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2013-09-20 11:55:19 AM
The best craft beer in New Jersey is from my hometown?   Shenanigans!

/and Stoudt's is the best in PA
 
2013-09-20 11:59:33 AM
California should be Firestone Walker Brewery.

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2013-09-20 12:02:13 PM
Sorry, but NOLA Brewing can't be the best just because their owner drives this old, ratty brown pickup down Tchoupitoulas at about 15 MPH and I get stuck behind him at least a couple of times each week. My vote for Louisiana goes to Abita, or Bayou Teche Brewing, makers of the line of LA-31 beers. My favorite from them is the LA-31 Bierre Noir. Fantastic brew.

http://bayoutechebrewing.com/tag/la-31/

Since I live about 15 minutes from Abita now, though, I must give them tons of love as well. I know that vicejay will agree with me on AndyGator being just an incredible beer.

http://abita.com/

Note: if you ever make your way to NOLA, feel free to send an email to my ultrafark account and I will either take you or arrange to take you to a bar where you can get pretty much any craft beer you want from Louisiana. They have great food there, too. This is my service to you, fellow Farkers.

http://www.cooterbrowns.com/
 
2013-09-20 12:02:38 PM
Stone Soup is one of my favorite New Glarus beers. I also like their two women.
 
2013-09-20 12:02:52 PM
Look, I have nothing bad to say about Jack's Abbey. They make a tasty beverage. My problem is with them not even MENTIONING Pretty Things in the list of alternatives. They include HARPOON, but not The Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project?

What the fark?
 
2013-09-20 12:04:12 PM
That's a pretty solid list considering the subject matter.

I recently tried a few beers from the Maine Beer company. Awesome!

Breckenridge's current seasonal is a pretty awesome Autumn Ale - somewhere between a Marzen and a chocolate porter.
 
2013-09-20 12:04:20 PM
TFA: Wisconsin: New Glarus Brewing

Um, no.  New Glarius is what people who don't normally drink microbrews drink when they want to look like they drink microbrews.

Ale Asylum is way better than New Glarius, to name one.

/New Glarius is one step above Leinies on the "craft beer" list.
 
2013-09-20 12:05:11 PM

antidisestablishmentarianism: Stone Soup is one of my favorite New Glarus beers. I also like their two women.


I'd drive a 79 Firebird across several states while being chased by the law for some Spotted Cow.
 
2013-09-20 12:05:51 PM
Yes, I realize now that I misspelled New Glarus...I don't care.
 
2013-09-20 12:06:36 PM
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/Just getting it out of the way
//thank me later
 
2013-09-20 12:06:49 PM
Speaking for Maryland.

FTFA: Maryland: Stillwater Artisanal Ales ... working with bands to create beers based on their songs in the ongoing Sensory Series.

This does not sound like a recipe for good beer, unless they have one called "Lay Down Sally".

Also FTFA: "Flying Dog certainly makes a case for being the best"

THIS
 
2013-09-20 12:08:04 PM

PainInTheASP: TFA: Wisconsin: New Glarus Brewing

Um, no.  New Glarius is what people who don't normally drink microbrews drink when they want to look like they drink microbrews.

Ale Asylum is way better than New Glarius, to name one.

/New Glarius is one step above Leinies on the "craft beer" list.


New Glarus isn't owned by Miller.

I bet you like sour beers.
 
2013-09-20 12:08:43 PM
They sure farked up Pennsylvania.  Tröegs is all over the place, to the point where they don't know what they want to brew.

Victory is where it's at.
 
2013-09-20 12:13:18 PM
Jester King gets the TX nod over the state's wealth of crafters (Deep Ellum, Peticolas, Shiner, Austin Beerworks, Real Ale, Live Oak...)


Hey!  The only places that exist in Texas are Austin and Dallas! Yaaa!

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(Houston)
 
2013-09-20 12:13:31 PM
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Foothills Represent!
 
2013-09-20 12:16:38 PM

bigpete53: Sorry, but NOLA Brewing can't be the best just because their owner drives this old, ratty brown pickup down Tchoupitoulas at about 15 MPH and I get stuck behind him at least a couple of times each week. My vote for Louisiana goes to Abita, or Bayou Teche Brewing, makers of the line of LA-31 beers. My favorite from them is the LA-31 Bierre Noir. Fantastic brew.

http://bayoutechebrewing.com/tag/la-31/

Since I live about 15 minutes from Abita now, though, I must give them tons of love as well. I know that vicejay will agree with me on AndyGator being just an incredible beer.

http://abita.com/

Note: if you ever make your way to NOLA, feel free to send an email to my ultrafark account and I will either take you or arrange to take you to a bar where you can get pretty much any craft beer you want from Louisiana. They have great food there, too. This is my service to you, fellow Farkers.

http://www.cooterbrowns.com/


I've found Abita to be inconsistent lately, at least in the Amber. I thought I was crazy until a few other of my friends noticed it as well. I'm not happy about them hopping up the Fall Fest either, although I am excited to try their new stout that is coming out.

