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Is anyone else frustratingly beer isolated?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by MammaGoose, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. MammaGoose

    MammaGoose Aficionado (230) Wyoming Jan 10, 2013

    I'm in Sheridan, WY. Amazing country...rolling prairie and gorgeous mountains. All the deer I could want to hunt and all the rivers and lakes I could want to fly fish. I left when I was young, and now I'm home. BUT, I am frustratingly and agonizingly beer isolated. We have our one brewery in town (Black Tooth Brewing Co) and a very new brewery about 45 minutes away in Buffalo, WY (Clear Creek Brewery). I love both places, don't get me wrong, but...they get old. Both are solid breweries, and lord knows we're lucky to have them. Black Tooth's IPA holds a place close to my heart and Clear Creek has my favorite chili beer (a porter) that I've ever tried. But, I want more! All the local bars carry the mass produced beers, a few of the local brews, and maybe one or two out-of-towners. The local liquor stores carry darn near the same stuff year round, and it amounts to about 8-10 shelves of craft beer. A few occasional seasonals. Needless to say, I've tried every beer that's available within an hour of me...at least 10 times.

    I looove going on brewery tours. Essentially road trips or motorcycle rides for the sole purpose of seeking out new breweries/craft beer bars/better stocked liquor stores. I've visited most breweries in Montana. I LOVE Crow Peak Brewery in Spearfish, SD. I've made a small, but reasonable, dent in some Colorado breweries. As far south as Durango/Silverton/Ouray to several in the Denver area.

    I try as many new beers as I can. But it's frankly...frustrating. I read about so many exciting brews, but it's just not realistic for me to go to the liquor store and pick up the latest and greatest. Not even referring to the "whales," but even to ANY variety at all. I feel bored and stifled.

    So to anyone that has a bottle shop, more than one, two, three breweries within an hour's drive, a craft beer bar, or even a well-stocked liquor store...be happy 'bout it. Because there are thirsty and bored little gals in Wyoming who have to drink the same beers over and over and over and over because there is nothing else available.

    /end rant.
  2. koopa

    koopa Champion (870) New Jersey Apr 20, 2008 Beer Trader

    You should consider trading beers. You won't be able to pull any "whales" with the type of beers that are available to you, but you will find a bunch of "tickers" that are interested in trying ANY beers from the type of remote beer area that you live in. I'm sure they would be glad to trade you the "shelf beers" they have available to them for the beers you have available to you.
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  3. Nectar

    Nectar Savant (310) New Jersey Jan 17, 2013

    How are the shipping laws to your state? While not always cost-effective, you could bulk order online with new brews.

    I can't complain where I am at. Not a huge craft scene around me. While we don't get every rare limited, when we do I have good
    shot. Hell I got my 2nd bottle of Bolt Cutter 4 weeks after it hit shelves. This is after I bought my first in the same store on release day.
    Centennial likes this.
  4. anglagard1

    anglagard1 Savant (300) Wisconsin Nov 17, 2010

    Time for a road trip.
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  5. BM me... We can work something out. *ticker-*
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  6. loafinaround

    loafinaround Savant (415) New York Jul 16, 2011 Verified

    I can imagine. I get all pent-up when I hear raves over some brews that aren't distributed to LI or NYC. that being said, I still do live/work in a place many would consider beervana.
    You know what I still periodically do? Once in a while, especially if I'm traveling for other purposes (say going to visit friends/family) I do a massive side trip to procure a giant pile of beers.
    Do you ever get the opportunity to travel? could probably ship stuff back if you were flying. Online shops haven't really excited me. Wonder if other posters can recommend a few good ones to you....
  7. alexipa

    alexipa Advocate (525) Colorado Oct 7, 2011 Beer Trader

    I was about to say Pinedale has an excellent brewery, the Wind River Brewing Company, but then I realized you're about 7 hours from Pinedale. Wyoming is huge.

    Sorry, that's all I got...
  8. koopa

    koopa Champion (870) New Jersey Apr 20, 2008 Beer Trader

    Time to read the OP more carefully.
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  9. i agree. look for trade opportunities. also, there are websites that ship beer (depending on state law). check them out (letspour, halftime, etc.). or just, every time you see a beer at the bottle shop you haven't tried... pick it up, even if you aren't sure about it.
  10. anglagard1

    anglagard1 Savant (300) Wisconsin Nov 17, 2010

    For me, it would be about a 5 minute walk to the nearest tavern where I could get a decent beer like Moon Man on tap. A 20 minute walk would get me to the one restaurant in town that brews its own. I'm lucky enough to live in a small town where I can find some fine Belgian ales as well as the occasional whale or near-whale at the local beer store. I'm also fortunate in being able to find some good deals, such as the SN Pale Ale that I'm drinking now that I found for $5.99 a 12er.
  11. mattsander

    mattsander Savant (475) Alberta (Canada) Feb 3, 2010 Beer Trader

    Try finding a good IPA in Canada...

    We're in this together man.
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  12. dujayhawk

    dujayhawk Aficionado (185) Kansas Aug 8, 2011 Beer Trader

    Cantillon sits on shelves in Canada, I don't feel horrible for you.
  13. mattsander

    mattsander Savant (475) Alberta (Canada) Feb 3, 2010 Beer Trader

    Would you trade access to the entire American IPA universe for access to $23 bottles of Cantillon?
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  14. koopa

    koopa Champion (870) New Jersey Apr 20, 2008 Beer Trader

    Not a fan of Red Racer?
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  15. shand

    shand Advocate (705) Florida Jul 13, 2010 Beer Trader

    It looks like you can't get too much in Wyoming, as I expected and you surely know.

