Most Underrated Brewery

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  1. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (596) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    Thirsty Dog definitely could use some love. Only 2 I didn't like thus far, were Labrador Lager & their Pumpkin Ale, neither were very palate worthy.
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  2. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (596) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    I too have come back around to seeking out Anchor and damn their styles are solid as hell and stand up to anybody's stuff. I agree with you on the Porter and I can't seem to pass up single bottles of Old Foghorn when I see it they have definitely wowed me after staying away for damn near 10 years for no real reason.
  3. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (596) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    I buy the John Barleycorn barleywine whenever I see it need to try more by Mad River but damn this stuff is good
  4. FlakyBiscuit

    FlakyBiscuit Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Yards....(except for that spruce beer...eewww) has some great ales. Good post. Lots of good candidates
  5. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    Old Foghorn is fantastic, but I just cant to Steam, Liberty Ale, or Humming. The floral hops dont work for my tastes.
  6. SubpoenaDeuces

    SubpoenaDeuces Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2011 California

    The answer to this thread is Beachwood BBQ.

    The alternate answers, while correct, are not the most correct answers. The proctors will instruct you to focus on which of the following is the best answer. Choices DFH and Wyeyerbacher were provided as red herrings for examinees who did not read the entire question. Because Beachwood BBQ answers the prompt most completely, it is the most correct answer.
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  7. mporter13

    mporter13 Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2011 Oregon

    Just had denogginizer and hopocalypse this past week when I visited the bay area. I'm surprised they don't get more credit too.
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  8. ShemRahBoo

    ShemRahBoo Defender (604) Jan 28, 2010 New Jersey
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    As I am drinking their AIPA I am going to recommend schlafly. One of my favorite pumpkins, 2 stellar IPAs (tipa/aipa), a good bba stout and oaked barleywine. Haven't had much of their year rounds but from what I hear they're nothing great. They seem like a hit or miss brewery, but the hits I've had don't get a lot of mention but they are really great. TIPA was crazy good.
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  9. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 Aspirant (268) Jan 13, 2006 New Mexico

    Boulevard. I first had their standard wheat in an airport bar somewhere and loved it. Then I found their Smokestack Series and I've been hooked on them ever since. I just wish I could buy it closer than Oklahoma City.
  10. Nectar

    Nectar Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey

    Victory. Yes they are talked about but I think underrated.

    Anyone remember when Storm King was Top 10? Oak horizontal, headwaters PA, Hop Wallop, Hop devil. All fantastic.
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  11. Rainier

    Rainier Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2012 California

    jester king
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  12. WilliamLee

    WilliamLee Initiate (172) Jun 29, 2010 Mississippi

    +1 for Samuel Smith. Everything I have had from them has been great.
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  13. superspak

    superspak Poo-Bah (9,693) May 5, 2010 Michigan
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    Utah's Epic Brewing has really been climbing up my respect ladder recently. Sure there are a few misses; but Wit Beer, Santa Cruz Brown, Fest Devious Ofest, Double Skull Doppelbock, Fermentation w/o Representation Pumpkin porter, and of course Big Bad Baptist are all great style examples that were delicious. Most of the rest were still very enjoyable(Hop Syndrome, Brainless Golden, Imperial IPA, Imperial Stout etc), but I am still working my way through their portfolio of offerings.
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  14. zamboni1

    zamboni1 Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2005 Maine

    I'm gonna say Boston Beer Co. Sam Adams doesn't get much love and is often derided as a training wheels brewery but honestly, they make fantastic products. Though it's probably not cool to say so. (And I second whoever said Anchor Brewing, too.)
  15. JArena13

    JArena13 Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2012 Pennsylvania

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  16. just_a_guy

    just_a_guy Initiate (0) Mar 30, 2013 Virginia

    going to have to pull the local card and go with 'devils backbone brewing company. they boast two good ipa's, a great schwarzbier, and a decent lager as well. i also had the opportunity to meet a few of the employees at a local festival not too long ago and they seemed like really solid dudes.
  17. Jacurdy60

    Jacurdy60 Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2013 Massachusetts

    Back Forty Brewery in Gadsden, AL makes some pretty good beers. Their Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale is very good (not mind-blowing, but very tasty). And the Freckle Belly IPA is fantastic as well. However, I do believe their distribution is limited to the south east US.
  18. Ivegotmule

    Ivegotmule Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 North Carolina

    I'm gonna stick with my state and say The Duck-Rabbit. Normal brews are great, seasonals are outstanding.
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  19. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Meyvn (1,474) Aug 29, 2012 Michigan
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    The real question is... how many times must a brewery be mentioned on a thread about underrated breweries before it is automatically removed from consideration?


