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BEST "readily available" beers by region thread

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Bradystraps, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. Bradystraps

    Bradystraps Aficionado (235) Connecticut Jan 24, 2013 Beer Trader

    I am interested in what you gents (and ladies) feel are the best overally brews by region that are readily available in that region. I live in Connecticut and feel that Ommegang Abbey Ale and Brooklyn Lager are both excellent. What are some of yours?
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  2. brewfly

    brewfly Zealot (75) New York Dec 13, 2012

    Ithaca flower power and naked dove porter in central new york
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  3. mudbug

    mudbug Advocate (595) Oregon Mar 27, 2009

    Anything from Deschutes, Imperial Nelson from Widmer, Pacific City stuff is available everywhere. Rogue has backyard sales on holidays (smokin deals) Alaska Smoked Porter, Full Sail Session lagers. The PNW swims in great beer.
  4. BarRoomHero88

    BarRoomHero88 Savant (260) New York Jan 19, 2012 Beer Trader

    Albany NY would have to be Flower Power. I also really enjoy Brown's Whiskey Porter.
  5. Bradystraps

    Bradystraps Aficionado (235) Connecticut Jan 24, 2013 Beer Trader

    Where you from?
  6. mudbug

    mudbug Advocate (595) Oregon Mar 27, 2009

    Cape Foulweather, Oregon
  7. allouez86

    allouez86 Savant (405) Wisconsin Jan 24, 2009

    Serendipity. Yep.
  8. gatornation

    gatornation Poobah (1,285) Minnesota Apr 18, 2007 Beer Trader

    not from my state but readily available in MN a favorite and a great brewery is
    Odells oh Yeah and Surly
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  9. Bradystraps

    Bradystraps Aficionado (235) Connecticut Jan 24, 2013 Beer Trader

    Please be sure to include where you are from so we know what to look for when we are in your region! :cool:
  10. Mgm54

    Mgm54 Savant (440) Illinois Apr 7, 2011 Beer Trader

    Sierra Nevada, said everyone from everywhere
  11. camelgar

    camelgar Aficionado (195) Arizona Dec 29, 2012

    Arizona doesn't have great breweries but I really liked Santan Brewery Hefeweizen
  12. Mayflower Porter and Jack D'or are available in most bottle shops I go to (Providence, Northern RI, Southern Mass.). I would classify both of those towards the top of their respective styles (In fact, Mayflower Porter I'd put at #1).

    Also, it's great that I can get a six pack of cans of Grey Sail Ale (Cream Ale) just about anywhere these days.
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  13. Most definitely. Sierra Nevada is a card alway in my back pocket that I am all too happy to play. I was at a bottle shop a bit ago trying to figure out what to buy, nothing was speaking to me, but I really wanted a brew and there it was: Sierra Nevada Kellerweis. Decision made.
  14. Stinger80OH

    Stinger80OH Advocate (730) Ohio Nov 11, 2011 Beer Trader

    Head Hunter, White Rajah, Columbus IPA (and very soon CBUS BODHI), GLBC Commodore Perry and Eddy Fitz, Founders Porter, Ommegang Abbey Ale....and so on and so on....CLE, OH
  15. denver10

    denver10 Poobah (1,055) New Mexico Nov 17, 2010

    Choose the beer style of preference and then grab Odell's offering of that style.
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  16. jbck109

    jbck109 Savant (410) Michigan May 30, 2010 Beer Trader

    Great lakes region(MI):

    Founders-Reds Rye, Porter, All Day, and all the seasonal specialties(FIS,BS,KBS, Backwoods)
    Bells-Two Hearted
    Great lakes- Edmund fitzgerald, Dortmunder gold
    Perrin-some solid offerings, soon to make it into bottles and cans in regional distro
    Dark Horse- Crooked tree, thirsty trout porter, seasonal stouts
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  17. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Champion (800) Colorado Jan 20, 2012 Beer Trader

