Top 5 Year-Round, Easy to Find Beers

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by starrdogg, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. starrdogg

    starrdogg Champion (836) Jun 21, 2010 District of Columbia
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    So much of this site is dedicated to hard-to-find beers, but what are the beers that you love to drink that you can grab any time you walk into your local store? I would say that my favorites are:

    Goose Island Sofie
    Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold
    Bell's Two Hearted
    Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale

    Honorable Mention: Founders Red's Rye PA, Founders Porter, Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier, Unibroue La Fin du Monde
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  2. CommanderOfAwesome

    CommanderOfAwesome Devotee (470) Aug 30, 2012 California

    Abt 12
    Firestone Walker Double Jack
    Speedway Stout
    Old Raspy
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  3. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    I'm going to answer this but with breweries instead of beers since I enjoy more than one of their beers.
    Sierra Nevada
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  4. starrdogg

    starrdogg Champion (836) Jun 21, 2010 District of Columbia
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    First off, super jealous that Pliny and Speedway are locals for you. Second, I love Double Jack when it's fresh, but that beer is AWFUL with a couple of months of age on it, and since FW doesn't date their bottles I'm always hesitant to buy it since I have no idea how old the bottles are.
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  5. ThickNStout

    ThickNStout Poo-Bah (2,118) Mar 8, 2011 Georgia
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    Wow, lots of great options here. But I'll go with:
    Lagunitas Hop Stoopid (also a terrific value)
    O'Dempsey's Your Black Heart
    Port Old Viscosity
    Chimay Blue
    Oskar Blues Deviant Dales
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  6. terrapinfan88

    terrapinfan88 Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2009 Virginia

    Founders - Dry Hopped Pale
    Bells - Two Hearted
    Uinta - Wyld
    Flying Dog - Double Dog
    Victory - Headwaters
    Uinta - Cockeyed Cooper

    So so many more
  7. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    DFH 90 Minute IPA
    Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout
    Stone Ruination IPA
    Delirium Tremens
    New Holland's The Poet
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  8. rlcoffey

    rlcoffey Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2004 Kentucky

    Two Hearted
    Chimay Grande Reserve
    Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
    Fuller's ESB
    Samuel Smith Nut Brown

    That was easy. I was gonna put Cantillon Gueuze on there, but I figures it doesnt qualify as easy-to-find.
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  9. ShemRahBoo

    ShemRahBoo Defender (604) Jan 28, 2010 New Jersey
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    Flower Power (though can't find it lately)
    Union Jack
    Old Rasputin
    Three Philosophers
    Founder's Porter

    there's a lot of these and my ipa/pale selection of the easy to find format rotates based on freshness
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  10. MeBeerGood

    MeBeerGood Initiate (30) Jan 27, 2010 Massachusetts

    Are you sure they don't date Double Jack? Seems odd they would date Union Jack and not Double Jack.
  11. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Zealot (595) Aug 13, 2009 Indiana
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    Delirium Tremens
    Two Hearted Ale
    Artic Panzer Wolf
    Founders Porter
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  12. CommanderOfAwesome

    CommanderOfAwesome Devotee (470) Aug 30, 2012 California

    Hmm never had a bad double jack, though tbh I don't drink it all that often. Since I live so close to the brewery I'm not usually worried about it. Bottleshop near me is usually on their game as well which helps.
  13. mtlasley

    mtlasley Initiate (0) Mar 27, 2012 Illinois

    Two Hearted
    Schlafly Dry-Hopped APA
    Hop Stoopid
    At least one of these is in the fridge at all times.
  14. MLeicht

    MLeicht Aspirant (252) Jul 9, 2012 New Jersey
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    Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale
    SN Pale Ale
    Rodenbach Classic
    Victory Headwater
    21st Bitter American
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  15. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2011 Washington

    Great Divide Yeti
    Green Flash West Coast IPA
    Speedway Stout
    Alesmith IPA
    Stone Levitation
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  16. SeaOfShells

    SeaOfShells Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2011 California

    FW dates all of their bottles now.

    I'll go with:

    Old Rasputin
    Deschutes Inversion
    Aaaaaad let's go with Little Sumpin' Sumpin'
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  17. starrdogg

    starrdogg Champion (836) Jun 21, 2010 District of Columbia
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    This is fantastic news! Now I can buy Double Jack again without worry!
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  18. jbeezification

    jbeezification Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2012 Texas

    Saint Arnold Endeavour
    Great Divide Old Ruffian
    North Coast Old Rasputin
    Oskar Blues Gordon
    Left Hand Milk Stout

    Special mention for Dales Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Great Divide Old Yeti and Karbach Weisse Versa Wheat
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  19. haruspexvic

    haruspexvic Initiate (0) Aug 23, 2012 Illinois

    In chicago anyway...

    Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald
    3F Alpha King
    Old Rasputin
    Stone IPA
    Founders Red Rye

    trying to go for different styles here
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  20. JamesMN

    JamesMN Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2012 Minnesota

    This is a great thread idea. However, is there even a good list of beers that can be bought anywhere in the US? For instance, DFH is a pretty big brewery, yet I can't get their beer here. Are their any craft breweries (besides Boston Beer Company) that distribute nation wide?
  21. jbeezification

    jbeezification Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2012 Texas
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  22. fuzzylogic

    fuzzylogic Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Two Hearted
    Victory Lager
    Stone IPA
    Lil Sumpin Sumpin
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  23. FCal79

    FCal79 Aspirant (220) Aug 4, 2011 New Jersey

    Founders Porter
    La Fin Du Monde
    Hop Devil
    Troegs Hopback Amber
    Hop Stoopid
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  24. mtlasley

    mtlasley Initiate (0) Mar 27, 2012 Illinois

    Can't Believe I forgot The Bastard! That beer is perfect for any time.
  25. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Zealot (526) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    RR Pliny the Elder
    FW Union Jack
    FW Double Jack
    Surly Furious
    Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale
  26. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,163) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Easy Street Wheat
    Saison Dupont
    Modus Hoperandi
    Steel Toe Stout

    I really REALLY wish I could put Ten Fidy up.
  27. mtlasley

    mtlasley Initiate (0) Mar 27, 2012 Illinois

    Surprised (happily) to see Sofie on so many lists. Maybe that's why it's getting harder to find around here.
  28. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,163) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Colorado used to get GI back in the day, and now we are back on their distro list. I'm elated. Sofie is amazing. The first one I had was too cold, I didn't get any of the tart and sweet flavors that come out as it warms. I ALWAYS have a four pack now. Matilda gets an honorable mention, I like the little funk to it, but Sofie blows me away every time I drink her.
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  29. fishtremble

    fishtremble Initiate (185) Jan 18, 2010 Michigan
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    For me I believe the top 5 most common repeats year round in my fridge are:

    Weihenstephan Vitus
    Unibroue La Fin du Monde
    Stone Smoked Porter
    Breckenridge Vanilla Porter (I know it gets a lot of flack but this is a beer I can drink anytime casually)
    Brau Bros Moo Joos

    These are listed in order of frequency of purchase year round
  30. BasterdInABasket

    BasterdInABasket Aspirant (248) Nov 8, 2010 Wisconsin

    This. Except substitute New Glarus in for Stone since we can't get Stone here in WI.
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  31. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (165) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    Ill make each one a different style and from America:

    Hop Stoopid
    Tank 7
    Firestone Walker IPA
    Victory Prima Pils
    Founders Porter
  32. mtlasley

    mtlasley Initiate (0) Mar 27, 2012 Illinois

    Just makes me more excited for things like Mae and Gillian.
  33. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,787) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    tank 7
    odells myrcenary
    size 7 ipa
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  34. kpacedo

    kpacedo Initiate (100) Nov 24, 2009 California
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    Racer 5
    Old raspy
    Anchor porter
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  35. fuzzylogic

    fuzzylogic Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2008 Pennsylvania

    I didn't know that Surly was an everyday available beer outside of MN...
  36. nawset

    nawset Initiate (148) Mar 19, 2011 New Hampshire

    La Fin Du Monde
    90 Minute
    Westmalle Tripel
    Old Raspy
    Allagash White
  37. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Zealot (526) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    I am so often in Minneapolis for work that I have nearly as much Furious in my fridge on average over a year as I do the others that I mentioned. I did take liberty with the OP's conditions, I must admit.
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  38. chicano4craft

    chicano4craft Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2009 Colorado

    Odell IPA
    Great Divide Yeti
    Firestone Walker Double Jack
    Deschuttes Black Butte Porter
    Oskar Blues Old Chub
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  39. usofar

    usofar Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2010 California

    They date bottles now so if it's not dated it really is old.

    edit: But I see that's already been covered a few times now. That's what you get for not reading the whole thread.

    Blind Pig
    Pure Hopiness
  40. fuzzylogic

    fuzzylogic Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Lucky bastard
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