Poll: How long are you willing to drive for beer?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by eppie82, Apr 26, 2020.


How long are you willing to drive (1-way) in a single day to get beer?

  1. I don't drive. It gets brought to me.

    7 vote(s)
  2. 30 minutes or less.

    115 vote(s)
  3. 1 hr or less.

    88 vote(s)
  4. 2 hrs or less

    115 vote(s)
  5. 4hrs or less

    63 vote(s)
  6. 4hrs or more

    87 vote(s)
  1. micada

    micada Meyvn (1,391) Jul 13, 2015 New York
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    I literally just drove 3 hours each way to Ohio. These were my main targets, though they didn’t have some goodies I wanted:

  2. crazyspicychef

    crazyspicychef Devotee (451) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I've driven 45 minutes to get to Shangy's in Emmaus Pa to get kegs of Salvator, Jenlain Biere de Garde and cases of stuff you don't find anywhere else.
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  3. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    HF is a bitch, it near like nowhere relevant unless you live there. Wonder what they do for work as far as the locals go.

    We stayed in Waterbury and it’s still a drive, I’ve heard Waterbury used to be home to Asylums back in the day, like multiple crazy houses I was told. I forgot what they called Waterbury back then but it was a specific name.
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  4. BillAfromSoCal

    BillAfromSoCal Zealot (572) Aug 24, 2020 California

    I'm spoiled...I have multiple excellent retailers and a couple breweries within 15 minutes. The only way I will drive farther than that is if it is part of a brewery road trip for the day or weekend
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  5. The_Kriek_Freak

    The_Kriek_Freak Poo-Bah (2,484) Aug 18, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    I am resurfacing this thread as I just did one of my silly beer-centric stupidities: I live in Philly, but last week I drove to Baltimore in the early morning and then flew to Albany (with two empty suitcases), rented a car and drove to the Vermont state line, filled the two suitcases with Heady, Focal, and Second Fiddle, and then drove back to Albany, flew to Baltimore and headed home.

    I don't always do things like that, but when I do I go all in.
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  6. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Poo-Bah (2,083) Jul 2, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    Funny how things change because I’m at the point where I am not doing anything that’s even a little out the way. I’m just as happy with a coors light from the spot next door I have zero time in my life
  7. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Poo-Bah (2,083) Jul 2, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    What part Philly. I know it takes fun out of a trip but Roger Wilco in Pennsauken right over the tacony bridge regularly has cases of all those beers with no limit.
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  8. Resistance88

    Resistance88 Zealot (589) Apr 9, 2015 California

    If im/youre drinking youre an idiot to drive and drink more than 5 minutes to drink( duis)
    Designated drivers though..... 3 days. Your dumbass chose that life
  9. foundersasap

    foundersasap Disciple (382) Feb 2, 2015 Michigan

    Had a few?
  10. colby600

    colby600 Champion (800) Mar 24, 2015 Connecticut
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    I can't decipher that nonsense.
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  11. The_Kriek_Freak

    The_Kriek_Freak Poo-Bah (2,484) Aug 18, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    Very true and thanks for the heads up. I have made the trip across to NJ several times for that purpose as I know of a few places that bring whale-esque beers including the above from time to time. I'm based just west of Philly so I can be in NJ in 35mins and do so often. I just enjoy (when I have time) to do the trek to VT.
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  12. Resistance88

    Resistance88 Zealot (589) Apr 9, 2015 California

    I meant to say that if i am gonna drive to and from a place to have a flight of high ABV stouts it better be really close because a DUI is no joke.
    If you have a designated driver though , I'm willing to compensate him for up to 3 days drive for a chance at a "whale" of a beer.

    That make more sense?
  13. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,803) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Dedication is a thing to be admired in a man.
  14. BigIronH

    BigIronH Poo-Bah (1,827) Oct 31, 2019 Michigan
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    I never saw this thread at the time it was relevant but now it’s funny to see given the other thread regarding the hours long flight to obtain the KBBS. Me personally, I drive an hour and 45 bi-monthly or so to visit a favorite brewery and pick up beer. That would be about as far as I’m willing to go for just beer. That being said, I’ve been planning a weekend trip to the GR area for a while to visit some places/family and potentially meet up with some other advocates so when there’s more involved than just beverages, I suppose I’m willing to travel further.

  15. True_Bodhisattva

    True_Bodhisattva Initiate (85) May 11, 2019 California

    I’ll only take a long trip for beer if there’s more to be done with it. It might be the end goal, but I try to do stuff in the city where the brewery is and maybe do stuff along the way. I’ll also drive longer for a share because then it’s an event. No more than 3 hours though.
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  16. keithmurray

    keithmurray Poo-Bah (1,793) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    In most cases, not willing to drive more than about 20 minutes door to door to the nearest bottle shop or brewery
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  17. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (5,491) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    I've driven 4hrs one way at the most. It took two rare beers I had been after for awhile at the time. Actually making that same drive this month for a rare beer release, marking my second cross-state trip for beer (which isn't much considering I've been on BA for 5 years.)

