Brewery Names: Stupid, Great and Yours

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by NeroFiddled, Oct 28, 2019.

  1. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (11,391) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    There are so many breweries now - it's amazing! And I'm not just talking about the U.S., this is happening all over the globe. With this many breweries it almost seems like we're running out of good names. What are some stupid names, great names, or names that you might use if you opened up a brewery.

    I'll start:
    stupid: Captured By Porches in OR. Maybe I'm just missing the connection.
    great: BrewDog from Scotland. You might not like them, but the name let's you know what they're all about.
    whadda ya got: I was going to name my brewery Gargoyle Brewing Co. if I could ever get it off the ground. Then Stone showed up. Greg told me I could still use the name years ago but that was then and this is now.
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  2. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Devotee (437) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Worst I have heard of = Short Bus
  3. ericwo

    ericwo Initiate (96) Aug 21, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Stupid: Hoof Hearted
    Great: AleSmith, just like the master craftsmen back in the day (blacksmith, silversmith), but for beer.
  4. imtroy703

    imtroy703 Disciple (388) Nov 13, 2009 Tennessee
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    I like it when the name comes from the history of the area/land they located on.
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  5. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,634) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    Stupid: I agree with @ericwo with the Hoof Hearted name (juvenile minds at work created that?), but I also think that BAD Brewing and Mediocre Brewing, both of which came up a few days ago in a different, unrelated thread, are a bad to mediocre gamble upon opening your brewery's doors for the first time.

    Great: Bell's, just because the quality of the beer and the organization has to translate to the name.

    Mine: For some unexplained reason I've always thought it would be Red Rooster Brewing if I ever opened the doors to my brewery. I'm not going to do so, thus the name is available if you want to take it (upon legal due diligence by you first, and then a glass of your first beer).
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  6. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (5,642) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    A couple here in MN.. Bad- Bald Man Brewing,Good -Forager,Barrel Theory.
  7. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Zealot (534) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia

    Trouble brewing (aka Walmart brewing): clever name, bad beer

    Local to me, I like Traffic (soon to open) and Rip Rap, both pretty much 2 things associated with Hampton Roads.
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  8. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,692) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I could never understand how all those 'wide open beaver' places could acquire that much funding to even open up for business. And there are more than one (!).
  9. NYR-Zuuuuc

    NYR-Zuuuuc Disciple (333) Jan 1, 2013 Connecticut

    Yea came here to say this. Without question the dumbest name in my opinion. I'm sure it was funny for the first few days, but now they are stuck with it....
  10. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (7,014) Sep 24, 2007 Liechtenstein
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    Another demerit for Hoof Hearted.

    Can't think of any terrible or great ones around me, but most local/regional places around here have geographical or area related names.
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  11. BergBeer

    BergBeer Crusader (712) Aug 21, 2013 Virginia

    Worst: Hoof Hearted, 3 Floyds, Belching Beaver, Flying Dog, Societe, Hardywood, Newport Storm

    Best: Thirsty Dog, Commonwealth, Allagash, Lost Abbey, Modern Times, Great Lakes, Russian River, Magnolia

    Worst of the Worst: The whole port/pizza port/hop concept mess

    Also, is Horus Aged Ales and Horus fresh the same guy but Fresh ales is gypsy brewed?

    Really anything that is confusingly close and not explained on the label is awful
  12. rudiecantfail

    rudiecantfail Defender (691) Aug 9, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Victory seems like a win.
  13. mogulskier

    mogulskier Initiate (86) Feb 3, 2019 California

    Best: Moonraker, Sante Adairius Rustic Ales, Russian River, Toppling Goliath
    Worst: Hoof Hearted, Clown Shoes, Modern Times
  14. RKP1967

    RKP1967 Aspirant (277) Sep 26, 2010 Virginia

    I must be the only 52 year old with a juvenile sense of humor, but I love the Hoof Hearted name. Probably helps that I have a 12 year old girl who's not in training to be a proper lady.
  15. mambossa

    mambossa Devotee (409) Jun 30, 2015 Ohio

    Bad: Belching Beaver, Saucy Brew Works, any brewery with Dog in it. Because there’s a fuckin million of them.

    Good: Pipeworks, Alpine, Stone, 3 Floyds, Seventh Son, Rhinegeist
  16. JamFuel

    JamFuel Poo-Bah (5,122) Mar 26, 2009 Sweden
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    Best: Side Project, Bottle Logic, Grimm, Evil Twin and The Answer just off the top of my head.
    Worst: took me AGES to realize what Hood Hearted actually meant, but yeah, crap name. Brewery X is pretty bad too. West Coast Beersmiths from Gothenburg just sounds too contrived.
    My own brewery would be called JamFuel Brewing Co. Obviously.
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  17. gopens44

    gopens44 Poo-Bah (2,318) Aug 9, 2010 Virginia
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    Rip Rap is cool, better ring to it than say Pembroke. But, Jefferson Labs would be a decent name..
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  18. CheapHysterics

    CheapHysterics Aspirant (242) Apr 1, 2009 Pennsylvania

    MillerCoors is a shitty name. Hate that one. Same with Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV.

