Oh, we hardly knew ye (breweries gone before their time)

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  1. fauxpunker

    fauxpunker Initiate (0) Nov 23, 2012

    Sorry if this is a killed topic, I tried a few searches and scanned a few pages and didn't see it.

    So, I'd spent some time in Cork years back (2004) and really enjoyed Beamish. After coming back to I struggled to find it, but managed from time to time. The last couple years I noticed I couldn't find it anywhere. Looks like they got taken over by Heineken and don't distribute to the US any more. Maybe it's nostalgia, but I miss this beer and feel it was taken from me too soon.

    What other beers have you enjoyed that departed before their time? Not one offs or anything like that, but breweries that just couldn't hang on or suffered a distribution foul.
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  2. taxman

    taxman Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2012 Illinois

    Pete's Brewing Company
  3. BarrytheBear

    BarrytheBear Meyvn (1,206) Dec 10, 2007 Wisconsin
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    One of my first beer loves was Bert Grant's Perfect Porter. I was introduced to it while attending school in Montana and have fond memories associated with a few other Grant's beers. I can still picture my dad's face when I asked him to pick me up a six pack of Perfect Porter when I was home on Christmas break. He payed over ten bucks for the six pack and may have shat his britches in the process. Ah Burt Grant, I miss your Perfect Porter.
  4. fauxpunker

    fauxpunker Initiate (0) Nov 23, 2012

    Did he at least try any of it? I know I'd want to know what I just spent the money on :slight_smile:
  5. BarrytheBear

    BarrytheBear Meyvn (1,206) Dec 10, 2007 Wisconsin
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    To my dad any "dark beer" tastes like Guiness
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  6. tonyseleski

    tonyseleski Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2011 Michigan

    Michigan Brewing Company had the only pumpkin beer I ever liked. "Screamin Pumpkin"
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  7. fauxpunker

    fauxpunker Initiate (0) Nov 23, 2012

    My Grandpa fell back on that this weekend. Let him try Old Chub. "Tastes like Guiness" :astonished: Say whaaaaaaaaat?
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  8. garbercury

    garbercury Initiate (0) Jul 6, 2007 Pennsylvania

    So agree with you man...I loved Berts Perfect Porter...Such a tasty beer. Man, that sure brings back some great memories, 94-95-ish? Damn...
  9. vurt

    vurt Crusader (753) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon

    The first beer that comes to mind is Thomas Hardy's Ale. A great beer, sorely missed.
  10. BarrytheBear

    BarrytheBear Meyvn (1,206) Dec 10, 2007 Wisconsin
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    Yes sir! Pete's Wicked Ale was also a staple. Ahhhh...good times
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  11. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (596) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    For me the original Young's brewery in England started me down the path. Young's oatmeal stout, Old Nick & RamRod are sorely missed after Well's bought them the only thing 'round here is the Young's Dbl. Choc. which sadly isn't the same.
  12. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Crusader (791) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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    The late great heavyweight
  13. andylipp

    andylipp Zealot (549) Dec 8, 2006 Massachusetts

  14. slander

    slander Site Editor (1,806) Nov 5, 2001 New York

    Grants, absolutely. The Perfect Porter was the, you know, perfect porter. Peaty craziness love.

    Pete's Wicked Ale was my American Brown Ale of the early 90's (that and the Brooklyn Brown). But Pete sold the company and Gambrinus tweaked and tweaked unmercifully. I remember their press release about the rebranding from short snubby bottles to tall boys with the new 'trident' logo (ooh, how wicked). They said they were going to tweak the recipe but not an outright change, no. They were going to tweak the recipe incrementally with each batch to 'acclimate the consumer'. Goodnight.
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  15. thegift00687

    thegift00687 Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2010 New Jersey

    bavarian barbarian
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  16. PhillyStyle

    PhillyStyle Meyvn (1,214) Apr 8, 2008 Georgia

    I was introduced to Beamish when I went to Dublin and Cork back in 2009. Found it a few times after i got back, but not after 2010, if I recall. Great beer and hope that it makes its way back to the US or i make it back to Ireland.

    Anyway, Hoptimus Prime by Legacy Brewing comes to mind, but I think that they lost the battle in 2010/11.
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  17. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (4,793) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    Orchard Street brewing here in Bellingham. They were around for the first couple years I lived here, but an over-assertive expansion plan did them in. I still miss their Stock Ale quite a bit.
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  18. canucklehead

    canucklehead Poo-Bah (2,464) Mar 7, 2003 British Columbia (Canada)

    I think Hoptimus Prime is brewed still by Ruckus brewing. I bought a bottle last month
  19. jjchristiano

    jjchristiano Aspirant (259) Sep 24, 2009 New Jersey

    Pete's Wicked Ale was the first Craft Beer I ever had back in 1989-ish. Small place in Georgetown(DC) called the Rathskeller that had like 300 beers on their menu back then. I think this beer is still around but is contract brewed by one of the larger breweries.
  20. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,305) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Pete's never had a brewery (tho' one was promised, before selling out to Gambrinus in '98). It was always contract-brewed, by (in order) Palo Alto, Schell's, Minnesota (a Heileman spin-off, in the old Schmidt brewery in St. Paul) and finally by Stroh. Stroh (the fourth largest brewery in the country at the time with close to 20m bbl. in sales) also owned a minority share of Pete's in the end and had a Stroh exec sitting on their board.

