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Which closed brewery did you wish was still around?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by canucklehead, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. Reading some of my beer books from the late 90s/ early 2000s it shows a fair amount of breweries that closed in that time period? Which brewery that is now gone do you wish still made beer? I miss Tall Ship Brewing out of Squamish BC which was ahead of its time for big beers in BC . I also miss Grants in Washington for their IPA and Imperial Stout. New Amsterdam out of New York and Oasis out of Colorado looked to have a good lineups and I wish I could have tried their beers.
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  2. Flashy

    Flashy Advocate (675) Vermont Oct 22, 2003 Verified

    Gettysburg, Catamount and Mountain Valley.
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  3. DaveAnderson

    DaveAnderson Advocate (685) Minnesota Jan 11, 2011 Verified

  4. Catamount always seemed to have a cool lineup . Their Porter, Christmas Ale and Ipa stood out.
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  5. TongoRad

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

    Just a few posts into the thread and my two were mentioned (three if you count the Grants of pre-1993). Catamount always comes right to mind for the Porter, Gold and Christmas Ale- beers that had character yet also could be downed by the pitcher, and you'd never get tired of them. Celis White, well, that one just hit the bullseye in every respect and the Grand Cru was no slouch either.
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  6. Can't forget Saxer out of Lake Oswego Oregon with their Pale Ale , Saxer Bock and the 8% Jack Frost winter Doppelbock.
  7. celfan

    celfan Advocate (590) Vermont Jul 4, 2004 Verified

    Baltimore Brewing Company

  8. Ould Newbury and Catamount.
  9. gatornation

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

    the original James Page brewery on quincy street in NE Minneapolis
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  10. Handle

    Handle Savant (405) North Carolina Mar 16, 2009

    I'm currently writing a book on Charlotte's beer and brewing history. I wasn't old enough to enjoy the '90s breweries, so I'd love the chance to try all of those beers.
  11. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poobah (1,355) Wyoming Sep 14, 2002 Verified

    Heavyweight Brewing. I got to try some, thanks to a great BA who no longer participates here.:( NutBrown....come back.
    ejl4, corby112, mschofield and 2 others like this.
  12. herrburgess

    herrburgess Champion (935) South Carolina Nov 4, 2009 Verified

    Brauerei Barth in Schesslitz. Oldest of the old-school Franconian breweries.
  13. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Advocate (625) New Jersey Mar 6, 2008 Verified

  14. huskermike12

    huskermike12 Savant (485) Vermont Nov 14, 2011

    I was coming to say Heavyweight too. They would be dominating now.
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  15. New Albion. I just would have loved to have tried it.
  16. ClockworkOrange

    ClockworkOrange Advocate (690) Pennsylvania Feb 19, 2006 Verified

  17. ClockworkOrange

    ClockworkOrange Advocate (690) Pennsylvania Feb 19, 2006 Verified

    Heavyweight, Catamount, Celis White (TX), and Rhino Chasers.
  18. I love all the shout outs for Catamount. My choice as well.
  19. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Site Editor (1,045) North Carolina Dec 8, 2007 Staff Member Verified

    Catamount - one of the first small craft breweries I experimented with in college.
  20. ClockworkOrange

    ClockworkOrange Advocate (690) Pennsylvania Feb 19, 2006 Verified

    He actually just brewed Lunacy at his brewpub in philly, not sure if there are others to follow...
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  21. Gonzoillini

    Gonzoillini Advocate (715) Illinois Oct 15, 2008

    Not in the same timeframe, but more recently I wish Odonata Brewing company was still around. Still not quite sure what happened, but they produced my favorite American Saison for the amazingly affordable price of 3.99 / 4.99 a bomber.

    Wonder if that price had something to do with their demise.

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  22. mkabull

    mkabull Savant (405) Massachusetts Nov 2, 2007 Verified

    Pennichuk out of New Hampshire
  23. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,440) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

    Boston Beer Co. is supposedly going to rebrew one of their beers in the near future.
  24. slander

    slander Site Editor (650) New York Nov 5, 2001 Staff Member Verified

    Heavyweight, sure, yep.
    Grants (if for nothing but the Perfect Porter)
    Rodenbach (because, Palm, yeah)
    New Amsterdam (killer holiday beer in like '97?)
    and Pete's (for the Wicked Ale, when the Wicked Ale was the Wicked Ale)
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  25. TongoRad

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

    Was that the one that was like a nutmeggy brown ale? Because, if it was, I think I remember that beer. Damn fine beer, that.
  26. DougOLis

    DougOLis Savant (285) California Aug 15, 2008

    Blind Pig - I wish Vinnie Cilurzo was still closer to San Diego
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  27. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,440) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

  28. MasterSki

    MasterSki Site Editor (1,085) Ontario (Canada) Dec 25, 2006 Staff Member Verified

    The Alchemist brewpub. As much as I love Heady Topper I actually enjoyed some of their other offerings more.
    Kelp, CooperEllis, ICCULIS and 5 others like this.
  29. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poobah (1,060) California Jan 31, 2005 Verified

    I too miss Grant's Perfect Porter.
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  30. Todd

    Todd Founder (1,685) Colorado Aug 23, 1996 Staff Member Verified

    Commonwealth w/ Jeff Charnick (RIP). Some of the best US-brewed English Ales I've ever had. I truly miss him and those Yorkshire squares.
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  31. slander

    slander Site Editor (650) New York Nov 5, 2001 Staff Member Verified

    Meaning that 'Pre-Palm Rodenbach' was a beautiful thing.
    Once they got their mitts into it, they killed the beers.
  32. slander

    slander Site Editor (650) New York Nov 5, 2001 Staff Member Verified

    It was something 'sprucey'.
  33. Totally agree Todd. The Commonwealth was awesome. Loved their Porter, Stout and the Winter Warmer.
  34. Grants
    King and Barnes
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  35. patto1ro

    patto1ro Advocate (510) Netherlands Apr 26, 2004

    Barclay Perkins.
  36. patto1ro

    patto1ro Advocate (510) Netherlands Apr 26, 2004

    Can't argue with those. I cried when King and Barnes closed.
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  37. patto1ro

    patto1ro Advocate (510) Netherlands Apr 26, 2004

    Have to disagree. Vin de Cereale and Foederbier are way better than anything Rodenbach brewed while still independent.
  38. Ravenacht

    Ravenacht Advocate (620) Florida Aug 10, 2012 Verified

    Watney Truman Ltd.
    Watneys Cream Sout was a fine brew and will be missed.
  39. cavedave

    cavedave Poobah (1,060) New York Mar 12, 2009 Verified

    Indeed. If Ouroboros was canned next to Heady there would be equal ISO's for it. Luscious and other seasonals and the crazy sours they had on tap also were great. Wish I'd had more opportunities to have enjoyed them, and that the pub still was open.
  40. Flashy

    Flashy Advocate (675) Vermont Oct 22, 2003 Verified

    Neptune in NYC, not that I miss their beer- but the pint glass I broke from them. Of all the pint glasses I have, I had to break one from a defunct brewery. I forgot about New Amsterdam, seem's there is a place in NYC for a New Amsterdam brewery, great little pub. And the Thompson Street Brewery was excellent- used to go there all the time. And of course the late, great Vernon Valley Brewery- and speaking of late, great Jay Mission and I are the only people I knew that had one of their liter glasses. Friend of mine grew up in the area and they used to smash the liters glasses for fun after the place closed.