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David G
09-01-2014, 12:06 AM
Well... you know how ratings are. Pretty personal. But I can't argue TOO much with Rogue as the Oregon candidate. I know one of the original founders... and have even beta tested some of their beers. They are good. My own candidate, though would be Hair Of The Dog. And, of course, Full Sail - the official beer of Harbor Woodworks - is right up there as well.

For New Hampshire, I can certainly speak highly of Smuttynose.

For Cali... I'd have picked Stone - but there's nothing wrong with Russian River.

Washington... too many good ones to pick from. Elysian is a good choice.

http://www.thrillist.com/drink/nation/americas-50-best-craft-breweries-state-by-state

Cuyahoga Chuck
09-01-2014, 12:15 AM
How many have you tried? In Ohio there might be several thousand brew-pubs and many dozens of breweries.

David G
09-01-2014, 12:24 AM
I've tried hundreds. I used to take pride in staying on top of new offerings. These days... no way.

Ian McColgin
09-01-2014, 12:38 AM
What, Full Sail didn't make your cut?

Anyway, I find my taste runs to too many different beers to say more than while there are some bad beers about, there is no best . . . not for all times and all purposes. I generally like pale ales, especially India pale ales soe I'm good with a Harpoon or a Cisco. But then Cape Cod makes a red that's mighty fine . . .

David G
09-01-2014, 12:40 AM
Sure... I mentioned Full Sail in my personal faves!

DMillet
09-01-2014, 12:43 AM
I like Saranac here in NY. My favorite is the Black Forest, but I'll drink any of them.

Ian McColgin
09-01-2014, 12:46 AM
I read too hastily. I see it now.

By the way David, were you around when Blitz first unveiled Henry Weinhart's Private Reserve. In many ways I count that offering as the real start of the return to the local brewery doing finastkind brewing and now rather preciously called "craft beers".

Since the motto for Blitz was "Spare no time or effort for a perfect glass of beer", we sent them a letter with a mock false advertising claim that since they were able to make something so wonderful as Henry's the motto for Blitz was untrue.

David G
09-01-2014, 12:52 AM
yup - I was around then, and chose Private Reserve over most other beers. My other choices at the time tended to be Moosehead, Anchor Steam, and Heineken. If I remember correctly - Private Reserve is actually now bottled at Full Sail.

The Bigfella
09-01-2014, 02:09 AM
OK... who's from Missouri?

Bud?

CK 17
09-01-2014, 02:42 AM
Old style

wizbang 13
09-01-2014, 03:24 AM
Our Gig Harbor local, 7 Seas. Their IPA, Rude Parrot. My bride has taken to accompany ing me for a pint at the brewery, which helps.

The Bigfella
09-01-2014, 03:39 AM
Here's my favourite from one of my adopted home states.... the dark

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/01/BeerLao_LightAndDark.JPG

Paul Pless
09-01-2014, 05:19 AM
How could I choose just one?

TomF
09-01-2014, 07:19 AM
... These days beer is for us just an occasional treat....Me too. Usually save my money for other things, and beer plays havoc with trying to keep carbs in reasonable levels.

that said, the local microbrewer does great work - bitters, IPA, porter, stout ...

Beowolf
09-01-2014, 07:54 AM
How could I choose just one?

It's easy. Watch, Bell's Two Hearted.

Speaking of which, a buddy of mine told me there's a new tap room next to the Red Brick. Have you been there yet?

S.V. Airlie
09-01-2014, 07:57 AM
How many breweries are actually owned by European companies. The only one I'm relatively sure ain't is Sam Adams! I know Omagang (sp) is (owned/ operated) from Belgium!

David W Pratt
09-01-2014, 08:00 AM
Shiner bock, from Shiner, Texas

S.V. Airlie
09-01-2014, 08:03 AM
Omagang is from Cooperstown! Location doesn't tell me anything! It's a Belgian company!

TomF
09-01-2014, 08:23 AM
Jamie, often it isn't difficult if you keep with a small company. The 2 craft brewers in my town are both owner-operated businesses. The gents are pretty visible local citizens.

