One Brewery For Life

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by TheChiefBrews, Feb 22, 2013.

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  1. Kinsman

    Kinsman Champion (873) Aug 26, 2009 California

    Wow, it took 40 minutes and 23 replys before Hill Farmstead got a mention? They were easily the first brewery to come to mind when I saw this thread. In previous versions of this thread, I always went with the likes of Sierra Nevada or Smuttynose but 2012 was good to me and I was able to get over to VT quite a bit (even still, I'm relatively local being only 70 miles away in NH).

    Heck, I don't even need HFs full line up, just three of their regulars... Abner to cover my hop need, Everett to cover the dark side of the spectrum, and Anna for my saison/Belgian needs. More often than not my cravings fit either into the hoppy, roasty, or funky (very loose definition here) category. All others would just be a bonus.
     
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  2. TychoNDC

    TychoNDC Disciple (389) Jan 7, 2013 Colorado
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    Based on what I have personally drank, probably Founders or Russian River. As mentioned, the stouts are really killing RR here.

    Based on hype and the exceptional reviews, I'd consider blindly selecting HF though...
     
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  3. mrkrispy

    mrkrispy Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2006 California

    Any person with any forethought knows it is Russian River.....solid, consistent sour beers, some of the best IPAs, and Younger. Game over
     
  4. LuckyJohn

    LuckyJohn Aspirant (269) Feb 6, 2013 Colorado

    Founders. Or Odells. Or Deschutes. O.K., I'm having a hard time with this one brewery concept.
     
  5. BeerMeFitz

    BeerMeFitz Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2011 Illinois

    Pipeworks.... local , fresh and every style of beer comes out of this brewery and they are all great guys!
     
  6. jrnyc

    jrnyc Savant (904) Mar 21, 2010 New York
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    stone. A year ago I wouldn't have said that, but Enjoy By and Ruination 10 changed that.
     
  7. Charlie_Hoss

    Charlie_Hoss Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2013 New Jersey
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    haters gonna hate!
     
  8. wibeerman

    wibeerman Initiate (0) Aug 2, 2012 Wisconsin

    Founders as long as I get access to their full lineup.
     
  9. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    Hill Farm for sho
     
  10. imbibehour

    imbibehour Poo-Bah (6,204) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    Hill Farmstead...
     
  11. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Defender (624) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Seriously? None of you would choose your own kitchen or brew room? That's a shame.
     
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  12. Drew26

    Drew26 Aspirant (215) Nov 2, 2012 Wisconsin
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    I'd pick Founders as well.
     
  13. TheBoog013

    TheBoog013 Aspirant (240) Feb 24, 2011 California

    Port Brewing/Lost Abbey, two for one because of sharing brewery and between the two I'll get a world class example of every style that I care about. I win.
     
  14. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poo-Bah (7,186) Aug 15, 2010 Colorado
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    Mikkeller. Is that cheating?
     
  15. abkayak

    abkayak Disciple (391) Jan 8, 2013 New York
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    would i be very wrong if i said Weyerbacher??... if so change this to Founders or Victory....for now.
     
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  16. bpfrush

    bpfrush Defender (687) Jan 24, 2009 Wisconsin
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    Hill Farmstead for me as well. Toppling Goliath is getting pretty close though.
     
  17. Mooglet

    Mooglet Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2011 Pennsylvania

    This is easy
    Voodoo Brewery
     
  18. Lare453

    Lare453 Meyvn (1,318) Feb 1, 2012 Florida
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  19. MetalMountainMastiff

    MetalMountainMastiff Initiate (0) Oct 1, 2012 California
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    I'm going to have to go with Stone......
    Enjoy by
    Stone imperial
    Double bastard
    Old Guardian

    I could drink those for ever!
     
  20. mweso2000

    mweso2000 Disciple (389) Apr 10, 2010 Georgia
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    I would have to go with Lagunitas. Every beer is just solid. Founders (their stouts are better than Lagunitas). is a close second but Lagunitas wins because of beers such as Brown Sugga, Sucks and lucky 13. Cappuccino Stout is good enough for me to get by.
     
  21. hipcat

    hipcat Initiate (0) Sep 5, 2012 North Carolina

    Sierra Nevada. SNPA + Celebration + Bigfoot + Narwhal could keep me content for the most part - although I would miss my Belgian ale fix.
     
