Name a Style Your Local/Regional Brewer Has Truly Nailed

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  1. marquis

    marquis Crusader (752) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    The original term was "malt adjunct" and used strictly to describe unmalted grain which needed to be mashed alongside the malt, utilising the spare enzymes to carry out the operation.So barley, wheat etc are adjuncts, sugars are not adjuncts but simply fermentables and other things are additives.
  2. Leebo

    Leebo Initiate (170) Feb 7, 2013 Massachusetts

    I always thought adjuncts were cheaper fermentables like corn and rice. How can barley be an adjunct?
  3. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    Me eyes glaze over when folks talk about scienc-y type specifics, like fermentables this, and enzymes that. I am the consumer. I drink ales and lagers.
  4. alexk307

    alexk307 Disciple (302) Nov 7, 2013 Maryland
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    The Truth DIPA from Flying Dog.
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  5. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,282) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Not always cheaper- AB claims they use sushi-grade rice in Budweiser.

    Some adjuncts are used to dilute flavor and body (proteins), like rice and corn, while others will give a boost to the body or make the beer smoother (like oatmeal or 'unmalted' barley). The bottom line, though, is that adjuncts have their proper place in brewing and shouldn't be looked down on.
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  6. MichaelAllenVT

    MichaelAllenVT Initiate (0) Apr 3, 2013 Vermont

    Hill Farmstead Saisons are in a league of their own.
  7. Pug

    Pug Disciple (385) Jun 6, 2012 Minnesota

    Corn can also be a traditional brewing ingredient used because that was what was available at the time the brewery was founded. (Schell's in Minnesota). Not trying to start that war, just noting it. But yes, corn is often used as a cheap additive. Just not always.
  8. Pug

    Pug Disciple (385) Jun 6, 2012 Minnesota

    Summit Oatmeal Stout
    Harriet Brewing's Wodan Weizen. This might be my favorite beer. It is a glorious hefeweizen.
  9. marquis

    marquis Crusader (752) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    If barley isn't malted it needs to be converted by the enzymes in the mash. This is how it produces fermentable sugars.
  10. BigOldOaf

    BigOldOaf Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2011 Massachusetts

    Jack's Abby has perfected the IPL with the ABC's, Kiwi Rising, and Mass Rising, which was my personal favorite of the three. They've perfected lagering in general though.

    Also recently tried Pretty Things Papabarba, probably the best RIS I've tried yet.
  11. Abawol01

    Abawol01 Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2013 Michigan
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    Not just because of recent events but old ales Michigan has down. I submit for your approval: TCOA, Crumedgeon and 4D.
  12. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,337) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    If it is not malted, I.e. flaked barley.

    Maybe I am applying too strict of a Reinheitsgebot definition as Bulletrain76 points out.
  13. HoppyPhillyPhan

    HoppyPhillyPhan Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Victory: Hop Ranch DIPA!!! May I dare say its better than Dirt Wolf.....
  14. bleakies

    bleakies Disciple (383) Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    Mayflower Porter is an old reliable but I have no complaints about their Winter Oatmeal Stout either.

    Someone above mentioned the brew that immediately leapt to mind when I saw this topic: Pretty Things Barbapapa Imperial Russian Stout. It's a recent release and it's fantastic, rich and chocolatey and not at all obviously 12% abv. If it weren't such a big beer I'd drink it constantly. And though Pretty Things Jack D'Or is their flagship saison, here's to their seasonal farmhouse ale, Field Mouse's Farewell. They've changed it by increments over the years and each time I like it even more.
  15. JamesStreet

    JamesStreet Savant (970) May 9, 2013 Louisiana
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    Locally, Parish nails the Belgian IPA with their Farmhouse IPA
    Also their Grand Reserve (barleywine) is really good.
  16. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Wisconsin
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    For Wisconsin, Capital Brewery nailed Doppelbocks/ Bocks in general with multiple beers. Also Sprechers Black Bavarian for a schwartz bier.
  17. tmm313

    tmm313 Zealot (575) Nov 6, 2011 Georgia
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    Terrapin has a pretty good handle on Porters and Stouts.
  18. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Wisconsin
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    Can't believe I had forgotten New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat as a perfect Hefe
  19. Kerne

    Kerne Initiate (0) Oct 11, 2013 Florida

    If you're ever traveling through Tallahassee, FL, stop by Proof Brewing Company on W. Tennessee St and try their Cocoa Stout. It's a rich, velvetly after dinner sipper.
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  20. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,337) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    OG has nailed the smoked peppered beer style with 440 Pepper Smoker.
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  21. CNelson013

