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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. Cvescalante

    Cvescalante Savant (470) Texas Dec 24, 2012 Beer Trader

    Rogue.... Lmao
  2. DogfishJoe

    DogfishJoe Advocate (515) Ohio Feb 14, 2010 Beer Trader

    Came here to say this, only one I dislike is conways but I don't like red ales, or Irish ales so....
  3. Petela

    Petela Aficionado (165) New Jersey Mar 21, 2013

    so far... Firestone Walker hands down
  4. GoGators

    GoGators Champion (875) New Jersey Aug 5, 2010 Subscriber Beer Trader

  5. atomic

    atomic Advocate (500) Illinois Sep 22, 2009 Beer Trader

    People saying Sierra Nevada must have not tried Rhizing Bhines.
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  6. Just returned from a trip up to Asheville, N.C. and I tried about 8 brews from Wicked Weed Brewing and I can say with no doubt what so ever that every single one was an Excellent ++ brew. Probably the top of the list was the Freak of Nature IIIPA, which was unbelievably delicious (probably in the top 3 of any II or IIIPA that I've ever had).
  7. The Kernel! Perhaps the most inventive brewery in the UK, consistently producing incredible IPA, APA and stout variations...
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  8. Deschutes!
  9. BeerDunson

    BeerDunson Savant (250) Ohio Jul 20, 2012 Beer Trader

    Three Floyds!!!
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  10. Hotmetal1

    Hotmetal1 Advocate (665) Mississippi Feb 28, 2012 Beer Trader

    I've only had 3 of each but Westbrook and Jack's Abby.
  11. nc41

    nc41 Champion (855) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008 Beer Trader

    Founders, Bells, Alpine for their IPA's.
  12. 19etz55

    19etz55 Savant (430) New Jersey Aug 12, 2007

    Troegs. I've tried about 6 of their brews. Everyone was at least VERY good!
  13. zachary80

    zachary80 Savant (355) Indiana Nov 29, 2009

    If I haven't had a bad one from a brewery it is only because I haven't had that many of their offerings
  14. jcdgoad

    jcdgoad Aficionado (205) Arkansas Sep 11, 2008

    Prairie Artisan Ales
    Brasserie Dupont
    St. Bernardus
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  15. mellowmark

    mellowmark Advocate (630) Minnesota Mar 31, 2010 Beer Trader

    I can say I haven't had a bad beer from a large portion of breweries. Now if the question was about mediocre beer that would really narrow it down. I have never had a mediocre beer from Surly or Founders.
  16. Lagunitas for sure.
    I've had most every release from Jack's Abby and I love most of them... at worst I'd say they've made a couple that I enjoyed but probably wouldn't buy again.
  17. 19etz55

    19etz55 Savant (430) New Jersey Aug 12, 2007

    Troeg's. Tried 6, liked 6.
  18. Vonstein15

    Vonstein15 Savant (330) Ohio Jan 15, 2010

    Sprecher will always be a no worry buy,completely solid IMHO.cheers
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  19. jbeezification

    jbeezification Savant (450) Texas Jun 6, 2012

    All I have had from New Glarus is their IIPA and it was fantastic. Same goes for Pipeworks and Odell, both have great IIPAs.
  20. I'm a little shocked that no one has thrown out Weyerbacher. I also dig Sly Fox. More nationally though I have to agree with Founders, Great Lakes and Stone.
  21. I have had about 10 different brands of Hill Farmstead beers; all of those beers have been excellent.

    I can't think of another brewery that I can say that about.

  22. Haven't had a bad one yet from Troegs, Laguanita's, Anderson Valley and Yards
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  23. Steamer

