1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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. brikelly

    brikelly Savant (405) New Hampshire Apr 11, 2010

    Your bladder must have been the size of a freaking zeppelin
    harrymel likes this.
  2. wfinken

    wfinken Aspirant (25) Maryland Jan 27, 2013

    I am the beer specialist at a liqour store in MD. We have 2. And my boss wants $50 each. Which I think is a bit too steep.
  3. stevegoz

    stevegoz Savant (320) Illinois May 5, 2008

    If "major detours" count, then it's four-plus hours out of our way to hit The Alchemist on the way from Cape Cod to Chicago.

    Otherwise, then it's three hours from Chicago to New Glarus. And two days from now it'll be the same time from Chicago to Grand Rapids.
  4. rodlavers

    rodlavers Savant (385) Pennsylvania Jun 20, 2012

    approximately 6.5 hours, about 410 miles, Pittsburgh to Kalamazoo.
    HeyJim likes this.
  5. augustg

    augustg Savant (270) Illinois Sep 15, 2011

    19 Hours from Chicago to tampa for Hunahpu's Day.
    woodchopper likes this.
  6. fredmugs

    fredmugs Champion (820) Indiana Aug 11, 2012

    Instead of flying from Indy to Reno for a hiking trip I drove so I could go to Oskar Blues, Great Divide, Falling Rock Tap House, and several bottle store in Denver. Bought shitloads more in Cali. Coming back I must have been deranged since I drove right past the FFF exit coming from Chicago and never thought to go there. D'Oh

    In July same deal except it's hiking the Long Trail and going to the big VT breweries.
  7. Ataraxia

    Ataraxia Savant (250) Massachusetts Sep 20, 2012

    Whoops, there was 1 piss break on the way up. I meant no breaks for merely sitting around, stretching, etc.
  8. 5 hours to Foothills for Sexual Chocolate. Planning to beat that next year for 2014 Hunah (sad to have missed it this year)
  9. dckepley

    dckepley Savant (310) Iowa Aug 13, 2006

    Round trip of about 460 miles...from central Iowa to Hudson, Wisconsin.
  10. TX-Badger

    TX-Badger Champion (770) Texas Jun 14, 2012

    410 miles, Dallas to OKC and back, just to get some delicious Prairie Artisan Ales (and other goodies OKC gets that TX doesn't)
  11. HeyJim

    HeyJim Savant (385) Pennsylvania Sep 22, 2012

    Trip my wife agreed to today : Pittsburgh to Cleveland (Brew Kettle & Great Lakes), to Grand Rapids (Founders) to Kalamazoo (Bells) to Munster (FFF) to Chicago for a few nights (where we'll do whatever it takes to make up for going to half a dozen breweries) then Columbus on the way back to Pittsburgh.

    Her Subaru is going to dragging all the way back >_>.
  12. LambicKing

    LambicKing Advocate (650) Florida Apr 13, 2011

    14 hours each way to Vermontland from southern VA several times and on-going. Helps to have family and grown up in NH too.
  13. Flew from SC to Belgium; visited Cantillon and St. Sixtus; brought back some Fou and plenty of Westy 12.
  14. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Savant (260) Arizona Jul 29, 2012

    From North Glendale to the Whole Foods Market in Chandler. Bout an hourish drive across the Phoenix metro area, pretty crazy I know. Got to have Ten Fidy on nitro, and found an awesome Chinese place. If you live in the area and like Chinese food check out a place called C-FU....seriously...
  15. Jaredp

    Jaredp Zealot (80) New York Oct 27, 2010

    Flew to texas for the holdiays and happened to bring back some limited released Jester Kings...killed two birds with one stone, not sure if it counts but TSA was curious about my bags xray and had to inspect.
  16. I haven't been in the game long enough to really embark....with that being said, about 25 minutes.
  17. only about 3 hours to Russian River. Most the Nor cal breweries are all within 5 hours of each other.
  18. frazbri

    frazbri Advocate (600) Ohio Oct 29, 2003

    My normal beer run is about 30-45 minutes away. When you live out in BFE, there's a price to pay.
    bmilt likes this.
  19. 10 hours, NC to Tampa for Hunahpu!
  20. RayOhioFelton

