Favorite Beers that are Actually Possible to Obtain

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Avangion, Dec 26, 2012.

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  1. Avangion

    Avangion Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2012 New York

    So I'm visiting Florida for the holidays from my home in NYC. One of the highlights of my trip was supposed to be procuring some Cigar City rarities, which used to be distributed in NY but are no longer (why???? Oh why???). Well, it turns out that even in Florida they are hard to get. Every place I've been tells me they sell out of CC within hours of it hitting the shelves. There's some Maduro and Jai Alai floating around, so maybe I'll pack those. But this experience got me to thinking... what are your favorite beers that are readily obtainable, that you can find more or less all the time without having to make trades and that you can drink with abandon without feeling as if you're consuming a once-in-a-lifetime magic elixir? I've noticed that the highest rated beers and most sought after for trades are the ones that are basically impossible to get for most people. What about your daily "drinking" beers (as opposed to tasting) that are widely available, affordable, and truly excellent? I imagine this will vary from person to person as well as region to region, but I'm keen to find out what people like to drink on a regular basis in different parts of the country/world, so I'll know to look out for them, too, while I'm hunting down PtY or whatever. Here are mine, off the top of my head:

    DFH 60 Minute IPA
    Lagunitas IPA
    Left Hand Milk Stout/Keegan's Mother's Milk
    Sixpoint Sweet Action
    Duvel or Leffe Blonde or Palm sometimes
    Captain Lawrence (whatever's on tap)
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  2. Avangion

    Avangion Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2012 New York

    Also, hello everyone, long time BA lurker, first time forum participant!
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  3. BuckeyeDave

    BuckeyeDave Initiate (125) May 30, 2008 Ohio

    Some of my favorite "shelf" beers are:

    Weyerbacher Insanity (Although I have not been able to find for last 2 or so months it is usually available most of the year)
    Chimay Blue
    St Bernardus Abt 12
    North Coast Old Stock Ale

    I also like Allagash Curieux, Odyssey, and Four which used to be on the shelf most of the time but Allagash stopped distributing to Ohio a few years back.
  4. Rai

    Rai Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2012

    Six Point Sweet Action. What an amazing beer! I also like Ten Fidy by Oskar Blues.
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  5. Drtfinelli

    Drtfinelli Initiate (0) Jun 7, 2012 New Hampshire

  6. AlexFields

    AlexFields Meyvn (1,279) Dec 13, 2009 Tennessee
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    Rochefort 10 is far and away the best beer that I could go out and buy anytime I want. I think it's the best quad/dark Belgian period and it's readily available on shelf.

    Other stuff I can always buy in TN that is awesome:

    Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin'
    Sweetwater IPA
    Terrapins Moo Hoo (only in winter)
    Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
    Weihenstephaner (all their beers but esp. the dunkel)
    La Folie
    Westmalle and other Rochefort
    French Broad Rye Hopper
    Foret (actually a little harder to find but always around somewhere)
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  7. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Aspirant (232) Apr 2, 2012 Colorado

    How can you find La Folie readily when new batches have yet to be released in quite awhile...
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  8. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Weyerbacher Insanity
    AleSmith Speedway Stout, Old Numbskull, Wee Heavy
    North Coast Old Rasputin & Old Stock Ale
    Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer & Blaecorn Unidragon
    DFH 90min & Burton Baton
    Stone Ruination
    Troegs Perpetual IPA
    Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, G'Knight, Old Chub
    Bells Expedition
    Southern Tier Oat
    Port Brewing Old Viscosity
    Great Divide Yeti
    Hoppin' Frog D.O.R.I.S.

    and I'm sure I'm forgetting quite a few...
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  9. Dan_Bowman

    Dan_Bowman Aspirant (217) Apr 11, 2010 Ohio
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    Fat Heads Head Hunter
  10. dachshunddude86

    dachshunddude86 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2012 Florida

    Which CCB beers were you looking for and where are you in Florida?

    My favorite easily obtainable beer is Jai Alai which flows like water in St. Pete and Tampa. I've even seen Zhukov still on the shelves within the past two weeks (and there were two cases on the floor to boot so I bet its still there).
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  11. ezperkins2

    ezperkins2 Aspirant (298) Jan 3, 2011 California
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    In So Cal my go to "shelf Beers" are:

    Palo Santo Maron
    Ten Fidy
    Rochefort 10
    Stone IRS
    Velvet Merlin
    Anything from the Bruery

    Looking at this list makes me thankful to live in Southern California!
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  12. Avangion

    Avangion Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2012 New York

    I'm about to try Expedition for the first time. Not available in NY. If I like it, am def going to bring enough back to share around and cellar a few.
  13. Avangion

    Avangion Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2012 New York

    Jai Alai and Maduro Brown cans are available. I was looking for large bottles of anything. Beggars can't be choosers. I'm in Palm Beach Gardens till Friday.
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  14. AlexFields

    AlexFields Meyvn (1,279) Dec 13, 2009 Tennessee
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    I guess because it's $16 so nobody buys it much. It has never been off the shelf at several stores ever since they switched to cap top bottles.
  15. dachshunddude86

    dachshunddude86 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2012 Florida

    Winter warmer should be out. If you can find a total wine they would probably be your best bet, but I'm really not familiar with that area.
  16. PatrickBeebe

    PatrickBeebe Initiate (0) Sep 27, 2012 Florida
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    Jai Alai, Maduro Brown (both readily available in orlando) and just about anything Great Divide
  17. WickedSluggy