    Steamer Aficionado (230) Missouri Dec 13, 2012

    Founders for me.
  24. dcs1548

    dcs1548 Savant (375) Virginia Nov 6, 2011

    Easily Lagunitas and Cigar City, I know even if I try one of their beers and its not something that particularly appeals to me it will still be a quality beer that was worth trying. I also have to add Unibroue, they really got me started on Belgian beers and their beers are always consistent and awesome.
  25. Founders first, then Bells, Central Waters, and RR. Even great breweries have flops, GF Friendship Brew, Stone Smoked Old Guardian (and 16th Ann), Lagunitas Lucky 13 alt, DFH Hellhound, etc.
  26. Alaskan, Ballast Point, Deschutes, Founders, Great Lakes, Lagunitas, Odell, Perennial Artisan Ales, Sierra Nevada, Sixpoint, Southern Tier, Steel Toe, Stone, Surly and Three Floyds, to name a few
  27. Victory has never disappointed me and I've had pretty much all of their regular lineup and used to spend some time in the brewpub trying the one offs and specialties.
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  28. beerindex

    beerindex Savant (350) Michigan Jun 18, 2007 Beer Trader

    2nd Shift, the Bruery, Cantillon, Firestone Walker, Green Flash, Haandbryggeriet, Kuhnhenn, Liefmans, Lost Abbey, Russian River, Three Floyds, and Upland.

    Mind you, this list doesn't remotely resemble a list of favorite breweries. For example, while I've never had a dud from FW, I also am rarely impressed by them. Founders, by contrast, routinely impresses me. But when you've had 40+ beers from a particular brewery, odds are you are going to have at least one or two duds in the bunch.

  29. Nice, hadn't heard of them till you mentioned it. I'll be there in July so I'll go check 'em out!
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  30. CarsonWK

    CarsonWK Aspirant (40) Pennsylvania May 19, 2013

    Founders, Bell's, Great Lakes and Troegs.
  31. IroquoisPlisken

    IroquoisPlisken Savant (305) Ohio May 21, 2013 Beer Trader

    Founders. I've tried a lot of their stuff and the worst thing I could say about any of them was that they were just "pretty good."
  32. Add one more vote for Founders and Victory. I've had limited access to Bell, but all I've tried were exceptional. Two of local favorites that seem to skip all the fests are New Glarus and New Belgium and I haven't had a bad bottle or pour between them. I was going to go with five, but almost forgot about my personal favorites that have not been mentioned so far. It's not that I like every one of their products, but it's a matter of personal preference (I have very narrow style requirements), not quality issues at the brewers' end. That's Ommegang and Avery. Even the ones that are at the opposite end of their range are good representatives of the respective styles -- just not the styles I like. I'm sure I'm forgetting a few others, but that's the ones I've had the most experience with. Again, the list in short form:
    New Belgium
    New Glarus

    PS: I've been drinking Ommegang beers almost since they were founded and I always stock up on New Belgium when in Boulder. My only beef with Avery and Bell is limited distribution, particularly of their best.
  33. inchrisin

    inchrisin Savant (480) Indiana Sep 25, 2008

    I didn't want to list names, but that's one for me too. Amazing stuff and it just gets better when there's a yeti on the label! :) I'm wondering if they have a house yeast or malt that give many of their beers a similar taste.
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  34. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Champion (980) Indiana Aug 13, 2009 Beer Trader

    I haven't really ventured into sours yet so I guess I dodged that bullet.
  35. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poobah (1,200) Colorado Aug 15, 2010 Beer Trader

    There are quite a few for which I think it's fair to say I haven't had a *bad* one.

    I can't remember having a bad one from: Deschutes, Alaskan, Westvleteren, Chimay, St. Bernardus, Narke, Lagunitas, De Struise, and Russian River - just off the top of my head.

    But many on that list have put out ones that were disappointing and/or mundane.
  36. i am a big founders fan but i can honestly say none of their ipas wowed me. the only one i will pick up is double trouble and thats when its available. but their stouts on the other hand are just unbeatable especially the FIS.

    never let me down; hill farmstead & maine beer co.
  37. Dracarys

    Dracarys Savant (335) Alabama May 28, 2013

    Great Divide
    Straight to Ale
    Sierra Nevada
    Great Lakes
  38. Phacoman

    Phacoman Savant (265) Pennsylvania Jun 26, 2011

    Firestone Walker

    Never been disappointed in any of their offerings.
  39. Rohkey

    Rohkey Savant (350) Michigan Jan 13, 2013

  40. Dennoman

    Dennoman Advocate (525) Belgium Aug 20, 2011

    Oh, you must. Their IPAs are some of the finest I've tasted worldwide.

    I'll give some local love and go for Emelisse. The most solid brewery in the entire Benelux area for me. They've yet to show me a single sub-par offering, leave alone really bad.