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One brewery to rule them all.

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by goodbeerallday, Dec 28, 2012.

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  1. jroberge1981

    jroberge1981 Apr 4, 2009 North Carolina
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    Being a fan of the maltier and roastier side, Founders would do me just fine. Scotch Ale - Check, Porter - Check, Barrel Aged - Check, Stouts of all kinds - Check, tasty enough IPAs for when I'm in the mood for hops - Check. I haven't been able to get into sours, so I could deal without 'em.

    Local - Olde Hickory, for many of the same reasons above, without quite the same breadth of styles.
     
  2. tdmccarthy

    tdmccarthy May 6, 2010 Illinois

    I'll join the Three Floyds crowd here. I've tried about a dozen of their beers and they've ranged from good to absolutely incredible and have included everything from DIPAs to pale ales to porters to rye beers to Belgian and marzen styles. If Founders made lagers I might go with them, but they don't so I'll give FFF the nod.
     
  3. PalatePilot

    PalatePilot Dec 24, 2010 Colorado

    Odell Brewing Co!!
     
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  4. MusicaleMike

    MusicaleMike Mar 17, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Obvious answer for me is Victory.

    Victory Lager, Prima Pils, HopDevil, Hop Wallop, Storm King, Golden Monkey, Festbier, Sunrise Weisse, Moonglow Weizenbock, Uncle Teddy's Bitter, St. Victorious, V-12, Baltic Thunder, Whirlwind Wit, Headwaters, St. Boisterous, Dark Intrigue, Otto, Ranch DIPA, Otto in Oak, Red Thunder, Old Horizontal, Oak Horizontal, not to mention the enormous amount of experimentation they do with Pilsners and unique IPAs...yeah, I think I could live on these.
     
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  5. jbertsch

    jbertsch Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts

    Hill Farmstead.
    Don't even have to think twice about that.
     
  6. hoptualBrew

    hoptualBrew May 29, 2011 Florida
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    Sierra Nevada.
     
  7. highdesertdrinker

    highdesertdrinker Nov 5, 2012 Arizona
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    That is tough and if I had access to a lot of the beers back East and in the Midwest I would probably go with one of those since I am not an avowed hophead though I do drink hoppy beers and enjoy some of the better ones. Based on what's available and affordable I would have to go with Sierra Nevada even though I'm not sure if they have a sessionable lager in their lineup.
     
  8. beerepiphany

    beerepiphany Oct 19, 2010 Illinois

    Victory or Jolly Pumpkin
     
  9. adkieffer

    adkieffer Nov 23, 2010 Washington

    BRUX is a Brett beer but not 'sour'.

    I would have to go with Firestone Walker especially now with the sours I recently tried from them.

    One that is quickly winning me over is Crooked Stave. Their quality and unique beers have nowhere to go but up
     
  10. barleywinefiend

    barleywinefiend Nov 22, 2007 Washington

  11. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin
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    New Glarus. They mostly make session brews which is nice and they have enough variety's that rotate you don't get bored easily. Sometimes they do repeats one to many times but that's not as much their fault as it is the jag offs that waste a thumbprint/seasonal beer slot by voting for the same beers all the time.
     
  12. Siggy125

    Siggy125 Nov 10, 2006 California
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    I 2nd that. A nice wide range of styles and very solid on creativity and quality. Just wish we got WC distribution.
     
  13. thegoon55

    thegoon55 Oct 27, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Can't forget the amazing one-offs!!
     
  14. PghBeerAlien

    PghBeerAlien Feb 13, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Living in PA, I haven't yet come across any of the Russian River products. The one CA brewery which does have a presence out here though is Green Flash. If forced to, I could easily go for a long time alternating between the West Coast IPA and the Double Stout, with diversions into Palate Wrecker and some of the others every once in a while.
     
  15. hopmopped

    hopmopped Aug 24, 2010 New Hampshire

    Southern Tier makes excellent beer. Still a huge fan of Unearthly IIPA.
     
  16. JulianB

    JulianB Feb 1, 2012 South Carolina

    Deschutes for me. Their year-round six pack beers are all great (and run across a variety of styles), their seasonal releases are excellent, and then they kill it with their reserve series barrel-aged beers. Plus both brewpubs have plenty of cool draft-only exclusives.

    Firestone Walker, Bell's, Sierra Nevada, and Founders would be runners-up.
     
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  17. modern

    modern May 31, 2012 Ohio

    I have to say Hill Farmstead, unless in this nightmare world you have imagined the brewery has to stay where it is and maintain its current distribution. Then I am going Jackie O's.
     
