Easy way to check what is distributed to your state?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by emount91, Jan 26, 2016.

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  1. emount91

    emount91 Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2015 Connecticut

    I tried a search of the forum and didn't find exactly what I am looking for.

    I was wondering if there is a website, system, compilation list, or anything of that matter to easily find out which breweries distribute to which states (i know you can somewhat figure it out by checking reviews of certain beers and where the BA is located, but that has its obvious pitfalls)? I know that a lot of breweries take it upon themselves to let their customers know where they can find their beer (like Stone), but a lot do not and you are left walking into liquor stores and asking for beers from brewing companies that the store probably has never even heard of.

    for example, when I see a brew on social media that I am curious to try, I want to be able to look up if it is even distributed to my state or if I will have to travel or trade for it.

    Anyone know of anything that makes that easy or do we just continue to guess and get odd looks from liquor store employees?
  2. papat444

    papat444 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2006 Canada (QC)

  3. emount91

    emount91 Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2015 Connecticut

    PERFECT! that is exactly the type of thing I was looking for, do you know how up-to-date it is kept? I can already see that Knee Deep is not on the list for CT, yet they just started distributing to some liquor stores here. same with Alpine.
  4. papat444

    papat444 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2006 Canada (QC)

    It says Jan 25th so should be pretty accurate. I use it whenever i travel. Know if it could just cross reference with store inventories lol
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  5. von_kaiser

    von_kaiser Crusader (754) Feb 19, 2014 Connecticut

    i've found it's usually 1-2 months off.....sometimes even greater (CIP alpine in CT). but for the most part it's pretty accurate.
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  6. Dan_K

    Dan_K Zealot (515) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    As a counterpoint to Seekabrew- It's not very accurate. It can give you a rough idea but there have been plenty of places that get stuff that shouldn't, or don't that should. I know there ~5 breweries we get in Colorado not on the list, and 5-10 that we don't get that are on the list.

    It also won't tell you that certain beers only get distributed to only a few shops or only to one or two cities. For example if you say "oh Georgia gets Creature Comforts" that's not a very accurate picture of the situation. Or "New York gets Other Half"
  7. emount91

    emount91 Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2015 Connecticut

    exactly, just like CT gets Lawson's, BUT only cans of Sip of Sunshine and Super Session. I think next to Lawson's on the CT list it says "Limited" though, still not much help.
  8. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (2,189) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
    Society Trader

    I highly recommend contacting John using the About page to update what is not current. I did this a while back and the information was added within a week.
  9. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,556) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    The seekabrew website is only as accurate as the folks providing feedback. I have contacted them to make additions and they did so on the next update.

    @Dan_K, I would encourage you to contact them with the additions that you are aware of.

    The beer scene in the US is very dynamic with distribution changes happening on a regular (daily?) basis.

  10. That_Bearded_Guy

    That_Bearded_Guy Disciple (346) Jan 25, 2016 California

    This may seem obvious but, if I'm looking for something particular I almost always call the store to see if they have it before I leave the house. Not worth my time to drive somewhere just to ask somebody something I can ask over the phone. A lot of the time if they don't have it in stock they can give you a good idea on when they should have it or where the nearest location is that does. Of course this works better if you have good bottle shops in your area with knowledgable employees and not just some random guy at the local grocery store.
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  11. emount91

    emount91 Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2015 Connecticut

    I do that too for whalez, since they like to hide them in CT. but I was looking for something that I could check during my free couple of minutes so I know what possibly COULD be at the store.
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  12. Leebo

    Leebo Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2013 Massachusetts

    I go to the local packy?
  13. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,380) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    Actually, they do have a 3-tier system :wink:... Full distribution, Limited distribution, or Draft-only distribution.
  14. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,561) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    I believe Seekabrew relies on updates from us, so anytime that anyone notices that info is out of date or missing, follow the instructions that accompany the website. This helps all of us in the long run who rely on this site.
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  15. poetpowr

    poetpowr Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2014 Minnesota

    just contact the site.
  16. deleted_user_950283

    deleted_user_950283 Crusader (796) Feb 25, 2015

    By state doesn't work well for Montana... different regions with different beers that are as far apart as other states in parts of the country... also not a complete list as far as the two cities I do most of my shopping in
  17. guinness77

    guinness77 Poo-Bah (2,101) Jan 6, 2014 New York

    This pretty much nails it on the head.

    I've gone to Virginia and Florida within the last year, used seekabrew to get an idea of what I can look for and then, of course, went to the good folks here and started threads in those sub-forums on where's best to look and what local beers I should be looking for.
  18. Oktoberfiesta

    Oktoberfiesta Aspirant (275) Nov 16, 2013 New Mexico

    I sent them some updated info for NM back in October (about 15 changes/additions). It still hasn't been updated. Has anyone not seen their info get added?
  19. drtth

    drtth Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    One source of information you might check out is your state's liquor control commision web site. In PA there's a web link I can use to search the LCB database of beers registered for distribution into PA. While not perfect the list is pretty much up to date for most stuff.
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  20. seth27

    seth27 Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2015 Pennsylvania

    Care to post that link? I'm from PA and never know such a thing existed
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  21. drtth

    drtth Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Sure, here you go:


    It doesn't require any registration, etc. You can just start using it.


    PS--I have at least one beer distributor who's willing to go out of his way to find me a case of anything that comes bottled/canned and so far, when I'm willing to buy the whole case, he's come through, even on some hard to find stuff.
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  22. Prince_Casual

    Prince_Casual Disciple (356) Nov 3, 2012 District of Columbia

    It's only as good as the info provided to the hosts. There's surely somewhere on that site you can report new distributions to.
  23. BWood

    BWood Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2015 California

    What's a packy?
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  24. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,380) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

  25. rmank

    rmank Aspirant (281) Mar 26, 2012 South Carolina

    I'm assuming it's short for "package store" the stores in which you purchase beer/liquor/wine. Every state calls them something different and if you're really lucky, some states allow you to buy all 3 in the grocery store.
  26. BWood

    BWood Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2015 California

    California does all 3 .
  27. RBowers

    RBowers Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2014 Virginia

    Can anyone tell me if there's a site that can give me directions to different places? Nevermind, I just used this thing called Google and discovered mapquest.
  28. rmank

    rmank Aspirant (281) Mar 26, 2012 South Carolina

  29. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,098) Mar 12, 2009 New York
    Society Trader

    That's a great site. Is there any other site you could recommend to check beer freshness dating info?
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  30. papat444

    papat444 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2006 Canada (QC)

    Yep, check the link in my profile :slight_smile:
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