S.V. Airlie
09-01-2014, 08:27 AM
I know those running Omagang! They are pretty visible too around town!:) Cooperstown IS a small own! Nine hundred residents in the winter! Okay, maybe 1000!

GregH
09-01-2014, 08:33 AM
Fireman's 4 from Blanco, Texas

S.V. Airlie
09-01-2014, 08:36 AM
Again LOCATION means **ap!

Keith Wilson
09-01-2014, 08:47 AM
Surly Furious? Nah. It's one of those where they said 'Let's see how much hops we can cram into a beer!', about as subtle as polka music. Summit EPA is much nicer.

CWSmith
09-01-2014, 09:51 AM
For New Hampshire, I can certainly speak highly of Smuttynose.

I'll second that!

ron ll
09-01-2014, 10:09 AM
How could anyone not like this beer? :D

http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r560/ron_ll/df8ed4f5.jpg

the_gr8t_waldo
09-01-2014, 10:10 AM
Best? I've not yet complete my sampling. But worse? Hands down BUD- in any state! And amazingly consistent !

Paul Pless
09-01-2014, 10:12 AM
It's easy. Watch, Bell's Two Hearted.

Speaking of which, a buddy of mine told me there's a new tap room next to the Red Brick. Have you been there yet?
Its called the beer grotto. About fifty Michigan craft beer taps. Growlers to go.

Bubba L.
09-01-2014, 10:15 AM
Reb Ale. Brewed by Lazy Magnolia, a micro brew from Kiln, Ms.

Gene

ron ll
09-01-2014, 10:19 AM
The first craft brew I remember around Seattle was Red Hook. There may have been earlier ones that I'm not aware of. Red Hook started in a converted trolley barn in Fremont (Seattle) in 1981. Seems to me it was earlier than that but I guess not. Not saying it is the best per the OP question, just the first I remember.

Yeadon
09-01-2014, 10:22 AM
Red Hook is still a good beer. It's a solid, safe choice. I like it.

birlinn
09-01-2014, 10:32 AM
In the UK, I nominate Hook Norton bitter, made in a splendid 19th century brewery.
Not available in many places, and certainly not this far north, sadly.

S.V. Airlie
09-01-2014, 10:34 AM
I caught some of the Busch's drinking Miuller ,one night. They just looked at me saying, "What are you doing here?"

David G
09-01-2014, 11:31 AM
There was a time, before most of us were drinkers, I'm sure, that a lager was the beer style of choice. Lot's of competition. Seems like most of the new style of beer is ale, porter, stout, etc. But I think Bud, not the Ice or the Lite versions, but the regular Budweiser is a pretty good beer, for a lager.

Try Full Sail 'Session'. It's what Bud & Miller should have been.

Cuyahoga Chuck
09-01-2014, 04:12 PM
I like TOPVAR Tmavy (dark)from Topolc'any, Slovakia but I can't get t any more. Zlaty Baz'ant (Golden Pheasant) isn't bad either. Topvar got bought out by some big cartel from South Africa and I lost track of it.

Todd D
09-01-2014, 06:41 PM
Just finished a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. A fine beer for a hot evening. I too remember drinking Henry Winehard's Private Reserve back when I lived in Eugene. That was my beer of choice back then unless I was in Seattle and could afford Red Hook or Grants. Come to think of it my Red Hook and Grants period was a few years after mt Winehards period. Both postdated my Olympia, Rainier Ale and Rainier Bock periods.

Sky Blue
09-01-2014, 07:47 PM
Maritime Brewing's The Nightwatch.

Exercise caution.

leikec
09-01-2014, 08:07 PM
Roffey's was the best beer in Michigan, but I think it's gone now. Bell's is good, and Frankenmuth Brewery makes a good pale ale.

In Missouri it's Schlafly.

