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What brewery haven't you had a bad beer from?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by inchrisin, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. inchrisin

    inchrisin Savant (480) Indiana Sep 25, 2008

    For me, there are a few breweries out there that just seem to make great beers A-Z. I keep trying new beers from these companies and they are at least pretty good but usually amazing. Does anyone else have a similar experience? If so, which ones?
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  2. sloany

    sloany Aficionado (125) Minnesota Jan 13, 2013

    Pound for pound, Lagunitas is my favorite brewery. They can do no wrong in my book. Let's hope the Chicago venture doesn't change that.
    Kelsie, Nofear048, BrettHead and 22 others like this.
  3. seanchai

    seanchai Advocate (650) Virginia May 23, 2009 Verified

    Founders. Victory I would say is at least pretty good and more infrequently amazing.
  4. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Washington Dec 16, 2011

    Sierra Nevada without a doubt.
    Kelsie, vkv822, superspak and 31 others like this.
  5. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Champion (880) Indiana Aug 13, 2009 Verified

    Sierra Nevada
    Dark Horse
    Three Floyds

    At worst some of their beers have been average. Not a bad one yet but I openly admit to not having every beer these breweries offer.
    Nofear048, TheSack and Danmullens1 like this.
  6. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Champion (975) Kansas Jul 5, 2009 Verified

    Odell. Breckenridge. Wichita Brewing Company. Upslope. Just to name a few.
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  7. inchrisin

    inchrisin Savant (480) Indiana Sep 25, 2008

    Dark Horse? Where should I start with that? I've seen it on the shelves, always forget how to count. Which ones have I had??
  8. Benish

    Benish Advocate (665) Wisconsin Mar 13, 2013 Verified

    I'd have to say New Glarus Brewery. There had been some beers that were not my favorite...only because they weren't my preferences.
  9. BanditoJunkie

    BanditoJunkie Savant (385) New Jersey Nov 10, 2012 Verified

    For many years, Sam Adams was the beer that continually never let me down...But lately, this has not been the case. I am enjoying the Double Agent IPL, Noble Pils, and the Boston Lager(always good in my book)...But the Summer Ale for which I enjoyed for years doesn't really taste the same.

    Lately anything from Sierra Nevada and Lagunitas is really tasting great and I will continue to consume.....
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  10. Roger85

    Roger85 Advocate (695) Illinois Aug 24, 2012 Verified

    Definitely Founders. A ton of great beers in their lineup, some very good beers, a few good ones and no bad ones. For my money its the most consistently good lineup out there.
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  11. Founders and Great Divide. SN is the classic craft brewery, but I just havent tried enough of their offerings (only torpedo, SNPA, Bigfoot, and Summer Ale)
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  12. I haven't exhaustively tasted either but I've yet to have a bad Allagash or RR.
  13. zac16125

    zac16125 Champion (995) South Carolina Jan 26, 2010 Verified

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  14. kingofhop

    kingofhop Advocate (565) Oklahoma May 9, 2010

    Sierra Nevada. Can't stand their Kellerweiss ( don't like banana beer) but everyone else thinks it's good. Yep, Sierra Nevada. World class taste, with world class availability and prices that even I can afford. MY favorite brewery.

    Boulevard, out of Kansas City, is another tough one to beat.
    MilkManX, PatriotsRule, JimDH and 5 others like this.
  15. Firestone Walker has never even made a mediocre beer.

    edit: their local "805" beer is bad, solace isn't great either.
  16. paulytasker

    paulytasker Advocate (505) New York May 16, 2012 Verified

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  17. Most consistent breweries are FFF and Founders. Both are some of the best breweries in the world. Both however don't have a crazy amount of variety in their lineups. If you want most variety with a high amount of consistency it's Bells.
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  18. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Champion (880) Indiana Aug 13, 2009 Verified

    Start with Crooked Tree IPA and Tres Blueberry Stout.
  19. Paccamacca

    Paccamacca Champion (845) California Sep 15, 2012 Verified

    RR definitely and, although they don't have the biggest line-up out there, everything by Anchorage is stellar.
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  20. Geuzedad

