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Old 07-31-2012, 01:18 PM   #21
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They're all "good", but some of the best beers in the world are made in Vermont:

1- Hill Farmstead
2- Lawson's Finest
3- Alchemist

Cigar City in FL and COAST in SC are honorable mentions.



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Old 07-31-2012, 01:26 PM   #22
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If you get a chance try round guys brewery in Lansdale. They make a pretty good beer.



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Old 07-31-2012, 01:28 PM   #23
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Old 07-31-2012, 01:35 PM   #24
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Connecticut has its own Beer Trail! http://ctbeertrail.net/

Hooker Beer in Bloomfield is excellent.
Charter Oak makes a great brown ale.
Half Full Brewery in Stamford is new, waiting for a sample!
Soundview Brewery, make all my favorites...my brewery

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Old 07-31-2012, 01:40 PM   #25
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I did some work in King of Prussia for about 13 weeks.

Using the Mid-Atlantic Brewing News that you can pick up at many brew pubs: http://www.brewingnews.com/webpdfs/MABN/MABN_Pennsylvania.pdf

I went to every brewery and brew pub I could so I went to: (1, 11, 19, 25, 29, 35, 36, 42, 48, 50, 66) on this trip...

McKensies - made good clean beer but kind-a boring,,, I stayed in Malvern.
Victory - I became a Golden Monkey fan
Noddinghead - the best sour beer I ever have had

Many were OK, some were good and a few were great... no really bad beer.

NOTE: I traveled for a living for 10 years, I just quit, I have over 210 pint glasses from about the 300 breweries I have visited.

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Old 07-31-2012, 01:43 PM   #26
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One of my favorites is the Roy Pitz brewery in Chambersburg, PA. We have a campground membership in Gettysburg. Now every time I go camping there, I take a 40-minute drive west to their brewery tasting room!

http://www.roypitz.com/wp/

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Old 07-31-2012, 01:46 PM   #27
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Can't argue with any of what's been suggested so far, but I figured that someone needed to mention Maine Beer Company. Great, great stuff all around. Also, I really like Smuttynose.

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Old 07-31-2012, 01:54 PM   #28
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Troegs is a must...I just tried blue point and was really happy with it.

By far the best beer on the east coast is Jack's Abby Hoponius Union IPL. It is simply one of the most amazing beers you can get out here. They just started doing some bigger distribution lately.

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Old 07-31-2012, 01:58 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by bobbrews View Post
They're all "good", but some of the best beers in the world are made in Vermont:

1- Hill Farmstead
2- Lawson's Finest
3- Alchemist

Cigar City in FL and COAST in SC are honorable mentions.
I'm going to guess someone went to Neci. As far as those three beers, I have to say I don't understand everyone's appreciation for Hill Farmstead beers. They don't make any balanced beers. Even their brown ale is overly hopped. I've liked Lawson's beers (e.g. the spruce tip bitter), and heady topper has some good sweetness to balance the hop bitterness (in addition to the hop flavor).

EDIT: I suppose I remember having the Hill Farmstead saison, which was decent enough. It wasn't as good as Saison Dupont, though.
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Old 07-31-2012, 02:11 PM   #30
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Balance is a horrible term to describe IPAs/IIPAs.... something that these breweries are known for doing very well.

The beauty of a good IPA is really about perfecting unbalance.



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