3 Breweries for the rest of your life.

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  1. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Poo-Bah (1,810) Jul 2, 2014 New Jersey
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    I know its been done before but i was thinking to myself the same

    No limit on availability, all their beers available to you anywhere (seasonals are still seasonal) but their pricing is the same...

    Myself it would be...

    • Sierra Nevada. (Probably the most consistent brewery there is)
    • Victory. (A regional favorite of mine that ive yet to have a bad beer from)
    • Pabst Brewing Company. (Maybe a suprise to some but i still love PBR, Ballantine, Colt 45 & Old Milwaukee. As with anything, these keep me from getting burnt out and these are the beers i loved before craft)


    Discuss and why?....
     
  2. HeyLady

    HeyLady Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2015 New York

    Hill Farmstead
    Other Half
    Kane
     
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  3. drink_like_a_wahoo

    drink_like_a_wahoo Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2015 Virginia

    1. Troegs - Love their year round selections
    2. Founders - There is almost always a specialty in distribution that I am excited about. Also like a couple of the year rounds
    3. Three Notch'd (Charlottesville, VA) - Need to have one local micro in the mix. Definitely my favorite in that category. Always coming up with something new. Tap room releases almost every Thursday. Oh and the beer is fantastic!
     
  4. CanadianBacon

    CanadianBacon Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2015 Canada (QC)

    1. Unibroue - they do no wrong XD
    2. Le Castor - I could live on their yakima IPA
    3. Dieu du Ciel - Eveerything from Aphrodisiaque to Moralite is delicious.

    With that said this is a sad reality as I would never be able to drink a beaus or sierra nevada or trappist ale again. :slight_frown: sad days.
     
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  5. OnePuttBlunder

    OnePuttBlunder Initiate (0) Sep 5, 2015 Arizona

    Firestone Walker their core beers are good and vintage series even better.

    Founders solid throughout the lineup and good variety.

    The Bruery not a fan of all their beers but the ones i like i love.
     
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  6. PatrickKellyCT

    PatrickKellyCT Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2013 Connecticut

    Founders, Stone, NEBCO.

    Hard to leave Sierra Nevada out though. Like previously mentioned in this thread, not sure how many other breweries are as consistent with all their offerings (Founders might be close).
     
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  7. bluehende

    bluehende Poo-Bah (2,164) Dec 10, 2010 Delaware

    Victory
    DFH
    Alchemist
     
  8. shawn14526

    shawn14526 Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2009 New York

    Hill Farmstead.
    That's it.
     
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  9. matcris

    matcris Meyvn (1,171) Sep 17, 2015 Arizona

  10. laketang

    laketang Meyvn (1,297) Mar 22, 2015 Arizona
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    pipeworks for their take on stouts and strong ales

    mikkeller because I didn't want all American breweries and they get real creative

    deshutes because of their diversity in different styles.
     
  11. Sweatshirt

    Sweatshirt Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2014 New Hampshire
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    Tree house
    3F
    Cantillon
     
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  12. tripledbrew

    tripledbrew Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2011 Kentucky

    Sierra Nevada, Founders and Lagunitas. All three always have something out there that I enjoy and can find without driving for hours just to find it.
     
  13. Sturgeon83

    Sturgeon83 Disciple (300) Mar 11, 2015 Kentucky
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    Three Floyds - my favorite hoppy beers
    Founders - my favorite stouts
    Against the Grain - local guys doing interesting stuff.
     
  14. RichD

    RichD Crusader (792) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    Tree House - They have a portfolio of consistently excellent beers and they are starting to venture into other styles. They make the highest rated stout and American IPA on this site and they have other beers that are equally as great.

    Hill Farmstead - They have the best saisons that I've ever tasted and they are probably the most well rounded brewery when it comes to producing different styles of beer.

    Cantillon - Because they're great at what they do and TH and HF would cover the other styles.
     
  15. mstrcrwly

    mstrcrwly Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2013 New York

    Alesmith
    Firestone Walker
    Tree House
     
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  16. kerry4porters

    kerry4porters Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2012 Arizona

    Firestone Walker solid core offerings INCREDIBLE barrel program
    Ballast Point delicious IPAs and you cant go wrong with V@S
    Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. Delicious beers and barrel offerings can usually find something of theirs I want to try or enjoy greatly
     
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  17. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Poo-Bah (2,885) Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
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    Hill Farmstead- Farmstead makes some of the best beers in every single style that is brewed at the facility. We are talking benchmark beers for each respective style as well as unique and creative takes on specific beer styles. The prices are very reasonable for such high quality craft beer.

    New Glarus- This was the first brewery that got me into craft beer. The year around line up and seasonals are better than any other brewery concerning variety of styles, quality, and price point. Only brewery that can thing of is Hill Farmstead which may meet or exceed this expectation. Lets not forget about the R&D series and the fruit beers that are claimed to be the best in the world by many craft beer experts and craft beer drinkers alike. Its awesome to have a brewery of this caliber less than an hour drive away from where I live.

    Toppling Goliath- They brew the best stouts in the world. The one exception is rover truck...:confused:

    Honorable mentions(the other breweries that I was debating about in my head): Allagash, 3 Fontienen, Cantillion, Crooked Stave, Casey, and Jester King.
     