    I'll apply for KBBS and won't bat an eye at a 6hr one-way drive there either.

    In town, I generally don't drive longer than 20 minutes.
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  18. LesDewitt4beer

    LesDewitt4beer Meyvn (1,413) Jan 25, 2021 Minnesota

    As long as I'm not pressed for time, whenever I travel out of state (45 min to WI border for instance) I utilize this as an opportunity to grab some beer. But to the point I would probly drive an hour one way to get fresh beer that I deeply desire.
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  19. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Aspirant (245) Aug 2, 2017 Pennsylvania

    I'll make a weekend trip out of going to an awesome brewery, plus I like a long drive whenever a new Dan Carlin Hardcore History episode comes out. So over 4 hours is no problem with me!
  20. ABrown08

    ABrown08 Initiate (12) Nov 16, 2021 Indiana

    I work at a liquor store in Northwest Indiana. It's a regular thing for us to have people come from three hours away to get Yuengling. And don't get me wrong, I really like Yuengling. But I don't know that I would drive three hours to get it. Well, maybe I would.
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  21. ZebulonXZogg

    ZebulonXZogg Meyvn (1,163) May 5, 2015 Illinois

    I know of one store that sells singles of anything, its 30 minutes away. I have 4 Binnys less than than 20 minutes away. However, when traveling.......
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  22. Gkruszewski

    Gkruszewski Poo-Bah (3,059) Nov 1, 2013 New York
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    It certainly depends on how rare and much desire you have for the brew… I’ve made Road trips and probably drove hundreds of miles for some of the best beers.
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  23. woodchipper

    woodchipper Poo-Bah (1,585) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut
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    I'ld like to think I travel for the experience as much as for the beer.
  24. SLeffler27

    SLeffler27 Poo-Bah (2,969) Feb 24, 2008 New York
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    Good point. If it is a drive, just for the beer, then the distance/time is far less than if the drive is for the experience AND the beer.
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  25. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,803) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    On the way there I look forward to what I will find and on the way back look forward to enjoying what I found.
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  26. Singlefinpin

    Singlefinpin Poo-Bah (1,812) Jul 17, 2018 North Carolina
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    I would drive any distance for craft beer if I had to.
    I put four hours.
    But day trips to a brewery I usually cap at two hours one way, so that's a four hour day of driving.
    I'd drive way longer for an overnight trip
    I never plan a long trip just for beer, but, not saying I wouldn't!
  27. beer_beer

    beer_beer Defender (676) Feb 13, 2018 Finland

    I sold my car in spring, so sorry, zero kilometers :wink:
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  28. NickTheGreat

    NickTheGreat Zealot (536) Oct 28, 2010 Iowa

    Normally speaking, I don't drive more than 10 or 15 minutes out of my way. Between work, shuttling kids around, etc I don't have time. I also have two excellent grocery store/liquor store options, with all the craft beer, including some locals, I could want.

    Now, if I'm traveling, I'm much more willing to to expand my route to go nearer to breweries. Maybe upward of an hour or two.
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  29. officerbill

    officerbill Savant (968) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    So one episode, right:grin:
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  30. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Aspirant (245) Aug 2, 2017 Pennsylvania

    If I'm luckily I can finish one haha
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  31. officerbill

    officerbill Savant (968) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    I know what you mean. It took a drive from NY to FL to listen straight through Supernova In The East.
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  32. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Aspirant (245) Aug 2, 2017 Pennsylvania

    Then the long wait for the next installment begins, I'm hoping for a return to ancient history or the beginning of his Civil War series. Also I will plan a brewery trip around his next release!
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  33. Monkeyknife

    Monkeyknife Poo-Bah (3,576) Jan 8, 2007 Missouri
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    5 hours unless I can make it a family vacation destination.
  34. SSGCujo

    SSGCujo Disciple (342) Jul 12, 2016 Wisconsin

  35. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Savant (937) Apr 8, 2017 Ohio

    I just drove 5.25 hours one way, stayed for almost 3 hours, but only had about 7 ounces (because 4 ounces were 20%, and the rest were 15%), before driving 5.25 hours back home. Longer if you include the stops.

    So, why? Well, I was fortunate enough to be quick enough to buy a limited package that I really wanted (part for myself, part for my sister, part for her friend), so that was a win. Someone local had picked up a prior order for me, so getting those beers from him saved me $40. I was supposed to swap some beers with someone else, but that didn’t work out. And lastly, and perhaps most critically, I got to try the rare beer I picked up AND a beer on my bucket list that I 100% will never get to try again. It’s one of those that people pay ridiculous (>$1k) amounts for.

    So, all in all worth the cost of gas. Only thing that would have really made it better is that other meetup. Will spend 3-4 hours and $70 to pack and ship now. But, such is life I suppose. My stout buying is almost done till next autumn.
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  36. ABrown08

    ABrown08 Initiate (12) Nov 16, 2021 Indiana

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