    However, you can use that information there to attempt to special order things from your nearby liquor stores that you'd like to try. You'll probably need to go in on a whole case at a time, but it still might be your most cost-effective option.
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  16. mattsander

    mattsander Savant (475) Alberta (Canada) Feb 3, 2010 Beer Trader

    They pulled out of Alberta recently, but I hear they may be back soon. I love that beer.
  17. 1424IpA

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

    I'll sack up and trade beers for mule deer hunts!
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  18. koopa

    koopa Champion (870) New Jersey Apr 20, 2008 Beer Trader

    Wow it's crazy that I can get that beer in another country and you can't get it in a neighboring province!
  19. stealth

    stealth Champion (765) Minnesota Dec 16, 2011 Beer Trader

    FT: Beer I can get ISO: Venison :)
  20. harperman69

    harperman69 Savant (400) Tennessee Feb 11, 2009 Beer Trader

    Yeah, I'm about 2 hours from the nearest brewery. I feel your pain.
  21. I would, but then I don't care for hoppy beer, so I don't bother to drink IPA's anyhow.
  22. EJLinneman

    EJLinneman Savant (465) New Jersey Mar 2, 2009 Beer Trader

  23. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,475) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

    Maybe you should move?
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  24. Homebrew?
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  25. Ahh yes because, instead of the water of life from dune... It is the beer of life. Non sufficient selection of beer = inadequacy of life ;).
    On a more serious note, you could take a roadtrip and stock up on well aging whales, and then just trade those throughout the year to try quality beer everywhere.
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  26. Or Fat Tug, or Hop Circle, or Mad Tom, or a dozen others. I lived in Northern Ontario for a year, so I know what it's like not to be able to find a decent IPA, but there are tons to be had if your criteria is "Canada."
  27. basscram

    basscram Savant (395) Maine Mar 29, 2006

    Time to homebrew!
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  28. endovelico

    endovelico Savant (345) Portugal Jul 25, 2008

    I feel your pain. I have to order every beer from a foreign country, because Portugal.
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  29. Try living in South Korea like I do!
  30. BILF

    BILF Advocate (725) Israel Jan 9, 2010

    Israel has some good beer available but the range is very limited.
    The first American IPA, APA, RIS, and English Bitter I ever tasted were my homebrew.
    As others have said homebrew allows access to beer you cannot get.
  31. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (770) Illinois Apr 8, 2010 Beer Trader

    I can make a few suggestions:

    1) Start Trading (this is probably the best way to try all the beers you want, but obviously this is not very cost-effective)
    2) Talk to your local bottle shop owners and see if they can order stuff that you want. A lot of stores near me practically hassle me to tell them what to order. Of course, suburbs of Chicago is a lot different than WY in distribution (I assume) so this may not work as well as I think it will.
    3) Plan for some BA's to swing through your town if they road trip out your way and bring beer. I'm sure there are people on this site that would be more than happy to hook you up if they have a planned trip through your state.
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  32. Centennial

    Centennial Savant (450) Vermont Nov 9, 2009

    I think your best choice would be check out a few of the online retailers .Www.france44.com is one, and with a quick websearch you will find some others.

    Ground shipments of alcohol can be made to the following states: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, TN, VA, WA, WI, & WYAir shipment of wine can be made to all the above states, plus: AK, HI.
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  33. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (975) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    Order online (easy but expensive with shipping) or trade (more fun but again expensive with shipping). Or you could just use your feminine wiles to get guys on this site to just send you beer.

    Personally that's the route I would go.
  34. jsm1289

    jsm1289 Aficionado (220) New York Mar 11, 2011 Beer Trader

    and I complain when I have to wait 2-3 days for one of 8 stores to get my KBS /bcs/bcs coffee/parabola lololol
    #NYC people problems .
  35. Jparkanzky

    Jparkanzky Initiate (0) Ohio Apr 5, 2011

    Saw your profile.... if you want a job as a chemist at Amway in Grand Rapids, let me know. It will solve all of your beer issues. You can still deer hunt til' your heart's content, but the lovely rolling hills will be a bit of a problem.
  36. I lived in Alabama pre-Free the Hops changes. This mean that there was no beer to be sold in a container great than 16oz. Anyone who bottles only in bombers or bottles many of their offerings in bombers wouldn't come. Additionally, beer could not be sold in any reusable container, which meant that if you wanted a growler, you got that shit in a milk jug. No joke.
  37. LeRose

    LeRose Advocate (725) Massachusetts Nov 24, 2011 Verified

    Sagres doesn't cut it, eh?
  38. nc41

    nc41 Champion (855) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008 Beer Trader

    Me too, my last trip into WY was out of Sundance.
  39. mecummins

    mecummins Savant (425) Illinois Nov 16, 2012

    I think you should give homebrewing a shot. I find it a lot of fun and a great way to get a deeper understanding of beer. Listen, if you can skin a deer, you can certainly ferment some grains. After the initial investment, it's also not too expensive.
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  40. They get it in Alberta and perhaps BC, but in Ontario not at all.