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

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by inchrisin, Jun 1, 2013.

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  1. Jips

    Jips Nov 29, 2007 Kansas
    Beer Trader

    Anything these guys make are must-trys for me:
    Hill Farmstead
    Free State
    Goose Island (especially their brewpubs)
    Smuttynose (except Homunculus, but I don't like that style anyway)
    Sierra Nevada
    Left Hand
    Cigar City
    non-sour styles from Three Floyds

    Dark Horse almost makes it, but some of their special releases were bad. Flat BA Perkulator especially for me, and I found wasupwiththemonkey to be pancake batter beer. Didn't think Blood Orange was that bad, mine had just a hint of acetone.
  2. Jae9979

    Jae9979 Sep 23, 2012 New York
    Beer Trader

    Founder and locally here in Rochester, NY Rohrbachs.
  3. NateMac13

    NateMac13 Apr 10, 2011 Illinois

  4. MarshalHunahpu

    MarshalHunahpu Mar 10, 2013 Florida

  5. DevilDancer

    DevilDancer Apr 8, 2013 Michigan

    Firestone Walker
  6. Fish

    Fish Dec 19, 2012 Oregon

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  7. misfit1034

    misfit1034 Dec 29, 2009 Ohio

    1. Founders
    2. Hoppin' Frog
    3. Bell's
    4. Columbus Brewing
    5. Great Lakes Brewing
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  8. jrman1386

    jrman1386 Oct 22, 2011 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Toppling Goliath
    Hill Farmstead
  9. Cenosillicaphobe

    Cenosillicaphobe Jul 24, 2011 Maine

    Sierra Nevada
    Three Floyds
    North Coast
  10. Quantum_Dong

    Quantum_Dong Apr 18, 2013 Wisconsin

    Ha! Unlikely to happen. We feed Spotted Cow to our young through their bottles.
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  11. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    Hill Farmstead hands down. I would try anything Sean brews. Lagunitas, Founder's, Sierra Nevada, Stone all in a distant 2nd.
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  12. Buster

    Buster Mar 21, 2012 Oklahoma

    Prairie Artisan Ales
    Great Lakes Brewing
    Sierra Nevada
    Great Divide
    Three Floyds
  13. YieldToNothing

    YieldToNothing Mar 13, 2013 New York

    obviously haven't tried celia yet
  14. brikelly

    brikelly Apr 11, 2010 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

  15. JuliusCaesar

    JuliusCaesar Feb 18, 2013 New Hampshire

  16. jmadiadora19

    jmadiadora19 Jun 2, 2013 Texas
    Beer Trader

    I would have to say dogfish head. The best part about this brewery is they always have new brews coming out, especially in the 750 ml size bottles (which is great for a change from there year round selections). I would say my favorite year round is the 90 min ipa and my favorite seasonal would have to be the 120 min ipa. Dfh specifically makes the best finishing higher alcohol content beers imo. I would highly recommend if any BA users havent explored their seasonal (or year round) selections to give it a go. You won't be disappointed!
  17. BedetheVenerable

    BedetheVenerable Sep 5, 2008 Missouri

    Black Sheep Brewery. Also, honestly, I can't say I've had anything bad from Goose Island...312 and a couple of others are ordinary, but certainly not bad. Also, Boulevard, Schlafly, and numerous others.
  18. TheMonkfish

    TheMonkfish Jan 8, 2012 Chad

    Firestone Walker and Founders (though I didn't have the pleasure of FMB.)

    Lagunitas and Stone are pretty much up there too.

