What are your top 3 breweries?

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  1. SadMachine

    SadMachine Poo-Bah (1,649) Mar 14, 2011 New Jersey
    Trader

    1. Hill Farmstead
    2. Stone
    3. Firestone Walker
    with Founders nipping at both 2 and 3's heels! Kane may replace one of these soon as well if they keep it up!
     
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  2. gueuzedreg

    gueuzedreg Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2013 Colorado

    1. Cantillon
    2. Drie Fonteinen
    3. Crooked Stave
     
  3. beercanman

    beercanman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    Stone
    Lagunitas
    Founders/SN
     
  4. CMUbrew

    CMUbrew Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 Michigan

    1. Founders
    2. Short's
    3. Sierra Nevada
     
  5. BitterTetley

    BitterTetley Initiate (34) Apr 3, 2013 North Carolina

    US only?

    1. Bells
    2. Founders
    3. Rogue
     
  6. Andrew041180

    Andrew041180 Defender (651) Mar 15, 2013 Massachusetts

    1. Sierra Nevada
    2. Stone

    I really want to include something closer to home... trying... arrghh...

    3. Lagunitas

    I make my first trip to Hill Farmstead this summer.
     
  7. Quantum_Dong

    Quantum_Dong Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2013 Wisconsin

    1. Surly
    2. New Glarus
    3. Sierra Nevada
     
  8. BRLockwood

    BRLockwood Aspirant (270) Aug 1, 2005 Florida

    1. Founders
    2. Avery
    3. Odell
     
  9. thatsnotbutter

    thatsnotbutter Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2013 Missouri

    1) Odell - Underrated in my opinion
    2) Bell's - Great consistency across styles
    3) Lagunitas
     
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  10. Pelagic

    Pelagic Initiate (148) Apr 26, 2013 Indiana
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    1. 3 Floyd's
    2. Founders
    3. Bells
     
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  11. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Defender (620) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    1. Toppling Goliath
    2. Surly
    3. Bell's
     
  12. LMT

    LMT Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2009 Virginia

    Couldn't have said it better myself. Great quality, reasonable prices, widely available (even for seasonals/speacial releases). Rarely a beer from any of these that I don't like.
     
  13. dt_gbpackersfan

    dt_gbpackersfan Devotee (405) Dec 6, 2012 Missouri

    Firestone Walker
    Southern Tier
    Founders
     
  14. OtsegoAmigo

    OtsegoAmigo Initiate (0) Nov 4, 2010 California

    Southern Tier
    The Bruery
    Firestone Walker
     
  15. AngryBotBrews

    AngryBotBrews Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2013 California

    Alpine
    Russian River
    Stone
     
  16. falcon1

    falcon1 Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2006 Ohio

    3 Floyds
    Cigar City
    Midnight Sun
     
  17. Ahappyhiker2

    Ahappyhiker2 Initiate (0) Mar 27, 2013 New Jersey

    So broad, very hard one to answer. At this point in my life I'd probably say:

    1. Hill Farmstead
    2. Cigar City
    3. Russian River

    Three Floyds is up there too.
     
  18. Mattyb79

    Mattyb79 Devotee (414) Dec 11, 2012 Virginia

    Got quite a good sample of answers so far. I will tally the results for today while I am at work tonight, and post them in the morning. Remember, only US breweries, as I see several votes for Cantillon, Ayinger, and Weihenstephaner. If I opened this up to every brewery in the world, it may get to be impossible to keep track of in a spreadsheet.
     
