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Jack-of-All-Trades Brewers

J T Oct 27, 2006 04:01 PM

Which brewers/brewhouses do a great job across their "menu"? The ones that brew a variety of styles and have a good beer at most every style they put out? Include at least one for East Coast and one for West Coast if you can.


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    Chicago Mike Nov 9, 2006 09:26 AM

    For top-of-the line microbrews widely available in the Chicago area, the following are my favorite "diverse" lines:

    Great Divide
    Three Floyds

    Those are 3 brewers that rock and then some. Rogue is pretty darn good too. North Coast is good. A little microbrewery in Kansas City has a limited but excellent line: Broadway Brewing.

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      Kevin B Oct 27, 2006 06:56 PM

      West Coast I'd add North Coast in Ft. Bragg, Old Rasputin, Old #8 Stout, Scrimshaw Pilsner, Blue Star American Wheat, Pranqster, Old Stock and Red Seal are all solid. Their ACME line of Pale/IPA/Brown is also good.

      Russian River, I've never had a Vinnie Chilurzo beer that wasn't well above average.

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        kenito799 Oct 27, 2006 06:25 PM


        1. jpschust Oct 27, 2006 04:58 PM

          Goose Island
          Port of San Diego
          Upland of Indiana

          Those come to mind.

          1. Josh Oct 27, 2006 04:07 PM

            For east coast, I'd say Brooklyn Brewery. I've had their witbier, weissbier, stout, porter, lager, and abbey ale, and all were great.

            For west coast, my list is longer (only because I live here and know more of the brewers):

            Ballast Point - Pale ale, IPA, porter, witbier, ESB, barleywine
            Stone - Porter, stout, IPA, pale ale, amber, barleywine
            Alpine - wheat, IPA, stout, pale ale, lager, red, barleywine
            AleSmith - pale ale, IPA, stout, scottish ale, nut brown ale, belgian, barleywine

            Colorado isn't west or east coast, but it would be remiss to leave out Avery Brewing. Adam Avery makes awesome witbier, IPA, porter, stout, and abbey-style belgians.

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