What are your "go to" breweries?

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  1. TrojanRB

    TrojanRB Jul 27, 2013 Texas
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    What are your "go to" breweries? By this, I mean a brewery that produces a variety of styles that you always seem to enjoy, and are readily available. If you happen to see a new offering fro them on the shelf, you know you'll probably enjoy it. Not a brewery with a mediocre lineup and one exceptional beer.

    I live in California, so for me it's Firestone Walker, Anchor, and Sierra Nevada. I can grab anything that these guys brew, and I know it will be tasty (and reasonably priced!). I also don't have to wait in lines, scour shops, or make trades.
     
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  2. Tdizzle

    Tdizzle Dec 19, 2006 California
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    I realize that my "go to" breweries are all from California, but I just love their beers and the fact that I can consistently find fresh bottles:
    1) Sierra Nevada (Torpedo, Celebration Ale, Bigfoot, Ruthless Rye, Narwhal, Hoptimum)
    2) Stone (everything)
    3) Ballast Point (Sculpin, Victory at Sea)
    4) Russian River (Pliny the Elder, Supplication, Consecration, Temptation)
    5) Alesmith (IPA, Yulesmith, Speedway Stout)
    6) The Bruery (Sours, and the occasional barrel-aged sensation.)
     
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  3. H0p_Head

    H0p_Head Dec 2, 2013 Florida

    I frequently purchase Cigar City, Sierra Nevada, Stone, Victory, Green Flash, Swamphead, Oskar Blues, Lagunitas, Terrapin, Great Divide, and Bells.
     
  4. BeerKangaroo

    BeerKangaroo May 30, 2011 Alaska
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    1) Midnight Sun
    2) Elysian
    3) Deschutes
    4) Ninkasi
    5) Green Flash
    6) Lagunitas
    7) Stone
    8) Sierra Nevada
     
  5. stealth

    stealth Dec 16, 2011 Minnesota

    The Bruery (preservation/reserve society, plus some local distro here in MN), RR via internets, Deschutes, Goose Island (loving the improved distro), Boulevard
     
  6. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey

    Troegs
    Victory
    Lagunitas
    Maine Beer Co
    Firestone Walker
    Terrapin
    Sierra Nevada
     
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  7. FPWolff

    FPWolff May 11, 2013 Kansas

    (Besides Boulevard)... Elevation Beer Co. out of Poncha Springs, CO. Absolutely the best gem I've ever found and always puts out amazing stuff. You can never go wrong with them. They never put out a sub-par product. I'm a fan beyond fans.
     
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  8. Spinaltapped

    Spinaltapped Oct 24, 2013 Illinois

    Sierra Nevada, Founders, Deschutes, Boulevard, and Stone.
     
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  9. 1424IpA

    1424IpA Nov 2, 2012 California

    Firestone, Lagunitas, and Russian River (when I make it up north.)
     
  10. strangebrew321

    strangebrew321 Feb 18, 2009 Indiana

    FFF's
    Founders
    Bells
    Bruery
     
  11. TongoRad

    TongoRad Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    In no particular order-
    Lagunitas
    Victory
    Southern Tier
    Sierra Nevada
    Weihenstephaner
     
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  12. loren01

    loren01 Mar 11, 2004 Washington

    Breakside
    Gigantic
    Deschutes
    Boneyard (only on tap but can be found most good places around)
    Lagunitas
     
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  13. j_nees

    j_nees Dec 18, 2013 Washington

    My staple breweries in order...

    Half Acre (Daisy Cutter, Space)
    FFF (Zombie Dust, Gumball Head, Alpha King)
    Lagunitas (Little Sumpin)
     
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  14. infuturity83

    infuturity83 Sep 22, 2009 Massachusetts

    In no specific order

    - Jack's Abby
    - Lagunitas
    - Founders
    - Sixpoint
    - Brooklyn
     
  15. meb3476

    meb3476 Apr 1, 2013 Massachusetts

    Founders
    Trillium
    Sixpoint
    Mayflower
    Otter Creek
    Smuttynose
     
  16. djrn2

    djrn2 Nov 4, 2009 New Jersey
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    Captain Lawrence
    Goose Island
    Port/Lost Abbey
    Rodenbach
     
  17. SanFranJake

    SanFranJake Nov 2, 2012 California
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    Sierra Nevada
    Lagunitas
    Stone
    Bear Republic
     
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  18. keithmurray

    keithmurray Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut
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    Great Lakes
    Unibroue
    Weihenstephaner
    Anchor
     
  19. MrShake

    MrShake Nov 7, 2013 Illinois

    Schlalfys
    Perennial
    Stone
     
  20. Harnkus

    Harnkus Oct 31, 2013 New York

    Victory, Lagunitas.
     
