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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by HuskyinPDX, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. king75

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    1.) Short's- They make such a wide assortment of beers and make some really interesting beers. I've been there once before and am going again at the end of this month and can't wait. Plus the food is great. Even my wife is looking forward to the return trip.
    2.) Founders- They always have an epic taplist and every beer I have had from them has exceeded my expectations.
    3.)Dark Horse- BA Plead the 5th blew my mind and there booth and selection at the Michigan Beer Festival last year was awesome.

    Hads: Shorts, Frankenmuth Brewery, Pennsylvania Brewing Company, North Peak, Mackinaw Brewing Company
    Visiting this month: Cigar City Brewing and Sweetwater
     
  2. scud

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    1. Hill Farmstead
    2. Cigar City (can cross this off after March)
    3. Cantillon
     
  3. BedetheVenerable

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    Black Sheep, in Yorkshire (It'd be my third time there)
    Westvleteren, Belgium
    Fuller's, London

    (very) honorable mentions: Jolly Pumpkin, Goose Island, St. Bernardus
     
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    Cantillon
    Jester King
    The Rare barrel (once they open up)
     
  5. victory4me

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    Andechs
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    Cantillon
    Funky Budha
    Hill Farmstead
     
  7. GotWad629

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    Cantillon
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    Weihenstephaner
     
  8. frankthetank86

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    yes! ive been to alchemist twice. nothing too special but the beer :) I want to make the trip to HF but I heard the drive is a little crazy. do you suggest a 4x4 or should I wait till winter is over?


    Went to Hill today, it was so beautiful up there. What a long ride past the end of New Hampshire and into the northern VT kingdom. The guys are really nice and we filled many growlers of Double Galaxy(some to trade), a few Abner and Susan also. I really would like to swill Zombie Dust and Dreadnaught at Three Floyd's, Plinys(young and old) at Russian River and all the great IPA/DIPAs at Alpine Beer Company. Have been to alchemist tons of times so its not on the list.
     
  9. awlcordell

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    1. Cantillon
    2. Russian River
    3. Hill Farmstead
     
  10. Rollzroyce21

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    Of the ones I've never been to.
    3. Three Floyds
    2. Cantillon
    1. Hill Farmstead

    The one I'd most want to revisit: Alpine
     
  11. aasher

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    1. Dogfish Head . DFH got me into craft so I've got to see what created this monster.

    2. Alpine. I want to drink the water because apparently something is responsible for everything from them being ridiculous.

    3. Cigar City. I've had probably 45 beers from them and have loved almost all of them. The thing is, I hate Tampa for the Buccaneers. Cam Newton jersey required.
     
  12. ThatCracker

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    One in Hawaii
    One in Spain
    One in the Bahamas

    I can bring good beer - I want the nice weather!
     
  13. HuskyinPDX

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    I was going to tally all of these since I started the thread, but I got inpatient. There seems to see some obvious leaders:
    Cantillon (By a lot)
    Russian River (Strong #2)
    Hilll Farmstead (Third, but a big gap between the top 2 and all the rest)
    Founders
    Westy

    In that order.
     
  14. craft_shannie

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    1. founders
    2. bells
    3. three floyds.

    looking at making this bucket list (well, at least 2 of the 3) a reality at the end of March when KBS is released.
     
  15. NHbeerfishing

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  16. craft_shannie

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    been to Peg's?
     
  17. Geuzedad

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    1. Cantillon

    2. Russian River

    3. Westvleteren

    Number 2 will be a reality in June. Heading that way for a mini vacation. Four days of beer utopia...

    A close 4th is Alpine. Had their beer last year, gonna head over in March to see and experience a real local Craft Brewery and (hopefully) meet a brother Firefighter who owns it.

    Some of the other suggestions like DFH, Stone, Founders, Cigar City (Humidor Series is amazing) and Bells are all noteworthy trips having been there done that. (Not bragging just stating) I especially liked the pub at DFH. Wonderful people, great beers and really good food made for a very enjoyable day.
     
