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Which closed brewery did you wish was still around?

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

  1. slander

    slander Site Editor (675) New York Nov 5, 2001 Staff Member

    Yes, the Vin de Cereale is lovely, can't speak to the otherwise unobtainable Foederbier, but surely you know I'm talking about their primary line Classic proper, and Grand Cru, too.

    And trading up the Alexander for the Redbach is just criminal...
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  2. Bert Grant & all of his great beers. He redefined many of the styles that are now mainstays of craft brewing. Perhaps the first IPA & RIS done American style back on the mid 80's. Great examples of those styles (at least in my memory).
  3. wlaschober

    wlaschober Aficionado (110) Indiana Oct 2, 2011 Beer Trader

    Log Jam Brewery in Tomahawk, Wi. Missed dearly!
  4. rlcoffey

    rlcoffey Advocate (515) Kentucky Apr 20, 2004

    Shut up. :)
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  5. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poobah (1,045) New Jersey Jun 3, 2004 Beer Trader

    That's true about the Cream Stout- I really liked that one, but the ubiquitous Red Barrel never really did it for me.

    I'll also add Young's Ram Brewery- Old Nick, Ramrod and their Oatmeal Stout were reliable and tasty. I just loved their yeast profile in everything they made.
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  6. patto1ro

    patto1ro Advocate (620) Netherlands Apr 26, 2004 Subscriber

    Never cared for Alexander. I always thought that classic Rodenbach fell between two stools: a beer that was trying to have mass appeal and be quite traditional at the same time.
  7. patto1ro

    patto1ro Advocate (620) Netherlands Apr 26, 2004 Subscriber

    If you knew how Watneys Cream Stout was brewed you might not be so keen. Mostly pasteurised ullage with loads of caramel and sugar.
  8. Agreed. Their Pozharnik Imperial Stout was delicious and an excellent value!
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  9. valdieu2

    valdieu2 Savant (365) Maine Feb 23, 2012

    Stone Coast in Portland, ME. Their 1260 was awesome.
    Castle In The Clouds in NH. Ye Olde Chucklehead barleywine was the best.
  10. I recall Rhino Chasers having some pretty good beers, but maybe my memory is fading with age.
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  11. RDMII

    RDMII Savant (485) Georgia Apr 11, 2010

    +1. I never knew of them but found a bottle of Pompier, St.Florian, Big O, and Rustwagen on a beer scavenging run last year. Loved all four of them. Sad I can't get any more.
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  12. kingofhop

    kingofhop Advocate (565) Oklahoma May 9, 2010

    Falstaff in St Louis.
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  13. yummybeer

    yummybeer Savant (290) Pennsylvania Apr 14, 2012 Beer Trader

    Oasis in Boulder CO. I cut my craft beer teeth at that place.
  14. csurowiec

    csurowiec Savant (435) Maryland Mar 7, 2010

    DeGroens in Baltimore. Their beers were well loved by me and I was sorry to see it go.
  15. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Advocate (550) Oregon Aug 17, 2005 Beer Trader

    I have to throw in another vote for Grants. Also Hawks Brewing in Oregon. Killer oatmeal stout, a solid IPA, and the Sweet Amber was one of the best malt liquors I've ever had.
  16. Ravenacht

    Ravenacht Advocate (630) Florida Aug 10, 2012 Beer Trader

    You ever drink a warm Bud light? that is was what i thought all beer tasted like until i discovered a keg of Watney's at a party. Epiphany for sure.

  17. Another vote for Bert Grant and his whole lineup. New Albion will always be a fond memory. Palo Alto Brewing Co. London Real Ale and River City Brewing Bock were favorites many moons ago...
  18. Alkohollokaust

    Alkohollokaust Initiate (0) Oct 14, 2012

  19. mountsnow1010

    mountsnow1010 Savant (380) Vermont Jan 23, 2009

    So true. I really miss Shut the Hell Up (among other things).
  20. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Advocate (625) Ohio Jul 4, 2008