Jeff C

Waddie
09-02-2014, 12:40 AM
For me it's not which beer tastes the best, but WHEN do they taste the best. For me the best tasting beer is after cutting an acre of grass on a hot August day. That first one just goes straight down; it's the second one I enjoy. And the colder they are the better.

I don't drink much beer in the winter; when it's cold out I like to cuddle up with brandy.

regards,
Waddie

PS. Brandy is a young waitress down at the local pub....... :)

BrianY
09-02-2014, 03:11 PM
For me it's not which beer tastes the best, but WHEN do they taste the best.


+100

One of the best beers I ever had was a draft Sierra Nevada Pale Ale at about 5pm while sitting outside on the porch of the Atlantic Inn on Block Island on a perfect summer day several years ago. There was something magical about the view, the light, the company and the beer that produced a feeling of total relaxation and contentment. I've had many, many SNPA's since but none of them taste quite as good as that one.

TomF
09-02-2014, 03:27 PM
...PS. Brandy is a young waitress down at the local pub....... :)Brandy. She's a fine girl - what a good wife she would be.

switters
09-02-2014, 03:40 PM
The best beers I ever had in my life were two Sierra Nevadas, drank one after another. We had spent 6 days hiking in the backcountry, Bob Marshall Wilderness, and had run out of food on the 5th day. This is because I had been proselytizing "Alpine Style", and at the supermarket my buddy kept taking food out of the grocery cart and putting it back on the shelf, saying, "Alpine Style". The last day hiking out was in 90 degree heat, no shade, and my feet were one single blister due to a pair of boots that I should have thrown away years prior. I hobbled into the trailhead and the pickup truck, parked in the shade of a tree. The Sierra Nevadas were still in ice water, in the cooler in back. By a Miracle of God, the ice had not all melted. I have tried to replicate this event many times since, without success. I sat in the shade on a grassy bank, with my bare feet in a stream, and drank two ice cold Sierra Nevadas.

The first time I ever tasted Linenkugels was after a week on the boundary waters, it was cold and raining, all of our gear was wet, but we had great time, and the beer tasted so good, chainsaw sisters was still open then and a great place to take out. Years later I saw it in a local store and bought some, couldn't finish the 6 pack.

Rum_Pirate
09-02-2014, 05:49 PM
My state is thirsty..

Here the best beer is an icy cold Carib.

Reynard38
09-02-2014, 05:51 PM
http://www.redharebrewing.com/beers/long-day-lager/

David G
09-17-2014, 04:54 PM
Southern Beers... sounds interesting --

https://www.yahoo.com/food/how-the-south-does-craft-beer-97670361966.html

switters
09-17-2014, 05:01 PM
at the end of next week I will report on the state of beers in Dayton Ohio.

David G
09-17-2014, 05:05 PM
at the end of next week I will report on the state of beers in Dayton Ohio.

Nice, but where are you gonna find persimmon or sweet potatoe beer in Dayton????

switters
09-17-2014, 05:10 PM
good point, sweet tater beer sounds like it could be good, or really bad.

The beer name game is getting crazy, example A from the toxic brew company.

Tap List for 9/17/2014:
Hangar 18
Loch Ness Express
Toxic Harvest
5th Street Wheat
Practice Yoga
Cap City Hustler
Abby's Cure
Black Tonic
Kaiserlick
Porn or Pawn Pepper

Nicholas Scheuer
09-17-2014, 06:16 PM
Best I've had from Illinois (my state) is Nichelob by the Prairie Street Brewrey. Originally brewed by the old Rockford Brewing Company (same premisis as the new PSB), it PEDATES Michelob by A-B by a good many years.

switters
09-25-2014, 03:50 PM
Dayton wasn't bad.

