Which closed brewery did you wish was still around?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by canucklehead, Oct 19, 2012.

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  1. slander

    slander Site Editor (2,096) Nov 5, 2001 New York
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    Yes, the Vin de Cereale is lovely, can't speak to the otherwise unobtainable Foederbier, but surely you know I'm talking about their primary line Classic proper, and Grand Cru, too.

    And trading up the Alexander for the Redbach is just criminal...
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  2. mklinger

    mklinger Zealot (523) Feb 20, 2009 North Carolina

    Bert Grant & all of his great beers. He redefined many of the styles that are now mainstays of craft brewing. Perhaps the first IPA & RIS done American style back on the mid 80's. Great examples of those styles (at least in my memory).
  3. wlaschober

    wlaschober Initiate (132) Oct 2, 2011 Indiana
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    Log Jam Brewery in Tomahawk, Wi. Missed dearly!
  4. rlcoffey

    rlcoffey Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2004 Kentucky

    Shut up. :slight_smile:
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  5. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,323) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    That's true about the Cream Stout- I really liked that one, but the ubiquitous Red Barrel never really did it for me.

    I'll also add Young's Ram Brewery- Old Nick, Ramrod and their Oatmeal Stout were reliable and tasty. I just loved their yeast profile in everything they made.
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  6. patto1ro

    patto1ro Zealot (526) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    Never cared for Alexander. I always thought that classic Rodenbach fell between two stools: a beer that was trying to have mass appeal and be quite traditional at the same time.
  7. patto1ro

    patto1ro Zealot (526) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    If you knew how Watneys Cream Stout was brewed you might not be so keen. Mostly pasteurised ullage with loads of caramel and sugar.
  8. PatBrad

    PatBrad Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2009 Massachusetts

    Agreed. Their Pozharnik Imperial Stout was delicious and an excellent value!
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  9. valdieu2

    valdieu2 Aspirant (290) Feb 23, 2012 Maine

    Stone Coast in Portland, ME. Their 1260 was awesome.
    Castle In The Clouds in NH. Ye Olde Chucklehead barleywine was the best.
  10. JJSmash

    JJSmash Aspirant (254) Nov 23, 2011 Connecticut

    I recall Rhino Chasers having some pretty good beers, but maybe my memory is fading with age.
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  11. RDMII

    RDMII Disciple (360) Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    +1. I never knew of them but found a bottle of Pompier, St.Florian, Big O, and Rustwagen on a beer scavenging run last year. Loved all four of them. Sad I can't get any more.
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  12. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    Falstaff in St Louis.
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  13. yummybeer

    yummybeer Aspirant (248) Apr 14, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Oasis in Boulder CO. I cut my craft beer teeth at that place.
  14. csurowiec

    csurowiec Devotee (429) Mar 7, 2010 Maryland

    DeGroens in Baltimore. Their beers were well loved by me and I was sorry to see it go.
  15. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Aspirant (297) Aug 17, 2005 Oregon
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    I have to throw in another vote for Grants. Also Hawks Brewing in Oregon. Killer oatmeal stout, a solid IPA, and the Sweet Amber was one of the best malt liquors I've ever had.
  16. Ravenacht

    Ravenacht Aspirant (203) Aug 10, 2012 Florida
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    You ever drink a warm Bud light? that is was what i thought all beer tasted like until i discovered a keg of Watney's at a party. Epiphany for sure.

  17. Seanvino

    Seanvino Initiate (141) Jan 5, 2009 California

    Another vote for Bert Grant and his whole lineup. New Albion will always be a fond memory. Palo Alto Brewing Co. London Real Ale and River City Brewing Bock were favorites many moons ago...
  18. Alkohollokaust

