Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by nanobrew, Nov 29, 2012.
Firestone Walker, especially anything from the Proprietor's Reserve.
Hair of the Dog.
Alesmith, Brasserie d'Achouffe & Founders...
My answer (naturally): Heller-Trum.
Fantome. . . . .
You know, there's probably many more. There are a lot of good breweries!! (and I forgot to list any of the amazing traditional German and Belgian places!)
Sierra Nevada, easily. I've yet to have bad Victory, but I still need to explore their offerings a bit. Troegs is close, but I wasn't a fan of Troegenator.
Loved every SN brew I've had. I've bought plenty of full cases of Sierra Nevada that I've never had. Driving home with a case of Tumbler I started getting worried. Popped the cap and felt stupid for worrying.
Edit : Excluding Troegs for Troegenator is kinda dickish though, because I'm not a fan of bocks to begin with.
Bells' Lager of the Lakes? Founders Noble Lager?
If this is theoretical then from what others say , Hill Farmstead.
Founders. I even loved the hated FMB. Everything they brew is top notch in my book.
These guys kill it. Good to see them getting a bit of love.
I don't see how The Bruery makes this list for anyone. If anything, that's the one brewery I always second guess purchasing from; 90% of the time I get overpriced mediocrity.
I'll always try Russian River, Lost Abbey, and (cheating) Westvleteren beers.
I'm quite the Mikkeller fan, but a fair amount of disappointment accompanies that. But when he's great, he's great.
Hill Farmstead, Lawson's, Mystic if it didn't cost so much, Jack's Abby, Maine Beer Co, HOTD, RR, Founders (even after FMB)
De Dolle is all good.
Schlafly and Specher are consistently good
I will drink any DFH just cause Im a " fanboy". Russian River, Cantillon
Weyerbacher. Love everything they do besides Double Simcoe, and only because I'm not a hophead.
The Bruery. Only been left down (a bit) by Mischief. It was still very good though.
Russian River. Of course.
Alesmith. Haven't had anything yet from them I didn't love.
Harviestoun. Everything they do is awesome.
Innis & Gunn. Ditto. Love it all.
Fuller's. Not a bad beer yet.
La Trappe, St. Bernardus, and most anything Belgian.
Schlafly is definitely my second along with Sierra Nevada. I love schlafly so damn much.
Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, Southern Tier. Troegs and Harpoon are close. I live in Boston and have pretty much have had all of Harpoon's offerings and 100 Barrel Series. Every time I see a new one at the store I always pick it up. Usually not the best beer ever, but I almost always enjoy it.
I would've thrown DFH on here, but I've struck out a bit with them lately. I feel like they favor weirdness over taste
What's wrong with their Czech Pils? I'm not a fan of pilsners and even I thought that beer was decent
The Bruery can do no wrong.
Minneapolis Town Hall, Cantillon
Coopersmiths, New Belgium and Samuel Smith... i sound like a fort collins homer
I forgot to mention Victory. Haven't had a bad beer yet. There's a few others that I'm sure would make the list but I haven't been able to get my hands on enough
Avery. Even if it happened to be terrible, which doesn't happen, I'd be glad I supported them. Not only do I love their beer, but I love their "let's just make great beer for the hell of it" style.
Also, I'll try anything Founder's especially since we don't get it here and everything I've had is incredible. Who else makes a mix pack with ALL world class beers.
I dont see beers that i have no idea about.
The Commons, Deschutes, Upright, Hitachino, and Cascade, for sure. Hell I try lots of things from Cascade blind. Also Elysian and Widmer. Sure, those two don't always make amazing beers, but they rarely make terrible ones (pale beet bock not withstanding).
Also forgot about Anchorage. Holy hell these guys know how to make a beer...
I find it extremely harsh and jarring, in a style that is supposed to be extremely soft and smooth. If I had to guess why this is -- and to be constructive in my criticism -- I'd say it's owing to the use of inferior U.S. 2-row pale malt, which typically imparts a much more sharp graininess than Bohemian or German pilsner malt. I'd also guess that little or no attempt to approximate Czech water profile(s) was made, which is an extremely important component to any beer wanting to call itself a "Czech (style) pils." Both of these things just scream "shortcuts"; and taking shortcuts in such a subtle style should get you dinged by anyone who's ever had more than a handful of examples of the style.
Russian River, Hill Farmstead, Night Shift, Cigar City
Probably Founders and Lagunitas
Avery has had a couple that I can remember that I thought was pretty raw on my palate, and really didn't enjoy. (Depelceluse and Avery 16th anniversery) but, their beers arent' designed to please everyone's palates, and they brew artistically and aggressively on purpose. I love every single other beer that they brew, and also reallly appreciate their attitude towards beer and brewing. They've done a lot to push style boundaries and perception.
Besides Avery, I'd try anything from Lost Abbey, Ommegang, Unibroue, Firestone, Boulevard, Sierra Nevada, Cigar City, Deschuttes, and many others. Not counting some of my Belgian favorites like the trappist breweries, D'achouffe, Fantome... I guess I am a big fan of many different styles and breweries and I think a lot of us would try almost anything blindly from a well known brewery, because we like to try a wide variety of beers and styles.
Founders, Bell's, Odell, Great Lakes, Mad River, and way too many others!
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