    Hands down for me is Young & Co. Brewery PLC, before the merger w/Wells. Such a shame and a loss, truly miss the styles that I cut my teeth on in my early 20's i.e. Young's Oatmeal Stout, Old Nick, RamRod...now the only thing I seem to find in the NE Ohio area is the Young's Double Chocolate Stout, just can't seem to get with it.
  21. The original Pete's ( not what it became after he sold it) I loved the original Winter brew.
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  22. andylipp

    andylipp Savant (495) Massachusetts Dec 8, 2006 Subscriber

    Eldridge Pope & Co. PLC
  23. Definitely Heavyweight. They were doing things ahead of their time. Last I heard, they were still brewing but only here and there for particular restaurants like Fette Sau in Brooklyn, NY. They did for awhile though. Doubt they are still doing that. The brewer just wanted to retire I believe.
  24. jesskidden

    jesskidden Champion (810) New Jersey Aug 10, 2005 Subscriber

    Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver, owners of Heavyweight, opened Earth Bread + Brewery in Philadelphia in 2008.
  25. reviticus

    reviticus Aficionado (110) Sep 26, 2012

    thought about this a couple times today.....Pete's Wicked Ale
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  26. Awesome. Definitely need to check that out. Spoke to them at a Beer Festival and they were telling me they were tired of the "circuit" they were caught in trying to do all these festivals and promoting the beer. Very happy they are still around.
  27. eajb24

    eajb24 Aficionado (205) Connecticut May 26, 2005

    Hammer and Nail out of Watertown CT
  28. bbfcfm11

    bbfcfm11 Disciple (50) Connecticut Feb 12, 2012 Subscriber

    I 2nd Hammer & Nail...only ever around when I was a youngin but that didn't deter...
  29. Skoallrebel

    Skoallrebel Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2012



  30. dunix

    dunix Advocate (505) Vermont Jan 26, 2011

    This. Loved me some Wild Child and the wings.
  31. tcampbel1

    tcampbel1 Savant (260) Oregon May 17, 2010 Beer Trader

    Living in the Pacific NW, I have unfortunately seen many breweries come and go. A list of some of my old favs are:

    Grants (mandarin hef, porter)
    Saxon/Nor'Wester/Portland Brewing (Benchmark Olde Ale)
    Pacific Rim (Driftwood, Ring of Fire)
    Roots Organic Brewing (Epic Ale!)
  32. Mark

    Mark Advocate (595) California Jun 18, 2001

    How I miss the Ram Brewery in London. I've been fortunate to have taken many vacations to England with more to come and I always loved my pilgrimmage to Young's. It's been so painful that only once since 06 have I even went back to that area. The Brewery Tap was wonderful and the late Mr. Young himself personally responded to me after I complimented his beers, staff, and taproom. The building is still there and protected, they were supposed to reopen the taproom. Sadly it has not happened and I wonder if it ever will.
  33. Pacific Crest Brewing n Tukwilla, WA

  34. bobbrew

    bobbrew Aficionado (180) Washington Aug 14, 2004

    Sorry. Saxer was lager only. No pale ales. Hoppiest I remember was their Pilsener. Sublime!
  35. SoCaliC8

    SoCaliC8 Advocate (520) California Jan 28, 2010 Beer Trader

    Hamm's.....or is it?
  36. jesskidden

    jesskidden Champion (810) New Jersey Aug 10, 2005 Subscriber

    The Theo Hamm Brewing Co. and most of its labels were sold to Olympia in 1975. In '81, Pabst bought Olympia and continued to brew Hamm's until 1999.

    Pabst sold Hamm's to Miller during the big Heileman/Stroh brand fire sale when Stroh closed and Pabst bought most of that portfolio of old beer brands, with Miller picking up a few others like ex-Pabst's Olde English, and Heileman brands Mickey's, Henry Weinhard.
  37. meb3476

    meb3476 Savant (475) Massachusetts Apr 1, 2013 Subscriber Beer Trader

    The Shed in Stowe, VT. Great little brew pub and love the Mountain Ale.
  38. gopens44

    gopens44 Poobah (1,095) Virginia Aug 9, 2010 Beer Trader

    That's the brewery that got me into craft long while back. Wicked Ale and Strawberry Blonde (the two I had a love affair with) would likely have a problem competing against so many other great beers today, but from a sentimental standpoint, I'd drink them up! Hell, if they were still around and could put strawberry Blonde in a can it would be my lawn mower beer!
  39. Catamount in Vermont...
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  40. BJC

    BJC Savant (270) New Jersey Nov 9, 2002

    Ballantine, Rhinegold, Schmidts of Philadelphia