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Favorite Beers that are Actually Possible to Obtain

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Avangion, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. Avangion

    Avangion Aficionado (110) New York Dec 14, 2012

    So I'm visiting Florida for the holidays from my home in NYC. One of the highlights of my trip was supposed to be procuring some Cigar City rarities, which used to be distributed in NY but are no longer (why???? Oh why???). Well, it turns out that even in Florida they are hard to get. Every place I've been tells me they sell out of CC within hours of it hitting the shelves. There's some Maduro and Jai Alai floating around, so maybe I'll pack those. But this experience got me to thinking... what are your favorite beers that are readily obtainable, that you can find more or less all the time without having to make trades and that you can drink with abandon without feeling as if you're consuming a once-in-a-lifetime magic elixir? I've noticed that the highest rated beers and most sought after for trades are the ones that are basically impossible to get for most people. What about your daily "drinking" beers (as opposed to tasting) that are widely available, affordable, and truly excellent? I imagine this will vary from person to person as well as region to region, but I'm keen to find out what people like to drink on a regular basis in different parts of the country/world, so I'll know to look out for them, too, while I'm hunting down PtY or whatever. Here are mine, off the top of my head:

    DFH 60 Minute IPA
    Lagunitas IPA
    Left Hand Milk Stout/Keegan's Mother's Milk
    Sixpoint Sweet Action
    Duvel or Leffe Blonde or Palm sometimes
    Captain Lawrence (whatever's on tap)
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  2. Avangion

    Avangion Aficionado (110) New York Dec 14, 2012

    Also, hello everyone, long time BA lurker, first time forum participant!
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  3. BuckeyeDave

    BuckeyeDave Aficionado (135) Ohio May 30, 2008

    Some of my favorite "shelf" beers are:

    Weyerbacher Insanity (Although I have not been able to find for last 2 or so months it is usually available most of the year)
    Chimay Blue
    St Bernardus Abt 12
    North Coast Old Stock Ale

    I also like Allagash Curieux, Odyssey, and Four which used to be on the shelf most of the time but Allagash stopped distributing to Ohio a few years back.
  4. Rai

    Rai Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2012

    Six Point Sweet Action. What an amazing beer! I also like Ten Fidy by Oskar Blues.
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  5. AlexFields

    AlexFields Savant (465) Tennessee Dec 13, 2009

    Rochefort 10 is far and away the best beer that I could go out and buy anytime I want. I think it's the best quad/dark Belgian period and it's readily available on shelf.

    Other stuff I can always buy in TN that is awesome:

    Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin'
    Sweetwater IPA
    Terrapins Moo Hoo (only in winter)
    Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
    Weihenstephaner (all their beers but esp. the dunkel)
    La Folie
    Westmalle and other Rochefort
    French Broad Rye Hopper
    Hoegaarden
    Foret (actually a little harder to find but always around somewhere)
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  6. How can you find La Folie readily when new batches have yet to be released in quite awhile...
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  7. Weyerbacher Insanity
    AleSmith Speedway Stout, Old Numbskull, Wee Heavy
    North Coast Old Rasputin & Old Stock Ale
    Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer & Blaecorn Unidragon
    DFH 90min & Burton Baton
    Stone Ruination
    Troegs Perpetual IPA
    Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, G'Knight, Old Chub
    Bells Expedition
    Southern Tier Oat
    Port Brewing Old Viscosity
    Great Divide Yeti
    Hoppin' Frog D.O.R.I.S.

    and I'm sure I'm forgetting quite a few...
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  8. Dan_Bowman

    Dan_Bowman Aficionado (245) Ohio Apr 11, 2010

    Fat Heads Head Hunter
  9. Which CCB beers were you looking for and where are you in Florida?

    My favorite easily obtainable beer is Jai Alai which flows like water in St. Pete and Tampa. I've even seen Zhukov still on the shelves within the past two weeks (and there were two cases on the floor to boot so I bet its still there).
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  10. In So Cal my go to "shelf Beers" are:

    Adam
    Palo Santo Maron
    Ten Fidy
    Rochefort 10
    Stone IRS
    Velvet Merlin
    Sculpin
    Anything from the Bruery


    Looking at this list makes me thankful to live in Southern California!
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  11. Avangion

    Avangion Aficionado (110) New York Dec 14, 2012

    I'm about to try Expedition for the first time. Not available in NY. If I like it, am def going to bring enough back to share around and cellar a few.
  12. Avangion

    Avangion Aficionado (110) New York Dec 14, 2012

    Jai Alai and Maduro Brown cans are available. I was looking for large bottles of anything. Beggars can't be choosers. I'm in Palm Beach Gardens till Friday.
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  13. AlexFields

    AlexFields Savant (465) Tennessee Dec 13, 2009

    I guess because it's $16 so nobody buys it much. It has never been off the shelf at several stores ever since they switched to cap top bottles.
  14. Winter warmer should be out. If you can find a total wine they would probably be your best bet, but I'm really not familiar with that area.
  15. Jai Alai, Maduro Brown (both readily available in orlando) and just about anything Great Divide
  16. WickedSluggy

    WickedSluggy Savant (425) Texas Nov 21, 2008

    I suggest visiting the CC Brewery/Tasting Room. They'll have a lot more that Jai Alai and Maduro in their cooler, maybe eight or so types, and they've got a cool counterpressure filler so you can get some growlers with shelf-life - stuff few get elsewhere (although that thing was out-of-order last time I was there, mid-November).
  17. raynmoon

    raynmoon Savant (490) California Aug 13, 2011

    Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin/ Hop Stoopid
    Duvel
    Lost Abbey Red Barn
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  18. Avangion

