How Many Breweries Have You Visited?

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  1. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    About 20 some of which are GWTW (rip Heavyweight). The best one by far was Sierra Nevada. In fact it was the best factory tour of any kind I have ever taken.
  2. papaholmz

    papaholmz Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 South Carolina

    Only ever been to Cantillon. Cool experience.
  3. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Right around 55.
  4. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,159) May 30, 2005 Michigan
    Pooh-Bah Society

    When I travel on business I try to plan my overnight somewhere within reasonable driving distance of a brewpub so that I can have dinner and a couple of good beers. Also, when my wife and I go on vacation our itinerary is planned for lunch and/or dinner where ever there is a brewery. My current total of visits 188. The faves (in no particular order) are New Glarus (it seemed like beer nirvana when we were there on a nice Fall day and sitting outside while drinking our beer), Three Floyds, Founders, Bell's and Shorts. The last three are on the list because they have great ambiance and great beer.
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  5. codon2004

    codon2004 Initiate (0) Mar 28, 2011 Massachusetts

    I'm sure I'm forgetting some, and I'm leaving out brewpubs for the most part, but 19 listed below. The first 3 I've been to many, many times each. The most memorable are Ommegang, which was probably my personal favorite visit... just a beautiful setting and a great tour... Allagash, nice people, lots of beer provided... The Alchemist for being so shiny and new and sort of a mecca for beer lovers picking up cases... Trapp Family Lodge is a beautiful place... Saranac was surprisingly cool too, a nice retro tour.

    Blue Hills Brewery
    Jack's Abby
    Sam Adams
    Newport Storm
    Portsmouth Brewery
    The Alchemist
    Rock Art Brewery
    Budweiser (New Hampshire)
    Magic Hat
    Trapp Family Lodge
  6. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    Russian River
    Bear Republic
    3rd St Aleworks
    Ruth McGowans
    North Coast
    Anderson Valley
    Marin Brewing
    21st Amendment
    Sierra Nevada
    Bend Brewing
    Good Life
    10 Barrel
    Pizza Port San Clemente
    The Bruery
    Tustin Brewing
    New Belgium
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  7. GRBrew

    GRBrew Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2009 Michigan

    Anyone have the skills to put together a google map type website where you can put in the breweries you visited and it would put a pin in them? That's be a pretty cool way to track what breweries you have been to.
  8. Fargrow

    Fargrow Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2013 Michigan

    Definitely New Belgium. Just a really fun place.
  9. xnicknj

    xnicknj Initiate (0) May 25, 2009 Pennsylvania

    After making a quick list it looks like I'm around 40+

    Some favorites:
    Tired Hands
    Spring House
  10. MetalMountainMastiff

    MetalMountainMastiff Initiate (0) Oct 1, 2012 California

    Not sure but the first brewery I visited was North Coast while going to see the red woods with my dad when I was 5, it was 5 years after they opened. And there is pics of me as a child in an old Rasputin shirt. I had no clue they existed until my dad saw me drinking an old rasputin and said he thought we had gone there once, and sure enough I apparently used to have the shirt.
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  11. ilikebeer03

    ilikebeer03 Pooh-Bah (2,190) Oct 17, 2012 Texas
    Pooh-Bah Trader

    11. Karbach, Saint Arnold, Southern Star, Abita, Buffalo Bayou, Brooklyn Brewery, Coors, Golden City Brewery, Estes Park, No Label, going to Jester King this weekend.
  12. RobotScott

    RobotScott Initiate (0) May 21, 2013 Illinois

    Bells, FFF, Abita, Off Color, Revolution, Goose Island.
  13. Volsdawg10

    Volsdawg10 Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2013 Mississippi

    I've been to around 20. Out of the ones I've been to Yazoo, SweetWater, and Deep Ellum are probably my favorite. Mainly because of the atmosphere.
  14. frazbri

    frazbri Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2003 Ohio

    42 according to my bio, but I'm sure there are a few pre-BA, and a couple production breweries without reviews.

    Short's - favorite brewpub. Laid back, up-north atmosphere. Good food and wide range of beers.
    New Belgium - 1st visit was months after moving into their current facility. Last visit was a couple years ago. Amazing to watch the growth.
    Great Lakes - visited the Brewpub a few times and did the brewery tour once.

