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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by TriggerFingers, Feb 19, 2016.
It's a homer pick, but I have to go with Prarie.
Local - Other Half
Regional - Trillium
National - Russian River
Their vanilla porter is excellent!
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!
Karbach Brewing Co
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! :-)
Founders. Hometown homer.
Sierra nevada with Singelcut coming in second.
Probably Founders, just because it hits home. Plus they are awesome at making beer. Duuh!
National: Founders or Bells
Struise Brouwers !
I'm currently without a favorite brewery, but a few breweries that have never disappointed me are Sierra Nevada and Samuel Smiths
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.
Cascade Barrel House
"There can only be one" For me that is an impossible task. I will say that Shipyard is my go-to brewery.
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
Availability -- Lagunitas
Founders with Central Waters a close second
Tired Hands....unfiltered fruit juice bombs!!!
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.
Stupid notion, that I have a favorite. OK, I'll say Bell's.
SO hard. But given range, availability, and consistency: yet another vote for FW.
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.
It's hard to choose, but I gotta say Founder's.
Alpine for hops. Alesmith for stouts....winner is...tie
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.
Russian River/Samuel adams/new castle/red stripe
I would have to go with Bell's. The have my favorite beer in nearly every style that I like.
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.
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.
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
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.
We want to keep it local, even though Wisconsin has that football team.
But I don't hold that against them. Much.
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!