The Best Beers most people don't know about?

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  1. MisSigsFan

    MisSigsFan Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 California

    Loose Cannon is pretty great.
     
  2. fredmugs

    fredmugs Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    It has over 1,000 ratings which puts it in the Top 100 for the style.
     
  3. Guzzle_McBrew

    Guzzle_McBrew Initiate (0) Feb 17, 2014 Connecticut

    Cellarmaker in SF has world class beers all day, they just aren't as well known as say Tired Hands.
     
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  4. ernieb

    ernieb Initiate (0) Jun 27, 2013 Illinois

    Yeah, according to their website, they only distribute in 13 states, so most people have never had the opportunity to try this excellent beer. Even Chicago doesn't get it.
     
  5. KMitch

    KMitch Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2012 Alabama

    Another DIPA that I've gotten from NJ that I thought was awesome was OverHead by Kane
     
  6. BeerMeBro720

    BeerMeBro720 Initiate (0) May 2, 2013 Ohio
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    18th Street Brewery Hunter Series
     
  7. mmmbirra

    mmmbirra Initiate (0) Apr 19, 2009 Italy

    Yes. I had one at the top of the mountain during a lunch stop while skiing in the Italian(OK, Südtiroler) alps a couple years back. Fantastic, though I suppose there's a slight possibility the setting affected my opinion.
     
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  8. vonnerbeer

    vonnerbeer Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2010 Massachusetts

    For me, Ipswich Oatmeal Stout. First had it in college in 1992 before craft beer was an insane revolution. Still amazing today!
     
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  9. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,121) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
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    Well, I wasn't expecting anything when I had my first one. Took one sip and immediately asked what I was drinking. (Granted, we were at a Biergarten on the Chiemsee, so... :wink: )
     
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  10. jon432

    jon432 Initiate (0) Mar 30, 2014 Maryland

    honestly, i have yet to try this! union makes really quality stuff, and is a fun place to visit. i cannot wait to try the double, i just never happen to be somewhere it is being served!
     
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  11. mmmbirra

    mmmbirra Initiate (0) Apr 19, 2009 Italy

    Nor I. My brother-in-law told me he had grabbed me a Hofbrau. Didn't take long to realize it wasn't the Hofbrau we both assumed it was.
     
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  12. bleakies

    bleakies Disciple (358) Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    Černé Pivo and Polotmavy, both by Notch Brewing.

    (And the sadly discontinued Pretty Things Hedgerow Bitter.)
     
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  13. DerelictPI

    DerelictPI Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2010 New York

    How Ithaca's Flower Power isn't a top 250 beer is borderline criminal. If only their distribution was worse...

    (I know that it is decently regarded but come on!)
     
  14. bleakies

    bleakies Disciple (358) Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    I think it's very highly regarded when fresh, but that the drop-off's comparatively rapid and that too many people who review it have had not-so-fresh bottles.

    A few weeks out from bottling there's not much else I'd rather have.
     
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  15. Shroud0fdoom

    Shroud0fdoom Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2013 Maryland

    Where in Baltimore are you? Honeygo Wine and Spirits just had growler fills last weekend. If I knew you haven't tried it, would've given you a heads up. Double is damn good, well IMO.
     
  16. putonyourwalkingshoes

    putonyourwalkingshoes Devotee (465) Jul 31, 2013 California
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    Midnight Sun Berserker. Now that's a man's beer that's much easier to find this year than prior years.
     
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  17. Yellolab2010

    Yellolab2010 Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Love odins tipple!
     
  18. turbotype

    turbotype Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2013 California

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  19. almostjay

    almostjay Initiate (0) May 24, 2008 Virginia

    Just wanted to thank you for bringing this beer to my attention. I took my dog up into Skamania County for some hiking and swimming yesterday and made sure to stop off to grab some cans of Top Cutter. This would be my everyday IPA if I could get it in Portland.

    This might not be the case if Breakside IPA, Boneyard RPM, or anything from Barley Brown's was available in six packs, but Top Cutter is nearly as good as those beers to my palate and the fact that's packaged in 6-pack cans pushes it over the top. Awesome beer.
     
  20. yarnbomb

    yarnbomb Initiate (0) Oct 1, 2014 Vermont

    Roaring Brook Sharkbite. So good, I nearly fell out of my chair after the first sip. These guys haven't been open very long, but if they keep brewing like this, they're going to shake the VT beer scene up!
     
