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Old 01-27-2013, 05:11 PM   #21
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I have a lot of breweries I've never been disappointed in.

What I'd consider great

Carton (new guys really great so far)
DogFish (some beers aren't my style but everything they brew is true to them)
Lagunitas
Victory
Troegs
Brooklyn
Stone
Oskar Blue
Rogue
Weyerbacher
Founders
Avery
Left Hand
Allagash

Just to name some

 
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:00 PM   #22
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Victory definetly impresses me. Tried over 20 of their beers and haven't had one I dislike.
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:01 AM   #23
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Iechyd Da, my local brew pub takes the top spot. Fantastic beers and only a couple miles from my house.

Sierra Nevada
Southern Tier
Bells
Stone
Upland
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:47 AM   #24
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Bells
Cigar City
Lagunitas
Oskar Blues
Victory
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:07 AM   #25
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Iechyd Da, my local brew pub takes the top spot. Fantastic beers and only a couple miles from my house.

Upland
It's interesting how local places like that can carry such favor with you sometimes. Makes you wonder if it has to do with the freshness and availability, the atmosphere and the all around good feeling you probably get when you go there. Stuff like that can make beer just taste better. Ha...it reminds me of a theory i had in college: Free food is delicious......the simple fact that i didn't have to pay for it did something for me psychologically, and it just tasted better. I'm not using that as a direct analogy with your brew pub (i'm sure the beer is great), i'm just saying, it's interesting how psychology plays into our outlooks sometimes
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:08 AM   #26
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Lagunitas
(512) Brewing
North Coast
Left Hand Brewing

 
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:19 AM   #27
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Here are some of my better brewery visits in the New England area (in alphabetical order):

Alchemist
Captain Lawrence
Fiddlehead (recently opened, former Magic Hat head brewer)
Ommegang
Sixpoint

 
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:38 AM   #28
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It's interesting how local places like that can carry such favor with you sometimes. Makes you wonder if it has to do with the freshness and availability, the atmosphere and the all around good feeling you probably get when you go there. Stuff like that can make beer just taste better. Ha...it reminds me of a theory i had in college: Free food is delicious......the simple fact that i didn't have to pay for it did something for me psychologically, and it just tasted better. I'm not using that as a direct analogy with your brew pub (i'm sure the beer is great), i'm just saying, it's interesting how psychology plays into our outlooks sometimes
I live less than 5 minutes from Upland, and I would not consider them anywhere near elite. They have a few good brews, but nothing to write home about IMO. Their food is better than their beer...

 
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:07 AM   #29
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I live less than 5 minutes from Upland, and I would not consider them anywhere near elite. They have a few good brews, but nothing to write home about IMO. Their food is better than their beer...
Well there you go, my point exactly. Panzer saw something in Upland that you didn't. Could have been psychological, could have been a difference in palates, Either way....
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:32 AM   #30
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Goose Island should be on the list....regardless of who owns them now. New Glarus never ceases to amaze me. Never had a bad brew from them....drive to Wisconsin just to get some (only 15 min for me).

 
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