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#1 TheSixthRing

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 02:07 PM

By far my favorite is Rogue. Of the 23 different beers I've tried, there's only been one that I genuinely disliked. Shakespeare Stout and Dead Guy are my favorites, and when mixed together, you get Rogue's version of a Black & Tan, nicknamed 'Dead Poet'.

Runner-ups include Stone Brewing (Arrogant Bastard) and Samuel Adams. For being the heavyweight they are, Samuel Adams makes some excellent beer.
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Posted 14 August 2007 - 02:29 PM

You will probably get some disagreement here on your opinion of Sam Adams.

My favorite breweries are Bell's, Great Divide, Dogfish Head, North Coast (I've only had the barleywine but WOW!), Rogue and Summit (It's required for Minnesotans).
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Posted 14 August 2007 - 03:36 PM

My favorite brewing company is Great Lakes. I really haven't found anything from them that I dislike with Eliot Ness Amber Lager and Commodore Perry IPA being my favorites.

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 04:45 PM

Great Lakes is my favorite also. Rogue is fantastic. I like Unibroue, but every time I think of them I think of uni-brow.
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Posted 14 August 2007 - 04:59 PM

Too many to mention. My favorite thing in the world is to head to the Brickskeller Inn, and just go buckwild on either their seasonal selection, or their normal beer menu.
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Posted 14 August 2007 - 05:52 PM

I dunno about a favorite company -- but 2 of my fav beers are sam smith imperial stout and delirium nocturnum...followed closely by PBR. ;)
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Posted 14 August 2007 - 05:56 PM

Lange Brewing Company out of Marion, Montana. Very local, but that dude can brew! :biggrin: There's a lot of others I like also. I had a Yungling (probably not spelled correctly) when I was on the east coast a couple of years ago that was marvelous, and Lagunitas is up there, too.
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Posted 14 August 2007 - 06:13 PM

Ah, beer.

Bell's is probably my favourite. Great Divide is up there. Great Lakes is up there. Avery is up there. Black Oak is up there. Unibroue is certainly up there. Dieu du Ciel! is way the hell up there.

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 06:20 PM

DeDolle, the mad brewers of Belgium, followed by Alesmith.

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 07:45 PM

Too many to mention. My favorite thing in the world is to head to the Brickskeller Inn, and just go buckwild on either their seasonal selection, or their normal beer menu.

Oh good. They have PBR. I'm all set.

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 08:00 PM

Right now Unibroue and Ommegang. But I'm still pretty new and exploring. Rogue has some stuff I really like.

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 08:24 PM

Oh good. They have PBR. I'm all set.

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 10:13 PM

Oh good. They have PBR. I'm all set.


See? PBR is all you need. Why mess with perfection?
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Posted 15 August 2007 - 02:59 AM

New Belgium makes some good stuff. I've become enamored with Fat Tire as of late. Maybe its the taste, maybe its the big ol' bottle, maybe its the fact that the brewery is run in a very green way. I'm not sure how much of it is spin, but the website goes into all the eco-friendly details. In the end, good, tasty, beer.

Oh yes, and PBR is a must. Especially in the city, you can get a pint of PBR for around three or four bucks when most of the other drinks are six to ten. I really shouldn't complain, I have heard that bar prices in a lot of other cities are even worse.
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Posted 15 August 2007 - 03:54 AM

Oh good. They have PBR. I'm all set.

It's hillarious to watch the barstaff and waitstaff when someone orders something like that. It's the same reaction as if you just told them you raped their mother.

