Favorite Brewery? There Can Be Only One...

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by TriggerFingers, Feb 19, 2016.

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  1. MartzMimic

    MartzMimic Devotee (438) Aug 17, 2013 Oklahoma

    It's a homer pick, but I have to go with Prarie.
  2. Cotton_27

    Cotton_27 Zealot (504) Feb 22, 2013 Michigan

  3. jrnyc

    jrnyc Meyvn (1,170) Mar 21, 2010 New York

    Local - Other Half
    Regional - Trillium
    National - Russian River
  4. BaseballNBeer

    BaseballNBeer Initiate (126) Apr 22, 2015 Michigan

    Their vanilla porter is excellent!
  5. BaseballNBeer

    BaseballNBeer Initiate (126) Apr 22, 2015 Michigan

    I'd have to say Founders. They make my favorite stout (FBS), their porter is world-class, Mosaic Promise is a great single hop IPA. Their Backstage Series is solid, too. Plus, KBS and Backwoods Bastard are such easy-drinking barrel-aged beers. I love them!
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  6. cheers2beers

    cheers2beers Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2005 Texas

    Karbach Brewing Co

    MUTINY Meyvn (1,135) Feb 6, 2015 Virginia

    I was genuinely surprised to see that nobody else had included them in some way this deep into the thread. It was a tough choice, but ultimately I was swayed by the fact that North Coast seems to hit the mark on every style they brew. They lost major points for not having a lineup of sours, but won most of those points back on the strength of the brews you mentioned - along with Scrimshaw Pils & the Acme Pale & IPA. Cheers, brother! :-)
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  8. jvgoor3786

    jvgoor3786 Poo-Bah (2,311) May 28, 2015 Arkansas
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    Founders. Hometown homer.
  9. Brandonhelvie

    Brandonhelvie Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2015 New York

    Sierra nevada with Singelcut coming in second.
  10. drunkenmess

    drunkenmess Savant (951) Mar 27, 2015 Michigan


    Probably Founders, just because it hits home. Plus they are awesome at making beer. Duuh!
  11. StoutHops

    StoutHops Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2016 California

    Local: Tioga-Sequoia
    Cali: Firestone-Walker
    National: Founders or Bells
  12. DVP

    DVP Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2014 New York

    Treehouse, everytime
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  13. HopBelT

    HopBelT Poo-Bah (2,112) Mar 18, 2014 Belgium
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    Struise Brouwers !
  14. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (5,408) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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  15. JMiller68

    JMiller68 Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2016 Massachusetts

    Tree House.
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  16. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    I'm currently without a favorite brewery, but a few breweries that have never disappointed me are Sierra Nevada and Samuel Smiths
  17. needMIbeer

    needMIbeer Meyvn (1,077) Feb 5, 2014 Virginia
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    I have to go with Firestone Walker. I love everything in their core lineup and I think the Proprietor's series and Barrelworks both speak for themselves. My only complaint about their beers is that it is hard for me to find the hoppy beers fresh in my area but I'm pretty sure that has more to do with the distributors and stores than the brewery itself.
  18. elliot23

    elliot23 Initiate (102) Jan 27, 2009 Maryland

    Cascade Barrel House
  19. puboflyons

    puboflyons Poo-Bah (6,361) Jul 26, 2008 New Hampshire

    "There can only be one" For me that is an impossible task. I will say that Shipyard is my go-to brewery.
  20. edward_boumil

    edward_boumil Initiate (0) Jun 28, 2015 New York

    If I had to choose solely on favorite beers, it would be TreeHouse. But there are other brewers that brew more beer styles and brew all of those different styles exceptionally (HF comes to mind). Its a tough call
  21. johng

    johng Initiate (0) Feb 18, 2006 New York

    Hill Farmstead
    Availability -- Lagunitas
  22. jdhoke

    jdhoke Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2014 England

    Founders with Central Waters a close second
  23. oldmetalguy

    oldmetalguy Initiate (0) Dec 25, 2015 Pennsylvania

  24. Kanegarden

    Kanegarden Initiate (0) May 6, 2011 New Jersey

    Tired Hands....unfiltered fruit juice bombs!!!
  25. lwhcchh

    lwhcchh Initiate (43) Aug 31, 2010 Oklahoma

    Orval...one of my favorite beers of all time and the brewery is located in one of the most beautiful old history monasteries in Europe. The area surrounding the monastery is incredibly peaceful and serene and they have a great restaurant and taproom.
  26. Spaten454

