How did you choose your favorite brewery?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by DrunkenMonk, May 22, 2013.

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  1. DrunkenMonk

    DrunkenMonk Disciple (331) Jun 2, 2012 California

    What I'm really asking is how did you decide on a brewery that you relate to most?

    I like many beers from differing breweries, but have not found a single brewery I would consider my favorite.

    Do you have one? If so, is it because you simply like most of their product or because you like their brewpub or identity??
  2. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poo-Bah (1,760) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    Impossible for me to choose a favorite brewery...

    The old cliche is right: "Variety is the spice of life."
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  3. hannydawg

    hannydawg Initiate (0) Apr 4, 2010 Illinois

    I chose the first time I tasted Armand's geuze.
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  4. starrdogg

    starrdogg Champion (827) Jun 21, 2010 District of Columbia
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    It was pretty easy for me. Hill Farmstead's my favorite brewery because they make better beers than anyone else.
  5. Dtapeski

    Dtapeski Initiate (36) Oct 26, 2012 Colorado

    I feel like Odell's found did Great Divide, Firestone Walker and Lagunita's.
  6. Bones10

    Bones10 Disciple (323) Feb 23, 2013 Illinois

    I'm so new to the experience I still buy lots of everyone's beer, but my mouth wants Lagunitas beer in it. Great hop profile in everything I've tried (maybe 10 so far?). I didn't make a conscious decision, I just enjoy the beer.

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  7. HumphreyLee

    HumphreyLee Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Same way I chose my cat: I saw it in a window, asked to spend some time with it, and it jumped in my lap and we were instantly connected. Oddly enough, that's the same way I chose my wife too.
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  8. DrunkenMonk

    DrunkenMonk Disciple (331) Jun 2, 2012 California

    Oh, she's from Amsterdam? :slight_smile:
  9. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    Your favorite brewery chooses you.
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  10. HumphreyLee

    HumphreyLee Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Is that how women operate over there? Man, I should have traveled more when I was younger.
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  11. Geuzedad

    Geuzedad Zealot (540) Nov 14, 2010 Arizona
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    Foreign: Cantillon

    Domestic: Russian River followed closely by Stone
  12. OMsweetOM

    OMsweetOM Aspirant (277) Feb 1, 2011 California

    Born there, the brewery was one of the first I ever visited - both prior to 21 (the public house) and post 21 (again the original pub and also the brewery), the brewery crafts stellar brew - not only year-round but impressive seasonals and reserves, the mantra to push the limits is up my alley, the staff is amazing, the events are a blast...
    Deschutes Brewery: my favorite brewery.
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  13. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,433) Mar 18, 2010 California

    I don't have one.
  14. TheBeerDad

    TheBeerDad Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2012 Michigan
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    So true. That is why Shorts has been and will always be my favorite.
  15. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poo-Bah (1,760) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    I love Short's, but they're REALLY hit or miss for me -- still waiting to try some Short'scake and Key Lime Pie and Peaches & Creme.
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  16. grrrah

    grrrah Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 California
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    Russian River Brewing Company - Due to proximity to me and to good mountain bike trails.

    Their IPAs and Sours aren't bad either.
  17. IPeteA91

    IPeteA91 Disciple (341) Nov 10, 2012 Texas
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    My favorite is in my garage! I love commercial beer but there's a great sense of accomplishment from brewing a good beer.
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  18. TheBeerDad

    TheBeerDad Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2012 Michigan
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    What has missed for you? 2013 has been amazing as well as 2012, the only miss i have had was the spruce pilsner. Just not for me on that one.
  19. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poo-Bah (1,760) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    Ale la Reverend
    Bloody Beer
    Kind Ale

    Seems like most of the beers I have from Short's I score at about 3.8 ... those were the ones that were quite a bit lower. I always try to get ahold of whatever I see that's new from them on the shelf.
  20. hopsputin

    hopsputin Meyvn (1,223) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    For me it's a combination of enjoying their beer and having great experiences at the tasting room
  21. DoubleJ

    DoubleJ Poo-Bah (5,353) Oct 13, 2007 California
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    I didn't choose my favorite brewery; it chose me.
  22. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poo-Bah (1,760) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    Looking at my scores, Kuhnhenn, Founders, Sierra Nevada, and Oskar Blues have some of my highest scores across their beers.

