Favorite new (to you) brewery in 2017?

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  1. Beersnake1

    Beersnake1 Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,018) Aug 17, 2013 California
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    It was easy for me to try beer from new breweries this year after spending the last 5 months in Europe. I found some fantastic new breweries to me, such as Lervig out of Norway and Omnipollo out of Sweden. Pretty amazing stouts and barley wines. How about you? Any amazing beer from breweries that you hadn't tried before?
  2. eppie82

    eppie82 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,291) Apr 19, 2015 Illinois
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    MoRE Brewing Co. (Villa Park, IL). Now that Shaun Berns (formerly of Ram-Schaumburg) has his own brewery, he is slowly rolling out quality consistently whereas we were only able to get his beers once every few weeks at Ram. Here's to looking forward to an even better 2018.
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  3. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Pooh-Bah (2,177) Feb 27, 2007 Ohio

    R. Shea in Akron OH area
  4. zid

    zid Grand Pooh-Bah (3,036) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Which barley wines did you like?
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  5. Gajo74

    Gajo74 Pooh-Bah (2,721) Sep 14, 2014 New York
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  6. lkelly2171

    lkelly2171 Initiate (0) Aug 18, 2014 Delaware

    I had a lot of great beer visiting Seattle and Vancouver this summer. Cloudburst and Reuben's were the 2 that I enjoyed the most.
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  7. zid

    zid Grand Pooh-Bah (3,036) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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  8. Gajo74

    Gajo74 Pooh-Bah (2,721) Sep 14, 2014 New York
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    The owner/brewmaster is a friend and I’m just really happy for him that he finally got this project off the ground after a long struggle. Yes I’m not the most objective voice and am partly trying to promote a friend. Nevertheless, it has good beer and is a great place to hang! Check it out sometime!
  9. TongoRad

    TongoRad Grand Pooh-Bah (3,826) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Congrats to your friend!

    The website doesn't have a taplist- what kinds of beer are they making?
  10. Beersnake1

    Beersnake1 Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,018) Aug 17, 2013 California
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    The 2017 Reserve Barley Wine from Lervig was mind blowing. One of my favorite beers of the year.
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  11. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Grand Pooh-Bah (3,463) Sep 3, 2008 California
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    Great Notion, everything I've had from them has been good to great. Looking forward to their increased production and new facility.
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  12. sludgegnome

    sludgegnome Pundit (864) Mar 26, 2011 Pennsylvania

  13. Gajo74

    Gajo74 Pooh-Bah (2,721) Sep 14, 2014 New York
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    I know! I’ll tell him about this. The last time I was there, and I’m going by memory, they had ipa, Saison, Pale Ale, brown ale, stout, Berliner Weisse, pilsner. The usual suspects, nothing extreme, just well done. What I would describe as his specialty, is making drinkable sessionable brews. The saison had the highest ABV at 8%, while the stout was only 4.5, but very sessionable.
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  14. TongoRad

    TongoRad Grand Pooh-Bah (3,826) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Very welcome news, and right up my alley. I work in LIC, so will have to make it over there soon. Thanks for the tip!
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  15. Beardown98

    Beardown98 Initiate (0) Jun 25, 2017 Illinois

    Noon whistle brew co. The people that work there are great the beers have mostly bee phenomenal minus a couple of misses. Wish I lived closer I’d go there more.

    Honorable mention to scorched earth in Algonquin IL
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  16. zid

    zid Grand Pooh-Bah (3,036) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Will keep it in mind cause you just said the magic words.
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  17. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,281) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    I've taken 8 pub crawls (usually extended weekends) and three beercations (a week to three weeks) during 2017 all of which add up to 110 places visited (8 were eateries and the rest were breweries/brewpubs). I was pleasantly surprised when I looked back at by reviews for just the breweries/brewpubs on this list to discover that my rating for Big Oyster Brewing in Lewes, DE came out on top. https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/50628/?view=beers Yep, in Dogfish Head's backyard, but my rating for them wasn't far behind.

    I recently discovered Newaygo Brewing and rated it the highest of my 2107 visits here in Michigan. https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/41533/?view=beers
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  18. laketang

    laketang Pooh-Bah (2,971) Mar 22, 2015 Arizona
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    18th Street is doing some good thinks like fox and the hunted, rise of the angels and sex and candy.
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  19. denver10

    denver10 Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Not new but new to me....Baere Brewing in Denver. Their saison, in particular, was great.
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  20. colby600

    colby600 Pooh-Bah (1,919) Mar 24, 2015 Connecticut
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    Tilted Barn, RI & Fox Farm, CT
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  21. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Grand Pooh-Bah (3,463) Sep 3, 2008 California
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    In addition to my earlier Great Notion post, i need to add Temescal. They continue to fly relatively low key in the Bay Area. And while without a bunch of hype, have many solid offerings.
  22. IBUBrew

    IBUBrew Initiate (0) May 6, 2017 Vermont

    Trillium. Tree House. Battery Steele.
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  23. bluejacket74

    bluejacket74 Grand Pooh-Bah (4,709) Jul 4, 2005 Ohio
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    I'll go with Combustion Brewing in Pickerington, OH since I'm there quite a bit, and I call them my "local" pub. I always have a great time there and the beer is pretty good too! Really need to get around to reviewing more of their stuff, but I tend not to review beer when I'm out drinking with my friends.