    Spaten454 Disciple (385) Aug 23, 2012 Texas

    Olde Hickory
  27. Cottontown201

    Cottontown201 Initiate (116) Nov 16, 2013 South Carolina

    Stupid notion, that I have a favorite. OK, I'll say Bell's.
  28. eppCOS

    eppCOS Poo-Bah (2,006) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado

    SO hard. But given range, availability, and consistency: yet another vote for FW.
  29. laketang

    laketang Poo-Bah (1,536) Mar 22, 2015 Arizona

    overall(and local) - revolution wins over MANY great breweries!

    out of area honorable mention: sierra Nevada, stone and bells.

    keeping in mind the many great breweries I've never tried, or have not sampled enough of.
  30. beersnobraven

    beersnobraven Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2014 Illinois

    It's hard to choose, but I gotta say Founder's.
  31. craft_beer_ninja

    craft_beer_ninja Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2016 California

    Alpine for hops. Alesmith for stouts....winner is...tie
  32. rjd722

    rjd722 Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2013 Maryland

    Maine Beer Company. Everything I've ever had from them is exceptional, they know what they do well and stick to it.

    Runners-up: Victory, Troegs, and Boneyard. I need to stop myself here, way too many more to list.
  33. GMan310

    GMan310 Aspirant (227) Aug 10, 2014 California

    Russian River/Samuel adams/new castle/red stripe
  34. Rajaholick

    Rajaholick Initiate (162) Jan 9, 2011 Minnesota

    I would have to go with Bell's. The have my favorite beer in nearly every style that I like.
    Stout- Expedition
    Barrel Aged Stout - Black note
    Barleywine - 3rd coast olde ale
    IPA - Two Hearted
    I hope they start making some sours/wild ales soon, fingers crossed. They may have, its been a few years since I visited the eccentric cafe.

    Although hopslam is no longer my favorite IIPA its still solid and tastes as good as ever.
    Their planetary series was out there, ballsy and had several great beers.
    Their Batch thousand releases and anniversary beers are awesome.
    They also have several brewery/special event beers like Roundhouse IRA that are top notch but not mass producible.

    The brewery that I wish i had tried more beers from is Firestone Walker. Based on the beers I've had from them so far, they would probably threaten Bell's as my favorite.
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  35. ordybill

    ordybill Poo-Bah (3,030) Jul 9, 2014 Georgia

    If I am on the West Coast it is Ballast Point but locally in the South it is Holy City in Charleston, SC. The taproom has a great local vibe and is always fun to hang out and drink.
  36. Samlover55

    Samlover55 Champion (814) Oct 8, 2015 New York

    For me its definitely Sam Adams they got me started on craft beer, and even if though dont have a monster stout or ipa they are still consistent and very good
  37. Cannibalgasm

    Cannibalgasm Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2015 Minnesota

  38. chrisjws

    chrisjws Champion (885) Dec 3, 2014 California

    Russian River. World class sours, hoppy beers and Belgian styles. They're average in the stout department but that's about it when it comes to being anything less than one of the best there is.
  39. NickSMpls

    NickSMpls Poo-Bah (1,737) Nov 11, 2012 Washington
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    New Glarus

    We want to keep it local, even though Wisconsin has that football team.
    But I don't hold that against them. Much.
  40. Gambyt20

    Gambyt20 Savant (975) Jan 14, 2016 Illinois

    Bell's. Love their stouts. Every beer in line up is above average. Amber ale was the beer that got me started in craft beer over 15 years ago. Was very upset when they stopped their distro into chicago. Cheers!
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