Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by ncarlber, Jul 14, 2015.
Head Hunter in a landslide.
Even though I don't live in Wa., +1
Will trade PNW IPAs for NG sours/fruits.
Lone Pint Yellow Rose - no competition.
I've really been enjoying Otter Creek's Backseat Berner.
I think Fairwinds is going to be canning their Howling Gale soon.
My favorite IPA, period. Wish we got Fat Heads in VA.
Yeah, it's Jai Alai. Although Hop Banshee from Veteren's United up here is damn good in my opinion, I need to buy more of that.
Grew up in and currently still live there, yep! Guilford is a great town, not much for beer though. The old chips pub on route one changed to KC's pub and now they do some rotating taps.
I'm happy to third Jai Alai for the SW Florida region.
Deschutes Fresh Squeezed (Current go to for Drinkin' beer)
Bear Republic Racer 5
21st Brew Free or Die
Track 7 Panic IPA (Sacramento)
Tumbleweed, Big Sky and Hopzone
Cigar City Jai Alai - I can usually get this less than a week from canning, no more than a few weeks old.
I can usually count on Two Hearted, Flower Power, Sculpin of some sort, and Space Dust to be around...
Are we talking strictly locally produced, or what's available locally?
The top of my list (currently) consists of:
Trending: Breaking Bud. So fresh and so clean, clean!!
Always: Just Outstanding IPA. Name says it all!!
Spiteful Working for the Weekend or HA Vallejo here in Chitown
Bell's Two Hearted
Deschutes Fresh Squeezed
Alpine Duet or Nelson
My favorites that I can find fairly easily are Westbrook IPA, Lagunitas Sucks, Sculpin and Two Hearted (We get Jai Alai here but not very often)
I'm going to throw Wisconsin in as well, since I'm there at least once every other weekend.
Whatever the hell Pipeworks released that week
Another go-to that isn't sexy, but is still really solid, is Goose IPA (formerly known as Goose Island IPA). Just a great example of a more traditional English IPA.
Elysian Space Dust
10 Barrel Apocalypse IPA
Port Townsend IPA
apparently we don't get good shelf beer in MA…so GF Sculpin will have to do
Blazing World + whatever the seasonal is from Modern Times (Oneida, Protocosmos, City of the Sun, Booming Rollers)
Beachwood's bottled IPA rotation (Citraholic, Thrillseeker, Melrose, Amalgamator)
Oskar Blue's Deviant Dale's
Kern River Just Outstanding
Also no one's mentioned South Florida's Due South Category 5 yet.
I usually just buy whatever is freshest if I'm going for a shelf IPA, except Sculpin, I rarely buy b/c of the price.
Question: Is Fresh Squeezed a year round beer or seasonal? Deschutes is sold in NOVA now and sometimes I trek down from MD to get out of state distro. I found it once on a random visit and thought it was outstanding. Just wondering if its easy to find year around.
Ipswich Route 101 and Jacks Abby Hoponious Union. Both fantastic and all over MA.
Ipswich Route 101.
Seconding Backseat Berner.
And also SN Torpedo. Both readily available in 6pk and 12pk format and great value for the quality.
Steel Toe Size 7 IPA on the shelf in Minneapolis ...Great brew
Union Jack and Fresh Squeezed are my middle of the road. Torpedo for everyday, and Sculpin when I'm feeling fancy.
Double Duckpin by Union is the best beer brewed in MD imo
What shelf do you find that on? I live in NH and visit the crafts stores and all I ever see is Mo, Peeper, and their porter. Never a IPA on a shelf.
Lone Pint Yellow Rose*
Karbach Weekend Warrior
Deep Ellum IPA
Saint Arnold Elissa
No Label Pale Horse
Real Ale Lost Gold
That's a mix of pales and IPAs, and other than Yellow Rose, you can't find consensus on which is best. I love Weekend Warrior because it's the easiest for me to find freshest. Yellow Rose gets the asterisk because it's not easy to find on the shelf -- fortunately, it's relatively easy to find on tap.
If I can't find fresh Deep Ellum IPA, my go-tos on the shelves around here are:
Green Flash West Coast IPA
Ballast Point Sculpin
Founders All Day IPA
Stone Enjoy By
Foley Brothers Fair Maiden
I'll make it four!
I Find that on three actually. Honeygo, Canton and Max's. All on the East Side of Baltimore. Why you haven't seen it is a puzzle to me.
In my region, if you're defining "shelf beer" by not just a beer that appears on shelves, but can be damn near guaranteed to be there, year round, I think I'd have to go with Sixpoint Resin.
Yes, that's a DIPA. If I have to pick a single IPA, I think I'd go with Long Trail Limbo, barely edging out NEBCo Sea Hag.
Trading is a great way to have fresh IPAs?
Both so good. Great brewery experience!