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Old 11-21-2012, 02:27 AM   #1
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Which commercial breweries are the friendliest to homebrewers? Bells has a contact us form for homebrewers and Avery has all their recipes online. Russian river has no secrets. Who are your top homebrewer friendly breweries?
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:35 AM   #2
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Just went to Ol Republic in Nevada City. We talk for an 1.5 hours on Saturday night. Have me some great pointers. Wouldn't budge on some recipe stuff though.
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Old 11-21-2012, 03:13 AM   #3
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Sierra Nevada posts the ingredients in their beers on their website.

 
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Old 11-21-2012, 03:19 AM   #4
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I wasn't home brewing at the time, but I always made an effort to stop by Yazoo Brewery in Nashville when the wife and me went to a Titans and/or Predators game with some friends. Linus doesn't know me by name, but I'm sure he would remember my face if I walked in with a couple of growlers. He's a pretty cool guy.
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Old 11-21-2012, 03:22 AM   #5
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Santa Fe Brewing Co. is very homebrewer-friendly. They even do 10 gallon batches where a homebrewer can select the recipe and go brew it with them on their pilot system. They get the ingredients and handle the fermentation side. If the brew is decent, they put it on tap in their brewery's taproom.

The brewers and other workers there are laid back and very cool.
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Old 11-21-2012, 03:37 AM   #6
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Ranger Creek down in San Antonio posts several homebrew recipes of their beers, even some of their "small batch series" beers which are all bad ass.

 
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Old 11-21-2012, 03:38 AM   #7
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Just went to Ol Republic in Nevada City. We talk for an 1.5 hours on Saturday night. Have me some great pointers. Wouldn't budge on some recipe stuff though.
Live down the road from them and have had similar experiences

 
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Old 11-21-2012, 03:56 AM   #8
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I would say any of the breweries/brewers that appear on the BN are pretty homebrew friendly. Of those I know Firestone Walker, Kern River Brewing, and Russian River Brewing are pretty open sharing information/recipes. Stone's recent book has a ton of their recipes in it.....just not Arrogant Bastard.
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:13 AM   #9
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The guys at NOLA brewery down here in New Orleans are super cool. I've even brought a sanitized jar and got some yeast right out a fermenter. (05)

 
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:16 AM   #10
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Avery lists a homebrew recipe version of all of their beers, including seasonal offerings, on their website.

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