What brewery are you still waiting to be impressed by?

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    KVNBGRY Champion (876) Aug 1, 2012 Florida
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    I can't say I've been unimpressed by any brewery I've visited. However, there are a lot of breweries I'd like to visit still. That being said, I'd like to enjoy Flying Dog and Lagunitas more. Other than 1 or maybe 2 beers from each, I've been quite unimpressed.
  2. barleywinefiend

    barleywinefiend Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2007 Washington

    Minneapolis Town Hall.

    Naming a few...
  3. Mojo

    Mojo Champion (845) Jul 21, 2012 Alabama

    Abita. I want to like them, but so far everything I've had by them is the definition of mediocrity.
  4. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2007 New York

    Bourbon Barrel Quad is AMAZING indeed
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  5. jbertsch

    jbertsch Meyvn (1,110) Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts

    It's funny cuz it's true.
  6. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (520) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts
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    Throwback. Has all the makings of a great brewery: apprenticed at Smuttynose, committed to using local ingredients, willing to experiment. But their best beer is a brown ale, my least favorite style. Always a let down and overpriced for what it is.
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  7. KBrennan1000

    KBrennan1000 Initiate (0) Sep 20, 2010 Massachusetts

    Put me down as another vote for Rogue. I thought the Chocolate Stout was decent and the Chipotle Ale was interesting but nothing I got excited about. Dead Guy, Yellow Snow, Hazelnut Brown, none did anything for me. I appreciate what they are but I just don't care for them. I think part of it for me is their penchant for coming up with (in my mind) wacky recipes. The Voodoo Doughnut series I think is best served staying local to where people are familiar with the bakery. The Beer-d and now the White Whale? It feels like they're right on the edge of being fun and silly or saying "we can throw any horrible thing into a beer and people will drink it."
    Flying Dog is another brewery that just hasn't done it for me. I like the Gonzo but not necessarily over other, more accessible beers. I've had probably half a dozen different brews from them and none have done anything for me.
  8. Blanco

    Blanco Devotee (458) Oct 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    the Bruery. I haven't hated their beers, but Tart of Darkness was the only beer I ever felt was worth the money I spent on it, and it was good, not great.
  9. Omensetter

    Omensetter Aspirant (256) Nov 24, 2012 Minnesota
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    Left Hand
    Brooklyn Brewery

    Though I'm always willing to be proven wrong about any brewery. I bought a bottle of Black Ops recently and I'm eager to crack it open.
  10. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (281) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    I'm not going to disagree but their Monkeyfist IPA isn't too bad.
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  11. Jeremy6566

    Jeremy6566 Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Arizona

    I Absolutly Agree! Time to STEP UP AZ !!!

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  12. Kerrie

    Kerrie Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2012 Michigan

    Another for Atwater. I love their Vanilla Java Porter but everything else has been too watery and bland. Another for Arcadia as well. Again, too bland. Although to be fair, I haven't tried as much of their stuff.
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  13. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Zealot (582) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    I'd go with Magic Hat and Widmer. They brew... ok stuff but nothing that I'd really seek out so far.
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  14. YaKnowBrady

    YaKnowBrady Initiate (0) Jul 23, 2010 New Jersey

    I can't wait until Sam Calagione sees this thread and gives you all a quick boxing of the ears.
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  15. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Zealot (582) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    I think both breweries are great. I'm not saying everything they do is great, but Stone's collaberations are always great, like Mint chocolate stout and the different versions of it's imperial stout and barleywine are great.

    Rogue makes a ton of different beers, and some of them underimpress, but overall I'd say they are a very quality brewery with tons of new and great ideas. Plus old standbys like Old Crustacean and Dead guy and Double Dead Guy are fantastic.
  16. ToddThompson

    ToddThompson Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2012 North Carolina

  17. tronto

    tronto Initiate (84) Dec 22, 2010 Kentucky
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    Yes IMO greatly decreased.
  18. frickprick

    frickprick Initiate (0) May 11, 2011 Washington

    Maine Beer Co. - All of the beers I've had from them have had a very thin mouthfeel to them and are underhopped.
  19. Cvescalante

    Cvescalante Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2012 Texas
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    Brewdog. Just not great to me
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  20. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,482) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    So you don't support the whole "buy local" philosophy? :wink:
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  21. MagicJeff

    MagicJeff Aspirant (219) Mar 21, 2012 Georgia

    For some reason, I don't have an itch to buy any Terrapin when I'm at the store...Wake N Bake was too much coffee for me, and Hopsecutioner was missing something...and Golden Rye is meh

