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Title: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: csu007 on March 08, 2012, 11:18:45 PM
So I was just curious to see everyone's top 10 or so favorite commercial craft breweries?
Here are mine in no certain order
 Odells Brewing (CO)
 Strange Brewing (CO)
Deschutes brewery (OR)
 Firestone Walker Brewing (CA)
 Fort Collins Brewery (CO)
 Big Sky Brewing (MT)
 Mendocino Brewing Company (Select and Legend) (CA)
 Dogfish Head (DE)
 Big Horn Brewing (CB& Potts restaurant) (CO)
 Stone Brewing (CA)
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: sparkleberry on March 08, 2012, 11:39:37 PM
in no certain order:

rogue
dogfish head
stone
russian river
great divide
moylan's
drake's
sierra nevada

Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: The Professor on March 08, 2012, 11:53:56 PM
In no particular order of preference except for #1...
1.) Sierra Nevada
2.) Oskar Blues
3.) Victory
4.) Flying Fish
5.) North Coast
6.) Anchor
7.) Gordon Biersch
8.) Boston Brewing
9.) Traquair House
10.) Yuengling

Not making the list (because I don't like their beers overall) is AB-InBev...but they do get a begrudging honorable  mention because a couple of their specialty "craft" beers are actually very worthy and I enjoy them from time to time. (do I need to duck after saying that??)
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: csu007 on March 08, 2012, 11:55:44 PM


Not making the list (because I don't like their beers overall) is AB-InBev...but they do get a begrudging honorable  mention because a couple of their specialty "craft" beers are actually very worthy and I enjoy them from time to time. (do I need to duck after saying that??)

I agree some their "craft" beers are very good, much like some of Coors offshoot craft brews
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: thebigbaker on March 09, 2012, 12:06:50 AM
This is a list that's ever changing, but here is mine at this moment...
1.  Odell
2.  AleSmith
3.  Avery
4.  Full Sail
5.  Dry Dock (right around the corner from my house)
6.  Stone
7.  Oskar Blues
8.  Left Hand
9.  Dogfish
10.  New Belgium


Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: corkybstewart on March 09, 2012, 12:43:26 AM
In the number one spot:
a tie:   Boulevard, Sierra Nevada
Deschutes almost makes it a 3 way tie, but they brewed the abomination known as the Abyss.
Other than these 3 I really don't run across breweries whose entire portfolio appeals to me.
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: repo on March 09, 2012, 03:02:07 AM
Current favorites in no particular order. Subject to change without notice.

Russian River
Green Flash
Alpine
Avery
Alesmith
Firestone Walker
Pizza Port
Stone
Ballast Point
Bear Republic
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: csu007 on March 09, 2012, 03:41:15 AM
This is a list that's ever changing, but here is mine at this moment...
1.  Odell
2.  AleSmith
3.  Avery
4.  Full Sail
5.  Dry Dock (right around the corner from my house)*
6.  Stone
7.  Oskar Blues
8.  Left Hand
9.  Dogfish
10.  New Belgium
[/quote/]

Dry Dock is great, I have recently discovered them. I really enjoy the brew hut for my homebrew supplies. only  draw in terms of supplies is its a 30min drive for me to get to the neck of the woods, and also you have to navigate the tech center  >:(.

I think that my favorite list could easily go up to 20 regular breweries that i drink, but i tried to pick breweries that i liked all their beers or almost all.
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: tonyp on March 09, 2012, 03:59:56 AM
Triumph
River Horse
Flying Fish
Sierra Nevada
Yuengling
Dogfish
Founder's
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: gmac on March 09, 2012, 04:52:01 AM
Bells
DogFish Head
The rest are Canadian and the rules are very clear that they have to be USA breweries.
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: csu007 on March 09, 2012, 05:11:35 AM
Bells
DogFish Head
The rest are Canadian and the rules are very clear that they have to be USA breweries.

lol. I think we can allow Canadian craft breweries, however i'm not sure that i will recognize many of the names,  ;)
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: tschmidlin on March 09, 2012, 06:08:10 PM
It's easier if I just stick with my favorite local places (alphabetically).

