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

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  1. king75

    king75 Devotee (404) Jul 27, 2010 Michigan
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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

    scud Aspirant (203) Sep 22, 2010 Indiana
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    1. Hill Farmstead
    2. Cigar City (can cross this off after March)
    3. Cantillon
  3. BedetheVenerable

    BedetheVenerable Meyvn (1,023) Sep 5, 2008 Missouri

    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
  4. loony4lambic

    loony4lambic Initiate (0) Nov 26, 2012 California

    Jester King
    The Rare barrel (once they open up)
  5. victory4me

    victory4me Zealot (547) Oct 16, 2004 Pennsylvania

    Russian River
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  6. pschul4

    pschul4 Zealot (562) Jan 7, 2011 Illinois
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    Funky Budha
    Hill Farmstead
  7. GotWad629

    GotWad629 Aspirant (232) Sep 14, 2010 New York

    Russian River
  8. frankthetank86

    frankthetank86 Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2012 New York

    yes! ive been to alchemist twice. nothing too special but the beer :slight_smile: 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

    awlcordell Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2013 Ohio
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    1. Cantillon
    2. Russian River
    3. Hill Farmstead
  10. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Meyvn (1,028) Oct 24, 2009 California
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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

    aasher Poo-Bah (2,662) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
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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

    ThatCracker Aspirant (295) Nov 20, 2012 Virginia
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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

    HuskyinPDX Poo-Bah (2,505) Jan 23, 2011 Washington
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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)

    In that order.
  14. craft_shannie

    craft_shannie Devotee (481) Nov 9, 2012 Indiana
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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

    NHbeerfishing Devotee (414) Dec 31, 2012 New Hampshire
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  16. craft_shannie

    craft_shannie Devotee (481) Nov 9, 2012 Indiana
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    been to Peg's?
  17. Geuzedad

    Geuzedad Zealot (540) Nov 14, 2010 Arizona
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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.
  18. Marty91

    Marty91 Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Founders, Russian River, and Pilsner Urquel. Been to Troegs, Yards, and Victory but Phillys own Dock Street Brewery is my favorite
  19. OneDropSoup

    OneDropSoup Meyvn (1,048) Dec 9, 2008 Pennsylvania

    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

    BlackElixir Initiate (199) Jan 22, 2013 Wisconsin
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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
    But it's sooo hard to choose just three!
  21. Crawfish61

    Crawfish61 Initiate (156) Feb 1, 2013 Louisiana

    1. Stone
    2. Founders
    3. Sierra Nevada
  22. Mitchster

    Mitchster Poo-Bah (2,442) Dec 25, 2002 Michigan

    De Dolle
  23. diesel59

    diesel59 Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2012 New York

    ?...... well there is 2 to start with............... sorry.....................
  24. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,526) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Russian River
    Three Floyds
  25. Tut

    Tut Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2004 New York

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

    Gregfalone Initiate (0) Sep 5, 2012 California
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    1 St. Sixtus (westvleteren)

    2. Hill farmstead

    3. The old Tadcaster brewery
  27. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Champion (856) Jul 15, 2011 Florida
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    Russian River
    Hill Farmstead
    St. Sixtus
  28. luwak

    luwak Aspirant (269) Mar 2, 2010 Arizona
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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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  29. Shakory

    Shakory Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Wisconsin

    Russian River
  30. allouez86

    allouez86 Aspirant (204) Jan 24, 2009 Wisconsin

  31. carolinabeerguy

    carolinabeerguy Savant (931) Oct 10, 2005 North Carolina
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    Yes, and it's excellent.
  32. thegoon55

    thegoon55 Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Cantillon, hill farmstead, and three floyds!

    I love three floyds artwork!
  33. blackie

    blackie Poo-Bah (2,854) Mar 6, 2005 Oregon
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    Red Peak
    future New Belgium NC location
    Thomas Hooker circa 2005 - olde school wales
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  34. beertardis

    beertardis Initiate (0) Feb 12, 2012 Rhode Island

    1. lawsons finest liquids who wouldnt want to watch him work magic
    2. firestone walker
    3. jester king
  35. beertardis

    beertardis Initiate (0) Feb 12, 2012 Rhode Island

    1.lawsons finest liquids
    2.firestone walker
    3.jester king
  36. nrs207

    nrs207 Defender (687) Sep 8, 2011 Pennsylvania
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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

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (596) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    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.
  38. Uniobrew31

    Uniobrew31 Zealot (564) Jan 16, 2012 Pennsylvania
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  39. nsheehan

    nsheehan Devotee (461) Jul 3, 2011 Texas
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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.
  40. cjoc83

    cjoc83 Aspirant (282) Jul 31, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    Russian River
    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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