Recommendations for beers from Ohio unavailable in Illinois

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by mecummins, Mar 14, 2013.

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  1. mecummins

    mecummins Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois

    A co-worker's wife is driving to Ohio next week and offered to pick up some beer for her husband and me. Does any one have any recommendations for beers that Ohio might have that I can't get here in Chicago?
  2. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,118) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Listermann has some interesting beers.
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  3. CNelson013

    CNelson013 Initiate (0) Mar 14, 2012 Ohio

    Fat heads, hoppin frog has some good stuff too.
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  4. GennyCreamAle

    GennyCreamAle Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2009 New York

    Go to there is a feature where you can compare the distribution of two states, see what they share and what is different, it's very cool
  5. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,320) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    BB1313 will have the answer Maybe Great Lakes?
  6. jampics2

    jampics2 Meyvn (1,459) Dec 19, 2008 Ohio
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    Need to know what part of OH to answer.
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  7. Eastside151

    Eastside151 Initiate (0) Jun 29, 2012 Ohio
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    Pretty sure Great Lakes & Hoppin' Frog are distributed in Illinois. I would suggest Fatheads
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  8. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    If only there were a regional forum that covered both of those states... :wink:
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  9. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 Illinois

    If Kuhnhenn isn't available in OH, then ask them to drive to Michigan. :slight_smile:
  10. Pinioned

    Pinioned Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2012 Kentucky

    In the Cincy/N. Ky area, you have Listermann and Christian Moerlein.

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  11. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poo-Bah (1,760) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    I only had their Loonie Kuhnie on-tap, but dear God... has to be the most drinkable pale ale I've had. GIMMEGIMMEGIMME.
  12. meanmutt

    meanmutt Defender (699) Feb 6, 2012 Ohio
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    West Sixth IPA. It's from Kentucky...but only available in Kentucky and Ohio (Cincinnati area). Very tasty stuff.
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  13. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 Illinois

    I think they are the only MI brewery that doesn't distribute to IL, but I wish they did. They have been in business for 10+ years and make really good beer, but haven't expanded like the others. Fortunately, I have a MI connection who sends me their beer occasionally. Never had a bad one and most have been very good.
  14. frazbri

    frazbri Crusader (733) Oct 29, 2003 Ohio

    Fathead's Headhunter IPA, Brew Kettle White Rajah and Columbus Brewing's Columbus IPA are Ohio brews to look for. (not all are available all the time in every city in the state)
  15. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Poo-Bah (1,865) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    Rockmill Brewing if you like Belgian styles. Their stuff is probably found only in central Ohio stores but I could be wrong.
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  16. JimDH

    JimDH Initiate (60) Feb 7, 2011 Kentucky

    Yeah, the city makes a big difference. White Rajah is available intermittently down in Cincinnati, unfortunately Columbus IPA isn't distributed there. Haven't had or sought Fatheads. I concur as to Columbus IPA--unfiltered and nicely balanced.
  17. Hopdaemon39

    Hopdaemon39 Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2011 New York

    Fat Heads Headhunter IPA and Great Lakes (anything really) and Hoppin Frog B.O.R.I.S. or D.O.R.I.S
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  18. Cynic-ale

    Cynic-ale Meyvn (1,026) Feb 21, 2013 Texas
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    What styles are you looking for or prefer?
  19. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,446) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    haha I would recommend GL, but I think they distribute to IL. I'll second The Brew Kettle White Rajah, Fat Heads Head Hunter, and Columbus IPA if you guys like IPAs. I'd recommend some Weyerbacher Insanity too, it just hit shelves.. I don't think Weyerbacher makes it to IL..
  20. HopCraverDave

    HopCraverDave Initiate (0) Feb 20, 2013 Ohio

    Fat Heads Head Hunter
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  21. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,446) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    We get their stuff here in NE Ohio.. they're awesome.. pricey, but awesome..
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  22. grandmeaulnes

    grandmeaulnes Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2010 Ohio
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    How has no one said Jackie O's?

    Definitely don't buy any Christian Moerlein.
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  23. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 Illinois

    Troegs is in OH, but not IL.

