Your NE Top 10

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  1. buzzgirlfriendwoof

    buzzgirlfriendwoof Initiate (40) Nov 7, 2016 Massachusetts

    This has probably been posted before awhile ago, but I was wondering what everyone's top ten in New England are. Below are my favorites, with honorable mentions, cheers

    1. Hill Farmstead
    2. Barreled Souls, (looking forward for what they have at EBF)
    3. Idle Hands
    4. The Alchemist
    5. Lawson’s Finest Liquids
    6. Notch Brewery
    7. Tree House
    8. Jack’s Abby
    9. Trillium
    10. Tributary

    Honorable Mentions:
    Ipswich Ale
    Cape Cod Brewing
    Bissell Brothers
    Wormtown Brewery
    Clown Shoes
    Devil's Purse
    Smuttynose Brewery
    Throwback Brewery
    Portsmouth brewery
     
  2. Sweatshirt

    Sweatshirt Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2014 New Hampshire
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    Allow me to (predictably) poo poo on this thread by pointing out that all of your previous posts are an attempt to hype breweries. Maybe give it up?

    Or give us the obvious at #1 and then throw your baby into the second spot. Follow that with your hopes but put TH and Trill after those to try to stir conversation.

    Like the thread but feels contrived.

    To be complete:

    Oxbow
    HF
    Trill
    Allagash
    TH
    Austin St
    OEC
    Kettlehead
    Alchemist
    Mystic
     
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  3. blisscent

    blisscent Devotee (461) Aug 16, 2015 Rhode Island

    Hill Farmstead
    Oxbow
    Allagash
    Tree House
    Trillium

    OEC
    Proclamation
    Foam
    Hermit Thrush
    Earth Eagle
     
  4. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Aspirant (277) Nov 6, 2010 Canada (BC)
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    I'll play:

    Oxbow
    Allagash
    Hill
    TH
    Jacks
    Night Shift
    Austin St
    Kent Falls
    Notch
    Alchemist, I guess

    Total cop-out having nine honorable mentions, OP. I could barely get ten. I'd have stopped at seven.

    (Oh, and @Sweatshirt ... high praise of Kettlehead ... Used to vacation up that way. Seems like we have similar beer tastes. I guess I'm going soon.)
     
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  5. seakayak

    seakayak Crusader (751) May 20, 2007 Massachusetts
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    -Allagash
    -Clown Shoes
    -Fiddlehead
    -Jack's Abby
    -Lawson's
    -Maine Beer Company
    -Smuttynose
    -Tree House
    -Trillium
    -Wormtown
     
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  6. lbower860

    lbower860 Initiate (142) Jun 28, 2011 Connecticut

    Hill Farm
    Treehouse
    Fox Farm
    NEBCO
    Bissell
    OEC
    Austin Street
    Long Trail (I love that taproom)
    Trillium
    Foam
     
  7. Resuin

    Resuin Meyvn (1,339) Jun 18, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Here are my top 10 according to the average of my beer ratings for each:

    1. Trillium (4.54)
    2. Hill Farmstead (4.43)
    3. River Roost (4.40)
    4. The Alchemist (4.38)
    5. Tree House (4.30)
    6. Lawson's (4.27)
    7. Hermit Thrush (4.25)
    8. Brick & Feather (4.21)
    9. Jack's Abby (4.21)
    10. Fiddlehead (4.21)
     
  8. papposilenus

    papposilenus Poo-Bah (2,065) Jun 21, 2014 New Hampshire
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    Top Three...

    1. Brick & Feather
    2. River Roost
    3. Honest Weight

    ...because those are the ones closest to me. Everywhere else mentioned above are tied for number four.
     
  9. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (2,053) Apr 16, 2015 New York
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    For me, as follows.
    1. Hill Farmstead
    2. Lawson's Finest
    3. Alchemist
    4. Mystic
    5. Oxbow
    6. Trillium
    7. River Roost
    8. Foam
    9. Fiddlehead
    10. Maine Beer Co.
    What I drink the most is Hill Farmstead and River Roost, would drink more Foam and Trillium if they were closer. 4-8 could be pretty interchangeable, I gave Mystic the nod because I really like their taproom experience.
     
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  10. papposilenus

    papposilenus Poo-Bah (2,065) Jun 21, 2014 New Hampshire
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    I think I mentioned before, I can solve your Massachusetts problems if you can solve my northern Vermont problems.
     
  11. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (2,053) Apr 16, 2015 New York
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    I tend to get enough mailed to me already, but if they were next door or on tap where I frequent, I would probably drink more Trillium and Foam. I'm in the vicinity of both a handful of times a year (like for EBF in a few weeks).
     
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  12. buzzgirlfriendwoof

    buzzgirlfriendwoof Initiate (40) Nov 7, 2016 Massachusetts

    I have no affiliation with Idle Hands nor Notch.Yes I did make previous posts in both the Idle Hands and Notch threads last night, since I went to Notch yesterday and also Idle Hands has a very good tap list on right now. If you don't like the breweries I like to talk about and believe deserve more attention than other sub-par breweries in the area, no worries, more for me.


