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What will be the "Breakout Brewery" from your area in 2014?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Biff_Tannen, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. Biff_Tannen

    Biff_Tannen Savant (365) Missouri Dec 8, 2013

    Meaning, on a national level. I will go first...from around here, it has to be 4 Hands Brewery. They've really made a name for themselves in Missouri, but in a few weeks will be opening up in Chicago. This should bring them a whole new level of exposure that should catapult them to the next level. They have really begun to hit their stride with a good foundation of core beers, regular seasonals, and a top notch barrel aging program. It seems like they are really primed to take off in 2014.
  2. xShoWTeKx

    xShoWTeKx Savant (445) South Carolina Jan 21, 2013 Verified

    Thomas creek is building their expansion and already have 4 120 barrel fermenters added. Should kick production up quite a bit. And they are finally adding a tasting room.
  3. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Champion (860) Michigan May 8, 2006

    From what I have heard 4 Hands is a great choice, their labels are as straight and centered as anyone in the game.

  4. Domingo

    Domingo Poobah (1,135) Colorado Apr 23, 2005 Verified

    Not many Denver/Boulder/Ft. Collins area breweries are really set up to make a run at the national scene. The ones that are have already done it. Funkwerks and Dry Dock are the only ones I can guess that have the production capabilities to handle distribution outside of a few states. Prost has the brewing capabilities but no packaging. Epic kinda counts although I still consider them a Utah brewer for the most part.
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  5. bocky24

    bocky24 Savant (290) Iowa Apr 10, 2013 Verified

    In 2013 Toppling Goliath took IA/MN/WI by storm. 2014..........the world!
    Berg77, TonyJ815, VonZipper and 19 others like this.
  6. Drucifer

    Drucifer Advocate (555) Illinois Apr 16, 2012 Verified

    Brickstone Brewing. It's an hour south of the city and has a couple GABF golds already. They are expanding during 2014 from what I hear. I also was able to get a couple bottles of their BA stout. Haven't tried it yet, but will review it when I do.
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  7. Not really national in the sense of availability, but Cellarmaker Brewing in San Francisco will really put itself on the map in 2014. I imagine them as the west coast version of Tired Hands in the way they will be seen nationally.
    BSW, Gingermanstv, KevSal and 2 others like this.
  8. dsprainman

    dsprainman Aficionado (170) California Aug 12, 2011 Verified

    First bottles coming durring SF Beer Week. Everything I've had from them is killer.
  9. gatornation

    gatornation Poobah (1,180) Minnesota Apr 18, 2007 Verified

    Indeed Brewing get my vote in MN but to the south of us this one will rule Toppling Goliath from Iowa
  10. rgordon

    rgordon Advocate (590) North Carolina Apr 26, 2012 Verified

    Exactly. Heard good things about the high level of quality control on packaging. No way to over-estimate the importance! Beers are very nice as well.
    Biff_Tannen likes this.
  11. Yea every one I have had from them so far has been impressive especially the hoppy stuff. Really looking forward to that SF beer week Saison you mentioned!
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  12. 1987GN

    1987GN Initiate (0) California Nov 22, 2013

    Trying to hit their brewery this weekend, along with a few others.

    Is Taco Hands any good?

    Side Note: Excited for SF Beer week!
  13. Taco Hands is sold out and it is one of the few I didn't get to the brewery to try...however the current IPA offering Cage Free is exceptional IMO, and last night I brought home a growler of Coffee and Cigarettes.
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  14. Ace_of_Suds

    Ace_of_Suds Savant (255) New York Nov 12, 2013

    New England Brewing Co.
  15. Both Carton and Kane breweries from Central/South Jersey are doing a lot of good things both beer and overall reputation-wise. Once they can get a good distribution outside of draft-only, growler fills, and the occasional shipment of cases they're going to be a hit (on the east coast at least).
  16. YumYumGumGum

    YumYumGumGum Savant (280) Virginia Jul 25, 2011 Verified

    Isley Brewing in Richmond, VA. They came out running and I bet they'll do something really special this first year.
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  17. MattXT

    MattXT Champion (835) Virginia Nov 23, 2010 Verified

    With plans for canning Julius, the only answer for me is Tree House Brewing. Granted, it won't be national disty but easier for it to travel cross country.
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  18. 1987GN

    1987GN Initiate (0) California Nov 22, 2013

    Thanks for the Rec.

