What's the best lager from your state?

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  1. Minnebrew

    Minnebrew Initiate (47) Jun 9, 2015 Minnesota

    Schell's Firebrick
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  2. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,310) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    I'm assuming so. I know they've worked with Olde Saratoga, Lion, and Sly Fox. Do you have any idea what their current six pack and 750 arrangements are?

    Edit: I drink it bottled and draught.
  3. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,310) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    I agree that it'll probably get less traffic, but considering that the only other threads I've seen like this are for IPAs and stouts, lagers aren't doing that bad in the grand scheme of things.

    Don't know about "half." Is that like someone else saying "60% of craft beer..." Just kidding.
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  4. zizouandyuki

    zizouandyuki Aspirant (247) Nov 26, 2015 Texas

    TX: Community's Vienna Lager
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  5. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,090) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    No, I do not have any current information. A couple of years ago I got into a conversation with the owner of Southampton (I did not know he was the owner at the time) and he told me that the bottled Keller Pils was brewed at SBC but the draft Keller Pils at the brewpub was brewed in house. SBC may also be brewing some of the draft Keller Pils but since that was not a specific part of our conversation I really don't know. An 'indicator' for me is the shape of the bottle since SBC uses a stubby bottle while the majority of other breweries use the standard long-neck type bottle.

  6. mfowler314

    mfowler314 Initiate (91) Aug 12, 2015 New York

    Can't really answer because I've not had ALL the lagers in NY. So I'll base this on the ones I've had. For years I was biig fan of Saranac Black Forest (schwarzbier) but they recently stopped brewing that. But right about the same time Brooklyn Brewery came out with a schwarzbier called Insulated Lager (which I think is brewed in thee Saranac facility in Utica... interesting!).

    I lived for awhile in PA so I claim honorary status there... So I'll go for Troegs' Sunshine Pils and Troegenator. The former is my go-to summer beer and the later is my go-to winter beer.
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  7. mudbug

    mudbug Zealot (597) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon

    Heater Allen anything
  8. tillmac62

    tillmac62 Poo-Bah (1,501) Oct 2, 2013 South Carolina

    SC is pretty much a wasteland when it comes to producing truly outstanding beer in state and even more so I terms of lagers. Holy City's Pilsner is the best I've had that gets produced here.
  9. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,310) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    That's an interesting bit of info about the bottle shape because I've seen their beers in different shaped bottles over the years. SBC? Is that Olde Saratoga Brewing Co in NY or something in PA?
  10. Moose90

    Moose90 Meyvn (1,404) Nov 25, 2012 Washington

    Hands down Chuckanut Pilsner.
  11. VetsPackage

    VetsPackage Aspirant (238) Jun 29, 2015 Massachusetts

    Kiwi Rising by Jack's Abby but you really can't miss with those guys regardless of what you grab
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  12. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Savant (902) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Ain't that the truth.
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  13. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,821) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Those "heritage" bottles (similar to Sierra-Nevada's, which are not true stubbies :wink:) from SBC - are brewed by PA's Susquehanna Brewing Co. Southampton has also contract-brewed at the new Shmaltz Brewing Company's brewery in Clifton Park, NY. They also briefly brewed at City - Latrobe. And I have vague recollections of at least one of their beers once coming out of High Falls/Genesee, as well.
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  14. The_Beer_Shark

    The_Beer_Shark Initiate (0) Oct 14, 2014 Illinois

    Church Street Polish Style Pilsner.
  15. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,310) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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  16. MooseBoose

    MooseBoose Devotee (414) Jun 6, 2007 Wisconsin

    I'll 2nd the dark dopplebock and put my 2nd vote for New Glarus Two Women, just ever so slightly over the hometown blonde.
  17. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,090) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Susquehanna Brewing Company in Pittston, PA.

