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Title: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: babalu87 on January 28, 2010, 04:54:16 PM
Spawned from the Trumer Pils talk in the poly-phenols thread.

I have to ask , is there any beer WE (East Coasters) can get regularly that you West Coasters cant?
Seems every time I hear of a beer , I go looking and am greeted with FAIL

Lucky for me I am on the cusp of trying Bells beers.
My boss is headed to a trade show in Pennsylvania and I gave her a list  ;D

Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: denny on January 28, 2010, 04:55:23 PM
Bell's is one that I hear about but have never seen here.
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: babalu87 on January 28, 2010, 04:59:20 PM
Bell's is one that I hear about but have never seen here.

HA
Finally have something over you  ;)
I'll think of you when I am drinking it next week  :P

Arizona and North Dakota is as far West as its distributed.

I wonder if some of these smaller breweries could work in conjunction with each other to help spread the goodness around?
Protection of their base market is part of the deal too I would imagine.



Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: babalu87 on January 28, 2010, 05:01:24 PM
Jeez, you guys can even get Allagash out West  ???

Looks like we have Long Trail Brewing all to ourselves though.
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: blatz on January 28, 2010, 05:11:25 PM
they can't get great lakes, but then again, neither can i  :'(
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: mikeypedersen on January 28, 2010, 05:12:12 PM
Here in CO there are several beers I would love to get, but can't.  Some of them include Bells, Southern Tier, and Cigar City.  Oh well, all good things in all good time.

At least I can sample most of them at the Great American Beer Festival.  :)
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: Hokerer on January 28, 2010, 05:13:05 PM
I wonder if some of these smaller breweries could work in conjunction with each other to help spread the goodness around?
Protection of their base market is part of the deal too I would imagine.

There's also something to be said (from both a "freshness" and a "green" point of view) to buying/drinking local.
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: a10t2 on January 28, 2010, 05:15:51 PM
I wonder if some of these smaller breweries could work in conjunction with each other to help spread the goodness around?
Protection of their base market is part of the deal too I would imagine.

Plus a lot of states throw up pretty big obstacles to importing alcohol, both in terms of taxes and by requiring a different distributor in each state.
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: babalu87 on January 28, 2010, 05:18:51 PM
I wonder if some of these smaller breweries could work in conjunction with each other to help spread the goodness around?
Protection of their base market is part of the deal too I would imagine.

There's also something to be said (from both a "freshness" and a "green" point of view) to buying/drinking local.

Oh a +1 to that but reading comments/threads about OMG goodness makes me jealous

Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: bluesman on January 28, 2010, 05:35:25 PM
Has anyone tried  Clipper City Loose Cannon out of Baltimore, MD. This is an EC IPA that is highly hopped, over 3lb/barrel.
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: babalu87 on January 28, 2010, 05:47:29 PM
Has anyone tried  Clipper City Loose Cannon out of Baltimore, MD. This is an EC IPA that is highly hopped, over 3lb/barrel.

Yes

Very nice beer

They have good beers overall, least what I have had.
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: makemehoppy on January 28, 2010, 08:31:11 PM
We get the Clipper City up here in NY sparingly. However, my neighbor had a daughter living down there so were were treated to a case from time to time.  I forget the name but the 10% wheat beer was also very good. Loose Cannon is a favorite though.
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: geo1267 on January 29, 2010, 03:01:00 AM

Lucky for me I am on the cusp of trying Bells beers.
My boss is headed to a trade show in Pennsylvania and I gave her a list  ;D



Out of curiosity, which PA beers are on your list. I am fortunate to live about 8 miles from the Victory Brewery.  Troegs Nugget Nectar is available now, I am planning on grabbing a case this weekend.
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: redbeerman on January 29, 2010, 04:49:05 PM
Nugget Nectar is a very good beer.  Pretty well balanced at >90IBU. ;D
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: bluesman on January 29, 2010, 05:26:18 PM
Nugget Nectar is a very good beer.  Pretty well balanced at >90IBU. ;D

+1

A very good EC beer. Imperial Amber seasonally brewed between January and March.
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: babalu87 on January 29, 2010, 05:31:02 PM

Lucky for me I am on the cusp of trying Bells beers.
My boss is headed to a trade show in Pennsylvania and I gave her a list  ;D



Out of curiosity, which PA beers are on your list. I am fortunate to live about 8 miles from the Victory Brewery.  Troegs Nugget Nectar is available now, I am planning on grabbing a case this weekend.

I can get Victory and Troegs locally. Sly Fox Dunkel is on the list because I want something to compare mine and Warsteiners too.
Other than that just want the Bells coming back East this time around.
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: blatz on January 29, 2010, 06:20:45 PM
babalu - in my opinion, Bell's excels more with stouts/porters than anything else (even 2 Hearted  :o - and that's coming from an IPA freak).  Their Porter, Kalamazoo and Expedition stouts are tops in my book.  They also have a Rye Stout that I am trying to get my hands on.  I'd definitely get those over that Amber (bleh!).

FWIW.
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: bluesman on January 29, 2010, 07:45:40 PM
Other than that just want the Bells coming back East this time around.

Me 2.

