what breweries are you willing to blindly try anything from?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by nanobrew, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. grandmeaulnes

    grandmeaulnes Savant (275) Ohio Oct 18, 2010

    Russian River
    Hill Farmstead
  2. Firestone Walker, especially anything from the Proprietor's Reserve.
    Hair of the Dog.
  3. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poobah (1,230) Pennsylvania Dec 4, 2004 Verified

    Hill Farmstead
  4. philbe311

    philbe311 Advocate (650) Pennsylvania Jan 21, 2008 Subscriber

    Alesmith, Brasserie d'Achouffe & Founders...
  5. herrburgess

    herrburgess Champion (925) South Carolina Nov 4, 2009 Verified

    "Czech" Pils?

    My answer (naturally): Heller-Trum.
  6. GRG1313

    GRG1313 Champion (985) California Jan 15, 2009 Verified Subscriber

    Russian River
    Hill Farmstead
    Bear Republic
    3 Floyds

    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!)
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  7. HeyJim

    HeyJim Savant (395) Pennsylvania Sep 22, 2012

    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.
  8. Bernerdawg

    Bernerdawg Aficionado (155) Georgia Jul 18, 2011

    Sierra Nevada
  9. herrburgess

    herrburgess Champion (925) South Carolina Nov 4, 2009 Verified

    Bells' Lager of the Lakes? Founders Noble Lager?
  10. If this is theoretical then from what others say , Hill Farmstead.

    ISO: HF
  11. kingofhop

    kingofhop Advocate (555) Oklahoma May 9, 2010

    Sierra Nevada
  12. Roger85

    Roger85 Advocate (685) Illinois Aug 24, 2012 Verified

    Founders. I even loved the hated FMB. Everything they brew is top notch in my book.
  13. These guys kill it. Good to see them getting a bit of love.
  14. kojevergas

    kojevergas Champion (925) Finland Aug 15, 2010

    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.
  15. Hill Farmstead, Lawson's, Mystic if it didn't cost so much, Jack's Abby, Maine Beer Co, HOTD, RR, Founders (even after FMB)
  16. De Dolle is all good.
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  17. Vonstein15

    Vonstein15 Savant (310) Ohio Jan 15, 2010

    Schlafly and Specher are consistently good
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  18. thecraftculture

    thecraftculture Aficionado (145) Florida Nov 28, 2012 Subscriber

  19. I will drink any DFH just cause Im a " fanboy". Russian River, Cantillon
  20. RDMII

    RDMII Savant (425) Georgia Apr 11, 2010

    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.
  21. Schlafly is definitely my second along with Sierra Nevada. I love schlafly so damn much.
  22. willbm3

    willbm3 Savant (380) Massachusetts Feb 19, 2010

    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
  23. Jules11788

    Jules11788 Savant (410) California Feb 15, 2011

    What's wrong with their Czech Pils? I'm not a fan of pilsners and even I thought that beer was decent
  24. Rfunk

    Rfunk Aficionado (125) California Nov 28, 2012

    The Bruery can do no wrong.
  25. Minneapolis Town Hall, Cantillon
  26. BGdad

    BGdad Aficionado (135) Iowa Oct 9, 2012

    Coopersmiths, New Belgium and Samuel Smith... i sound like a fort collins homer
  27. willbm3

    willbm3 Savant (380) Massachusetts Feb 19, 2010

    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
  28. StubFaceJoe

    StubFaceJoe Initiate (0) Colorado Nov 24, 2011

    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.
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  29. I dont see beers that i have no idea about.
  30. Airyk12

    Airyk12 Aficionado (155) Oregon Jan 1, 2011

    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).
  31. Airyk12

    Airyk12 Aficionado (155) Oregon Jan 1, 2011

    Also forgot about Anchorage. Holy hell these guys know how to make a beer...
  32. herrburgess

    herrburgess Champion (925) South Carolina Nov 4, 2009 Verified

    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.
  33. Russian River, Hill Farmstead, Night Shift, Cigar City
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  34. jeffthepony

    jeffthepony Savant (380) Georgia Jan 24, 2009

    Probably Founders and Lagunitas
  35. Town Hall
    Russian River
    Cigar City


  36. TheSevenDuffs

    TheSevenDuffs Champion (860) Ontario (Canada) Jan 20, 2010 Verified

    Hill Farmstead
    Three Floyds
    Firestone Walker
  37. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Savant (380) Colorado Nov 29, 2006

    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.
  38. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Savant (380) Colorado Nov 29, 2006

    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.
  39. BrettMcCal23

    BrettMcCal23 Zealot (75) Minnesota Nov 23, 2010

    Founders, Bell's, Odell, Great Lakes, Mad River, and way too many others!
  40. seplo

    seplo Savant (455) Connecticut Sep 8, 2009

    Definitly Alpine....CHEERS