    Honorable mentions to:

    Loose Rail Brewing, Canal Winchester, OH
    Milewide Brewing, Louisville, KY
    Gravely Brewing, Louisville, KY
    Urban Artifact, Cincinnati, OH

    Off the top of my head those are my new favorites that are new to me this year.
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  24. surfcaster

    surfcaster Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina

    Superflux in Vancouver.

    Absolutely fantastic and having the at the Alibi Room was icing on the cake.
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  25. Gajo74

    Gajo74 Pooh-Bah (2,721) Sep 14, 2014 New York
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    My pleasure! Maybe I’ll see you there. P.S. I look nothing like my avatar.
  26. 7irondave

    7irondave Initiate (0) Jun 22, 2016 Massachusetts

    I'll second Battery Steele and add Mast Landing

    Industrial Ave has become a one stop shop for breweries and a must on my Portland rotation. Allagash, Austin Street, Battery Steele & Foundation with the latter 3 in the same building.
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  27. nw2571

    nw2571 Initiate (0) Feb 26, 2017 Indiana

    Sad to say 2017 was my first foray into Firestone Walker. Hoping to have more chances in 2018 as my work provides an opportunity to travel regularly to Cali.

    Had XXI Anniversary Ale, Wookey Jack, and Krieky Bones this year. Can't wait to get more!
  28. dcotom

    dcotom Grand Pooh-Bah (5,151) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Modern Times.
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  29. EdmundExley

    EdmundExley Grand Pooh-Bah (4,244) Dec 10, 2015 France
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    For most BAs its hardly a new brewery but considering my location, I can say Founders was. Had about 15 of their ''major'' brews over the year. Top notch. Favorite America brewery especially for their Stouts.

    However Stone brewing co. Are no doubt among the best when it comes to West Coast IPAs. Happy new year!
  30. dogleg_left

    dogleg_left Zealot (572) May 12, 2016 North Carolina

    Barrel Culture in Durham, NC and New Anthem in Wilmington, BC. Barrel Culture is turning out wonderful wine barrel aged fruited sours and New Anthem is producing amazingly nuanced IPAs with some filthy stouts and porters mixed in.
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  31. Jay_P22

    Jay_P22 Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2016 Virginia

    New to me this year that I loved was Tilted Barn, Equilibrium, and dancing gnome.

    As far as semi-local, there is a brewery in Fredericksburg, VA (1 hour drive south) called Red Dragon that is making some amazing NE style IPAs and fruited goses,
  32. eppCOS

    eppCOS Grand Pooh-Bah (3,844) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado
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    An impossible ask/task, as usual, but: for new to me styles and challenging creativity in brewdom, I'll go with Forbidden Root out of Chicago. For a place that just always "felt right" as a new brewery (to me), but with all the familiar true-to-style tastes, I'll give the nod to Stoup in Seattle (Ballard). Cheers!
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  33. jhavs

    jhavs Grand Pooh-Bah (3,481) Apr 16, 2015 New York
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    Battery Steele and Mast Landing in ME were both enjoyable stops in 2017.

    Kettlehead in NH, new, good first impression.

    Hudson Valley in NY, very interesting sours. Seem to be gaining popularity fast.
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  34. BigCheese

    BigCheese Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    Spent the Summer in NC and most of the year in IL for the first time. Got my hands on a few Mass breweries too. Favorite new breweries:

    NC: Wicked Weed, NoDa
    IL Area: Pipeworks, Toppling Goliath
    Mass: Treehouse
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  35. Wasatch

    Wasatch Grand Pooh-Bah (5,344) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado
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    Really to many to name, but Tree House, Trillium, Bearded Iris, Tired Hands.

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  36. polloenfuego

    polloenfuego Pooh-Bah (2,310) Jan 26, 2013 Canada (NB)
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    From the US: NOVO Brazil Brewing really impressed me with Corvo Negro. I'd have to say that was my favorite new to me.

    From Canada: Superflux out of British Columbia...brewing some damn nice beers. Just wish it was easier to get more.
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  37. Lahey

    Lahey Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2016 Michigan

    Ellison brewing (I believe they're michigan based) has some good brews. I've only tried a stout and dipa of theirs, but both were delicious. Their Relativity dipa was probably my favorite ipa this year.
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  38. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    Aero Plains Brewing in Wichita.
  39. spark3148857

    spark3148857 Maven (1,459) Dec 4, 2010 Ohio

    Cloudburst and Moonraker
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  40. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Van Trapp
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