    Get yo self some!
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  24. brewtus

    brewtus Zealot (549) Dec 29, 2012 Ohio
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    Columbus ipa is so easy to find and it's super solid. A lot of these aren't easy to get all over the state If they're by a shop that fills growlers... Bodhi will trump any Ohio beer IMHO.
  25. RayOhioFelton

    RayOhioFelton Devotee (416) May 24, 2011 Ohio
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    White Rajah is a must! Thirsty dog, brew kettle bombers of old 21 and red eyepa, fat heads head hunter and oompa loops and their blueberry beer...did I mention white rajah? It's lie Ohio's Pliny, heady topper or jai alai!
  26. patpbr

    patpbr Initiate (0) May 25, 2005 Ohio

    Christian Moerlein Northern Liberties IPA
  27. Chicago

    Chicago Initiate (0) Mar 12, 2013 Illinois

    Chicago has pretty much everything that's good, but beyond special releases from places like Jackie O's I'd say Fat Head's Headhunter IPA, Columbus IPA, and The Brew Kettle's White Rajah covers it.
  28. frazbri

    frazbri Crusader (733) Oct 29, 2003 Ohio

    It might be easy to find in C-bus, but I've never seen either in NW Ohio.
  29. gpawned

    gpawned Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2012 Illinois
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    Because the odds that the friend can just pick up some Jackie O's is pretty unlikely. But I like where your head is at.
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  30. Keffa

    Keffa Defender (634) Jan 8, 2009 Ohio
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    West Sixth is VERY, VERY solid:


    But as for other Ohio only stuff, Columbus IPA and Bodhi, Fat Heads Head Hunter, Brew Kettle White Rajah and Old 21, Rivertown Lambic. Those are my picks.
  31. BeerBuckeye

    BeerBuckeye Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2009 Ohio
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    Others have covered "the big three": Fat Head's Head Hunter, Columbus IPA, and Brew Kettle White Rajah. Bodhi is only available on tap, but if he can get a growler, you can always do that.

    I don't know how distributed Ballast Point is in Illinois, but I know a friend of mine in Chicago always asks for Sculpin, so there is that.

    Would also recommend some of Thirsty Dog's stuff, especially Siberian Night, as well as Troegs, since there still seems to be quite a bit of Nugget Nectar floating around.
  32. mecummins

    mecummins Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois

    Thanks, everyone! I really appreciate the recommendations.
  33. jeffdill

    jeffdill Initiate (0) Apr 26, 2012 Washington

    Gotta reiterate what the others said. If she gets to Columbus definitely try to get some Columbus Brewing Bodhi from the brewpub, I think it's right up there with Heady as one of the best IPA's out there. Fat Heads Head Hunter and Brew Kettle White Rajah are also necessities.

    Weasel Boy Bourbon Barrel Anastasia is fantastic too though. It's only on growler though, maybe it's available at the brewpub in Zanesville? I doubt that's where she's going but hey, it's worth a mention.
  34. trbergman

    trbergman Defender (664) Nov 17, 2006 England

    It's available downstate, and coming to the Chicago area in May.
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  35. Cynic-ale

    Cynic-ale Meyvn (1,026) Feb 21, 2013 Texas
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    CBC's Creeper is out now if you like DIPAs.
  36. Pinioned

    Pinioned Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2012 Kentucky

    I have it on good authority that Rivertown's Lamibc and Gueze are good as well.
  37. Keffa

    Keffa Defender (634) Jan 8, 2009 Ohio
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    No, it's not available at the brewpub. The last place I knew that STILL had it was Weilands in Columbus. This most likely has changed by this point.

  38. beerhan

    beerhan Defender (612) Apr 28, 2010 Ohio
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    Columbus IPA was actually on tap for a good two months in northwest Ohio for hoptoberfest. Bottles never made it here but it has definitively been on draft.
  39. SeanfromShorts

    SeanfromShorts Aspirant (281) Feb 9, 2009 Michigan

    Short's does not distribute to IL.
  40. --Dom--

    --Dom-- Disciple (305) Dec 22, 2012 Missouri

    columbus ipa
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