    Odell ipa, ska modus hoperandi, left hand milk stout, YETI, crabtree peach tree cezanne saison, funkwerks saison, odell cut throat porter, funkwers white, I could go on for days.
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  18. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poobah (1,045) New Jersey Jun 3, 2004 Beer Trader

    In NNJ (...and trying to keep this regional here)-
    Ithaca Flower Power
    Captain Lawrence Smoked Porter
    Captain Lawrence Captain's Kolsch
    Rammstein Blonde
    Victory Headwaters
    Yards Brawler
    Sly Fox Pikeland Pils
    Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter
    Weyerbacher Verbotten

    (also- imports around the NYC area are pretty fresh and varied- lots of great selections available off the shelf).
  19. 49ersandBeer

    49ersandBeer Aspirant (25) Oct 28, 2012

    I'm from Portland, Oregon and here are some of my favorites that are readily available in Oregon and some parts of Washington and California:

    Ninkasi Tricerahops IPA
    Boneyard Hop Venom IPA
    Boneyard RPM IPA
    Deschutes Black Butte Porter
    Deschutes Obsidian Stout
    10 Barrel DUB IPA

    In my opinion these are must-haves if you're ever in the Pacific Northwest.
  20. In southern RI
    Ipswich Oatmeal Stout - Really Solid stout that has become my "go-to"
    Ithaca Flower Power - Great IPA that is easily found fresh
    Founders Porter - Easily the best Porter available around
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  21. powpig2002

    powpig2002 Savant (400) Florida Jan 26, 2012

    florida. sheeet, JAI ALAI !!!!!!!!
  22. LeRose

    LeRose Advocate (725) Massachusetts Nov 24, 2011 Subscriber

    MA...in no particular order...

    Jack's Abby - Hoponious Union and Smoke & Dagger
    Clown Shoes (think they have wider distribution) - Vampire Slayer and Clementine
    Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project - Jack D'or
    Mayflower - Porter
    Ipswich - Oatmeal Stout
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  23. From Missouri....in terms of what we produce here, I'd say Schlafly Pumpkin Ale and Boulevard Nutcracker. Granted, these are seasonals, but when they're in season, they're EVERYWHERE, and both damn good. Furthermore, Urban Chestnut Zwickel (year round)...it shows how great a straightforward German-style lager can be. Also, I'd toss in Boulevard Zon (a summer witbier that can hang with all but the best from Belgium) and Schlafly Kolsch (great German-style Kolsch, available all year).

    In terms of other states in our 'region', Goose Island
  24. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Champion (870) California Oct 24, 2009 Beer Trader

    SoCal here.
    For readily available IPA, I'll vote for FW Double Jack.
    Unless, of course, Lagunitas Sucks becomes more and more available.
  25. Shagator

    Shagator Savant (420) Kentucky Mar 17, 2012

    Central KY here. have had several new breweries open in the area. as far as local goes (that i have had):
    West 6th IPA - Lexington
    Country Boy - Jalapeno Smoked Porter - Lexington
    Against The Grain - Bo and Luke - Louisville

    as far as what we can get ( and I have had):
    FFF- Zombie Dust, Rye Da Tiger, APW, Dreadnaught
    Stone - Ruination, Enjoy by, RIS, Arrogant Bastard etc.
    Southern Tier - Unearthly, 2X
    Schlafly TIPA
    Hoppin Frog - BORIS, DORIS, Hop Dam
    DFH - 90, 120.
    Bells, Founders and Great Lakes are too numerous. Although if you have never had Lake Erie monster, I would strongly suggest it.

    The best of all of these is Dreadnaught in my opinion and its hit and miss on the availability.
  26. 1424IpA

    1424IpA Savant (465) California Nov 2, 2012 Beer Trader

    California here...
    Firestone walker-double jack, wookey jack, sacuba and porabola
    Kern river- citra, just outstanding ipa and class X.
    Russian River- pliny the elder, row 2 hill 56, hopfather and blind pig.
    Beachwood BBQ- thrillseeker and hop ninja.

