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Which closed brewery did you wish was still around?

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

  1. slander

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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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    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).
     
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    Log Jam Brewery in Tomahawk, Wi. Missed dearly!
     
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    Shut up. :)
     
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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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    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.
     
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    If you knew how Watneys Cream Stout was brewed you might not be so keen. Mostly pasteurised ullage with loads of caramel and sugar.
     
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    Agreed. Their Pozharnik Imperial Stout was delicious and an excellent value!
     
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    Stone Coast in Portland, ME. Their 1260 was awesome.
    Castle In The Clouds in NH. Ye Olde Chucklehead barleywine was the best.
     
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    I recall Rhino Chasers having some pretty good beers, but maybe my memory is fading with age.
     
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    +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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    Falstaff in St Louis.
     
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    Oasis in Boulder CO. I cut my craft beer teeth at that place.
     
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    DeGroens in Baltimore. Their beers were well loved by me and I was sorry to see it go.
     
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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.
     
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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.

    Cheers
     
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    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...
     
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    So true. I really miss Shut the Hell Up (among other things).
     
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    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.
     
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    The original Pete's ( not what it became after he sold it) I loved the original Winter brew.
     
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    Eldridge Pope & Co. PLC
     
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    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.
     
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    Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver, owners of Heavyweight, opened Earth Bread + Brewery in Philadelphia in 2008.
     
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    thought about this a couple times today.....Pete's Wicked Ale
     
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    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.
     
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    Hammer and Nail out of Watertown CT
     
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    I 2nd Hammer & Nail...only ever around when I was a youngin but that didn't deter...
     
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    This. Loved me some Wild Child and the wings.
     
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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!)
     
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    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.
     
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    Pacific Crest Brewing n Tukwilla, WA

    RIP.
     
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    Sorry. Saxer was lager only. No pale ales. Hoppiest I remember was their Pilsener. Sublime!
     
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    Hamm's.....or is it?
     
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    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.
     
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    The Shed in Stowe, VT. Great little brew pub and love the Mountain Ale.
     
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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!
     
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    Catamount in Vermont...
     
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    Ballantine, Rhinegold, Schmidts of Philadelphia
     
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