    CNelson013 Initiate (0) Mar 14, 2012 Ohio

    Sure it's been said a few times in this thread, but glbc Christmas ale will always take me back to this time of year. Just delicious.
  22. DrumKid003

    DrumKid003 Initiate (194) Aug 10, 2013 Oklahoma

    Prairie Artisan: Saisons & Imp. Stouts
    COOP: IPA & Belgian Dark Ale
  23. fitrock2112

    fitrock2112 Disciple (356) Aug 28, 2012 Ohio

    It's gotta be the Truth by Rhinegeist DIPA. Cheers!
  24. RyanOooh

    RyanOooh Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2013 Vermont

    I live in Vermont.
    It's rare to find a local brewery NOT nailing a style.
    Yeah, nuff said.
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  25. jwheeler87

    jwheeler87 Aspirant (226) Oct 27, 2011 Massachusetts

    Sam Adams- Utopias (American Strong Ale)
    Jack's Abby- Framinghammer/Variants (Baltic Porter)
    Mayflower- Porter (English Porter)
    Wormtown- IPA (American IPA)
    Night Shift- Somer/Ever/Mainer Weisse (Berliner Weisse)
  26. jwheeler87

    jwheeler87 Aspirant (226) Oct 27, 2011 Massachusetts

    So totally agreed. This beer is in a league of its own. The base beer is excellent, and it's barrel aged variants just take it over the top. Jacks Abby can do no wrong IMO, but this beer towers over their lineup like a emperor.
  27. jwheeler87

    jwheeler87 Aspirant (226) Oct 27, 2011 Massachusetts

    Outside of the big three (Alchemist, Lawson's and HF) there are some amazing brewpubs that are less on the radar. My girlfriend and I went to Vermont Pub and Brewery and Zero Gravity/American Flatbread, and I was super impressed with both places.
  28. JISurfer

    JISurfer Poo-Bah (1,659) Dec 10, 2002 South Carolina
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    Westbrook Gose and COAST Boy King
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  29. bobv

    bobv Poo-Bah (1,820) Feb 3, 2009 Vermont
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    Tried, epic fail! Tasted like a shitty shandy. Ewwh...
  30. KS1297

    KS1297 Initiate (0) Apr 14, 2013 Wisconsin

    MillerCoors has the shitty aal style nailed down pretty well.
  31. babaracas

    babaracas Poo-Bah (1,854) Jan 30, 2008 Florida

    Well, it's pretty clear that CCB continues to World Class-ify any sweet stout variant they put out.
    Swamp Head makes a great Saison.
    St Somewhere's Serge makes Pepe Nero look like the amateur hour that it is, but as usual with their beers the "rating to style" bug causes some people trouble.
  32. Ljudsignal

    Ljudsignal Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Jack's Abby, the semi-dubious "IPL" style.

    Or thinking truly regionally-- The Alchemist, the ever-ubiquitous DIPA.
  33. infuturity83

    infuturity83 Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 Massachusetts

    Enlightenment Ales, which just recently moved out of my hometown to join up with Idle Hands in Everett. Ben is (or was...don't know now) considered to be the only brewer in America creating a traditional Bier de Champagne, and he absolutely nailed it!

    Why is the IPL a dubious style?
  34. southdenverhoo

    southdenverhoo Disciple (356) Aug 13, 2004 Colorado

    In my neck of the woods I'd say Crooked Stave has the whole American Wild Ale thing down pretty cold...not to mention Saison/Farmhouse Ales
  35. ceeg

    ceeg Initiate (148) Dec 16, 2010 New York

    Barrier Rembrandt Porter. It's as close to perfect (for me) as one can get.
  36. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,549) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Surly Brewing- Abrasive-2IPA
    Central Waters BBBW
  37. bennett_loves_good_beer

    bennett_loves_good_beer Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2013 Wyoming

    Left Hand Milk Stout
    Jagged Mountain Brewing- Scotch Ale
    Odell- IPA
    Great Divide Yeti series- Imperial Stout
    Avery- Ellies Brown Ale
  38. azorie

    azorie Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2006 Florida

    Aardwolf test batch of a Berlin Gose was as close to the real thing or even better.
  39. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (2,134) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    I split a growler of Lost Nation Gose last night. I agree, its an amazing beer. Lost Nation makes solid beers across the board but their Gose is a standout.
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  40. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (2,134) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    To add, I think Flying Dog has nailed the single hop, DIPA style. Simcoe, Truth, Citra, etc. are all exceptional.
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