What are your 2 favorite breweries?

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  1. Nietzsches_Horse

    Nietzsches_Horse Initiate (0) May 2, 2014 Washington
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    For the Big Brewery Category (they are probably technically Medium-Sized):

    --Lagunitas. It'd be one of my choices if taste was my only consideration, but when you consider the price of their six-packs and bombers, in light of their quality, Lagunitas strikes me as the best overall value around.
    --Firestone Walker. Everything they put in a barrel/box is world-class, and their regular line-up isn't too shabby either.

    Honorable Mention: Stone and Sierra Nevada

    And for the Small Brewery Category:

    --Fremont. My favorite local brewery, they seemingly do everything exceptionally well, from hops to barrels. A few of the most delicious beers I've yet had have come from them and their barrel program (the KDS and B-Bomb variants in particular). They're also, from what I can gather, genuinely committed to being good, responsible corporate citizens.
    --Reuben's. A small (but soon to be growing) operation, they brew in a surprisingly large number of styles. And while it's possible I'm just channeling their own slogan, it's all "Bloody Good Beer!"

    Honorable Mention: Boneyard and Black Raven

    ***Disclaimer for these choices: They have undoubtedly been influenced to a certain degree by geography and the fact that I've only been into beer for less than a year. I also believe they have some objective validity none-the-less. :slight_smile:
     
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  2. cmwilliq

    cmwilliq Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2014 Wisconsin

    founders
    bells
     
  3. cmwilliq

    cmwilliq Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2014 Wisconsin

    Anyone who said New Glarus is only somewhat correct...
    New Glarus's regular beers are nothing to write home about.. The thumbprint series and their fruit beers are where they really show their skill
     
  4. Crashdown

    Crashdown Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2012 Virginia

    #1 - Oskar Blues
    #2 - Founders
     
  5. Hophazzard

    Hophazzard Disciple (325) Aug 16, 2014 California

    Currently, it's Knee Deep and Sierra Nevada.
     
  6. CBlack85

    CBlack85 Savant (947) Jul 12, 2009 South Carolina
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    Probably FFF and Founders
     
  7. Dansac

    Dansac Initiate (158) Dec 6, 2014 California
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    Really hard. Hill Farmstead and Cantillon maybe.

    But I also have very warm spots for Anchorage, Sante Adairius and Prairie. Also, Firestone Walker and Lost Abbey are uniformly excellent. Stone holds a spot in my heart, though this last year they have let me down a great deal. Hopefully their sour program brings them back to form. And, Russian River.
     
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  8. BingCrosby7

    BingCrosby7 Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2013 California

    Local:
    Firestone Walker -- These guys never disappoint. I love and cellar all of their brown box beers, and their perennials are great as well.
    Alpine -- Nelson is tied with Two-Hearted Ale for my favorite IPA. They also have my favorite pale ale. All of their stuff is top notch.

    Out of State:
    Bell's -- Although distro is somewhat limited, I love all of the beers I've had from these guys. As previously stated, THA is probably tied for my favorite IPA.
    Deschutes -- These guys put out affordable, accessible beer that always tastes great. Obsidian is a cheap go-to for me.

    Import:
    Cantillon -- Because Cantillon
    Rochefort -- Because Rochefort
     
  9. ryannaman

    ryannaman Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2009 California

    Ironfire Brewing Co , Temecula CA

    Alpine Beer Co , Alpine CA
     
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  10. brewmastercat

    brewmastercat Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2014 California

    Modern Times Beer
    Beachwood Brewing

    These guys will do wonders with time.
    I love them.
    Sours, barrel aged stouts, IPAs, Saisons, they pretty much do everything.
     
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  11. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    So many

    HF/ Fat Heads/ Jack Abby's/ Trillium/ Lawson's/ GI/ Toppling Goliath.
     
  12. indurTheB

    indurTheB Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2013 Florida

    Firestone Walker and Three Floyd's. Been lucky to have both.
     