Big Time
Black Raven
Boundary Bay
Diamond Knot
Elliot Bay
Elysian
Everybody's
Fremont
Maritime Pacific
Naked City
Schooner Exact
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: hoser on March 09, 2012, 06:13:45 PM
Stone
Founders
Ballast Point
Green Flash
Odell's
Ska
Firestone Walker
Sierra Nevada
Great Divide
Nebraska Brewing Company
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: garc_mall on March 09, 2012, 06:14:21 PM
It's easier if I just stick with my favorite local places (alphabetically).

Big Time
Black Raven
Boundary Bay
Diamond Knot
Elliot Bay
Elysian
Everybody's
Fremont
Maritime Pacific
Naked City
Schooner Exact


I take this list and add

Silver City
Pike

13 you say?
A Baker's dozen of awesome.
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: tschmidlin on March 09, 2012, 06:41:13 PM
It's easier if I just stick with my favorite local places (alphabetically).

Big Time
Black Raven
Boundary Bay
Diamond Knot
Elliot Bay
Elysian
Everybody's
Fremont
Maritime Pacific
Naked City
Schooner Exact


I take this list and add

Silver City
Pike

13 you say?
A Baker's dozen of awesome.

If you're going to pick 10 great local breweries your list is bound to leave off a bunch that are worthy :)
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: thebigbaker on March 09, 2012, 07:23:59 PM
This is a list that's ever changing, but here is mine at this moment...
1.  Odell
2.  AleSmith
3.  Avery
4.  Full Sail
5.  Dry Dock (right around the corner from my house)*
6.  Stone
7.  Oskar Blues
8.  Left Hand
9.  Dogfish
10.  New Belgium
[/quote/]

Dry Dock is great, I have recently discovered them. I really enjoy the brew hut for my homebrew supplies. only  draw in terms of supplies is its a 30min drive for me to get to the neck of the woods, and also you have to navigate the tech center  >:(.

I think that my favorite list could easily go up to 20 regular breweries that i drink, but i tried to pick breweries that i liked all their beers or almost all.

I live in SE Centennial and Dry Dock and Brew Hut are only a 7 min drive from my house.  Dry Dock brews some great beer.  I get all my ingredients from Brew Hut and the staff there is great.
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: bluesman on March 09, 2012, 07:45:25 PM
Dogfish Head
Firestone Walker
Sierra Nevada
Victory
Stone
Rogue
Bear Republic
New Belgium
Great Divide
Allagash

The list evolves over time but this is the most current list.  :)
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: csu007 on March 09, 2012, 07:59:35 PM

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If you're going to pick 10 great local breweries your list is bound to leave off a bunch that are worthy :)
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I agree living in CO i can name like 30breweries off the top of my head that are great and could compete with any national craft brewery
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: csu007 on March 09, 2012, 08:03:45 PM
This is a list that's ever changing, but here is mine at this moment...
1.  Odell
2.  AleSmith
3.  Avery
4.  Full Sail
5.  Dry Dock (right around the corner from my house)*
6.  Stone
7.  Oskar Blues
8.  Left Hand
9.  Dogfish
10.  New Belgium
[/quote/]

Dry Dock is great, I have recently discovered them. I really enjoy the brew hut for my homebrew supplies. only  draw in terms of supplies is its a 30min drive for me to get to the neck of the woods, and also you have to navigate the tech center  >:(.

I think that my favorite list could easily go up to 20 regular breweries that i drink, but i tried to pick breweries that i liked all their beers or almost all.

I live in SE Centennial and Dry Dock and Brew Hut are only a 7 min drive from my house.  Dry Dock brews some great beer.  I get all my ingredients from Brew Hut and the staff there is great.

