Best draft only beer...

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  1. mellowmark

    mellowmark Aspirant (263) Mar 31, 2010 Minnesota
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    Masala Mama is pretty damn good.
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  2. sjverla

    sjverla Devotee (490) Dec 1, 2008 Massachusetts

    This is what I came here to say...probably my favorite DONG...

    Sorry, couldn't resist. Is there a less hilarious acronym we could use?
  3. infi

    infi Devotee (446) Apr 4, 2009 New York
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    HF Ephraim, aside from the recent growler fill opportunity.
  4. cmmcdonn

    cmmcdonn Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2009 Virginia

    DC Brau - The Citizen (pear brandy barrel aged)
  5. 7clutch

    7clutch Aspirant (215) Sep 14, 2012 Florida
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    Funky Buddha Morning Wood and their star fruit and passionfruit berliners. Unbelievable.
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  6. miketd

    miketd Zealot (535) Mar 2, 2006 Ohio
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    This one is tough and testing my memory bank. Off the top of my head, I would say Buckeye Brewing Amarillo IPA and Iron Hill Oak Aged Old Tom. I may change this answer when I think about it a while.
  7. Bay01

    Bay01 Aspirant (278) Nov 19, 2008 Illinois

    Mayan Gold from Goose Island Clybourn at FOBAB last year - phenomenal Chocolate Barleywine aged in Bourbon barrels.
  8. standardcherry

    standardcherry Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2011 Massachusetts

    I second Cerise Casee by Cambridge and I'll add Honey Badger which I probably loved even more.
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  9. WickedSluggy

    WickedSluggy Devotee (404) Nov 21, 2008 Texas
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    I think a growler originally purchased from a tiny restaurant still qualifies as "draught only".
  10. westcoastbeerlvr

    westcoastbeerlvr Poo-Bah (1,890) Oct 19, 2010 California

    Considering this has showed up at 3 tastings I've been at recently, it can't be that draft-only.
  11. FosterJM

    FosterJM Poo-Bah (2,719) Nov 16, 2009 California
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    Fixed that for you. There are a few Humulus beers they do.

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  12. codysjb

    codysjb Devotee (424) Jun 16, 2010 Prince Edward Island (Canada)
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    Three come to mind

    CCB Puppie's Breath, amazing stuff that they should bottle and use as a regular porter (in place of Maduro Brown ale which I hate)

    Funky Buddha Bacon Maple Coffee Porter, ok this is slightly cheating but the bottling was extremely limited and for many practical purposes, this is draft only

    Hill farmstead Edward, one of my favorite beers ever. I would really love to see HF do sixers of this, and only this, and distribute this. Keep everything else brewery only but distro Edward as the only thing they distribute.. well I can dream right?
  13. jaheussner

    jaheussner Initiate (0) Dec 25, 2008 District of Columbia
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    How often is Orange Whip around?
  14. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    Fair enough.
  15. BedetheVenerable

    BedetheVenerable Meyvn (1,023) Sep 5, 2008 Missouri

    Basically came here to say "the vast majority of cask-only offerings I had in England" but ya beat me to it lol
  16. ehammond1

    ehammond1 Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2008

    This is an impossible question to answer, but I love Pizza Port Poor Man's IPA.
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  17. johnsaulrubio

    johnsaulrubio Initiate (86) Dec 2, 2006 Texas
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    I'd say Live Oak Hefe, Austin Beerworks Einhorn, and Avery Lilikoi Kepolo were my 3 favorite draft-only beers in 2012.
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  18. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    Waldo's Special Ale by Lagunitas.
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  19. SpeedwayJim

    SpeedwayJim Poo-Bah (2,346) Jun 19, 2009 New York
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    Mister E Froot from Founders was damn tasty. As was Cashew Mountain Brown.
  20. MeadGuyfromMD

    MeadGuyfromMD Aspirant (215) May 23, 2007 Maryland

    I have only seen it during the summer. However, I am 1 hour away, so not a regular. It may be more often, but that is the only time of year I have seen it.
  21. MeadGuyfromMD

    MeadGuyfromMD Aspirant (215) May 23, 2007 Maryland

    I used to also include CBS, but....
    Morning Wood - Evolution brewing in DE. AWESOME!
  22. WickedSluggy

    WickedSluggy Devotee (404) Nov 21, 2008 Texas
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    I'm pretty sure you aren't talking about the same beer.