I'm okay with NOLA making this list. Although, Parish Brewery has really been impressing me lately. The Parish Envie is downright amazing, and I'm not even really a fan of pale ales.
 
2013-09-20 12:19:53 PM
The best brewery is in that guys gut, it was in the news recently, you probably haven't tried it though.
 
2013-09-20 12:21:56 PM
They really got Utah wrong.

Wasatch Brewery is making the best stuff in the State...hands down.

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2013-09-20 12:30:39 PM

Uranus Is Huge!: PainInTheASP: TFA: Wisconsin: New Glarus Brewing

Um, no.  New Glarius is what people who don't normally drink microbrews drink when they want to look like they drink microbrews.

Ale Asylum is way better than New Glarius, to name one.

/New Glarius is one step above Leinies on the "craft beer" list.

New Glarus isn't owned by Miller.

I bet you like sour beers.


Heh, guilty as charged.  But it's not entirely about that.  In Wisconsin, every other town on any given highway has its own brewery, and most of them are farking awesome--like the dairy products.  You could take a trip around the state and never taste the same beer twice.  Yet despite this, TFA goes and chooses a brewery who's products are in every convenience store in the Midwest.
 
2013-09-20 12:38:22 PM
New York: Brooklyn Brewery

Um, no. It's certainly not bad but I take this as conclusive evidence that the guy picked names from a phone book.

Vermont: The Alchemist

OMG now he's just completely trolling.

FAIL
 
2013-09-20 12:40:33 PM
I've got nothing against Devil's Backbone, but if you think that's the best "craft brewery" in Virginia, you're not looking very hard.
 
2013-09-20 12:40:56 PM

PainInTheASP: Heh, guilty as charged. But it's not entirely about that. In Wisconsin, every other town on any given highway has its own brewery, and most of them are farking awesome--like the dairy products. You could take a trip around the state and never taste the same beer twice. Yet despite this, TFA goes and chooses a brewery who's products are in every convenience store in the Midwest.


Only in Wisconsin, unfortunately.

They are the best in Wisconsin IMO, and one of my favorite anywhere in the world.
But they focus on session beers (which I love) instead of extremely hoppy, extra bitter, high ABV beers which a lot of beer dorks/snobs slobber over, while turning their noses up at anything else.
In micro brew circles, high ABU, high ABV, "hop-[blank]" beers are a dime a dozen. I love New Glarus for what they do. Just wish I didn't have to drive to Hudson to buy it.

The Belgian Red is extraordinary. Some of their one-offs have also been great, ABT being my favorite.
 
2013-09-20 12:43:26 PM
Mad Fox is great in Falls Church VA.  We also have the Dogfishhead restaurant if you're wanting their beers.
 
2013-09-20 12:44:18 PM
Looking at the selections I have to wonder whether this could be the first time in Fark history that everyone agrees on something.
 
2013-09-20 12:44:54 PM

PainInTheASP: Heh, guilty as charged.  But it's not entirely about that.  In Wisconsin, every other town on any given highway has its own brewery, and most of them are farking awesome--like the dairy products.  You could take a trip around the state and never taste the same beer twice.  Yet despite this, TFA goes and chooses a brewery who's products are in every convenience store in the Midwest.


"The Midwest" is comprised of more than Wisconsin, btw.
 
2013-09-20 12:46:21 PM

bigpete53: Since I live about 15 minutes from Abita now, though, I must give them tons of love as well. I know that vicejay will agree with me on AndyGator being just an incredible beer.

http://abita.com/


First tried Abita at some beer festival. They were pouring a couple of beers, one was "turbo dog". Rolled my eyes and thought "oh good, here's another craft brewer using a gimmicky name with the word 'dog' in it".

I really liked it - a really good brown ale. And now I can find it in my neighborhood liquor store, so they must be doing pretty good.
 
2013-09-20 12:49:28 PM
Don't have a problem with them picking Surly for MN. Nice of the author to mention the rapid pace in which MN is adding more brewers... which is actually thanks to Surly.

Personally really like Northgate, though their lack of a taproom is hurting them (I think they're going to have to add one).
 
2013-09-20 12:51:23 PM
Vermont:  The Alchemist
If you're going to put all of your eggs in one basket, you had better make mad good eggs. That's definitely how the saying goes.


No. No it isn't.
 