    I'll nominate Tallgrass Brewing in Manhattan, Kansas. They have an outstanding summertime pale wheat ale--Halcyon--as well as a nice pale ale (8-Bit) and a tripel (Velvet Rooster). They put all of their beers in tallboys except for the Halcyon. I know a lot of people love their Buffalo Sweat milk stout as well.
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  20. Jips

    Jips Aspirant (224) Nov 29, 2007 Illinois
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    I really dig Oasis ("Imperial" ESB) and Pub Ale too. If the new IPA coming out is anything like their experimental 'Area 51'... hoooo boy!
  21. shawnohall

    shawnohall Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2009 Texas

    Their Titan IPA is very good.
  22. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Meyvn (1,474) Aug 29, 2012 Michigan
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    My favorite beers from Great Divide are actually Belgian styles. The Hades BSPA is pretty solid, and the new one--Orabelle--is a seasonal-release Tripel. I also like their Belgian-style Yeti.
  23. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poo-Bah (7,374) Aug 15, 2010 Texas
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  24. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,105) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Rumor has it hades is slated for removal. I love that beer, I'm gonna miss it.
  25. tylerf19

    tylerf19 Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2011 Texas

    I don't see too much love for clown shoes... They do some good beers and I dig their bottles haha
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  26. 1up

    1up Disciple (361) Mar 5, 2013 District of Columbia

    I really miss Samurai, can't find any sign of it anywhere now.
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  27. StoutSnob40

    StoutSnob40 Poo-Bah (1,762) Jan 4, 2013 California
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    Agreed. Muffin Top was pretty damn good.
  28. alysmith4

    alysmith4 Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2005 District of Columbia

    Sierra Nevada seems somewhat underrated. Consistently good, widely available.
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  29. SupremePie

    SupremePie Initiate (0) Sep 30, 2012 Vermont

    Bobcat Cafe is an amazing brewery that always seems to get lost in the hype around the big 3 when the topic of Vermont breweries is broached.
  30. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,309) Oct 24, 2010 California
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    And, Epic Utah Sage Saison was tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiits. Love that beer.
  31. superspak

    superspak Poo-Bah (9,693) May 5, 2010 Michigan
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    I have still not seen it in my beer stores and I'm kind of upset about it. Hope it makes it's way around these parts soon. Straight Up Saison was good, but it missed the mark by a bit.
  32. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Meyvn (1,474) Aug 29, 2012 Michigan
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    Boo. I have one bottle in my fridge right now. I hope it's not the last one I ever have.
  33. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,309) Oct 24, 2010 California
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    Ah, I haven't had Straight Up Saison, but thought about picking it up. Epic doesn't distribute to where I live, so I only see it when I visit family in North Carolina. Either way, Utah Sage was outstanding, I thought . . . I love certain botanicals, particularly aromatic ones like sage, lavender, lemon verbena, things like that. Consequently, Utah Sage and Stone's 16th Anniversary beer, for example, were both outstanding in my book.
  34. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (3,225) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    On this website? Boston Beer Company.

    I feel like almost all of their beer ratings are about .2 points below what they should be because beer snobs love to hate their success.
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  35. superspak

    superspak Poo-Bah (9,693) May 5, 2010 Michigan
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    Completely agree there. Love herbed/spiced beer. I've tried almost every Gruit style available, plus take any of Dogfish Heads Ancient ales or other 750s. They use every herb and root in the book, and I find great enjoyment in those beers. Even if everyone else hates them lol. Sah'tea(tea, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and black pepper) and Positive Contact(cayenne and cilantro) were both completely fantastic IMO

    I just discovered that Posca Rustica is brewed by Dupont, I better pick that up next time I see it. Had no idea.
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  36. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

    I have to say Olvalde. Joe Pond's brews are truly one of a kind!
  37. Mrtrp

    Mrtrp Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012 Quebec (Canada)

    Sierra Nevada !!
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  38. JayAre46

    JayAre46 Devotee (422) Sep 27, 2010 Texas
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    My homer response will be Karbach, I will take Karbach over jester king any day of the week! Also boulevard I feel doesn't get enough love; put BBQ in a bruery 750 and we'll immediately have a "100"
  39. ledzeppelin4

    ledzeppelin4 Initiate (0) May 18, 2011 Illinois

    Brooklyn. They brew nearly every style and extremely well, if I may say.
  40. minnesotaryan

    minnesotaryan Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2010 Minnesota

    gonna go with new belgium.
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