The Best Beer From Your State or Country?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Hanzo, Dec 27, 2012.

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  1. Hanzo

    Hanzo Savant (954) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    If you had to send one beer to a competition as a representation of the best product your state\country produces what would you send? Does not matter what style, but you only get one choice. Flat out, the best beer that comes out of your state\country.

    Rules: it can be a brewery only beer but nothing that is DONG and it cannot be a beer that can no longer be attained*.

    From Virginia I would send Williamsburg AleWerks Bitter Valentine

    It is listed as brewed once, but it was actually made twice and will be a seasonal beer made around Valentine's day each year.

    *basically don't post something that was brewed once ten years ago and was aged in barrels that previously held unicorn tears, I'd like to keep this where beers mentioned could one day be tried by most of us either by travel or reasonable trading.
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  2. RichD

    RichD Crusader (766) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island

  3. Beerandraiderfan

    Beerandraiderfan Initiate (0) Apr 14, 2009 Nevada

    I've always avoided these threads because of the lack of competitive brews made in Nevada. . . until late 2012 that is.

    Hopalong Cassity-dipa (St. James Brasserie) is the best thing made in Nevada. Tastes like its fresh out of SD.

    Mayan Maybe-old ale (Great Basin) is the best bottled beer in Nevada. Vanilla, chocolate, honey, smoked malt, 10% abv rarely tastes so good at 11am.

    Both of these came out at the end of 2012.
  4. alelover

    alelover Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2012 Michigan

    im going to go with FBS or a hopslam.
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  5. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    Definitely Fremont Summer solstice ale ( I really need to get my hands on more supposed rare beers from my state).
  6. tourdot

    tourdot Devotee (470) Mar 3, 2012 Wisconsin

    Wisconsin: Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout
  7. leedorham

    leedorham Crusader (735) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    There are no rare beers from WA.
  8. MADPolo

    MADPolo Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2012 Alabama

    Only going by what I've experienced in my general area of Florida - Peg's Cantina/Cycle Brewing RareR D.O.S.
  9. fuzzylogic

    fuzzylogic Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Victory Helios
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  10. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Crusader (735) Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia

    DC Brau - On the Wings of Armageddon (IIPA)
  11. tronto

    tronto Initiate (0) Dec 22, 2010 Kentucky

    From Louisville - Bo & Luke by Against the Grain
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  12. RichD

    RichD Crusader (766) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island

    Well, luckily for you this isn't a rare beer thread. The rules are actually quite simple, what is the best beer from your state. Best is different from rarest
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  13. champ103

    champ103 Poo-Bah (4,334) Sep 3, 2007 Texas

    Lots from Texas, but if I had to chose just one, Live Oak HefeWeizen
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  14. smutty33

    smutty33 Defender (678) Jun 12, 2009 Connecticut

    New England Brewing holds the reign here(CT):

    Gandhi-Bot for sure,w/ Fuzzy Baby Ducks I.P.A. in a close 2nd.

    Cheers All.......
  15. BigCheese

    BigCheese Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    I'll cover all of NE:
    Mass: Hoponious Union, (some pretty things offerings are great too)
    CT: Ghandi Bot
    VT: Double Sunshine
    ME: Lunch
    NH: Smuttynose Baltic Porter
    RI: Um, Narragansett Summer?
  16. leedorham

    leedorham Crusader (735) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    Clearly, you are not the target audience for my post.
  17. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (808) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois

    BCBS I reckon
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  18. CTBadger

    CTBadger Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2005 Connecticut

    I would have thought Heady for sure as the VT selection.

    As for CT I will stick with NEBCO but go with Imperial Stout Trooper.
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  19. RichD

    RichD Crusader (766) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island

    I can't disagree with any of those except for RI, even though the Narragansett Summer and the brew I listed are brewed by the same person.

