What breweries do you root for?

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  1. rondufresne

    rondufresne Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I'm normally not one to develop emotional connections to businesses--except for sports teams. But I do find myself rooting for certain breweries to thrive. For me they are Hill Farmstead (where Shaun Hill has an amazing passion for quality in the rural town where my family also has roots), Alchemist (rising from the waters of the Winooski River), and Tired Hands (where Jean Broillet is bringing his craft to Philly's western suburbs).

    What breweries do you root for... and why?
  2. kkrez

    kkrez Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2008 Colorado

    Crooked Stave. Great dude who makes unique and awesome brews. Also Upslope
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  3. gatornation

    gatornation Grand High Pooh-Bah (8,822) Apr 18, 2007 Florida
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    i like to root for local breweries so many have started up in Minneapolis with many more slated for this and next year two that i list

    Steel toe
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  4. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Grand Pooh-Bah (4,030) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    Ballast Point
    Samuel Adams too
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  5. aasher

    aasher Grand Pooh-Bah (4,471) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana

    Goose Island. They're in an interesting spot. Because of the buyout they have a much larger and more comfortable budget. They can challenge themselves to be as innovative as possible. I can't wait to see what they do with their expanded barrel program.

    Three Floyds. I love their attitude and they do things their way like no one else.
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  6. Etan

    Etan Initiate (0) Jul 11, 2011 Wisconsin

    I'm a big fan of Flying Fish.
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  7. ZeroSignal

    ZeroSignal Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Otto's, Elk Creek and Gamble Mill; because they're all in my back yard!
  8. Bobheed

    Bobheed Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2010 Texas

    Russian River, Firestone Walker, and the local Sutter Buttes brewery. They are the only brewery in my city, just opened about 2 years ago, and they make some excellent beers.
  9. strictly4DK

    strictly4DK Initiate (0) Mar 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Definitely Troegs. I already think they're the best brewery in PA and hopefully with their new production facility they can show it in higher volume to a greater region of the US, especially their Scratch series.
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  10. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    All breweries with less than 50,000 barrel capaticy
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  11. FosterJM

    FosterJM Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2009 California

    The Bruery
    I&I <- Two miles from my house
    Golden Road

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  12. WagonCircler

    WagonCircler Initiate (0) May 15, 2011 New York

  13. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    Brown's and Adirondack are both locals that produce very nice brews. I try to frequent them and by local when I can. Southern Tier, Weyerbacher and Goose Island are a few of my favorites of the bigger breweries.
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  14. TheFlern

    TheFlern Initiate (0) May 9, 2009 Idaho

    I'm rooting for these guys as well. I received a few bottles of their stuff a while back. Still have the Pure Guava beer. Is that any good? The Wild Wild Brett (red) was awesome.

    Besides them I always root for the local guys. Specifically, Salmon River Brewery. The Matt's there are awesome and they brew some great beer!

    As far as bigger breweries go I am always pulling for Deschutes and Odell. The Odell reps are great guys. I don't know how many t-shirts, beers, and other swag those guys have given/bought me over the last year since they came to Idaho but it is a lot. Deschutes is just the best bang for my buck in Idaho and they are a brewery that I know prides themselves on consistency and service. gotta love those things.

    Cheers y'all.
  15. LambicKing

    LambicKing Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2011 Germany

    While his beers are great, it's a shame Mr. Hill isn't a cool dude. I root for the Alchemist and DFH (because of who Sam is) all day and tomorrow.
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  16. ShemRahBoo

    ShemRahBoo Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2010 New Jersey

    For a large brewery I root for sierra nevada. I love when they release something that is just phenomenal and easy to get. For a small newer brewery I'd go with Kane in NJ. Every beer I've had by them is excellent and I hope I get to see them become huge one day.
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  17. caguiar

    caguiar Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2011 New Hampshire

    Alchemist, Hill Farmstead, Lawson Finest Liquids, Maine Beer Company, and Jacks Abbey.
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  18. Wreckoncile

    Wreckoncile Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2011 California

    I root for the trappist monasteries and a local brewpub called ladyface that makes some fine beers but doesn't bottle out distribute at all. I hope at some point they do.
  19. mondegreen

    mondegreen Initiate (0) Nov 4, 2009 Georgia

    Terrapin. I really want the hometown boys to do well. And they keep letting me down...
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  20. deadonhisfeet

    deadonhisfeet Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2011 Kentucky

    I root for Rivertown, Mt. Carmel, and Christian Moerlein because they're all local. They all make very traditional styles (porters, IPAs, etc), but Rivertown made a nice Lambic two years ago and an interesting sour earlier this year.

    Hmmm. Don't I still have a bottle of Christian Moerlein's Emancipator Dopplebock in the fridge?....
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  21. kkrez

    kkrez Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2008 Colorado

    When it first came out it had a good amount of butyric acid which can be off putting to some. I think it lends a depth to the brettanomyces and you can swirl a lot of the aroma off in the glass. When the brett eats up all the butyric it should leave a really deep tropical fruitiness. I haven't cracked one in a while so I don't know where it stands right now.
  22. MLucky

    MLucky Initiate (0) Jul 31, 2010 California

    Maybe Drake's? There are a lot of great breweries 'round here who do just about everything right--SN, RR, Lagunitas--but they're all so well-known and prosperous I dunno if I'd say that I 'root for' them. But Drakes is smaller, much less well-known, and makes some really amazing stuff. AFAIK they are not distributed outside California, so I'm rooting for them to make it big.

