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    One of my enjoyments in life is brewing (my other hobby) and drinking craft beers. Whenever I take a roadtrip, I always try to schedule in either a tour of a brewery or a meal at their brewpub. This was in Forbes recently. #2 my personal favorite.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestr...worth-a-visit/

    Ten Top American Breweries Worth A Visit

    Though most restaurants might not have cicerones (read: sommeliers for beer) working the dining room floor quite yet, American craft breweries are creating an exciting collection of artisanal, local and limited edition brews that could elevate humble beer from a drink to swill to something to savor. Get out of the bar and behind the scenes with Forbes Travel Guide’s list of 10 top American microbreweries worth a visit—and a taste.

    1. Samuel Adams, Boston

    The granddaddy of craft breweries, Samuel Adams was founded in 1984 and has grown to national prominence while staying true to its independent roots. Take an hour-long tour of the brewery, which are hard to miss—they take place every 45 minutes from Monday to Saturday. The popular tour covers not only the brewing process, but also the storied history of patriot and beer aficionado Sam Adams. After the thirst for knowledge is quenched, guests can sample some of the company’s 30 styles of beer.

    2. Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, Milton, Del.

    This small brewery is revered by beer enthusiasts—its limited release batches (such as the autumnal Punkin Ale) sell out quickly. Dogfish Head forgoes the usual hops/water/barley mix for ingredients like chicory, maple syrup and licorice root. And by working with a molecular archeologist, the team recreates ancient recipes, like the one used for their Midas Touch (the ingredients were found inside drinking vessels in King Midas’s tomb), which is made with honey, grapes and saffron. Reservations are recommended for tours of the Milton microbrewery, where you’ll learn about the ins-and-outs of fermentation and enjoy tastings.

    3. Brooklyn Brewery, New York City

    The brewery—a former matzo ball factory—creates its beers, such as Pennant Ale and Black Chocolate Stout, in the hip Williamsburg neighborhood. Small reservation-only tours are hosted on weeknights (including a guided tasting of four beers), but you can also kick back at the popular Tasting Room hangout on weekends. Enjoy the brews, order pizza and join free no-reservations tours on Saturdays.

    4. Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, Calif.

    With a signature brew named Arrogant Bastard Ale, it’s clear Stone Brewing Co. doesn’t take itself too seriously. The brand does take its brews seriously—they’ve gone from producing 400 barrels of beer in 1996 to more than 148,000 last year. Free daily tours of the ever-expanding brewery are conducted by a staff of “Indoctrination Specialists,” and include explanations of the brewing process and craft beer culture, a guided tasting and good-natured wise cracks. Visit the bistro afterward for fare made with local organic produce or take a stroll in the gardens.

    5. Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Ore.

    Oregon is a mecca for craft brew enthusiasts, so it’s no surprise to find Deschutes Brewery nestled in the picturesque mountain town of Bend. The brewery makes bold, experimental batches like The Abyss dark stout, as well as some of the industry’s most beloved brews, like the Black Butte Porter. Open-to-all-ages tours are offered daily, where all the details of brewing are revealed. Afterward, guests can pick up bottles at the gift shop or try the brews on tap at the nearby pub.

    6. Rogue Ales Brewery, Newport, Ore.

    On the craft brew scene since 1988, Rogue is constantly expanding its roster of ales (which all have helpful food pairing ideas on the labels). The company has over a dozen unique “meeting halls” in Oregon, California and Washington, but to see where it all happens, visit the Brewer’s On the Bay pub inside the Rogue Ales Brewery on weekday afternoons. Just tell the bartender you are there for a tour and enjoy a pint from one of the 40 taps while you wait for it to start.

    7. New Belgium Brewing Company, Fort Collins, Colo.

    Starting off as a basement-brewing project for a husband and wife team, this brewery now hosts events such as bike-in movies and a traveling short film series. At the Fort Collins “Liquid Center” headquarters, 90-minute tours school visitors on beer—including the popular Fat Tire and seasonal releases such as Old Cherry Ale—as well as the company’s environmental efforts (they were the first wind-powered brewery in the United States).

    8. Road Dog’s Brewery Tour, Seattle

    Instead of picking just one brewery to visit in the Emerald City—Seattle has over 150 craft and microbreweries in and around the city—sign up for one of Road Dog’s Brewery Tours. Popular with tourists and locals alike, the daily tours stop at three breweries—including notables such as Elysian Brewery, Pyramid Brewery and Elliot Bay Brewery—where you’ll sample brews, see behind the scenes and pick up souvenirs.

    9. Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, Maine

    Inspired by the then under-appreciated Belgium style of beer, Allagash Brewing Company began as a one-man, 15-barrel operation and now has a steady rotation of yearly brews, as well as specialty and limited lines. The brewery’s popular tours are open to all ages with samples for those over 21—bring ID, they card everyone—and will give you a chance to ask about Allagash’s unreleased experimental Coolship collection, which uses a traditional process culled from pre-refrigeration era brewing.

