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

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by ubenumber2, Feb 12, 2013.

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  1. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (8,286) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    I thankfully can Missour for a relatively short 75 mile round-trip. But for good Oklahoma stuff its a 140 mile round trip to Bartlesville or 190 to Tulsa/Jenks. Oh the joys of living in the country:grimacing:
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  2. andjriz

    andjriz Initiate (91) Jan 31, 2011 Georgia
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    Last year a buddy and me did a 1,600 mile drive to DLD 2012 (from Oklahoma). For pit stops, we checked out beer stores along the way. Wandered into a tiny liquor store in IL, saw a case of KBS on the shelf...and they let me buy the whole thing. Still smile whenever I remember the trip.

    And to think I had ALMOST decided to fly to DLD. Beer tourism rocks, check out the "Places" tab and map ur trip.
  3. CMack

    CMack Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2008 Massachusetts

    6 hours in the car with your wife AND girlfriend? Either that's a long, awkward silence or I need to follow your video exploits on the interwebs. Best of luck to you, sir.
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  4. powpig2002

    powpig2002 Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2012 Florida

    barefoot and uphill both ways
  5. booyahachieved3

    booyahachieved3 Initiate (112) Sep 5, 2012 Kansas
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    I'm regionally biased, but make the trip to the KC area (Boulevard, Free State, Tallgrass) or St. Louis (Schlafly, Perennial) for some great brews and MO gets a TON of great stuff.
  6. nachos

    nachos Initiate (97) Jun 4, 2012 Michigan
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    200? pssh whatever brah, that is wizeak! Me and my homeys drove 2,000 miles for craft brewskis once. We must've circled around Indianapolis prolly 10 times. Eventually, I had to go poop in my favorite Afflicition Jeans at least three or four times. Totally ruined the badass designs on the cheeks parts, but don't matter, da ladies in da club still love it. But, fuck it brah, we were going to figure out how to make our way from Chi City no. 1 USA, to Blunt City Brewery no matter how many times we missed our exit.

    BOTTOM LINE: If you aren't pooping in your Afflicition Jeans, you are not really into craft beer.
  7. RelentlessLefty

    RelentlessLefty Initiate (0) Nov 1, 2012 Iowa

    If you saw my post on the hauls thread....Yesterday I drove over 400 miles round trip to FFF. Best trip I have ever made. Good food, amazing beer, and a beer road trip I will never forget!
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  8. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    I drove to Dallas once (or twice) or more, just to get sum sixpoint Bud. I drive 500 miles, 500 miles... well, you know the song. Southern Star makes sum really good Texan beers. Pine Belt, I'm lookin' at you!!
  9. rxeight

    rxeight Aspirant (294) Feb 5, 2012 Illinois

    I've driven 365 round trip for two 750 bottles of Black Note. And I will be going farther next month for KBS. That said all the beers you listed are available a mile from my house. But I guess it depends on where you are. If I lived in an area flooded by urine samples and the best beer available was blue moon I might just do it. Or I would move.
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  10. Giovannilucano

    Giovannilucano Devotee (452) Feb 24, 2011 New Jersey

    It really does make me thankful to be where I am at, and if beer is at the source of your passion, driving to get what you love is always worth it.

    I personally would not drive to get anything special if it is not already in my area. I gave up driving 6 years ago and yes this may be a surprise to many in our culture and not doable to most, but it was a choice I made in which I am happy for. As well I traveled so much in youth that I saw 43 states before I was 19 so for now I am done with travel. I walk and bike everyday which keeps me healthy so I never complain. I seriously ride and walk in the rain and snow just like the post office.

    I do plan to go to Italy to see my grandpa's hometown so I will be stopping at breweries while I am there. But even I would not go just for that as much as that surprises those who know my love for Italian craft.