    RayOhioFelton Savant (490) Ohio May 24, 2011

    Making a day trip to grand rapids from cleveland. Be about ten to eleven hours in the car for a 12pk of KBS which I get to keep 8 of....stopping at 8 stores so far. Hoping to find some gems out tree on the road!
  21. adkieffer

    adkieffer Savant (320) Washington Nov 23, 2010

    Drove about 7 hours round trip from Luxembourg to Brussels when they released Fou Foune last year. Wasn't in the travel plans but made it work as soon as i saw it was ready! €2 pours of lambic and €8 Fou how could I not!?
  22. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Champion (765) California Jan 31, 2005

    Actually if I'm driving far, hundreds of miles...it turns into more than a beer run. I find other things to do also: camping, restaurants, sites, etc...
    Other breweries!!!;)
  23. 1424IpA

    1424IpA Savant (395) California Nov 2, 2012

    540 milesto bear republic and of course we stopped at 21 amendment, anchor steam, lagunitas and russian river. spend 700 bucks or so on beer that weekend. worth it...
  24. Nothing too special. I regularly drive from DC for Troegs Splinter Days (Blue and Black) and for Sexual Chocolate Days (NC). That's it.
  25. 1200 miles (round-trip)

    now, my wife would mention that technically we were making the trip for the wedding of one of her best friends. she would also be speaking for herself. :)
    BoUrBoNbArReL likes this.
  26. cincysig

    cincysig Savant (330) Massachusetts Sep 15, 2010

    Does flying from Boston to San Francisco and driving to Santa Rosa count? It was for the Pliny the Younger release. Main reason for the trip. It counts to me :)
  27. cincysig

    cincysig Savant (330) Massachusetts Sep 15, 2010

    Just did this trip last week. Brilliant!
  28. bcook582

    bcook582 Zealot (90) California Jan 4, 2012

    Checking it on united...going to be epic
    RaulMondesi likes this.
  29. Premo88

    Premo88 Savant (490) Texas Jun 6, 2010

    just 90-100 miles ... from Bryan-College Station to Houston

    that run to the Hay Merchant on Sunday afternoons and Specs near downtown when it opens Monday morning is awfully damn fun.
  30. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Washington Dec 16, 2011

    328 miles from Seattle to Bend OR. When I see the number 328 I think to myself "That's really not that far, and I should make the trip more often!"
  31. RichD

    RichD Advocate (615) Rhode Island Mar 18, 2012

    I'm probably doing the same exact thing in a few months. Can't wait!
    darkandhoppy likes this.
  32. cyrushire

    cyrushire Advocate (575) Florida May 25, 2012

    11 hours round trip for hunahpu.
  33. If you want any beers from Southern California... ;)
  34. riemster

    riemster Advocate (535) Ohio Mar 17, 2011

    Some of you are crazy! Although, only driving distances for the sole purpose of attaining beer should count! Haha.

    Farthest as of now, only 90 minutes for my 2 bricks of westy 12

    However I am planning a 4 to 5 hour trip through Michigan this May. Should be fun.
  35. elNopalero

    elNopalero Advocate (665) Texas Oct 14, 2009

    Trips don't count but what about detours? As in, I drove from San Antonio to San Francisco... and made a completely unnecessary stop in Albuquerque in order to visit La Cumbre? ...and then went from the I-5 to the 101 in order to swing by Paso Robles for a visit to Firestone Walker! ...otherwise my longest "beer only" road trip was from the bay area to visit Sierra Nevada for a birthday celebration. Maybe 3 hours on the road, tops.
  36. dat Beatification, about 7 hours driving, probs more.

    or DLD, does that even count?
  37. 700 miles roundtrip to Barrelworks in Buellton, CA (Firestone Walker). Luckily I have buddies in San Luis Obispo so the trip is always broken up nicely. Sacramento to Paso Robles to the standard Firestone, then to SLO to hang and then grab the SLO friends to head to Buellton for Barrelworks, sometimes we'll keep heading south and go to The Bruery. California is great.
  38. BlackDragon

    BlackDragon Initiate (0) Michigan Feb 16, 2013

    Allows you who wears the pants in this relationship???
  39. Going to DFH from Baltimore (174 miles, including the Brewpub and the next day travel to Evolution and Burley Oak, which are on the way home) on the 29th.. However, I really want to take a bottle shop detour to State Line Liquors, which adds 33 miles.
  40. I drove 275 miles one way from Greensboro, N.C. to N. Charleston, S.C. for Brewvival 2013 and it was worth every single mile. About to depart this Thursday (3-28) on a western N.C. Brewery run that will take in 25 different Breweries/Brew Pubs and will be about 540 miles round trip.
    ldhughes3 likes this.

Share This Page