Most Underrated Brewery

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  1. Celtics76

    Celtics76 Defender (642) Sep 5, 2011 Rhode Island

    I have yet to have a bad beer by them. Usually way above average with everything. Here in RI their beer is readily available and everyone talks up Stone, DFH..great breweries but not any better than Victory.
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  2. tjkinate

    tjkinate Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2011 Nebraska

    Texas breweries in general. Freetail makes some very tasty sours, would have to say they are highly underrated.
  3. Dennoman

    Dennoman Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2011 Belgium

    Perhaps I care too little about volume, distribution and marketing then. I just loved the beer in my glass.
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  4. socon67

    socon67 Poo-Bah (1,639) Jun 18, 2010 New York

    I got to try Yards a couple years ago in Philly and I've had their beer in Atlantic City and in shops in Jersey. With all the options in the Philly area I think Yards is under the radar. The Philly Pale is nice and Brawler or the Presidential series stuff is pretty tasty.
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  5. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Meyvn (1,247) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I don't think smuttynose gets near enough praise for the caliber of beers they produce- I'd put their entire spread up against any other brewery out there.

    I think Ayinger is a brewery that is unknown/ignored by a lot of beer geeks.
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  6. chimaychick

    chimaychick Initiate (0) Mar 28, 2011 New Jersey
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    I definitely say Weyerbacher...they have a lot of awesome beers that luckily you do still always find easily....for now :-)
  7. Beerista

    Beerista Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Massachusetts

    I'm a huge Smutty fan, but I wouldn't call them underrated. They get a fair amount of respect.
  8. Beerista

    Beerista Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Massachusetts

    I'd substitute Ipswich for Mayflower for Boston area underrated. Both breweries make excellent English oriented beers (my personal favorites: Mayflower Spring Hop; Ipswich Dark Ale). But Ipswich is cheaper.

    Anchor is a good pick for nationally overlooked.
  9. DrinkSlurm

    DrinkSlurm Poo-Bah (1,927) Oct 3, 2007 New York

    Sixpoint and De them both.
    Maybe Crooked Stave, kunhenn, crossroads, cambidge...
  10. Steeeve

    Steeeve Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I will second this. I really hate the Philly Pale Ale, but I love Brawler, the IPA, George Washington Porter and Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce. I would throw another vote to Philly Brewing Co. All very solid beers, and very affordable. Joe Coffee Porter is one of my favorites, as is Shackamaximum.
  11. Cyrano41

    Cyrano41 Disciple (325) Aug 7, 2009 Virginia

    Weihenstephan is outstanding, but is having the top rated Hefe and numerous other medal winners qualify as "underrated"? Ayinger, scheinder are also great but I find them on the menu at serious beer bars and recommended by fine purveyours of brew. Otter Creek is good but not so talked about. In any case I'll search out all of them again, some as soon as tomorrow!
  12. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,394) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    for me its Odells the regular line up is great and the single serve series stellar a great brewery
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  13. chimaychick

    chimaychick Initiate (0) Mar 28, 2011 New Jersey
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    I'm also going to throw in Left Hand brewery....they put out some nice beers....
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  14. Levitation

    Levitation Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2009 California

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  15. bobbanks001

    bobbanks001 Initiate (0) Sep 14, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    I agree with Weyerbacher, they do some really solid stuff!
  16. TheJollyHop

    TheJollyHop Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 California

    My vote goes to Hill Farmstead or Lawson's Finest Liquids. Two under the radar breweries if you ask me...
  17. LMT

    LMT Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2009 Virginia

    Every beer from Weihenstephan and Victory that I've had have been consistently terrific, but I don't know if any of them are really under-rated. Both of these are mentioned above, but both get consistently good reviews for a wide-range of their beers.

    For under-rated, I'd pick Terrapin & New Belgium.
  18. joepais

    joepais Initiate (0) Oct 5, 2007 Maine

    Unibroue... great price point, solid brews. what more could you ask for?
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  19. suncrust

    suncrust Initiate (161) Apr 17, 2011 Washington
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    What's the burlap sack for?

