I Forgot I Like/Love That Brewery

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  1. Tripel_Threat

    Tripel_Threat Grand Pooh-Bah (4,206) Jun 29, 2014 Michigan
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    After going through the Consistently Great Breweries thread, I realized I really, really enjoy New Holland's offerings. But for some reason though (a quirk of the brain? Middle age starting to set in? Too many choices on the shelves?) I forget to check out their stuff when I hit the store.

    It's a bit infuriating because I really enjoy their flagships and seasonals, and instead of dipping back on old standbys when shopping I could be revisiting some of these brews.

    Anybody else have brewers they enjoy but, for whatever reason, you forget to pick up?
  2. infuturity

    infuturity Initiate (0) Apr 26, 2015 Massachusetts

    For me, it's Mayflower. Not the greatest brewery, by any means, but every time I have something from them, I ask myself "why the hell don't I drink more of their stuff?"
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  3. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,159) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    Brewery Vivant. But I don't think it's so much 'forgetting' about them as there is just so much good beer available that I can't support every brewery with my purchases. Plus I'm drinking more draft beers to support my local breweries to help keep them 'fluid.'
  4. rgordon

    rgordon Pooh-Bah (2,605) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Ipswich. I really liked the oatmeal stout, the original ale, and the dark ale. Old line English style ales of distinction.....
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  5. Providence

    Providence Pooh-Bah (2,366) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island
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    Their porter may be the best I've ever had.
  6. Insomniac

    Insomniac Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2019 Canada (ON)

    I really like Great Lakes (Toronto, not Cleveland) stuff, but often forget it in favour of Nickel Brook or Collective Arts.
  7. dcotom

    dcotom Grand Pooh-Bah (4,896) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Boulevard. They don't get a lot of hype, so it's (too) easy to overlook the fact that they produce consistently great beers of a variety of styles.
  8. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,670) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I'm like an elephant in some ways. I never forget which breweries I love. :slight_smile:
  9. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,670) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I had a Tank 7 from a 16 ounce can at Old Chicago yesterday and it was magnificent.
  10. deleted_user_1007501

    deleted_user_1007501 Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2015

    Do they still make The Calling? I remember getting that on a sheer whim. And it was easily one of the best IPAs I had back then, probably about 5-6ish years ago. It had so much going on both in terms of hops and yeast profile. It was so deftly balanced. Haven’t seen it since...
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  11. keithmurray

    keithmurray Pooh-Bah (2,721) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    I miss Dark Horse Brewery

    Scotty Karate
    Plead the 5th
    Fore Smoked Stout
    Black Ale

    All great beers
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  12. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,159) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    They're showing hints of making a comeback under the new ownership arrangement, so maybe they'll get back to where they used to be with the supply growing to the old distro footprint.
  13. JrGtr

    JrGtr Pooh-Bah (1,627) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    That's the problem (and it's a good problem) with there being so many breweries out there.
    A good percentage make good, very good or excellent beers - and old guard ones will drop off the radar for the latest and greatest.
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  14. BalancingBrooms

    BalancingBrooms Pooh-Bah (2,678) Aug 22, 2013 California
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    North Coast, my goodness is Barrel Aged Old Rasputin good!
  15. Spaten454

    Spaten454 Initiate (0) Aug 23, 2012 Texas

    I had a Sierra Nevada pale ale after not having one for years and I had forgotten how good it is.
  16. MrOH

    MrOH Pooh-Bah (2,989) Jul 5, 2010 Malta

    @JackHorzempa brought them up in another thread, and I just realized how much I miss having Sly Fox as an option. Their Pilsner year round, the Grisette over the summer, and their Octoberfest in the fall were all solid decisions when I lived in Philly.

    They're definitely one of those "nothing flashy but everything's solid" regional breweries.
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  17. Whyteboar

    Whyteboar Pooh-Bah (2,398) Jun 7, 2008 Michigan
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    I saw a rather full* lineup of their stuff during my last trip to the local Meijer's. So perhaps they have made some significant progress. I may need to get some more Plead the 5th, I'm almost out!
    *Full for Meijer's is about 5 varieties, certainly not a full catalog of all they brew.
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  18. Hoos78

    Hoos78 Maven (1,281) Mar 3, 2015 Ohio

    I love North Coast. BA and regular Rasputin are incredibly good. Their small line of Berliners are among the best. Scrimshaw is one of my favorite summer beers. Finding Red Seal fresh is tough, but when I do it is still amazing.
  19. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Grand Pooh-Bah (3,417) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire
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    For me it's Oskar Blues. The name "Ten Fidy" makes my loins tingle, but it's easy to forget it's an Oskar Blues beer.

    Then there's Gubna, G'Knight, and of course Dale's Pale Ale and I always find myself remembering how good this brewery is.
  20. eppCOS

    eppCOS Grand Pooh-Bah (3,844) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado
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    + Firestone Walker, of course, and I only started "forgetting about them" a few years ago when Wookie Jack was discontinued.
    But I still love their darker stuff, and anniversary ones. Cheers.
  21. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,069) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    And they do periodically release hoppy beers that I enjoy drinking but needless to say it does not generate the sort of buzz like other local breweries: Tired Hands, Levante,...

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  22. Celtics76

    Celtics76 Pooh-Bah (1,707) Sep 5, 2011 Rhode Island

    Victory. Really enjoyed Hop Devil, Hop Wallop, Golden Monkey, etc. back in the day. Last had Hop Devil a couple years ago and it's been at least 5 years for Golden Monkey.

