What is the most inconsistent brewery?

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  1. imduffman

    imduffman Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2012 Ohio

    Have you noticed any inconsistency with a certain brewery in particular? I know each batch varies slightly but I've noticed some big differences over the years especially with some local breweries in my area. I have to admit its not always a bad thing..
  2. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (152) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    Walking Man and Hair of the Dog come to mind.
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  3. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Zealot (579) Jul 7, 2012 California
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    well i notice when it comes to beer Lost Abbey seem very much hit or miss to me sometimes it really good sometime it just ok but there price is always high
    when it comes to bottling Figerou Mountain is very inconsistent I notice I had few bottles of the hoppy poppy which is an excellent beer but one of the bottle had about 2oz less than the other
    also with Stone bourbon barrel aged beers again these are excellent brew but they are very inconsistent with the bottle fill some are fill substantially more than others
  4. hood17

    hood17 Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2011 Minnesota

    dogfish head
  5. ChicagoNick

    ChicagoNick Disciple (324) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois
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    Half Acre. The guys that work there have freely admitted to me, on multiple occasions, that "this batch" didn't turn out exactly how they were hoping it would. This was on several recent releases. I didn't even ask them. I was just sampling.
  6. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    The answer is every brewery with every beer they brew. Every beer was always better the previous year.
  7. OSUBeerStudent

    OSUBeerStudent Initiate (0) May 2, 2008 Washington

    Hair of the Dog in a huge way. Bourbon Fred - either completely flat sugar water or amazing mellowed Fred with bourbon backing. Fred - color variation from the usual gold to red, uber-carbed and impossible to pour quickly to perfect carb level. Blue Dot - forgot some hops in the recipe, sell it anyhow (for an IIPA). When they're on, they're on, but they're not always on.
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  8. nogophers

    nogophers Aspirant (257) Jun 28, 2011 Minnesota

    Shouldn't rip on the new player in town, but the brewmaster has the experience to do better: Excelsior Brewing (MN). Anxious for their beers to become more consistent and drinkable.
  9. BrewBoone

    BrewBoone Initiate (0) Jun 29, 2008 Alaska

    just because it didn't turn out like they hoped doesn't mean inconsistent.
  10. ChicagoNick

    ChicagoNick Disciple (324) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois
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    It turned out differently than it was supposed to...

    IF i made you a pizza today that you enjoyed ... and then made you a pizza tomorrow that tasted not as good (or different)... that would make me "inconsistent."
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  11. BigCheese

    BigCheese Defender (689) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    My Homebrew.
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  12. sherm1016

    sherm1016 Initiate (199) Aug 10, 2009 Wisconsin
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    I think it depends on whether or not a brewery is (or should be) looking for consistency.

    I would agree that HotD's beers are not identical from one batch to the next, but I'm not sure they are trying that hard. At 600 barrels a year, how could you be? Two or three batches of Adam and Fred a year? Close counts. Barrel aged beer didn't turn out exact the same as it did when they last released it four year ago? Oh well. I do appreciate the fact that they discounted the flat 2011 Bourbon Fred.

    The one that gets me is DFH. For as much 60 Minute as they brew, they should have the recipe, system, etc., etc., all dialed in, and that beer should be identical from one batch to the next. Alas, it is not.

    For as much crap as ABI and MC take around here, they are the model of consistency. You may not like what they're brewing, but it will taste the same every time, anywhere you go.
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  13. BrewBoone

    BrewBoone Initiate (0) Jun 29, 2008 Alaska

    was it the same pizza or did i try to make a different pizza
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  14. BigCheese

    BigCheese Defender (689) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    But what if the Pizza was more the a month old?

    By then the oregano has already fallen off, total tomato sauce bomb.
  15. TheMonkfish

    TheMonkfish Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 Chad

    This. Maine seems to have had some issues of late with their flagship beer, though it seems back on track now.
  16. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Savant (958) Mar 17, 2009 Washington
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    Fantome lol

    I think its at the point where it's not cute anymore
  17. StuartCarter

    StuartCarter Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2006 Alabama

    $MY_FAVOURITE_BREWERY nails their quality control every time while $YOUR_FAVOURITE_BREWERY is an inconsistent mess.

