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What is the most inconsistent brewery?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by imduffman, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. imduffman

    imduffman Aficionado (190) Ohio Oct 22, 2012

    Have you noticed any inconsistency with a certain brewery in particular? I know each batch varies slightly but I've noticed some big differences over the years especially with some local breweries in my area. I have to admit its not always a bad thing..
  2. Walking Man and Hair of the Dog come to mind.
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  3. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Advocate (630) California Jul 7, 2012 Beer Trader

    well i notice when it comes to beer Lost Abbey seem very much hit or miss to me sometimes it really good sometime it just ok but there price is always high
    when it comes to bottling Figerou Mountain is very inconsistent I notice I had few bottles of the hoppy poppy which is an excellent beer but one of the bottle had about 2oz less than the other
    also with Stone bourbon barrel aged beers again these are excellent brew but they are very inconsistent with the bottle fill some are fill substantially more than others
  4. hood17

    hood17 Zealot (90) Minnesota Aug 6, 2011

    dogfish head
  5. ChicagoNick

    ChicagoNick Advocate (525) Illinois Nov 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    Half Acre. The guys that work there have freely admitted to me, on multiple occasions, that "this batch" didn't turn out exactly how they were hoping it would. This was on several recent releases. I didn't even ask them. I was just sampling.
  6. The answer is every brewery with every beer they brew. Every beer was always better the previous year.
  7. Hair of the Dog in a huge way. Bourbon Fred - either completely flat sugar water or amazing mellowed Fred with bourbon backing. Fred - color variation from the usual gold to red, uber-carbed and impossible to pour quickly to perfect carb level. Blue Dot - forgot some hops in the recipe, sell it anyhow (for an IIPA). When they're on, they're on, but they're not always on.
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  8. nogophers

    nogophers Savant (345) Minnesota Jun 28, 2011

    Shouldn't rip on the new player in town, but the brewmaster has the experience to do better: Excelsior Brewing (MN). Anxious for their beers to become more consistent and drinkable.
  9. BrewBoone

    BrewBoone Aficionado (165) Alaska Jun 29, 2008

    just because it didn't turn out like they hoped doesn't mean inconsistent.
  10. ChicagoNick

    ChicagoNick Advocate (525) Illinois Nov 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    It turned out differently than it was supposed to...

    IF i made you a pizza today that you enjoyed ... and then made you a pizza tomorrow that tasted not as good (or different)... that would make me "inconsistent."
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  11. My Homebrew.
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  12. sherm1016

    sherm1016 Savant (455) Wisconsin Aug 10, 2009

    I think it depends on whether or not a brewery is (or should be) looking for consistency.

    I would agree that HotD's beers are not identical from one batch to the next, but I'm not sure they are trying that hard. At 600 barrels a year, how could you be? Two or three batches of Adam and Fred a year? Close counts. Barrel aged beer didn't turn out exact the same as it did when they last released it four year ago? Oh well. I do appreciate the fact that they discounted the flat 2011 Bourbon Fred.

    The one that gets me is DFH. For as much 60 Minute as they brew, they should have the recipe, system, etc., etc., all dialed in, and that beer should be identical from one batch to the next. Alas, it is not.

    For as much crap as ABI and MC take around here, they are the model of consistency. You may not like what they're brewing, but it will taste the same every time, anywhere you go.
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  13. BrewBoone

    BrewBoone Aficionado (165) Alaska Jun 29, 2008

    was it the same pizza or did i try to make a different pizza
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  14. But what if the Pizza was more the a month old?

    By then the oregano has already fallen off, total tomato sauce bomb.
  15. TheMonkfish

    TheMonkfish Initiate (0) Chad Jan 8, 2012

    This. Maine seems to have had some issues of late with their flagship beer, though it seems back on track now.
  16. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Advocate (745) Massachusetts Mar 17, 2009 Beer Trader

    Fantome lol

    I think its at the point where it's not cute anymore
  17. StuartCarter

    StuartCarter Savant (495) Alabama Apr 25, 2006

    $MY_FAVOURITE_BREWERY nails their quality control every time while $YOUR_FAVOURITE_BREWERY is an inconsistent mess.

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  18. chekako

    chekako Aficionado (100) New Jersey Dec 28, 2007

  19. I would have said Church Brew Works until a while back but it seems like they finally have someone in charge of quality control. Much improved in that dept.
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  20. I could make a case for Port/Lost Abbey pretty easily, but I'll just go ahead and say Fantome.
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  21. Founders-especially their Centennial
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  22. davey101

    davey101 Champion (860) Connecticut Apr 14, 2009 Beer Trader

    Fantome wins this one. Its crazy how one bottle will be the best saison you've ever had, one will be flat and syrupy garbage, and another will somehow be something that isn't even a beer.
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  23. MordorMongo

    MordorMongo Champion (750) Jul 19, 2009

    The thread should have been locked at first mention of fantome. Love Dany to death and admire his work the majority of the time but consistency is absolutely not his forte. /thread
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  24. Thats exactly what it means. But just because it didnt turn out how they hoped or if its inconsistent doesnt mean it is always (if ever) a bad thing.
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  25. rudzud

    rudzud Champion (870) Massachusetts Apr 28, 2010 Beer Trader

    White Birch

  26. KYGunner

    KYGunner Advocate (520) Kentucky Sep 16, 2012

    I know it seems bush league but Newcastle Nut Brown Ale has often boggled my mind in its inconsistency. As a "macro-brew" I would think that consistency would be a number one priority yet I find it different from year to year and different from draft to bottle. One of my favorites from college I love it periodically but find it a bit different every time I try it.
  27. Schwantz

    Schwantz Savant (390) Florida Dec 16, 2012

    From beer to beer ..... Rogue
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  28. It stopped being cute when prices climbed way past $10/bottle.
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  29. jrbchef

    jrbchef Savant (275) Connecticut Feb 24, 2011

    ?You drink bud?:rolleyes:
  30. CenCalMario

    CenCalMario Savant (335) California Jan 12, 2009 Beer Trader

    Easy... Rogue. Freggin all over the place.
  31. Gannon81

    Gannon81 Aficionado (185) Oregon Jan 5, 2012

    To Half Acre's credit, their production facility has been active just shy of only four years and, to my understanding, they have only two brewers. Shit may happen.
  32. LambicKing

    LambicKing Advocate (685) Florida Apr 13, 2011

    That would be to insinuate they make a good beer in the first place.
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  33. StuartCarter

    StuartCarter Savant (495) Alabama Apr 25, 2006

    obviously you are channeling yourself as meta-syntactic variables can be populated with any data.... even junk data :p
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  34. wordemupg

    wordemupg Champion (905) Alberta (Canada) Feb 11, 2009 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Mikkeller's all over the map, some great, some awful and everything in between
  35. HopsMatt

    HopsMatt Savant (495) Kentucky Dec 1, 2011 Beer Trader


  36. ipa247

    ipa247 Savant (280) California Dec 23, 2008

    Shorts and Kuhnhenn for me. Their beers run from mediocre to flat out fantastic to infected as hell.
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  37. jbck109

    jbck109 Savant (410) Michigan May 30, 2010 Beer Trader

    Shorts and fantome.
  38. serious fantome price creep as of late. North of $15 at some shops.
  39. Slam fest. Swing away.;)
  40. rudzud

    rudzud Champion (870) Massachusetts Apr 28, 2010 Beer Trader

    touche sir, touche.