What brewery haven't you had a bad beer from?

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  1. TheBrewo

    TheBrewo Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2010 New York

    Three Floyds is definitely up there...they seem to outdo themselves with each new one I try. Lagunitas and Stone also both consistently keep me on my toes, guessing, and interested.
  2. rozzom

    rozzom Defender (689) Jan 22, 2011 New York
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    Hill farmstead is the only brewery that fits this category for me
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  3. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (3,765) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    Yeah, y'know, it wasn't bad, but I didn't consider it to be on-par with Founders' other stuff - that said, I do believe in revisiting beers again after time has passed, so my opinion might be different a second time around.

    Cheers, dude!
  4. BeerKangaroo

    BeerKangaroo Initiate (0) May 30, 2011 Alaska

    Maine Beer Company
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  5. Roguer

    Roguer Poo-Bah (3,003) Mar 25, 2013 Georgia
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    I wonder how many people said The Alchemist. :slight_smile:

    For me:

    -Sierra Nevada
    -Sam Adams (I know all their beer isn't phenomenal, but *I* haven't had one I don't like yet; I haven't tried any of their IPAs or various other brews, however).
    -Stone - I don't love everything they put out (I found both Ruination and their standard IPA to be OK as far as my desired flavor profile), but I wouldn't say anything I've tried by them is "bad." Just because I don't like a particular flavor doesn't mean it isn't a good beer.

    And if we're including ALL brewers, not just American craft:

  6. whiterabbit

    whiterabbit Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2010 Ohio

    Local - Fatheads. Everyone knows the Headhunter, but they brew everything in rotation, and the versions they put out as good or in some cases better than the popular talked about. Outstanding.

    US - Lagunitas. Some of my favorites period. Not a clunker have I tried....but have not had censored or the Czech pilsner yet. Sumpin Sumpin Wild CANNOT come soon enough......

    Imported - Weihenstephaner. Not even close. They are the definition of beer, everything I have ever had, excellent.

    Just made my decision for this evening that much more difficult!
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  7. YieldToNothing

    YieldToNothing Initiate (0) Mar 13, 2013 New York

    st bernardus- and with them i haven't had one that wasn't epic
  8. Lledd

    Lledd Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2013 Massachusetts

    Lost Abbey and FW
  9. Wisconsin

    Wisconsin Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2008 Wisconsin

    Concur! All that brewery does is turn out great beers that are true to their style. Not too many places with the range of Great Lakes.
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  10. Stelbotsfest

    Stelbotsfest Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Go talk to your local beer guy because Dark Horse just put out a IPA variety pack with Crooked Tree and three other IPAs. I work for a wholesaler and we just got a limited amount in and haven't released it yet so keep your eyes peeled
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  11. dpjosuns

    dpjosuns Initiate (0) Dec 8, 2009 Illinois

    I'd do this guy if you can...
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  12. Premo88

    Premo88 Meyvn (1,438) Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    Sierra Nevada
    Samuel Smith

    ... Karbach is 9 for 9 or some such for me. Sierra Nevada is 3 for 3. Samuel Smith is 6 for 6. (i've got a lot more brews to try, but so far those three stand out)
  13. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,118) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    Deschutes. The Dissident wasn't bad, although not great, and that's the beer that I've been most disappointed in by them. A pretty good track record, I'd say.
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  14. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,436) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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  15. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (3,765) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    Gotta take Great Divide off the list - just had their Heyday witbier and it was far less enjoyable to me than FMB was from Founders...

    My revised "list" will be:
    Firestone Walker

    Too late to include the quote, but draheim ^ is accurate, too - Orval - make one beer, make it perfectly.
  16. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Disciple (356) Apr 2, 2012 Colorado


    dig the upslope choice.
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  17. BennyBeer04

    BennyBeer04 Initiate (0) Aug 27, 2009 Massachusetts

    Founders. Firestone Walker. Jack's Abby.
  18. MNishCT77

    MNishCT77 Defender (672) Jun 6, 2008 District of Columbia

    Surprised to not see Surly listed yet. For me, the following breweries have never released a mediocre beer:
    Firestone Walker
    As much as I like some of the others, I've definitely had mediocre beers by each.
  19. Paccamacca