    Any other good brewery in SF to hit up tomm? I have a bud visiting from Socal and I already took him to RRB and Lagunitas. I've been wanting to go to Cellarmaker for a while now. What else should we hit?
  19. BeerMeInStl

    BeerMeInStl Advocate (620) Missouri Jan 26, 2013 Verified

    When I read the title for this thread, 4 Hands is who I immediately thought of. I'm with you, I think that they're gonna bust out in '14.
    Biff_Tannen likes this.
  20. Speakeasy, though its a little out of the way. 21st Amendment is not far from Cellarmaker. But...if you are willing to hit the east bay, I would recommend going to Drakes...yes its in a Walmart parking lot, and yes you have to drive there, but I think its worth it.
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  21. 1987GN

    1987GN Initiate (0) California Nov 22, 2013

    Thanks for the info. I live near Oakland, so Drakes will be easy to hit.

    I think we'll try for Cellarmaker, Speakeasy, and 21st Amendment.
  22. Treehouse Brewery in Monson, Ma. I've yet to try any of their beer, but the New England forum seems to enjoy their beer very much and I hope to soon make my way over to their new place.
  23. jageraholic

    jageraholic Advocate (500) Massachusetts Sep 16, 2009 Verified

    Shhhh...dont tell anyone
  24. Since Ace_of_Suds already said, "New England Brewing" (they need to make Galaxy regularly available - so good), I'll add Relic Brewing. Go CT.
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  25. Has DC Brau broke out yet? If not, then them. And, if Bluejacket bottles, then them (even over DC Brau).
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  26. Haw River's going to be doing big things in 2014.
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  27. jmgrub

    jmgrub Savant (475) California Nov 20, 2010

    Seconded. Drakes is my favorite brewery in the bay area. Better than anything you can find in the city AFAIC.

    On another note, keep an eye out for LA's Phantom Carriage next year and beyond. They just signed a lease on space in Carson and will no longer be sharing space with Monkish. From my understanding, it's going to be all wilds, which will be a first for the LA area. They have only released one beer so far (a brett blond called Muis), but it was very solid.
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  28. kingofhop

    kingofhop Advocate (565) Oklahoma May 9, 2010

    Prairie Artisan Ales have been making some noise.
  29. CloudStrife

    CloudStrife Savant (405) New York Nov 20, 2008

    Abandon Brewing Company here in Upstate NY. Just opened up a month or so ago and have already dabbled in the barrel aging side of things.
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  30. The need to come back to MA, fuck national.

    If the canning of Julius happens, shit will go down.
  31. mmmbirra

    mmmbirra Savant (400) Italy Apr 19, 2009

    I hope there will be a breakout brewery in my area in 2014, but with the way most have set themselves up with regards to pricing marketing et cetera I'm not sure I see it happening. There is a little place I have some hope for but we'll have to see how things unfold.
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  32. denver10

    denver10 Poobah (1,030) New Mexico Nov 17, 2010

    I agree with this, though don't think Funkwerks has the capacity to go all that much bigger. Right now they are just Colorado, Nebraska, and Arizona. Perhaps they open up to a few more states in good time, but don't see national in the works any time soon. Especially not without further expansion.
  33. CassinoNorth

    CassinoNorth Advocate (510) New Jersey Apr 5, 2013 Verified

    You'd think the first thing a brewery does is establish some great flagship regularly brewed ales when they open up shop...not barrel age.
  34. Dan269605

    Dan269605 Savant (335) Connecticut Jul 10, 2013

    That was one of the first that came to my mind. Not a whole lot to choose from here in CT.
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  35. DrumKid003

    DrumKid003 Savant (430) Oklahoma Aug 10, 2013

    I would love to see Rough Tail make some gains in production and at the same time up their quality a bit, because the Pumpkin Porter was amazing but the rest of their porfolio is kind of flat.

    I love Prairie beers, but I'm still pissed that we don't get the distribution we deserve in Oklahoma since we're the ones that started spreading the word. I wish they would only distro to the SW region and leave the rest of the country out in the cold.
  36. HOP_KING

    HOP_KING Savant (250) Illinois Jan 30, 2013

    While 4 Hands beers are generally average with some very gross; they do have pretty amazing labels and designs.

    My pick locally is Pipeworks. Maine Brewing nationally has been very good with the few I've tried.
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  37. Ri0

    Ri0 Poobah (1,120) Wisconsin Jul 1, 2012 Verified

    Karben4 will be in its second year and should start bottling beer in Madison, WI. They have put out some great beer and I can't wait to have more access to it. This will be a very, very good thing!
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  38. BrewUSA

    BrewUSA Savant (375) Ohio May 30, 2013

    I was just asking about Wicked Weed. I don't know about a national level... However, their future looks bright.
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  39. kingofhop

    kingofhop Advocate (565) Oklahoma May 9, 2010

    nah, we gotta share the wealth, brother. :)
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  40. StLeasy

    StLeasy Advocate (520) Illinois Sep 8, 2013

    Saw the post, and they instantly came to mind.
    I really hope they're planning on bringing back Resurrection and War Hammer.. :(