Yeah I live over in the Ken Caryl so the Brew Hut and Beer at home (Broadway and Quincy) are my two local brew shops. however the Brew Hut i think has a better staff. I love dry dock i have not had a bad beer yet, their ESB is great and along with their IPA's, i only wish the bottled all their beers :D
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: thebigbaker on March 09, 2012, 08:18:34 PM
Dogfish Head
Firestone Walker
Sierra Nevada
Victory
Stone
Rogue
Bear Republic
New Belgium
Great Divide
Allagash

The list evolves over time but this is the most current list.  :)

Ah, I can't believe I forgot about Great Divide.  I also like Breckenridge Brewery and my wife loves BB's vanilla porter and Christmas ale. 
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: thebigbaker on March 09, 2012, 08:21:16 PM
This is a list that's ever changing, but here is mine at this moment...
1.  Odell
2.  AleSmith
3.  Avery
4.  Full Sail
5.  Dry Dock (right around the corner from my house)*
6.  Stone
7.  Oskar Blues
8.  Left Hand
9.  Dogfish
10.  New Belgium
[/quote/]

Dry Dock is great, I have recently discovered them. I really enjoy the brew hut for my homebrew supplies. only  draw in terms of supplies is its a 30min drive for me to get to the neck of the woods, and also you have to navigate the tech center  >:(.

I think that my favorite list could easily go up to 20 regular breweries that i drink, but i tried to pick breweries that i liked all their beers or almost all.

I live in SE Centennial and Dry Dock and Brew Hut are only a 7 min drive from my house.  Dry Dock brews some great beer.  I get all my ingredients from Brew Hut and the staff there is great.

Yeah I live over in the Ken Caryl so the Brew Hut and Beer at home (Broadway and Quincy) are my two local brew shops. however the Brew Hut i think has a better staff. I love dry dock i have not had a bad beer yet, their ESB is great and along with their IPA's, i only wish the bottled all their beers :D

Dry Dock's ESB is very good.  I also really like their Vanilla Porter and their Tripel, which is a seasonal that's available now, is great.  Although I'm not a huge Hefe fan, their Hefe might be one of the best I've ever had.  My wife loves their Hefe and Apricot Blonde.
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: pyrite on March 09, 2012, 08:50:32 PM
Russian River
Eel River
The Bruery
Lagunitas
Main Street Brewing (Corona CA)
Ale Smith
Lost Abbey
El Toro
Moon Light brewing
North Coast




Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: jeffy on March 09, 2012, 10:23:53 PM
It's easier if I just stick with my favorite local places (alphabetically).

Big Time
Black Raven
Boundary Bay
Diamond Knot
Elliot Bay
Elysian
Everybody's
Fremont
Maritime Pacific
Naked City
Schooner Exact


I take this list and add

Silver City
Pike

13 you say?
A Baker's dozen of awesome.

If you're going to pick 10 great local breweries your list is bound to leave off a bunch that are worthy :)
That would certainly depend a lot on where you live. 
My favorite locals include
Cigar City
Swamp Head
Tampa Bay Brewing
7venth Sun (new and making a very nice Berliner weisse)
I also like these guys, but they're not local
Firestone Walker
Victory
Left Hand
Bear Republic
New Glarus
Alaskan
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: tschmidlin on March 09, 2012, 10:34:53 PM
If you're going to pick 10 great local breweries your list is bound to leave off a bunch that are worthy :)
That would certainly depend a lot on where you live. 
Certainly, but garc is local to me. :)
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: kmccaf on March 09, 2012, 10:54:48 PM
In no particular order:

Samuel Smith’s
Founder’s
Great Lakes
New Glarus
Unibroue
Boulavard
Bell’s
Goose Island
Left Hand
North Coast
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: madscientist on March 12, 2012, 12:55:51 PM
In no particular order:

1. Sierra Nevada
2. Full Sail
3. Triumph Brewing Co.
4. Southern Tier
5. Ithica Brewing Co.
6. Boston Beer Co.
7. Hacker-Pschorr
8. Victory
9. Riverhorse
10. Flying Fish

And probably a bunch of others I left out.
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: krustybb on March 15, 2012, 03:10:22 PM
It's easier if I just stick with my favorite local places (alphabetically).

Big Time
Black Raven
Boundary Bay
Diamond Knot
Elliot Bay
Elysian
Everybody's
Fremont
Maritime Pacific
Naked City
Schooner Exact


I take this list and add

Silver City
Pike

13 you say?
A Baker's dozen of awesome.

Washington focused and I love it.

I would add Iron horse and Amnesia as northwest greats.

