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What will be the "Breakout Brewery" from your area in 2014?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Biff_Tannen, Dec 27, 2013.

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  1. Biff_Tannen

    Biff_Tannen Disciple (319) Dec 8, 2013 Missouri
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    Meaning, on a national level. I will go first...from around here, it has to be 4 Hands Brewery. They've really made a name for themselves in Missouri, but in a few weeks will be opening up in Chicago. This should bring them a whole new level of exposure that should catapult them to the next level. They have really begun to hit their stride with a good foundation of core beers, regular seasonals, and a top notch barrel aging program. It seems like they are really primed to take off in 2014.
  2. xShoWTeKx

    xShoWTeKx Devotee (404) Jan 21, 2013 South Carolina
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    Thomas creek is building their expansion and already have 4 120 barrel fermenters added. Should kick production up quite a bit. And they are finally adding a tasting room.
  3. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Initiate (0) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    From what I have heard 4 Hands is a great choice, their labels are as straight and centered as anyone in the game.

  4. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,233) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Not many Denver/Boulder/Ft. Collins area breweries are really set up to make a run at the national scene. The ones that are have already done it. Funkwerks and Dry Dock are the only ones I can guess that have the production capabilities to handle distribution outside of a few states. Prost has the brewing capabilities but no packaging. Epic kinda counts although I still consider them a Utah brewer for the most part.
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  5. bocky24

    bocky24 Aspirant (252) Apr 10, 2013 Iowa
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    In 2013 Toppling Goliath took IA/MN/WI by storm. 2014..........the world!
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  6. Drucifer

    Drucifer Devotee (453) Apr 16, 2012 Illinois
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    Brickstone Brewing. It's an hour south of the city and has a couple GABF golds already. They are expanding during 2014 from what I hear. I also was able to get a couple bottles of their BA stout. Haven't tried it yet, but will review it when I do.
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  7. spark3148857

    spark3148857 Defender (636) Dec 4, 2010 California

    Not really national in the sense of availability, but Cellarmaker Brewing in San Francisco will really put itself on the map in 2014. I imagine them as the west coast version of Tired Hands in the way they will be seen nationally.
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  8. dsprainman

    dsprainman Aspirant (204) Aug 12, 2011 California
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    First bottles coming durring SF Beer Week. Everything I've had from them is killer.
  9. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,399) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Indeed Brewing get my vote in MN but to the south of us this one will rule Toppling Goliath from Iowa
  10. rgordon

    rgordon Crusader (733) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Exactly. Heard good things about the high level of quality control on packaging. No way to over-estimate the importance! Beers are very nice as well.
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  11. spark3148857

    spark3148857 Defender (636) Dec 4, 2010 California

    Yea every one I have had from them so far has been impressive especially the hoppy stuff. Really looking forward to that SF beer week Saison you mentioned!
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  12. 1987GN

    1987GN Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2013 California

    Trying to hit their brewery this weekend, along with a few others.

    Is Taco Hands any good?

    Side Note: Excited for SF Beer week!
  13. spark3148857

    spark3148857 Defender (636) Dec 4, 2010 California

    Taco Hands is sold out and it is one of the few I didn't get to the brewery to try...however the current IPA offering Cage Free is exceptional IMO, and last night I brought home a growler of Coffee and Cigarettes.
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  14. Ace_of_Suds

    Ace_of_Suds Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2013 New York

    New England Brewing Co.
  15. SpaceEurope

    SpaceEurope Initiate (45) Dec 26, 2012 New Jersey

    Both Carton and Kane breweries from Central/South Jersey are doing a lot of good things both beer and overall reputation-wise. Once they can get a good distribution outside of draft-only, growler fills, and the occasional shipment of cases they're going to be a hit (on the east coast at least).
  16. YumYumGumGum

    YumYumGumGum Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2011 Virginia
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    Isley Brewing in Richmond, VA. They came out running and I bet they'll do something really special this first year.
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  17. MattXT

    MattXT Crusader (720) Nov 23, 2010 Virginia
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    With plans for canning Julius, the only answer for me is Tree House Brewing. Granted, it won't be national disty but easier for it to travel cross country.
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  18. 1987GN

    1987GN Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2013 California

    Thanks for the Rec.

    Any other good brewery in SF to hit up tomm? I have a bud visiting from Socal and I already took him to RRB and Lagunitas. I've been wanting to go to Cellarmaker for a while now. What else should we hit?
  19. BeerMeInStl

    BeerMeInStl Aspirant (202) Jan 26, 2013 Missouri

    When I read the title for this thread, 4 Hands is who I immediately thought of. I'm with you, I think that they're gonna bust out in '14.
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  20. spark3148857

    spark3148857 Defender (636) Dec 4, 2010 California

    Speakeasy, though its a little out of the way. 21st Amendment is not far from Cellarmaker. But...if you are willing to hit the east bay, I would recommend going to Drakes...yes its in a Walmart parking lot, and yes you have to drive there, but I think its worth it.
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  21. 1987GN

    1987GN Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2013 California

    Thanks for the info. I live near Oakland, so Drakes will be easy to hit.

