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

  1. Blueribbon666

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    I'll stay local & say Great Lakes Brewing. Founders & Bells are right up there.
     
  2. glaze3

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    Firestone Walker
     
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    Founders
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  4. mooseisloose

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    BBC or Bogota Beer Company, best tour in the world. No public tours but if your are resourceful you will enjoy one of the best brewery tours in this hemisphere. The beer rocks as well. Just need to start putting out more seasonals and new brews.
     
  5. shawnohall

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    I've heard great things about HF, but most people don't live in or very close to Vermont, and are therefore, regarding Hill Farmstead, SOL.
     
  6. Shagator

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    i know no one likes southern tier but thrm and founders and stone
     
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  7. GodlessWatermelon

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    Brouwerij Verhaeghe
     
  8. hopsputin

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    Lost Abbey or Ommegang for me
     
  9. goodbeerallday

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    i just opened a Unibroue Grande Reserve 17 on Christmas day. it had been a long time where i was just blown a way by a one a year release. i would drink that beer any day gladly. fantastic!
     
  10. SawDog505

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    Founders or Great Divide. Awesome stouts and IPAs that is what I love most.
     
  11. norcalhophead

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    Tough choice but if I had to pick only one - Bear Republic
     
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  12. ECalebrews449

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    Three Floyd's and Sierra Nevada. Love them both.

    Cheers!
     
  13. Huhzubendah

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    Hill Farmstead. Variety and world class quality.
     
  14. ScottK22

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    I totally understand so many people going with Founders. But, if we are taking all aspects into account I'm going with Sierra Nevada. I'm not so sure that I could afford to drink nothing but Founders.
     
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    As of right now it would have to be either Samuel Smith or Brewdog. I pick Samuel Smith because I have yet to have a beer of theirs that isn't just frakking awesome. As for Brewdog, I love their Punk and Hardcore IPAs as well as their Alice Porter. These guys do some really interesting stuff with their beers and are worth a place in any beer lover's beer fridge.
     
  16. CelticAleMan

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    I didn't read the rest of thread, but this one is obvious to me: Russian River. What brewpub can you go to and have 14+ beers (brewed by the that brewpub) that are good to great any day of the year? I have never been to any other, so that makes this very simple for me.
     
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    New Glarus, I just have a very emotional attachment to that brewery.
     
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    Three Floyds, like many others. FFF makes the majority of my favorite beers. Follow by Founders then Great Lakes.
     
  19. Porkhustle

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    Yeah, but not a single lager in their lineup. Fuck that noize.

    If I had distro, Bells, otherwise it's gotta be Victory or Great Lakes
     
  20. rozzom

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    Hill Farmstead.

    They cover almost all bases, generally to perfection.
     
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    Ahh, Founders v. FFF.

    FFF by a hair (of a Zombie). ;)
     
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    Not a lager fan anyways so it works perfect for me!!

    Cheers
     
  23. Barrel_age_me

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    FOUNDERS! NUFF SAID!
     
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    Founders
    FFF
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    Bells
     
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    I'd have to say Sweetwater. The IPA is just soooooo good plus I love being able to find it everywhere.
     
  26. Mattmc1973

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    Founders or Alesmith. Both have world-class offerings of a wide variety of beers.
     
  27. Barrelsnbeer

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    Terrapin or Mother Earth(N.C) mother earth has a solid line up and has been surprising me with some new projects, but definitely Terrapin solid line up and small batch projects that ive never been let down by
     
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  28. InVinoVeritas

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    Add me to the masses who say Founders, for very good reason!
     
  29. SFACRKnight

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    If the lugene choco milk stout is a pinnacle of the style like cut throat porter and their ipa are then I'll second this. If not then I am still searching for the perfect brewer. As I'm typing this I'm thinking that's really all odell is lacking is a good stout. Sours are solid, regular and seasonals can't be beat, and the one offs are also very well done.
     
  30. CellarGimp

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    No doubt about it, Founders.
     
  31. mrcraft

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    Founders. I haven't had a beer I didn't like. (Not yet, at least...)
     
  32. BlastBeats

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    Well said - these breweries are probably number 1 & 2 for me

    Cheers!
     
  33. jtierney89

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    hands down, great divide. I've never had aanything less than an amazing beer from them and they have so much versatility
     
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    Also Deschutes hasn't done me wrong yet.
     
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  35. TheSaboteur

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    Geez...how did I forget!
     
  36. TheSaboteur

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    Price is a good issue here. The OP did not say that we would be drinking for free. All of you saying CC, RR, HF, and FFF must be doing alright if that is the only brewery you would buy beer from...or you would be taking a significant hit in consumption.
     
  37. goalie33

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    Stone or Goose Island.
    Like someone said before, GI hits the whole spectrum with the sisters, their barrel aged sours, bcbs and varients, king henry, sophie, and their year round and seasonal beers. Don't forget night stalker and big john.
    I have never been disappointed by a stone beer. the AB series is awesome; RIS, sublimely and smoked porter are all regarded among the best in their style. across the board, they are just solid.
     
  38. StubFaceJoe

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    A V E R Y! As long as the taproom is part of the consideration. Not just great beer, but great people.
     
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    Allagash!
     
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    Founder's. Three Floyd's, Bell's and Stone aren't far behind though.
     
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