Beer from 5 breweries for the rest of your life.

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  1. cmiller4642

    cmiller4642 (0) Aug 17, 2013 West Virginia

    Rues are simple, you choose 5 breweries, and you can only have beers from them for the rest of your life. Distro to where you live matters too (so if you select all NE breweries and you live out in California you better invest in some plane tickets)

    My picks:

    1. Jackie O's
    2. Columbus Brewing Company
    3. Bell's Brewery
    4. Fat Head's Brewing Company
    5. Great Lakes Brewery

    So I went with ones that have a lot of distro around where I live, and carry a variety of the beers that I really like.

    Jackie O's give me access to a lot of stouts and sours and their hoppy hazy IPAs are taking off

    Columbus Brewing Company gives me my go to DIPAs in Bodhi and Creeper, plus they have other really good offerings like Citra Noel and Yakima Fresh Hop (my #1 beer all time no ifs ands or buts)

    Bell's Brewery gives me Two Hearted, Hopslam, Black Note, and Oberon. Not to mention their Oktoberfest is my absolute favorite

    Fat Head's Brewing Company gives me Head Hunter, Hop Juju, IBUsive, Spooky Tooth, Holly Jolly (my favorite Christmas beer), and their Hop Stalker Wet Hop IPA (assuming they release in bottles next year grrr)

    Great Lakes gives me all kinds of variety with things like Dortmunder Gold for light easy to drink beer, Lake Erie Monster DIPA, Nosferatu and Oktoberfest (2 of my favorites in the fall), and their Christmas Ale of course

    I think I could live with those 5, they make a lot of really great beers in all kinds of styles, and have some of my favorite seasonal and one off releases.
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  2. Squire

    Squire (0) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    I refuse to be limited by a mere five. That and there's no guarantee any five I might currently choose will still be around as long as I plan to be around.
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  3. cmiller4642

    cmiller4642 (0) Aug 17, 2013 West Virginia

    In the event that happens substitutions are allowed.
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  4. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt (1,880) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Been a while since this has popped up.


    Bale Breaker

    North Coast


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  5. deleted_user_1007501

    deleted_user_1007501 (0) Jun 30, 2015

    Jackie O’s for the stouts and farmhouses/wild ales

    Köstritzer (technically Bitburger) for my black lager needs

    Fat Heads simply because of their IPAs, but moreover their amazing traditional style lagers.

    Stillwater because they cover a lot of ground in terms of styles, and none have come close to failing me

    Alesmith has to make it, assuming I can get it fresh. Nothing beats fresh Speedway, IPA, DIPA, or really any of their beers.

    I’d be more than happy with just these.
  6. Premo88

    Premo88 (1,139) Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    Live Oak
    Lone Pint
    Jester King

    It's way too hard after that. I'm tempted to take Rochefort and Samuel Smith, so I at least get the couple three goodies available to me from them, but it'd be smarter to take breweries like Real Ale, Rahr & Sons, Sierra Nevada, Bell's or Saint Arnold ... or even Brooklyn or Boston Beer Co.

    I don't like this game. :slight_frown:
  7. Giantspace

    Giantspace (842) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Does InBev count as one brewery?

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  8. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt (1,880) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Elysian, Budweiser, Ten Barrel, et al, same damn brewery.
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  9. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco (1,243) Sep 3, 2008 California
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    This assumes I get everything with reasonable freshness (not 15 month old Pivo).

    Firestone Walker
    Russian River
    Barley Brown

    Others I'd gladly have in here but don't distribute ever or consistently to my part of CA (Odell, Fremont, FatHeads, Trillium).
  10. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt (1,880) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    It's a fantasy bro, share with us.
  11. cavedave

    cavedave (1,206) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Funny to have to cut down to five favorites, when a goodly chunk of AAL drinkers may not have tried five different in their life.

    Suarez- Saisons as good as HF, or better, wonderful low ABV super flavorful ales, and lagers that are among the best made in USA

    Hill Farmstead- Top of the line hoppy beers and the best porter made in this country on tap and fresh

    Rushing Duck- Excellent quality with a wide range of styles that feature easy availability of their best regulars and an often changed up selection of many more

    Crooked Stave- I love wild ales and especially the way Crooked Stave does them

    Industrial Arts- Been a fan of Chief's beer for many years. Could likely survive nicely with only beer from Industrial Arts, but it would be even better with the four other breweries listed above.
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  12. Sweatshirt

    Sweatshirt (0) Jan 27, 2014 New Hampshire

    I'm a stone's throw away from this scenario in actuality. Jack's Abby, Bitburger, From the Barrel, Trillium, and Tilquin make up the vast majority of my beer intake.