  19. alex_hart

    alex_hart Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2013 Oklahoma

    1. Sierra Nevada
    2. Weihenstephaner
    3. Boulevard
     
  20. davey101

    davey101 Meyvn (1,114) Apr 14, 2009 Connecticut
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    1. New England Brewing Co.
    2. Drie Fonteinen
    3. Dogfish Head
     
  21. hillind

    hillind Aspirant (248) Apr 24, 2010 Pennsylvania

    1. Sierra Nevada
    2. Stone
    3. Oskar blues
     
  22. Bnoise11

    Bnoise11 Disciple (321) Dec 25, 2012 California

    1. Stone
    2. Firestone Walker
    3a. Lagunitas
    3b. Boulevard Brewing
    3c. Greenflash
     
  23. SoCalBeerIdiot

    SoCalBeerIdiot Savant (909) Mar 10, 2013 California
    Society

    Sierra Nevada
    Firestone Walker
    Kona

    The first two are easy choices. Never had anything from either of them I didn't like. I put Kona in there (over Ballast Point, Weihenstephaner, and El Segundo Brewing Co.) because they have two of my favorite year-round brews (Fire Rock Pale Ale and Big Wave Golden Ale) and an interesting rotation of seasonals including another favorite of mine (Wailua Wheat). I could survive a long, long time with nothing but beers from these three brewers in my fridge (and food, of course).
     
  24. Herky21

    Herky21 Defender (673) Aug 7, 2011 Iowa

    1. Founder's
    2. Dogfish Head
    3. Stone

    Runners up: Toppling Goliath, Sierra Nevada.
     
  25. Mannard

    Mannard Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2013 Florida

    Bells
    Green Flash
    Wells & Young's LTD.
     
  26. Radome

    Radome Poo-Bah (1,585) May 24, 2009 Florida

    This was tough.

    1. DFH
    2. The Bruery
    3. Cigar City (but way behind the first two and a close call with others like Bells and De Dolle Brothers)
     
  27. dcs1548

    dcs1548 Initiate (0) Nov 6, 2011 Virginia

    Cool idea, I'd love to see that results of this. It's tough but my top three are

    Cigar City
    Lagunitas
    Sierra Nevada
     
  28. Bobheed

    Bobheed Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2010 Texas

    1. Firestone Walker
    2. Russian River
    3. Too many I would consider equal to each other
     
  29. Iamstryker

    Iamstryker Initiate (157) Aug 11, 2012 New Jersey
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    Lagunitas
    Stone
    Ommegang

    4 a nod for local, Kane Brewing
     
  30. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (200) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    <------ 1) goose island- no contest for 1st place
    2) six point

    the third spot is difficult.... evil twin? firestone walker? lagunitas (because of my beloved sucks)? alesmith (becuase of speedway)?
     
  31. Sparty2014

    Sparty2014 Initiate (0) Mar 30, 2013 Michigan

    1. Founders
    2. Lagunitas
    3. Lots of others.
     
  32. thegodfather1076

    thegodfather1076 Initiate (0) Oct 11, 2009 Ohio

    Stone
    Sierra Nevada
    Great Divide

    Dogfish Head
     
  33. Powderhornphil

    Powderhornphil Defender (617) Apr 30, 2012 Minnesota
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    Cigar City
    Surly
    Three Floyds
     
  34. BurningSpear

    BurningSpear Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2013 Florida

    1. Cigar City
    2. Founders
    3. Bell's
     
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  35. Ffenski

    Ffenski Devotee (403) Apr 24, 2008 Ohio
    Society

    Sierra Nevada
    Founder's
    Lagunitas

    A lot of honorable mentions!
     
  36. Shakory

    Shakory Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Wisconsin

    favorites is tough , right now my favs are

    Hill farmstead
    3 floyds
    Central waters
     
  37. msween21

    msween21 Initiate (162) Jan 2, 2013 Massachusetts

    Stone
    Lagunitas
    Jack's Abby
     
  38. MatthewPlus

    MatthewPlus Aspirant (263) Jan 2, 2013 Idaho
    Trader

    1. (predictably) Cigar City
    2. The Bruery
    3. Russian River
     
  39. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Champion (827) Jul 15, 2011 Florida
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    Cigar City
    Stone
    Bell's

    Everyone keeps overlooking that this is supposed to be US breweries. My list would be different with Europe included
     
  40. Vec2267

    Vec2267 Aspirant (238) Jan 15, 2007 Florida

    Cigar City
    Bear Republic
    Bells
     
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