Originally Posted by phatuna
carne, I'm also in SD but haven't gotten around to very many of our breweries. I have been to stone and like their beer, but just curious, which brewery you like the best.
What day of the week is it and how warm is it out?
This summer, I've been drinking the a lot of the blonde from Mission Brewing. It is actually a kolsch and is very nice. They make a nice alt and IPA as well.
In the last two weeks, two of my favorite brown ales have shown up on tap. Alesmith Nautical Nut Brown and Port (Pizza Port Carlsbad) Great American Brown. Alesmith also has some of my favorite beer for other times of the year, like the Speedway Stout, Wee Heavy, Grand Cru, and their IPA, Extra pale (called X), ESB, and just about evverything else they do is great.
I mentioned that beer from Port. The Port Carlsbad has the best brewer of the two PP's in town. That said, you can always find amazing beer at either location, and they have plenty of guest taps.
Ballast Point makes one of the better IPAs in the country. It is called Sculpin, and when it comes out, it sells out fast. Their standard lineup is good, but their special releases are their best bet. Sea Monster Stout is great, and Victory at Sea Imperial Porter come to mind. V@Sea has a special place in my heart.
Green Flash makes a good IPA, a better IIPA, a decent pale, and an amazing stout. Their stout is called Double Stout, and it is a big, smooth chocolate explosion. They also have Summer Saison out right now, and if you can find some, I'd go for it.
So... Alesmith, Ballast Point, Pizza Port, Green Flash, Mission... OH! Alpine! More IPAs. That's what they're best at, hands down. Duet is a simcoe/amarillo beer. Nelson is a rye IPA made with Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand and should be tried. Pure Hoppiness is a great IIPA, and Exponential Hoppiness is a 3xIPA that really should be tried if you like big hop flavor.
Some people love Lost Abbey, but I'm not a huge fan. They make a couple of good specialty beer, but meh.
That's a short list.
Each of these places have more to be explored.