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shepherd
12-23-2010, 09:35 AM
Every December we go to Colorado. While there, my sister and bro-in-law who live out there always takes us on a tour of the local breweries and brew pubs in the Denver/Fort Collins/Boulder area.

My favorite has always been the Oskar Blues brewery in Boulder and their Tasty Weasel tap room. Good beer, great brewery tour and good live music. New Belgium and Odells in Fort Collins are nice too.

Anybody have any favorites? Not just in CO but anywhere. I want to get up to Sweetwater in Atlanta since their IPA is my current favorite brew.

shepherd
12-23-2010, 09:36 AM
Tasty Weasel

JimN
12-23-2010, 10:13 AM
Every December we go to Colorado. While there, my sister and bro-in-law who live out there always takes us on a tour of the local breweries and brew pubs in the Denver/Fort Collins/Boulder area.

My favorite has always been the Oskar Blues brewery in Boulder and their Tasty Weasel tap room. Good beer, great brewery tour and good live music. New Belgium and Odells in Fort Collins are nice too.

Anybody have any favorites? Not just in CO but anywhere. I want to get up to Sweetwater in Atlanta since their IPA is my current favorite brew.

Oskar, as in Lee Oskar?

Locally, we have several- Lakefront Brewery, which is now considered a 'Regional' brewer (they make over 15,000 barrels/year), Sprecher, Water Street Brewery, Horny Goat and several others. Here's a larger list:
http://beeradvocate.com/beerfly/city/34

park190
12-23-2010, 10:30 AM
A nice "Pick Axe" from Tommy Knocker in Idaho Springs after hitting the slopes all day is a great treat. It's not much of a tour but a fun atmosphere.

shepherd
12-23-2010, 11:04 AM
My bro-in-law told me we need to go to Tommy Knocker next time. Looking forward to it!

ski_king
12-23-2010, 11:17 AM
I like the North Country Brewery (http://northcountrybrewing.com/) in Slippery Rock, PA.

Lots of good brews there, but I like the Firehouse Red best.

http://northcountrybrewing.com/

east tx skier
12-23-2010, 11:34 AM
I have been to Water Street in Milwaukee. I'm also a big fan of Gordon Biersch. I have had some of Oskar Blues productions beers and was pretty impressed.

We're getting a BJ's brew house here in February. They don't brew on premises any more in their new restaurants. St. Arnold out of Houston is doing the contract brewing for them. Good brewery.

I have a close friend who is opening a Micro in Dallas early next year. I have been pretty heavily involved in the process since the beginning and it is definitely something I will say should not be entered into half cocked. If the price of equipment, space, and everything else doesn't discourage you, the red tape should. Fortunately, he is very determined and I am stoked about being able to go pitch in on the inaugural brew in a couple of months.


If you're in Dallas next year, be sure to give them a try.

Peticolas Brewing Company (http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Peticolas-Brewing-Company/120953444639032)

sand2snow22
12-23-2010, 11:39 AM
Stone throw away. Food is good

http://www.widmer.com/gasthaus.aspx

The8Ball
12-23-2010, 12:39 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2690/4313121216_aa84bf9278.jpg

CoFooter
12-23-2010, 12:46 PM
Shepherd,

I live in Longmont, Co (home of the Tasty Weasel and the newest Oskar Blues resturaunt) Also home of Left Hand Brewery (Sawtooth, Haystack, Warrior IPA, etc, etc.) If you have not been there, try it out, they have a really cool tasting room with live music on the weekend. Eat before you go, though, as the only thing they have to eat are pretzels.

shepherd
12-23-2010, 01:11 PM
Shepherd,

I live in Longmont, Co (home of the Tasty Weasel and the newest Oskar Blues resturaunt) Also home of Left Hand Brewery (Sawtooth, Haystack, Warrior IPA, etc, etc.) If you have not been there, try it out, they have a really cool tasting room with live music on the weekend. Eat before you go, though, as the only thing they have to eat are pretzels.

We went to Left Hand last year. Great place but we just missed the band. :(
The beer was good tho, and I got a couple souvenir Left Hand pint glasses in the cupboard now.

M-Funf
12-23-2010, 02:39 PM
We have lots of small breweries here in CA. Locally, we have Lagunitas Brewing Co. Great place. They're a pretty big operation now...

www.lagunitas.com

I also found a great place in Fort Madison, Iowa. It was called "Lost Duck Brewing". Guy was from Oregon...move to Iowa...he must be the lost duck. I'd like to have his setup!

thatsmrmastercraft
12-23-2010, 03:16 PM
Oskar, as in Lee Oskar?

