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Old 01-26-2013, 10:51 PM   #11
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Can I remove southern tier from some of your lists?


3floyds
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Edit: Sierra Nevada, maybe the greatest when you look at the size and scope of what they do
Founders makes some of the best malt forward beers around but I can't put them on this list because I do not care for their take on hop forward stuff.

I could maybe add a few more but I'm being stingy with the word "great"
No, you may absolutely not take Southern Tier off my list . With beers like Creme Brulee, Pumking, Unearthly, and Jahva, they're a top tier crafty brewery, hands down, end of story.

I think great divide is pretty damn good, but can be hit or miss, but i think thats b/c some styles i don't like as much as other styles, so it's not really their fault for making styles that I prefer less, it's just preference i guess.

As far as Sierra Nevada goes....I really appreciate their contribution to craft brewing, but i can't think of a single beer they brew that I would consider elite, much less several that i consider outstanding.

DFH....now i love this brewery, I love Sam's vision and ingenuity, but b/c their portfolio is so diverse, I've found that some of their brews are outstanding and then some are just kind of weird.....which is fine, but "kind of weird" doesn't usually wow me. Burton Baton and Palo Santo Marron and India Brown Ale are some of the best beers in their class, no doubt, but their IPAs, while very enjoyable, don't hold a candle to many others i've tasted. Just IMO,
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:56 PM   #12
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Stone just keeps impressing me as well.... Good shart...
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:59 PM   #13
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Lagunitas
Russian River
Sierra Nevada
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As far as Sierra Nevada goes....I really appreciate their contribution to craft brewing, but i can't think of a single beer they brew that I would consider elite, much less several that i consider outstanding.
For me personally:
Pale Ale (it's refreshing and I can get it in a lot of bars that otherwise don't have craft selections)
Torpedo
Hoptimum
Bigfoot Barleywine
Northern Hemisphere Harvest

I find those all to be excellent beers. I liked last year's Ruthless Rye, but not as fond of this year's release.
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:42 PM   #14
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Sierra Nevada

For me personally:
Pale Ale (it's refreshing and I can get it in a lot of bars that otherwise don't have craft selections)
Torpedo
Hoptimum
Bigfoot Barleywine
Northern Hemisphere Harvest

I find those all to be excellent beers. I liked last year's Ruthless Rye, but not as fond of this year's release.
We all have our preferences and i'm certainly not dissing yours at all. But since we're just discussing it, these are the beers that i would drink in place of the ones listed: SN PA: Dales Pale Ale, SN Torpedo: FSW Union Jack, Bigfoot: Stone Old Guardian. thats just me tho, i respect ur opinion
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:39 AM   #15
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I've tried all the SN beers I could find and have yet to find one I like. Maybe I'm doing it wrong, or something, but it seems like all I tasted was fizz and alcohol. Sharp and hoppy would probably be more accurate.

Great Divide makes three of my most-favorite beers, but since I don't like all their styles, they don't make it to my great list. Of the styles I do like, though, they're consistently at the top.

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Old 01-27-2013, 05:51 AM   #16
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Great Divide makes three of my most-favorite beers, but since I don't like all their styles, they don't make it to my great list. Of the styles I do like, though, they're consistently at the top.
....so what's your Great list?
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Tons have been coverd, but I do wanna add the Church brew works; it's unique as it's in an old church and they put out amazing beer

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I've been consistently impressed with Avondale (here in Birmingham) and Back Forty (in Gadsden, AL). Also Highlands -- I went on a brewery tour last summer and sampled almost everything they had. It was wonderful.

I'd have to say Avondale is my absolute favorite. I've never had anything I didn't like there, and I can be pretty picky sometimes.

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I suppose these are limited to US craft beers? I know people often consider imported beers as craft beers, but I don't think I've seen any listed here yet. These are some of my US go-to breweries:

Southern Tier (lots of beers that I like, easy for me to get on the East Coast, candy-store variety)
Sierra Nevada (very consistent, easy to find, never disappoints)
Ommegang (great Belgian style beers, lots of care goes into bottling and beer quality)
Firestone Walker (can't seem to stop buying their beers)
Willamsburg Alewerks (always comes out with a new beer I like, and generally outperforms many other craft beers I try, semi-local means fresh)

Other breweries have some beers that I really do like, it's just that these ones pop into my head first. I can usually tell which breweries I like the most, based on what comes to mind first.

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Odells is my all time favorite. They are consistently impressive, especially the barrel aged ones.
Avery is my favorite place to go during GABF-Over 20 beers on tap and 15 of them are above 8%
Stone-Aggressive, Resiny, Delicious.
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