    10. Live Oak Brewing Company, Austin, Texas

    For anyone interested in the Old World method (and results) of Central European brewing, Live Oak Brewing Company is a must-visit. Located in East Austin, the brewery pumps out its Big Bark Amber Lager and Liberation Ale and hosts twice-monthly tours. Take note: the tours require pre-booking and the brewery is not temperature-controlled, so dress accordingly for Texas weather.
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: Support Craft Brewers

    Barry is correct. If you're going to EAS this year, check out Otter Creek, Magic Hat, Long Trail, and Harpoon beers in Vermont. When EAS is in PA in 2013, don't miss Victory Beer. If you like hops, try Hop Devil, or my favorite, Hop Wallop. Iron Hill makes nice beer as well. Great local beers are as good as wonderful local honey. The local brewers need our support, and many of them support local honey.

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    I have not tried 3, 4 or 10, have not had a bad beer from any of the others! My all time favorite microbrew company though is Ska Brewing in Durango, CO. I had the pleasure of touring their facility and talking with their brew master while trying their stellar beers. Unfortunately they do not ship outside of CO because they don't want to pay the extra taxes (who can blame them).

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    My wife and I visit our local brewery on a regular basis. It's the only time I can have a "Six Foot Blonde" and not have her get mad at me! Goes great with their Pulled-pork BBQ nachos.
    http://www.bigwoodsbeer.com/menu/

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    If you are going to tour breweries, go big. The absolute best place to visit for breweries is Ft. Collins, Colorado. Here is short list of what you can find:

    Odell (micro)
    New Belgium (micro / milli)
    Fort Collins (micro)
    Coopersmith (micro)
    Big Horn (brew pub)
    Funkwerks (brewpub)
    Equinox (brewpub)
    Pateros Creek (brewpub)

    This first 3 are within walking distance of each other. The list of microbreweries in nearby Longmont, Loveland, and Boulder are too numerous to mention.

    Other than that if I was to pick a single brewery, it would be Ommagand Brewery in Cooperstown, NY. Ommagand needs to be added to the Forbes list. Their Three Philosophers Ale is the single best beer on the planet. Hennepin is close second. They beat out anything my beloved New Belgium puts out and half the stuff coming out of Belgium. Dare I say better than Chimay (at half the price).
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    All good beers. I put St. Bernardus abt 12 at the top of my Belgian list.
    Regards, Barry

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    I have been a fan of all beers Belgium ever since Wyeast came out with strains 1214 and 3787, and that has been a while.

    St. Bernardus is good beer too!
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    OK folks, no discussion of beers before about 6 pm. This is really breaking my concentration.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

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    Your all killing me, I have a nephew going thru rehab so we all (the whole family) quit drinking 4 months ago in support.

    I like bitter/sharp ales best. I'm getting by drinking St. Pauli Girl NA right now. First time this year I take more than 10 stings though all bets are off and cutout season starts in 6 weeks!

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    Sorry Jim. If you like a Belgian Wit, I found a great recipe for one and everyone who had it raves about it. On par with Goose Island's Matilda.
    Regards, Barry

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    I only have one thing to say.......Franzensteiner Weissbeir with the second half poured right down the middle into a proper stein. No its not a domestic craft beer but those Germans really know their stuff.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

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    Hoegaarden Wit.

    I dont know what they do to transport and store Hoegaarden, but even by the time it travels 5000 miles to my local store, it tastes so fresh you would think it was brewed less than a week ago. It's a little expensive, but the quality control is worth it.

    Talk about a dense rocky head. If you filled a swimming pool with that stuff, you could walk on it.
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    You'll never make one as good as you can make yourself with a little practice. Honestly. (With the possible exception of some of the really bizarre-process beers like sours, double-decocted lagers, and the like, which you can do too if you're a nut like me )
    Bees, brews and fun
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nabber86 View Post
    I have been a fan of all beers Belgium ever since Wyeast came out with strains 1214 and 3787, and that has been a while.
    I agree.
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    http://www.themadtraveleronline.com/...st-beer-guide/

    If any of you are looking for WI breweries...

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    What's wrong with Bud light,,,,as I adorn my left over bullet proof vest?
    I'm Gluten intolerant,,,,,,,, Hook me up !

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    I don't think any beer coming out of Milwaukee is craft beer!
    http://www.travelwisconsin.com/artic...?articleid=341

    New Glarus has a state-of-the-art brewery. Fun to tour, but sad that they only have a couple good beers IMO (Moon Man).
    Regards, Barry

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    Craft Beer & Ale: A Parody of Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs & Ham

    http://brookstonbeerbulletin.com/cra...reen-eggs-ham/
    Regards, Barry

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    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

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    Hey Sunoco! Bring that program to the Florida Panhandle and I'll never buy gas anywhere else again!

    Brian

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