    Part of the problem is they take up much less shelf space these days.
  23. MrOH

    MrOH Pooh-Bah (2,989) Jul 5, 2010 Malta

    You forgot to mention Prima Pils.
  24. barrybeerdog

    barrybeerdog Zealot (745) Aug 17, 2012 South Dakota

    I completely agree with your take on Ten Fidy, but unless you are Candice Swanepoel, I really don't wanna hear about your tingling loins:grin:!!
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  25. oldmankoch

    oldmankoch Maven (1,263) Jan 1, 2014 Tennessee

    1. North Coast - Just got back into them the past 3 months after many years of not buying their product.
    2. Bells - Best Brown, Cream Stout, Expedition, Java. I often move past these even though I know how good they are.
    3. Maine Beer Company - Purchase a few times a year and always finish a beer saying I need to buy more often.
  26. Stofko1992

    Stofko1992 Pooh-Bah (1,673) Dec 19, 2013 Pennsylvania

    For me it's New Trail. I always seem to over look their new releases, then enjoy the hell out of them when I have one.
  27. hojo813

    hojo813 Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2018 Virginia

    Do they still sell Dirtwolf? I don't see it in VA anymore.
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  28. hojo813

    hojo813 Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2018 Virginia

    Never been there but Waterfront out of Maine used to well a cheap IPA that was amazing for the price. They were usually 7 a sixer versus 10-11. And wey
  29. adrock314

    adrock314 Pooh-Bah (1,917) Apr 14, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    Did a GR beercation/camping trip years ago. We hit the usual suspects but Brewery Vivant was the standout. Maybe it was just because I was unfamiliar with them, but we were blown away by the beer and the chef-driven fare at the pub. Best meal of the trip by far. Great place. I wish I could get that stuff in Pittsburgh.
  30. adrock314

    adrock314 Pooh-Bah (1,917) Apr 14, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    Love their Stout series. When we visited them on the same trip as mentioned in my previous post I was initially disappointed that they didn't have any "brewery exclusive" stuff on tap. Then I realized they had Fore Smoked Stout for $3 a pint (I think they were trying to open the line for the next in the series). Needless to say my wife drove back to the hotel that night. Really cool spot.
  31. craigbelly

    craigbelly Pooh-Bah (2,264) Dec 31, 2015 Iowa
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    Couldn't agree more. In the last few months I've been reminding myself of this.

  32. JrGtr

    JrGtr Pooh-Bah (1,627) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    Maine does make excellent beer, but IMO it's overpriced for what it is. 8 bucks for a 16oz bottle is too pricey.
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  33. adrock314

    adrock314 Pooh-Bah (1,917) Apr 14, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    Yards Brewing comes to mind. Just had their Philthy IPA and it was quite good. They aren't a sexy brewery and they don't get a ton of love on this side of the state but they make really good beer. A lot of their core lineup is low-key excellent: Philly Pale Ale, Brawler, IPA, and Love Stout - can't go wrong there. Their Cape of Good Hope DIPA changes every year but it's always top notch as well. I'd compare them to the aforementioned Sly Fox or Great Lakes in the sense that they don't do anything crazy, but they consistently crank out rock solid beer.
  34. hillind

    hillind Pundit (869) Apr 24, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Yep, I just picked up a six of fresh Dirtwolf today in fact.
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  35. southdenverhoo

    southdenverhoo Maven (1,341) Aug 13, 2004 Colorado

    here's mine from WBAYDN the other day. I had forgotten how good this is, and love the 16 oz can (it did pour foamy as you can see):
  36. tobelerone

    tobelerone Grand Pooh-Bah (3,984) Dec 1, 2010 New Jersey
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    I sometimes forget how great Anchor Porter is. Went to a wedding in a really rural area last year and they didn’t have much beer worth drinking aside from, for some reason, a bunch of Anchor Porter, and I drank quite a few. It’s delicious and full of flavor at a pretty low abv and pairs great with food - you can have it with oysters, burgers or steaks or bbq, a well curated cheese plate, a piece of chocolate cake. Super versatile.
  37. MrOH

    MrOH Pooh-Bah (2,989) Jul 5, 2010 Malta

    That could just be west Michigan pricing. Every time I'm up there to visit in-laws, I forget how cheap beer is. The old lady's cousin lives in LA, and she's the same way. Happy hour with all local drafts $3? Can't beat that.

    I do get bummed out that I won't get the 10 cent deposit back on all the stuff I buy to bring back home, though. I know that I'm only going to be out $5 or so, but it's the principle!
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  38. woodchipper

    woodchipper Grand Pooh-Bah (3,059) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut
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    Answer to the post question: Many. There are just too many good beers out there now. We are in Nirvana and don't any of you take it for granted.
    OP used New Holland as an example. I haven't had Mad Hatter in years, but I remember my first sip to this day... amazing. I will try to find some in the next few weeks.
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  39. brewme

    brewme Pooh-Bah (1,828) Mar 1, 2014 Massachusetts
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    Second that. As a Plymothean, I usually walk right by it, but they are solid, across the board. Alden is wprld class, & Porters is not far behind.
  40. CarolinaCardinals

    CarolinaCardinals Grand Pooh-Bah (4,253) Jun 11, 2003 North Carolina
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    Totally agree with the Boulevard sentiment! Very good Belgian beer styles brewed by these guys and the barrel program is very enjoyable at an excellent price point. And just to let you know @Bitterbill i am very envious you have an Old Chicago still going, i miss mine terribly :cold_sweat: as one here in NW Phoenix could always get a good pizza and beer. Cheers, Tom
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