Breweries to watch in 2013

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  1. MasterCraft

    MasterCraft Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2012 Massachusetts

    ^ Evil Twin is quite big already, no?

    Jack's Abby is in the process of quadrupling (?) their production size, and are still flying somewhat under the radar. Also, Enlightenment Ales. They make a really unbelievably delicate biere de champagne, I predict everyone will want their beers in a year.
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  2. ColdOne

    ColdOne Aspirant (220) Jan 19, 2013 New York
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    If Ithaca has any big plans, they're sure keeping quiet about it. They moved into their new facility in the fall, but I get the sense that the goal there is to push their main line into further distribution.

    Hop Stash was a one off, sadly... and the sours were Chief's pet project. I have no confidence that they're anything but a one-beer brewery right now.

  3. mjshearer1

    mjshearer1 Aspirant (213) Dec 16, 2011 Michigan
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    Also, Rockford Brewing just outside of Grand Rapids. Just opened up in November, but they've already got some pretty solid beers under their belt; Belgian Multigrain (Belgian dark with a lot of fruity notes to it), Hoplust IPA (big citrus hop bomb, reminiscent of big West Coast IPAs), Sheehan's Irish Stout (an Irish coffee stout), and Rogue River Brown (smooth with a roasty nut flavor). They're going to be pretty solid once they really get going.
  4. DStoked

    DStoked Aspirant (257) Sep 28, 2011 Ohio
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    This, plus a 25th Anniversary collaboration with Deschutes. Big year for GLBC!
  5. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Zealot (578) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    How is black shirt anyway? I havent' had time to make it over there yet. What kind of stuff do they do?
  6. Tnudish

    Tnudish Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2012 Wisconsin

    Jak's Abby
  7. kdmcguire10

    kdmcguire10 Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2011 Michigan

    Perrin Brewing in Grand Rapids is just phenomenal.
  8. SalukiAlum

    SalukiAlum Disciple (335) Dec 19, 2010 Colorado
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    Lagunitas, Epic, Crooked Stave, Pipeworks, Revolution, Elevation
  9. jaheussner

    jaheussner Initiate (0) Dec 25, 2008 District of Columbia
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    Both in DC:

    3 Stars- Their barrel aging program is getting off the ground and their first offering (Global Pandemic) was really, really good. They're expanding and are gonna have a dynamite regular line-up. Their saison is kick-ass.

    Bluejacket- Greg Engert and an extensive sour program? Yes, please.
  10. Thorpe429

    Thorpe429 Poo-Bah (5,387) Aug 18, 2008 Illinois
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    I will tentatively agree with Bluejacket. I haven't been a huge fan of many of their collaborations, but I'm hoping their focus isn't on things like weizenbocks.

    The Sidewalk Saison is quite nice, and I'm looking forward to more of that. The sour program should be great as well, at least I hope. I'm bringing that more to Meg, however. Greg may or may not have good ideas, but he certainly doesn't have the type of experience that she does.
  11. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Zealot (595) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    Toppling Goliath Brewing Company (IA)
    Stillwater Artisanal Ales (MD)
    Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project (MA)
    Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (MI)
    Steel Toe Brewing (MN)
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  12. jaheussner

    jaheussner Initiate (0) Dec 25, 2008 District of Columbia
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    Agreed on the odd/ less brewed styles. Did you try Snack Attack? Really good, IMO. The honey roasted peanuts put some people off, but they made the beer for me. Hope there's still a keg hidden away somewhere.

    Absolutely right, shame on me for not mentioning Meg. While Greg brings the name recognition, she's gonna be the one getting her boots dirty.
  13. Thorpe429

    Thorpe429 Poo-Bah (5,387) Aug 18, 2008 Illinois
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    I thought Snack Attack was pretty gross. I didn't like the salty peanut character. I'm really looking forward to having some standard beers from them as opposed to collaborations that too often seem gimmicky.
  14. Zbyler

    Zbyler Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2013 Connecticut

    Two Roads out of Stratford, CT
  15. Justin_Neff

    Justin_Neff Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2012 Ohio

    I didn't read every post in the 6 pages of the thread, so I'm sure it has been mentioned several times, but I expect big things from Pipeworks in 2013. I went back to Chicago last weekend to visit family and had my first pipeworks brew. I ended up picking up 6 or 7 of them and was pretty much blown away by all of them. I'd kill to have them distributed into OH.
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  16. Lethal04

