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Old 04-24-2008, 01:47 AM   #31
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How about Bear Republic? I haven't had one from them that I dislike.

Of the other breweries named so far: I don't particularly like SN's stout or porter, SNCA was only ok, and SNPA is pretty forgettable. I'm not a huge fan of anything but the porter from Anchor...Anchor Steam tastes good but sits funny in my gut (makes me feel overly full for no good reason). O'Dell makes good beer, but I hated the porter, and the 90 shilling is more of a 70 shilling. Deschuttes and Mirror Pond are good, but they have a very "mass produced" feel to them.

Overcritical? Yes. But you asked.

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Old 04-24-2008, 02:07 AM   #32
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New Holland has yet to brew a beer i havent liked enough to buy 4 more times.

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Old 04-24-2008, 02:08 AM   #33
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I've only had the HopRod and RedRocket from Bear but hey, 2 for 2 isn't bad. They are really good beers.

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Old 04-24-2008, 02:19 AM   #34
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The coin I'm flipping for "you can only drink from one brewery" has Bell's on one side, and Goose Island on the other. Neither makes any one beer that I couldn't live without, but both are solid across the lineup. I even enjoy their offerings of styles I don't normally drink.

'course, I'm not claiming to have tried every beer from every other brewery out there, so I've got some work to do

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Old 04-24-2008, 02:29 AM   #35
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I've seen a lot of good choices: Odell and Bell's are high on my list. I've already cast my vote for New Belgium, but I'm suprised that Rogue hasn't shown up yet. They make some fantastic beers, only a few of which get wide distribution.

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Old 04-24-2008, 02:36 AM   #36
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Oskar Blues.

There. I said it.

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Old 04-24-2008, 03:04 AM   #37
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I haven't had a chance to drive out to CO to pick some OB up. They don't distribute in NE. I've been dying to try them, I think they could be my new favorite. I love cans with a passion. (It's the redneck hidden in me that also likes PBR.)

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Old 04-24-2008, 03:06 AM   #38
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I love cans with a passion. (It's the redneck hidden in me that also likes PBR.)
I've only had the Gordon IPA, and I'll admit that it was very strange to pour such a flavorful beer from a can. You gotta try that stuff!
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Old 04-24-2008, 03:14 AM   #39
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If it was the only beer I can drink for the rest of my life, it's Frueh Koelsch. They only make the one beer (as far as I know), but to me it's hands down the best ever, anywhere. Great during summer or winter, for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and perfect after a long day's work.

I do like Sierra Nevada though - their Pale Ale, Celebration Ale and Bigfoot are superb, and their ESB is decent. Add to that their sustainability initiatives, and it just feels good to be drinking their stuff.

As for Great Divide... I have yet to enjoy any of their beers, having tried the Titan IPA (which tastes like pine cone mixed with tree sap to me), and the Denver Pale Ale, probably the most boring APA I've tried. I'll take Coors over those.

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Oskar Blues.

There. I said it.
I love OB, but I only have access to 4 styles they do. The Dale's and Old Chub is awesome stuff though...
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