    I'll stick there. I don't have to go out of my way to obtain any of these. 2 I can walk in the store and buy, 1 is 5 min from my house, 1 is 5 min from my job. I have to make rounds to stock up on Tilquin when beers drop but thats not all that tough either.
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  13. shadyside

    shadyside (687) Feb 27, 2011 Georgia

    Ommegang, Unibroue, Service (out of Savannah), St. Bernardus, Sierra Nevada
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  14. papposilenus

    papposilenus (1,106) Jun 21, 2014 New Hampshire

    Hill Farmstead
    Schilling Beer Co
    Idle Hands
    Jack's Abby

    Maybe on my birthday I could have some Tree House?
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  15. Jay_P22

    Jay_P22 (0) Mar 17, 2016 Virginia

    Well my choices would suck if I ended up moving. Lol

    Other Half
    Tired Hands

    Honestly I could live off Aslin, Veil and Other Half. Constant access to amazing IPAs, stouts, goses, sours, and Pils.

    Threw in Tired Hands because I could drive there for an occasional milkshake.

    Threw in Hardywood for the winter barrel aged stout releases.

    * Not my top 5 favorites, but these 5 would give me constant access.
  16. dennis3951

    dennis3951 (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Sierra Nevada
    Twin Elephant (NJ local)
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  17. nc41

    nc41 (0) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    That's tough.

    Hill Farmstead
    Resident Culture
    Firestone Walker
    Von Trapp
  18. Comparison_Ford

    Comparison_Ford (0) Apr 4, 2014 New York

    Hill Farmstead
    Other Half
    Hudson Valley
    J. Wakefield
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  19. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 (1,630) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    So you mean breweries that I actually have regular, relatively easy access to? Tough one, but I guess I'll have to go with these. Very tough choice between Kloster Andechs and Weihenstephaner but the Andechs Doppelbock Dunkel is just too good and their Hefeweizen isn't half bad either.

    Frau Gruber
    Stone Berlin
    Maisel & Friends
    Freigeist Bierkultur
    Kloster Andechs
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  20. zid

    zid (829) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Sierra Nevada
    AB InBev

    If AB InBev as an answer is not within the spirit of the game, then I'll put Barrier in there instead. If I had to reduce down to one brewery, I'd go with Bell's. I'm shedding two tears for Rauchbier and Kolsch.
  21. NotAlcoholicJustAHobby

    NotAlcoholicJustAHobby (0) Jun 13, 2015 Vermont

    Sierra Nevada
    Hill Farmstead
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  22. Lahey

    Lahey (0) Nov 12, 2016 Michigan


    Great lakes

    North coast

    I can't even think of two more. I've been trying to find English pale ales, porters and other malty balanced beers, but hardly any American breweries do that anymore... so I'll just take 3 I guess. Not trying to trash other locals, but I'd like some classic styles along with all the experimentation.
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  23. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight (0) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Jack's abbey, BA Framminghammer may be my favorite beer right now.
    Modern times
    Crooked stave
    Aaaaaaaaaand maybe comrade, no dry dock, .
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  24. SoCal_Matt

    SoCal_Matt (0) Jul 13, 2014 California

    Modern Times
    Sierra Nevada
    Pizza Port

    Really hard to decide after these four. It would be a toss up between Burgeon, Beachwood, and Alesmith. I would love to have Hill Farmstead in there but access is a parameter on this one and I don't get to enjoy their beers as much as I would like.
  25. nc41

    nc41 (0) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Let me add to get Jacks Abby stuff would be great I’d add them take off Von Trapp.
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  26. Lahey

    Lahey (0) Nov 12, 2016 Michigan

    I'll add samuel Smith's to my truncated list, I forgot about them.
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  27. jhavs

    jhavs (1,304) Apr 16, 2015 New York
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    I’ll guess I’ll go with the 5 that are closest to me or I have access to in cans at nearest gas station
    River Roost
    Hill Farmstead
    Lawson’s Finest

    Seem to cover all my bases style wise.
    If access wasn’t part of the equation I’d stick Side Profect or Jester King in there somewhere
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  28. ToddSoonerFan

    ToddSoonerFan (0) Aug 23, 2013 Iowa

    I 2nd that with jhavs as far as proximity.
    Toppling Goliath
    515 Brewing
    Barn Town Brewing
    Peace Tree Brewing
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  29. Buck89

