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Old 04-22-2008, 11:43 PM   #11
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I love Sierra Nevada, but my personal favorite is probably New Belgium. While they have some brews I just plain don't like, others are among my favorites. Whenever I start getting tired of one, there's always something else to pique my interest and stimulate the taste buds. Fat Tire turned me onto them, but now I find the special roast/biscuit flavor overwhelming. Their Trippel is one of my favorite beers, and the Two Below turned me on to sterling hops. I can do without the Springboard, but I've been very pleased with the Mothership Wit.

 
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Old 04-22-2008, 11:50 PM   #12
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Anchor comes to mind, I enjoy everything they brew.
Do you like the Small Beer? I know it's supposed to be, you know, SMALL and all, but I thought it was really, really flat-tasting and thin. Wasn't an especially impressive execution of a small beer.
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Old 04-23-2008, 12:11 AM   #13
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Do you like the Small Beer? I know it's supposed to be, you know, SMALL and all, but I thought it was really, really flat-tasting and thin. Wasn't an especially impressive execution of a small beer.
You know what, I haven't tried it. I was fortunate enough to get a tour of the brewery a few months ago, and drank ample quantities of everything they had on tap, but it just now occurs to me that the small was absent.

 
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Old 04-23-2008, 12:25 AM   #14
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I'll take the revenue and profit from Anheuser Busch, but I won't drink their swill.

 
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Old 04-23-2008, 12:59 AM   #15
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I mean lets be honest; is there any brewery more solid? They cover several different styles and they do them all well to very well. If I could only drink one brewery's beer for the rest of my life, it'd be theirs...
Did Brooklyn wrong you in some way?
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Old 04-23-2008, 11:53 AM   #16
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Did Brooklyn wrong you in some way?
Brooklyn always holds a place in my heart, but beer for beer they're not as well-rounded. Just comparing Brooklyn's seasonals to Sierra's seasonals proves my point. Truth be told though, I have been getting turned off by Garrett Oliver lately...
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Old 04-23-2008, 12:05 PM   #17
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Brooklyn always holds a place in my heart, but beer for beer they're not as well-rounded. Just comparing Brooklyn's seasonals to Sierra's seasonals proves my point. Truth be told though, I have been getting turned off by Garrett Oliver lately...

That's a tough one there. IMHO Brooklyn brews with a much broader palate of styles, flavors and inspiration than SN. SN is a solid brewery, especially considering the volume they produce. There are lots of breweries that could contend for this discussion...including ones I haven't had the pleasure of sampling.

Last I checked, Oliver's posts on BA didn't effect the flavor of their beer

 
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Old 04-23-2008, 12:15 PM   #18
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I mean lets be honest; is there any brewery more solid? They cover several different styles and they do them all well to very well. If I could only drink one brewery's beer for the rest of my life, it'd be theirs...
That's a very tough question. Sierra is a class act and has been responsible IMHO for making Am IPA's so popular today. Their celebration ale was one of the 1st, and their pale ale is great. They do not have as many diverse styles though as some other craft brewers today. That is changing with their seasonals as I just had my first lager from them, the summer fest. A very good example that is very easy drinking. Yes they do a great job but there are also a lot of other great craft brewers out there.

 
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Old 04-23-2008, 12:20 PM   #19
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They do not have as many diverse styles though as some other craft brewers today

Innovative? No, but they're definitely diverse. Their range covers Pale Ale, IPA, Porter, Stout, Wheat, ESB, Pilsner, Barleywine, Brown, and Blonde. I don't need any more than that, but then I'm not big on lagers...
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Old 04-23-2008, 09:43 PM   #20
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I'd have to go with Smuttynose. I have yet to have a bad beer by them. I love their Big Beer Series!!

 
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