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  18. do_ob

    do_ob Initiate (0) Feb 12, 2015 Kentucky

    Country Boy
    Jackie O's
    Three Floyds

    All local, or relatively local, favorites that very rarely miss. Between the three, I could always get a world class beer of any style.
     
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  19. eppCOS

    eppCOS Poo-Bah (1,577) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado
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    La Cumbre (abq, NM)
    Half Acre (CHI)
    Firestone Walker
     
  20. WhatANicePub

    WhatANicePub Initiate (143) Jul 1, 2009 Scotland

    Harvey’s
    Schlenkerla
    Batham’s
     
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  21. Doug6322

    Doug6322 Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2013 Florida

    For me
    Cigar City- solid line up and enough great seasonal or limited releases
    Funky Buddha- it is Funky Buddha
    The Bruery- Love Black Tuesday and the variants also need that high ABV brew to age
     
  22. pat61

    pat61 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2010 Minnesota
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    In 1980 three breweries was about all there was - they may have had slightly different packages but they all tasted the same. I could never go back.
     
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  23. eppie82

    eppie82 Meyvn (1,406) Apr 19, 2015 Illinois
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    In no particular order:

    Toppling Goliath (for stouts and PA/IPA/DIPA)
    FFF (all around)
    Russian River (PA/IPA/DIPA and sours)
     
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  24. mabermud

    mabermud Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2006 Washington

    Fremont Brewing
    Three Floyds
    Firestone Walker
     
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  25. Raime

    Raime Meyvn (1,321) Jun 4, 2012 Greenland

    Bell's
    Founders
    Old Dominion

    Reasonably priced, always available, and just as good if not better than some of the whale makers.
     
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  26. buckeye1275

    buckeye1275 Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2013 Delaware

    Dogfish
    Sierra Nevada
    Stone
     
  27. skleice

    skleice Aspirant (274) Aug 6, 2015 Connecticut

    Tree House
    Hill Farmstead
    Goose Island (for BCBS & all variants)
     
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  28. puck1225

    puck1225 Poo-Bah (3,158) Dec 22, 2013 Texas
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    Lagunitas, O'Dell, Sierra Nevada
     
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  29. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (3,146) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Hill Farmstead singlehandedly could provide me with great satisfaction across most styles, but I'd probably go broke.

    Firestone Walker IF I can get everything fresh from their lineup AND can easily obtain their boxed beers (Sucuba, Stickee Monkey, Parabola with ease. Neither situation is a current reality however.

    Let's add Weihenstephaner because I like most everything they make as well and are reasonably priced.
     
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  30. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2013 California
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    Russian River, love their barrel aged wild ales, Pliny and Blind Pig.
    Firestone Walker, their vintage series beers are world class, I enjoy all their year round offerings and seasonal beers
    Founders, they brew some world class stouts
     
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  31. JFMBearcat

    JFMBearcat Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2014 Ohio
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    Beer Advocate in a nutshell in this response.
     
  32. mdr4669

    mdr4669 Initiate (0) Sep 12, 2010 Massachusetts

    Tree House, Hill Farmstead, Firestone Walker.
     
  33. SailIntoTheStout

    SailIntoTheStout Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2015 Michigan

    Bell's
    Founder's
    Great Lakes
     
  34. AngryDutchman

    AngryDutchman Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2015 Pennsylvania

    Reading everyone else's posts, I can see that I'm a victim of geography as a lot of those aren't available around here. That said, if we're talking package breweries, then

    Dogfish Head
    Breckenridge
    Founders

    Had Saranac on there first but the last couple of variety packs were a bit of a letdown after loving everything for a few years. I think most places fall into the trap of trying to produce too many varieties and they end up missing the mark by going to distribution before they've got the right formulation to make themselves stand out.

    Shit...left out Troegs.

    And if we're including brewpubs where growlers are your only means of getting it home, I'd include

    Selin's Grove Brewing Company
    Turkey Hill Brewing Company

    Hmmm...then again, Guinness or Murphy's Stout would be glaring omissions. Not to mention Lancaster Brewing Company Milk Stout.

    It's too soon to think about things like this - I'm only 55 and there's so many beers to try.
     
  35. DavidW

    DavidW Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2015 Belgium

    Cantillon
    Orval
    3 Fonteinen
     
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  36. jvgoor3786

    jvgoor3786 Poo-Bah (2,019) May 28, 2015 Arkansas
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    Founders and Bells from my hometown.
    Adroit Theory from my current town.
     
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  37. SoleBriety

    SoleBriety Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2013 California

    Russian River
    Firestone Walker
    Rare Barrel
     
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  38. AngryDutchman

    AngryDutchman Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2015 Pennsylvania

    Yeah, Pat61, Miller Genuine Draft was a departure from "standard." At least there were Little Kings and Genesee Cream Ales.

    Thanks to my brother-in-law's stepfather, I had some opportunities before I was 18 to try Beck's and Beck's Dark, so knew there was something out there worth pursuing.
     
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  39. 31Sam13

    31Sam13 Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2014 New Hampshire

    Hill Farmstead
    Clown Shoes
    Lagunitas...or Russian River LOL...
     
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  40. SomethingClever

    SomethingClever Poo-Bah (3,395) Feb 22, 2013 Ohio
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    highest rated but not if you would count the amount of reviews so kind of bizarre how they are rated love to try them though
     
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