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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 (425) 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.
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  3. seanchai

    seanchai Advocate (520) Virginia May 23, 2009

    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.
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  5. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Advocate (650) Indiana Aug 13, 2009

    Sierra Nevada
    Founders
    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.
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  6. Odell. Breckenridge. Wichita Brewing Company. Upslope. Just to name a few.
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  7. inchrisin

    inchrisin Savant (425) 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 Savant (470) Wisconsin Mar 13, 2013

    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. 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 Savant (455) Illinois Aug 24, 2012

    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. Jacurdy60

    Jacurdy60 Savant (355) Alabama Jan 23, 2013

    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. kingofhop

    kingofhop Savant (430) 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.
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  14. Firestone Walker has never even made a mediocre beer.

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

    paulytasker Savant (335) New York May 16, 2012

  16. 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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  17. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Advocate (650) Indiana Aug 13, 2009

    Start with Crooked Tree IPA and Tres Blueberry Stout.
  18. RR definitely and, although they don't have the biggest line-up out there, everything by Anchorage is stellar.
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  19. Geuzedad

    Geuzedad Savant (440) Arizona Nov 14, 2010

    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.)
  20. Geuzedad

    Geuzedad Savant (440) Arizona Nov 14, 2010

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

    Geuzedad Savant (440) Arizona Nov 14, 2010

    The only problem with New Glarus is the availability. Unless you live there or right next door....oh well......
  23. The Bruery :D:D:D:D:D Made ya look!
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  24. cwreay90

    cwreay90 Savant (365) 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.
  25. Jolly Pumpkin
  26. 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.
  27. Batting 1.000 for me are:
    Heller Trum
    Rochefort
    St. Bernardus
    Ayinger and
    Weihenstephaner
  28. 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
    Lagunitas
    Ale Asylum
    SN
    Central Waters
    Bells
    New Belgium

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

    Mikecap Advocate (630) Rhode Island May 18, 2012

    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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  30. sirsteve42

    sirsteve42 Advocate (545) New York Jan 15, 2009

    Hill farmstead
    Lawsons
    Founders
    Russian River
    Cantillon
    In no particular order!
  31. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Champion (900) New York Aug 25, 2010

    Great Divide
    Firestone Walker

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

    JayORear Advocate (530) California Feb 22, 2012

    Alpine
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  33. 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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  34. VeganUndead

    VeganUndead Advocate (645) Virginia Apr 25, 2012

    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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  35. Mscarpen

    Mscarpen Savant (335) Tennessee Apr 2, 2011

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

    Mscarpen Savant (335) Tennessee Apr 2, 2011

    I
    I dug Frangelic. Not at first, but months later... solid brew!
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  37. Totally agree
  38. deadliest

    deadliest Savant (410) 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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