    All you need is some peyote and 48 hours without food or water in the deserts of eastern WA... then you'll find Red Peak. No flashlight necessary. I think Jim Morrison's weird, half-naked Indian friend can help guide you.
  20. Head-high

    Head-high Initiate (0) Jun 15, 2012 Virginia
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    Rarely hear Jolly Pumpkin talked about. Also a vote for Saint Somewhere.
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  21. ncstateplaya

    ncstateplaya Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2008 North Carolina

    I know this is an Underrated thread, but saw this on facebook, and immediately thought about some earlier comments about DFH. Apparently there are some folks out there that absolutely love it...more love for DFH than they have good sense. IMO :confused:

  22. Acforster2

    Acforster2 Disciple (354) Jan 17, 2011 Florida
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    Great divide. I know yeti gets a ton of love. But their entire line-up is outstanding. I've never had a bad beer from them.
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  23. lurpy1

    lurpy1 Zealot (564) Jan 15, 2010 Minnesota
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    Boulevard. BBQ and Saison Brett are about as good as American-made Belgian-styles get.
  24. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,253) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    We did a crazy side by side of a lot of Oktoberfest Marzens last year and Ayinger was certainly the best of them. Since have tried the rest of their lineup that is available here and they all are delicious.
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  25. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,253) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Hill Farmstead under the radar :confused:?

    Guess you haven't checked the trade forum recently. Or the best of styles for that matter.
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  26. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Meyvn (1,247) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    their weizenbock is a go-to for me. Fantastic.
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  27. ithacabaron

    ithacabaron Zealot (563) Jul 16, 2003 California

    It certainly has to be on the short list. In the same vein, I'd nominate Plzensky Prazdroj; Pilsner Urquell is a revelation fresh, and there's no question it gets slagged due to its "big brewery" association.
  28. dcs1548

    dcs1548 Initiate (0) Nov 6, 2011 Virginia

    This is what I was thinking, like stated above the Yeti gets lots of attention, but the rest of their line stacks up well to any other breweries, their beers like Collete, Rumble, Old Ruffian, Titan, Hercules, Wolfgang, etc. are all outstanding beers
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  29. bierman2000

    bierman2000 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2003 Pennsylvania

    wow some hate in here and I am not a DFH fan but seems that Weyrbacher and Heavy Seas under rated IMO
  30. Tschnab

    Tschnab Defender (640) Aug 21, 2010 New York

    Cambridge brewing company.
  31. SchuStar

    SchuStar Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2011 Illinois
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  32. blazegeneral

    blazegeneral Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2008 Pennsylvania

    I dont buy beer based on labels like was talked about on the first page. I can only imagine if people got so stupid that we started buying milk and eggs based on cool labels.
  33. Lordkrystic

    Lordkrystic Initiate (0) Jul 18, 2012 Washington

    For underrated, I'm a huge fan of Big Sky. Summer Honey, Big Sky IPA, Slow Elk Stout, and Trout Slayer are all really good, easy drinking beers. I need to try the Old BlueHair I have sitting in the cellar some day!
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  34. Axic10

    Axic10 Zealot (597) Mar 15, 2008 New Jersey
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    Don't forget Old Leghumper. If it weren't for Great Lakes, this would be the best porter made in OH.
  35. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    very well put.
  36. TheJollyHop

    TheJollyHop Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 California

    I was being facetious :wink:
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  37. Axic10

    Axic10 Zealot (597) Mar 15, 2008 New Jersey
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    If anything your post has made crave Old Leghumper more than I have in the past few years. When I lived in Cleveland, I used to drink it like crazy, I haven't had it in probably 3 years now. Next trip to Wegmans it will be purchased!
  38. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    I had it down here, and it was old as hell. Then I had it 69 Taps in Medina, and it was on par with Eddy Fitz. which is alot coming from me.
  39. Lordkrystic

    Lordkrystic Initiate (0) Jul 18, 2012 Washington

    Man, I lived in San Leandro for 31 years and when I moved in 2001 they were just kinda...meh. Decent, but nothing to write home about. Now I see all these accolades. Makes me weep, just a little bit! Seems like perhaps they were called something else at first, but I could be mistaken...Lind's or something like that.
  40. stupac2

    stupac2 Zealot (518) Feb 22, 2011 California
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    I think they were taken over by the people behind Triple Rock/Jupiter between then and now.
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