    Lethal04 Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2009 Missouri

    Good People
    Straight to Ale
    Jester King
    Deep Ellum
  17. Billy1856

    Billy1856 Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012 Texas
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    Karbach out of Houston TX, everything in their F.U.N. series has been amazing so far
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  18. ShaneP

    ShaneP Initiate (175) Jan 26, 2013 Indiana

    Daredevil Brewing Co is distributed in draft only right now in central and southern Indiana. North of Indy they are in Muncie and Noblesville. Also, in greater Indy metro area and Bloomington. Locations list and current beers are on the website.
  19. ncaudle

    ncaudle Defender (602) May 28, 2010 Virginia
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    Haw River in NC
  20. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Zealot (595) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    Anchorage Brewing Company
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  21. WinoSapien

    WinoSapien Initiate (0) Jun 28, 2010 Texas

    No Label Brewery in Katy, TX. TEXAS BEER ! ! !

    And Shiner is still creating new flavors as well...
  22. GotWad629

    GotWad629 Aspirant (232) Sep 14, 2010 New York

    Good Nature Brewing in Hamilton NY ..just celebrated their 1 year anniversary. DIPA is phenomenal
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  23. randylangford

    randylangford Zealot (572) Jun 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    I totally agree. I love Draai Laag's nitro flemish ale and helltowns IPAs
  24. thecheapies

    thecheapies Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2009 Pennsylvania

    La Pienture and Idle Hands IPA? Right up my alley.

    And... just for that, you get 'Follow'ed, good sir!

  25. Dirtinabottle

    Dirtinabottle Devotee (485) Aug 21, 2012 New York
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    Three Heads Brewing in Rochester NY. Especially paying close attention to their new Double IPA called "Too Kind".
  26. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    Fullsteam and their barrel aging.

    hardywood. I havent had a bad beer from them yet.
  27. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (502) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts
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    Couldn't agree more, loved the two beers of theirs that I sampled this month.
  28. pvllbum

    pvllbum Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2007 Illinois

    skimmed most of this but I have to say Solemn Oath. Those guys are so popular right now and there are rumors of them bottling by the end of this year.
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  29. BeerLawyer

    BeerLawyer Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2008 Minnesota
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    Yeah, I'm excited to see what Steel Toe comes out with next. I've enjoyed everything they've put out so far.
  30. TJMac

    TJMac Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 North Carolina

    +1 for Wicked Weed in Asheville
  31. MCDub

    MCDub Aspirant (289) Dec 17, 2009 North Carolina
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    Made the trip there this weekend. Everything I had was top notch.
  32. mpyoung215

    mpyoung215 Initiate (147) Dec 28, 2010 Massachusetts

    Blue Lobster
    Trillium & Castle Island in South Boston (fingers crossed they'll both bring something unique to Boston)
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  33. jorrx003

    jorrx003 Aspirant (280) Apr 8, 2010 Florida
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    Now that I live in St Pete I'm really looking forward to Cycle Brewing opening up separate from Pegs and I enjoy what I have had from 7venth Sun up in Dunedin and look forward to them continuing to put out more delicious beers.
  34. Loganyoung

    Loganyoung Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2011 Georgia
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    Red hare from Marietta GA
  35. mporter13

    mporter13 Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2011 Oregon

    Beat me to it. Once they are canning, I'm sure we will be hearing a lot more about them.
  36. mporter13

    mporter13 Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2011 Oregon

    Beat me to it. Once they are canning, I'm sure we will be hearing a lot more about them.
  37. LopeJuice

    LopeJuice Initiate (0) Aug 23, 2012 New York

    Maine Beer Co and Hill Farmstead (will be even higher in demand next year if you can believe it)
    Peekskill Brewery is one that a lot of people will start hearing about soon, especially in NYC.
  38. cway2031

    cway2031 Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2013 Illinois

    1) Pipeworks Brewing Company (Chicago, IL)

    2) Pipeworks Brewing Company (Chicago, IL)

    3) Pipeworks Brewing Company (Chicago, IL)

    Did I mention Pipeworks? Seriously, I think they will become the next Three Floyd's style brewery.
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  39. bleakies

    bleakies Disciple (381) Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    Dammit, I'm from Santa Cruz originally and found out about this brewery right after I returned from my last visit out there. Next time I go see my family I'll be stoked to check it out.

    But living in New England as I do, I'll mostly be watching for new developments from some of my regional faves, most notably Pretty Things (always, always Pretty Things) and Notch (which has been putting out great low-gravity/session beers).
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  40. DHS1029

    DHS1029 Aspirant (252) Feb 14, 2013 Illinois
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    Pipeworks - loving the local flavor. They have yet to disappoint me
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