    I could go on, but that's a good list of highlights.
  15. frazbri

    frazbri Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2003 Ohio has a tool like that.
  16. zoober911

    zoober911 Initiate (0) Jul 31, 2012 New York

    Ommegang, Magic Hat, Brooklyn, Sam Adams, Cambridge Brewing, The Alchemist, Hill Farmstead...
  17. RyanCave

    RyanCave Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2011 Oregon

    AB (when I was a kid, all I remember was the smell of beer and horses)
    DogFish (my 21st birthday)
    Yards in philly
    Lost Rhino in ashburn
    Corcoran in purcelville

    Thats why I'm hitting up more of them when I go cross country :slight_smile:
  18. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Michigan

    Many, but my top two are probably Jackie O's and Perrin, in terms of great food, beer, service, etc. A combination of all factors.
  19. Stooven

    Stooven Pundit (863) May 23, 2013 Illinois

    This might induce some eye-rolling, but not being a homebrewer I generally zone out during the how-we-make-it phase of brew tours. So my favorites, in no particular order, are Heineken/Amstel in Amsterdam, Leinenkugel's in Chippewa Falls, and Metropolitan in Chicago.All told, I've probably seen a dozen breweries, and recommend doing Budweiser in St. Louis just to get a glimpse of their operation's scale.

    I did Heineken a dozen years ago so I don't know how it is today, but they breezed us through the fermentation part and brought us to "product confrontation," where they sit you in a beerhall and serve you as many 7oz glasses as you can handle for 45 minutes. They also found a coed on their birthday and made them drink out of a fancy stein while wearing a ridiculous hat. I was 22, and it was perfect.

    Leine's beer I have grown less fond of over the years, but there's something they've aced about their aesthetic -- even if it has gotten a smidge Parrotthead over time.

    And Metropolitan, I imagine, is like a lot of small brewers: you stand in the warehouse and turn in a circle to see the different apparatuses as you sip on session beers. Simple, unpretentious. Oh, and doom metal cranks at a slightly less deafening level than at 3 Floyds (or Kuma's).
  20. GreesyFizeek

    GreesyFizeek Grand Pooh-Bah (5,290) Mar 6, 2013 New York
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    Let me think-
    The Alchemist
    Hill Farmstead
    Southern Tier
    Genesee Brewing Company
    Finger Lakes Brewing Company
    War Horse
    Horseheads Brewing
    Naked Dove

    I'm planning on going to Great Lakes, Dogfish Head, and Ommegang this summer, however.
  21. Dools9

    Dools9 Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    Mayflower and Harpoon
  22. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Pooh-Bah (2,049) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois

    Ive been to a handful of breweries but I honestly don't think I've ever done a tour.
  23. BrewUrbanist

    BrewUrbanist Initiate (0) May 11, 2012 Wisconsin

    List includes brewery tours/taproom visits/brewpubs...but not chain brewpubs like Rock Bottom, etc. Thankfully, dear girlfriend is a beer fan and supportive of at least one brewery visit on every trip. Sometimes, like our trip to Maine last week, we hit several. I love looking at the different styles of tasting room/brewpubs, to see how they integrate into the community, what experience they offer beyond beer.

    DC Brau*
    Flying Dog*
    Dogfish Head
    Maine Beer Co
    Rising Tide
    Lake Placid
    Asheville Brewing
    Hops n Grain
    Half Acre*
    Goose Island
    Mad Fox*
    3 Stars
    Eastern Shore
    One Barrel*
    Capital Brewing*
    New Glarus
    Volcano Brewing (costa rica)*
    Big Sky

    *favorites, based on beer + overall vibe/experience

    On the list for this summer based on already planned trips: Evolution, Tired Hands, Troegs
  24. atomic

    atomic Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 Illinois

    Sam Adam
    Goose Island
    Half Acre
  25. HarmonMW

    HarmonMW Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2012 Missouri

    27 total

    Favorites are FFF, Bell's, Founders, Perrin, Odd Side, Dark Horse, Jolly Pumpkin, Kuhnhenn, Cascade, and Deschutes
  26. leftymgp

    leftymgp Initiate (0) Apr 15, 2013 Texas

    I think right now I'm at 66. But next weekend I've got a brewery trip to San Diego, so that will go up a bit.
  27. GRBrew

    GRBrew Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2009 Michigan

    Couldn't find that tool but a cool site nonetheless.
  28. Hdredfern

    Hdredfern Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2012 Texas

    A-B brewery in St. Louis before I deployed to Iraq.. besides that none.
  29. frazbri

    frazbri Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2003 Ohio

    It's been a while, but it's a good site to use as a tool for trip planning.
  30. Philly82785

    Philly82785 Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2008 Minnesota

    Not Many as of yet
    Surly (twice)
    Flat Earth
    Lift Bridge
  31. LKFH

    LKFH Pundit (840) Apr 9, 2007 California

    I tried to count quickly and came up with 12 breweries and a couple dozen brewpubs. I am missing several. Not sure why I segregated the two groups.

