Substitute for Zombie Dust?

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by --Dom--, Jan 29, 2013.

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  1. --Dom--

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

    So I love Zombie Dust, I mean who doesn't? The problem is obviously it's about as hard to find as a frickin 4 leaf clover. I live less than 5 minutes away from the brewery, which by the way is the only place they sell it in bottles, and I can't even get my hands on it. So have you had it? And if so, can you think of a subtitute? Something available, sessionable, reasonably priced? What's your go to session ale?
  2. Timmush

    Timmush Aspirant (295) Jan 5, 2008 New Jersey
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    I have a recipe if that helps

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  3. HoosierBrew

    HoosierBrew Initiate (167) Jan 12, 2013 Indiana
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    Go Wednesday or Thursday mid day. If you wait til Friday or Saturday they're probably sold out due to demand. I've made several trips from Valpo and always get it. $10/six or $35/case. Drinking one now actually. If you we're here I'd offer you one. Cheers.
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  4. bootlegger1929

    bootlegger1929 Initiate (0) Jul 17, 2010 Illinois

    uh.. it's kinda everywhere in Chicago if you know where to look.... and the brewery has it often.
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  5. MCain04

    MCain04 Zealot (585) Jan 3, 2013 Texas
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    Only place they sell it in bottles is the brewery? Hardly. They distribute to Chicago in quite a few locations, from your classy bottle shops to Binny's. Problem is that everyone buys a case when they see it and it sells out real fast. You gotta know when and where to look!

    There's no real substitute for it, but if you haven't tried Bell's Two Hearted it's inexpensive and you'll get that readily available. It's 90% as good IMO.
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  6. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (4,239) Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Flower Power is sorta close but ZD stands on its own, that's for sure.
  7. KillaB

    KillaB Initiate (0) Jan 29, 2013 Illinois

    Victory's Hop Devil
  8. MickJ0nes

    MickJ0nes Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Two Hearted has never impressed me. I've never had ZD or FP. But if your looking for tangerine, grapefruit, citra explosion dance party breakfast ipa.... find Head Hunter.
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  9. terryg75

    terryg75 Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2012

    Bear Republic Racer X and Columbus Brewing Co's IPA or Bodhi DIPA which is supposedly being bottled for the first time this month so be on the lookout.
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  10. --Dom--

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

    Was looking on beermenus, looks like these Ohio brews don't distribute outside Ohio. Bummer.
  11. MichPaul

    MichPaul Zealot (597) Jan 28, 2012 Michigan
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    Don't believe that for a second dude... I live 2 1/2 hours away and I was able to get it at the pub. Suck it up! ("Sucks" is truly working on my ZD cravings)
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  12. --Dom--

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

    Ya I wasn't saying you can't get it on tap. I just had it on tap Saturday. And ya Sucks rules. In fact, amma go open one up right now :grinning:
  13. awhipker

    awhipker Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2010 Indiana

    Closest thing that I've had was Peeper from Maine Brewing Co.
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  14. irv2424

    irv2424 Initiate (182) Feb 6, 2011 Massachusetts
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    I wish I agreed since I can get Peeper so easily, but its a huge difference IMO. I have one bottle of ZD left however so I am going to have to do some of my own comparisons listed here : )

    Luckily I have a few bottles of 'sucks' as well
  15. coachdicarlo

    coachdicarlo Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2012 Missouri

    Schlafly TIPA is somewhat close but may be hard to find now that they are done brewing it for the year
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  16. VitoFerrante

    VitoFerrante Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Flower Power is basically a clone of ZD. I have my bullet proof vest on from all the hate-shrapnel this post will cause! Headwaters Pale Ale by Victory is in the same spirit as ZD. Bitter American by 21st Amendment is also in the same spirit, but not a clone. I would just sample many different American Pale Ales to see what you think is close. Southern Tier has Live coming out that is VERY close! There are a few that come very close, but none are 100%. The citra hops is the key here!
  17. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Savant (967) Mar 3, 2011 Kentucky
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    SweetWater IPA is a very grapefruit citrus heavy IPA, I think you'd like it, though they don't distribute very far.
  18. HevvyMetalHippie

    HevvyMetalHippie Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2010 Massachusetts
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    GET IT AT BINNYS! Great clarity! Roby Tones!
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  19. YaKnowBrady

    YaKnowBrady Initiate (0) Jul 23, 2010 New Jersey

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  20. omniscientcause

    omniscientcause Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2010 District of Columbia
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    Flower power came out first...I agree they are very similar but it would be more proper to say ZD is a clone of FP.
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  21. jpvenezia

    jpvenezia Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Agreed. While ZD is absolutely awesome, Flower Power being so much easier to get in our area (Philadelphia) versus ZD, makes it even better.
  22. Giovannilucano

    Giovannilucano Devotee (452) Feb 24, 2011 New Jersey

    If I may also kindly ask: is there a reason why you would only drink one beer and fear for not having it? I did enjoy Zombie Dust very much so, so I can see and understand the love.