  18. edproctor

    edproctor Feb 25, 2011 California
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    Firestone walker. Parabola for the rest of my life would not be a bad thing.
     
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  19. phisigben

    phisigben Jan 8, 2009 Kentucky
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    I would have to go with FFF all day everyday. Too many great beers that I absolutely love in no particular order Zombie Dust, Alpha King, Gumball Head, Darklord, BA Darklord, Behemoth, BA Behemouth, Dreadnaught, Apocalypse Cow, Moloko etc etc
     
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  20. jbertsch

    jbertsch Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts

    Yeah I left accessibility out of the equation, which is why I also chose HF. But if that's supposed to be part of our consideration, HF is the last brewery I'd pick and would instead go with something like Stone.
     
  21. BeerThursdays

    BeerThursdays Feb 28, 2010 Delaware
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    Cantillon. I can't get enough sour, and their beers are top notch. I would miss the occasional stout and brown, but for me, Loons take the cake.
     
  22. skcusab

    skcusab Dec 28, 2012

    The closest craft brewery to my residence, therefore supporting my local brewer and the local economy.
     
  23. sil1

    sil1 May 19, 2012 California
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    Firestone
     
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  24. 395er

    395er Apr 29, 2011 California

    Since Ovila ales are brewed by Sierra Nevada, it's gotta be Sierra.
     
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  25. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

    You, too? My favorite brewery.
     
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  26. RutgersBeerGuy

    RutgersBeerGuy Jan 16, 2007 New Jersey
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    Tröegs. Awesome seasonals with Nugget Nectar, Flying Mouflan, Sunshine Pils, Dead Reckoning Porter and Mad Elf. Excellent year round DIPA with Perpetual IPA. Solid year rounders with Hopback, Pale Ale, Dreamweaver, and Troegenator. Also, the Scratch beer series means something interesting is always getting turned out.
     
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  27. RandyKemka

    RandyKemka Dec 13, 2011 New York

    There are many GREAT brewerys, but if I had to pick one and could only drink their beers for the rest of my life the decesion would be easy...
    FOUNDERS
     
  28. Pinknuggets

    Pinknuggets Oct 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    Call me a homer or hype artist i don't care Hill Farmstead brews nothing but greatness its not really fair as far as I'm concerned they are just better.

    But in terms of realistically I would definitely go with founders Stouts and IPAs for days that is about all I would need
     
  29. FosterJM

    FosterJM Nov 16, 2009 California
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    Gotta be the homer.

    The Bruery.

    Just waiting for a base stout and we are good to go!!!

    Cheers!
     
  30. PapaDerock

    PapaDerock Dec 28, 2012

    Unibroue, without a doubt. Especially their world renowned La Fin du Monde Triple-style Golden Ale. Changed my entire view of beer. Would happily drink their brews for the rest of my life.
     
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  31. Cibola

    Cibola Nov 30, 2012 Washington
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    New Glarus, Firestone Walker, or Cascade. I would be happy with any of these.
     
  32. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Yup
     
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  33. mmcnaughton

    mmcnaughton Apr 1, 2008 Michigan
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    This is a tough call, but I would go with FFF slightly ahead of Founders.
     
  34. mcrago

    mcrago Oct 6, 2012 Indiana

    My avatar says it all...
     
  35. beergoot

    beergoot Oct 11, 2010 Colorado
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    I'd stick with my home brewery.

    Knowing how to brew and having success (more so than failure) in doing so just gives me a bigger appreciation for any other person or business who makes good, quality beers. Plus, if my home brews were all I could drink for the rest of my life, I'd consider myself pretty well set (and, perhaps, self-sufficient). I'd just have to figure out where I'm getting my cigars...

    But if I couldn't count my own brewing domain, I'd go local and opt for Phantom Canyon in Colorado Springs. Not as adventurous as another local brewery (Trinity), but they brew up some tasting ales that just fit my drinking preferences (more along 'classic' beer styles like porters and IPAs).
     
  36. Ravenacht

    Ravenacht Aug 10, 2012 Florida
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    Pass the smores dude.... ditto on CCB
     
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  37. Chugs13

    Chugs13 Dec 11, 2011 New Jersey
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    Cant believe it took 67 posts for someone to say Firestone...

    Firestone Walker all day.
     
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  38. Beerdudenumberone

    Beerdudenumberone Dec 9, 2012 Indiana
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    It would defiantly be FFF for me.
     
  39. dachshunddude86

    dachshunddude86 Dec 21, 2012 Florida

    Oooo, they should do a s'mores stout
     
  40. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    I'll stay local & say Great Lakes Brewing. Founders & Bells are right up there.
     
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