5th street brewery, short menu for beer and food but the basics are covered, showed up on trivia night it was loud. Had a n IPA, it was good, not worth a special trip.

toxic brew company, no food, plenty of places around to order from though, cool old bank building.
Abby xxxx, you can taste the alcohol at the finish, starts out nice enough. the stout with coconut was good and I hate coconut flavors.

went across the street for some thai, at thai 9, where I had a nondescript IPA from Warped Wing and the best yaki soba I've had since I left Japan in '93.

cheers,

switters
10-17-2014, 10:15 AM
The full list of 'Best Beer Town' winners in our USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice contest is as follows:


Grand Rapids, Mich.
Tampa
Asheville, N.C.
Bend, Ore.
Fort Collins, Colo.
San Diego
Portland, Maine
Portland, Ore.
Denver
Burlington, Vt.

David G
10-17-2014, 10:18 AM
The full list of 'Best Beer Town' winners in our USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice contest is as follows:


Grand Rapids, Mich.
Tampa
Asheville, N.C.
Bend, Ore.
Fort Collins, Colo.
San Diego
Portland, Maine
Portland, Ore.
Denver
Burlington, Vt.



For accuracy's sake... such polls need to be adjusted to account for population. Areas with lower population densities often suffer unfairly from a model. But this list looks to me to at least include most of the usual suspects.

BCarp
10-17-2014, 10:48 AM
In NY State, anything from the Sackett's Harbor Brewing Co'y (http://sacketsharborbrewpub.com/), the Southern Tier Brewing Co'y (http://www.stbcbeer.com/), or the Cooper's Cave Ale Co'y (http://www.cooperscaveale.com/). Many other great micro-breweries in the state, but these are my current favorites....

John How
10-17-2014, 11:37 AM
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is my everyday beer and I like it just fine but there are so many craft brewers around one could never get bored. Even my own little one stoplight town here in El Dorado county has a brew pub and several great and always changing brews. Just tried a Stone IPA the other day, it was very good!
I do think though, that it is Sierra Nevada we have to thank for the proliferation of great craft brews.

David G
10-17-2014, 12:02 PM
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is my everyday beer and I like it just fine but there are so many craft brewers around one could never get bored. Even my own little one stoplight town here in El Dorado county has a brew pub and several great and always changing brews. Just tried a Stone IPA the other day, it was very good!
I do think though, that it is Sierra Nevada we have to thank for the proliferation of great craft brews.

Depends upon how far back you want to go, and how much you want to stretch the issue. Some say that the producers of Anchor Steam Beer, by keeping small-scale brewing alive, were the inspirations.

But it's true that Sierra Nevada was the first of the 'artisan' breweries to spring up. There was a lot of 'ferment' in the home brewing movement at the time... and they were the first to take it commercial. They were followed, not too long after, by Widmer in Portland. Also some home brewers who took a chance on going commercial. Sprang out of 'The Brew Crew' - a mob of creatively mad home brewers who reinforced each others obsession with brewing excellent beer, and resurrecting older styles.

I think S/N has a good claim on the title of 'first'. And they're still producing very good beer, and the creative explorations have not slowed down. I visited their first little brewpub in Chico - entirely by accident - when they first stared, back in the early 80's. Last year, I went looking for them again. Talk about a change! They now have a huge industrial facility, several restaurants, a glitzy tasting room, and facility tours every hour of the day. Found some good beer that they only sell locally, too!

Stone is a relative newcomer... but is top-notch in my opinion. The variety and selection... and the spread of the movement across the U.S.... is a treat to see (and taste).

George Jung
10-17-2014, 12:02 PM
A minor hijack for the home brewers: http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/off-the-topper-iipa-homebrew-kit.html?utm_source=bm23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=NEW+PRODUCT+RELEASE%3A+Off+The+Topper%21&utm_content=Introducing+OFF+THE+TOPPER%21+-+Homebrew+the+Legend&utm_campaign=20141016+-+Off+The+Topper+Release+-+0+-+14+Day+Openers

I believe this is a Heady Topper knock-off.

David G
10-17-2014, 12:37 PM
So... while there is a veritable flood of new beers in recent years.... let's hope it doesn't come to this:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/atlas_obscura/2014/10/17/on_this_day_in_1814_the_london_beer_flood_killed_e ight_people.html?wpsrc=fol_fb