2013-09-20 12:56:52 PM
Just want to say that these "Best Beer" threads are kind of stupid. If you guys want to decide which beer is the "best" and then drink only that for the rest of your lives, go ahead.

Me? I'm going to be a drunken little butterfly, flitting in crooked lines from flower to flower, enjoying them all.
 
2013-09-20 12:58:02 PM

PainInTheASP: Uranus Is Huge!: PainInTheASP: TFA: Wisconsin: New Glarus Brewing

Um, no.  New Glarius is what people who don't normally drink microbrews drink when they want to look like they drink microbrews.

Ale Asylum is way better than New Glarius, to name one.

/New Glarius is one step above Leinies on the "craft beer" list.

New Glarus isn't owned by Miller.

I bet you like sour beers.

Heh, guilty as charged.  But it's not entirely about that.  In Wisconsin, every other town on any given highway has its own brewery, and most of them are farking awesome--like the dairy products.  You could take a trip around the state and never taste the same beer twice.  Yet despite this, TFA goes and chooses a brewery who's products are in every convenience store in the Midwest.


New Glarus is sold exclusively in Wisconsin. Look, I get your point. I live in Colorado, and I'm positive Great Divide isn't our best brewery, but it's still damn good. This article isn't for the most hardcore among beer snobs.
 
2013-09-20 01:00:47 PM
The one for Oklahoma is pretty much dead-on.

If you like big dark beers, you should look for Prairie Artisan Ales. They are very good.
 
2013-09-20 01:01:16 PM

Uranus Is Huge!: antidisestablishmentarianism: Stone Soup is one of my favorite New Glarus beers. I also like their two women.

I'd drive a 79 Firebird across several states while being chased by the law for some Spotted Cow.


Not really a fan of the cow myself.
 
2013-09-20 01:08:04 PM

antidisestablishmentarianism: Uranus Is Huge!: antidisestablishmentarianism: Stone Soup is one of my favorite New Glarus beers. I also like their two women.

I'd drive a 79 Firebird across several states while being chased by the law for some Spotted Cow.

Not really a fan of the cow myself.


I think part of the allure is that I can't get it very often.
 
2013-09-20 01:10:01 PM

MrBallou: Just want to say that these "Best Beer" threads are kind of stupid. If you guys want to decide which beer is the "best" and then drink only that for the rest of your lives, go ahead.

Me? I'm going to be a drunken little butterfly, flitting in crooked lines from flower to flower, enjoying them all.


I enjoy them because I can learn about from other beer snobs about things I may not have tried.
 
2013-09-20 01:17:50 PM

what_now: MrBallou: Just want to say that these "Best Beer" threads are kind of stupid. If you guys want to decide which beer is the "best" and then drink only that for the rest of your lives, go ahead.

Me? I'm going to be a drunken little butterfly, flitting in crooked lines from flower to flower, enjoying them all.

I enjoy them because I can learn about from other beer snobs about things I may not have tried.


I know. I'm just being grumpy. It's after 1pm and I haven't had a beer today.

How about we call them "good" or "great" instead of "best"?
 
2013-09-20 01:23:11 PM
BunkyBrewman:
/and Stoudt's is the best in PA

I'd have went with Erie brewing company, they have some marvelous stuff.  Though Troegs isn't bad, their double bock is interesting.
 
2013-09-20 01:24:27 PM

Uranus Is Huge!: antidisestablishmentarianism: Uranus Is Huge!: antidisestablishmentarianism: Stone Soup is one of my favorite New Glarus beers. I also like their two women.

I'd drive a 79 Firebird across several states while being chased by the law for some Spotted Cow.

Not really a fan of the cow myself.

I think part of the allure is that I can't get it very often.


I get that with Yuengling.
 
2013-09-20 01:24:39 PM
I never heard of most of those.  So obviously, they are completely wrong.  pfffft
 
2013-09-20 01:25:59 PM
Brooklyn Brewery for NYS? bullfarkingshiat. Firstly - Nearly all their stuff is brewed by FX Matts in Utica (which brews far better beers than any of the Brooklyn line under their Saranac brand). Secondly - one word: Ommegang.
 
2013-09-20 01:32:56 PM
bigpete53:

Since I live about 15 minutes from Abita now, though, I must give them tons of love as well. I know that vicejay will agree with me on AndyGator being just an incredible beer.

http://abita.com/



I tried this for the first time a few weeks ago at the local growler store. Good stuff. Unfortunately they don't keep it on tap all the time.
 
