Biggest discrepancy between regular lineup and seasonals/specialties

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  1. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    In your opinion which breweries have the biggest discrepancy between their regular lineup and their seasonal/specialty lineup? IMO Central Waters and Boulevard. Both have a couple solid, decent regulars and some that are mediocre, but specialties that are just amazing.
  2. ChadQuest

    ChadQuest Initiate (0) Mar 4, 2009 Illinois

    Lost Abbey
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  3. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poo-Bah (7,592) Aug 15, 2010 Texas
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    Boston Beer Company/Samuel Adams. Boston Lager? Meh. Stony Brook Red? More, please!
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  4. StubFaceJoe

    StubFaceJoe Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2011 Colorado

  5. FunkyMacGroovin

    FunkyMacGroovin Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 California

    New Belgium. See: Fat Tire vs La Folie.

    Alternately, any other brewer (like Russian River or Lost Abbey) who brews fairly typical beers all the time, and amazing sours once in a while.
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  6. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

    I agree with you here. Although CW has some awesome regular offerings. Satin Solstice and Mudpuppy are awesome beers.
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  7. JamesMN

    JamesMN Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2012 Minnesota

    Surly... hear me out. Furious is great of course, but Wet, Abrasive, Darkness, etc. blow Cynic, Bender, etc. out of the water!

    THANAT0PSIS Crusader (725) Aug 3, 2010 Wisconsin
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    Seconding Goose Island. Their normal beers are just a few steps above macros (I'm not saying that because they're now owned by InBev), but BCBS and variants, Night Stalker, Big John, Belgians and Sisters, and even Christmas Ale are all fantastic beers, not to mention King Henry.
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  9. ChadQuest

    ChadQuest Initiate (0) Mar 4, 2009 Illinois

    But BCS is a regular lineup beer.......

    THANAT0PSIS Crusader (725) Aug 3, 2010 Wisconsin
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    I had read that this was discredited? Great news if it is going to be year-round! I stand by my statement, barring BCBS.
  11. maximum12

    maximum12 Poo-Bah (3,694) Jan 21, 2008 Minnesota
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    Central Waters, hands down, every time I think about this question.
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  12. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    That's like saying Surly Darkness and FFF Dark Lord are regular line-up beers.
  13. VladTepes

    VladTepes Initiate (156) Oct 18, 2012 Finland

    Well, it is not. BCS is...
  14. sherm1016

    sherm1016 Initiate (199) Aug 10, 2009 Wisconsin
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  15. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    Their Belgians (Matilda, Sofie, Pere, Pepe) are part of their every day line up, and I think they are great (not Pepe)...
    I'd have to say Lienies...Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout and the DIPA were very good...Wee Heavy was okay, and the Baltic Porter was pretty tasty.
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  16. coreyfmcdonald

    coreyfmcdonald Savant (953) Nov 13, 2008 Georgia
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    I think we have differing opinions on what the OP meant. BCBS is apparently year round now, or may be. However, it is not part of their "Urban" or "Classic" lineup. So, it's a special lineup, but could possibly be year round. Darkness and Dark Lord are brewery only one day a year releases.
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  17. incutrav

    incutrav Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2007 Minnesota

    I agree Central Waters as well. Stout and Porter are pretty good, but the pale ale, IPA, Red, Hefe, etc are all totally forgetable. I cant recall the last time I saw ANY of their regulars on the shelf, all places I frequent only carry the 4pk stuff.
  18. StoutSeth

    StoutSeth Initiate (0) Sep 24, 2010 Virginia

    Williamsburg Alewerks... Regular stuff sucks, but Cafe Royale, Bitter Valentine, and BB Porter are incredible
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  19. lokieman

    lokieman Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2011 Oklahoma

    New Belgium and Alaskan get my vote. NB has some decent stuff (ie...Fat Tire, Ranger, Abbey) but nothing I ever seriously consider picking up. Their Lips of Faith series though is a completely different story...many horde worthy offerings. Alaskan's year round stuff is just a notch above BMC for me...I can tolerate the Winter if need be but their Smoked Porter and BW are both well above average.
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  20. WagonCircler

    WagonCircler Initiate (131) May 15, 2011 New York
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    Captain Lawrence
  21. westcoastbeerlvr

    westcoastbeerlvr Poo-Bah (1,874) Oct 19, 2010 California

    Alpine: special stuff includes BA Token, Exponential Hoppiness
    Normal stuff: Nelson, Duet, Pure Hoppiness

    Wait, I actually like their normal stuff better!
  22. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    Two more great brewery examples. Very middling regular lineup and great specialties.