Locally, we have several- Lakefront Brewery, which is now considered a 'Regional' brewer (they make over 15,000 barrels/year), Sprecher, Water Street Brewery, Horny Goat and several others. Here's a larger list:
http://beeradvocate.com/beerfly/city/34

Been to Water Street Brewery a number of times. A fine place indeed.

shepherd
12-23-2010, 03:39 PM
We have lots of small breweries here in CA. Locally, we have Lagunitas Brewing Co. Great place. They're a pretty big operation now...

www.lagunitas.com



Never been there but I really like their beer, especially the Lagunitas IPA.

east tx skier
12-23-2010, 04:16 PM
We have lots of small breweries here in CA. Locally, we have Lagunitas Brewing Co. Great place. They're a pretty big operation now...

www.lagunitas.com

I also found a great place in Fort Madison, Iowa. It was called "Lost Duck Brewing". Guy was from Oregon...move to Iowa...he must be the lost duck. I'd like to have his setup!

Love Lagunitas. Bought a six pack of their pale ale yesterday. Great stuff! Love the IPA, Little Sumpin Sumpin, Hop Stoopid, etc. as well.

Those copper clad fermenters are beautiful, but a real PITA to keep looking clean on the outside.

bbymgr
12-23-2010, 04:35 PM
Around here we have Mad Anthony Brewing Company. They make some great seasonal stuff, but my favorites are the Harry Baals Irish Stout and the Auburn Lager. And yes..........that is the name of the stout.

damaged442
12-23-2010, 05:14 PM
Big fan of Oskar Blues. I have found many turned off by the can, but I haven't found a bad brew from them. Right now, I'm drinking the Old Chub Scotch Ale. I also picked up some Tenfidy Imperial Stout from them.

Lagunitas is another brewery that I have yet to find a bad beer from them. I was a big fan of the Zappa series that they did a few years ago. Kill Ugly Radio was amazing. Last thing I got from them was the Little Sumpin Sumpin. Delicious!

Stone has great stuff, as does Rogue. Dogfish Head has some very good stuff, along with some very different brews.

In NY we are pretty lucky to have a bunch of good breweries that aren't too far away. The Saranac line is very good, from F.X. Matt. Middle Ages in Syracuse is also amazing. Lake Placid Brewing Co has some good stuff, Cooperstown Brewing Co has good stuff, Brooklyn is great. The best in NY, in my opinion, is Southern Tier, located down by Jamestown. Last I checked, they were brewing over 30 different beers, and all of them fantastic!

Great thread...love me some good beers!

east tx skier
12-23-2010, 05:25 PM
Sierra Nevada's Celebration is fantastic this year, by the way. Not sure how much they vary it from year to year, but this year seems to be a stand out.

sand2snow22
12-23-2010, 06:19 PM
One of my favorites from Cali

http://www.russianriverbrewing.com/index.html

east tx skier
12-23-2010, 06:24 PM
One of my favorites from Cali

http://www.russianriverbrewing.com/index.html

...said the guy from the state with a zillion breweries! :)

RR is among the best anywhere!

sand2snow22
12-23-2010, 06:39 PM
Pliny the Elder from RR....Mmmmmm.......

Ninkasi on tap, butter.......

sand2snow22
12-23-2010, 06:41 PM
A good one where your best friend is allowed....

http://www.luckylab.com/

park190
12-23-2010, 07:42 PM
Anchor Brewing puts on an excellent tour... and trust me...you will not go home unhappy! They are extremely generous in the tasting room:) Their fermentation process is/was one of a kind http://www.anchorbrewing.com/

DemolitionMan
12-23-2010, 07:52 PM
Stillwater Tap Room Augusta, Ga. 2nd place Aiken Brewing Company Aiken, S.C

shepherd
12-23-2010, 08:30 PM
Stillwater Tap Room Augusta, Ga.

I want to go there! One day soon we're going to make a weekend sightseeing trip to Atlanta, and Stillwater will definitely be on the agenda.

ctjahn
12-23-2010, 09:56 PM
I lived downtown and worked on Water St in Milwaukee for a few years while in school...The crowds were insane in the summer (Esp at the bar I worked at) but I had no idea it was that popular outside of town.

That being said, my absolute hands down favorite is Bells Two Hearted Ale (Kzoo Mich) with The Cow (Spotted Cow; New Glarus, Wi) as a distant second.

If you like a bit of bite on your ale, I recommend Bells.

Keep em coming.
cj

JimN
12-23-2010, 10:15 PM
I have been to Water Street in Milwaukee. I'm also a big fan of Gordon Biersch.

