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Unexpected beer finds

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Lurkerson, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. Lurkerson

    Lurkerson Advocate (610) Pennsylvania Jan 18, 2013 Beer Trader

    Inspired by the Airport surprise thread:

    Ever sneak up on a completely unexpected find?
    Of all places, UNO Chicago Bar and Grill, is pouring Hopslam on tap in a tiny Philly suburb! Jaw meet floor
  2. GilGarp

    GilGarp Advocate (575) Colorado Mar 14, 2007

    Pliny the Younger at Old Chicago in Albuquerque
  3. Yeah, found Blackout stout on tap at a movie theater in Columbus Ohio...HUH?
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  4. fearfactory

    fearfactory Advocate (545) Massachusetts Aug 12, 2012 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Yesterday, in Glen, NH. Backwoods Bastard on the shelf, Boltcutter on the counter. Jaw-dropping.
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  5. AgentMunky

    AgentMunky Advocate (555) New York Dec 29, 2009

    Dogfish Head 120 Minute at a biker dive bar in the slummy part of Mountain View. Made my night.
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  6. pvllbum

    pvllbum Savant (265) Illinois Sep 4, 2007

    went into a little hole in the wall liquor store that had 2008 world wide stout...the guy behind the counter was like why would you want that beer its 5 years old? lol
  7. VeganUndead

    VeganUndead Champion (850) Virginia Apr 25, 2012 Beer Trader

    I know this is a little home bias, but there's a dive bar here in Richmond known for letting local bands perform who posted the following on tap over the weekend along with some others:

    Hardywood gingerbread stout
    Hardywood BBA gingerbread stout
    Hardywood 2011 Bourbon Cru
  8. I have a leftover UNO Chicago Bar and Grill giftcard from Christmas so I'll be going there soon. I dont expect to find any Hopslam for sale. The last time I went was like 2 years ago and the best of the craft beer offerings on the menu was stuff like Redhook ESB and maybe some Sam Adams seasonals I think. Its still a bit better than Applebees beer selection though. I had Guinness Draught from the 14.9 oz can the last time I went and it was a terrible beer.
  9. radio2525

    radio2525 Savant (380) Ohio Feb 14, 2012 Beer Trader

    Brute at a ithaca tap take over at a college bar
  10. jesskidden

    jesskidden Champion (810) New Jersey Aug 10, 2005 Subscriber

    The selection of beer at any chain restaurant is going to vary from region to region and unit to unit. You don't mention where you are in your profile, but there's a UNO in NJ that includes a brewpub - http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1874 and another outside of Trenton with a pretty impressive draught list for a chain joint - http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/25292/view=beerfly sample beer menu at http://www.beermenus.com/places/3283-uno-chicago-grill-hamilton-nj

    I imagine there are many more UNO's with a typical chain restaurant beer selection where Samual Adams seasonal is the most exotic choice.
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  11. Fujii13

    Fujii13 Savant (295) New York Apr 27, 2011 Beer Trader

    Popped into a bar last night that had some of the beer that was supposed to go to Night of the Barrels but ended up in Saratoga after NotB was cancelled. Nothing mind-blowing, but a nice unexpected find.
  12. craft_shannie

    craft_shannie Savant (465) Indiana Nov 9, 2012 Beer Trader

    the summer before last we found FFF's gumballhead on tap at this local, hole-in-the wall pizza joint that serves thick, gooey cheese sticks & and cheap fishbowls. we were so excited, we kept going back. when we killed the keg and asked what was next, we were told that gumballhead was "mistakenly" given to them & they were going to replace it w. a BMC variety. we haven't been back, but have fond memories of that summer.
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  13. robhbest

    robhbest Aficionado (205) Michigan Apr 16, 2012

    I walked into a small mom and pop store outside of town and found three Life and Limbs on the shelf. I've never been so excited buying beer before.
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  14. Digging around in walk in cooler at my local gas station and came across a bottle of Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout. I balked at the price but decided to try it anyway... WOW.
  15. Sludgeman

    Sludgeman Champion (790) District of Columbia Aug 17, 2012 Beer Trader

    In Richmond quite a bit, which bar is that?
  16. Just yesterday found two bottles of Mikkeller beer geek brunch weasel calvados barrell edition at a bottle shop in Pittsburgh. Not usually my favorite joint because they tend to have a bigger selection than is good for them, i.e. finding two year old IPAs in the fridge but I was pretty pumped to find that. Always avoid non bottle dated IPAs there. Never have seen a Mikkeller in a bottle here in Pittsburgh before. Paid dearly for them but was happy to do so.
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  17. VeganUndead

