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Can I get some suggestions among these brewers?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by SteelCity75, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. Victory, Troegs, Church Brew Works, Yards, Stone, Bells.

    I'm about to go on a mini-roadtrip to PA to get some beer, and these are the main brewers that are available that aren't available in my area. I've never had anything by any of them. My favorite styles are IPAs (haven't had one that was too intense yet, but SN Torpedo is probably the most intense I've had) and stouts. But in all honesty, I like just about any type of beer, or at least the types that I've tried.

    Also, the place I'm going only sells by the case, so I'm probably only to get two types when I go, and I don't want them to be that similar. A bonus would be if any of these brewers had Irish style beer, as this will probably end up being the beer that I drink on St. Patrick's Day.
  2. Victory - Hop Devil
    Troegs - Nugget Nectar (better hurry)
    Fat Heads - Head Hunter
    Church - ehhh
    Weyerbacher - Blithering Idiot
  3. dap325

    dap325 Aficionado (200) New York Apr 2, 2009

    It's Troegs Nugget Nectar time of the year in the northeast. If you're on a 2 case budget and you like IPA's than this has to be one of them.
  4. How long would you say I have to get it?

    As I said this will probably be the beer that I drink for St. Patrick's Day, so I'm probably going to end up going sometime between the 1st of March and the 10th.
  6. If you can find a bottle of Church Brew Works - Quadzilla
  7. jtierney89

    jtierney89 Initiate (0) New Jersey Aug 15, 2011

    weyerbacher double simcoe ipa! if you don get it you're making a mistake!
  8. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poobah (1,260) Pennsylvania Dec 4, 2004 Beer Trader

    You can get Stone at alot of places in PA and since you're an IPA head, check the bottle date first.
    Troegs - Nugget Nectar will be gone by then. Check out the Perpetual (again, check bottle dates unless you plan on going to the brewery to buy it.)
    Yards - Can't help you, not a big fan.
    Bell's - Forget Hop Slam, it'll be sold out. Get some Two Hearted which will be the most accessible IPA from them.
    Have you tried Harpoon Leviathan Imperial IPA? The Kroger in Morgantown seems to always have fresh/pretty fresh availability of this beer which is tougher to find in PA.
    Head Hunter was mentioned - GREAT beer but good luck timing it right, it's not that easy to get.
    I guess the better question would be, where in PA do you plan on visiting, that would make it easier.
  9. screamking

    screamking Savant (405) Ohio Jan 20, 2013 Beer Trader

    Bells Kalamazoo stout is nice, but if you are more daring go with the expedition stout.
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  10. Yeah, I've seen Harpoon Leviathan Imperial IPA a lot, I've just never looked up to see if it was good, and I've always had something else in mind so I've never gotten it. I'm considering going into Slight Indulgence on High Street and just pulling out a sheet of paper and listing everything they have, then looking on here to see if there are any that are considered to be very good and actually getting it. Whenever I go in, I always cave and end up sticking with a Sierra Nevada, Magic Hat or Great Lakes beer, since it's nearly all I know when it comes to good (in my opinion) beer.
  11. Church and Yards, IDK, never had anything from them. I'd go with Victory Prima Pils and Troegs Nugget Nectar, though if a case of Bell's Expedition is available, be sure to take advantage of that.
  12. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poobah (1,260) Pennsylvania Dec 4, 2004 Beer Trader

    But where in PA do you plan on going? There's great brewers here in PA and in some cases it's more regional than state-wide distribution. With the Leviathan, IMO, it would be an every day go to D-IPA and when TJ's fresh it doesn't get enough credit and love.
  13. Probably Korintus Beer Distributor, which is in Point Marion, right over the border to WV. Unless one of my friends goes on a trip to Pittsburgh soon, in which case I'd probably tag along with them in order to find something on the way or in the city.
  14. Geno78

    Geno78 Aficionado (215) Ohio Apr 1, 2010

    Stone IPA and Ruination
  15. if you can, hit up The Foodery. I went to one on my way back from Connecticut to Maryland. I was surprised to see such awesome beer selections.