    But if I may share my personal thoughts. As much as I would love a beer(Verdi Imperial Stout is my ALL time favorite) I would be ok with not having it. As the old adage goes: You can not enjoy the sweet without have tasted the sour. Or even better yet, Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
  23. atomic

    atomic Disciple (332) Sep 22, 2009 Illinois
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    Where do you look in chicago?
  24. NateMac13

    NateMac13 Devotee (460) Apr 10, 2011 Illinois

    Dude, it's available in cases at the pub all the time. At a completely awesome price of $35. If you live 5 minutes away you should be loaded with it.
  25. CLCardinal84

    CLCardinal84 Aspirant (257) Jan 29, 2012 Illinois
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    Schlafly Tasmanian IPA is incredible. One of the few IPA's that tastes as good as ZD (or maybe better)
  26. Beach_Bum

    Beach_Bum Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 Illinois

    Tasmanian IPA better than ZD, please sir. I'm working and don't want to erupt in laughter as I just did. must be from St Louis.

    it's definitely good, maybe great. just leave it at that.
  27. awhipker

    awhipker Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2010 Indiana

    It's been a while since I had ZD but I had Peeper this last weekend when I was in DC and I immediately thought of ZD. I could give a better opinion if I had them side by side.
  28. CLCardinal84

    CLCardinal84 Aspirant (257) Jan 29, 2012 Illinois
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    Nope, actually I live in Chicago. To each their own. I thought Tasmanian was amazing. Granted ZD is the one beer I could drink everyday for the rest of my life, sometimes I enjoy a change.
  29. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    Look for some of your local, small brewpubs coming out with Mosiac hopped IPAs... It's similar, and hasn't blown up yet. Sample, full growlers and win.
  30. founder26

    founder26 Initiate (0) Sep 9, 2009 Michigan

    This, sucks taste a lot like zdust
  31. MichPaul

    MichPaul Zealot (597) Jan 28, 2012 Michigan
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    Yeah, I guess he expected you to deliver it to his doorstep. And when you didn't, he says he just can't seem to get it! :wink:
  32. --Dom--

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

    oh them citra hops..... how they haunt my palate. Thanks to all who made it a fun discussion, that's all it was meant to be, some of you guys need to lighten up.
  33. TheNoodleIncident

    TheNoodleIncident Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2012 New York

    Waiting for someone to suggest SN Torpedo. Because someone always does. And they are wrong. I don't care that it also has citra.
  34. M1A2

    M1A2 Disciple (322) Jan 15, 2012 Ohio
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    Can anyone say White Rajah from the Brew Kettle????
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  35. Stinger80OH

    Stinger80OH Crusader (763) Nov 11, 2011 Ohio
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    I think you may have meant ZD is a clone of FP....FP has been around a lot longer :wink:
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  36. Mattmc1973

    Mattmc1973 Initiate (171) Jun 4, 2008 Michigan
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    Closest I've found is Odd Side Citra Pale Ale, but that's tap only...
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  37. bpfrush

    bpfrush Defender (653) Jan 24, 2009 Wisconsin
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    Toppling Goliath PseudoSue is very similar to Zombie Dust imo. I actually like it even better. It's on tap fairly regularly here in Madison, not sure about where you are.
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  38. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 California
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    The only 21st Amendment's Bitter American has in common with Zombie Dust is that its made with hops. Its a completely different style.
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  39. VitoFerrante

    VitoFerrante Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I think u better check this very web site. Both beers are labeled as APA for style. Last time I had them side by side, they seemed very similar.
  40. irv2424

    irv2424 Initiate (182) Feb 6, 2011 Massachusetts
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    I agree they need to be compared directly to get a good comparison. Hopefully I will get a chance to
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