    After Gambrinus bought the brand and then Stroh folded, Pete's was brewed first by Miller and then by F. X. Matt until Gambrinus pulled the plug on the brand in 2011.
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  21. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (4,793) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    I used to work at a bike shop in the warehouse, and on Fridays we'd shoot to the Rite-Aid across the street for a few sixers, that we'd drink on the loading dock. My friend Bernie was (and remains) a die-hard Bud man, but every week he'd drink 2-3 of my Pete's, before jumping into the Buds. It was the only craft option at the time that he liked. I'd drink a few, and always buy some dark chocolate to snack on. It was a nice pairing. I miss that beer.
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  22. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,305) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Yeah, they apparently moved the contract from The Lion to Cooperstown Brewing Co. (after initially getting approvals for having it brewed by Appalachian in Harrisburg, PA) and the labels read "Ruckus Brewing Co., Milford, NY".
  23. SrMonkey

    SrMonkey Aspirant (235) Mar 19, 2008 Wisconsin
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    I was a fan of Beamish, but what I really miss is Caffrey's.
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  24. mschofield

    mschofield Meyvn (1,463) Oct 16, 2002 Massachusetts

    wish I got to try Odanata Saison
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  25. GeddyLeeRocks

    GeddyLeeRocks Initiate (158) Oct 14, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Perkuno's Hammer : R.I.P
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  26. Atlas1

    Atlas1 Champion (870) Jul 14, 2005 Texas

    I worked for Catamount Brewing Company in Norwich, VT, for a short while back in 1999 just before they went bust. That was a good brewery and a great place to work. They did an excellent Porter, and their Amber was solid as well. They also contract-brewed a delicious beer called Martha's Vineyard Pub Draft Ale, which was one of the tastiest beers I ever had off the assembly line. After Catamount went under, I think Harpoon eventually bought the brewing facility, which was quite nice at the time.
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  27. JrGtr

    JrGtr Devotee (400) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    Yeah, Harpoon now owns the facility in Vermont. Great place to visit for a meal and a Growler fill. They actually brew a few of the old Catamount recipes now and then for the 100 barrel series.
  28. theBubba

    theBubba Aspirant (219) Nov 22, 2008 New York

    The passing of Old Nick saddens me. I've saved one for posterity.
  29. Kelp

    Kelp Defender (694) Mar 6, 2008 New Hampshire

    I miss having Pennichuck in the area between Pompier and Pozharnik I was a happy newbie to craft beer, and a drunk one if I tried to kill a bottle by myself.
  30. morimech

    morimech Poo-Bah (2,981) Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota

    I traded for a couple of their beers just because I loved the name. They were not that good.
  31. matthaslaservision

    matthaslaservision Initiate (0) Aug 18, 2012 British Columbia (Canada)

    Plan B out of Smithers B.C.
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  32. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,305) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Caffrey's is still brewed by MolsonCoors in the UK (Coors bought several of the old Carling brands from InBev when they bought the former Bass brewery in Burton-on-Trent). It's not exported to the US but still available in Canada, the UK and Sweden according to MolsonCoors' Caffrey's page.
  33. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2007 New York

    HC Berger and Rhino Chasers were among my first micros along with Oasis also and Petes
    I miss Niagara Falls Brewing too,the Eisbock was amazing
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  34. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,305) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Rhino Chasers (another contract-brew, they even used one of the same contract breweries as Pete's - Minnesota) supposedly has been revived by a DC area brewery, M.A. Hagerman Brewing Company, which also had a line of beers confusingly called "Lost Rhino" and uses that name as their 'dba'. Don't know if they're claiming to use the original recipe, etc.
  35. merc7186

    merc7186 Initiate (0) Dec 5, 2010 New York

    I never got the obession with some people and Bavarian Barbarian, if you could explain to me, then I might understand some peoples passion for that brewery. I had several of their beers a couple of years ago when I was working in Williamsport and just thought they were mediocre at best. Then the classy way the head brewer went out was just the icing on the cake....

    +1 Thomas Hardys...I still have several bottles of 06 and 07 that I hoard.
  36. pghlee

    pghlee Initiate (159) Feb 24, 2006 Georgia

    Still have a couple cases of each. completely sour and undrinkable
  37. Brewpub600

    Brewpub600 Initiate (16) Sep 6, 2009 Illinois

    Bardo Rodeo in Arlington, VA. A truly unique location and decent beers....and Sacramento Brewing, too.
  38. Flashy

    Flashy Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2003 Vermont

    Neptune in NYC as well as New Amsterdam are two. Still surprised New Amsterdam didn't make it.
  39. dronedream

    dronedream Initiate (0) Sep 10, 2012 Texas

    Wildcatter's Crude Stout - Yellow Rose Brewing Company.
  40. jbertsch

    jbertsch Meyvn (1,096) Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts

    Definitely Pennichuck for me too.
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