What brewery has WOWED you the most?

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  1. Dave97

    Dave97 Initiate (0) Oct 1, 2015 Virginia

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    Actually I changed my mind..... I was thinking currently.... but in all reality, I'm an older guy... after coming back from my first European Cruise in the Navy in the early 90's These are the breweries that really started to make an impact towards really good beer.
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  2. tripledbrew

    tripledbrew Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2011 Kentucky

    Russian River
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  3. Beer21

    Beer21 Champion (844) Oct 17, 2010 Florida

    Firestone Walker
    Russian River
    Hill Farmstead
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  4. Kramer41609

    Kramer41609 Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2014 New Hampshire

    #1: Maine Brewing Company
    #2: Neshaminy Creek
    #3: Zero Gravity
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  5. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (3,146) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Hill Farmstead does no wrong except for hiding up in Northern Vermont and I rarely can get them.

    Weihenstaphaner's lineup is awesome. I mean $10.99-$12.99 FOR 6 pack's for Vitus in Maryland? Are you kidding me? They are killing it at that price point for such an incredible beer. That stuff should be flying off the shelves.
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  6. sittinggc

    sittinggc Aspirant (224) Mar 2, 2015 California

    Funky Buddha! Definitely said wow the first time I drank MBCP and Last Snow. Plus I love how creative they are in the types of beer they brew. Can't wait to pop open one of my bottles of Morning Wood.

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  7. Lonestar9

    Lonestar9 Initiate (170) Apr 27, 2008 South Carolina

    This brewery. I've had a fair amount of their beers, and have always enjoyed them all to a certain point. Some are just crazy good, like Red Angle, Montamerreto, and others I forget.
    I've had pretty limited Jackie O's since they are not in my area, but what I have tried from them has been great as well.
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  8. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Meyvn (1,108) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey

    A lot of you are saying great breweries that in my mind have consistently been great. The one I've been wowed by recently is Otter Creek. They went from a mediocre brewery to a phenomenal one with amazingly tasty and hoppy brews and still at a low price (exception being Double Dose). That's a wow.
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  9. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (6,742) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Firestone, and Odells,
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  10. Brutaltruth

    Brutaltruth Poo-Bah (3,482) Mar 22, 2014 Ohio

    Hoppin Frog----yet to have a bad brew from them. Boris and Doris flat out ROCK! Getting ready to have a BA Boris. Should be interesting.
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  11. Neptunez77

    Neptunez77 Initiate (0) Jul 11, 2014 Minnesota

    Have to go with Surly. Numerous good IPAs over the years, Darkness, the Benders, and just a lot of other amazing beers.
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  12. Raime

    Raime Meyvn (1,321) Jun 4, 2012 Greenland

    Aside from the huge names, Old Dominion makes some damn good beers.
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  13. twizzard

    twizzard Initiate (0) May 11, 2013 New York

    This an easy one...Trillium.
  14. hophugger

    hophugger Poo-Bah (2,312) Mar 5, 2014 Virginia

    Hardywood Park.....and a mention to Ballast point
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  15. travolta

    travolta Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2004 California

    Prairie Artisan Ales.

    WOW.....get some.
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  16. Dexterski

    Dexterski Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2014 New Jersey

    Kane Brewing from NJ with their Mexican Brunch. Blows mexican cake, praire bomb, and pretty much all other variants away execpt for Huna.

    Otherhalf brewing from brooklyn and pretty all their IPA's but green diamond and G is for green are stellar.
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  17. Dexterski

    Dexterski Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2014 New Jersey

    I found neshaminy to be a bit overrated to me. Nothing blew me away and their best beers BA Leon and Shape of hops to come were good, but nothing to seek out imo. I will say their brewery is a really great place to hang out though.
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  18. sbh50

    sbh50 Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2015 Ohio

    Jackie O's. I didn't like sours at all before I went to their one of their bottle releases. They made a believer out of me. After this weekend, my favorite saison now comes from Jackie O's. They do everything very well.