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Posted 15 August 2007 - 07:00 AM

you can get a pint of PBR for around three or four bucks


Damn, three or four bucks for a PBR? Most bars I've seen them in, they're like a dollar or two.
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Posted 15 August 2007 - 07:46 AM

I'm a fan of Long Trail; I had a friend from VT. who used to bring them back after trips home.
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Posted 15 August 2007 - 07:47 AM

What no one mentioned Deschutes? The Kettle House here in Missoula has some really great stuff. I like Wasatch and Squatters out of Salt Lake as well.
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Posted 15 August 2007 - 07:52 AM

I love the Deschutes (some of the product line, anyway--Mirror Pond, not so much). Their Cinder Cone Red prompted my first-ever love letter to a brewery.
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Posted 15 August 2007 - 08:50 AM

Rodenbach Grand Cru and Panil Barrique pretty much blow my mind every time.

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 08:41 PM

Stone, Alesmith and GreenFlash are all great beers and all in San Diego County. Since I'm a west coaster I love those as well as the Russian River Brewing beers. You have to try Pliny the Younger some time absolutely amazing. We don't get a lot of the east coast beers out here but when I'm home visiting family in Michigan I do enjoy Bell's and Dogfishhead.
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Posted 11 September 2007 - 10:05 PM

Svijany for me. I did find a great brew-pub in Prague, but they don't bottle anything and getting down there to drink doesn't happen much (once). I did have a lovely porter in Pardubice last weekend, but it was on tap in a tent during the street fest and I'm not sure which brewery it came from.

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 10:48 PM

DeDolle, the mad brewers of Belgium, followed by Alesmith.


I feel really pretty spoiled that Alesmith is practically in my backyard...as is White Labs, and Stone is just up the road.

One personal bias I have: Wynkoop brewery in Denver...the head brewer is my cousin :thumbup:
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Avery in Denver is also high on my list, as is Redstone Meadery.
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Posted 12 September 2007 - 05:32 AM

I visited Wynkoop in '94, the day before the GABF, so my memories of their beers were somewhat blotted out by the 240 beers I sampled afterwards, but I think they were tasty. :twitchsmile:

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Posted 12 September 2007 - 09:00 AM

I'm still trying ot figure out how to get a sixpack of each product donated to me from each brewery so I can do an unbiased comparison.

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Posted 12 September 2007 - 09:14 AM

Ya know the thing I love about beer is how much local, small brewing has prospered in the last 20 years.

I've done a fair bit of traveling in the last couple years and just about anywhere you go in the US you can find decent micro or mid-size brews.

So many good options these days and so different from the early 80s when I first started drinking beer.

In the San Francisco area, I really like Magnolia Brewpub, Moonlight Brewing, Russian River Brewing, and Speakeasy.
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Posted 14 September 2007 - 08:03 PM

We're going to take some Swedish friends to Napa tomorrow and I'm trying to find an excuse to get up to Russian River Brewing...

Have you ever tried the Watermelon Wheat at 21st amendment?

Although they aren't a brewery the Trocadero is a great beer bar, and they are participating in the Michael Jackson toast on Sept, 30th.
edit: oh yeah.. They're right across the street from Memphis Minnies, the best bbq in San Francisco area (there's not much competition but it is quite good)

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Posted 14 September 2007 - 08:48 PM

Good callz with Avery, Russian River, Deschutes, Bell's, Alesmith, and Stone. Also, scout around for some 'Collaboration not Litigation' by Avery and Russian River. A joint effort sprung from both since they both realized they brewed beers named 'Supplication'.

But I must say, my still all-time favorite beer is Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale. Ohhh, I just can't wait until this October. One more Growler left calling me from last year.
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Posted 14 September 2007 - 08:58 PM

Big Sky and Lang Creek. They make really, really good brew. :cheers:

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Posted 17 September 2007 - 08:26 AM

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Have you ever tried the Watermelon Wheat at 21st amendment?

Although they aren't a brewery the Trocadero is a great beer bar, and they are participating in the Michael Jackson toast on Sept, 30th.
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I'm not a huge fan of the Watermelon Wheat; but, I do like most of 21st Amendment's beers. They had a most excellent "Oyster Stout" earlier this year.

Toronado is one of my favorite San Francisco bars, cranky bartenders and all. I hope they have the fresh hops festival again this fall.

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