    Same with Brooklyn Brewery (haven't had Black Ops though)
  22. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,431) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    What I was going to say. So far I've had Zombie Dust, Arctic Panzer Wolf, Dreadnaught, and Gumballhead. Only ZD came anywhere close to living up to the acclaim heaped upon it. Everything else was just, well, fine. Nothing special. Gumballhead was downright disappointing. When I hear about people waiting in lines to buy beer at the brewery, most of all I'm just perplexed and maybe even a little sad. I still have a Dark Lord I keep thinking about opening, I should just get it over with.
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  23. KelsoSaaz

    KelsoSaaz Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2013 Maine

    Couldn't agree more. I want to like them, but none of their brews have done it for me.
  24. tommyz

    tommyz Devotee (420) May 28, 2007 Michigan
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    I soooo agree with you about Atwater...Even their "top" beer Vanilla Java Porter is mediocre at best...With that said, I disagree with you about a good Detroit proper brewery...I personally really like Motor City Brewing Company..
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  25. TheBeerDad

    TheBeerDad Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2012 Michigan
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    The VJ Black isn't bad, other then that I totally agree
  26. tommyz

    tommyz Devotee (420) May 28, 2007 Michigan
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    I dont even know where to go with this post as I find it absurd...Not that you dont like the place..But to say the quality has gone down and the beers are not the same is just wrong
  27. Horbar

    Horbar Zealot (560) Feb 24, 2012 Rhode Island

    75% of them....:confused: Really, do some of these breweries even taste their swill??? There is a lot of breweries that put out beers for sale that I would be embarrassed to have home brewed. No names, but wow!!, a lot of crap out there.
  28. Andygirl

    Andygirl Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 Michigan

    I have never had MCBC, hope to be proven wrong about Detroit breweries.
  29. bismarksays

    bismarksays Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2008 Iowa

    Surly. While I enjoy Furious, there are at least 5 or 6 other IPAs I can get every single day without having to go to Minnesota. I will keep trying beers from them in hopes that something does in fact really make me stand up and take notice. For instance, I have not had Abrasive or Wet.
    (I have only had Furious, Tea-bagged Furious, Bender, Moe's Bender, Coffee Bender, and CynicAle so far.)
  30. YamBag

    YamBag Initiate (190) Feb 2, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Sly Fox, I really want to like them, but their beer in general is just average
  31. tommyz

    tommyz Devotee (420) May 28, 2007 Michigan
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    They are not a "big" beer type of brewing co. fyi..They make good drinking beers...Their Winter Ale is fantastic..I enjoy their pale ale and their Ghettoblaster...When you go, order a pizza...Their pizza's are phenomenal
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  32. TwelveOunces

    TwelveOunces Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2011 Kentucky


    I liked Their Wee Heavy but their Speedway was overrated and their Hoppy stuff has been hugely non hoppy. BOTTLE DATE'S HELP ALESMITH!
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  33. CircusBoy

    CircusBoy Initiate (0) Mar 10, 2008 Ohio

    Ommegang. I've had a decent amount of their beers yet every time I expect something great I come away disappointed.

    Flying Dog. I like Gonzo, and had Pearl Necklace this weekend which wasn't too bad, but other than that I haven't cared much for what I've tried.
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  34. reverseapachemaster

    reverseapachemaster Aspirant (244) Sep 21, 2012 Texas
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    Mikkeller, Lagunitas, Rogue, DFH. Just don't get the love for these brewers but I realize some people have different tastes.
  35. alex021224

    alex021224 Disciple (336) Nov 3, 2012 Michigan
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    For me it is New Holland and Arcadia. They both have a couple of good selections, but overall none really blew me away. I though the same thing about Short's until I tried Publican and Goodnight Bodaious.
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  36. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    Jolly Pumpkin. I have yet to be really impressed by a beer they make.
  37. Andygirl

    Andygirl Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 Michigan

    The growlers and bottles are super cheap, the beer looks interesting. Did I see this at Henry Ford Museum, maybe I have had it?!
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  38. IPASearcher

    IPASearcher Initiate (117) Feb 12, 2013 California

    In Los Angeles:

    1. The Strand
    2. Monkish- Almost there
    3. Angel City
    4. BJ's- LOL!
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  39. jeffdill

    jeffdill Initiate (0) Apr 26, 2012 Washington

    Sam Adams, Rogue, Southern Tier, Flying Dog. I want to like them, but I'm consistently underwhelmed.

    I don't care for Abita at all, Jockamo IPA was pretty awful the one time i had it.

    Not sure why the hate for Lagunitas, I really enjoy their beers. New Holland has some awesome brews too, I loved the different variants of Mad Hatter (Farmhouse Hatter, Black Hatter, Rye Hatter).
  40. lilsmizzul1225

    lilsmizzul1225 Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2012 Indiana

    I recently tried their Robert the Bruce and I thought it was pretty amazing. So if you see it, give it a try.
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