    Paccamacca Defender (676) Sep 15, 2012 California
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    I just picked up their two new offerings yesterday- Darkest Hour and Anadromous- cant wait to try them. If you ever see it, grab a bottle of their saison, 'Love Buzz', that beer will change your life!
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  20. maDUECEgunner

    maDUECEgunner Initiate (0) May 23, 2013 Minnesota
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    I could get plenty for trading...
  21. stevec32

    stevec32 Disciple (376) Mar 26, 2012 New York
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    The Alchemist
  22. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Disciple (343) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    I'll have to try out Wichita Brewing next time I'm home. Thanks for mentioning them.
  23. Geuzedad

    Geuzedad Zealot (540) Nov 14, 2010 Arizona
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    Had a friend whose wife is from there. He used to pick it up for me when they went back to visit her parents. Unfortunately and sadly they have passed away so they never go back anymore. Send me a personal message with what you are looking for and I am sure we can work something out!
  24. bobbyr5

    bobbyr5 Initiate (0) May 17, 2013 Michigan

  25. Sean9689

    Sean9689 Poo-Bah (2,176) Mar 17, 2009 Illinois
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    Societe & Hill Farmstead
  26. doctormo

    doctormo Initiate (149) Jun 26, 2003 Minnesota

    Surly has been consistent for me. Deschutes, Founders, and Tallgrass have also been good. No bad ones that I have had.
  27. joelwlcx

    joelwlcx Initiate (198) Apr 23, 2007 Minnesota

    Sierra Nevada seems to be popular
  28. Absolut

    Absolut Zealot (564) Sep 19, 2011 California

  29. semibaked

    semibaked Zealot (573) Mar 27, 2007 Illinois

    Firestone Walker
  30. SaisonRichBiere

    SaisonRichBiere Savant (974) Mar 23, 2011 Michigan
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    Founders for sure. Even seasonal offerings that I was iffy about trying still managed to impress me.
  31. ChipMurray

    ChipMurray Defender (630) May 21, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Firestone Walker
  32. BigJim5021

    BigJim5021 Zealot (593) Sep 2, 2007 Indiana
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    New Glarus immediately springs to mind. I even kinda liked their Oktoberfest. I'm sure there are some other breweries where I've yet to have a dud, but I've also probably sampled fewer of their brews. New Glarus makes me wish I lived in Wisconsin. Or maybe the Wisconsinites could stop drinking so much of it so New Glarus could spread the love to some of their Midwestern neighbors.

    2011 Devil Dancer would like to have a word with you. But if we could take away that big, oniony black eye then I would totally agree.
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  33. mcrago

    mcrago Aspirant (281) Oct 6, 2012 Indiana

    Dark Horse? I find many of their beers to be average at best.
  34. dvmin98

    dvmin98 Site Editor (2,562) Nov 1, 2010 North Carolina
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    3 Floyds, though I have a bottle of Tiberian Inquisitor waiting on me in the fridge, and I've seen some bad posts about it. I would also say Founders, but their Cerise was really bad. New Glarus has been spot on as well.

    A small brewery that Ive had 6 beers from is Ironfire out of Temecula, CA. Their stuff is damn solid. I wanted to head over to the tasting room cuz they had some funky stuff on tap, but they were closed the days I could have swung by. (Owned by a former Ballast Point brewer)
  35. 77black_ships

    77black_ships Devotee (445) Dec 4, 2012 Belgium

    Cantillon first
    Also CCB, RR, Haandbryggeriet & De Dolle.
  36. mweso2000

    mweso2000 Disciple (389) Apr 10, 2010 Georgia
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    Lagunitas. Everything they have is just solid if not excellent. Founders and Stone are also extremely consistent, but some of their specialty beers do not always do it for me.
  37. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Wisconsin
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    Smuttynose, Samuel Smith and Cigar city all fit the bill. Ive had some beers that I wasn't in love with but never an actual bad beer.
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  38. IrishKevin

    IrishKevin Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2013 Massachusetts

    Lagunitas & Founders are always solid! So far everything I have had from Tree House has been great.
  39. notchucknorris

    notchucknorris Poo-Bah (1,910) May 28, 2010 California
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    I was going to say Alpine, but then I remembered Mandarin Nectar. Therefore, going with Cantillon.
  40. maxcoinage

    maxcoinage Defender (620) Apr 6, 2012 Illinois
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    Gotta agree with many posters about Founders. I think out of the 10 or so Founders beers I've enjoyed, the only one I'm probably not going to buy again is the standard Pale Ale
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