Props on all the love for Stone Brewing in this thread. They are brewing what I consider the most consistently good beers that I've ever had. I live out in Massachusetts and love that we get their stuff out here. Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard when its available are just great. Once in a while I'll spend big and grab a six of the Arrogant Bastard that they age on oak chips...just adds a great level of awesome to an already great ale. Their Anniversary brews are terrific. Also, not sure if anyone's been keeping up with the Vertical Epic series they've been putting out, but I have been buying a few every year since the 9.9.9 release and they've all been fantastic. 12.12.12 should be great.
Sierra Nevada does some great stuff. I keep a 12-pack of Torpedo Extra IPA in the fridge at all times and their Pale Ale is the one I'll typically keep to share with others.
Dogfish Head gets a lot of shit these days for selling out and doing that TV show and all that, but 90 Minute IPA and Burton Baton are two of my favorites on the higher end of the ABV spectrum. Their 120 Minute IPA still ranks as one of the best I've ever had. The Ancient Ales brews have been pretty good so far, as well. I like that they're not afraid to go completely off the rails with what they'll make a beer out of, even if its not always successful. American craft brewing needs more of that attitude.
any pliny the elder fans? i swear, this beer is made out of the same cloth. mega hoppy bomb.
more lagunitas. don't think i've had a bad or even average brew from them. quickly becoming one of my fav breweries.
that's only some. my collection is up to about 20 beers now, mostly pint+ sized bombers. only rule is it's not a giant craft brand. i mean, i love firestone but you can buy it everywhere so i'm not saving that.
need to build a shelf. some might think it looks tacky but hey, i spent $15-18 on some of those beers. i'm not just gonna toss it. the labels are slick looking anyway.