What are your top 3 breweries?

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  1. Mattyb79

    Mattyb79 Devotee (414) Dec 11, 2012 Virginia

    As the title says, what are your personal top 3? I'm going to do a spreadsheet and update it daily to keep track of everyone votes. I would like to get a solid opinion from all of BA as to what the top breweries in the US are. Any brewery is eligible, but please only pick 3 and rank them. I will give 5 points for each 1, 3 points for a 2, and 1 point for a 3. I'm curious to see how it will turn out after a few weeks. Feel free to post why you like each brewery if you so choose.
    My three are:
    1. Stone
    2. Hardywood Park
    3. Dark Horse
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  2. Pahn

    Pahn Meyvn (1,473) Dec 2, 2009 New York

    right now?

    1. New England Brewing Company
    2. Cambridge Brewing Company
    3. Hill Farmstead


    1st runners up: founders and stone

    later runners up: hoppin' frog, cascade
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  3. powz87

    powz87 Aspirant (211) Jan 18, 2012 Illinois

    1. Pipeworks
    2. Founders
    3. Three Floyd's
  4. pinnser

    pinnser Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2012 Colorado

    1. Cigar City
    2. Founders
    3. Bell's
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  5. Mattyb79

    Mattyb79 Devotee (414) Dec 11, 2012 Virginia

    Awesome! Glad I'm getting some quick responses! I hope everyone that reads this thread takes the time to at least list 3.
  6. emale619

    emale619 Initiate (0) May 3, 2012 California

    My Top 3

    1. The Burey
    2. Alpine beer company
    3. Cigar City
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  7. tectactoe

    tectactoe Poo-Bah (1,802) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan
    Society Trader

    Russian River / Surly / Shorts
  8. fakedeadgirlfriend

    fakedeadgirlfriend Initiate (145) Jan 23, 2013 Florida

    1. Cigar City
    2. Dogfish Head
    3. Sierra Nevada
  9. Mattyb79

    Mattyb79 Devotee (414) Dec 11, 2012 Virginia

    So far Cigar City and Founders with 6 points each. I will tally everything tonight while I work and give the top 3 in the morning. For now, it's sleep time, but keep the votes coming! Cheers BA!
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  10. CircusBoy

    CircusBoy Initiate (177) Mar 10, 2008 Ohio

    1. Jolly Pumpkin
    2. Founders
    3. Sierra Nevada
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  11. fishmich

    fishmich Disciple (365) Apr 11, 2013 Michigan

  12. braugon

    braugon Initiate (0) Mar 14, 2013 Connecticut

    New England Brewing Company
    Firestone Walker
  13. cmmcdonn

    cmmcdonn Initiate (188) Jun 21, 2009 Virginia

    Troegs (haven't had a bad beer from them yet)
    Founders (FMB & Devil Dancer bumped them to #2)
    Blue Jacket (technically not open yet, but WILL be in my top three #whales.rar)
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  14. BSchnab

    BSchnab Initiate (0) Mar 11, 2013 Florida

    1. Cigar City
    2. Bells
    3. Founders
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  15. jkeefe1800

    jkeefe1800 Initiate (0) Mar 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    Currently because this changes often,
    1. Clown Shoes
    2. Founders
    3. Boulevard
  16. Bildo

    Bildo Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2013 Minnesota

    3 Floyds
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  17. anthonypw

    anthonypw Initiate (0) May 30, 2008 Pennsylvania

  18. JakerLou

    JakerLou Meyvn (1,138) Jan 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    I'm still a bit of a noob so I have a lot more to drink but I'm trying my best... So far:

    1. Founders - everything I've tried of theirs is really good and FBS is close to the top on my beer list
    2. Weihenstephaner - I think everything they make is really good and if you consider the price, they are huge bang for the buck
    3. Samuel Smith - easy to get and their stouts are phenomenal (IMO) especially the chocolate
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  19. capnamerica

    capnamerica Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2013 Arkansas

    Sierra Nevada

    Plenty of others with similar quality though.
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  20. TheLostGringo

    TheLostGringo Aspirant (207) Dec 7, 2011 Connecticut

    New England Brewing
    Hill Farmstead
    Cigar City
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  21. fuzzylogic

    fuzzylogic Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2008 Pennsylvania

  22. lookrider

    lookrider Defender (653) Apr 22, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Russian River
    Firestone Walker
    I just wish I had more access to RR and FW. But then that would lead to another problem - I'd be even more broke than I am now.
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  23. pcsnyder

    pcsnyder Initiate (0) May 2, 2011 Pennsylvania

    My favorites change kind of frequently, but as of right now...

