What are your Top Five favorite breweries that you have actually visited?

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  1. Tony In Philly

    Tony In Philly Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Filthydelphia, USA
    By this I mean where you have actually been onsite -- i.e. brewery tour, tasting room, official brewpub. Even local micro-breweries next door to you - a lot of them are great so why not? Just specify the location as I am a geography nut.

    Here are mine:

    1) Sierra Nevada - Chico, California and Mills Creek, North Carolina

    I've been to both. I was just at the Mills Creek location last month and it literally blew me away. Great beers, great brewpub, and great outdoor concert vibe.

    2) Cantillon - Brussels, Belgium

    This is one of the world's best Lambic style breweries. In the tasting room you can sample all of their amazing Lambic blends. This is how sour is supposed to taste.

    3) Cigar City - Tampa, Florida

    This brewery is a must for anybody living there or passing through. All of the beers are worth sampling in the tasting room.

    4) Stone - Escondido, California and Richmond, Virginia (also Berlin, Germany but I have not been to that one)

    The Escondido location has one of the most beautiful outdoor beer gardens; the one in Richmond is still a production brewery but they do have a decent tasting room. The beers are all hopped up but they do it right.

    5) Mt. Pisgah Brewing - Black Mountain, North Carolina

    Fantastic music venue and brewery. Very informal and the brews are wonderfully complex. I'd go back again in an instant.

    Honorable mention:

    Brauhaus Georgbraeu - Berlin, Germany

    I had the best unfiltered German lager ever there! The beer garden is also not to be missed!

    Brooklyn Brewing - Brooklyn, New York

    Go there on a Saturday afternoon and see all of hipsters taking their babies to the brewery. Why didn't they have something like this when I was in my early 30's?

    Yuengling Brewery - Pottsville, Pennsylvania

    Yes, the beer is overloaded with corn and it definitely has that taste. The tour in the old, historical brewery is what makes it worthwhile.
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  2. IPA

    IPA Supporting Member

    May 5, 2010
    1. Real Ale in Blanco TX. I went years ago when they were just a few tanks, a bottling line, and a tap room literally the size of a closet that they couldn't technically sell from due to antiquated beer laws. Over the years I've enjoyed watching them grow. Their operation is massive now and still growing and they have a nice tap room going.

    2. Adelbert's in Austin- This place has a great vibe, good story, and a fun tour with free pours along the way. I like that they do something other than the routine lager-ipa-amber-seasonal rotation that everyone seems to do.

    3. Southerleigh here in San Antonio - Built inside the old Pearl brewery, good beer selection, good people watching, cool architecture, and it's down the street from my house.

    4. Flying Bike in Seattle- right near where my family lives, this place has a lot going on and it feels like an anchor for the neighborhood. All sorts of folks, good food next door.

    5. Triple 7/Main Street Station in LV - Yeah the beer here isn't the best, but I've had some of the best debaucherous times here. It's inside a casino, what more could you want? You want to look at a piece of the Berlin Wall while you take a leak? They have that too!
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  3. fretter


    May 24, 2012
    1) Black Forest Brew Haus - Farmingville, NY

    Great schnitzel, good brews.

    2) Heartland Brewery - Union Square, NYC

    This location is closed I think. Refreshing.

    3) Mendocino Brewing Company - Hopland, CA

    Visited the original brewpub many years ago. Since then, they have expanded nationally and might be going bankrupt. I recently tried one of their classics but it was nowhere near as good as I remembered.

    4) Yuengling Brewery - Pottsville, PA

    what Tony in Philly said

    5) Dead Cat Alley - Woodland, CA

    Visited there many years ago. This brewpub is no longer in business although there is a new one down the street (alley).

    Honorable mention:

    Bethlehem Brew Works - Bethlehem, PA

    Probably the best of all.
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  4. Never been to a Stone Brewery location but long time fan of their brews, particularly their IPAs but must tell everyone how disappointed I am with their single hop variant in their most recent sampler . The Herkules IPA. Easily the worst beer I’ve ever drank in my life and that’s saying some. Long time IPA drinker and I realize some folks can’t stand them but this is a horrible, undrinkable failure from one of my fav brewers. End of rant , just wanted to warn.
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  5. IPA

    IPA Supporting Member

    May 5, 2010
    I didn't mind it, it was definitely different. I'm actually drinking the Exalted right now which is another special hop run with Loral and Citra

    I got to the Stone in the old Navy area when I was in SD... can't remember its official name. Was a lot of fun and the food was pretty decent.
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  6. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
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  7. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Never cared for Yuengling, but I dig the old historical part of it. Very similar to the Guinness Brewery with the history. We were in Ireland in 1998 and part of the tour of Guinness had us watching an old documentary on how the coopers made the wooden barrels..... once the barrel was constructed, the cooper set the barrel on it's side and with a hand drill proceeded to drill the hole in it..... and the narrator of the film (in a heavy British accent) was saying "they now drill the bunghole....."