2013-09-20 01:37:49 PM
I love going to La Cumbre in Albuquerque knowing that the head brewer there (Daniel) used to be the head brewer for Marble.  If you like German style beers, LC rules the Southwest

//Hoppy & Weis FTW until the VMO3 comes out
 
2013-09-20 01:44:15 PM

oa330_man: I love going to La Cumbre in Albuquerque knowing that the head brewer there (Daniel) used to be the head brewer for Marble.  If you like German style beers, LC rules the Southwest

//Hoppy & Weis FTW until the VMO3 comes out


I've had La Cumbre's Elevated IPA in a 16oz can and it is pretty great.
 
2013-09-20 01:44:55 PM

tallguywithglasseson: PainInTheASP: Heh, guilty as charged. But it's not entirely about that. In Wisconsin, every other town on any given highway has its own brewery, and most of them are farking awesome--like the dairy products. You could take a trip around the state and never taste the same beer twice. Yet despite this, TFA goes and chooses a brewery who's products are in every convenience store in the Midwest.

Only in Wisconsin, unfortunately.

They are the best in Wisconsin IMO, and one of my favorite anywhere in the world.
But they focus on session beers (which I love) instead of extremely hoppy, extra bitter, high ABV beers which a lot of beer dorks/snobs slobber over, while turning their noses up at anything else.
In micro brew circles, high ABU, high ABV, "hop-[blank]" beers are a dime a dozen. I love New Glarus for what they do. Just wish I didn't have to drive to Hudson to buy it.

The Belgian Red is extraordinary. Some of their one-offs have also been great, ABT being my favorite.


going to jump in on this. Just because they are the largest midget of the Wisconsin microbreweries doesn't mean they make crap. Spotted Cow might be a pretty middle of the road beer but the rest of their beers are well made and tasty. You don't realize how good they truly are till you really leave the state. Living in DC I miss the Wisconsin selection. Lakefront, Ale Asylum, Furthermore, Sprecher and so many more. Hell I buy Sprecher's root beer whenever I see it just cause I miss the beer so much
 
2013-09-20 02:04:02 PM
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2013-09-20 02:04:20 PM
Beginning with Troegs is a very good start to the list- HopBack is a damn good IPA.  Victory is good as well, and since I'm hosting the college's happy hour this afternoon I have a mixed case of Lancaster Brewing Company stuff sitting next to me- the HopHog and Amish four grains are really good.  (Haven't tried the Milk Stout yet but give me about two hours...)

The college always provides Yuengling: it's not a bad lager (certainly better than Bud) but it gets boring after a while.

/Got another case of Otter Creek: I love their Copper Ale.
 
2013-09-20 02:12:17 PM
ftfa:
Oklahoma: Choc Beer Company

Ok, I woulda said Marshall, but I can see that.  Glad Prairie didn't get another shoutout for having pretty label art and being brewed with extra smug.
 
2013-09-20 02:14:25 PM

Blues_X: The one for Oklahoma is pretty much dead-on.

If you like big dark beers, you should look for Prairie Artisan Ales. They are very good.


Do we have to fight now?
 
2013-09-20 02:19:13 PM
Three, count them, three CSB's, all in one post:

Connecticut - New England Brewing Company.  This brewery, I shiat you not, started in my kitchen.  My roommate was an engineer who really didn't much care for being an engineer any more.  Not too long after college.  He took to home brewing and started entering competitions.  We had a 3rd floor apartment in a 3 family house, and it was warm on the 3rd floor.  When he'd brew it would stink to high hell in our kitchen, but he made some awesome beers.  He wound up doing well in the home brew competitions and won a national one.  While there he got approached and was offered backing to start a brewery.  He did it and quit being an engineer.  At one point he was involved in a brewery accident and almost lost an eye (and could have easily died - he was the only one there).  He eventually got bought out and he's now a brewmaster in the Hamptons last I heard of him.

Maine - Maine Beer Company  Got to go to this brewery this summer while on vacation in Maine.  The beer is just freaking awesome.  It's a bit on the expensive side - they only sell 17oz bottles and they're a minimum of $6/bottle, but worth it.  I'm going to a beer dinner (in CT) in conjunction with them this Monday.  I can't farking wait.

Vermont - The AlchemistI stumbled onto Heady Topper during the past year.  Best beer I've ever had.  Worth it if you can get your hands on it.  My parents went to a wedding in upper Vermont and I sent them on a quest for it.  My father said they looked at over 15 places before they found it, and it was a guy in a convenience store hoarding it in the back.  Another expensive one, but a step above even the Maine Beer Co stuff above.  I wish to hell I could get it around here.
 
2013-09-20 02:25:19 PM
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2013-09-20 02:32:20 PM
The author is, unsurprisingly, one of those beer drinkers who thinks craft brewing is defined by cramming hops into your face until they start sprouting out of your dickhole, so I pretty much stopped reading after the first few listings.
 
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