  13. tedvr

    tedvr Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2014 Ohio

    Bell's
    The Brew Kettle
     
  14. khall62

    khall62 Initiate (79) Jul 1, 2010 New Jersey

    1. Sierra Nevada

    2. Victory Brewing
     
  15. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Poo-Bah (2,829) Sep 3, 2008 California
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    Pick 1 (Sierra Nevada or Deschutes)

    Pick 1 (Ballast Point, Cellarmaker, Kern, or Fathead)

    Group one brings diversity and consistency across the entire product line. Group two brings the hops and some other interesting offerings.

    Most of the time I'd probably go Deschutes and Kern River.
     
  16. BigMurph

    BigMurph Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2014 Massachusetts

    Trillium and then after them Trillium sorry but if you're not first you're last. It's Trillium then everyone else for me.
     
  17. Ca42

    Ca42 Initiate (84) Aug 15, 2014 Florida
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    Not been to many,but staying close to home just cause of the easy access.
    Cigar City
    Funky Buddah
     
  18. floridadrift

    floridadrift Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2014 Florida

    In Florida:

    For in person visits, CCB and Green Bench.
    For quality, CCB and Cycle
    For new breweries, Rapp and Angry Chair
     
  19. muddyh2oblues

    muddyh2oblues Initiate (0) Mar 13, 2010 Illinois
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    There's so many great breweries out there, so I'll just go with the two that I seem to have in my beer fridge the most often.

    Revolution Brewing Co. Chicago, IL
    Lagunitas Brewing Co. Petaluma, CA
     
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  20. striker2160

    striker2160 Disciple (347) May 5, 2013 Minnesota
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    Toppling Goliath and Goose Island (for there Bourbon County brand)
     
  21. offthelevel_bytheplumb

    offthelevel_bytheplumb Devotee (402) Aug 19, 2013 Illinois

    I disagree, the year round lineup is excellent.
     
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  22. khargro2

    khargro2 Meyvn (1,062) Jan 11, 2012 Tennessee
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    1. Founders and 2. Terrapin
    As many have mentioned Founders is well-rounded, decently priced, and nearly everything they make is amazing.
    Terrapin was a favorite when I lived in Georgia. I still get my hands on it when I travel. I miss you guys and wish you would start distributing to Kentucky in 2015!
     
  23. 5EKF

    5EKF Meyvn (1,021) Dec 8, 2014 Illinois

    Founders and Surly- They have become staples for me.

    Although I like Dogfish Head quite a bit too.
     
  24. ClePaul

    ClePaul Zealot (599) May 30, 2013 Ohio

    Lets start with honorable mentions....

    Fat Heads... is great, however seems to excel in the hoppy beer a bit more

    Stone... is awesome but has seem to become more af an experimental project brewery (which I'm glad some one is, just kinda of knocks them in terms of overall great beers

    Bells/Three Floyds... Their good beers are amazing, however their miss's are pretty bad, thus dropping them overall

    Great Lakes... is also VERY solid overall, while all their beers a very good, none blow you away and their lineup is rather drab and short of special (limited) releases

    Sierra Nevada... gets great points for being readily available and reasonably priced, however i feel there isnt a vast difference between each of their recipes

    The Vermont Breweries (Alchemist, HF, Lawson's) I had from a trip are amazing, but what good are they if you cant obtain them?

    Southern Tier and Ballast Point are on the brink


    Drum roll....................................


    2: Jackie O's... Just really seems to be rocking some amazing brews in diverse category's. They have their production can line, their seasonal tap beers, bottled imperials and then limited bottle releases. They do multiple styles well. Jackie O's has been crushing it lately!