    1. Schneider (I've got a bottle of Aventinus Eisbock ready for the big 30 next month)
    2. Weyerbacher
    3. Russian River
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  24. Jazzpha

    Jazzpha Initiate (0) Apr 2, 2013 District of Columbia

    Firestone Walker
    Dogfish Head
    Ballast Point (purely on the strength of Victory at Sea, although it was a close race between them and Sixpoint)
  25. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,390) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Russian River

    I would say Surly, but I can't get their stuff on a regular basis, so I won't count it.
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  26. Metalaero

    Metalaero Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2013 New York

    Dogfish Head
    Samuel Adams
  27. splendidsplinter

    splendidsplinter Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 Massachusetts

    firestone walker
    hill farmstead
    jack's abby
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  28. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Initiate (0) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Jack's Abby

    honorable mention to Alpine
  29. PatriotsRule

    PatriotsRule Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2012 Massachusetts

    Jack's Abby
    Lost Abbey
  30. lhteacher

    lhteacher Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2013 Massachusetts

    Hill Farm
    Cigar City
  31. Jeffreysan

    Jeffreysan Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2013 Maryland

    DogFish Head
    Brooklyn & 21st Amendment (tie)

    Even though not asked for, as for local brewerys, I really, really like Devil's Backbone, DuClaw and Heavy Seas.

    And for "not in my distribution area" brewerys, AleSmith and Lost Abbey.
  32. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Aspirant (236) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    At the moment....

    1. Firestone Walker (They honestly have yet to disappoint me, and Union Jack on tap is to die for in my opinion)
    2. Deschutes (So many beers from this awesome brewery that seem to always be in my fridge (Obsidian Stout, Red Chair, Mirror Pond Ale, etc.) And for the price can you honestly beat 'em?
    3. Great Divide (Yeti and all Yeti varieties, Old Ruffian, SolidIPAthatIforgetTheNameof (Its early and I'm drawing a blank) lol Need I say more?

    I was gonna throw Bell's and/or Alesmith in there, but I realized I was mainly considering them for one or two of their beers (amazing though they may be)
  33. Rekrule

    Rekrule Defender (604) Nov 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    1.)Jack's Abby
    3.)Goose Island
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  34. jbaker67

    jbaker67 Meyvn (1,302) Jul 1, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Jolly Pumpkin
    Russian River
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  35. xclone25x

    xclone25x Initiate (0) May 5, 2012 Ohio

    1. Sierra Nevada
    2. Founders
    3. Great Lakes
  36. n2pux

    n2pux Devotee (450) Apr 30, 2003 Texas

    Three Floyds

    ...subject to change at any time.
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  37. StoutSnob40

    StoutSnob40 Poo-Bah (2,625) Jan 4, 2013 California
    Society Trader

    1. Allagash
    2. Russian River
    3. Three Floyds
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  38. jkn09

    jkn09 Aspirant (275) Oct 17, 2012 Texas

    Fairly new to the scene, so take these with a grain of salt:

    1) Sierra Nevada
    2) Stone
    3) Deep Ellum
  39. M1A2

    M1A2 Disciple (345) Jan 15, 2012 Ohio

    My 3 would be.......
    1. Three Floyds ( yes i am a fanboy)
    2. Russian River (wish i could get it on the regular)
    3. Tie between Founders and Great Lakes
    But as many have said before, there are so many great breweries (local and far) that are outstanding, so its hard just to name 3.
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  40. VaTechHopHead

    VaTechHopHead Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2008

    The Bruery
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