Thanks for callin'! Just saying.

park190
12-23-2010, 10:23 PM
I lived downtown and worked on Water St in Milwaukee for a few years while in school...The crowds were insane in the summer (Esp at the bar I worked at) but I had no idea it was that popular outside of town.

That being said, my absolute hands down favorite is Bells Two Hearted Ale (Kzoo Mich) with The Cow (Spotted Cow; New Glarus, Wi) as a distant second.

If you like a bit of bite on your ale, I recommend Bells.

Keep em coming.
cj

I second the Bells and New Glarus!! Both an EXCELLENT choice!

JimN
12-23-2010, 10:34 PM
I lived downtown and worked on Water St in Milwaukee for a few years while in school...The crowds were insane in the summer (Esp at the bar I worked at) but I had no idea it was that popular outside of town.

That being said, my absolute hands down favorite is Bells Two Hearted Ale (Kzoo Mich) with The Cow (Spotted Cow; New Glarus, Wi) as a distant second.

If you like a bit of bite on your ale, I recommend Bells.

Keep em coming.
cj

Did you work at Mel's?

ctjahn
12-23-2010, 11:57 PM
Nah, but spent a lot of time there! But havent been back in quite awhile...

Heck, I dont know what bars are still around down there...

Cj

jeffbare
12-25-2010, 11:07 AM
7 Seas Brewing in Gig Harbor, WA. The Balz Deep Double IPA is a great IPA.

http://www.7seasbrewing.com/

tex
12-25-2010, 01:05 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2690/4313121216_aa84bf9278.jpg

That says it all!

richieboy
12-25-2010, 02:03 PM
I 've been on lots of brewery tours ,but the only time I ever got to see the actual brewing line was in 1987 at the Heineken brewery in Holland.

east tx skier
12-25-2010, 11:21 PM
Thanks for callin'! Just saying.

That was in 2003. I was a newb member here back then.

tex
12-26-2010, 12:34 AM
I 've been on lots of brewery tours ,but the only time I ever got to see the actual brewing line was in 1987 at the Heineken brewery in Holland.

Did the tour in Amsterdam...very foggy!

east tx skier
12-26-2010, 11:05 AM
Did the tour in Amsterdam...very foggy!

Didn't do that tour, but the Spoetzl tour does take you through the production facility.

east tx skier
12-26-2010, 11:09 AM
My brewery. :)

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_1gl9obJSimU/TL9-uHB5dpI/AAAAAAAADlc/hEbYMxpmx54/s720/Brewery%2020G.jpg

Tasting Room

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_1gl9obJSimU/TKS0ZRP9UFI/AAAAAAAADk0/3N5l3iSS1q8/s576/Portable.jpg

east tx skier
12-26-2010, 11:12 AM
Here is St. Arnold's old brewery. I went down there earlier this year when my buddy was thinking about buying their old equipment (they recently moved and upscaled).

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_1gl9obJSimU/SvD78lIYbGI/AAAAAAAACk8/7LNSOSUrYiM/s576/Tasting%20Room.JPG

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_1gl9obJSimU/SvDxuodJ63I/AAAAAAAACgk/0hY7K4neHRk/s576/30%20bbl%20Boil%20Kettle.JPG

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_1gl9obJSimU/SvDydOkr15I/AAAAAAAAChE/tjWK-0BAZCI/s576/60%20BBL%20Fermenter%20%28Brigid%29.JPG

Look, it's six previous years of Divine Reserve.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_1gl9obJSimU/SvD2Fi3-q3I/AAAAAAAACig/RxhDrzhHPjU/s912/Cold%20storage%20-%20newer%20%28interior%29%20-Devine%20Reserve%20Stash.JPG

tex
12-26-2010, 11:22 AM
My brewery. :)

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_1gl9obJSimU/TL9-uHB5dpI/AAAAAAAADlc/hEbYMxpmx54/s720/Brewery%2020G.jpg

Tasting Room

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_1gl9obJSimU/TKS0ZRP9UFI/AAAAAAAADk0/3N5l3iSS1q8/s576/Portable.jpg

That's a funny looking red brew kettle in the background!

CruisinGA
12-26-2010, 11:56 AM
Sweetwater Brewing Co, Atlanta GA
http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/01/55/e5/c5/picture-of-the-brewery.jpg

atlfootr
12-26-2010, 11:59 AM
Never heard of 'em, where bouts' in ATL are they located?

Mgboyd25
01-04-2011, 08:39 PM
If you are ever in Cleveland, Ohio around Christmas time gotta stop by The Great Lakes Brewery for their Christmas Ale