    I'd also say Heretic, although I haven't tried their stuff yet. That's Jamil Z's new operation, and I feel all of us homebrewers owe that guy a debt. Given the excellence of the recipes he's been putting out there for years, I'll be surprised if Heretic is anything but amazing, and I definitely wish them luck.
  23. nickapalooza86

    nickapalooza86 Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2010 Wisconsin

    Central Waters. They are quickly becoming my favorite brewery, they have a nice line up minus the IPA and a kick ass barrel program.
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  24. BigPlay1824

    BigPlay1824 Initiate (0) Oct 13, 2010 New York

    im a homer through and through. i root for Adirondack brewery, lake placid, and saranac. i was fortunate enough to meet the owners of both saranac (fred matt) and Adirondack (don't remember his name) and i think that being able to put a face to the brand really helps. also, i had a great experience out at harpoon when i took a tour there once and since then ive remained very loyal and root for their success aggressively
  25. NoLeafClover44

    NoLeafClover44 Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2011 Delaware

    Weyerbacher because it's the local brewery and Cisco because it is a magical place to visit and have a few beers after the beach.
  26. match1112

    match1112 Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2011 Illinois

    i wanna see them all do well and keep people employed, dont wish failure on anybody.
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  27. Crazyale

    Crazyale Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2012 Virginia

    I'll also go outside the country and say Unibroue. They're proving that they can produce at the same, if not better, quality after being acquired by a larger brewer, not once, but twice. I still worry that Sapporo will manage to screw things up somehow, but so far so good.
  28. woosterbill

    woosterbill Initiate (0) Apr 6, 2009 Kentucky

    New England Brewing all the way! Gotta give love to the local, and in the case of NEBCO they earn it both by brewing amazing beer and by being amazing people.

    Others I have a soft spot for are New Glarus (being from Wisconsin originally) and Drie Fonteinen (can't wait to see what Armand does once he gets brewing again!).
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  29. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,750) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I had the pleasure of drinking some Christian Moerlein brews and they were all solid or better.
  30. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,750) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    New England Brewing...I haven't had a beer of theirs that I wasn't impressed with.
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  31. drgarage

    drgarage Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2008 California

    Russian River is my favorite local, but they have their shit together so well, they don't require rooting. Ditto with the Bruery (different than it was in fall 2009).

    Next on my list:
    -- Green Flash -- Rayon Vert blew my mind. Here's hoping they do many more experiments with Brett!
    -- High Water -- I haven't loved everything they've made, but the Aphotic Baltic Porter is spectacular, and they're good guys
    -- Almanac -- Friends of friends who are working hard to do something unique. Can't wait until they introduce their year-round brews
    -- Ale Industries -- Still incredibly under-the-radar brewery in horrible Concord, CA who are churning out amazing beer. Their sour cherry stout was glorious, and their one-off imperial coffee stout they made with Healthy Spirits is world class
    -- Pacific Brew Labs -- Really under-the-radar dudes in SF who only have two beers in commercial release, both tap only. Their Black IPA is good, but their hibiscus saison is really worth your time. If they can bootstrap their way to real brewing, I think anyone can.
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  32. BeerKangaroo

    BeerKangaroo Initiate (0) May 30, 2011 Alaska

    Stone, Troeg's, Gritty's, Long Trail, D.L. Geary's and Otter Creek.
  33. Rekrule

    Rekrule Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    Jack's Abby.
  34. deadonhisfeet

    deadonhisfeet Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2011 Kentucky

    I'm very happy to hear someone else say that. Their regular beers are good, though I wish they would push the envelope a bit more often.

    I think Rivertown is my favorite. They make a good oatmeal stout, Hop Bomber and Hop Baron are both nice beers, and they seem to be interested in trying new things. The Lambic they made a couple years ago was solid. The vanilla and coffee-infused Roebling Porter was also nice. Their ``4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse'' Beers commemorating the end of the Mayan calendar are must-buys for me (the first of which, Pestilence, has got to be the funkiest sour ever known to mankind). I can't wait to get all 4 of them and have an Apocalypse Vertical at the end of 2012.
  35. seanchai

    seanchai Maven (1,418) May 23, 2009 Virginia

    My favorite local, Blue Mountain Brewery, in beautiful Afton VA. The restaurant always has a great vibe and the beers are very good and amazingly consistent.
  36. abraxel

    abraxel Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2009 Michigan

    I root for a lot of Michigan breweries. If I had to choose one I root for most, probably Short's, but also Bell's, Founders, Dark Horse, Kuhnhenn, Jolly Pumpkin...
  37. Brew33

    Brew33 Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2007 Ohio

    I root for Telegraph. They make excellent beers that get very little attention.

    Locally, I root for Rivertown because their owner/brewer is a cool guy and I'm excited for their expanding sour program.
  38. jbertsch

    jbertsch Pooh-Bah (2,698) Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts
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    Came here to say jack's abby, too
  39. Photekut

    Photekut Initiate (0) Mar 31, 2006 Tennessee

    Jackie O's - Doing experimental things in the middle of nowhere Ohio.
  40. Gregwa

    Gregwa Pundit (869) Feb 14, 2011 Massachusetts

    Myself as well. Great stuff coming from this brewery
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