    I may be the most unusual dude around just because I am trying to be simple these days.
  11. Jadjunk

    Jadjunk Meyvn (1,441) Dec 6, 2009 Georgia

    Good beer is worth traveling for! My strategy for reducing trips to out-of-the-way stores is by calling ahead and confirming whether they have what I'm looking for, and try to find one that has the most at the closest location. That'll really save some time and (gas) money, and wear and tear on your vehicle!
  12. terryg75

    terryg75 Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2012

    e="CMack, post: 954757, member: 184817"]6 hours in the car with your wife AND girlfriend? Either that's a long, awkward silence or I need to follow your video exploits on the interwebs. Best of luck to you, sir.[/quot

    Trust me bro, if they'd let me video tape it I could pay off my house and buy all of us a beer! But since we are all professionals in a rather small town they won't. They both like beer but not as much as I do so we all have a good time on the weekends. The wife doesn't like kbs but loves Old Stock and the gf loves kbs and all the stronger stuff so they were both down for the trip up north. We plan on going on the 28th if anybody wants to meet up for a beer.
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  13. BedetheVenerable

    BedetheVenerable Meyvn (1,023) Sep 5, 2008 Missouri

    Things I'd make a 200-mile round trip for, in no particular order...

    1.) My wife (or when she was my gf or fiance)
    2.) The Smashing Pumpkins (original lineup with Billy, James, D'arcy, and Jimmy) or Sirenia with Henriette Bordvik as vocalist.
    3.) Beer. Glorious Beer.
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  14. terryg75

    terryg75 Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2012

    'Urine samples'...i fucking love that!
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  15. Wiscobrew

    Wiscobrew Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2011 Nevada
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    I agree, took me 6 hours roundtrip to visit Marcat and it turned out just fine:sunglasses:
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  16. MickJ0nes

    MickJ0nes Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Rt 19 Beer & Cigar
    3626 Washington Rd.
    McMurray PA

    This place has a great selection and will order you anything they can get. Might be worth a call before you make the trip.
  17. Huhzubendah

    Huhzubendah Poo-Bah (4,820) Oct 29, 2007 District of Columbia
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    how far is Brussels from DC? Hill Farmstead is only 11 ish hours from me, so I feel lucky. 200 miles is an out and back.
  18. Rohkey

    Rohkey Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2013 Michigan

    I'm going to Paris in a few months and extended the trip a few days JUST so I could go visit breweries in Belgium, Holland, and, time permitting, Germany. Unfortunately I haven't been drinking craft beer enough to fully appreciate or know what I want, but it should be a great experience.
  19. MickJ0nes

    MickJ0nes Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2012 Pennsylvania

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  20. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (5,415) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    That's a great post for the "Latest Beer Haul" and shame on you if you didn't! :sunglasses:
  21. lokieman

    lokieman Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2011 Oklahoma

    I live in the heart of Texas so 200 miles is a couple counties over. I don't know if I've ever gone quite that far specifically for beer but I do make the trip to Freetail in San Antonio every couple of months. It's about 160 miles round trip and always more than worth it...
  22. BarRoomHero88

    BarRoomHero88 Aspirant (275) Jan 19, 2012 New York
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    I regularly do a 350 mile round trip for Heady Topper, Hill Farmstead and Lawson's. It's worth it, Vermont is awesome not just for the beer
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  23. Halcyondays

    Halcyondays Poo-Bah (3,820) Jun 27, 2007 California

    San Diego is a 200 mile round trip, and I've done it twice already. Alesmith BA Speedway and Wee Heavy release and O'Briens' 'Tion Day. I've contemplated going down to Alpine, but haven't done it yet.
  24. colonel_bathtub

    colonel_bathtub Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2013

    Made a haul from Portland back to Chicago in October. May as well been Texarkana with all the Deschutes, Upright, and Pelican in the trunk.
  25. CTJman

    CTJman Crusader (796) Jan 14, 2013 Connecticut
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    i just made a trip like that w a friend for only 2 6 ers of nugget nectar. do it w a friend for sure
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  26. CTJman

    CTJman Crusader (796) Jan 14, 2013 Connecticut
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    im in china now where i brought beers to trade w alocal brewmaster plan to haul those from boxing cat home w me. thats a far haul
  27. ubenumber2

    ubenumber2 Devotee (468) Sep 1, 2012 Arkansas
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    To reply to some of the post here
    I might if I didn't have good beer stores all around me. Have you considered moving?
    Ummm , no. Married with children one child from divorce , he lives here will not move and be away from him for much of anything