     
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  13. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (2,053) Apr 16, 2015 New York
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    Kettlehead definitely an up and comer. Great new addition to NH.
     
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  14. cmoney13

    cmoney13 Initiate (153) Sep 9, 2017 Massachusetts
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    Jack's Abby
    Fort Hill
    Bissell
    Austin St.
    TH
    Trill
     
  15. NAPO

    NAPO Initiate (197) Jan 7, 2014 Massachusetts

    -Hill Farmstead
    -Tree House
    -Trillium
    -Suarez
    -Jack's Abby/Springdale
    -Brick & Feather
    -Notch
    -Lawson's Finest
    -Barreled Souls
    -Honest Weight

    Honorable mentions: Night Shift, Oxbow, Cold Harbor, Mast Landing.

    Keep an eye on River Styx.
     
  16. LKAZZI

    LKAZZI Initiate (0) Aug 31, 2014 Connecticut

    Hill
    TH
    Trill
    OEC
    Proclamation
    Foam
    NEBco
    Allagash
    Relic
    Jacks Abby ?
    ...haven't had any/enough of the following to comment: Oxbow, Honest weight, and several Maine beers (working on that though).
     
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  17. Cmd56922

    Cmd56922 Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2014 Massachusetts

    1) treehouse
    2) Hill farmstead
    3) OEC
    4) bissel
    5) Trillium
    6) foam
    7) hermit thrush
    8) Alchemist
    9) brick and feather
    10) clown shoes (great imperial stouts)
     
  18. bsullivan

    bsullivan Initiate (66) Aug 17, 2017 Connecticut
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    Get your New York out of New England
     
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  19. NAPO

    NAPO Initiate (197) Jan 7, 2014 Massachusetts

    That part of NY feels alot more like New England than half of the State of Connecticut. But, I agree. I'll replace it with whatever brewery @xerotime goes next.
     
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  20. meefmoff

    meefmoff Zealot (504) Jul 6, 2014 Massachusetts
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    Huh, I never really stopped to think of this before so it's kind of tough and kind of interesting at the same time.

    These are not ranked and are weighted towards things I've had the opportunity to drink frequently relatively recently (which is why a place like Hill Farmstead isn't on the list):

    1. Ipswich
    2. Jack's Abby
    3. The Alchemist
    4. Idle Hands
    5. Night Shift
    6. Cambridge Brewing Company
    7. Fort Hill
    8. Zero Gravity
    9. Notch
    10. Tree House

    Honorable Mention: Cape Ann Brewery

    ETA: ah crap, Smuttynose should be in there somewhere
     
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  21. Lone_Freighter

    Lone_Freighter Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2017 Vermont

    no particular order

    Foam Brewers
    Hill Farmstead
    Burlington Beer Company
    Maine Beer Company
    Frost Beer Works
    Fiddlehead
    Deciduous
    Exhibit A
    Jack's Abby
    14th Star

    Honorable mentions:

    Lost Nation
    Cambridge Brewing
    Rising Tide
    Mayflower
    Simple Roots
    Allagash
    Four Quarters
    Lawson's
    von Trapp
    Queen City
    Ten Bends
    Drop In
    Foley Bros
    Foundation
    Good Measure
    River Roost
    Mystic

    But I gotta admit, this will prolly change next week, I winged this tonight, lolz
     
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  22. lic217

    lic217 Savant (924) Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut
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    1A. Hill Farmstead
    1B. Von Trapp
    1C. Alchemist
    3. Allagash
    4. Treehouse
    5. Honest Weight
    6. New England Brewing Company
    7. Trillium
    8. Jack Abbey
    9. Smuttynose
    10. Mystic


    To be fair I have not had a lot of the smaller newer breweries in New England. My top 3 are hard for me to sort out. I really enjoyed all three and think all three are unique.
     
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  23. Dopen993

    Dopen993 Initiate (0) Jul 20, 2015 Rhode Island

    Tree House
    Fox Farm
    Proclamation
    Bissell
    Tilted Barn
    Oxbow
    Allagash
    Hill Farmstead
    OEC
    NEBCO (for nostalgia sake)
     
  24. Davl22

    Davl22 Disciple (370) Sep 27, 2011 New Hampshire
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    Just based on what I drank the most of during 2017, in no particular,

    Hill Farmstead
    Oxbow
    Allagash
    Banded Horn
    Night Shift
    Barreled Souls
    Mast Landing
    Austin St.
    Battery Steele
    Jack's Abbey
     
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  25. ah_craft

    ah_craft Initiate (36) Jan 7, 2018 Massachusetts

    Tree House
    Alchemist
    Hill Farmstead
    Vanished Valley
    Lamplighter
    Trillium
    Nightshift
    Springdale
     
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  26. lbower860

    lbower860 Initiate (142) Jun 28, 2011 Connecticut

    I wouldn't say half. But southwest corner of the state, yes.
     