    A photo of the shape of their beer bottles:


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  18. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (2,985) Jun 8, 2003 Washington

    Although I wish I could pick a lager brewery a little closer to me, I'd happily go with any of the beers I've had from Chuckanut.
  19. LittleGus

    LittleGus Initiate (117) Mar 13, 2008 Minnesota

    Lots of good ones in MN. Off the top of my head:

    Bent Paddle Roof Rack Vienna Lager
    Schells Pils, Firebrick and Bock
    Harriet Brewing Doppelbock
    Bauhaus Wonderstuff Pilsner
    Summit Maibock and Octoberfest
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  20. hudsonvalleyslim

    hudsonvalleyslim Aspirant (290) May 29, 2003 Massachusetts

    I've become a fan of Jack's Abby House Lager as well. Narragansett makes good lager and Beerworks IPL from Framingham is also very good. Jack's Abby is a cut above in my opinion.
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  21. DeweyCheatem-n-Howe

    DeweyCheatem-n-Howe Disciple (318) May 23, 2015 Massachusetts

    Kiwi Rising by Jack's Abby
  22. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Poo-Bah (1,752) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina

    My SC favorite is Southern Barrel Helles Lager
  23. Uconnelmo

    Uconnelmo Zealot (525) Jan 2, 2015 Connecticut

    Elm City Lager New England Brewing
  24. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Poo-Bah (1,752) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina

    I forgot, honorable mention Coast Kolsch
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  25. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey

    Although I don't necessarily love it, I guess I'd nominate Carton Sit Down Son by default.
  26. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Meyvn (1,037) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Wow, coming from arguably the best state for lagers in the US, and a knowledgable lager-lover such as yourself, that's a very high compliment.

    And I'm not arguing either. Troegs Sunshine Pils is a fantastic beer, my personal number one US-brewed German Pilsner.

    The best part? It's coming soon!
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  27. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,090) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I have two lagers in my lagering chamber right now: a Classic American Pilsner and a Tmavý Ležák (Czech Dark Lager). I have a Bohemian Pilsner fermenting and in a couple of weeks I will be brewing (again) an 1896 Michelob. I will be enjoying these lagers (Pilsners) until Troegs releases Sunshine Pils in a few months.

    Its all good!!:slight_smile:

  28. Raime

    Raime Meyvn (1,296) Jun 4, 2012 Korea (North)

  29. tigg924

    tigg924 Poo-Bah (5,099) Apr 30, 2008 Massachusetts

    Favorite all time is Sam Adams Cinder Bock...loved that beer.
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  30. dangle47

    dangle47 Initiate (99) May 16, 2007 New York

    Genny Bock, Sixpoint The Crisp is a close second. Not too many other great lagers I can think of that are made in NY, but my favorite lager state has to be PA.
  31. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,508) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Tried that Simcoe Pils earlier today. Really good stuff for sure.

    That said, Marble Pilsner gets my vote. Just hits all the right spots for what I want in the style.
  32. Tucquan

    Tucquan Poo-Bah (2,930) Oct 11, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Troegs Sunshine Pils
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  33. beardown2489

    beardown2489 Disciple (370) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois

    Illinois has some options

    Metropolitan makes an amazing Pilsner...ish style beer called Flywheel
    They also make the best schwartzbeir I've ever had. It's called Magentron

    I also love Half Acre Pony Pils
  34. XIII

    XIII Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2015 Washington

    In Washington State -

    Helles Lager by Chuckanut
  35. offthelevel_bytheplumb

    offthelevel_bytheplumb Devotee (409) Aug 19, 2013 Illinois

    Have you tried the Heliostat?
  36. jbaker67

    jbaker67 Poo-Bah (1,552) Jul 1, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Victory's Prima Pils.
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  37. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,232) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    GL Dortmunder Gold?
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  38. Premo88

    Premo88 Poo-Bah (1,804) Jun 6, 2010 Texas
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    Texas' No. 1 beer (F the lager designation!):
    If that's all I could get, I swear to you I'd be a happy beer drinker. Bored at times considering what's out there, but still happy.

    Texas' honorable mentions:
    Real Ale Hans' Pils
    Live Oak Big Bark Amber Lager (easily the state's most underrated brew)
    Austin Beerworks Black Thunder
    Karbach Mother in Lager
    Robert Earl Keen Honey Pils
    Martin House's Toadies Bock
    Karbach Pontificator dopplebock
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  39. beardown2489

    beardown2489 Disciple (370) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois

    Yeah, but I only drink it a few times a year. If it was around more often, I'd drink it more often. Also, it'll never be bottles so that limits me as well. I drink cases of flywheel a year because it's always on shelves.
  40. EMH73

    EMH73 Poo-Bah (1,855) Sep 16, 2015 New York
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    Not a lot of great lagers from New York. I have to go with Brooklyn Lager.
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