    However, I'd definitely give an honorable for Allagash White for Maine. Lunch is my favorite from Maine but Allagash White is up there too.
  20. tdmccarthy

    tdmccarthy Initiate (0) May 6, 2010 Illinois

    I'll go with Half Acre Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Chicago. Tough call over GI Nightstalker and Half Acre Galaxy Double Daisy Cutter.
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  21. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Poo-Bah (1,630) Feb 27, 2007 Ohio

    Going with bottled beers and not draft only or anything like that
    From PA: Troegs Nugget Nectar
    From Ohio: Great Lakes Barrel Aged Blackout Stout
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  22. rfbenavi80

    rfbenavi80 Initiate (0) Mar 15, 2010 Missouri

    From Missouri:Boulevard Rye-on-Rye
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  23. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    This might be why i used the term "supposed" in front of rare. Someone on another thread was saying Washington has rare beers but I would tend to agree with you. I have not stumbled upon any of them.
  24. juankzas

    juankzas Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2008 Mexico

    From México I'd choose two.

    - La Chingonería Házmela Rusa
    - Cervecería Insurgente La Lupulosa
  25. leedorham

    leedorham Crusader (735) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    I was more making a joke about the now legendary thread.

    There is certainly the occasional DONG that might make TACO worthy wale status and some others that tickers from other states might consider a rare treat. B-Bomb is pretty damn tasty but it's a shelf turd on the west side.

    As far as a serious response to OP - It's hard to pick one. I guess if I were sending a beer to a competition and wanted to win, I'd pick No-Li Crystal Bitter, because it already won. Not my favorite beer and not even my favorite from that brewery, but competitions are different from personal preference.
  26. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    Yikes being from Spokane, that beer was EASY for us to get here. I am not a fan of anything put out by No-Li. It's just not that good IMO. I guess hard to get, doesn't always mean qualiity.
  27. jglowe77

    jglowe77 Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    Massachusetts - Pretty Things Our Finest Regards barleywine. Knock-out english style.
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  28. leedorham

    leedorham Crusader (735) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    They've stepped up their game lately. You should give them another shot. The winter warmer they just brewed is top-notch imho.
  29. iKasey

    iKasey Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Moved from Utah 7 months ago to Philly, so for Utah it would have to be Uinta Dubhe. Pennsylvania I just love Troegs Nugget Nectar.
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  30. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,412) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico


    Either Odell's IPA or Funkwerks's Saison.
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  31. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poo-Bah (1,697) Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I would have to go with Troegs Nugget Nectar for PA.
  32. Dannywhitewash

    Dannywhitewash Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2010 Ohio

    From Ohio. Head Hunter IPA :slight_smile:
  33. omniscientcause

    omniscientcause Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2010 District of Columbia

    I made some changes in bold.
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  34. VitoFerrante

    VitoFerrante Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I poured that one down the drain. From PA? Really? No disrespect, but come on. Rye Rebellion from Full Pint, Troegs offerings, Hop Devil. The list goes on.
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  35. Durb777

    Durb777 Initiate (0) Nov 30, 2011 Illinois

    I would have to say Bourbon County Coffee. I know it is barrel aged but it does come out every year and is fairly available in the Chicago area.
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  36. jjchristiano

    jjchristiano Aspirant (224) Sep 24, 2009 New Jersey

    Flying Fish Exit 16 Imperial IPA
    The best brewed in Jersey.
  37. Funhausen

    Funhausen Initiate (102) Dec 9, 2012 Minnesota

    The State of MN has some solid IPA's...
    You can't go wrong with Surly - Abrasive, Furious, and Wet... two new breweries Indeed has DayTripper and Steeltoe has Size 7. All great IPA's

    and we can't forget Surly Darkness outside of the IPA class.
  38. MaxOhle

    MaxOhle Disciple (381) Nov 10, 2012 Illinois

    From Goose Island, would have to say their vintage ales. I enjoy Sofie, but any one of them is great. I know that a lot of Goose Island can be found in other places, but I think of them as a very solid brewery, even if being bought out by Anheuser-Busch.
  39. huysmans

    huysmans Disciple (316) Dec 5, 2007 New Jersey

    Boaks Three Blind Monks from NJ, but I doubt I will ever have a chance to have it again. Of things that are readily available: Carton Epitome or Carton 077XX. Kane Head High and Overhead are not far behind.
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  40. RichD

    RichD Crusader (766) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island

    I'd have to agree. Even though I have yet to try Sofie, I do enjoy Matilda very much and they seem to have some very solid Belgian offerings
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