  21. HOPTOMIC_BOMB

    HOPTOMIC_BOMB Disciple (318) Feb 18, 2014 California
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    Hoparazzi openin up in anaheim soon has some of the greatest sours ive ever had. Imho better than sum of the bruerys best
     
  22. Dicers

    Dicers Poo-Bah (1,749) Sep 2, 2012 Colorado
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    Unsessionable is fantastic!
     
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  23. Dicers

    Dicers Poo-Bah (1,749) Sep 2, 2012 Colorado
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    Love Laika!
     
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  24. LeeEvolved

    LeeEvolved Initiate (0) Oct 12, 2010 Virginia

    And when they team up with Mekongs and do the Kong Krush- that's even better!
     
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  25. TastyIsBeer

    TastyIsBeer Devotee (409) Dec 13, 2006 Illinois

    All of the Heros are great - if you haven't had Galaxy Hero, Crystal Hero, or Jukebox Hero you are missing out. Fresh Crystal Hero was one of my favorite beers this year. The great thing about Anti Hero, though, is it is easy to find in Chicago... you can even pick it up at Walgreens.
     
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  26. twizzard

    twizzard Initiate (0) May 11, 2013 New York

    Anything & everything from Trillium
    Foley Brothers Fair Maiden
    Grey Sail Captains Daughter
     
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  27. Dicers

    Dicers Poo-Bah (1,749) Sep 2, 2012 Colorado
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    Trillium has deservedly blown up
     
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  28. FaradayUncaged

    FaradayUncaged Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2014 Michigan

    Based purely on the availability of it, and the fact that I've been on a Michigan beer streak as of late:
    Kuhnhenn DRIPA

    I expected the rating here to be a bit inflated due to the locally influenced nature that seems to go into the reviews, but I was amazed.
     
  29. twizzard

    twizzard Initiate (0) May 11, 2013 New York

    And yet you can usually get in and out in less than 15 minutes!
     
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  30. Young_John

    Young_John Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2014 New York

    Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout. Incredibly affordable, and really quite good. It's my go-to when I want something thicker than a Guinness and lower ABV than a strong imperial stout.
     
  31. JLaw55

    JLaw55 Meyvn (1,193) Jul 10, 2014 Missouri

    Jackie O' Lantern by Carson's Brewery. It is hands down the best pumpkin beer I have ever had, and it only has 9 ratings on BA.
     
  32. Kegger37

    Kegger37 Initiate (0) Mar 30, 2014 Iowa

    Anchors Away by Lake Time Brewery. Awesome Russian Imperial, has a cult following locally here but isn't in BA's list of beers.
     
  33. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (158) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    The Brother from Fremont (most all Fremont beers actually)
    Blimey from Reuben's Brews
     
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  34. spoonhawk

    spoonhawk Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2010 Iowa

    I would toss out Evolution Brewing Riseup Stout. Just tried that the other week and was impressed by the level of flavor packed in to a lower ABV beer.

    Dare Devil Rip Cord is a pretty aggressive DIPA out of Indiana I think i worthy of some attention.
     
  35. elkabong

    elkabong Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2014 Wisconsin

    exactly this. great beer.
     
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  36. beardown2489

    beardown2489 Devotee (428) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois

    Metropolitan out of Chicago make world class German style beers.

    Just came out with a schwarzbeir (black lager) called Megnetron that is one of the best lagers I've ever had. Gave it to my father last weekend and he had his first craft beer "AHAH moment"
     
  37. Oxymoron

    Oxymoron Initiate (0) Aug 14, 2005 Colorado

    A lot of beers that distribute to multiple states and are probably well known. So I will add...

    City Star out of Berthoud CO
    De Garde out of Tillamook OR
    Union Craft out of Baltimore MD (although this is at least the 2nd reference so maybe people are more familiar with them)
     
  38. drinkin-beeers

    drinkin-beeers Initiate (0) Jan 29, 2014 Montana

    Yeah whenever I go to Washington it's a go to for me. Always super fresh whenever I get it too which is a plus.
     
  39. ChairfaceChippendale

    ChairfaceChippendale Initiate (0) May 29, 2014 New York

    Other Half: Green Diamonds, Nelson, All Green Everything...pretty much everything they make. They barely bottle anything yet but when they start, it's gonna be crazy trade bait.
     
  40. jwjon1

    jwjon1 Disciple (362) Jan 14, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Burley Oak, agreed! But Mispillion? I'd be hard pressed to even call their stuff moist.
     
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