    VeganUndead Champion (850) Virginia Apr 25, 2012 Beer Trader

    The Camel on Broad St.
  18. TallSaint

    TallSaint Savant (345) New York Dec 10, 2010

  19. JamesShoemaker

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

    FW XVI at my local bottle shop in NY. Thanks to mahak213 for the tip.
  20. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poobah (1,270) Indiana Aug 11, 2012 Beer Trader

    I was shocked to find a 4 pack of Plead the 5th Tuesday. Gotta wait until my biggest loser contest is over before knocking down that many calories.
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  21. RichardMNixon

    RichardMNixon Advocate (590) Pennsylvania Jun 24, 2012 Beer Trader

    On vacation in NYC.
    "Double Rice IPA? Why would I want rice in my beer, much less double rice?"
    Some drinks and internet browsing later... "Ohhhh... that's what that stands for..." Smart phone saved the night.
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  22. mecummins

    mecummins Savant (425) Illinois Nov 16, 2012

    Not as exciting as some others, but at a local grocery store somebody put both FBS and Sucks in the mix sixer section. I paid $8.99 for a six pack of each this way. Thee 4 pack of FBS was still $12.99 and the 6 pack of Sucks was $10.99. It FELT like a huge find at the time.
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  23. Unexpected beer finds? Finding beer in a gas station.
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  24. mecummins

    mecummins Savant (425) Illinois Nov 16, 2012

    You must not get to WI too often. Every gas station there seems to sell craft beer.
  25. mbockstruck30

    mbockstruck30 Savant (445) Illinois Dec 31, 2010 Beer Trader

    King Henry a month ago at a dive corner store a mile from my place in Chicago. $50, but I'll take it 20 months after the release. And no, they do not have any more. I posted it to BA the next day and they got cleaned out.
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  26. I try hard to forget that the mid-west even exists!

    I'm from Connecticut, and that is just NOT something you see there
  27. Nectar

    Nectar Savant (310) New Jersey Jan 17, 2013

    This. My buddy is back in NJ visiting for the first time since he moved to WI.

    Brought me some stuff like New Glarus Serendipity that was most bought at gas stations
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  28. Summer before last a buddy and I stopped at a little gas station in Denton, DE to fill up and were surprised to find a decent selection of craft beer. In the cooler, they had put 2006 DFH 120's into plain white 4-packs for $30 each. There happened to be two of them in there so we each bought one.
  29. atomic

    atomic Advocate (500) Illinois Sep 22, 2009 Beer Trader

    *weeps gently*
  30. jar72404

    jar72404 Aficionado (200) Florida May 31, 2009

    King Henry at Rattle n Hum (NYC) last August for under $30.
  31. beerinmaine

    beerinmaine Aficionado (235) Maine Jun 20, 2009

    Still a dozen bottles of Black Ops in the rack, too?

    I found a case of FW15 there a couple years ago. Wish I'd bought more.
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  32. xnicknj

    xnicknj Advocate (740) Pennsylvania May 25, 2009

    Yesterday I was wandering around the bottle shop for the first time in a month or so and snagged the last bottle of Alesmith My Bloody Valentine, which was nice. I was even more excited when I saw a pair of Tilquin Gueuze 375's lingering on the shelf - 2011 and 2012 vintages.
  33. beerinmaine

    beerinmaine Aficionado (235) Maine Jun 20, 2009

    Visitors to Maine are often puzzled by our relative lack of bottle shops, liquor stores, or "package stores" as our MA friends call them.

    We get all of that at a gas station, convenience store, drug store, or grocery store...
  34. The packy! Its a Ct thing too ;)
  35. dagmer

    dagmer Aficionado (160) Illinois Feb 27, 2012

    I had a similiar experience at a local store. Got a 6 pack of Dogfish Head Burton Baton for 9.99
  36. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Savant (380) Arizona Jul 29, 2012

    BA Bigfoot at my local Total Wine. Wasn't expecting to see it, so I was pretty excited : )
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  37. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Advocate (685) Illinois Nov 26, 2011 Beer Trader

    love to know where that was!;)
  38. Ericness

    Ericness Savant (290) Massachusetts Nov 21, 2012

    Dogfish Head 90 Minute on the Acela Amtrak train between Boston and NY. The choices were BMC, Boston Lager (which is EVERYWHERE here), and 90 Minute. Made a for a great train ride.
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  39. mpayne5

    mpayne5 Advocate (635) Indiana Aug 18, 2011 Beer Trader


    Found this at a liquor store for $2.50. Thought it was a pretty good deal.
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  40. mecummins

    mecummins Savant (425) Illinois Nov 16, 2012

    Mariano's on Elston (NW side of Chicago.) Usually I have a difficult time finding 6 beers to mix in the section (a lot of Shock Top and Blue Moon for some reason), although their regular craft section is pretty decent for a grocery store. You'd think I won the lottery when I saw them sitting in the cold room. And as of last Sunday they still had some FBS there.
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