in Jersey.
  38. The State of MN has some solid IPA's...
    You can't go wrong with Surly - Abrasive, Furious, and Wet... two new breweries Indeed has DayTripper and Steeltoe has Size 7. All great IPA's

    and we can't forget Surly Darkness outside of the IPA class.
  39. MaxOhle

    MaxOhle Savant (410) Illinois Nov 10, 2012

    From Goose Island, would have to say their vintage ales. I enjoy Sofie, but any one of them is great. I know that a lot of Goose Island can be found in other places, but I think of them as a very solid brewery, even if being bought out by Anheuser-Busch.
  40. huysmans

    huysmans Savant (415) New Jersey Dec 5, 2007

    Boaks Three Blind Monks from NJ, but I doubt I will ever have a chance to have it again. Of things that are readily available: Carton Epitome or Carton 077XX. Kane Head High and Overhead are not far behind.
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