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What's the farthest you've driven for the sole purpose of picking up beer?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by jeevo, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. jeevo

    jeevo Savant (490) Pennsylvania Nov 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    I'm curious. Lets cut out trips i.e. drove from Texas to Chicago for a wedding and stopped at the Three Floyds brewpub.

    What's the farthest beer run you've made in your car? Heck, if you flew into a city for the sole purpose of scooping up some brewskis, that counts too.
  2. i don't really know off the top of my head, but i would go to the end of the earth and back if it meant i can finally get some bourbon county cherry rye
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  3. tbryan5

    tbryan5 Advocate (595) Louisiana Sep 22, 2012 Beer Trader

    I drove a little over an hour then fought traffic from Baton Rouge to New Orleans to go by steins. I didn't even know what they had. i had just heard it was a pretty stellar selection. I picked up some great brews and made it home for lunch.
  4. 4 hours.....Hill Farmstead and the Alchemist

    Oh sure, there was an overnight stay in Stowe to make it all vacation-y for the wife...but it was all about the beer
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  5. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Savant (445) Illinois Mar 2, 2013

    One hour into Wisconsin.

    Anything beyond that is crazy talk and you should have your head examined.
  6. j47paco

    j47paco Savant (410) California Dec 19, 2010 Beer Trader

    4 hours and 200 miles to Kernville a few years ago. We came back with 8 growlers of Citra. Worth every mile.
  7. HopCraverDave

    HopCraverDave Aficionado (185) Ohio Feb 20, 2013

    Does driving to 5 hours to FFF for the upcoming Dark Lord Day count?
  8. Two hours each way to the original Troegs Harrisburg location for scratch beers.
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  9. Up and back from Ct. to Philadelphia once or twice a year. 6-7 hour rt assuming no crazy traffic. Not a bad way to kill a day.
  10. loafinaround

    loafinaround Savant (415) New York Jul 16, 2011

    Just 60 miles round trip... but in nyc traffic.
  11. Hotmetal1

    Hotmetal1 Advocate (665) Mississippi Feb 28, 2012 Beer Trader

    Five, hours from North Mississippi to Ky. Story starts off like a joke. A beer store owner, a cop a preacher and me have made this trip 3 times.
    If you count Hunahpu Day drove 13 hours.
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  12. 90 minutes.
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  13. 6.5 hours. Rochester, NY to Waterbury, VT
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  14. cfrances33

    cfrances33 Champion (795) Illinois Jun 12, 2012 Beer Trader

    14 hours and about 870 miles from Indiana to Hill Farmstead... multiple times. Another trip coming in May.
  15. bcook582

    bcook582 Zealot (90) California Jan 4, 2012

    im driving 4.5hrs each way from central ny to alchemist on thursday. going to get 2 cases of HT and going to enjoy every minute in the car doing it.

    Oh yea, that is after my 6hr flight from SF to my parents in NY for easter so i guess you could count that too.
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  16. DAllspaw

    DAllspaw Savant (290) Indiana Nov 7, 2009

    2.5 hours from Indy for lunch at FFF, back the same day. I prefer to go twice, up and back with a stay over in Chicago in between, but it was a great lunch!
  17. 461 miles to Russian River for Pliny the Younger (8 hours).
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  18. How are you getting the Heady's back to San Francisco?
  19. TheRealPour

    TheRealPour Advocate (615) Illinois Jan 29, 2009 Beer Trader

    Wife and I have made the 6+ hour trip from Chicago to Minneapolis for a Surly haul...twice. We enjoyed a tour each time and injected quite a few dollars into the Twin Cities' beer economy each time.
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    NYCBUCKEYE Savant (305) New York Jan 21, 2013 Beer Trader

    Where in NJ? My wife and I were drinking it on tap Saturday evening at a bar by our house on the UWS. Keg is still pouring as of today.
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  21. jmgrub

    jmgrub Savant (475) California Nov 20, 2010

    One of the best beer stops in New Orleans as far as I'm concerned...and you can't even drink on premise!
  22. i'm about 20mins outside of midtown manhattan
  23. stouts4me

    stouts4me Savant (420) Illinois Oct 9, 2011

    WINNER !!! 2514 miles Chicago area to Huny Day in March, round trip. (Retired) Brought down a bunch of Zombie Dust, and Teku glasses, -at cost - for BA's to pick up and enjoy , should've brought more, everyone+ wanted it, at cost you sure can't go wrong.Met a bunch of GREAT BA's with that goodwill, well worth it !
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  24. Ri0

