How did you choose your favorite brewery?

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  1. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Out of all the breweries I have purchased and consumed beer from I can easily say that my favorite is Sierra Nevada. I say this for a number of reasons.

    1.) There beers are great. I have never had anything from them that I didn't enjoy. Some were better than others, but none were duds.
    2.) They make a good representation of my favorite styles (their Czech Pils, DIPA, Maibock, Porter, and Dubbel and Imperial Stout- in the form of Fritz and Ken, are/were all outstanding!)
    3.) They care about the craft community in general. Yeah, they are a huge business in terms of craft, but they haven't lost touch with their roots, which is not only about making good beer, but doing what's right by the community as well.
    4.) They have a great track record of being environmentally friendly.
    5.) They are available almost everywhere in the US.

    Honorable mention is Jack's Abby. I don't know much about them, but I do know everything I have had from them is amazing.
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  2. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,431) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    Eh, maybe. I've never had any HF beers (keep waiting for someone to send me some, wink wink nudge nudge). But for obvious reasons I find the claim that they (or anyone else) "make better beers than anyone else" to be patently insupportable. I don't even think Shaun Hill would agree with that statement.
  3. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,039) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
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    Walked down the alley from my apartment into the half-timbered tavern (upper-right); walked up to the self-service window (lower right); ordered a beer and drank it (lower left). Repeated steps 2 & 3 five times.
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  4. starrdogg

    starrdogg Champion (827) Jun 21, 2010 District of Columbia
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    Let me qualify then: Hill Farmstead makes better DIPAs, IPAs, Pale Ales, Saisons and Porters than anyone else out there. If those are the styles you love, they should be your favorite brewery too! Now go get some HF!
  5. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,147) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    I don't really even have one. Just depends on my mood.
  6. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,374) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    This is basically a +1 post to what Stardogg posted. Hill Farmstead makes a number of different styles of beers. They make a large assortment of hoppy beers from the APA called Edward to the Black IPA called James to numerous versions of DIPAs. They also make a large assortment of Saison beers: Anna, Ann, Art, Civil Disobedience, etc.. They also make one of my favorite Porters: Everett. I am guessing that I have tasted a dozen of the various Hill Farmstead beer and they have one aspect in common: they are all OUTSTANDING beers! The fact that these beers are basically brewed at a farmhouse brewery, just adds a bit of allure to these beers.

    Hill Farmstead is most definitely my favorite brewery; they make OUTSTANDING beers across the board!

  7. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,374) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Permit me to suggest that a pleasant vacation would be to visit Ommegang (for their idyllic setting, good beer, and the nearby Baseball Hall of Fame) and then a continuing visit to Vermont to visit Hill Farmstead (plus The Alchemist and Lawson’s). An ideal time would be late September/Early October when the trees change colors. Upstate New York and New England is very, very pretty in the early autumn.

  8. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,431) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    Hey, I'm down in a heartbeat. But I'm going to have a very hard time convincing my (non-drinking) wife and 6-year-old daughter that this would be a good use of our extremely limited vacation time and budget.
    Looks like Disneyland instead. :slight_frown:
  9. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,374) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    “Looks like Disneyland instead”: I hear you! My wife and I were watching TV a few days ago and there must have been a commercial for Disney World/Epcot. She then stated: “Let’s go to Disney World”. I was shocked to hear that; I didn’t figure here for a Disney World person (maybe it was the Epcot part?).

    The allure for your wife could be to visit Upstate NY and New England during the tree color change timeframe; that area is indeed stunning then. I am not sure that your 6 year old daughter would be enticed by nature’s beauty?

    A couple of years ago my wife and I (and other friends) hiked up Cascade Mountain (just south of Lake Placid, NY) when the trees were just starting to change colors. The view from the top was breathtaking. We then went into Lake Placid for dinner: burgers and beer at the Lake Placid Brewpub. A perfect day!

    Have fun at Disneyland! Remember: It’s a small world after all!:slight_smile:

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  10. DrunkenMonk

    DrunkenMonk Disciple (331) Jun 2, 2012 California

    What is a homer?
  11. BeerGreg

    BeerGreg Devotee (445) May 17, 2013 Illinois
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    Lagunitas, given the price, taste, and availability of their products.
  12. DrunkenMonk

    DrunkenMonk Disciple (331) Jun 2, 2012 California

    Thanks for the good reply.
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  13. zestd

    zestd Disciple (368) Jan 18, 2013 Idaho

    Deschutes is it.
  14. MooseBoose

    MooseBoose Devotee (424) Jun 6, 2007 Wisconsin

    It chose me.
  15. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,271) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Someone who supports (and has a bias for) the local scene/product (i.e. beer in this case, also can apply to stuff like sports teams, musical scenes, etc.).
  16. DrunkenMonk

    DrunkenMonk Disciple (331) Jun 2, 2012 California

    Good thing I asked. I thought it referred to writers of long posts, as in novels.
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  17. SpongeRuiner

    SpongeRuiner Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2012 Michigan
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    How can you decide with beers so good like Natural Ice and Keystone? So full of flavor and quality ingredients, who could decide between the two?

