Beer run - road trip game

Discussion in 'Mid-Atlantic' started by BrewUrbanist, Jun 25, 2013.

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  1. BrewUrbanist

    BrewUrbanist Initiate (151) May 11, 2012 Wisconsin

    A simple game:

    You live in Washington DC. You, your girlfriend and another couple are contemplating a very quick and (largely) beer focused road trip for 4th of July weekend. A sudsy cannonball run. Able to leave early Friday morning, and get back to DC Sunday night. What beer-centric destination do you choose to maximize beer-awesomeness with drive-manageability? Baltimore is not an option.

    Vermont - 8+ hour drive for Heady and Hill Farmstead?
    Philly - 2.5 hour drive
    Boston - 7 hours
    NYC - 5 hours
    New England 6 hours (NEBCO, Jack's Abby, Tree House)
    Asheville - 8 hours
  2. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Savant (964) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

    get wasted in the Philly burbs. Stay away from the city unless you're going to Monks.
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  3. tun

    tun Aspirant (248) Jun 8, 2012 New York
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    Philly seems like a no brainer if you have to bring along the ladies.
  4. zekeman17

    zekeman17 Defender (674) Feb 14, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    I agree with Philly, but do some research--Welcome America Festival + Fireworks=major traffic issues.
    It might be a better choice some weekend other than the 4th.
  5. jl28r1

    jl28r1 Zealot (511) Jan 10, 2011 Texas

    I would skip Boston, Philly and New York on the weekend of the 4th. If you left at 4am, even with an hour stop for lunch you would still be in Vt by early afternoon Heady can in hand.
  6. nesarebad

    nesarebad Devotee (471) Feb 4, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    That weekend is probably the perfect opportunity to get to the cannery and find them completely sold out. Sure that will be a fun experience :wink:
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  7. gregkoko

    gregkoko Initiate (69) Mar 12, 2010 New York
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    To be fair Alchemist is closed for Fourth of July so I'd hope/expect them to be still on sale at least through late Friday
  8. BrewUrbanist

    BrewUrbanist Initiate (151) May 11, 2012 Wisconsin

    Thank you all for playing. Started this thread because we originally started planning this as a quick trip to VT, but are realizing that its a lot of driving, and the chance to purchase Heady is not guaranteed. Alchemist is closed Thursday, which gives us a fighting chance to get some if we can get up there by 2:00pm or so.

    Good points about the major cities being a complete charlie foxtrot on 4th of July weekend. Poor timing, but this is really the only open weekend for this group to attempt such a feat.

    Maybe we should go to Cleveland.
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  9. tjseveryday

    tjseveryday Initiate (0) Apr 8, 2006 Pennsylvania

  10. jl28r1

    jl28r1 Zealot (511) Jan 10, 2011 Texas

    I would still prefer Vermont. :-)
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  11. ipas-for-life

    ipas-for-life Disciple (347) Feb 28, 2012 Virginia
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    Here is a PA beer-centric trip you could do.

    Day 1- Troegs, Selins Grove and Bullfrog. There are a few decent hotels within walking distance of Bullfrog in Williamsport.

    Day 2- Hit the Wegmans right next to the hotels for a quick breakfast and to pick up some bottles. They had a decent selection of stuff I hadn't seen before in the NoVa area. Then drive to Tired Hands right outside of Philly. After a couple hours their spend the rest of the day/night around the Philly area.

    Day 1- DC to Troegs 2 1/2 hours. Troegs to Selins Grove 1 hour, Selins Grove to Bullfrog 1 hour
    Day 2- Bullfrog/Williamsport to Tired hands 3 hours. Tired Hands to Philly 20 minutes
    Day 3-Philly to DC-Good Luck

    I did the Day 1 leg of the trip last summer on the way to upstate NY and had a blast. It is a very easy drive the three breweries are basically a straight shot. You have to do a tiny bit of back tracking from Troegs to Selins but not much.
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  12. GreenMtnMike

    GreenMtnMike Initiate (160) May 30, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    I'm going to second the Philly 'burbs. Stay somewhere near the mainline. Take a trip out to Victory, leave girlfriends at King of Prussia Mall if necessary. Have nice meals and great beer at Forest and Main and Tired Hands. Take the train into the city for Monk's, fireworks, and whatnot. Save VT for when you have the time, and lack of huge crowds, to do it right.
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  13. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Crusader (736) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    It's a no-brainer. Vermont. But Alchemist sells out sometimes - especially on weekends. If you have a DD, there's alot of places that pour HF and Lawson's as well but you'll need to do some research. There is a large store named Table & Vine along I-91 [Exit 13B?] in West Springfield MA on the way. One of the biggest selections I've seen and alot of good stuff probably not available where you are.
  14. DavethebeerguyNJ

    DavethebeerguyNJ Initiate (0) Jun 27, 2013 New Jersey

    You can start your trip in Philly, hit the local bars there.... Then take the train to haddon township in NJ walk about 50 steps to your first bar "the Irish mile" get yourself a fresh pint or two from one of the 62 kegs they have tapped and then Enjoy the local bars there for a while and then hop back on the train and head to Atlantic city where you can end your trip. That sounds like a great day to me.
  15. BrewUrbanist

    BrewUrbanist Initiate (151) May 11, 2012 Wisconsin

    We've decided to 'go big', and are making the run up to Vermont. Leaving DC at 5am Friday, so hope to be at the Alchemist by around 2-3pm. Hoping the Heady lasts that long. We are trying to arrange w/ a local to purchase some for us early next week just to hedge our bets.

    Saturday, possibly early trip to farmers market to seek out Lawson's, then up to Hill Farmstead.

    Going to be a lot of driving for a beer run, but should be a good time.
  16. spicoli00

    spicoli00 Zealot (539) Jul 6, 2005 Indiana

    Fat Heads!
  17. dmac621

    dmac621 Initiate (172) Nov 26, 2008 New Jersey
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    Funny I was just about to say if you're coming from DC it's gonna be a lot longer then 8 hours. I'm in central NJ and its 8 hours for me to get to Hill Farmstead.

    Have fun though.
  18. Beerisheaven

    Beerisheaven Devotee (463) Dec 5, 2007 Pennsylvania

    You should just trade for Heady. The Philly run will allow you to hit a large amount of great places all of which will def have great selections and not leave you disappointed. However, Selinsgrove is closed starting July 1 through mid-week the following week. Take the grove off your list which is a shame since it might be the best of all the places you could go to in the trip suggested above.
  19. ColdOne

    ColdOne Aspirant (218) Jan 19, 2013 New York
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    That's actually not a bad idea. Hit up Hoppin Frog in Akron, then head north to the Brew Kettle to get the more wonderful than words can describe White Rajah, then further north to Fat Heads. Meanwhile, maybe you can get some sweet bottles to bring back that are mid-west distro.

  20. Retail1LO

    Retail1LO Initiate (0) May 4, 2011 Pennsylvania kidding. 581 miles from DC. And once you get up to VT...there are just some stretches you can't approach as quickly as you may like.

    Looking at about 9.5 hours each way. You run right through Baltimore, DC, NY..... You may want to start your run overnight and blow through the I-95 corridor while everyone sleeps.
  21. GreenMtnMike

    GreenMtnMike Initiate (160) May 30, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    You should do this. Or, if you are taking 87 up during the day, consider taking it all the way to 74 and cutting across to the Crown Point bridge. I wouldn't take 9N through Lake George around the 4th of July.
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