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Old 01-26-2013, 08:22 PM   #1
Feb 2011
Lisbon, Maryland
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Out of the 100+ craft breweries that I've had, I can only come up with 6 that are truly "Great" breweries. I determined my 6 by only including breweries that I've had at least 5 brews from and seem to very rarely disappoint with their brews, that is, the brews are consistently great; if i try a new beer from them, it's a safe bet that it's gonna be pretty damn good, if not great.

Here's my list, in no particular order:

-Southern Tier
-Firestone Walker
-Oskar Blues

I think this list is pretty solid, but i don't have access to many craft breweries that probably could be on this list like Founders, Bells, Russian River, Cigar City, Great Lakes, etc.

What are your "Great" breweries? Any thoughts, comments, suggestions....
"Life's short. Drink a lot of beer." -Randolph McMalty

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Old 01-26-2013, 08:34 PM   #2
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Oct 2011
Glendale, AZ
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Stone just keeps impressing me as well.... Good shart...

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Old 01-26-2013, 08:37 PM   #3
Oct 2011
Lake Ronkonkoma, New York
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Let's not forget Troegs.....

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Old 01-26-2013, 08:38 PM   #4
Aug 2012
Durham, North Carolina
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Big Boss
Duck Rabbit
Dogfish head
Bear Republic
Highland Brewing Company


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Old 01-26-2013, 08:45 PM   #5
Dec 2012
Middleville, Michigan
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Founders, Bells, Shorts, Brewery Vivant

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Old 01-26-2013, 09:03 PM   #6
Jan 2013
Double Springs, AL
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I've been consistently impressed with Avondale (here in Birmingham) and Back Forty (in Gadsden, AL). Also Highlands -- I went on a brewery tour last summer and sampled almost everything they had. It was wonderful.

I'd have to say Avondale is my absolute favorite. I've never had anything I didn't like there, and I can be pretty picky sometimes.
Dancing Monk Brewery

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Old 01-26-2013, 09:42 PM   #7
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May 2011
Rochester, NY
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In no particlar order...

Southern Tier
Great Lakes
Dogfish Head

Obviously there are other good breweries that make great beer but for me, this is the "Big 6"
Fish Monger Ale House
On Tap
The Fallen - Maibock
Unearthly IIPA
American Black Ale
CT-A3 - Centennial Amber
Imperial Amber
English Bitter

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Old 01-26-2013, 09:49 PM   #8
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Dec 2010
Midlothian, VA
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Would add Sierra Nevada & Avery to some of those already mentioned

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Old 01-26-2013, 10:31 PM   #9
Jul 2010
Portland, OR
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Lots you can't get outside of Oregon, but more widely distributed craft breweries I like: Cascade, Ninkasi, Deschutes, Hair of the Dog. Also, gotta mention Dogfish Head, Victory, Sierra Nevada as great as well.

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Old 01-26-2013, 11:31 PM   #10
May 2012
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Can I remove southern tier from some of your lists?

Pizza port
Great divide
Edit: Sierra Nevada, maybe the greatest when you look at the size and scope of what they do
Founders makes some of the best malt forward beers around but I can't put them on this list because I do not care for their take on hop forward stuff.

I could maybe add a few more but I'm being stingy with the word "great"

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