    Alkohollokaust Initiate (0) Oct 14, 2012

  19. mountsnow1010

    mountsnow1010 Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2009 Vermont

    So true. I really miss Shut the Hell Up (among other things).
  20. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (596) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    Hands down for me is Young & Co. Brewery PLC, before the merger w/Wells. Such a shame and a loss, truly miss the styles that I cut my teeth on in my early 20's i.e. Young's Oatmeal Stout, Old Nick, RamRod...now the only thing I seem to find in the NE Ohio area is the Young's Double Chocolate Stout, just can't seem to get with it.
  21. khall62

    khall62 Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2010 New Jersey

    The original Pete's ( not what it became after he sold it) I loved the original Winter brew.
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  22. andylipp

    andylipp Devotee (447) Dec 8, 2006 Massachusetts

    Eldridge Pope & Co. PLC
  23. blatantdream

    blatantdream Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2003 New York

    Definitely Heavyweight. They were doing things ahead of their time. Last I heard, they were still brewing but only here and there for particular restaurants like Fette Sau in Brooklyn, NY. They did for awhile though. Doubt they are still doing that. The brewer just wanted to retire I believe.
  24. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,269) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver, owners of Heavyweight, opened Earth Bread + Brewery in Philadelphia in 2008.
  25. reviticus

    reviticus Initiate (0) Sep 26, 2012

    thought about this a couple times today.....Pete's Wicked Ale
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  26. blatantdream

    blatantdream Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2003 New York

    Awesome. Definitely need to check that out. Spoke to them at a Beer Festival and they were telling me they were tired of the "circuit" they were caught in trying to do all these festivals and promoting the beer. Very happy they are still around.
  27. eajb24

    eajb24 Initiate (143) May 26, 2005 Connecticut

    Hammer and Nail out of Watertown CT
  28. bbfcfm11

    bbfcfm11 Initiate (125) Feb 12, 2012 Connecticut

    I 2nd Hammer & Nail...only ever around when I was a youngin but that didn't deter...
  29. Skoallrebel

    Skoallrebel Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2012

  30. dunix

    dunix Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2011 Vermont

    This. Loved me some Wild Child and the wings.
  31. tcampbel1

    tcampbel1 Initiate (0) May 17, 2010 Oregon
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    Living in the Pacific NW, I have unfortunately seen many breweries come and go. A list of some of my old favs are:

    Grants (mandarin hef, porter)
    Saxon/Nor'Wester/Portland Brewing (Benchmark Olde Ale)
    Pacific Rim (Driftwood, Ring of Fire)
    Roots Organic Brewing (Epic Ale!)
  32. Mark

    Mark Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2001 California

    How I miss the Ram Brewery in London. I've been fortunate to have taken many vacations to England with more to come and I always loved my pilgrimmage to Young's. It's been so painful that only once since 06 have I even went back to that area. The Brewery Tap was wonderful and the late Mr. Young himself personally responded to me after I complimented his beers, staff, and taproom. The building is still there and protected, they were supposed to reopen the taproom. Sadly it has not happened and I wonder if it ever will.
  33. barleywinefiend

    barleywinefiend Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2007 Washington

    Pacific Crest Brewing n Tukwilla, WA

  34. bobbrew

    bobbrew Initiate (143) Aug 14, 2004 Washington

    Sorry. Saxer was lager only. No pale ales. Hoppiest I remember was their Pilsener. Sublime!
  35. SoCaliC8

    SoCaliC8 Devotee (400) Jan 28, 2010 California
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    Hamm's.....or is it?
  36. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,269) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    The Theo Hamm Brewing Co. and most of its labels were sold to Olympia in 1975. In '81, Pabst bought Olympia and continued to brew Hamm's until 1999.

    Pabst sold Hamm's to Miller during the big Heileman/Stroh brand fire sale when Stroh closed and Pabst bought most of that portfolio of old beer brands, with Miller picking up a few others like ex-Pabst's Olde English, and Heileman brands Mickey's, Henry Weinhard.
  37. meb3476

    meb3476 Initiate (192) Apr 1, 2013 Massachusetts
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    The Shed in Stowe, VT. Great little brew pub and love the Mountain Ale.
  38. gopens44

    gopens44 Poo-Bah (2,145) Aug 9, 2010 Virginia
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    That's the brewery that got me into craft long while back. Wicked Ale and Strawberry Blonde (the two I had a love affair with) would likely have a problem competing against so many other great beers today, but from a sentimental standpoint, I'd drink them up! Hell, if they were still around and could put strawberry Blonde in a can it would be my lawn mower beer!
  39. 31Sam13

    31Sam13 Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2014 New Hampshire

    Catamount in Vermont...
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  40. BJC

    BJC Initiate (181) Nov 9, 2002 New Jersey

    Ballantine, Rhinegold, Schmidts of Philadelphia
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