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Re: Your Mount Rushmore of Wisconsin Breweries

Postby O.J. » Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:38 am

kweetech wrote:huh..when I opened this, I wasn't expecting folks to just be naming off their favorite micros. I was thinking of historical significance, like ->

Blatz
Schlitz
Old Style
Pabst


You guys are handing out rock carved heads the way they hand out nobel peace prizes....

I mean c'mon..at least pick the good micros.


I'd substitute Old Milwaukee for Old Style on my Mount Swillmore, but that's probably because I drank it like it was water from high school through early college.

What do you consider to be the good micros?
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Re: Your Mount Rushmore of Wisconsin Breweries

Postby Ducatista » Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:57 am

gargantua wrote:Hey Duca, Madtown Nutbrown is an Ale Asylum beer. I think the closest thing NG has to it would be Fat Squirrel.

Ach, yes, must've been drunk when I typed that. Love the Squirrel, indifferent to the Nut.

A little off topic, but "must've been drunk" made me think of it, since it would've been on Celebration Ale: what out-of-state brewery, large or small, would you try to sneak onto the hill?

For me: Sierra Nevada.
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Re: Your Mount Rushmore of Wisconsin Breweries

Postby O.J. » Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:13 am

Bell's, Founders, Lagunitas, Three Floyds, Stone, Avery, Smuttynose...too many to chose from. The Wisconsin list was hard enough.
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Re: Your Mount Rushmore of Wisconsin Breweries

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:16 am

Ducatista wrote:A little off topic, but "must've been drunk" made me think of it, since it would've been on Celebration Ale: what out-of-state brewery, large or small, would you try to sneak onto the hill?

For me: Sierra Nevada.

Got Celebration in the fridge right now. It's my favorite winter seasonal.

I would add Three Floyds for an out-of-state brewery, especially their Alpha King.
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Re: Your Mount Rushmore of Wisconsin Breweries

Postby donges » Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:36 pm

rrnate wrote:Extra Credit - anyone enjoy "Simple Times", brewed in, uh, Monroe, and sold exclusively at Trader Joe's? Learned about it in California of all places and then came back and got more familiar - it's like 6% ABV and a six-pack in cans comes to about 4-dollars. It's essentially a really sweet pilsner and is something to be experienced.

Oh yeah - Love Simple Times Lager. Especially for the price point. $3.49 a sixer.
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Re: Your Mount Rushmore of Wisconsin Breweries

Postby kimm » Wed Dec 28, 2011 3:22 pm

I'm taking into account both the beers and the brewery experience.

Tyranena
Central Waters
Great Dane
New Glarus (I gave them extra credit for putting WI super-micros on the map)

Runners up, but missed the cut:
Ale Asylum (too many Belgians for me)
Lakefront (too stagnant for me)
Lake Louie (need a brewery experience to put you in the running for my Mt. Rushmore)
Potosi (always a safe bet, and awesome atmosphere, but safe doesn't win with me)

Leinenkugels...you used to be good enough, by now you are just to mild for me. I still give you old school props, though.
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Re: Your Mount Rushmore of Wisconsin Breweries

Postby scratch » Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:40 pm

Ducatista wrote:A little off topic, but "must've been drunk" made me think of it, since it would've been on Celebration Ale: what out-of-state brewery, large or small, would you try to sneak onto the hill?
For me: Sierra Nevada.


Rogue and North Coast.

North Coast's Old Rasputin is so rich it's almost a dessert beer.
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Re: Your Mount Rushmore of Wisconsin Breweries

Postby wallrock » Thu Dec 29, 2011 3:41 pm

My top four out-of-state breweries would be Great Lakes (OH), Lagunitas (CA), New Albanian (IN) and Founders (MI).
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Re: Your Mount Rushmore of Wisconsin Breweries

Postby fennel » Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:01 pm

I was thrilled (thrilled, I tell you) to see the New Glarus Hearty Hop back on the shelves earlier today. I think that's the IPA standard to which all others can only aspire. It's hoppy, but the hops are in context. It's extremely good; it isn't eXtreme®.
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Re: Your Mount Rushmore of Wisconsin Breweries

Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:06 pm

fennel wrote:I was thrilled (thrilled, I tell you) to see the New Glarus Hearty Hop back on the shelves earlier today. I think that's the IPA standard to which all others can only aspire. It's hoppy, but the hops are in context. It's extremely good; it isn't eXtreme®.

Great news! When it first came out it was a seasonal release. Then I (and a few friends) wrote them letters asking to continue production. They soon did.

When they stopped making the Hearty Hop, I emailed them and asked to bring it back. I assume I wasn't the only one, but it took some time. One of my favorite IPAs.
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Re: Your Mount Rushmore of Wisconsin Breweries

Postby gargantua » Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:44 pm

Out of state's tougher, since there are more candidates. For breweries (I'm excluding brewpubs that do not bottle or can, that's a whole 'nother list).

Three Floyd's
Founders
Sierra Nevada
North Coast

Old Rasputin alone put North Coast up there for me. I haven't had any of their other offerings for years. The others have multiple beers that are excellent.

Honorable mention shout out to the brewer of Arrogant Bastard, whose name escapes me at the moment....is it Stone?
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Re: Your Mount Rushmore of Wisconsin Breweries

Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:53 pm

Great list gargantua. Too bad Stone is no longer distributed in our environs. Loved their IPA.
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Re: Your Mount Rushmore of Wisconsin Breweries

Postby O.J. » Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:21 am

scratch wrote:North Coast's Old Rasputin is so rich it's almost a dessert beer.


They have it on tap at Craft Table & Tap. Yum. Excellent beer selection, good burgers, good poutine.

http://www.crafttableandtap.com/
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Re: Your Mount Rushmore of Wisconsin Breweries

Postby wallrock » Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:34 am

O.J. wrote:
scratch wrote:North Coast's Old Rasputin is so rich it's almost a dessert beer.


They have it on tap at Craft Table & Tap. Yum. Excellent beer selection, good burgers, good poutine.

http://www.crafttableandtap.com/

I had one there on Saturday night after the hockey game. It was so very delicious.
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Re: Your Mount Rushmore of Wisconsin Breweries

Postby O.J. » Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:47 am

Yeah, that beer is fantastic on tap, with a solid two fingers of head.
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