what breweries are you willing to blindly try anything from?

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  1. grandmeaulnes

    grandmeaulnes Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2010 Ohio
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    Russian River
    Hill Farmstead
  2. Brandywine

    Brandywine Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012 Washington

    Firestone Walker, especially anything from the Proprietor's Reserve.
    Hair of the Dog.
  3. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (4,326) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    Hill Farmstead
  4. philbe311

    philbe311 Poo-Bah (1,966) Jan 21, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Alesmith, Brasserie d'Achouffe & Founders...
  5. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,003) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
    Industry Beer Trader

    "Czech" Pils?

    My answer (naturally): Heller-Trum.
  6. GRG1313

    GRG1313 Poo-Bah (3,470) Jan 15, 2009 California
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    Russian River
    Hill Farmstead
    Bear Republic
    3 Floyds

    Fantome. . . . .

    You know, there's probably many more. There are a lot of good breweries!! (and I forgot to list any of the amazing traditional German and Belgian places!)
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  7. HeyJim

    HeyJim Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Sierra Nevada, easily. I've yet to have bad Victory, but I still need to explore their offerings a bit. Troegs is close, but I wasn't a fan of Troegenator.

    Loved every SN brew I've had. I've bought plenty of full cases of Sierra Nevada that I've never had. Driving home with a case of Tumbler I started getting worried. Popped the cap and felt stupid for worrying.

    Edit : Excluding Troegs for Troegenator is kinda dickish though, because I'm not a fan of bocks to begin with.
  8. Bernerdawg

    Bernerdawg Initiate (0) Jul 18, 2011 Georgia

    Sierra Nevada
  9. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,003) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
    Industry Beer Trader

    Bells' Lager of the Lakes? Founders Noble Lager?
  10. equi1ibrium

    equi1ibrium Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2012 Illinois

    If this is theoretical then from what others say , Hill Farmstead.

    ISO: HF
  11. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    Sierra Nevada
  12. Roger85

    Roger85 Devotee (408) Aug 24, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Founders. I even loved the hated FMB. Everything they brew is top notch in my book.
  13. ggwheeler

    ggwheeler Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 California

    These guys kill it. Good to see them getting a bit of love.
  14. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poo-Bah (6,822) Aug 15, 2010 New York
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    I don't see how The Bruery makes this list for anyone. If anything, that's the one brewery I always second guess purchasing from; 90% of the time I get overpriced mediocrity.

    I'll always try Russian River, Lost Abbey, and (cheating) Westvleteren beers.

    I'm quite the Mikkeller fan, but a fair amount of disappointment accompanies that. But when he's great, he's great.
  15. AutumnBeerLove

    AutumnBeerLove Aspirant (231) Oct 16, 2010 Vermont
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    Hill Farmstead, Lawson's, Mystic if it didn't cost so much, Jack's Abby, Maine Beer Co, HOTD, RR, Founders (even after FMB)
  16. ItsLaTrappe

    ItsLaTrappe Initiate (0) May 15, 2012 Pennsylvania

    De Dolle is all good.
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  17. Vonstein15

    Vonstein15 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2010 Ohio

    Schlafly and Specher are consistently good
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  18. thecraftculture

    thecraftculture Initiate (0) Nov 28, 2012 Florida
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  19. loony4lambic

    loony4lambic Initiate (0) Nov 26, 2012 California

    I will drink any DFH just cause Im a " fanboy". Russian River, Cantillon
  20. RDMII

    RDMII Disciple (342) Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    Weyerbacher. Love everything they do besides Double Simcoe, and only because I'm not a hophead.
    The Bruery. Only been left down (a bit) by Mischief. It was still very good though.
    Russian River. Of course.
    Alesmith. Haven't had anything yet from them I didn't love.
    Harviestoun. Everything they do is awesome.
    Innis & Gunn. Ditto. Love it all.
    Fuller's. Not a bad beer yet.
    La Trappe, St. Bernardus, and most anything Belgian.
  21. callmeishmALE

    callmeishmALE Initiate (0) Dec 30, 2010 Colorado

    Schlafly is definitely my second along with Sierra Nevada. I love schlafly so damn much.
  22. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, Southern Tier. Troegs and Harpoon are close. I live in Boston and have pretty much have had all of Harpoon's offerings and 100 Barrel Series. Every time I see a new one at the store I always pick it up. Usually not the best beer ever, but I almost always enjoy it.