  22. Rizalini

    Rizalini Zealot (537) Jan 20, 2011 Nevada
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  23. JuniperJesus

    JuniperJesus Aspirant (270) Feb 26, 2011 Illinois

    Goose Island.

    Everything they do is stellar, especially those magnificent, imperial stouts.
     
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  24. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (3,686) Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    I live in Wisconsin but I would have to go with CCB. I haven't had a single pint from them I didn't like- and I've had 8 different pints in their tasting room at one time. They have a wide variety of great beers, and a fantastic go-to IPA that comes in CANS. Then there's Marshall Zhukov, Big Sound, etc. all sorts of goodness.

    Runners-up:
    Founders (porter, FBS, FIS, KBS, etc. satisfy my dark cravings but not as much a fan of their other offerings)
    FFF (ZD and Alpha King are excellent and they do have a whole bunch of different styles, not all float my boat though)
    New Glarus (Lots of very good/not great offerings, with the Thumbprint to mix things up. But I'll happily drink their stuff every day for the rest of my life if I had to)

    Can't comment on Russian River, Hill Farmstead and other hyped breweries since I haven't had enough of their beers.

    Also, maybe in 10-15 years, we'll all be saying AB InBev if they buy up some more successful craft breweries to go along with Goose Island.
     
  25. MammaGoose

    MammaGoose Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Wyoming

    I'm going to go with Avery's. They have pretty solid beers and a wide variety. Or O'Dell. I love their IPA and Myrcenary (DIPA). I love IPAs and stouts, but I'd rather have an awesome IPA and a decent stout than the other way around.

    That said, I haven't tried many of the hyped up breweries (Hills Farmstead or Founders, for example), so I'm not making a very educated decision.
     
  26. Stinkypuss

    Stinkypuss Poo-Bah (4,018) Apr 7, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Brouijweri Van Steenberge or FatHeads. Don't make me choose.
     
  27. beerindex

    beerindex Initiate (123) Jun 18, 2007 Michigan
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    Well, assuming that your premise means that Cascade Barrel Room gets moved to St Louis, so I can try their large range of unbottled stuff, Cascade.
     
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  28. Dan114

    Dan114 Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2013 Massachusetts

    It sounds like there are only like 6 breweries in the country! I'd pick People's Pint in Greenfield, MA
     
  29. regularjohn

    regularjohn Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2013 New Jersey

    founders !
     
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  30. M1A2

    M1A2 Initiate (191) Jan 15, 2012 Ohio
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    IMO i would say FFF.
     
  31. cobrakai44

    cobrakai44 Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2009 Illinois

    I would have to agree with those that said Three Floyds, as I'm a big fan of their variety and liberal use of citra hops.
     
  32. stillbo_baggins

    stillbo_baggins Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2012 New York

    Deschutes all the way.
     
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  33. DJ-22

    DJ-22 Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2012 Michigan
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    Three Floyds
     
  34. Mercury4040

    Mercury4040 Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2012 California

    Scrolled through 3 pages and not one other person chose Alpine. More for us!!!
     
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  35. Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky

    Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky Aspirant (273) Feb 13, 2013 Minnesota
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    I can't believe it took so long for someone to stand up for Wisconsin! Tyranena would be my choice (great variety of solid beers!) with New Glarus close behind.

    Ale Asylum is also a great Madtown brewery!
     
  36. Kerfluffel

    Kerfluffel Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2013 Washington

    Deschutes. I love all their special releases (abyss, the dissident, etc) or maybe Hair of the Dog.
     
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  37. Eduk8traz

    Eduk8traz Initiate (173) Nov 13, 2010 Arizona

    I love Firestone Walker but It would have to be Stone.
     
  38. lic217

    lic217 Champion (820) Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut
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    1) Founders

    Close:
    Lagunitas
    Sierra Nevada
    Stone
    Smuttynose
     
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  39. eajb24

    eajb24 Initiate (141) May 26, 2005 Connecticut

    I would strongly agree with that
     
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  40. Falcone

    Falcone Initiate (0) Apr 4, 2012 North Carolina
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    Sierra Nevada easily. Plenty of IPA's to choose from, solid Porters/Stouts, great thrist quenchers (Summerfest, Kellerweis) they just have all the bases covered.

    Deschutes and Founders would be runner ups.
     
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