    I think we'll try for Cellarmaker, Speakeasy, and 21st Amendment.
  22. markdrinksbeer

    markdrinksbeer Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2013 Massachusetts

    Treehouse Brewery in Monson, Ma. I've yet to try any of their beer, but the New England forum seems to enjoy their beer very much and I hope to soon make my way over to their new place.
  23. jageraholic

    jageraholic Disciple (394) Sep 16, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Shhhh...dont tell anyone
  24. GuitarIPA

    GuitarIPA Devotee (488) Mar 24, 2013 Connecticut

    Since Ace_of_Suds already said, "New England Brewing" (they need to make Galaxy regularly available - so good), I'll add Relic Brewing. Go CT.
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  25. thecraftbeergurudotcom

    thecraftbeergurudotcom Initiate (0) Oct 25, 2013 California

    Has DC Brau broke out yet? If not, then them. And, if Bluejacket bottles, then them (even over DC Brau).
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  26. hellhammermario

    hellhammermario Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2012 North Carolina

    Haw River's going to be doing big things in 2014.
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  27. jmgrub

    jmgrub Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2010 California

    Seconded. Drakes is my favorite brewery in the bay area. Better than anything you can find in the city AFAIC.

    On another note, keep an eye out for LA's Phantom Carriage next year and beyond. They just signed a lease on space in Carson and will no longer be sharing space with Monkish. From my understanding, it's going to be all wilds, which will be a first for the LA area. They have only released one beer so far (a brett blond called Muis), but it was very solid.
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  28. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    Prairie Artisan Ales have been making some noise.
  29. CloudStrife

    CloudStrife Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2008 New York

    Abandon Brewing Company here in Upstate NY. Just opened up a month or so ago and have already dabbled in the barrel aging side of things.
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  30. Rekrule

    Rekrule Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    The need to come back to MA, fuck national.

    If the canning of Julius happens, shit will go down.
  31. mmmbirra

    mmmbirra Aspirant (206) Apr 19, 2009 Italy

    I hope there will be a breakout brewery in my area in 2014, but with the way most have set themselves up with regards to pricing marketing et cetera I'm not sure I see it happening. There is a little place I have some hope for but we'll have to see how things unfold.
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  32. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,206) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    I agree with this, though don't think Funkwerks has the capacity to go all that much bigger. Right now they are just Colorado, Nebraska, and Arizona. Perhaps they open up to a few more states in good time, but don't see national in the works any time soon. Especially not without further expansion.
  33. CassinoNorth

    CassinoNorth Disciple (304) Apr 5, 2013 New Jersey
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    You'd think the first thing a brewery does is establish some great flagship regularly brewed ales when they open up shop...not barrel age.
  34. Dan269605

    Dan269605 Initiate (0) Jul 10, 2013 Connecticut

    That was one of the first that came to my mind. Not a whole lot to choose from here in CT.
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  35. DrumKid003

    DrumKid003 Initiate (192) Aug 10, 2013 Oklahoma

    I would love to see Rough Tail make some gains in production and at the same time up their quality a bit, because the Pumpkin Porter was amazing but the rest of their porfolio is kind of flat.

    I love Prairie beers, but I'm still pissed that we don't get the distribution we deserve in Oklahoma since we're the ones that started spreading the word. I wish they would only distro to the SW region and leave the rest of the country out in the cold.
  36. HOP_KING

    HOP_KING Initiate (170) Jan 30, 2013 Illinois

    While 4 Hands beers are generally average with some very gross; they do have pretty amazing labels and designs.

    My pick locally is Pipeworks. Maine Brewing nationally has been very good with the few I've tried.
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  37. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,474) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Karben4 will be in its second year and should start bottling beer in Madison, WI. They have put out some great beer and I can't wait to have more access to it. This will be a very, very good thing!
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  38. ClePaul

    ClePaul Zealot (505) May 30, 2013 Ohio

    I was just asking about Wicked Weed. I don't know about a national level... However, their future looks bright.
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  39. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    nah, we gotta share the wealth, brother. :slight_smile:
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  40. StLeasy

    StLeasy Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2013 Illinois

    Saw the post, and they instantly came to mind.
    I really hope they're planning on bringing back Resurrection and War Hammer.. :slight_frown:
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