    To the Homebrew comments.
    I do homebrew , I have 2 better bottles fermenting away as we speak , the grain bill together for another one to brew and about 97 bottles of homebrew to drink , just not the same as getting to try new beers

    As far as local stores and getting to know the beer guy there
    One decent store and its 35 miles away , I have a good relationship with the beer guy but its South East Missouri and he does what he can , he got Hopslam and FBS and a lot of other good beer but still limited to what he can get . I live in a dry county , the closest liquor store to me is 15 miles away and they have a craft brew section but most of it is old and out of date

    Seeing things along the way or there ; Breweries , museums , good restaurants. There are none , its flat farm land , thats it , nothing to even play I spy with

    For the order online comments
    Most companies will not ship to Arkansas , its against the law here to recieve beer by mail so the good companies wont touch it

    Thanks everyone for all the comments , its cool to see what people are willing to do or not do for beer
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  28. ubenumber2

    ubenumber2 Devotee (468) Sep 1, 2012 Arkansas
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    He said he had some in stock , you think it would be out of its prime?

  29. BogleHill

    BogleHill Initiate (132) Jul 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    500 mile RT to Hill's Farmstead last year. Not something I'd do every week, but definately worth it at least once. - OK, stopped in Burlington overnight too, but Hill's was the main draw.
  30. LiquidCourage

    LiquidCourage Initiate (158) Nov 1, 2012 Rhode Island
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  31. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    Finally, a thread I can get with!

    I just finished up my 13,500 mile trek for some Bud Black Crown, a can of PBR from 1986, an empty bottle of Schlitz, a can of sprite with a some cigarette butts in it, and some SNPA.

    Totally worth it, bro
  32. LostTraveler

    LostTraveler Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2011 Maine

    300 miles to VT yes, elsewhere.... doubt it.
  33. jasoncheb

    jasoncheb Initiate (177) Nov 23, 2012 Virginia

    200 miles really is not a huge deal. I have done that multiple times for Hardywood Park GBS and their BA GBS. Do it!
  34. circlenine

    circlenine Initiate (0) Mar 27, 2010 Connecticut

    I will do you a favor and rid you of your 200 mile problem. Go on the trip and enjoy it. Drink every ounce of every beer and appreciate them to the fullest. Then, when those beers are all long gone I will make a trip up to Vermont and send you a 4 pack of Heady Topper. I guarantee, you will never make the 200 mile trip for beer again. Of course, you might be itching to make the 1300 mile trip from Arkansas to Vermont, but that's an entirely different problem for you to deal with.

    Seriously, go for it. And if you're interested, next time I am in VT I will ship you a 4 pk of HT. Not sure when it will be though. Could be next week, could be April.
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  35. mctizzz

    mctizzz Devotee (488) Dec 23, 2010 California
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    Drove from MA to Tampa (2,700miles round trip) for Hunahpu's Day last year, flying down this year.
  36. ubenumber2

    ubenumber2 Devotee (468) Sep 1, 2012 Arkansas
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    Just let me know bro, sounds good

  37. Roger85

    Roger85 Devotee (416) Aug 24, 2012 Illinois
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    Thanks everybody- now I know that my 540 mile round trip to Founders for some KBS in March is not that big a deal! Now selling that to the wife- that's another story. Oh well- I'm doing it anyway.
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  38. RblWthACoz

    RblWthACoz Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2006 Pennsylvania

    I flew 5,800 miles to get some beer once. (France)
  39. Dirty25

    Dirty25 Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2012 Germany

    At first I was like this guy must be from ARkansas. Then I looked at your profile. Macadooldles is just over the border in MO On 530 and is a awesome place I have droven to from Little Rock a few times.

    Being from Jonesboro are you going to Memphis or St Louis?
  40. Dirty25

    Dirty25 Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2012 Germany

    Halftimebeverage.com my friend. I have been through Jonesboro once, I feel your pain. Being from Cabot I don't have it that bad..

    I used to order from marina market from time to time but they realized they can't ship here. Bummer cause they had some good west coast stuff.

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