I love Black Raven and Elysian although I am not a huge fan of Fremont.
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: DrewG on March 21, 2012, 04:39:40 PM
These are also all local to me. I have a hard time buying a west coast beer when I can get something local that's been well treated (bottle shop that has no warm storage at all) or go to the taproom

Jolly Pumpkin
Founders
Bells
Brewery Vivant
Arcadia
North Peak
Odd Side Ales
The Hideout
Greenbush
Darkhorse

Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: gmac on March 21, 2012, 08:53:53 PM
In addition to the ones I mentioned a while ago, here are some American breweries that I've tried and like very much.  Not exactly favourites but certainly ones I'd drink if I was stranded on a desert island with a lot of beer.

New Glarus - Love Moon Man
Stone - Ruination is the only I have had
Laguanitas - Had an IPA, can't recall the name but it was very good
Goose Island - Yes, I know they're owned by the big guys but I really like Matilda
Lazy Monk - drove 4 hours out of my way to get that last year, the O'fest was worth the trip
Surly - had a couple of those in Minnesota and will have a couple more
Shorts - except that their labels are welded to the friggin' bottles which makes re-use a real pain

As for favourites:
Muskoka brewery - Cream Ale and Mad Tom IPA are great
Flying Monkeys - first "American style" IPA/APA brewer around here
Creemore Springs - now owned by Molson/Coors but the quality seems to still be very good
Sleeman - now owned by Sapporo but the Cream Ale is still pretty good on a hot day.
Wellington  - Arkell Best Bitter - Friggin' awesome.  County Ale - Michael Jackson gave it 5/5 and he was being a bit tough on it.
Neustadt - Very good (and my friends son works there so I have to put it on the list)
Big Rock - Alberta's finest.  Traditional is great, Warthog is good, Grasshopper is fantastic
Steam Whistle - Do one thing, really really well.

But, of course none of them compare with my homebrew.
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on March 21, 2012, 10:19:45 PM
ILazy Monk - drove 4 hours out of my way to get that last year, the O'fest was worth the trip

Ahh someone mentioned me. Thank you. I was starting to worry :)
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: gmac on March 21, 2012, 10:23:56 PM
ILazy Monk - drove 4 hours out of my way to get that last year, the O'fest was worth the trip

Ahh someone mentioned me. Thank you. I was starting to worry :)

I still want that tour next fall when I'm back in Wisconsin.
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on March 22, 2012, 01:29:07 AM
ILazy Monk - drove 4 hours out of my way to get that last year, the O'fest was worth the trip

Ahh someone mentioned me. Thank you. I was starting to worry :)

I still want that tour next fall when I'm back in Wisconsin.
You are more then welcome.
Just let me know when.
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on March 22, 2012, 11:47:17 PM
US
Surly
Summit
Odell
Bell's
Rogue
Stone
21st Amendment

Elsewhere
Ayinger
Paulaner
Samuel Smith's
Orkney

Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: erockrph on April 04, 2012, 12:57:02 AM
Wow, not a lot of love for the Northeast, eh? Here are my faves, roughly in order (but it varies from day to day)

Dogfish Head
Victory
Otter Creek
Lagunitas
Long Trail
Saranac
Clipper City (their Heavy Seas line in particular)
Shipyard
Ballast Point
Unibroue
Smuttynose
Left Hand
Sierra Nevada

Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: jiggs26.2 on April 04, 2012, 01:25:43 AM
Here are mine in a random order:

Dogfish Head
Stone
Odell
Brew Dog
Mikkeller
Crow Peak
Ballast Point
Great Divide
Blue Mountain
Rogue

I really like all of these breweries about the same they all have many beers that I enjoy.
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: blatz on April 04, 2012, 01:52:32 PM
Russian River
Green Flash
Sierra Nevada
Pizza Port
Smuttynose
Coronado
Tequesta (Local)
Great Divide
Avery
Great Lakes
Title: Re: Favorite Commerical Breweries
Post by: bwana on April 04, 2012, 02:25:28 PM
In no special order.
Boston Beer Company
Arcadia
Bells
Founders
Sierra Nevada
Great Lakes
Stone
New Holland
Brooklyn
Shorts