    For the sake of not being a complete homer, the brewery outside of my state that blows me away is Revolution.
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  19. mstrcrwly

    mstrcrwly Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2013 New York

    Firestone Walker & Alesmith..have never had a bad offering from either one.
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  20. bluehende

    bluehende Poo-Bah (2,164) Dec 10, 2010 Delaware

    I could probably come up with a brewery that wowed me more times total, but I am going with the Alchemist. I have had 4 beers from them and they all have wowed me. 100% is hard to beat.
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  21. jhartley

    jhartley Poo-Bah (2,833) Aug 22, 2010 Florida
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    Hill Farmstead
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  22. jwheeler87

    jwheeler87 Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2011 Massachusetts

    Firestone Walker
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  23. Gundlach

    Gundlach Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2012 Colorado

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  24. Beckett_the_Labrador

    Beckett_the_Labrador Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2015 New York

    The Wookey Jack is fantastic!
  25. mdr4669

    mdr4669 Initiate (0) Sep 12, 2010 Massachusetts

    I have to go with Tree House on this one, I've tried tons of beers, from all around the country, but these folks always blow my mind.
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  26. Zetcha7x

    Zetcha7x Initiate (0) Feb 17, 2014 Pennsylvania

    This is a pretty loaded question and there are a bunch of breweries that can be listed, but how about Chimay. They brew three beers and they are all rated "outstanding" or "world class by both us and the Bros. Can't really argue with those ratings.
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  27. JaredSammy

    JaredSammy Initiate (0) Jul 30, 2015 New York

    In order Treehouse, Trillium, Other Half.
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  28. LouAleHead

    LouAleHead Initiate (0) Jul 31, 2015 Texas

    Without a doubt Jester King, these guys do it up RIGHT & NICE, I am always thoroughly impressed with what they put out. I’ve heard that Jester King Sours give De Garde a run for their money. However I wouldn’t know and with that, ISO of De Garde!! Oh also Smog City with their Cuddle Bug, such an AWESOME beer!!!!!
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  29. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Poo-Bah (2,224) Sep 15, 2014 New York

    Firestone Walker, and Stone.

    As far as breweries go that I am slowly becoming and more impressed with: Troegs.
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  30. Mehinaman

    Mehinaman Zealot (515) May 16, 2015 Washington

    Ommegang. Every beer I have tried is great
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  31. microbrewlover

    microbrewlover Initiate (0) Oct 5, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Sierra Nevada
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  32. BeerIsLife11

    BeerIsLife11 Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2015 Indiana

    Three Floyds
    18th Street
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  33. VitisVinifera

    VitisVinifera Initiate (135) Feb 25, 2013 California

    Have to be Russian River. I live at the point where it takes a special trip to go there but close enough where it happens a few times a year. Plus, a few shops between here and there carry Pliny if I can make it there in time.

    edit: I live in Lodi, and make wine, so Santa Rosa is where a lot of wine supplies and stainless gear comes from
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  34. Lare453

    Lare453 Meyvn (1,400) Feb 1, 2012 Florida

  35. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,628) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I'll go Surly. Furious, Abrasive, Darkness are all really quite spectacular.
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  36. chrisjws

    chrisjws Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2014 California

    Old school: Russian River
    New school: Cellarmaker
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  37. ELS

    ELS Devotee (422) Apr 22, 2012 Florida

    Three Floyd's and Cigar City.
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  38. Kwak

    Kwak Initiate (0) Nov 1, 2002 New Jersey

    Kane Brewing from NJ
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    THANAT0PSIS Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2010 Wisconsin

    Hill Farmstead
    Drie Fonteinen
    Jester King
    Funk Factory
    Tree House
    Off Color
    Russian River
    Sante Adairius
    Town Hall
    Toppling Goliath
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  40. baseballrock

    baseballrock Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2007 Texas

    Stone gets my vote. Yes I've had more stone needs than I would ever like to count, and I can not think of one I haven't enjoyed. They're flagship beers are so good I continue to drink them over a new product and the special releases continue to push boundaries and for lack of a better word "wow" me.

    Prairie gets honorable mention
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