I never thought I would make a 200 mile round trip for beer

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  1. ubenumber2

    ubenumber2 Devotee (468) Sep 1, 2012 Arkansas
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    Ok Im in craft beer waste land , so friday I am making a 200 mile round trip to get the following beers. Lagunitas HopStoopid , Sucks , Censored , Maximus , Cap Stout, Sumpin Sumpin , Schlafly Tasmania, Victory Hop Wallop and Golden Monkey and a couple sixers of different Bridgeport , I plan on dropping about 300 on the trip and other than finding the rare company to ship to Arkansas or trading , which I dont have a lot of opitions for trade , this is my best bet. To be honest , the first 60 miles are kind of one of those could have avoided but decided to make anyhow. What do you guys think , is it worth driving this far for these beers? I mean I'm going to do it regardless , just wondering if you seasoned vets think its a good trip
  2. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,063) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Jeez- I dunno...maybe if you hit up a White Castle along the way :wink:

    Do what you gotta do, I suppose. I really do enjoy a lot of those beers, and get them all the time, so at least you'll be getting some tasty brews out of it.
  3. mellowmark

    mellowmark Aspirant (263) Mar 31, 2010 Minnesota
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    I might if I didn't have good beer stores all around me. Have you considered moving?
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  4. Dtapeski

    Dtapeski Initiate (36) Oct 26, 2012 Colorado

    It is if you have a designated driver and you can sleep on the way there and drink on the way home.
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  5. ubenumber2

    ubenumber2 Devotee (468) Sep 1, 2012 Arkansas
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    Many times , but with the Modern Family type situation cant move until the oldest graduates highschool and heads to college

  6. JoRado

    JoRado Initiate (0) Oct 26, 2010 Minnesota

    Yeah definitely worth it, even if it isn't for super rare beers. The experience and story will be fun to talk about when you are sitting around sharing a pint with friends. I took a trip to Milwaukee with a friend and we decided to drive down to Chicago for beer shopping and checking out Goose Island...when we were there we both thought about making the extra drive to Munster, IN for some Three Floyds...so we said screw it and did it. We had a great time and didn't regret it at all.
  7. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Aspirant (232) Apr 2, 2012 Colorado

    Prepare to be told that this trip is literally nothing.
    People here travel cross country for weeks, even across countries and continents.
    All for the sake of some beer.

    With that being said, do it!
    I drive to Denver often (120) as my friend's parents own two stores and often I am spoiled with the prices.
    Beer is always worth the drive if it is worth it to you. When you get back home, it'll taste that much better!
    (Don't get HopStoopid, or Golden Monkey; way better beers out there)
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  8. ubenumber2

    ubenumber2 Devotee (468) Sep 1, 2012 Arkansas
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    Yeah I know people drive and even fly to get the beers they want , but for the average Joe , middle class American driving 200 miles and spending 300 bucks on beer is kind of a big thing for me. I have no access to these beers otherwise and really really want to try them all

  9. VitoFerrante

    VitoFerrante Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    200 miles? Amateur hour! To worship the beer gods, many have traveled far longer. Including myself!
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  10. DubbelTrubbel

    DubbelTrubbel Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2012 Georgia

    Good brews are definitely worth a drive. I've driven farther...
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  11. BMitch

    BMitch Initiate (170) Jul 10, 2012 Virginia
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    Beer or not, 200 miles isn't all that far for a round trip. With the way I drive I'd be there and back in 2.5 hours or less!
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  12. Lantern

    Lantern Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2011

    I just drove a 20-hour round trip to DFH. Go for it.
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  13. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Hop Stoopid, Sucks, and Sumpin Sumpin are all amazing brews.
  14. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Meyvn (1,036) Dec 11, 2006 California
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    Definitely amateur hour. I just drove 461 miles to Russian River (and that was just the way there).
  15. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,413) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    If its worth it to you then its all good make a road trip out of it and have a good time and remember it
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  16. dickieb

    dickieb Initiate (0) Mar 26, 2006 Rhode Island

    I did a 350 mile in the snow trip for Heady and Hill Farmstead a few months ago. I recommend having some friends with you so you can talk about how stupid and fun the trip was for weeks after.
  17. timholio

    timholio Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2009 California

    People in Los Angeles commonly have a 1 hour commute (2 hr round trip) daily just to get to work (to earn money to drink beer!) do it!
  18. VitoFerrante

    VitoFerrante Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Let us know what you think of the beers. I would also move closer to good beer as soon as you can. Move to Munster or Pittsburgh! Tons of great local beers in those places and crazy access to everything else (almost).
  19. danedelman

    danedelman Initiate (0) Apr 3, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I do a 900 mile round trip for HT and Hill Farmstead........ Worth it!!
  20. Bitter_Echo

