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Old 02-17-2006, 04:21 PM   #11
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thought i'd add my favorite bres from each also. in case anyone wants to try them if they haven't already. BTW nice to see lots of locals in here. unfortunately no local breweries made my list, but there are three from within CO.

stone-my favorite IPA, as well as lots of other good brews
bear republic- black stout, hop rod rye
wynkoops- ESB on cask
great divide- yeti oak aged imperial stout, old ruffian barleywine
avery- all around good brewery, ellie's brown is my favorite american brown ale, their specialty beers are all very original and very good. Sam Avery is my brewing idol.

edit- honorable mentions go to ommegang, sprecher (bavarian black lager is amazing), dogfish head...many others

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Old 02-17-2006, 04:34 PM   #12
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Too hard to say . . . the list evolves over time for me. I would have to say though that no matter what Deschutes and Bridgeport will always be in my top five.

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Old 02-17-2006, 04:37 PM   #13
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I just found this site the other day, had to chime in on this one.

Victory
Long Trail
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Magic Hat
Ommegang

Not necessarily in order except for Victory. http://www.victorybeer.com/

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Old 02-17-2006, 04:38 PM   #14
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i only want to add one from ashville, NC: The Highland Brewing Company. (www.highlandbrewing.com)

They make a pretty good IPA and oatmeal porter, but their Gaelic Ale is really really good. In fact, the demand for the gaelic ale is so high, they are currently brewing and bottling that particular beer in Maryland (I think) until they can open up a larger capacity brewery in the mountains here in NC. All of their other flavors are brewed in NC, as well as the kegged Gaelic Ale.

They also have a Black Mocha Stout that I would like to try, but I have not come across in any store yet. I'm sure it's around, but I haven't looked TERRIBLY hard for it yet.

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PS: their website gives ABV, IBU, and hop types used for their beers.

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Old 02-17-2006, 04:52 PM   #15
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No way I can come up with my favorite 5, but I'm suprised no one has mentioned:

Rogue
New Belgium

And some smaller ones around here that are fantastic:

Lost Coast
Moylans

Keep em coming! It's fun to see what others like. Stone sure has a following here (with good reason!)

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Old 02-17-2006, 08:08 PM   #16
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Bridgeport
Anchor
New Belgium
Sierra Nevada
Abita

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Old 02-17-2006, 08:21 PM   #17
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stone
bear republic
great divide
wynkoops
avery
I think you are too influenced by locality, there. 3 out of the 5 are right in your back yard. Unfortunately you may never try some really great stuff from Ommegang and New Glarus

I agree Great Divide is one of the top5, but not avery and certainly not Wynkoops. (This is coming from a Colorado born person, by the way (me)).
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Old 02-17-2006, 09:33 PM   #18
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Definitely a hard one to answer. Let me try (in no particular order):

1. Sierra Nevada: Celebration and Bigfoot - need I say more?

2. Stone: IPA and Arrogant Bastard.

3. Smuttynose: Possibly my all-time favorite IPA, and the Shoals Pale Ale is mighty tasty too.

4. Victory: Hop Devil and Prima Pils are both delicious.

5. Lagunitas: Maximus is very unique. I like the IPA, too.

If I had to do this again tomorrow, I might include Otter Creek (Stovepipe Porter and Copper Ale), or Avery (very intereting IPA), or Anchor (Liberty and their Barleywine - Old Foghorn I think it's called). Now that I think of it, Rogue and Brooklyn Brewery deserve mention, too. Brooklyn Lager is very good, and their chocolate stout is nice too. So much for top five.

There's alot of good brew out there.

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Old 02-17-2006, 09:45 PM   #19
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Where is Smuttynose? Seen it mentioned a few times.

And if you like Lagunitas IPA, you have to try Moylans IPA if you get a chance. It's probably my favorite IPA going right now.

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There are so many, but here are a few in no particular order.......( I am from WI so most of these are local)

Sprecher

New Glarus

Calumet Brewing Co. (brewpub in Chilton WI)

Brewery Ommegang-Belgians to die for and one of the highlights of my trip to Cooperstown

Capital Brewery

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