Lengths you've gone to, to access craft beer.

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  1. BILF

    BILF Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2010 Israel

    Recently I had the pleasure of touring Costa Rica as part of a group on business. Months before the trip I checked the beer scene out on the internet which revealed a total of one craft breweries in Costa Rica and a very limited offering of local macro brews. Panic set in.

    I knew that I needed to reach that brewery. To cut to the chase I managed to divert an entire tour bus full of my fellow travellers unawares to this brewery (Volcano Brewing). I spoke to the tour guide and told him of my dilema and how it was unlikely that my fellow travellers would agree to the change in itinerary. He was really cool and said leave it to me. As we pulled into the brewery no one on the bus except for me and the tour guide knew what was going on.

    When we got off the bus I headed to the bar as the others on the bus were treated to a tour of the brewery and an explanation of brewing.

    Later they joined me at the bar for a two hour session of APA and Brown Ale.

    As we got back on the bus the guide said to everyone that if they had a good time to thank me as it was my idea. They were in shock and thought it was all part of the itinerary. Thankfully they all enjoyed the detour very much.

    Even the tour guide thanked me and said he would include the brewery tour for future groups.

    What lengths have you gone to to get a real beer?
  2. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Disciple (335) Sep 14, 2011 Missouri

    I have smuggled SNPA into a concert at the Savvis Center. Was sitting in a suite with unlimited AB products too.
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  3. beerborn

    beerborn Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2012 Georgia

    Other than the occaisional smuggling of beer into a movie, concert, show or something of the sort nothing too crazy. I have however found myself shipping beers to my home when on vacations or traveling.
  4. BILF

    BILF Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2010 Israel

    Sweet! Sending yourself beer.
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  5. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    I have a fantasy vacation that my husband will grant me when I get tenure. Belgium? nope.

    <----I just want to go to chicago and eat at a certain brewer's pub :stuck_out_tongue:
    oh, and the foodie in me also insists on a full dinner at charlie trotter's. Man Chicago folk are spoiled!
  6. cyclonece09

    cyclonece09 Meyvn (1,168) Aug 5, 2008 Maryland

    On our honeymoon, we wanted to do Charleston and Savannah. I made two conditions: we go to Ft. Sumter, and we go to Friday toasts at Moon River in Savannah.
  7. kansascitytrader

    kansascitytrader Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2011 Kansas

  8. Thehuntmaster

    Thehuntmaster Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 South Africa

    Real beer is not available in South Africa so every beer I drink has to be shipped to me from either Europe or the USA.
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  9. kmello69

    kmello69 Defender (618) Nov 27, 2011 Texas
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    This. I have taken a shine to taking advantage of Southwest allowing 2 checked bags for free as a means of me bringing beer home from wherever I go. Typically try to fill a 12-bottle styro shipper, and check it as a bag, and then stuff as many more bottles as I can into my suitcase without exceeding the weight limit. This has allowed me to bring home significant stashes of non-local beer at no shipping cost for me.

    But it does require that I run around like an idiot trying to buy beer everywhere I go......
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  10. BILF

    BILF Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2010 Israel

    What about Namibia ? Nothing doing there?
  11. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    Hmmm. Let's see. Compared to the other posts here, nothing much.
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  12. ChanChan

    ChanChan Devotee (469) Dec 12, 2009 California
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    I sneaked in a couple bombers of Life & Limb into a concert at the Hollywood bowl last summer, I poured them into some A&W rootbeer plastic bottles.

    Yea, the Hollywood Bowl allows you take alcohol and food to their regular venues, but when artists rent the place alcohol is not allowed in and they sell nothing but macro-crap, but you can still take some food and soft drinks :wink:
  13. dap325

    dap325 Initiate (151) Apr 2, 2009 New York

    Nothing too crazy. Taken the 1.5 hr round trip to Bennington Beverage for Heady a couple of times when they were getting steady shipments of it.
  14. MLucky

    MLucky Aspirant (286) Jul 31, 2010 California

    He totally deserved it.
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  15. SeaOfShells

    SeaOfShells Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2011 California

    Wait, you didn't say whether the beer was good or not.
  16. truckmann

    truckmann Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2009 Oklahoma

    Trusted a guy that I have never actually met in person to pick-up and send me some Black Tuesday. Turned out great since he didn't even have to charge me for shipping! (He was able to ship it through his work).
  17. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    In Reno?
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  18. gcamparone

    gcamparone Meyvn (1,435) Dec 6, 2011 Rhode Island
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    Today I drove 350 miles for 4 cases of heady topper. I'm actually at McDonalds right now and have 150 miles left till I get home. You know what I'll be washing these burgers down with.
  19. AnotherImperial

    AnotherImperial Aspirant (241) Oct 29, 2012 Arizona

    I recently had my mom in Pennsylvania purchase a case of Brooklyn BCS for me, then had her take it to one of my best friends back there who owns a moving company. He put it on one of his trucks headed to LA, and I met the driver at a truck stop in Phoenix. Free shipping.
  20. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    I recently took a vacation to Columbia...and knowing that there is no craft beer in Columbia, I got ahold of a horse. I then put three cases of Founder's Double Trouble into his rectum, purchased 3 boxes of Ex Lax, and sent my horse on his way. I met him, fed him, and drank Double Trouble all weekend. *this is a lie. No great story for me.
  21. Bad_Trader