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    Founders, Russian River, and Pilsner Urquel. Been to Troegs, Yards, and Victory but Phillys own Dock Street Brewery is my favorite
     
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    Rodenbach - Would love to see all those foeders.
    Firestone Walker - Have been obsessed with their union system lately.
    Allagash - Specifically their coolship house.
     
  20. BlackElixir

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    Just finished reading Michael Jackson's "Great Beers of Belgium", and I have to say it has inspired me to want to go visit some of these small Belgian breweries and experience their unique charm. If I had to choose three, it would probably go:
    -De Dolle
    -Fantome
    -Cantillon
    But it's sooo hard to choose just three!
     
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    1. Stone
    2. Founders
    3. Sierra Nevada
     
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    Cantillion
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    caladonian
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    ?...... well there is 2 to start with............... sorry.....................
     
  24. nc41

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    Alpine
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    Three Floyds
     
  25. Tut

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    You're pretty new here to be throwing that term at others, aren't you?
     
  26. Gregfalone

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    1 St. Sixtus (westvleteren)

    2. Hill farmstead

    3. The old Tadcaster brewery
     
  27. Danny1217

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    Russian River
    Hill Farmstead
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    Yeah ppl don't realize that Kona is as good a brewery as it is since so much of their good stuff doesn't get bottled. The bar is pretty nice and the Big Island totally rules. They make at least 5 really really good beers that are brewery only.....but they do growlers so you can drive around the island and drink that awesome stuff on those beaches or in front of water falls in the jungle or on your patio or..........wait what was this thread about....?
     
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    cantillon
    Russian River
    founders
     
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    Cantillon
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  31. adam42381

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    Yes, and it's excellent.
     
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    Cantillon, hill farmstead, and three floyds!

    I love three floyds artwork!
     
  33. blackie

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    future New Belgium NC location
    Thomas Hooker circa 2005 - olde school wales
     
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    1. lawsons finest liquids who wouldnt want to watch him work magic
    2. firestone walker
    3. jester king
     
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    1.lawsons finest liquids
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  36. nrs207

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    It's more like a barn. It's not the most impressive thing to be at, after all it's a small operation on a dirt road in rural as hell Vermont. But the atmosphere is awesome. When I was there last May it was awesome to stand around on a 65-70 degree sunny day and sip on some of the best beers I've ever had and stare out into the Vermont country side. Then since it's so small you get to see everything in action and Shaun had some music going which was cool. Needless to say I loved it and can't wait to go back this summer.

    2 and 3, probably Cantillon and Russian River or one of my other favorite west coast breweries. Pretty common response I'd assume.
     
  37. Blueribbon666

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    Weihenstephaner (Schneider & Sohn, Paulaner, or Ayinger are all right there as well)
    Founders (Major hails to the MI brewer who pushed Bell's outta my top spot as my all-time favorite MI brewer)
    Bell's (Will never forget my 1st MI brewer lovin'. Hands down not a bad dark beer made by them. And my favorite IPA)

    Being from NE Ohio and a big fan I need to check out Great Lakes behind the scenes. Runner's up would be Thirsty Dog, Cellar Rats, Hoppin Frog & even Indigo Imp and their open fermentation tanks.
     
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    Yards

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    Places I've never been:
    1. Jolly Pumpkin
    2. Unibroue
    3. St. Bernardus
    I've been to St. Sixtus (Westvleteren), Cantillon, and Russian River (a few times).

    Allowing places I've been:
    1. St Sixtus
    2. Russian River for PtY
    3. Jolly Pumpkin
    Surprisingly, I've never been to Stone or Firestone Walker. I'll get to Jester King and Live Oak this year.
     
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    Hmmm..third one is hard...
    Alchemist I guess. Never had any of their beers besides Heady Topper, but I would go there just for that alone.
     
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