    Bitter_Echo Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2012 Michigan

    I've been known to put on 1200 round trip miles for good beers, and but I always figure in something else to do if its a real mile buster...typically camp, day hike, check out museums...no use in being single minded, is there? But we all know too, if the trip is aimed at a store, then that is the reason for the trip. My wife and I made a metropolitan run recently (round trip around 175) and I picked up fresh fresh fresh and cheap bombers of Hop Stoopid and others, and then swung by a deli where we could buy fresh, super authentic raw falafel by the quart. Now mind you, the visit didn't entirely make any real economic sense in the least...gas at $3.50 plus, and traffic and everything else considering, but both my wife and I couldn't find a thing wrong with it. So, the Stoopid was like, eight bucks/bottle and the falafel prolly ran us 20 skins a pound after transport fees...still, 10 short days later all the beers and all the falafel was done. Amazing what one will do when one kinda stuck in the boonies (not complaining at all either, give me the boonies!). With that, I say, GO!
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  21. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Savant (979) Sep 4, 2010 California
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    Sounds like a great trip to me and can be done in an afternoon for sure. Keep in mind though a lot of those beers are better fresh. So if you plan on taking a few months to go through them all drink the hoppier ones first or try to pick up some extras that wont mind sitting around your house for awhile.
  22. BigTrubble

    BigTrubble Devotee (410) Jan 28, 2012 North Carolina

    Have you ever considered home-brew? You can order everything you need online and brew what you like. I had really great success from the get go and quickly progressed. Luckily I can buy many great brews close to home, but I do enjoy brewing and drinking my home-brew as well.
  23. leedorham

    leedorham Crusader (701) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    Don't get me wrong, those are great beers, but if I lived somewhere where I needed to drive 200 miles for that level of quality, I'd move.
  24. SteelCity75

    SteelCity75 Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2013 Connecticut

    I can definitely relate to how you feel, OP. I live in WV, so there's not much of a selection for good beer. Luckily I'm only 8 miles away from a beer distributor in PA that has a pretty good selection, and only an hour away from Pittsburgh. My plan is just to wait until one of my friends goes to Pittsburgh, and tag along with them to pick up some beer that I can't find around here.

    But in regards to your question, I'd say go for it. If you've got the 300 to spare and you know that it'll be worth it in the end, no question about it.
  25. josephwa

    josephwa Devotee (471) Jun 4, 2012 Minnesota
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    Some of those are great brews but it seems a shame you'd have to drive so far for them!

    I would only make that sort of a drive for something quite rare.
  26. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (4,791) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    Running down to Seattle for a release or a fest is a 200m round trip for me. Do it often.
  27. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Aspirant (232) Apr 2, 2012 Colorado

    Don't say you weren't warned....
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  28. Squidly

    Squidly Initiate (0) Nov 26, 2006 New Jersey

    My daily commute is 140 miles... :astonished:

    But I say go for it... don't let anyone make you feel bad about the beer you're getting either. That's some solid stuff. Doubly so if you can't buy it near you.
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  29. BeastLU

    BeastLU Disciple (326) Dec 20, 2012 Virginia

    I'd do it. I drive 300 miles a day selling the stuff! I say a day spent buying beer is a day well spent.
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  30. x37x

    x37x Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2012 Wisconsin

    Don't listen to him (imho). I love Golden Monkey! :slight_smile:
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  31. Andygirl

    Andygirl Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 Michigan

    I drive to Ohio frequently. :slight_smile:
  32. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Aspirant (232) Apr 2, 2012 Colorado

    Oh I like Golden Monkey, but I'd never go out of my way for it.
  33. LiquidCourage

    LiquidCourage Initiate (156) Nov 1, 2012 Rhode Island
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    I've done 400 miles round trip.

    Just call out sick from work and do it in the middle of the week.

    The key is to get a lot of beers that won't go bad. That way you can stock up and don't have to make the drive so often.
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  34. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Disciple (335) Sep 14, 2011 Missouri

    200 miles for that list says one thing to me. You need to move.
  35. VitoFerrante

    VitoFerrante Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Hit Rivertowne in Export. All the cans are in for all six of their beers.
  36. StArnoldFan

    StArnoldFan Defender (618) Dec 28, 2012 Texas
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    Man, thanks for making me realize how fortunate I really am. I mean I hear it all the time from my wife how ungrateful I am but I never listen. Reading this makes me realize.
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  37. crytion

    crytion Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2010 Ohio

    if your driving that far I would try to find a good beer store that sells single bottles and buy three of each rather than a whole sixer. stretch your buck out. I would also find a local alcohol store, chum up with the guy who does the orders there and see what he can get.
  38. BigB415

    BigB415 Initiate (190) Aug 24, 2010 California
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    Try almost 2000 miles. I did that last summer for vacation just to go to 10 breweries and I'll be doing it again in April for about 9 more.
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  39. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

    $300 could buy you a homebrew kit and enough money leftover to get ingredients for 4~ 5gal batches.

    I'd go that route if I was in a beer wasteland, I'm not, but I still homebrew anyways.
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  40. Roudy

    Roudy Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2009 Georgia

    Nice avatar
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