  21. utopiajane

    utopiajane Jun 11, 2013 New York

    Southern Tier
    Victory
    Sly Fox
    Ommegang
     
  22. TheGator321

    TheGator321 May 29, 2013 Connecticut

    nebco
    beer'd
    two roads old factory pills
    sierra nevada
     
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  23. Mongrel

    Mongrel Feb 14, 2013 Maryland

    These days,

    Lagunitas
    Sierra Nevada
    Flying Dog

    I used to live in VA and I'm really missing Founder's distribution. They were a true go-to for a while.
     
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  24. Andrew041180

    Andrew041180 Mar 15, 2013 Massachusetts

    Jack's Abby
    Sierra Nevada
    Ipswich
    Weihenstephaner
     
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  25. rjniles

    rjniles Aug 30, 2012 South Carolina

    Sierra Nevada
    Victory
    Westbrook (a homer)
    Lagunitas
     
  26. BreakfastStout

    BreakfastStout Oct 15, 2013 Michigan

    Founders
    Bells
    Stone
    Clown Shoes
    Greenbush
     
  27. Donco

    Donco Aug 12, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Mine happen to be mostly California as well (and they're usually available in PA):
    Stone (Imperial Russian Stouts, Woot Stout)
    Sierra Nevada (Narwhal)
    North Coast (Old Rasputin, Old Stock Ale)
    Alesmith (Speedway Stout)

    And one from my home state of Michigan:
    Founders! (mostly anything they make)
     
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  28. rgfellow

    rgfellow Feb 9, 2013 New Mexico

    Interesting. Twice a year, we drive thru Poncha on our way to Breck and we always stop for a pint at Elevation. Both my wife and I find ourselves consistently underwhelmed. What beers top your list?
     
  29. DeLonna

    DeLonna Nov 25, 2013 Oklahoma

    In no particular order:
    New Holland, Boulevard, Prairie, Perennial, Great Divide
     
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  30. azorie

    azorie Mar 18, 2006 Florida

    I tend to drink HB allot. I make too much of it. lol
    Still I also tend to stick to regulars.
    Typical haul from Total wine
    Anchor
    Atlanta beer co
    Terrapen
    Sweet Water
    Sierra Nevada
    Sam Adams
    Blue Moon (coors)
    Belgians of some type
    not in order
    never touch the local canned swill.
    I rarely hit a German or UK (beer) much anymore as I can Home Brew most of those styles quite well now.
    well not made a Gose or Alt yet....
     
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  31. Boto

    Boto Apr 26, 2003 Connecticut

    Allagash, Victory, Dogfish Head
     
  32. BoldRulerVT

    BoldRulerVT Oct 2, 2013 Vermont

    For something that is readily available, I love Ballast Point. Their Sculpin IPA and Victory at Sea porter are two of my favorite examples of the styles and they are usually readily available.
     
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  33. CraftFan5

    CraftFan5 May 14, 2013 New Jersey
    Trader

    Funny how whenever I open these threads, it's always west-coast-centric, because the first post is at 10:00 pacific when those of us on the east coast are asleep.

    The answer is Founders.
     
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  34. yankeefan287

    yankeefan287 Feb 23, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Victory
    Troegs
    Firestone Walker
    Cigar City

    All of these mostly for their hoppy offerings since I can find them reasonably fresh in PA, but they all produce some other great styles as well.
     
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  35. ScottyG

    ScottyG Jul 12, 2013 Michigan

    Founders, Bells, Shorts and New Holland are my "go to" breweries.
     
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  36. jefffalcone

    jefffalcone Nov 9, 2013 Massachusetts

    trillium
    slumbrew
    sixpoint
    southern tier

    at least these are the most common labels in the mountain of empties that I'm saving for home brew.
     
  37. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    Too many. I guess I'll pick one and say Short's. They don't make my favorite beers overall I'd say, but they do a whole lot of interesting shit that I like to try out.
     
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  38. buckyp

    buckyp Mar 7, 2010 South Carolina

    When I lived in Albuquerque, NM, I had a much better go-to selection than I do now in SC (by this I mean what I can pick up in a grocery store...both places have great bottle shops).
    NM--Avery, Great Divide (selection was better), Deshcutes, Full Sail, New Belgium, Stone, Santa Fe and Marble
    SC--Westbrook, Terrapin, New Belgium, Sweetwater, Stone, Lagunitas
     
  39. jj139

    jj139 Nov 25, 2013 California

    1) Lagunitas
    2) Deschutes
    3) Stone
    4) Ballast Point
    5) Russian River
     
  40. Ilovelampandbeer

    Ilovelampandbeer Aug 25, 2013 New York

    Sixpoint
    Brooklyn
    MaineBeerCo
    Weihenstephaner
    Barrier
    SouthernTier
    Stone
    a few breweries i want to include but arent readily accessible
     
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