    Geuzedad Advocate (570) Arizona Nov 14, 2010 Verified

    IMO it would be Stone and Sierra Nevada. Also props to RR (although I have never had their Frambose for a Cure or Pliney the Younger, but I am pretty sure they re both amazing as well.)
  21. Geuzedad

    Geuzedad Advocate (570) Arizona Nov 14, 2010 Verified

    Ahh I forgot Anchorage but again I have not had the pleasure to drink their entire lineup yet as they just made it into Arizona. But their Galaxy IPA and The Tide and its Takers were both outstanding. Also had their collab with Mikkeller which was just damn good.
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  22. jaxon53

    jaxon53 Advocate (720) Connecticut Mar 1, 2006 Verified

    Top of my list would be New England Brewing, followed by Sierra Nevada and New Glarus. Never had anything bad from Greenbush either...
  23. Geuzedad

    Geuzedad Advocate (570) Arizona Nov 14, 2010 Verified

    The only problem with New Glarus is the availability. Unless you live there or right next door....oh well......
  24. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Advocate (720) California Dec 11, 2006 Verified

    The Bruery :D:D:D:D:D Made ya look!
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  25. cwreay90

    cwreay90 Savant (410) Texas Nov 19, 2012

    I know some would disagree, but I think everything Stone puts out is amazing and even the ones that don't hit so well are still pretty decent.
  26. jbaker67

    jbaker67 Advocate (650) Pennsylvania Jul 1, 2012 Verified

    Jolly Pumpkin
  27. highdesertdrinker

    highdesertdrinker Advocate (670) Arizona Nov 5, 2012 Verified

    Stone and Bell's with SN, FW, and Lagunitas as my honorable mention. Totally agree with the prior poster ^ about Stone as they are willing to stretch the boundaries and seldom miss the mark. I am dying to open another Espresso IRS but will probably "settle" for an Oak Smoked Old Guardian tonight since I haven't tried that yet. I could live off of those five breweries and not feel deprived in the least.
  28. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poobah (1,035) New Jersey Jun 3, 2004 Verified

    Batting 1.000 for me are:
    Heller Trum
    St. Bernardus
    Ayinger and
  29. Ones that I have never had a bad beer from, may have had some not to my style but still very well made and tasty.

    New Glarus
    Ale Asylum
    Central Waters
    New Belgium

    Founders would have been on the list but then I drank a All Day IPA also known as bitterness water.
  30. Mikecap

    Mikecap Champion (770) Rhode Island May 18, 2012 Verified

    As has been said, Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada, and Founder's continuously put out great beers that never let me down. I think we might as well throw The Alchemist into the mix too, can't say I've had anything bad from them yet..
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  31. sirsteve42

    sirsteve42 Advocate (630) New York Jan 15, 2009 Verified

    Hill farmstead
    Russian River
    In no particular order!
  32. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poobah (1,135) New York Aug 25, 2010 Verified

    Great Divide
    Firestone Walker

    Founders is a near-miss only because of Frangelic Mountain Brown
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  33. JayORear

    JayORear Advocate (685) California Feb 22, 2012 Verified

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  34. You have never had the Dark Horse Sours, have you? Acetone aroma in one (lambeek wants Blood Orange) was so strong it was immediately poured.
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  35. VeganUndead

    VeganUndead Champion (780) Virginia Apr 25, 2012 Verified

    Firestone Walker is my first response, Oskar Blues has yet to dissapoint even though the NC brews do seem to have a bit of a diminished hop profile. And haven't had a bad beer from Alchemist yet haha
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  36. Mscarpen

    Mscarpen Savant (355) Tennessee Apr 2, 2011

    Founders. Above all others, unfailingly fantastic beers.... Regardless of style.
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  37. Mscarpen

    Mscarpen Savant (355) Tennessee Apr 2, 2011

    I dug Frangelic. Not at first, but months later... solid brew!
    mpayne5 likes this.
  38. Totally agree
  39. deadliest

    deadliest Advocate (530) Texas Jun 4, 2009

    I haven't had a Boulevard beer I thought was bad yet. Sierra Nevada either.
    Franconia for my local choice that never disappoints.
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