Hidden Gem breweries

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by reannalynne, Jan 29, 2020.

  1. reannalynne

    reannalynne Initiate (49) Feb 25, 2018 Pennsylvania
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    What breweries do you think are phenomenal but aren't very widely recognized aside from maybe within your area?
     
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  2. Beer_Stan

    Beer_Stan Initiate (142) Mar 15, 2014 California
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    Third Window Brewing
    Mumford
    Highland Park
    El Segundo Brewing Co
     
  3. ChangSing

    ChangSing Initiate (153) May 5, 2013 Illinois

    I live west of Chicago (Naperville area). I really enjoy Ike & Oak. The food is solid, and the is above average. But, what I really like about the beer is that there's VARIETY. They hit on pretty much every core style. I'm not going to a taproom that has 9 beers all of which are hazy.

    Black Horizon is also a solid choice I like as well.
     
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  4. Eamonn-Cummings3

    Eamonn-Cummings3 Poo-Bah (1,893) Jan 23, 2014 New York
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    Totally agree with El Segundo. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve had from them.
     
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  5. Beer_Stan

    Beer_Stan Initiate (142) Mar 15, 2014 California
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    If you haven't gone to the brewery inside of Eataly, it's pretty damned good and has a good view over Ohio
     
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  6. islay

    islay Disciple (328) Jan 6, 2008 Minnesota

    So many breweries fit the bill. In the Twin Cities area alone, there are...
    • Dave's BrewFarm, Wilson WI
    • Sisyphus, Minneapolis
    • Finnegans, Minneapolis
    • Waldmann, St. Paul
    • Schram, Waconia and Chaska
    • HammerHeart, Lino Lakes
    • Shakopee, Shakopee
    • La Doña, Minneapolis
    • Bang, St. Paul
    • Birch's, Long Lake and St. Paul
    • Unmapped, Minnetonka
    • Venn, Minneapolis
    All of those are barely known outside of the area and at least as good as, if not better than, almost all of the biggest names in the area. Some of them are barely recognized even locally. One thing they have in common is that none of them specializes in presently trendy styles (although some dabble in them), and that of course contributes to their lack of recognition.
     
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  7. BruChef

    BruChef Aspirant (212) Nov 8, 2009 New York

    Bottle House Brewing in Cleveland.
     
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  8. rypkr

    rypkr Savant (902) Nov 19, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Crooked Tongue in New Castle PA.
     
  9. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,906) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico
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    Funkwerks, Fort Collins, Colorado.
     
  10. KRug

    KRug Initiate (185) Aug 20, 2018 Massachusetts
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    Long Live Beerworks out of Providence RI makes some fantastic IPAs. That’s their primary style but I’ve had some awesome stouts, sours, and lagers there too
     
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  11. GOBLIN

    GOBLIN Meyvn (1,180) Mar 3, 2013 Ohio
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    Tell us more ...
     
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  12. GOBLIN

    GOBLIN Meyvn (1,180) Mar 3, 2013 Ohio
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    Dankhouse Brewing in Heath Ohio
     
  13. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,167) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Beachwood in the general LA/OC coast area. They definitely get love in California but their quality, price, and style versatility is really top notch
     
  14. mambossa

    mambossa Devotee (403) Jun 30, 2015 Ohio
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    Noble Beast in Cleveland is easily the best overall in the city.

    Yet it’s never too crowded, beer and food have always been extremely consistent and top notch. Staff is super amazing, and word on the street is that they’re an incredible little company to work for. They really take care of their employees and their patrons. Everything aspect of that brewery is awesome, top-tier, and dare I say, noble!
     
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  15. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,927) Sep 24, 2007 Liechtenstein
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    North Fork: Deming WA
    Wander: Bellingham WA
    Skookum: Arlington WA
    Garden Path: Burlington WA
    Propolis: Port Townsend WA
    Pfriem: Hood River OR
    Ale Apothecary: Bend OR
    Bend Brewing: Bend OR
     
  16. GOBLIN

    GOBLIN Meyvn (1,180) Mar 3, 2013 Ohio
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    I've heard terrific thing but haven't made it there yet ... I'll do so soon.
     
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  17. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,256) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    SingleSpeed: Waterloo & Cedar Falls, IA
    Lion Bridge: Cedar Rapids, IA
    Exile: Des Moines, IA
     
  18. mambossa

    mambossa Devotee (403) Jun 30, 2015 Ohio
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    You’ll be very glad you did. Cheers!
     