    All great brews and breweries...
  27. East Bay/Central Valley CA

    AleSmith IPA, Speedway Stout
    Russian River PtE, Supplication, Blind Pig
    Deschutes anything
    Firestone Walker Double Jack, Union Jack, Wookey Jack
    Ballast Point Sculpin, Big Eye
    Way too many to list actually. California is spoiled when it comes to selection
  28. Azzy

    Azzy Savant (300) Texas Jul 16, 2012

    TX- Houston

    St. Arnolds endeavor & Elissa IPA
    Jester King Black Metal
    Karbach Weisse Versa
    Southern Star Buried Hatchet and Bombshell Blonde Ale
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  29. ehsteve

    ehsteve Savant (320) Texas Jan 13, 2009 Beer Trader

    Southwest (Austin, TX)

    (512) Pecan Porter
    Southern Star Buried Hatchet
    Choc Dubbel
    Live Oak Hefeweizen
    Hops & Grain Alt-eration
    Lakewood Temptress
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  30. sukwonee

    sukwonee Advocate (665) Washington Dec 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    Union Jack IPA

    RPM IPA (well....... not exactly "readily available" everywhere, but "readily available" if you look hard enough in Seattle)
  31. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (660) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    Southwest (Austin, TX)

    You'll find these great locals year-round in ATX...
    (512) Pecan Porter & IPA (these are my go-to's at the bar)
    Deep Ellum IPA & Rye Pils
    St. Arnold Endeavour IPA^2 (coming soon to 4-packs, yay!)
    Jester King Le Petit Prince & Black Metal
    Live Oak Hefeweizen
    Austin Beerworks Pearl Snap Pils & Fire Eagle IPA
    Adelbert's Naked Nun
    ANYTHING in Hops & Grain's tasting room.

    As far as non-local readily available...
    Ballast Point Sculpin
    Boulevard Tank 7 & Single/Double-Wide IPA
    Deschutes Obsidian Stout & Black Butte Porter
    and later this month... Firestone Walker Wookey Jack, Union Jack, Double Jack, etc.. :)
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  32. Nick1513

    Nick1513 Aspirant (35) Jan 26, 2013

    I'm in Southern California. Alesmith is probably my favorite brewery for year round beers. Their IPA and Speedway Stout are some of my favorites. I would buy them more if they made four or six-packs though. Some others would be Pliny the Elder, Double Jack, Arrogant Bastard, and Sculpin. Also Lagunitas beers are pretty hard to beat for their price to quality ratio.
  33. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Advocate (635) New Jersey Mar 6, 2008 Subscriber Beer Trader

    What does "readily available" mean? There are many fine local beers in NJ but not every store carries them.
  34. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) New York Jan 11, 2013

    Made in the state of NY, cheap and widely available in six/four packs (minus Kelso and LI)

    Sixpoint 3Beans
    Kelso Industrial
    Flower Power
    Southampton Double White
    Brooklyn Chocolate
    Southern Tier HopSun
    Saranac Black Forest
    Captain Lawrence Brown Bird
    Sixpoint Righteous Ale
    Bluepoint White IPA
    Long Ireland Celtic Ale
    Ommegang Abby
    Ommegang Hennepin
  35. tectactoe

    tectactoe Champion (870) Michigan Mar 20, 2012

    MI = Two Hearted.
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  36. NW Ohio:
    Cbus IPA
    anything Great Lakes pretty much
    Thirsty Dog Siberian Night
    Most of Founders/Bells
    FFF now inching in bit by bit

    guess Ohio isnt all bad when I lay it out like that
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  37. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) New York Jan 11, 2013

    If you don't know what readily available means then you are not fit to participate in this thread
  38. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Champion (870) California Oct 24, 2009 Beer Trader

    Good chance I'll be heading into NE Ohio in couple weeks. If this list is true for NE as well, then my trip is very promising.
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  39. Pegli

    Pegli Savant (315) Rhode Island Aug 30, 2006

    Grey Sail has really helped out the local scene in RI...Flying Jenny is superb !
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  40. I haven't had Flying Jenny, but I really like Leaning Chimney. They are the #1 brewery in RI by a mile, in my opinion.