Mount Crushmore of Classic Craft Beer -Top 5 ?

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  1. crisis1290

    crisis1290 Aspirant (228) Dec 5, 2015 South Carolina
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    I would love to see what people have to say about the craft beers they would put on this list. Lets keep it simple and use up to 5 beers for this list.
     
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  2. asams10

    asams10 Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2014 North Carolina

    Pliny, SNPA, BCBS have to be on there. The other 2 spots are debatable
     
  3. AlienSwineFlu

    AlienSwineFlu Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2012 Ohio

    Sam Adams Boston Lager
    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    Bourbon County Brand Stout
    Stone IPA
    Old Rasputin RIS or Founders Breakfast Stout
     
  4. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,099) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Pete's Wicked
    Sierra Nevada Pale
    Magic Hat Jinx
    Harpoon IPA
    Boston Lager
     
  5. raynmoon

    raynmoon Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado

    Pliny the Elder
    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    Old Rasputin
    Anchor Steam Beer
    Boston Lager
     
  6. tone77

    tone77 Poo-Bah (7,124) May 20, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    Great and challenging question. For me it's:
    Hoegaarden Original White Ale
    Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
    Sam Adams Boston Lager
    Unibroue La Fin Du Monde
    Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
     
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  7. Nachojon

    Nachojon Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2011 Oregon

    Pliny- Whatever your opinion of this beer is (I love it), you have to admit its a legend.

    Bigfoot- SNPA is the signature, Bigfoot is the gift. Accessible, delicious, and cellars well. Putting one of these away every year is a pre-req to a beer geek grad school.

    Westy 12- "The Best Beer in the World"

    Dark Lord- For me this is the beer that started the hype train for releases. Whatever you think of that phenomenon, its part of the life.

    Cantillon Classic Gueze - "Haven't developed a taste for sours? Guezes? Try this..." MIND BLOWN.
     
  8. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Poo-Bah (1,843) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa
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    Anchor steam
    Sam Adams Boston lager
    Bourbon county
    Sierra Nevada pale ale
    Dogfish 90
     
  9. Chcshammonde

    Chcshammonde Initiate (0) Sep 20, 2014 California

    My list is pretty similar to above.

    SNPA
    Pliny the Elder
    Arrogant Bastard
    Boston Lager
    BCBS
     
  10. Thirstygoat

    Thirstygoat Defender (640) Nov 22, 2012 Illinois
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    BCBS
    Celebrator
    Zombie Dust
    Sucaba
    Westy XII
     
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  11. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,099) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    What are yours?
     
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  12. bluehende

    bluehende Poo-Bah (2,440) Dec 10, 2010 Delaware
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    SNPA
    Boston Lager
    Hop Devil
    Storm King
    60 minute IPA
     
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  13. Sponan

    Sponan Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2008 Tennessee

    Isn't naming a beer with extremely limited distribution the equivalent of placing a local politician on Rushmore with a President?
     
  14. BalancingBrooms

    BalancingBrooms Poo-Bah (1,803) Aug 22, 2013 Illinois
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    SNPA
    Boston Lager
    Fat Tire
    Old Rasputin
    Stone IPA
     
  15. SLewis

    SLewis Aspirant (247) Jun 17, 2014 North Carolina

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    Sam Adams Boston Lager
    Anchor Steam
    Dogfish Head 90 Minute
    BCBS
     
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  16. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey

    The first three are easy:
    Pliny
    SNPA
    S.A. Boston Lager
    I would put BCBS up there but then I would sand blast them off when they bought by Bud.

    I will get back to you about the last 2 spots. (in contention are Arrogant Bastard, Pete's Wicked, 60 Minute, Anchor Steam)
     
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  17. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey

    Pliny's reach goes far beyond its distribution footprint. It is an icon and leaving it off would be like saying Washington doesn't belong because he was only president for 13 States.
     
  18. TrojanRB

    TrojanRB Poo-Bah (1,669) Jul 27, 2013 Texas
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    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    Pete's Wicked Ale
    Sam Adams Boston Lager
    Anchor Steam
    Rogue Dead Guy Ale

    For me, the beers have to have tenure, and be reasonably well available. Meaning, I probably bought it in a grocery store 15 years ago.

    Pliny, etc aren't in that category.
     
  19. TrilliumFan

    TrilliumFan Zealot (531) Dec 2, 2014 Massachusetts
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    St. Bernardus Abt 12
    Three Philosophers
    Westmalle Triple
    Pliny
    Cantillon Gueuze
    each one a life-changing experience
     
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  20. jzlyo

    jzlyo Poo-Bah (2,637) Mar 4, 2012 Iowa
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    SNPA
    Sam Adams Boston Lager
    New Belgium Fat Tire
    Goose Island Honkers Ale
    Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
     
  21. ebin6

    ebin6 Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2009 California

    - Pliny
    - Stone IPA. It was like a harbinger of craft. As soon as you saw bars/restaurants put that on draft, you knew more were coming
    - Fat Tire (hey, it turned a lot of people into craft, somehow), or SNPA if you can't take that
    - Old Rasputin
    - A Belgian...can't decide which one. Rochefort is my personal favorite, but Bernardus might be more fitting
     
  22. Giantspace

    Giantspace Savant (967) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Elder
    SNPA
    Boston Lager
    60 minute
    Anchor Steam

    These were a huge players in my early beer life.... Elder came much later. I don't drink any of them regularly, once a year maybe buy they all rank as game changers in their time.

    Chimay red is an honorable mention.