    Also NB La Folie and Alaskan Baltic Porter are great examples of each style.
  23. danfinegan3

    danfinegan3 Initiate (163) May 5, 2010 Florida
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    how has no one said southern tier yet? regulars are yucky (save for 2xIPA and 2xstout) but the others (blackwater series, pumking) are much much better
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  24. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    LA and RR are pretty consistently good though even with their regular offerings. Although, I am only really basing this off of ratings...I have very limited experiences with both breweries.
  25. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    Actually Darkness makes it to stores (sells out uber fast but it still gets there), and is on tap for months at bars throughout Minnesota.
  26. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Zealot (584) Jul 7, 2012 California
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    drakes brewery there regular lineup is just ok
    but they make some crazy barrel aged beers on tap at the brewery and there aroma coma is once a year IPA is fantastic
  27. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    Show me where to get GI BCBS all year round and I'd be a happy man!
  28. brewbetter

    brewbetter Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2012 Nauru

    Really? Can you buy a hundred of those bottles in a foreign market weeks after release? Because you could with BCBS.
  29. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    This isn't about bottle counts, it's about everyday brews vs. seasonal brews of a particular brewery. Read the post!!! BCBS released once a year, Darkness and DL once a year.
  30. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Poo-Bah (1,587) Feb 27, 2007 Ohio


    Regulars: Lager, Brown Ale, Pennant Ale '55, East India Pale Ale, Pilsner
    Speciality/Seasonals: Local 1, Local 2, Black OPS, Black Chocolate Stout, Sorachi Ace, Brooklyn-Schneider,
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  31. FunkyMacGroovin

    FunkyMacGroovin Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 California

    I disagree about LA's regular lineup being "consistently good," but the point I was mainly making was that their regular lineups are generally common beer styles - pales, saisons, IPAs, etc (LA a little less so, but still), while their seasonal/limited releases tend to be things like sours and barrel-aged beers.
  32. ChadQuest

    ChadQuest Initiate (0) Mar 4, 2009 Illinois

    EDIT: I meant to say this beer is super rare, i'll trade some away for some really nice barleywines.
  33. semibaked

    semibaked Zealot (573) Mar 27, 2007 Illinois

  34. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Wisconsin
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    Tyrenena, there Brewers gone Wild and seasonal stuff is amazing while there year round stuff is very meh.
  35. tonyseleski

    tonyseleski Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2011 Michigan

    Short's. Not in the way you might think though. Their main lineup is very solid with a few highly rated brews. Their seasonals and beers they brew one batch of once a year, every other week (seemingly) are sometimes downright awful.

    Keylime Pie beer anyone? No thanks.
  36. n2185

    n2185 Poo-Bah (1,911) Apr 14, 2008 North Carolina
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    Dark Horse. Their regular line-up and most of their seasonals are pretty mediocre. Their stout series, though, is great across the board.
  37. booyahachieved3

    booyahachieved3 Initiate (112) Sep 5, 2012 Kansas
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    Tank 7, Sixth Glass, Long Strange, Dark Truth and Double Wide are all fantastic year round Boulevard beers. That's a pretty sick lineup right there.
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  38. Drew26

    Drew26 Aspirant (218) Nov 2, 2012 Wisconsin
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    +1 Central Waters, though I do like their Mudpuppy Porter. Along the Wisconsin lines, Capital falls into this category too I believe.
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  39. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    Those are specialties though...I'm talking about regular lineup versus specialties/seasonals/rotating/one offs. Their regular lineup is not nearly as good as their special four packs and whatnot.
  40. Thirstygoat

    Thirstygoat Defender (627) Nov 22, 2012 Illinois
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    Agree, and I'd include Double Crooked Tree among the very good.
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