  16. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Advocate (515) California Jan 1, 2011 Beer Trader

    Stone: Sublimely Self Righteous, Enjoy Boy IPA and Lucky Bastard.
  17. yards thomas jefferson tavern ale
    victory storm king imperial stout
    church, never had before
    troegs nugget nectar or mad elf
    stone ruination ipa
    bells duno
  18. Victory, Troegs, Yards, and Weyerbacher all offer Variety packs which might be a good option if you're buying by the case. Otherwise, I'd second Nugget Nectar (if still around), Perpetual, and Two Hearted. And as stated above just make sure to check dates on the IPAs
  19. Bells? Expedition Stout.
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  20. Lantern

    Lantern Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2011

    Tröegs Perpetual.
    craft_shannie and raffels like this.
  21. eagles7251

    eagles7251 Savant (250) New Jersey Sep 29, 2009 Beer Trader

    YARDS Philly Pale and YARDS Brawler are great session beers.
  22. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Advocate (665) Michigan Sep 21, 2012 Beer Trader

    1. Where are you going that only sells by the case? (Out of curiosity, not criticism.)
    2. Your IPAs would be better consumed immediately, rather than on St. Patrick's Day. If you insist on holding them, drink a few right away.
    3. When are you going?
    4. Where specifically (area) are you going? A lot of people are saying that NN will be gone by the time you get anywhere, but that may not be the case if you're willing to go to a different store.
  23. AleShark

    AleShark Aficionado (225) Massachusetts Jan 3, 2013 Beer Trader

    You really can't go wrong with anything from Stone (especially if you've never had any of them). Personally, I would focus on their Arrogant Bastard (they also have an oaked version, as well as a double). Their Russian Imperial Stout is worth seeking out too!

    Victory ... I would stick with Hop Devil.

    Troegs' Nugget Nectar will be gone by the time you make your trip. But, as many have noted, the Perpetual is great. And I would also suggest Troegenator Double Bock.
  24. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) New York Jan 11, 2013

    For the first time in a long while I am seeing super fresh Hop Wallop on the shelves. Few will talk up this beer, but its a juicy delicious DIPA
  25. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poobah (1,260) Pennsylvania Dec 4, 2004 Beer Trader

    Voodoo Brewing has some pretty cool stuff and brewed right there in Western PA.
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  26. Have you tried the new Bud Black Crown? Seriously better than all of that stuff.

  27. In PA, you can either go to a bottle shop, which must have a kitchen and seating, and has a 192 oz. limit per transaction; or a distributor, which can only sell in case quantities. Wine and hard liquor are sold only in separate government-run stores. Because politicians are really cool guys.
  28. victory: hop devil, hop wallop
    troegs: nugget nectar
    stone: ruination, ipa,
    bells: hopslam, two hearted
  29. litheum94

    litheum94 Advocate (675) California Dec 29, 2008

    Bells: Hopslam, Two Hearted and Expedition Stout
    Victory: hop Devil, Baltic Thunder, Hop Wallop, Headwaters Pale Ale. Avoid Storm King.
    Troegs: Nugget Nectar, Perpetual IPA
    Stone: you've never had anything from them!?! Ruination, Smoked Porter, Sublimely Self-Rigtheous, Cali-Belgique IPA.
  30. CHickman

    CHickman Advocate (540) New York Jan 7, 2009

    Victory, Troegs, Stone and Bells are all great. Only had 1 from Yards, and it was good. Stock up on Troegs Perpetual IPA, Nugget Nectar or Java Head Stout and the Stone IPA or the Ruination IPA. The Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale (Black IPA) is amazing, but either of those IPA's will impress the hell out of you. Find some friends who drink beer and get money from them to stock up and then buy 10 cases, all different, it will be worth it.
  31. If you truly love IPAs, you'll take the trip up to Pittsburgh to get some newly arrived AleSmith IPA.
  32. BJasny

    BJasny Savant (430) Texas Jul 10, 2011

    Victory-Hop Devil. I personally don't like pilsners as much as I like other styles for some reason (trying to appreciate them more than I am able to) but prima pils is popular as well.

    Stone-IPA (in my opinion, a staple of the style), Ruination, Pale Ale, Smoked Porter, Arrogant Bastard, Oaked Arrogant Bastard.
  33. ucfalum08

    ucfalum08 Aficionado (195) Florida Jan 20, 2013

    Victory Hop Devil
    Stone Arrogant Bastard or Ruination
  34. DougC123

    DougC123 Savant (435) Connecticut Aug 21, 2012 Subscriber

    I'd drive down the street further and go to a place that sells sixes and bottles, it isn't like there is only one beer store in PA.
  35. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Advocate (665) Michigan Sep 21, 2012 Beer Trader

    Damn, I thought the limited hours in MN were bad. At least they don't restrict like that. In NY it's not terrible -- wine and liquor are sold in separate stores, beer in grocery stores (or beer-only shops).

    ...but, even though I'm totally biased, I have to say that Michigan takes it. Incredibly unrestricted. Wine, beer, and liquor in grocery stores, late hour alcohol sales, etc.