  27. JuanFushashi

    JuanFushashi Initiate (156) Feb 5, 2011 Maine
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    1) Hill Farmstead
    2) Tree House
    3) Trillium
    4) Bissel Bros
    5) Oxbow
    6) Foam
    7) Alchemist
    8) Lawson's
    9) River Roost (haven't had a ton from them otherwise this would be higher)
    10) Foley Bros

    Honorable Mention: Schilling/Resilient and Lamplighter (which I also haven't had a ton from yet.)

    I feel like my top 4 are such generic picks, but I really do love my HF for how well they do seemingly every style of beer (it makes the NEK better at least).
     
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  28. cmoney13

    cmoney13 Initiate (153) Sep 9, 2017 Massachusetts
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    totally brainfarted on Lamplighter.
     
  29. Aaron58

    Aaron58 Initiate (184) Dec 16, 2007 Massachusetts

    In no particular order

    HF
    Night Shift
    Trillium
    Tree House
    Notch
    Springdale
    Medusa
    Aeronaut
    Lamplighter
    Oxbow



    Honerable Mentions
    Mystic
    Castle Island
    Bunker
     
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  30. barroomhero1977

    barroomhero1977 Initiate (165) Nov 2, 2010 Rhode Island

    1. Hill
    2. CBC
    3. Treehouse
    4. Allagash
    5. Jacks Abby
    6. Trillium
    7. Foam
    8. Proclamation
    9. Mystic
    10. Nightshift

    I am really hoping that Buttonwoods and Shaidzon move onto this list during this year.
     
  31. NAPO

    NAPO Initiate (197) Jan 7, 2014 Massachusetts

    Fairfield County is NYC's parking lot. I get that. My Mom lives in Plainville and the vibe is mixed. Not to mention they weren't showing the Pats games but Jets/Giants games which is horseshit.
     
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  32. -Rick

    -Rick Zealot (519) Dec 22, 2014 Massachusetts

    1- Hill Farmstead
    2- Tree House
    3- Foam
    4- Brick & Feather
    5- Trillium
    6- Allagash
    7- Bissel Bros
    8- Night Shift
    9- Clown Shoes
    10- Springdale

    NE has good beer!!
     
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  33. Dopen993

    Dopen993 Initiate (0) Jul 20, 2015 Rhode Island

    Whoa whoa whoa, I grew up in Brookfield, which is part of Fairfield County and definitely not close to NYC. Rural farmland, with a nice small town vibe.
     
  34. kinopio

    kinopio Aspirant (278) Apr 30, 2009 Massachusetts

    1. Hill Farmstead
    2. Cambridge Brewing
    3. Trillium
    4. Allagash
    5. Jacks Abby/Springdale
    6. OEC
    7. Treehouse
    8. Mystic
    9. Oxbow
    10. Night Shift
     
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  35. Trull

    Trull Disciple (388) Dec 24, 2016 Massachusetts

    1. Treehouse
    2. Jack’s Abby
    3. Trillium
    4. Lamplighter
    5. Exhibit A
    6. Medusa
    7. Mystic
    8. Castle Island
    9. Idle Hands
    10. Night Shift
    I’ve also had a couple of beers from Hill and Foam, just not enough to include them in this list.
     
  36. HeavyDandtheGirls

    HeavyDandtheGirls Initiate (180) Mar 7, 2014 Massachusetts

    No real order here:

    Tree House
    Trillium
    Fiddlehead
    Alchemist
    Exhibit A
    Medusa
    14th Star
    Lawson's
    Night Shift
    Jack's Abbey
    Stoneface

    Yes I know that is 11.
     
  37. SpauldingSmails

    SpauldingSmails Initiate (158) Sep 11, 2014 Massachusetts

    HF
    TH
    Trill
    Foam
    Bissell
    Mystic
    Oxbow
    Alchemist

    I haven't been to or had: River Roost or Proclamation.
    I don't like Non-lambic belgian style beers (sours only for me), so while I think Allagash is prolific and great, I have to dodge a bunch of stuff that I don't appreciate. They do seem to make a few shelf-sitters, but FWIW Cantillon used to sit for a while a few years back.

    I don't know if the OP was marketing for someone in particular (I don't necessarily think so), but there are definitely some suspect choices in the list.
     
  38. HeavyDandtheGirls

    HeavyDandtheGirls Initiate (180) Mar 7, 2014 Massachusetts

    Dam I left off River Roost and Foam.

    "Top 13"
     
  39. SpauldingSmails

    SpauldingSmails Initiate (158) Sep 11, 2014 Massachusetts

    Sorry. Mistyped. I meant suspect choices among all of the lists. Wasn't flaming, OP.
     
  40. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (2,053) Apr 16, 2015 New York
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    What are some of the suspect choices IYO? I was thinking of checking out some of the breweries in the thread that I have yet to experience.
     
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