    Avangion Aficionado (110) New York Dec 14, 2012

    Would love to but Tampa is too far away. Here to visit mom, not CC I'm afraid but really tempted to come back on March 9.. LOL I'm getting OT in my own thread.
  19. Avangion

    Avangion Aficionado (110) New York Dec 14, 2012

    Yeah hit up TW on day one. They were out. Trying Whole Foods and ABC today.
  20. Avangion

    Avangion Aficionado (110) New York Dec 14, 2012

    Do you prefer CC cans or bottles?
  21. FosterJM

    FosterJM Champion (825) California Nov 16, 2009

    Speedway Stout
    Sculpin
    Blind pig
    RR Sours
    Loakal Red
    FW Pale 31
    NB Ranger
    FW Double Jack
    Oskar Blues Dales

    Cheers!
  22. Jules11788

    Jules11788 Savant (390) California Feb 15, 2011

    Lagunitas seasonals, Abyss, Black Butte XX series, Rochefort 10, St. Bernardus Abt. 12, and Double Jack come to mind
  23. Here is what I did:
    went to the Beer Styles page and clicked on my favorite styles, and picked whatever was closest to the top (unless there was a beer right under that which I liked way more, or the top beer I didn't like/wasn't easy to obtain for me.) Easy to grab in SEPA and amazing beers in their own right.

    Troegs HopBack Amber
    Rogue Hazelnut Brown
    Victory Hop Wallop
    Victory HopDevil
    Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale (not on the list, but it is my top local pale...maybe tied with Headwaters)
    Old Rasputin
    Saison DuPont
    La Fin du Monde
    Hoegaarden (actually prefer this to Allagash White still...)
    Victory Prima Pils

    Psssh, that's a great list of beer!
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  24. WickedSluggy

    WickedSluggy Savant (425) Texas Nov 21, 2008

    I'm in Tampa a few times a year. It's really easy to hit CC because it is two minutes from the airport, but not an insignificant round-trip from Orlando. You could convince your mom to take some time to go to The Florida Aquarium in Tampa. And since you'll be in the neighborhood...

    Problem with the Whole Foods in Orlando is half the beers you'll see are from New York!
  25. Cans without a doubt. I never really believed in the hype of cans till I tried those CC brews. For some reason the maduro taste drastically better from a can. I didnt notice as much of a difference with the jai alai though.
  26. Stone IPA
    Lagunitas Maximus
    Black Butte Porter
    Old Rasputin
    Sumpin' Sumpin'
    Dale's Pale Ale
    Caldera IPA

    Those are my go-to, cheap, and off the shelf 6-pack buys.
  27. Hoponius Union
    Union Jack
    Allagash White
    Sumpin Sumpin
    Flower Power (becoming more difficult)
    The vast majority of imports
  28. Hop Whoopin'
    Anti Hero
    Union Jack
    Domaine Dupage
    Deviant Dales IPA
  29. socon67

    socon67 Advocate (625) New York Jun 18, 2010

    I'll go with the highest ranking beer on the Beers of Fame that I think is available to just about everyone; Rochefort 10
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  30. Nugget Nectar
    Duvel
    Brooklyn Local 1
    Stone Imperial Russian Stout
    Hennepin
    Houblon Chouffe IPA Tripel
    The following Southern Tier Stouts- Oat, Choklat, Mookah
    Founders Backwoods Bastard
    Two Brothers Cane & Ebel
    Racer 5
  31. Dagsy

    Dagsy Aficionado (210) California Dec 21, 2012

    Pretty much anything from RR
    Union Jack
    Ten Fidy
    Rochefort 8/10
    Little Sumpin
    Black Butte

    And I'm sure there are a ton more that I can't think of right now
  32. I like Expedition fresh, but it really evolves into something wonderful over 1-3 years.
  33. denver10

    denver10 Champion (865) Kentucky Nov 17, 2010

    A few quick ones:

    All my favorites from Odell and Funkwerks
    Epic's Big Bad Baptist
    Deschutes's Red Chair
    Oskar Blues's Ten Fidy
    Great Divide's Espresso Yeti
  34. Merchant Du Vin deserves props for making world class offerings like Rochefort 10 so incredibly easy to find.
  35. timc100

    timc100 Savant (305) Illinois Aug 13, 2012

    A 2 minute drive and always on the shelf:

    Dreadnaught
    Two Hearted
    Ten Fidy
    Arrogant Bastard
    Rochefort 10
    Breakfast Stout
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  36. Dan_Bowman

    Dan_Bowman Aficionado (245) Ohio Apr 11, 2010

    Dreadnaught!!
  37. ebthorp

    ebthorp Zealot (80) Illinois Dec 10, 2010

    Hoponius union when I'm in Boston
    Eugene and Daisy Cutter when I'm in Chicago
  38. ssll1

    ssll1 Aspirant (40) Arizona Jan 28, 2012

    Schneider Hopfen-Weisse (collaboration with Brooklyn Brewery) and Weihenstephaner Vitus, both world class, especially for those of us who are big fans of wheat beer, always in stock, with a reasonable price, at the local Total Wine.

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