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  19. tobelerone

    tobelerone Poo-Bah (2,763) Dec 1, 2010 New York
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    Four Quarters, Winooski VT. Can I get a witness?
     
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  20. Mister_Faucher

    Mister_Faucher Crusader (776) Dec 3, 2014 Washington
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    To be fair, I've had a couple folks ask me to send some Skookum barrel aged to them back on the east coast and pFriem has a fairly recognized name. Fully agree with Wander and you forgot Kulshan.
     
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  21. GregSemenza

    GregSemenza Devotee (407) Dec 20, 2014 Connecticut

    Fox Farm is Salem, CT. Fantastic ipas, sours, and even a world-class barleywine in a bucolic New England environment.
     
  22. sjjn

    sjjn Zealot (561) Jun 4, 2004 New York
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    Finback and Barrier in New York. MacLeod and Yorkshire Square in Los Angeles.
     
  23. Minipork

    Minipork Initiate (159) Dec 11, 2010 Illinois

    On Tour Brewing- Chicago, Il
    Gnarly Barley- Hammond, La
    Parrish Brewing- Broussard, La
    2nd Shift brewing- St Louis, Mo
     
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  24. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,927) Sep 24, 2007 Liechtenstein
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    Did not.
     
  25. reannalynne

    reannalynne Initiate (49) Feb 25, 2018 Pennsylvania
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    Wow .. I have a lot of traveling. A few were on my list already
     
  26. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,325) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Red Oak from Whittsett NC, definitely not the volume on a bigger brewery like Old Mecklenburg. First rate German beers from a classically trained brewer. It’s all they do.
     
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  27. honkey

    honkey Zealot (579) Aug 28, 2010 Arizona
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    Pedal Haus in Phoenix.
     
  28. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Devotee (424) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    New Trail in Williamsport, PA.
     
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  29. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Zealot (530) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia
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    Final Gravity flies under the radar when everyone talks about Answer/Veil/Triple Crossing in RVA. Granted the last 3 are great, but Final Gravity is up there too.
     
  30. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Savant (955) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Most breweries in NJ aren't well known outside of the state. The 3 best local to me are, Twin Elephant, Magnify and Conclave.
     
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  31. shadyside

    shadyside Defender (623) Feb 27, 2011 Georgia
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    Aardwolf in Jacksonville, FL.
     
  32. SMH_NWI

    SMH_NWI Devotee (437) Jan 8, 2015 Texas
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    Parish distro comes to Houston now, which makes me happy
     
  33. BruChef

    BruChef Aspirant (212) Nov 8, 2009 New York

    They cover all the bases. Last time I was there, German, British and Belgian beer styles were all represented and executed well. That would normally be enough to please but in addition, they had wild ales, ciders, meads, braggots, and American hops. Quite a few barrel aged versions of the above mentioned.

    https://www.bottlehouse.co/cleveland-heights
     
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  34. nick_perry

    nick_perry Devotee (416) Mar 11, 2017 North Carolina

    I thought of physically hidden ones - way back in a business park, everything else by it close at 5 pm, hardly any foot traffic, the Uber driver doesn't believe that's where they're supposed to pick you up. Perhaps that describes a lot of them, though. I was thinking of Thirsty Nomad in Charlotte and Brice's in Garner, NC (which just closed unfortunately, and I think being tucked away and nobody knowing where it was was part of it).
     
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  35. nick_perry

    nick_perry Devotee (416) Mar 11, 2017 North Carolina

    Agree with El Segundo (I'm from Torrance originally so I checked them out on a recent family visit)
     
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  36. rudiecantfail

    rudiecantfail Defender (671) Aug 9, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    I'm from the Philly suburbs and there are several hidden gems around here. I'll just point out:

    Round Guys in Lansdale
    Free Will In Perkasie
    Track Three in Dresher
     
  37. Donco

    Donco Devotee (457) Aug 12, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Wyndridge Farm Brewing west of Philly. They make several excellent beers. My favorite is their incredible BA Imperial Stout...certainly a contender with BCBS, Parabola, etc.
     
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  38. GOBLIN

    GOBLIN Meyvn (1,180) Mar 3, 2013 Ohio
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    Sounds great
     
  39. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,015) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Little Brother Brewing and Oden Brewing in Greensboro are both very good new spots.
     
  40. TrouserSneeze

    TrouserSneeze Initiate (125) Sep 11, 2005 New York

    Straub in St Marys, PA. Since 1872!