    Stone: I like to visit my rock on the stone wall.
    La Jolla Karl Strauss: my wife and I would go there a lot when we started dating, and we ate there right after I proposed.
  32. sukwonee

    sukwonee Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2011 Washington

    I have only been to maybe 10 - 12 breweries

    My favorites are

    Russian River

    But seriously, I need to get out more...
  33. mklisz

    mklisz Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2010 New Hampshire

    White Birch
    Blue Lobster
    Sam Adams
    Jack's Abby
    Hill Farmstead
    Rock Art

    Looking to add a few more in Belgium this fall.
  34. Jeffreysan

    Jeffreysan Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2013 Virginia

    AleSmith (San Diego, CA)
    Anaheim Brewery (Anaheim, CA)
    Beaver Street Brewery (Flagstaff, AZ)
    Beachwood BBQ (Long Beach, CA)
    The Brewer's Art (Baltimore, MD)
    The Bruery (Placentia, CA)
    DuClaw (Bel Air, MD)
    Fate Brewing Company (Scottsdale, AZ)
    Four Peaks (Tempe, AZ)
    Heavy Seas (Baltimore, MD)
    Lost Abbey/Port Brewing (San Marcos, CA)
    Mad Fox Brewpub (Arlington, VA)
    North Mountain Brewing (Phoenix, AZ)
    Oak Creek Brewing (Sedona, AZ)
    Old Dominion (when it existed in Ashburn, VA)
    O.H.S.O (Phoenix, AZ)
    Papago Brewing (Scottsdale, AZ)
    Phoenix Ale Brewing (Scottsdale, AZ)
    Pratt Street Alehouse (Baltimore, MD)
    Stone Brewing (Escondido, CA)

    I'm planning on hitting many, many more this summer.
  35. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,159) May 30, 2005 Michigan
    Pooh-Bah Society

    Thanks for your service!! :slight_smile:

    Now get out into that craft beer world and enjoy the variety of it all.
  36. JMS1512

    JMS1512 Initiate (0) Feb 18, 2013 New Jersey

    I'm surprised it took this long for someone to mention Ommegang. Beautiful brewery, knowledgeable and friendly staff, great beer, awesome cafe.
  37. Popp24

    Popp24 Pundit (779) Nov 5, 2010 California

    I have been to around 20 at least maybe more. Favorites include:

    Russian River
  38. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Pooh-Bah (2,549) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Counted 60 in Michigan and there are some long closed ones not in that number.

    It would be over 200 if I counted them all up.
  39. Popp24

    Popp24 Pundit (779) Nov 5, 2010 California

    Well I compiled my list and it goes:

    Ballast Point
    Stone Brewing
    Green Flash Brewing
    Pizza Port (Carlsbad)
    Alpine Beer Company
    Black Market Brerwing
    Bootlegger's Brewing
    The Bruery
    Noble Ale Works
    Hangar 24
    I & I Brewing
    Chino Valley Brewing
    Claremont Craft Ale's
    Ladyface Ale Companie
    Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co
    Solvang Brewing Company
    Creekside Brewing
    SLO Brewing Company
    Bear Republic
    Third Street Aleworks
    Russian River
    Cucamongo Brewing Company
    Sin City Brewing (not sure this one counts)

    ...... and I think that is it.
  40. tobelerone

    tobelerone Grand Pooh-Bah (3,984) Dec 1, 2010 New Jersey
    Pooh-Bah Trader

    Counted up 53. Still a handful of local spots that are missing I should be visiting this summer. Here goes for anyone interested:

    NJ Beer Co.
    Tired Hands
    The Shed
    Otter Creek/Wolaver’s
    The Alchemist
    Magic Hat
    Vermont Pub and Brewery
    Three Needs
    Zero Gravity
    Green Flash
    Ballast Point
    Bethlehem Brew Works
    Forest and Main
    Iron Hill (multiple)
    Greenport Harbor
    Long Ireland
    Great Adirondack
    Lake Placid Pub and Brewery
    Captain Lawrence
    Dock Street
    Gilded Otter
    Rushing Duck
    Long Trail
    Keegan Ales
    Long Valley
    Mckenzie Brewhaus
    Morgan Street Brewery
    Neshaminy Creek
    Nodding Head
    Pizza Port
    Rock Art
    Round Guys
    Sly Fox
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