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What are your top 3 breweries?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Mattyb79, Apr 26, 2013.

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  1. Mattyb79

    Mattyb79 Advocate (590) Virginia Dec 11, 2012 Beer Trader

    As the title says, what are your personal top 3? I'm going to do a spreadsheet and update it daily to keep track of everyone votes. I would like to get a solid opinion from all of BA as to what the top breweries in the US are. Any brewery is eligible, but please only pick 3 and rank them. I will give 5 points for each 1, 3 points for a 2, and 1 point for a 3. I'm curious to see how it will turn out after a few weeks. Feel free to post why you like each brewery if you so choose.
    My three are:
    1. Stone
    2. Hardywood Park
    3. Dark Horse
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  2. Pahn

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

    right now?

    1. New England Brewing Company
    2. Cambridge Brewing Company
    3. Hill Farmstead


    1st runners up: founders and stone

    later runners up: hoppin' frog, cascade
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  3. powz87

    powz87 Savant (420) Illinois Jan 18, 2012

    1. Pipeworks
    2. Founders
    3. Three Floyd's
  4. pinnser

    pinnser Savant (270) Colorado Nov 2, 2012

    1. Cigar City
    2. Founders
    3. Bell's
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  5. Mattyb79

    Mattyb79 Advocate (590) Virginia Dec 11, 2012 Beer Trader

    Awesome! Glad I'm getting some quick responses! I hope everyone that reads this thread takes the time to at least list 3.
  6. emale619

    emale619 Aficionado (170) California May 3, 2012 Beer Trader

    My Top 3

    1. The Burey
    2. Alpine beer company
    3. Cigar City
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  7. tectactoe

    tectactoe Champion (870) Michigan Mar 20, 2012 Verified

    Russian River / Surly / Shorts
  8. 1. Cigar City
    2. Dogfish Head
    3. Sierra Nevada
  9. Mattyb79

    Mattyb79 Advocate (590) Virginia Dec 11, 2012 Beer Trader

    So far Cigar City and Founders with 6 points each. I will tally everything tonight while I work and give the top 3 in the morning. For now, it's sleep time, but keep the votes coming! Cheers BA!
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  10. CircusBoy

    CircusBoy Savant (330) Ohio Mar 10, 2008

    1. Jolly Pumpkin
    2. Founders
    3. Sierra Nevada
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  11. fishmich

    fishmich Advocate (580) Michigan Apr 11, 2013 Beer Trader

  12. braugon

    braugon Savant (400) Connecticut Mar 14, 2013

    New England Brewing Company
    Firestone Walker
  13. cmmcdonn

    cmmcdonn Savant (400) Virginia Jun 21, 2009

    Troegs (haven't had a bad beer from them yet)
    Founders (FMB & Devil Dancer bumped them to #2)
    Blue Jacket (technically not open yet, but WILL be in my top three #whales.rar)
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  14. BSchnab

    BSchnab Aficionado (215) Florida Mar 11, 2013 Beer Trader

    1. Cigar City
    2. Bells
    3. Founders
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  15. jkeefe1800

    jkeefe1800 Savant (315) Massachusetts Mar 11, 2011 Verified

    Currently because this changes often,
    1. Clown Shoes
    2. Founders
    3. Boulevard
  16. Bildo

    Bildo Aficionado (195) Minnesota Jan 24, 2013

    3 Floyds
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  17. Alesmith
  18. JakerLou

    JakerLou Advocate (625) New Hampshire Jan 6, 2013 Beer Trader

    I'm still a bit of a noob so I have a lot more to drink but I'm trying my best... So far:

    1. Founders - everything I've tried of theirs is really good and FBS is close to the top on my beer list
    2. Weihenstephaner - I think everything they make is really good and if you consider the price, they are huge bang for the buck
    3. Samuel Smith - easy to get and their stouts are phenomenal (IMO) especially the chocolate
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  19. capnamerica

    capnamerica Savant (420) Arkansas Feb 19, 2013 Beer Trader

    Sierra Nevada

    Plenty of others with similar quality though.
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  20. New England Brewing
    Hill Farmstead
    Cigar City
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  21. Bell's
  22. lookrider

    lookrider Advocate (530) Pennsylvania Apr 22, 2007 Beer Trader

    Russian River
    Firestone Walker
    I just wish I had more access to RR and FW. But then that would lead to another problem - I'd be even more broke than I am now.
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  23. My favorites change kind of frequently, but as of right now...

    1. Schneider (I've got a bottle of Aventinus Eisbock ready for the big 30 next month)
    2. Weyerbacher
    3. Russian River
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  24. Firestone Walker
    Dogfish Head
    Ballast Point (purely on the strength of Victory at Sea, although it was a close race between them and Sixpoint)
  25. Kadonny

    Kadonny Advocate (705) Pennsylvania Sep 5, 2007 Beer Trader

    Russian River

    I would say Surly, but I can't get their stuff on a regular basis, so I won't count it.
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  26. Metalaero

    Metalaero Savant (250) New York Feb 16, 2013

    Dogfish Head
    Samuel Adams
  27. firestone walker
    hill farmstead
    jack's abby
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  28. Smuttynose
    Jack's Abby

    honorable mention to Alpine
  29. Jack's Abby
    Lost Abbey
  30. Hill Farm
    Cigar City
  31. Jeffreysan

    Jeffreysan Advocate (535) Maryland Apr 12, 2013 Beer Trader

    DogFish Head
    Brooklyn & 21st Amendment (tie)

    Even though not asked for, as for local brewerys, I really, really like Devil's Backbone, DuClaw and Heavy Seas.

    And for "not in my distribution area" brewerys, AleSmith and Lost Abbey.
  32. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Savant (380) Arizona Jul 29, 2012

    At the moment....

    1. Firestone Walker (They honestly have yet to disappoint me, and Union Jack on tap is to die for in my opinion)
    2. Deschutes (So many beers from this awesome brewery that seem to always be in my fridge (Obsidian Stout, Red Chair, Mirror Pond Ale, etc.) And for the price can you honestly beat 'em?
    3. Great Divide (Yeti and all Yeti varieties, Old Ruffian, SolidIPAthatIforgetTheNameof (Its early and I'm drawing a blank) lol Need I say more?

    I was gonna throw Bell's and/or Alesmith in there, but I realized I was mainly considering them for one or two of their beers (amazing though they may be)
  33. 1.)Jack's Abby
    3.)Goose Island
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  34. jbaker67

    jbaker67 Advocate (730) Pennsylvania Jul 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    Jolly Pumpkin
    Russian River
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  35. xclone25x

    xclone25x Aficionado (135) Ohio May 5, 2012

    1. Sierra Nevada
    2. Founders
    3. Great Lakes
  36. n2pux

    n2pux Savant (470) Texas Apr 30, 2003 Verified

    Three Floyds

    ...subject to change at any time.
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  37. dwagner003

    dwagner003 Poobah (1,210) California Jan 4, 2013 Beer Trader

    1. Allagash
    2. Russian River
    3. Three Floyds
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  38. jkn09

    jkn09 Savant (350) Texas Oct 17, 2012

    Fairly new to the scene, so take these with a grain of salt:

    1) Sierra Nevada
    2) Stone
    3) Deep Ellum
  39. M1A2

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

    My 3 would be.......
    1. Three Floyds ( yes i am a fanboy)
    2. Russian River (wish i could get it on the regular)
    3. Tie between Founders and Great Lakes
    But as many have said before, there are so many great breweries (local and far) that are outstanding, so its hard just to name 3.
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  40. VaTechHopHead

    VaTechHopHead Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2008

    The Bruery
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