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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by BeerNut402, Jan 4, 2013.
What breweries have you been able to tour? What were your favorites?
I will start... Boulevard Brewery in Kansas City. It was my favorite of the five or six I have had the chance to visit. They have a whole floor of the brewery consisting of handcarved wooden tiles. One man and his assistant slaved away for about 4 months (if I remember correctly) carefully handcarving and placing the tiles one by one. Another cool thing is I was there when they finally decided to switch over from screw off tops to pry off. The reason: they said there is an important secondary fermentation process that takes place from the time it is bottle until the time it is opened. They screw off cap lets oxygen in which can ruin the process.
My first tour was Utica Brewery in up-state New York about 30+ years ago. Since I've been to a few including Redhook in Washington and New Hampshire. My favorite so far has been 7 seas in Gig Harbor Washington. They served there stout with mini snickers bars which was quite the match. This week i hope to go to Beer'd brewery in Ct, a small Nano that is not pretentious, just loves doing the beer thing.
Going to Bell's tomorrow.
A few weeks ago I hit up Lost Abbey, Stone, Green Flash, and AleSmith.
Of all the breweries I've been to, Lost Abbey is my favorite to visit.
I made a list of all the breweries and brewpubs/taphouses associated with one brewery that I visited on 2012. Tried ranking them based on beer, ambiance, food (when applicable), tour (when applicable), and other intangibles.
1. Andescher, Andechs, Germany
2. The Alchemist, Waterbury, VT
3. Alpine, Alpine, CA
4. Dieu De Ciel, Montreal, CA
5. Three Floyds, Munster, IN
6. Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY
7. De Halve Maan, Bruges, Belgium
8. Alesmith, San Giego, CA
9. The Brew Kettle, Stronsville, OH
10. Stone, Escondido, CA
11. Dogfish Head, Milton/Rehoboth Beach, DE
12. Heavy Seas, Halethorpe, MD
13. Troegs, Hershey, PA
14. DC Brau, Washington, DC
15. Port/Lost Abbey, San Marcos, CA
16. Green Flash, San Diego, CA
17. Hofbrauhaus, Munich, Germany
18. Olde Saratoga Brewery, Saratoga, NY
19. Weisses Brauhaus (Schneider), Munich, Germany
20. Half Acre Brewing, Chicago, IL
21. Revolution Brewing, Chicago, IL
22. Union Craft, Baltimore, MD
23. Coronado Brewing, Coronado, CA
24. Mad Fox, Falls Church, VA
25. 3 Stars Brewing, Washington, DC
Did the tour at Ommegang, De Halve Maan, Stone, Dogfish, Heavy Seas, and DC Brau.
I've only toured the Red Hook brewery in New Hampshire, but I plan on touring SweetWater here in Atlanta and the Jail House brewery in Hampton GA.
Can't remember them all, I have been to a few. Youngs, Fullers, Cantillon, Spezial, Bells (old and new), Stone were all nice and stand out. Sierra Nevada beer camp was like going to heaven.
Edit - Firestone Walker, New Galrus, Anchor, Odells, Straffe Hendrick. There are more back in the memory banks.
Not counting brew pubs:
In MN: Summit, Fulton, Indeed
In AZ: Nimbus, OHSO
In MA: Night Shift, Idle Hands, Sam Adams, Harpoon, Blue Hills, Wormtown
In CA: Island
Overseas: Carlsberg in Denmark
Favorites are Night Shift and Idle Hands, two nanobreweries in the same dingy warehouse in Everett, MA.
Here's my current list:
New Glarus was a great experience – met the plant manager on a self tour and engaged in great conversation.
2. Green Flash
3. Mother Earth
4. Tustin Brewery
5. Port Brewing/Lost Abbey
10. The Bruery
11. Iron Fist
Overall favorite has always been Stone for their restaurant and garden. Great place to take chicks.
I'm going to Russian River at the end of the month and I could not be more excited. Hopefully will hit Firestone Walker and Lagunitas on the way up too.
Surly. Mostly because the only thing better than a Surly, is 5 gratis Surlyes.
As am I
I think the only one I've actually done the official "tour" of is Ballast Point.
The Samuel smiths organic choclate stout goes amazing with freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. A great pairing as well
Not exactly the height of craft beer but I really enjoyed visiting Yuengling; they take you down into a cave where they hid beer during prohibition. Have also been to Brooklyn, Sam Adams(Boston), Stoudts, Free Will, Yards, Forest and Main, Round Guys, Triumph(has a great restaurant), and Avondale.
Been to quite a few top notch breweries, but rarely leave the pub.
Crazy, I know.
Love to belly-up. And stay put.
Best brewery tour I've been on is Pilsner Urquell in the Czech Republic. Learned that the beer they drink in The Czech Republic, Germany and Slovakia is different than the beer everyone else gets. Also loved that they ferment the beer to these 3 countries in open fermenters. AND I got unfiltered Pilsner Urquell straight from the barrel--only place you can. Was fantastic.
Good man. Find the work. Do the work.
I enjoy the belly up method as well but touring the place they were created has its own appeal ya know