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  18. chekako

    chekako Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2007 New Jersey

  19. GeddyLeeRocks

    GeddyLeeRocks Initiate (158) Oct 14, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I would have said Church Brew Works until a while back but it seems like they finally have someone in charge of quality control. Much improved in that dept.
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  20. FunkyMacGroovin

    FunkyMacGroovin Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 California

    I could make a case for Port/Lost Abbey pretty easily, but I'll just go ahead and say Fantome.
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  21. khall62

    khall62 Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2010 New Jersey

    Founders-especially their Centennial
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  22. davey101

    davey101 Meyvn (1,080) Apr 14, 2009 Connecticut
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    Fantome wins this one. Its crazy how one bottle will be the best saison you've ever had, one will be flat and syrupy garbage, and another will somehow be something that isn't even a beer.
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  23. LivingWeapon

    LivingWeapon Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2012 Illinois

    Thats exactly what it means. But just because it didnt turn out how they hoped or if its inconsistent doesnt mean it is always (if ever) a bad thing.
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  24. rudzud

    rudzud Poo-Bah (4,599) Apr 28, 2010 Massachusetts
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    White Birch

  25. KYGunner

    KYGunner Initiate (0) Sep 16, 2012 Kentucky

    I know it seems bush league but Newcastle Nut Brown Ale has often boggled my mind in its inconsistency. As a "macro-brew" I would think that consistency would be a number one priority yet I find it different from year to year and different from draft to bottle. One of my favorites from college I love it periodically but find it a bit different every time I try it.
  26. Schwantz

    Schwantz Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2012 Florida

    From beer to beer ..... Rogue
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  27. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (719) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    It stopped being cute when prices climbed way past $10/bottle.
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  28. jrbchef

    jrbchef Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2011 Connecticut

    ?You drink bud?:rolling_eyes:
  29. CenCalMario

    CenCalMario Initiate (132) Jan 12, 2009 California
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    Easy... Rogue. Freggin all over the place.
  30. Gannon81

    Gannon81 Initiate (0) Jan 5, 2012 Oregon

    To Half Acre's credit, their production facility has been active just shy of only four years and, to my understanding, they have only two brewers. Shit may happen.
  31. LambicKing

    LambicKing Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2011 Germany

    That would be to insinuate they make a good beer in the first place.
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  32. StuartCarter

    StuartCarter Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2006 Alabama

    obviously you are channeling yourself as meta-syntactic variables can be populated with any data.... even junk data :stuck_out_tongue:
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  33. wordemupg

    wordemupg Poo-Bah (3,757) Feb 11, 2009 Alberta (Canada)
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    Mikkeller's all over the map, some great, some awful and everything in between
  34. HopsMatt

    HopsMatt Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2011 Kentucky
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  35. ipa247

    ipa247 Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2008 California

    Shorts and Kuhnhenn for me. Their beers run from mediocre to flat out fantastic to infected as hell.
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  36. jbck109

    jbck109 Aspirant (267) May 30, 2010 Michigan
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    Shorts and fantome.
  37. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Meyvn (1,247) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    serious fantome price creep as of late. North of $15 at some shops.
  38. FEUO

    FEUO Disciple (327) Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    Slam fest. Swing away.:wink:
  39. rudzud

    rudzud Poo-Bah (4,599) Apr 28, 2010 Massachusetts
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    touche sir, touche.
  40. SeanfromShorts

    SeanfromShorts Aspirant (283) Feb 9, 2009 Michigan

    Check the code dates for the Short's beers--it's located on the neck of the bottle, in black ink. 4-6 months is the typical shelf life, if not refrigerated.

    If you don't see a code date, it may be one from a while back that has simply gone bad.
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