    DOS not VOS
  23. westcoastbeerlvr

    westcoastbeerlvr Poo-Bah (1,890) Oct 19, 2010 California

    This one:
    500 mL bottle swingtop bottle.

    Edit: maybe you thought I was talking about Rare Dos (without the "R"). As far as I know that was only bottled once, and I still haven't had a chance to try that.
  24. DBijnagte

    DBijnagte Initiate (109) Dec 7, 2012 Minnesota
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    BB vanilla Darkness. For a year round beer Masala Mama from Town Hall
  25. dsal89

    dsal89 Disciple (331) Jul 6, 2008 Indiana
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    Without thinking too hard about stuff I have tried Ill have to say Hells Black from FFF. Amazing
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  26. WickedSluggy

    WickedSluggy Devotee (404) Nov 21, 2008 Texas
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    Yes, but RareR D.O.S. is only sold at Pegs as far as I know. If you received some of those growlers, I'm pretty sure they were filled, by hand, at the restaurant. The last Rarer DOS day was 12/21/12. They had maybe 8 small barrels. See my pictures below
  27. westcoastbeerlvr

    westcoastbeerlvr Poo-Bah (1,890) Oct 19, 2010 California

    Then that's probably where they came from. Not sure what my friends traded for them, but they seem to be pretty plentiful right now.
  28. LegalBrew87

    LegalBrew87 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2012 California

    Lagunitas SF Fusion
  29. Thirstygoat

    Thirstygoat Defender (629) Nov 22, 2012 Illinois
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    On cask, Old Backus. Free State is my happy place.
  30. TomTwanks

    TomTwanks Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2011 Ohio

    Not sure it's the best but
    Columbus brewing co - creeper was a phenomenal brew.
    Also a shout out to both bba tungusta and bba jackhammer from tbk
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  31. zach60614

    zach60614 Aspirant (210) May 1, 2012 Illinois
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    I agree with this guy. '83 Dirty Horse was overhyped to me. I much prefer all vintages of Cantillon Kriek.

    My vote goes to Black Damnation IV - Messy for my favorite draft beer.
  32. MisterGrizz

    MisterGrizz Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Texas

    I'd have to go with Real Ale's Kraken (French Oak Aged Sisyphus Barleywine).
  33. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Meyvn (1,247) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

  34. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,148) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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  35. PHBoiler

    PHBoiler Meyvn (1,342) Jan 14, 2013 Illinois
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    Of the breweries I've had the opportunity to visit, I'd say 3 Floyd's Thick White Freaks, Bell's Trumpeter Stout, and Russian River Happy Hops. Each place had other great beers on draft only, but those would be my top request from each if they wanted to start bottling something new.
  36. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    Boneyard - Suge Knite

    That beer blows my mind everytime it hits my lips. Dear Mr. Lawrence please bottle that extra tasty brew, hugs and kisses - you're good friend Axes&Anchors.
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  37. Beerpharmer

    Beerpharmer Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2010 New Jersey

    Kane Barrel Aged Head High
  38. MSandahl23

    MSandahl23 Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2012 Indiana

    Off the top of my head I'd have to say founders - dave's not here...
  39. miketd

    miketd Zealot (535) Mar 2, 2006 Ohio
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    Good call on the BB Jackhammer, it blows away all other BA Barley Wines I've ever had...
  40. ndepriest

    ndepriest Aspirant (264) Feb 21, 2012 Georgia
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    Not the "biggest" beer, but my vote goes to Victory Uncle Teddy's. Every time I see it I have 3 or 4 pints. It's so smooth and balanced.
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