    1: Founders.... I mean, an amazing year round lineup, a phenomenal limited/backstage/specialty/seasonal line up. I actually think that's what makes Founders so amazing to me. Their beers are obtainable within reason, yet you cant sleep on them. Their 'morals' are in place with the music and online gift shoppe, seem to have the social media thing down. Fresh clean web page. They don't go crazy with new beers like a stone. They also don't have the same boring lineup like Great Lakes. They do hoppy and malty brews alike well. I don't really know what else to say. Founders seems to have a strangle hold on the #1 spot for me~
     
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  25. WillieThreebiers

    WillieThreebiers Poo-Bah (8,405) Apr 26, 2012 Connecticut
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    So many great breweries:
    Hill Farmstead
    3 Floyds
    Wicked Weed
    Dark Horse
    Sun King
    Blue Mountain
    Jack's Abbey
    Kuhnhenn
    New England
    Fifty/ Fifty
     
  26. spoonhawk

    spoonhawk Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2010 Iowa

    New Glarus and Central Waters
     
  27. Tucquan

    Tucquan Poo-Bah (3,342) Oct 11, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Based on volume purchased by me in 2014

    Troegs
    Columbia Kettle Works

    Based on if I could get their beers whenever I wanted some

    Russian River
    Lawson's Finest Liquids
     
  28. LemmyRamone

    LemmyRamone Initiate (0) Jul 30, 2009 Alabama

    Bell's with Westbrook and Stone a very close second.
     
  29. Hendrick24

    Hendrick24 Defender (649) Sep 6, 2013 Wisconsin

    New Glarus and Toppling Goliath. Never had a bad beer from either brewery (some better than others of course). New Glarus nails every style attempted, and TG can do no wrong with hops. Between the two, I could happily survive on the hypothetical deserted island.
     
  30. primrose54

    primrose54 Initiate (0) Apr 7, 2009 Ohio

    Fatheads and founders
     
  31. BigMike

    BigMike Meyvn (1,294) May 8, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Russian River and Tired Hands
     
  32. Jadjunk

    Jadjunk Poo-Bah (1,783) Dec 6, 2009 Georgia
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    My favorite local: Terrapin Beer Company (For W&B)
    My favorite OOS: Founders Brewing (For ratio of beers I like vs/ don't like)
     
  33. TheIPAHunter

    TheIPAHunter Poo-Bah (3,578) Aug 12, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Alchemist and Lawson's Finest. Honorable mention to Maine Beer Co.
     
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  34. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (3,608) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
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    How about my top five...

    Goose Island, great barrel aged stouts and sours
    Three Floyds, I've had at least ninety of their beers
    Russian River, Temptation and Framboise for a Cure are two of my all time favorites
    Cantillon, self explanatory, I think they do raspberries better than anyone
    18th Street, new kids on the block led by Drew Fox. He will be famous someday

    Honorable mention: Cigar City, De Garde, Lagunitas, Dogfish Head
     
  35. 01001111

    01001111 Initiate (0) May 12, 2008 California

    The Bruery and Firestone Walker
     
  36. Imacopyouidiot

    Imacopyouidiot Initiate (0) Oct 1, 2012 Illinois

    Goose Island and the brewery you haven't heard of yet (total hipster). Just kidding it's Two Brothers.
     
  37. LegitCraftBeer

    LegitCraftBeer Initiate (0) May 2, 2014 Illinois

    Half Acre and Alchemist...if I'm forced to pick 2
     
  38. JimsArcade

    JimsArcade Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2004 Pennsylvania

    Cantillon and Hill Farmstead. Not one single beer of theirs I've tried has been anything less than mind-blowing.
     
  39. ItsYourBoyBlue

    ItsYourBoyBlue Zealot (578) Feb 23, 2014 Washington
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    Firestone Walker - They would have to be my favorite brewery, solid everyday beers and then their barrel aging program is second to none in my opinion.

    The Bruery - A close second, the variety of flavors and styles appeals to me, as well as most of their huge abv offerings.
     
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  40. Vogt52

    Vogt52 Initiate (0) May 25, 2014 Maryland

    Firestone Walker
    Ballast Point
    Union Craft (As my hometown pick)
     
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