    Are you picking up on the sarcasm? Because I'm laying it on pretty heavy.
  18. willth

    willth Initiate (0) Apr 2, 2013 Illinois

    It is hard to have favorites here in grand rapids because we have so many good breweries but location and aviability have a big part of it. How i look at it is:

    Founders for all around varierty, white flame for local watter hole and brewery vivant for something different. If i could take the variety from Founders the people from white flame and the style of vivant then minus the hippies and hipsters would be my beer heaven
  19. zac16125

    zac16125 Poo-Bah (1,805) Jan 26, 2010 South Carolina
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    I started going to COAST every week to try their new releases. Learned that it was a blue collar, husband and wife operation, and that they support the industry more than anyone else I have come across (see SC pint bill and other law changes theyve been behind). They quickly became my favorite brewery.

    And oh, by the way, they consistently make amazing beers.
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  20. paulytasker

    paulytasker Disciple (331) May 16, 2012 New York
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    Being from Upstate New York, I have to go with Smuttynose based solely on how readily available it is to me, and how solid their offerings are across the board..... Honorable Mention goes to Great Lakes.

  21. sharpski

    sharpski Champion (857) Oct 11, 2010 Oregon
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    I can never decide who my favorite is: in WA it was between Black Raven and Fremont, now in Bend it's between 10 Barrel and Boneyard. In each case, both have a deep roster of solid recipes across many styles while demonstrating they know what to do with a hop when they see it.
  22. 19etz55

    19etz55 Disciple (323) Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey

    It's hard to pick one because there are SOOOOOOOOOO many great breweries out there. For me no one stands out. I like a lot of breweries. Some of my favs are:

    Ballast Point
    Bear Republic
    Southern Tier
    Sam Adams
    Sierra Nevada
    Middle Ages
    and so on and so on.........
    They are all great in their own right.
  23. BeastLU

    BeastLU Disciple (326) Dec 20, 2012 Virginia

    Looked for hype on BA.
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  24. msween21

    msween21 Aspirant (235) Jan 2, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Not sure how you pick just one. I have a short list of favorites, but not one favorite. Jack's Abby and Wormtown are my favorite locals. I'm also a HUGE fan of Lagunitas, Founders, and Stone.
  25. TheodorHerzl

    TheodorHerzl Zealot (518) Mar 30, 2007 Indiana
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    It was Three Floyds. Several grand and 20 lbs extra over the course of a few years solidified it. Sometimes our favorite things choose us.
  26. Quantum_Dong

    Quantum_Dong Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2013 Wisconsin

    My favorite brewery is Surly because they make delicious beer.
  27. manutdfan

    manutdfan Initiate (0) May 25, 2012 Florida

    First time I went to funky Buddha right when they started brewing, tried their vanilla espresso porter and was hooked from there.
  28. DinoFight

    DinoFight Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2013 Arizona

    I usually lean towards Stone and Sierra Nevada as favorite brewery labels go. Stone was my first taste of craft beer back in 1999 and to this day they never dissapoint. Sierra Nevada was my second taste but mainly I lean to them for their consistently delicious outstanding quality control.
  29. GreenCoffee

    GreenCoffee Initiate (0) Jul 2, 2012 Illinois

    I drank a lot of Firestone Walker. I drank a lot of other beers. I decided "damn this Firestone Walker place makes amazing shit!"
  30. BSW

    BSW Aspirant (277) Jun 20, 2011 California
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    Russian River is on my way home from work.
  31. Beefytits4

    Beefytits4 Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2011 Illinois

    Can't remember the last time my fridge didn't have at least one beer from Founders in it.
  32. MichiBrew

    MichiBrew Initiate (0) Nov 26, 2010 Michigan

    Oh man...tough question...gotta go with Bells overall...Hopslam always clinches it for me...I really love Lagunitas as well though due to their brilliant selection...I would possibly pick others as my favorite but unfortunately Michigan has weird distrib laws...Bells takes it for my beer history...along with Hopslam, Two Hearted, Black Note, Expedition, etc...their Amber Ale was my intro to craft beer and will always be a fondest memory is getting bombers of the original Solsun back in 92 in East Lansing...soooooo good...of course this became Oberon due to some legal issues...the recipe is diff but the memory remains...GD shows and ice cold Solsun bombers in the cooler...along with other party favors...priceless!!!
  33. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 New York

    victory was my first craft love, and remains the brewery I am most loyal to. To be a fave of mine you need to have a German background.
  34. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,354) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    I drink one or two beers a day. My favorite brewery changes once or twice daily. Coincidence?
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  35. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 New York

    Fair point, and well done for turning this thread upside down on its head, because it really is a bit silly when you think about it.
  36. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,039) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
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    I, personally, don't understand why brand loyalty has to be anathema to "craft" brewing. But I guess that's just me.
  37. jeffmeunier

    jeffmeunier Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2013 Indiana

    Three Floyd's, great beer, coupled with an amazing food experience in the brew pub.
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  38. VladTepes

    VladTepes Initiate (156) Oct 18, 2012 Finland

    And they cost only 35 $!
  39. MikeWard

    MikeWard Meyvn (1,145) Sep 14, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Like many other BA's, it has to be Founders, so many top notch beers. On the other hand, if Nugget Nectar was year round.........
  40. DrunkenMonk

    DrunkenMonk Disciple (331) Jun 2, 2012 California

    Snobbery is never flattering. Even in your color.
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