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Old 04-24-2008, 07:28 PM   #41
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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.
Obviously taste is subjective, so I can't argue your experiences. I love SN's Stout and Porter, but the Anchor Porter is probably a little better. I know what you're saying about Anchor Steam though, it bothers me as well...
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Old 04-24-2008, 07:33 PM   #42
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OB only has (that I know of)

Dales Pale
Gordon
Ten Fiddy
Old Chub

and a Brown on tap.

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Old 04-24-2008, 07:39 PM   #43
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OB only has (that I know of)

Dales Pale
Gordon
Ten Fiddy
Old Chub

and a Brown on tap.
Then I guess I've had all their distributed brews. They lose points with me because they only cover 4 styles. They also gain points with me because they're all canned. Still not as thorough, accessible, or consistent as Sierra. I've been drinking Dale's for about 3-4 years and I know they thinned the recipe slightly. Still some great beer though...
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I'm a big SN fan, too. I take a few points off in that all their beers just seem to be variations on the same theme (e.g., the porter is something like the PA with some roastiness), but it's a theme I do enjoy. I don't much care for the wheat, though. The hop flavor and aroma just seems a bit out of whack with the malt profile. When I had it the first time, I couldn't get over the thought that someone spiked my beer with perfume. I drank the whole sixer, though, and did just fine.

I'll give Anchor another vote, too, although I have not had their Small Beer.

Rogue certainly is up there!

I'll put Allagash up for nomination for the circle of solid breweries, as well.


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Old 04-24-2008, 08:23 PM   #45
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I wish Rogue were easier to get around here. I LOVE their beers but can't usually justify $5.99 for a 22oz. (That's the cheap place. My favorite bar is $12 for a 22oz.)

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Old 04-24-2008, 08:30 PM   #46
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I've only been able to sample about three or four of their beers... but since all are in my all-time top ten, I've got to throw some love at Vinnie/Russian River. Maybe you want to disqualify them as being too small and not really a place for "everyday" beers - but DAMN, everything of theirs that I have sampled has been absolutely otherworldly. Not just Pliny, either; I really want to do a Golden Strong like Damnation, and Santification was so unique...

Probably not a broad-enough selection of beers... but if I had to pick ONE brewery whose output I could consumer, I'd have to think long and hard about RR.

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Old 04-24-2008, 08:51 PM   #47
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I mean lets be honest; is there any brewery more solid? They cover several different styles and they do them all well to very well. If I could only drink one brewery's beer for the rest of my life, it'd be theirs...
I really like all of New Belgian Brewing Company's beers.
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Old 04-28-2008, 05:12 PM   #48
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Also Pouring from the Draft Tower:
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SN isn't bad but points definately get taken off for some of their beers not being true to style. An ESB with American hops is not an ESB and shouldn't be advertised as such. I did enjoy it though.

I guess my vote for more solid brewery goes to Sam Adams.

The only beer from them I won't touch is the Hefe. Most of the others are excellent to outstanding. If I had a top 10 list of beers, 2 might come from Sam Adams. Those probably being the Winter Lager and Double Bock.

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