    I would've thrown DFH on here, but I've struck out a bit with them lately. I feel like they favor weirdness over taste
  23. Jules11788

    Jules11788 Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2011 California

    What's wrong with their Czech Pils? I'm not a fan of pilsners and even I thought that beer was decent
  24. Rfunk

    Rfunk Initiate (0) Nov 28, 2012 California

    The Bruery can do no wrong.
  25. Chriscrundwell12

    Chriscrundwell12 Defender (662) Jan 19, 2011 Minnesota
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    Minneapolis Town Hall, Cantillon
  26. BGdad

    BGdad Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2012 Iowa

    Coopersmiths, New Belgium and Samuel Smith... i sound like a fort collins homer
  27. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    I forgot to mention Victory. Haven't had a bad beer yet. There's a few others that I'm sure would make the list but I haven't been able to get my hands on enough
  28. StubFaceJoe

    StubFaceJoe Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2011 Colorado

    Avery. Even if it happened to be terrible, which doesn't happen, I'd be glad I supported them. Not only do I love their beer, but I love their "let's just make great beer for the hell of it" style.

    Also, I'll try anything Founder's especially since we don't get it here and everything I've had is incredible. Who else makes a mix pack with ALL world class beers.
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  29. TheSaboteur

    TheSaboteur Initiate (0) Sep 20, 2010 Nebraska

    I dont see beers that i have no idea about.
  30. Airyk12

    Airyk12 Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 Oregon

    The Commons, Deschutes, Upright, Hitachino, and Cascade, for sure. Hell I try lots of things from Cascade blind. Also Elysian and Widmer. Sure, those two don't always make amazing beers, but they rarely make terrible ones (pale beet bock not withstanding).
  31. Airyk12

    Airyk12 Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 Oregon

    Also forgot about Anchorage. Holy hell these guys know how to make a beer...
  32. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,003) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
    Industry Beer Trader

    I find it extremely harsh and jarring, in a style that is supposed to be extremely soft and smooth. If I had to guess why this is -- and to be constructive in my criticism -- I'd say it's owing to the use of inferior U.S. 2-row pale malt, which typically imparts a much more sharp graininess than Bohemian or German pilsner malt. I'd also guess that little or no attempt to approximate Czech water profile(s) was made, which is an extremely important component to any beer wanting to call itself a "Czech (style) pils." Both of these things just scream "shortcuts"; and taking shortcuts in such a subtle style should get you dinged by anyone who's ever had more than a handful of examples of the style.
  33. ComRock12

    ComRock12 Initiate (0) Sep 28, 2010 Massachusetts

    Russian River, Hill Farmstead, Night Shift, Cigar City
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  34. jeffthepony

    jeffthepony Disciple (384) Jan 24, 2009 Georgia

    Probably Founders and Lagunitas

    LIQUORBARREL Initiate (0) Oct 16, 2009 Minnesota

    Town Hall
    Russian River
    Cigar City


  36. TheSevenDuffs

    TheSevenDuffs Poo-Bah (3,004) Jan 20, 2010 Ontario (Canada)
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    Hill Farmstead
    Three Floyds
    Firestone Walker
  37. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Zealot (563) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    Avery has had a couple that I can remember that I thought was pretty raw on my palate, and really didn't enjoy. (Depelceluse and Avery 16th anniversery) but, their beers arent' designed to please everyone's palates, and they brew artistically and aggressively on purpose. I love every single other beer that they brew, and also reallly appreciate their attitude towards beer and brewing. They've done a lot to push style boundaries and perception.
  38. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Zealot (563) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    Besides Avery, I'd try anything from Lost Abbey, Ommegang, Unibroue, Firestone, Boulevard, Sierra Nevada, Cigar City, Deschuttes, and many others. Not counting some of my Belgian favorites like the trappist breweries, D'achouffe, Fantome... I guess I am a big fan of many different styles and breweries and I think a lot of us would try almost anything blindly from a well known brewery, because we like to try a wide variety of beers and styles.
  39. BrettMcCal23

    BrettMcCal23 Initiate (0) Nov 23, 2010 Minnesota

    Founders, Bell's, Odell, Great Lakes, Mad River, and way too many others!
  40. seplo

    seplo Disciple (376) Sep 8, 2009 Connecticut
    Beer Trader

    Definitly Alpine....CHEERS
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