    Surprisingly I can't say Alchemist (boy was Celia bad.)
  19. Dools9

    Dools9 Jul 5, 2011 Massachusetts

  20. crossovert

    crossovert Mar 29, 2009 Illinois

    Cantillon, Heller, Dieu du Ciel, for breweries with 6+ beers tried. So many breweries with so many beers theres always a few that aren't that great to me. I guess there are tons of breweries that i haven't had "bad" ones form yet but the ones i mentioned are ones with all or most of the beers being over a 3.5 rating.
  21. smakawhat

    smakawhat Mar 18, 2008 Maryland


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  22. ericlawton007

    ericlawton007 Jan 7, 2006 Connecticut

    Founders is first to come to mind. New England, Ommegang, and Allagash are all mostly perfect, and Brooklyn Brewery while it doesnt stand out for any one beer is always very good.
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  23. Evan603

    Evan603 May 22, 2013 Maryland

    I have to say 21st amendment has yet to disappoint me
  24. TheSack

    TheSack Jan 11, 2013 Michigan

    Double Crooked Tree in a snifter, too. Or Scotty Karate (Scotch Ale).
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  25. TastyIsBeer

    TastyIsBeer Dec 13, 2006 Illinois

    Founders--even the ones I haven't loved have been decent (and in some cases I just don't care for the style, which is no knock on them)
    Firestone Walker--the only beer of theirs I haven't loved was Wookey Jack, and that is because my taste in black IPAs is pretty specific (I love Uinta's Dubhe)
    3 Floyds
    New Glarus--saving the best for last. New Glarus can make me like styles that I don't even like: I'm giving pilsner another chance because of Two Women.
  26. Olek4374

    Olek4374 Apr 23, 2013 Alberta (Canada)

    Alley Kat Brewery in Edmonton. They only make good beer.
  27. loafinaround

    loafinaround Jul 16, 2011 New York

    firestone walker
    <---- and me likey all goose island stouts!
  28. TheBeerDad

    TheBeerDad Sep 6, 2012 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Yeah I love tasting tasting sour beers from darkhorse that aren't sours, but just there fuck ups.
  29. abcramer

    abcramer Feb 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Sierra Nevada and Great Lakes are the first two that come to mind. I'm sure there are others, but these two stand out for me.
  30. tdmccarthy

    tdmccarthy May 6, 2010 Illinois

    Founders. Bear Republic Lagunitas, , Half Acre, and Russian River. I've only had about three beers from RR and Bear Republic, but they've all been very good or great. I'd add Great Lakes and Surly too. I've had at least half a dozen beers from both and nothing has disappointed from either.
  31. protton

    protton Jan 18, 2013 Florida

    As of now, I would say Boulevard. I haven't tried all of Boulevard's offerings yet but haven't had a bad beer from them. Cigar City is a close second although I have had some that weren't great, but like DFH, the things they do and the boundaries they push with their beer makes up for some of their less than stellar beer.

    Others I haven't had bad beers from yet and will try anything they have to offer are Engine 15 and Green Room out of Jacksonville as well as Real Ale out of TX.
  32. tobelerone

    tobelerone Dec 1, 2010 New York
    Beer Trader

    There are plenty of breweries of which I can say I haven't had a "bad" one yet. Maybe some that I wasn't very enamored of but certainly not bad. At worst just not super exciting or to my specific tastes. Off the top off head:

    Hill farmstead
    Russian river
    Tired hands

    No surprises there. I'd love to say cigar city but I remember the days of widespread infections and recent barely drinkable stuff like ghost stories. I LOVE the fact that they go out on a limb, even if they miss the mark on occasion. Alpine is pretty phenomenal but I've also had some thoroughly mediocre stuff too and that's not even counting things like BA odins raven and chez monieux, neither of which I've had a chance to try.
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  33. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer May 10, 2012 Illinois

    Alchemist... they only make one beer.
  34. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
    Beer Trader

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  35. jtierney89

    jtierney89 Aug 15, 2011 New Jersey

    great divide easily, from belgian styles to DIPA's they can do it all and nail it
  36. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
    Beer Trader

    How could I forget Toppling Goliath...every beer that make is world class for its style.
  37. NWer

    NWer Mar 10, 2009 Washington
    Beer Trader

    Russian River
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  38. TheFightingMongooses

    TheFightingMongooses Nov 14, 2012 New Jersey

  39. --Dom--

    --Dom-- Dec 22, 2012 Missouri

    Lagunitas, I am a hype.....
  40. GardenWaters

    GardenWaters Jan 8, 2012 Illinois

    Green Flash. My only complaint is that whenever I pour a Rayon Vert, I get nothing but foam!
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