    Ri0 Poobah (1,155) Wisconsin Jul 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    3,120 miles to Alaskan Brewing Co. Oh wait, I could have just gone 3 miles and bought some at my local store?
  25. ddedhed

    ddedhed Advocate (530) Ohio Dec 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    5.5 hours from Ohio to FFF. Stay the night in Chicago, but stop on the way up and the way back. Usually do it twice a year. The wife loves Chicago and allows me to stock up. Lucky me.
  26. gcamparone

    gcamparone Advocate (685) Rhode Island Dec 6, 2011 Subscriber Beer Trader

    500 miles for heady a couple times
  27. beachfirebrews

    beachfirebrews Aficionado (225) Pennsylvania Nov 10, 2011 Beer Trader

    made a 3 hour detour to stop at Bell's to pick up Hopslam....they ran out just before I got there. :( at least I got to try Two Hearted on cask!
  28. cdmillard

    cdmillard Savant (440) Maryland Feb 17, 2013

    Don't know if this counts, but I flew to Amsterdam, then drove to Belgium to pick up 2 cases of West 12! I managed to fit in a little tourism while I was there (Barhopping), but the focus of the trip was a beer run.
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  29. tbryan5

    tbryan5 Advocate (595) Louisiana Sep 22, 2012 Beer Trader

    Haha. I know! I probably would've even eaten there and spent more money if I could have cracked open one of the brews I bought... O well... Still a weird rule considering it is IN New Orleans. (where almost anything goes..)
  30. tbryan5

    tbryan5 Advocate (595) Louisiana Sep 22, 2012 Beer Trader

    OUCH... that stings...
  31. TriageStat

    TriageStat Savant (420) Pennsylvania Sep 20, 2012 Beer Trader

    14 hour round trip excursion to Waterbury (from outside philly) to pick up some Heady. Left at 4 am and was back by 6 pm. Will never do that drive solo again.
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  32. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Savant (405) Illinois Jul 28, 2009 Beer Trader

    An hour to Wisco for some NG.
  33. manutdfan

    manutdfan Initiate (0) Florida May 25, 2012

    3 hours numerous times to tampa for ccb
  34. aasher

    aasher Poobah (1,270) Indiana Jan 27, 2010 Beer Trader

    A nine hour drive to Minneapolis for Darkness Day. The ride back was worse. Three guys. Nine hours. Lambic farts.
  35. Seanniek91

    Seanniek91 Advocate (540) Rhode Island Jul 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    3 1/2 hours to Hill Farmstead.
  36. I once drove fifteen minutes and two towns over. Rough life.
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  37. Ataraxia

    Ataraxia Savant (315) Massachusetts Sep 20, 2012 Beer Trader

    ~10 hr roundtrip to Vermont for HF and the Alchemist
    No overnight stays, no breaks, no stopping for a beer or food along the way (drank water and iced tea in the car)
    Just me, some classical masterpieces, my reliable Legacy, and the open road
  38. jmgrub

    jmgrub Savant (475) California Nov 20, 2010

    Eat next time. Good food...and that's coming from a Jew!
  39. jl28r1

    jl28r1 Savant (490) Texas Jan 10, 2011

    My 13 yr. old kid had spring break a few weeks ago, we decided to take a dad/son vacation. He really wanted to go camping in AK but I convinced him to go to New Orleans instead. I figured that there would be plenty for us to do and I could hit Stein's Deli while we were there. After driving 9 hours each way, I can now say that there is not much for a 13 year old to do in NO. Stein's is awesome by the way!
    I am officially a terrible Dad !
  40. brikelly

    brikelly Savant (480) Massachusetts Apr 11, 2010 Beer Trader

    3 hours north to Hill Farmstead/Alchemist/Lawson's. On multiple occasions. And it will happen again.
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