Ok, I could drink Old Burnside, Hooker, Cottrell, and the other locals all day long: theres nothing like good, fresh, local beer. But is there any out-of-state beer that you can just grab, knowing that it will be awesome?
For me, I'd have to go with Stone and Victory Breweries as my "go-to" beers when I'm in doubt. Stone's ales are just divine. Packed with flavor, complexity, and finishing smooth, I've never tried a variety of Stone that I didn't like. I know that some people could take or leave Victory, but I personally love their big, loud beer style that produces one of my favorite beers ever: Victory Storm King Imperial Stout.
What about you guys? What are your "go-to" breweries?
Victory puts out great brews, and Dogfish Head is some of the best beer I've had, but I gotta go to the Star City for my absolute favorite.
There's a great brewery that's been a local staple in Roanoke, Virgina. The Roanoke Railhouse just started bottling their Track 1 and Loose Caboose brews this past December, so it's fairly difficult to find outside of Southwestern Virginia. If you ever find yourself heading south on I-81 for whatever reason, get off on VA exit 140 and find a shop called "The Cork and Keg." They're usually pretty good about having these puppies in stock.