    If I had to choose, I guess I'd be unoriginal and choose Founders ... almost every beer that I've had from them I've scored a 4+.
  23. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Poo-Bah (2,119) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    As with all good things in life, I didn't choose it. It chose me.
  24. watermelonman

    watermelonman Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2004 California

  25. watermelonman

    watermelonman Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2004 California

    Also win.
  26. dar482

    dar482 Poo-Bah (3,508) Mar 9, 2007 New York
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    Hard to choose because it's so darn subjective.

    I have to choose Founders because its so darn deep. Centennial, Double Trouble, Backwoods Bastard, KBS, Breakfast Stout.

    Then again, I do love Stone, Dogfish, and Firestone. They all about having a deep list of beers and doing amazingly interesting stuff.
  27. TheBeerDad

    TheBeerDad Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2012 Michigan
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    I love bloody beer, but I can defiantly see where that one is more of a required taste.
  28. GimmeGumballHead

    GimmeGumballHead Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2010 Illinois

    it chose me.

    New Glarus. FTW.
  29. l1fted

    l1fted Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2005 Virginia

    I have several go to's but haven't yet found the 1.
  30. fox227

    fox227 Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2010 California

    The brewery I have the most overall admiration for is Stone, but I would be lying if I said that they were my favorite, necessarily. I really enjoy going to Rip Current once a week to check out new beers, and also have their terrific IPAs. I love Pizza Port Carlsbad, but not just for their beers, but because it's a fun time there. I can't have one favorite. The craft world should be seen as a community or culture of common ideals and goals.

    KVNBGRY Champion (876) Aug 1, 2012 Florida
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    Odell. I moved to Fort Collins for New Belgium, and left there regretting not going to Odell everyday. Ship to Florida! (Aardwolf Brewing Co. in Jacksonville will be my favorite when they produce their own)
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  32. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,293) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Not sure it was so much a choice as just Odell winning me over with their solid collection of beers. The fact that they are local doesn't hurt either, me being a homer and all.
  33. Jacurdy60

    Jacurdy60 Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2013 Massachusetts

    drank their beer
  34. brewsader

    brewsader Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2012 New York
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    hiill farmstead was love at first sight.
  35. WelshBrewer

    WelshBrewer Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2013 Oregon
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    Yes I like most of their beers but not all, I would drink them all because they make quality beer.
    They also are very good at making one off beers like the ("Date night Imperial Porter") which I have only had once and never seen again. Their Seasonals like "The Abyss", Black Butte 2? series, etc are exceptional.
    Also their repeats like "Red Chair", Twilight, etc.. are great and easily drinkable.
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  36. ESeab

    ESeab Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 New Jersey

    Dogfish Head.

    They have a solid line-up in regular offerings, 60/90/IBA (I really hope 61 becomes a regular easy to find brew). They make year round big beers that rock, Palo Santo/ Burton Baton. They make great big bottles, Bitches Brew/ 75 Minute. Solid seasonals Aprihop/Punkin' . And they make tons and tons of off the wall shit.

    I think they are my favorite because they are close by, and my personality fits their variety of beers. Sometimes I'm just consistent, sometimes I'm crazy, sometimes I'm lazy (they aren't lazy, but some of their beers they brew aren't that tasty), but I'm ALWAYS changing and trying new things. Diverse and creative. They don't take shit from anyone, yet are amazingly and openly friendly. Great brewery Sam.

    Edit: DFH will always be my favorite, even though, as far as just taste, Founders has won me over in the fact they make every style taste so f-ing good.
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  37. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,431) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    Just curious. How did you manage to drink beer from every brewery on the planet before you arrived at this conclusion?
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  38. starrdogg

    starrdogg Champion (827) Jun 21, 2010 District of Columbia
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    Fair question - obviously I didn't, but I feel like I've had multiple beers from all, or at least nearly all of the notable ones out there. I'm sure there are probably some great breweries that I haven't been able to try beers from, but it'd be nearly impossible for anyone to top the consistent greatness that Hill Farmstead brings to the table across so many different styles. It also helps that DIPAs and saisons are probably my two favorite styles and that's what HF does best.
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  39. HokiesandBeer

    HokiesandBeer Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    You would love Tired Hands.
  40. starrdogg

    starrdogg Champion (827) Jun 21, 2010 District of Columbia
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    I have really enjoyed the saisons I've had from them, but haven't had any of their hoppy offerings yet. I'm planning to finally take a trip up there one weekend this summer.
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