    Buck89 (0) Feb 7, 2015 Tennessee
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    Sierra Nevada
    Russian River (in this crazy new life access to them would become a priority)
    Bearded Iris
    Modern Times
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  30. papposilenus

    papposilenus (1,106) Jun 21, 2014 New Hampshire

    I had considered putting River Roost on my list, too (as well as Brick & Feather and Honest Weight, those being the three that are closest to me) but, in the end, I figured I had the NEIPA's pretty thoroughly covered with HF and Trillium so I went with Idle Hands and Jack's Abby instead, just so I could have some different styles from time to time.
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  31. TongoRad

    TongoRad (1,191) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    In the spirit of maximizing favorites, variety and availability I'd have to go with the following:

    No Brainers:
    Heller Trum (Schlenkerla)

    English ales:
    Samuel Smith, on the strength of Nut Brown, Taddy Porter and Imperial Stout alone.

    Left Field choice:
    Catskill- top quality sour/wild ales (including a killer Flanders Red) and lagers (Black Lager, Pils especially), but also good to very good hoppy beers for variety's sake. ( @cavedave - I also considered Crooked Stave for this slot, with a better wild/fruited beer program, but the Black Lager and Flanders Red pushed Catskill ahead :slight_smile:).

    American hops:
    Industrial Arts- plus, they're sort of the converse to Catskill in that they'll surprise you with a great lager every now and then.
  32. jesskidden

    jesskidden (884) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Played this game in the 1970s --- when, by the end of the decade "5 breweries" equaled over 10% of the brewing companies in the US:astonished:--- into the 1980s, when I eventually "lost".

    1. P. Ballantine & Sons
    2. Rheingold Brewing Co. (McSorley's Ale)
    3. Falstaff/Narragansett (Croft, Pickwick, Ballantine)
    4. Ortlieb Brewing Co. (McSorley's, Neuweiler, Boarshead)
    5. C. Schmidt's & Sons (Prior, McSorley's)
  33. cavedave

    cavedave (1,206) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Samuel Smiths was under consideration for me as a sentimental favorite. I donated a lot of hard earned money to them back in the day drinking Nut Brown at Dead shows, and the rest of the lineup rocks too.

    I'm gonna hafta make it over to Catskill for a session, and some take out. I just resent the large amount of time the low amount of miles to get there will cost lol.

    Your list is a bunch of greatness that covers a large amount of territory, nicely done..
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  34. Shroud0fdoom

    Shroud0fdoom (0) Oct 31, 2013 Maryland

    I’ll play!

    1. Victory Brewing Company: Above Solid English Bitters and damn fine Pilsners.
    2. Union Brewing Company: Same reason, German and English Style Beers come Natural to these Guys!
    3. De Molen: These guys know how to Bourbon Barrel age a Beer or Two!
    4. Unibroue: simple reason....they know how to make Belgian style Beers that isn’t too cloying sweet like most American Brewers do with the use of Candied Sugar.
    5. Brasserie de Rochefort: I wouldn’t know how to live if I couldn’t snag a Rochefort 10 every now and then.
  35. jhavs

    jhavs (1,304) Apr 16, 2015 New York
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    Yeah, I put them for proximity and since they are on tap everywhere I go. I’ve got Schilling to cover my lagers, European styles (plus Mary and Marie from HF)
    Have you tried River Roosts BA Stout or sours? Making some progress and starting to diversify. Bottle release should be soon.
    I love Idle Hands, but don’t make it down that way quite enough to make my list.
  36. TongoRad

    TongoRad (1,191) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Thanks , yours too.

    If you ever do make it to Catskill make sure to get the Grand Cru first. It's a brewery-only beer that's not packaged, no crowlers either; it's a blend of foeder aged brett and sour beers, so good! Sometimes I just drink that while I'm there and get the other beers to go.
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  37. brucepf92

    brucepf92 (0) Jul 20, 2018 New York

    Big Ditch (Buffalo brewery that makes consistently solid beers)
    Trillium (only beer not locally available, but I visit Boston often).
    Jack's Abby/Springdale
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  38. cmiller4642

    cmiller4642 (0) Aug 17, 2013 West Virginia

    I wish I lived near all of my breweries. I'm about 30 minutes from Jackie O's so I get to go to bottle releases there.
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  39. dennis3951

    dennis3951 (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    My 5 from the 70's would be
    Rheingold Brewing
    Pabst Brewing
    Anheuser Busch
    Rolling Rock
    F&M Schaeffer
    Very few people in and around Newark drank Ballantine after they closed the Newark Brewery.
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  40. nc41

    nc41 (0) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Show off.
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