    Naturally, as an American I found the term "bunghole" to be incredibly amusing and proceeded to laugh my @$$ off. What made it more funny was when my Mom (who was in her 60's at the time) turned to me and said "settle down, Beavis...."

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  8. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    There are 23 craft breweries here in Fort Collins, and most of them are pretty good. The ones I visit most often are....

    New Belgium
    Black Bottle
    CB & Potts

    We also have a good cidery and a couple of places that keep 100+ brews on tap.

    Beer r'Us here in the Napa Valley of Beer.
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  9. D M C

    D M C Oh good god, this again? Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2015
    North America, Earth
    When I was in middle school, I think (1970 or 71) I had a class field trip to the Anheuser Busch brewery in town. The brewery was only a couple of miles from my house. Of course at 13 or 14 I was not a beer drinker at the time so I didn't get to go to the tasting room. The two things I remember from that tour was 1) The canning line - a seemingly endless maze of aluminum cans pushed at high speeds along tubular raceways, on a rollercoaster ride from canning to packaging; and 2) The fact that the employees were allowed to drink beer on their breaks.

    #1 was absolutely fascinating and #2 seemed, then and now, to be insane.
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  10. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    We have an A-B brewery in Fort Collins, too. One of 11 in the US. Gotta say they give fantastic tours, and you'll never have a better (fill in the name of A-B product) than you will in their tasting room. Those taps are set up as well as it's possible to install them.
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  11. danesdad


    Feb 24, 2018
    Western PA
    The Straub brewery in St. Marys Pennsylvania is pretty cool. They have an ever flowing tap. It's like a sink with the water turned on, except beer comes out and you can stop in and have one for free.
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  12. Cigar City - Tampa
    Maduro Brown Ale

    3 Daughters Brewery - St Petersburg, FL
    Redbender Red

    Silverking Brewery - Tarpon Springs, FL
    Bonefish Amber

    Long Island Brewery - Riverhead NY
    Celtic Ale

    Blue Point Brewery - Patchogue NY
    Toasted Lager Pre Anheiser Busch buy out.
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  13. Burial - Asheville, NC
    Aviator - Fuquay-Varina, NC
    Olde Hickory - Hickory, NC
    Foothills - Winston-Salem, NC
    Natty Greene's - Greensboro, NC

    Honorable mention: Crooked Can - Winter Garden, FL (I drive by it almost every day on my daily bike ride)

    Yeah, all in NC, but hey, we have some AMAZING breweries here (yes, I know, I'm not presently in NC, but I will be very soon)! :cool:
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  14. Tony In Philly

    Tony In Philly Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Filthydelphia, USA

    Ha! I've been to Burial! I like their wild yeast beers a lot. It was on my son-in-law's "must visit" list when my family was in Asheville last month. We also went to Catawba and Green Man in the same two block area. All three were quite excellent. I wish I had more time to explore all of them.
  15. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    Grant's, Yakima WA. (RIP)
    Walking Man Brewing, Stevenson WA.
    Double Mountain Brewing, Hood River OR.
    Deschutes, Bend OR.
    Widmer, Portland OR.
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  16. IPA

    IPA Supporting Member

    May 5, 2010
    NC is already on my to-vacation list, gonna move it up a spot or two...
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  17. Tony In Philly

    Tony In Philly Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Filthydelphia, USA
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  18. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    I can only say the Smidths brewery in Northern Liberties many many moons ago. Back then there was Smidths and Ballentine's on my menu, Smidths being a "dry" beer and Ballentine being a "wet" beer. I'm more an apple pie man now:cool:
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  19. Only the Coors brewery in Golden, Colorado. It's really well done.
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  20. Modern Times SD, CA... Every beer I've had here is great and the place has a cool vibe w/ all of the old comic books covering the walls.

    Lagunitas, Chicago, IL... I've been to both Chicago and Petaluma, but Chicago is cooler. I just love the trippy hallway to get to the tap room. Plus Lagunitas puts out some of my favorite beers in the world.

    4 Noses, Broomfield, CO... It's my current favorite Colorado brewery and I go here quite often. It's always super f'ing busy though, so that takes it down a notch.

    Rogue, Newport OR... My wife and I spent a couple nights in Newport on our honeymoon and fell in love with the place. I like that Rogue also has a distillery by the brewery for some super good times. They're pretty experimental with their beers and mostly do a good job. I've had some stinkers from them, but they're mostly on it.

    Stone, Escondido CA... Probably the coolest brewery I've ever been to. Stone beers are usually great too, but I didn't love the food at the brewery. Still, it's a really neat place to go. The beer garden is the best I've seen.
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