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Old 12-29-2009, 11:20 PM   #1
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Curious as to what people think are the top 3 breweries in their area of the country. When I lived in Texas there wasn't much in the way of micro-brews but in the Pacific Northwest I am in a micro-brew heaven. Anyways my top 3 are:

Rogue Brewery- Newport,OR
Stone Brewery- Escondido,CA
Pike Place Brewery- Seattle,WA

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Old 12-29-2009, 11:36 PM   #2
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Yes, it is great beer nirvana in the PNW, I assume you have checked out what Deschutes, Widmer, Boundary Bay, Pacific Maritime, Snoqualmie breweries right?

Anyways, It is nearly impossible to limit the list to 3 but I would pick from the list above, yours and add

Russian River

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Old 12-29-2009, 11:46 PM   #3
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"as a microbrewery varies by region and by authority, though is usually around 15,000 barrels (18,000 hectolitres/ 475,000 gallons) a year."

Have Rogue and Stone passed that?

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I don't know if they are considered micro- or not, but three from my area would be....

1. Southern Tier Brewing Company
2. Ellicottville Brewing Company
3. Great Lakes Brewing

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"as a microbrewery varies by region and by authority, though is usually around 15,000 barrels (18,000 hectolitres/ 475,000 gallons) a year."

Have Rogue and Stone passed that?
Yes, they're well beyond that, but if you don't care about what the first line of wikipedia says, what else would you classify them as?

And there's no way I could get it down to three. Maybe 30?

edit: also, these lists will all depend on where people live in the states.
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When I lived in Texas there wasn't much in the way of micro-brews
I'm not sure when you moved but off the top of my head...
  1. St Arnold's
  2. Real Ale
  3. Live Oak
  4. Southern Star
  5. Rhar & Sons
  6. Independence
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Yes, it is great beer nirvana in the PNW, I assume you have checked out what Deschutes, Widmer, Boundary Bay, Pacific Maritime, Snoqualmie breweries right?

Oh, yea...I have been drinking a good deal of jubilee ale and brr...this season
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I'm not sure when you moved but off the top of my head...
  1. St Arnold's
  2. Real Ale
  3. Live Oak
  4. Southern Star
  5. Rhar & Sons
  6. Independence
I joined the Navy in 2004, but it may just be where I grew up, because whenever I go back home the best I can find is Shiner Bock and Sam Adams for beer period, but my family is from a small county, luckily I live in the PNW now and never have to worry about a shortage of micro-brews to choose from, maybe when I go back and visit I can find some good stuff in Tx
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I am not sure they are still a micro but I am near Boulevard

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Sierra Nevada(Though it's hardly micro anymore)
Bear Republic
Russian River

Would be my top three but there are so many in California...Lost Coast,Mendocino Brewing Co,North Coast,Moylans,Lagunitas, Butte Creek,Green Flash,Ballast Point, Stone, Anderson Valley, it goes on and on.

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