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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by HuskyinPDX, Jan 31, 2013.
Too much #12. Many more trips to come. Westvleteren is #1
We're on the exact same page.
Top three only? I could spend a week each in Bamberg, Cologne, Munich, and Düsseldorf. And then I would still find time to hit Ayinger before I ever got to Belgium. But if I had to pick a top three? Here goes.
This thread does state "in the world" so I'm not wasting it on US brews:
Cantillon - Guided Tours
Guiness - Tour/Store
Westvletern - MONKS ROCK!
Okay. Yes that leaves three.
Stone (cuz I hear their cafe is tits)
Tired Hands (cuz I just drank some growlers last night, and see all their awesome food posts on facebook)
Hill Farmstead (don't need to explain why for this one...)
You forgot Obama's home brewery. Also a tough tour to book.
Red Peak Brewing in Quishnam, WA
But Really (In No Particular Order)-
1. Three Floyds
3. Cigar City
After that it doesn't really matter. Planning on going in May.
Russian River (in Feb to coincide with PtY)
Mikkeller (need to see how many beers he has on tap at once)
Great list. I have driven 5+ hours to Westvleteren twice and I am three and a half hours drive to all of your top three. I know what I will be doing for my next day trips. I am not impressed with the German beer available in the Pflaz...but the wi.. Is great. Westy is best beer I have tried so far and I am from SD and lived in CO.
Thankfully my uncle is funding a 3 year vacation to Europe for me, so ill get to visit 2 of the 3 I bet.
1: Traquair House
North Coast (Fresh on tap Old Rasputin, Scrimshaw)
Founders (Fresh on tap Breakfast Stout)
Victory (To make the GF happy, fresh on tap Storm King)
2. De Dolle
3. Hill Farmstead
1. Funky Buddha
2. Russian River
1. Russian River
1) Russian River
I need to make a trip to Cali soon. Very soon!
Bells, Surly, Russian River, maybe PEGS.
Been to Two Bros (meh,... food was great though), Haymarket (hipster thing to say, but used to be soooo much better), Revolution (effing gross stuff on tap, and wasnt even the only person out of the four people around me who agreed) and FFF (sweet mother of god... Drool). Will be returning to FFF ASAP.
How the hell has someone not said Narke?
Besides the ones everybody already mentioned, and the ones I've already been (but would like to go again) I'd say:
Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Tired Hands (I really dig their mentality, at least from what I've read/heard)
Cantillon (of course)
Honorable mention: all of Belgium
Been (and rather enjoyed... I won't mention the unmentionables):
HF, FFF, Allagash, Portsmouth, Upland, Moat, Vermont Pub & Brewery, New Glarus, Deschutes, 10 Barrel, Green Man, Asheville Brewery, Fitger's, Mountain Sun, Avery, Oskar Blues... still lots of places to explore!
So a question, are all of the places mentioned the tap room, or actually the brewry?
Some of the ones in Europe don't do tours. Westvleteren for example.
I have been to Andechs, Schlenkerla, Orval, and many others in Europe, but only to the tap room or gift shop. If you are on a guided tour of breweries you can get into some, but that is some big $$$.
Orval, they have beautiful surroundings and a fantastic tour.
Chimay, detailed and informative tour and the beer dinner was exceptional.
Founder's, built with reputation and quality, and there's no place like home.
I would go St Sixtus, Weihenstephaner, Fullers. Hit all the big three European countries and some of their best most renowned breweries. If limited to US: Founders, Cigar City and FW. Coast to coast.
Simply because I can get exactly none of these beers where I live. So it's like they are forbidden fruit......
val dieu (doubt they even do tours)
hey man, might as well make a trip of it if given the option to visit any brewery
Ive been to Cantillon and Russian River. Both incredible. Though beer preference wise I like the options/happy hour at Russian River alot.(I also went to old Alchemist brew pub, playing pool drinking alchemist beers besides and including heady topper, awesome.)
Top 3 I want to visit.:
3. Hill Farmstead or Stone.
Westvleteren - you can get beer at the window and then visit the cafe across the road - right?
I would more like to get behind the scenes and see how the beer is made. Talk to the brewers. But then again I am not a monk.
Westvleteren, Stone, and Russian River.
Because then I'd be back in Belgium.
I don't think Stone is known for their food.
Already been to Cantillon a couple times (and I'll go again!)
Founders (don't know if the actual brewery is anything special, but they're my favorite brewery, soo...)