    Enjoy
     
  23. Chcshammonde

    Chcshammonde Initiate (0) Sep 20, 2014 California

    According to this site, Pliny's been around since 2003. Obviously it's not normally on shelves, so you're right on the availability question.

    If including your two qualifiers, I think I'd put Ruination 1.0 instead of Pliny.
     
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  24. HomeBrewed

    HomeBrewed Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2006 Minnesota

    Bell's Two Hearted
    Summit Extra Pale Ale
    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    Hacker-Pschorr Hefeweizen
    Delirium Tremens

    All of these played a significant roll in shaping the beer drinker that I am today.
     
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  25. TwoTrees

    TwoTrees Disciple (341) Oct 31, 2012 Washington

    Nailed it! Now we just need some sculptors and a spare mountain side...
     
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  26. IceAce

    IceAce Savant (923) Jan 8, 2004 California

    Orval
    Anchor Liberty
    Celis White
    Blind Pig (Temecula)
    Bourbon County Stout


    Each is a trailblazer...and without peer.
     
  27. brpendergast85

    brpendergast85 Zealot (535) Mar 25, 2014 District of Columbia

    1. Rochefort 10
    2. Stone IRS
    3. Dogfish Head 90 Minute
    4. Oskar Blues Ten FIDY
    5. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
     
  28. CJNAPS

    CJNAPS Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2013 California

    Pliny the Elder
    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    Pete's Wicked
    Anchor Steam Beer
    Boston Lager
     
  29. TheBungyo

    TheBungyo Champion (826) Dec 1, 2004 Washington

    Shouldn't the selections be all American selections? I mean, Mount Rushmore isn't a collection of the world's greatest politicians. If it is open to the entire world of beer the American selections probably shouldn't be more than two or so since we've contributed far less to beer in the great scheme of things.
     
  30. Hallu

    Hallu Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2016 France

    I agree with the people who got what a "classic" should be: readily available. Pliny is not, definitely not. Even Stone IPA is hard to find nowadays... Anyway, I would put Sierra Nevada Pale Ale for sure. It helped so many people discover what craft beer is... For a stout, I'd put either AleSmith Speedway Stout, or the Old Rasputin. For an IPA it's tough, 90 min should be up there, but I prefer AleSmith IPA, however it's not as easily found, so 90 min IPA should be it. In the saisons, I'm leaning towards Tank 7, it's everywhere now and it's delicious. As a last one, probably Alaskan Smoked Porter. Again, it's everywhere nowadays and it's become a classic. Those are not the best beers in the word, but they've become very good classics, probably influencing quite a lot of people.
     
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  31. thebeers

    thebeers Poo-Bah (4,078) Sep 10, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    Sam Adams Boston Lager
    Anchor Steam
    Victory Hop Devil
    Founders Breakfast Stout

    (Something like Pete's Wicked or Harpoon should really take the last two spots if we're talking founding fathers, but Hop Devil and FBS are undeniable classics in their styles)
     
  32. Sludgeman

    Sludgeman Poo-Bah (2,618) Aug 17, 2012 District of Columbia
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    My yardstick - These beers:
    1. Are/were good if not great beers (recognize that our tastes and expectations have changed over the years)
    2. Led the way and form the foundation for what we love to drink today
    3. Have/had wide availability (of course back in the day not many "craft" beers had nationwide distribution),
    4. Are brewed in the US (Mount Rushmore, duh?), and
    5. Are not aged in spirit barrels.

    SNPA
    Pete's Wicked
    Anchor Steam
    Boston Lager
    Yuengling Porter
     
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  33. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,914) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Isn't Mt. Rushmore only four presidents?

    1) Anchor Steam
    2) Boston Lager
    3) Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    4) Insert a more recent beer of your choice that was influential...but you really can't leave the first three off the list. You could argue Liberty Ale in place of their Steam beer though.
     
  34. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Meyvn (1,163) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio
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    Anchor Steam and Anchor Liberty Ale
    Anchor Old Foghorn
    SNPA
    SA Boston Lager / Ale
    New Albion Ale

    oh, and Ballantine IPA
     
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  35. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,989) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    What's the significance of the Jinx?
     
  36. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,099) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Just a beer I remember loving, same as the others.
    Edit: ya know I just looked up Jinx and it appears my memory is bad and I am remembering Roxy Rolles not Jinx, oops
     
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  37. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,989) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I think that Grant's Imperial Stout would round out the list nicely. It's not around any more, but it's influence is still felt.
     
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  38. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,989) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Aah, that's cool. I just figured that No 9 was their claim to fame.
     
  39. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,914) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    I've never even heard of that beer...I always get excited when I hear about a new historical beer. I'll have to look it up.

    When I think Mt. Rushmore though, it's all presidents that almost anyone would have at least heard of. I tried to think of a stout too, the best I could come up with is Guinness to be honest. If we could somehow quantify it, I imagine most craft beer fans' first stout was Guinness.

    This is why I hesitated with Anchor Steam actually. There might be new, young, craft fans today who have never even *gasp* heard of Anchor Steam. It's hard enough to find at some liquor stores these days. But then I thought, it's one of the first, if not the first, mainstream modern craft beers brewed (1971 I believe?). You can't leave that off a Mt. Rushmore list.
     
  40. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,099) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Never was a Number 9 fan, but used to love another Magic Hat beer whose name I (also) can't remember, but it was a hoppy beer with a cat on the label. Used to think it was such a hop bomb back in the day, probably less hoppy than 90% of all hoppy beers nowadays.
     
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