If you could visit any three breweries in the world...

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  1. Ooji

    Ooji Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2010 Germany

    Too much #12. Many more trips to come. Westvleteren is #1
  2. jwheeler87

    jwheeler87 Aspirant (226) Oct 27, 2011 Massachusetts

    We're on the exact same page.
  3. acevenom

    acevenom Initiate (0) Oct 7, 2011 Louisiana

    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.

    1) Weihenstephan
    2) Schlenkerla
    3) Uerige

    Sorry Belgium.
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  4. mmikey8

    mmikey8 Aspirant (298) Aug 2, 2012 California
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    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!
  5. Ooji

    Ooji Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2010 Germany

    Okay. Yes that leaves three.
  6. julian

    julian Devotee (454) May 31, 2008 Washington

    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...)
  7. DaveAnderson

    DaveAnderson Devotee (479) Jan 11, 2011 Minnesota

    You forgot Obama's home brewery. Also a tough tour to book.
  8. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (152) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    Hill Farmstead
    Red Peak Brewing in Quishnam, WA
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  9. Duesler

    Duesler Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2012 Connecticut

    1. AB-InBev
    2. Miller-Coors
    3. Pabst

    But Really (In No Particular Order)-
    1. Three Floyds
    2. Founders
    3. Cigar City
  10. DStoked

    DStoked Aspirant (257) Sep 28, 2011 Ohio
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    After that it doesn't really matter. Planning on going in May.
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  11. Dtapeski

    Dtapeski Initiate (36) Oct 26, 2012 Colorado

    Russian River (in Feb to coincide with PtY)
    Brouwerij Duvel
    Mikkeller (need to see how many beers he has on tap at once)
  12. Ooji

    Ooji Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2010 Germany

    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.
  13. Dirty25

    Dirty25 Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2012 Germany

    Russian river

    Thankfully my uncle is funding a 3 year vacation to Europe for me, so ill get to visit 2 of the 3 I bet.
  14. champ103

    champ103 Poo-Bah (3,874) Sep 3, 2007 Texas
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    For me:

    1: Traquair House
    2: Westvleteren
    3: Weihenstephan
  15. DmanGTR

    DmanGTR Meyvn (1,143) Feb 19, 2008 New York
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    1. Cantillon
    2. Struise
    3. Rochefort
  16. EDAPOE51

    EDAPOE51 Initiate (0) Mar 13, 2010 Indiana

    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)
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  17. danedelman

    danedelman Initiate (0) Apr 3, 2011 Pennsylvania

    1. Cantillon
    2. De Dolle
    3. Hill Farmstead
  18. xanok

    xanok Disciple (369) Aug 13, 2009 Connecticut
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    1. Funky Buddha
    2. Russian River
    3. Founders
  19. CoachC

    CoachC Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2012 Florida

    1. Russian River
    2. Weihenstephan
    3. Unibroue
  20. oldschool9

    oldschool9 Initiate (182) Dec 20, 2010 Ohio
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    1) Russian River
    2)The Bruery
    3) Stone

    I need to make a trip to Cali soon. Very soon!
  21. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois

    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.
  22. Ohsaycanyoubeer

    Ohsaycanyoubeer Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2012 Colorado

    How the hell has someone not said Narke?
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  23. PaulQuinn

    PaulQuinn Initiate (174) May 27, 2011 British Columbia (Canada)

    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
  24. fvernon

    fvernon Initiate (0) Mar 1, 2010 Wisconsin

    Tired Hands (I really dig their mentality, at least from what I've read/heard)
    Cantillon (of course)
    Russian River

    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!
  25. CraftEyeDoc

    CraftEyeDoc Aspirant (246) May 3, 2012 North Carolina
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    Russian River
  26. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,318) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    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 $$$.
  27. OneViceAtaTime

    OneViceAtaTime Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2008 Michigan

    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.
  28. Schwantz

    Schwantz Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2012 Florida

    Ceegar sitty
    Fahstone wakka
  29. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Disciple (335) Sep 14, 2011 Missouri

    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.
  30. --Dom--

    --Dom-- Disciple (305) Dec 22, 2012 Missouri


    Simply because I can get exactly none of these beers where I live. So it's like they are forbidden fruit......
  31. BlueRogue

    BlueRogue Disciple (342) May 1, 2011 Maine

  32. 19etz55

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

    1. Harpoon
    2. Rogue
    3. Founders
  33. JimP1979

    JimP1979 Initiate (0) May 9, 2012 Pennsylvania


    Russian river

    Three Floyd's
  34. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    goose island
    val dieu (doubt they even do tours)
    kona brewing
    hey man, might as well make a trip of it if given the option to visit any brewery :-)
  35. BigCheese

    BigCheese Defender (689) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    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.:
    1. weihenstephaner
    2. westvleteren
    3. Hill Farmstead or Stone.
  36. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,318) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    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.
  37. Roger85

    Roger85 Devotee (414) Aug 24, 2012 Illinois
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    Westvleteren, Stone, and Russian River.
  38. randylangford

    randylangford Zealot (572) Jun 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    De Struise
    Drie Fonteinen

    Because then I'd be back in Belgium.
  39. sandiego67

    sandiego67 Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2008 California

    I don't think Stone is known for their food.
  40. LBIsurf

    LBIsurf Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2009 New Jersey

    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...)
    Russian River
    The Alchemist
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