    I love ska music but think ska brewing is a horrible name.

    I Really like simple names based on the owner's last name or the geographic location.
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  19. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Poo-Bah (2,815) Dec 11, 2006 California
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    This is totally going over my head, but what does Hoof Hearted mean?

    I’m pretty sure I brought this up in the Pacific forum, but we have some breweries with really generic names out here in which I have no idea why people thought they’d be good brewery names.

    Bland: State, Stereo, Garage, Local Craft Beer (seriously, that’s one), Also, a friend of mine in Virginia works at AleWerks (how generic is that)?

    Definitely not a fan of breweries with the word “hop” in their names either. Pretty lame. It just seems dumb/lazy. I have a restaurant by my house called Gourmet Burger. Umm, ok. So creative! Maybe I should open a brewery called Good Beer. Oh wait, we already have that out here...

    Worst of the worst: No joke. There is a brewery here in OC called Black Cock. I cannot make that up.
  20. JediMasterLenin

    JediMasterLenin Disciple (307) Dec 25, 2018 District of Columbia

    Say it aloud to yourself and if you still don't get it I got you.
  21. JediMasterLenin

    JediMasterLenin Disciple (307) Dec 25, 2018 District of Columbia

    As a dog guy, I immediately liked the name Alesatian. Also, they make some damn good stuff.
  22. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,037) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Me too. Natty Greene Brewing Co here in Greensboro named after Revolutionary hero Nathaneal Greene.
  23. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,037) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Stupid: Ass Clown Brewing Company
    Smart: Haw River Farmhouse Ales
    Don't know: Joymongers Brewing Company
  24. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Savant (981) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Stupid Death of the Fox Brewing
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  25. VitisVinifera

    VitisVinifera Initiate (137) Feb 25, 2013 California

    There was one that was going to open near me (in Galt, CA) called Special Ed's Brewery, I believe their logo had a short bus. Made the news and a PR disaster ensued. Never opened, at least under that name.
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  26. mogulskier

    mogulskier Initiate (86) Feb 3, 2019 California

    Obviously. What were they thinking?
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  27. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (7,075) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    T & A Brewing in Newcastle Wyoming. They didn't last long. I tried to tell them that it was a terrible name. Shrugs.
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  28. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Devotee (479) Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    Probably wondering who farted :stuck_out_tongue::stuck_out_tongue:
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  29. eppCOS

    eppCOS Meyvn (1,175) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado

    Agree on Hoof Hearted and Belching Beaver. Dumb.

    I'm still shocked and disappointed that no one has done Tava Brewing (Tava being the real name used by the Utes for Pikes [sic] Peak). Pike didn't even climb the damn peak. :rolling_eyes:
  30. Ffenski

    Ffenski Devotee (413) Apr 24, 2008 Ohio

    Stupid: Lake Rat Brewing. Not too appealing, and I'm not really into checking my beers for strands of vermin fur.

    Best: Warped Wing, reflecting Dayton's Wright Brothers history, and Rhinegeist which gives a nod to Cincinnati's rich German brewing history.
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  31. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Poo-Bah (2,815) Dec 11, 2006 California
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    Wow. Wow. Wow... worst-name-ever!
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  32. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,692) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Fwiw, Belching Beaver isn't the prime example I was thinking of. These guys seem to be intent on taking it as far as it can go:
  33. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Devotee (479) Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

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  34. Tripel_Threat

    Tripel_Threat Poo-Bah (2,668) Jun 29, 2014 Michigan
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    I've only read the name before and now saying it out loud I was pissed I didn't get it before.
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  35. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,634) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    It's definitely juvenile minds that thought that one up.
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  36. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Aspirant (229) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    Belching Beaver is pretty bad and I can't bring myself to give them money

    Against The Grain is just cringey and their Brown Note is the worst packaging I've ever seen. Fuck them
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  37. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,361) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Dumb - Clown Shoes
  38. mambossa

    mambossa Devotee (409) Jun 30, 2015 Ohio

    Their beers are pretty solid, but it’s also unfortunate how busy and atrocious their packaging design is.
  39. Tripel_Threat

    Tripel_Threat Poo-Bah (2,668) Jun 29, 2014 Michigan
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    The Bad: Gonzo's BiggDogg Brewing. I've been meaning to stop by, I hear the brews are good but the name - especially the spelling - makes me wince.

    The Good: Dragonmead, feels fitting considering they specialize in European ales and mead.
    Upper Hand: besides the obvious connotation, if you ask a Michigander to make a map and show you where Escanaba is, he'll point to a spot on his upper hand, held sideways
  40. raynmoon

    raynmoon Champion (802) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado

    There's worse names out there, folks. I've seen them pop up from time to time but keep forgetting them.

    There's some out there about beards and mustache's. If those weren't already cliche enough.

    Moustache Brewing... :rolling_eyes:
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