    WickedSluggy Devotee (400) Nov 21, 2008 Texas
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    I suggest visiting the CC Brewery/Tasting Room. They'll have a lot more that Jai Alai and Maduro in their cooler, maybe eight or so types, and they've got a cool counterpressure filler so you can get some growlers with shelf-life - stuff few get elsewhere (although that thing was out-of-order last time I was there, mid-November).
  18. raynmoon

    raynmoon Crusader (728) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin/ Hop Stoopid
    Lost Abbey Red Barn
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  19. Avangion

    Avangion Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2012 New York

    Would love to but Tampa is too far away. Here to visit mom, not CC I'm afraid but really tempted to come back on March 9.. LOL I'm getting OT in my own thread.
  20. Avangion

    Avangion Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2012 New York

    Yeah hit up TW on day one. They were out. Trying Whole Foods and ABC today.
  21. Avangion

    Avangion Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2012 New York

    Do you prefer CC cans or bottles?
  22. FosterJM

    FosterJM Poo-Bah (2,719) Nov 16, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    Speedway Stout
    Blind pig
    RR Sours
    Loakal Red
    FW Pale 31
    NB Ranger
    FW Double Jack
    Oskar Blues Dales

  23. Jules11788

    Jules11788 Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2011 California

    Lagunitas seasonals, Abyss, Black Butte XX series, Rochefort 10, St. Bernardus Abt. 12, and Double Jack come to mind
  24. MusicaleMike

    MusicaleMike Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Here is what I did:
    went to the Beer Styles page and clicked on my favorite styles, and picked whatever was closest to the top (unless there was a beer right under that which I liked way more, or the top beer I didn't like/wasn't easy to obtain for me.) Easy to grab in SEPA and amazing beers in their own right.

    Troegs HopBack Amber
    Rogue Hazelnut Brown
    Victory Hop Wallop
    Victory HopDevil
    Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale (not on the list, but it is my top local pale...maybe tied with Headwaters)
    Old Rasputin
    Saison DuPont
    La Fin du Monde
    Hoegaarden (actually prefer this to Allagash White still...)
    Victory Prima Pils

    Psssh, that's a great list of beer!
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  25. WickedSluggy

    WickedSluggy Devotee (400) Nov 21, 2008 Texas
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    I'm in Tampa a few times a year. It's really easy to hit CC because it is two minutes from the airport, but not an insignificant round-trip from Orlando. You could convince your mom to take some time to go to The Florida Aquarium in Tampa. And since you'll be in the neighborhood...

    Problem with the Whole Foods in Orlando is half the beers you'll see are from New York!
  26. PatrickBeebe

    PatrickBeebe Initiate (0) Sep 27, 2012 Florida
    Beer Trader

    Cans without a doubt. I never really believed in the hype of cans till I tried those CC brews. For some reason the maduro taste drastically better from a can. I didnt notice as much of a difference with the jai alai though.
  27. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

    Stone IPA
    Lagunitas Maximus
    Black Butte Porter
    Old Rasputin
    Sumpin' Sumpin'
    Dale's Pale Ale
    Caldera IPA

    Those are my go-to, cheap, and off the shelf 6-pack buys.
  28. jlordi12

    jlordi12 Devotee (416) Jun 8, 2011 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Hoponius Union
    Union Jack
    Allagash White
    Sumpin Sumpin
    Flower Power (becoming more difficult)
    The vast majority of imports
  29. gir02021

    gir02021 Initiate (0) Dec 5, 2012 Illinois

    Hop Whoopin'
    Anti Hero
    Union Jack
    Domaine Dupage
    Deviant Dales IPA
  30. socon67

    socon67 Poo-Bah (1,648) Jun 18, 2010 New York

    I'll go with the highest ranking beer on the Beers of Fame that I think is available to just about everyone; Rochefort 10
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  31. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Poo-Bah (1,583) Feb 27, 2007 Ohio

    Nugget Nectar
    Brooklyn Local 1
    Stone Imperial Russian Stout
    Houblon Chouffe IPA Tripel
    The following Southern Tier Stouts- Oat, Choklat, Mookah
    Founders Backwoods Bastard
    Two Brothers Cane & Ebel
    Racer 5
  32. Dagsy

    Dagsy Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2012 California

    Pretty much anything from RR
    Union Jack
    Ten Fidy
    Rochefort 8/10
    Little Sumpin
    Black Butte

    And I'm sure there are a ton more that I can't think of right now
  33. gcamparone

    gcamparone Meyvn (1,425) Dec 6, 2011 Rhode Island
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  34. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I like Expedition fresh, but it really evolves into something wonderful over 1-3 years.
  35. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,229) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    A few quick ones:

    All my favorites from Odell and Funkwerks
    Epic's Big Bad Baptist
    Deschutes's Red Chair
    Oskar Blues's Ten Fidy
    Great Divide's Espresso Yeti
  36. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Poo-Bah (2,723) Oct 15, 2011 Maryland
    Beer Trader

    Merchant Du Vin deserves props for making world class offerings like Rochefort 10 so incredibly easy to find.
  37. timc100

    timc100 Disciple (377) Aug 13, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    A 2 minute drive and always on the shelf:

    Two Hearted
    Ten Fidy
    Arrogant Bastard
    Rochefort 10
    Breakfast Stout
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  38. Dan_Bowman

    Dan_Bowman Aspirant (217) Apr 11, 2010 Ohio
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  39. ebthorp

    ebthorp Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2010 Illinois

    Hoponius union when I'm in Boston
    Eugene and Daisy Cutter when I'm in Chicago
  40. ssll1

    ssll1 Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2012 Arizona

    Schneider Hopfen-Weisse (collaboration with Brooklyn Brewery) and Weihenstephaner Vitus, both world class, especially for those of us who are big fans of wheat beer, always in stock, with a reasonable price, at the local Total Wine.
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