I can't get it locally. I actually got to try this fine IPA in North Carolina. I want to try their Brown Porter the next time I get a chance. It won Gold in the 2008 GABF.
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: blatz on January 29, 2010, 07:50:08 PM
I want to try their Brown Porter the next time I get a chance. It won Gold in the 2008 GABF.

it is dam good.  kinda sits the fence on brown vs. robust, which is cool by me.

if I spot it next time I'm visiting my mom, I'll see if I can't get a six...
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: dean on January 30, 2010, 12:07:02 AM
Bell's Hopslam is in the store, anybody have any comments about it?  I saw it tonight and wanted to get it but its almost $18 for a sixer... thats a bit steep for my blood, it would have to be REALLY Good for me to spend that kind of money on a six pack! 
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: geo1267 on January 30, 2010, 09:15:28 PM

Lucky for me I am on the cusp of trying Bells beers.
My boss is headed to a trade show in Pennsylvania and I gave her a list  ;D



Out of curiosity, which PA beers are on your list. I am fortunate to live about 8 miles from the Victory Brewery.  Troegs Nugget Nectar is available now, I am planning on grabbing a case this weekend.

I can get Victory and Troegs locally. Sly Fox Dunkel is on the list because I want something to compare mine and Warsteiners too.
Other than that just want the Bells coming back East this time around.

Sly Fox, I always forget about them, haven't been there in a while. I had Iron Hill's Kryptonite IIPA a week or so ago. Great hop aroma and great taste as well. Clocks in at 7.2% abv and brewed with 8lbs of hops per barrell. This one really packs a punch. 
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: novabrew on January 31, 2010, 12:53:31 AM
I feel blessed that I can get Southern Tier here in No Va.
They make some great beers.
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: babalu87 on February 02, 2010, 07:33:17 PM
I have Bells Two Hearted in my possession

I have Bells Amber in my possession.

Why I am still at work I'll never know.

Boss just got back from the show, she is a good boss

Sly Fox Dunkel is a seasonal :(
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: bluesman on February 02, 2010, 07:34:19 PM
Sounds like an early Happy Hour tonight.   8)
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: mtbrewer on February 03, 2010, 01:20:15 AM
I am in  a Beer wasteland :'(  We have a few PNW brews around here, but not much. There is a health food store 90 mile to my north that has a small, but decent selection. I tried Lagunitas  IPA a couple nights ago, there was mold on the cap! Not impressed, to say the least. They do have 7or 8 Rogue beers, but nothing east of the Great Divide. If I ever get to a big city, I have a feeling I will be searching for many different brews.
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: bluesman on February 03, 2010, 01:31:44 AM
I am in  a Beer wasteland :'(  We have a few PNW brews around here, but not much. There is a health food store 90 mile to my north that has a small, but decent selection. I tried Lagunitas  IPA a couple nights ago, there was mold on the cap! Not impressed, to say the least. They do have 7or 8 Rogue beers, but nothing east of the Great Divide. If I ever get to a big city, I have a feeling I will be searching for many different brews.

Whereabouts are you?
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: mtbrewer on February 03, 2010, 01:37:44 AM
About an hour north of Missoula, Montana. Flathead Lake area.












Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: bluesman on February 03, 2010, 02:04:07 AM
I own land in Columbus. I love Montana. A beautiful state.

What's the name of the brewery in Missoula. They make great beer there.
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: mtbrewer on February 03, 2010, 02:15:36 AM
Well there are a few. Big Sky is probably the most famous, with Moose Drool. Then there is the Kettle House. Bayern Brewery is there as well, one of the few true German breweries around, they make a great Pilsener! There are actually quite a few Micro's around here, so that is one thing we have going for us.
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: bluesman on February 03, 2010, 02:18:03 AM
That's it "Moose Drool". I like that beer.

Have you ever been to Montana Ale Works in Bozeman. They make some good beer as well.
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: riverrat on February 03, 2010, 03:32:34 PM
Don't forget about us middle coasters!  I'm a happy supporter of Surly and the other smaller locals that are starting to pop up here in MN!
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: mtbrewer on February 03, 2010, 08:29:51 PM
That's it "Moose Drool". I like that beer.

Have you ever been to Montana Ale Works in Bozeman. They make some good beer as well.
I have not tried them, actually haven't seen any of their beers around here. Next time I get down that way, I'll have to stop in and get a growler fill.
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: dannyj621 on February 04, 2010, 02:59:46 AM
does dogfish head go out west? if not evolution craft brew i know west coasters cant get but need to try and so does everyone else
Title: Re: Beer availability........... East Coast/West Coast
Post by: dean on February 05, 2010, 11:40:07 PM
I finally picked up a sixer of Hopslam.   :)  Its a great beer, no doubt about that but its not nearly as bitter as I expected.  I Love the aroma and flavor, it may not meet west coast expectations though.  To me it was bitter but the citrus from the hops overpowered the bitterness by far.  Would I drink it again... Hell Yeh!  But its not a beer you drink, its a beer you sip.   ;D  To me its clean, bitterness is balanced by the alcohol content (10% abv), the hop Flavor and Aroma are very striking.  If you just want something very "bitter" with little to no regard to flavor then it may not be the beer for you.