    Bad_Trader Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2012 Namibia

    No amount of whales will ever get that taste out of my mouth.
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  22. mikeburd1128

    mikeburd1128 Zealot (514) Oct 28, 2011 New Jersey

    I drove 351. Or at least that's what google maps is telling me the distance is. Then the additional 30 or so to Hill Farmstead the next day. Then back home the next. Well worth it.
  23. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Savant (967) Mar 3, 2011 Kentucky
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    Where did you find a grenade? You should probably lay low for awhile.
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  24. jplopez21

    jplopez21 Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2012 Illinois
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    Funny I live in chicago and love BCBS, big john, matilda, etc But I've never been to the goose island pub or charlie trotters.
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  25. UMNbeerhunter

    UMNbeerhunter Disciple (399) Oct 21, 2010 Minnesota

    I brought 3 Alpine Bombers and a 4 pack of Abrasive with me to Mexico lasr spring. Not to say that that was all I drank for a week but it gave me a break from Sol and Corona.
  26. nsheehan

    nsheehan Devotee (461) Jul 3, 2011 Texas
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    Flown with beers in checked bags a few times. The first time I did so I packaged it into three boxes very 'nicely' (my brother said it looked like I was packing bricks of cocaine), and filled a checked bag with these boxes. The bag came in over the weight limit and I DGAFed, so I paid the extra $60 or $90. I was happy to be bringing home many bottles of Midwest beer to CA for my family. The organization paying for my flight ended up picking up the tab for the overweight bag.
  27. dap325

    dap325 Initiate (151) Apr 2, 2009 New York

    Was that all at the Cannery? Heard they were limiting to 1 case/person. Maybe that was just around the holidays.
  28. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    First, I'm mega-jealous. I want goose island to spew from my faucets.
    Surprised you're not lured by the idea of a fab burger served with an outrageous brew. Charlie Trotter's is a different story. Super $$$$$... once in a lifetime level.
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  29. johnnnniee

    johnnnniee Poo-Bah (5,258) Feb 28, 2007 New Hampshire
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    On a family vacation with the wife and two kids in tow, I drove two and a half hours out of the way (on a 7 hour car trip) to swing by the Ithaca brewery to get some Brute. We were a little late getting into town to have dinner with my wife's sister and family. 5 years ago and I still occasionally get grief from that escapade.
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  30. BlackBelt5112203

    BlackBelt5112203 Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2012 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Oh yeah?? Well, I drove 352!!
  31. Fujii13

    Fujii13 Aspirant (206) Apr 27, 2011 New York
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    Drove 1,274 miles to go to Hunahpuu Day last year. Plan on doing the same in March.
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  32. Eastside151

    Eastside151 Initiate (0) Jun 29, 2012 Ohio
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    Today I traveled a total of 16.2 miles round trip for my restocking expedition. Took like 25 minutes of the day too!:grinning:
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  33. gcamparone

    gcamparone Meyvn (1,435) Dec 6, 2011 Rhode Island
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    Yeah.. from what I've seen the limit changes depending on how much they have left. The lady at the desk pretty much made up the 5 case limit on the spot. When I called yesterday, it was 3. She said they're usually sold out by Friday morning.
  34. Tedwarhc

    Tedwarhc Initiate (172) Jan 24, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Is everyone going to ignore overlords brilliantly written story? Cheers overlord. Well done.
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  35. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Savant (958) Mar 17, 2009 Washington
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    It was all right but it was racist of him to assume everyone's a cracka
  36. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (4,983) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    To the OP, that was a GREAT story! Wow! :slight_smile:

    For me, not quite as good. Does totaling my wife's van on the way to the Hill Farmstead Harvest Festival and never making it there count? (and all my friends I was meeting there had to bring it back to PA for me- TRUE story) The other one one is hitting my parents up to be mules for a few cases of MOAS. They can't ship to PA so I had them shipped to my parent's doorstep in Indiana, floated them cash for shipping, and my dad forwarded the catch to PA. Funny thing is, I go ahead and order the cases and tell my parents after the fact when I'm handing my dad $ (and he's looking at me like I have three heads) at Thanksgiving with one of those conversations, "...Oh, and BTW..." :stuck_out_tongue: He's pushing 70 now and looks at me and shakes his head and just laughs!! He's lightened up in his later years because early on he would have "kicked me in the pelvis".
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  37. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,808) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    Best post of 2013
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  38. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

    Once became a facebook friend (arghhhh) with a female just to gain her confidence and friendship, which I then used to help myself procure vast amounts of fresh, highly unobtainable beer. Yes....she worked at a local brewery. Yes....I feel terrible about it. Really. Terrible.
  39. booyahachieved3

    booyahachieved3 Initiate (112) Sep 5, 2012 Kansas
    Beer Trader

    I'm not checking a bag on the way to Arizona tomorrow but you can bet your ass I'm checking a bag on the way back, we can't get DFH or Oskar Blues here!
  40. Here4Beer

    Here4Beer Aspirant (261) Nov 2, 2006 Nevada

    South Africa is full of Lager & Cider, which has it's moments but I was out there for a couple weeks. I packed a bunch Alaskan Smoked Porters, Speedways, Palo Santos, and some other malty goodness to bring their way. No baggage weight restrictions on international flights, so I loaded up. My host & others were dumbfounded with the flavors we Yanks can get in our beer. After ale, we shot 472 lbs of wild game, but were only able to carry 3 lbs back to the wagon. Girlfriend died of dysentery. The End.
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