Top 5 Year-Round, Easy to Find Beers

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

  1. Rekrule

    Rekrule Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    Green Flash-Rayon Vert
    Lagunitas-Little Sumpin' Sumpin
    Jack's Abby- Hoponius Union
    Boulevard- Tank 7
    Ipswich- Oatmeal Stout
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  2. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,368) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Based on quality*frequency, I'd have to go with:
    Schlenkerla Urbock
    Rodenbach Grand Cru
    Lagunitas Maximus
    Augustiner Edelstoff
    Anchor Porter

    (I'm tempted to include Ithaca Flower Power, but it can be vacant from the shelves for periods of time, at least up until now)
  3. BigCheese

    BigCheese Defender (689) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    Good call on Ipswich. My top 5.

    Jack Abby's Hoponious Union
    Ipswich Oatmeal Stout
    Smuttynose Finest Kind IPA
    Allagash White
    Pretty Things Jack D'Hor

    (could have thrown Racer 5, Old Raspy, Mayflower Porter, Hop Stoopid, Hop Wallop, Dales Pale Ale, Harpoon Rye IPA, Gonzo)
  4. rollandRIOT

    rollandRIOT Initiate (0) Oct 17, 2012

    Chimay Blue
    Delirium Tremens
  5. musicman7070

    musicman7070 Disciple (357) Aug 26, 2012 New Jersey
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    I wish I could like this post a million times. I seriously might have to think about trading with you. The Bell's Special Double Cream Stout sounds so freaking delicious.
  6. BasterdInABasket

    BasterdInABasket Aspirant (259) Nov 8, 2010 Wisconsin

    It would be a 2.5-3 hour drive from here to Iowa thankfully, so I wouldn't say it's "easy to find"
  7. FosterJM

    FosterJM Poo-Bah (2,719) Nov 16, 2009 California
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    Do we have to just say 5? I live in CA and damnit. We have wayyyyyyy to much good stuff.

    Speedway Stout
    Stone IPA
    Old Rasputin
    FW Pale 31
    Blind Pig
    Double Jack

    I can keep going.

  8. DRBiser

    DRBiser Disciple (395) May 4, 2012 Maryland

    samuel smith oatmeal stout
    Abt 12
    Duchesse de bourgogne
    Loose Cannon

    based on quality, value, and availability - in that order
  9. Rinkor16

    Rinkor16 Aspirant (227) Dec 12, 2011 California
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    This is pretty damn hard to only pick 5. No particular order.

    Row 2, Hill 56
    Speedway Stout
    SNPA (My go to beer)
  10. Stinger80OH

    Stinger80OH Crusader (763) Nov 11, 2011 Ohio
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    Ayinger Celebrator
    Fat Heads Head Hunter IPA
    GLBC Eddy Fitz
    Columbus Bodhi
    Ommegang Abbey Ale
  11. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Ayinger Celebrator
    Long Trail Double Bag (easy to find for me!)
    SN Torpedo
    Brooklyn Lager
    Stone Smoked Porter
  12. spark3148857

    spark3148857 Defender (677) Dec 4, 2010 California

    Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald
    Founders Red's Rye
    FW Union Jack
    Oskar Blues G'Knight
    Stone Sublimely Self Righteous
  13. Horbar

    Horbar Zealot (560) Feb 24, 2012 Rhode Island

    Stone Ruination
    Stone Arrogant Bastard
    Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
    Stone RIS
    Hoponius Union
  14. Aestro

    Aestro Initiate (0) Nov 29, 2009 Oregon

    Lil' Sumpin' Sumpin' (love when Lil' Sumpin' Wild is out. Maybe my favorite no-effort six-pack)
    Old Rasputin
    Bear Republic Racer 5
    Hair of the Dog Fred (If you guys get Pliny, I get HotD. It's not cheap, but it is in most grocery stores)
    Hopworks Survival 7-Grain stout
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  15. Franch

    Franch Devotee (451) Mar 22, 2011 District of Columbia
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    Brooklyn Lager
    Founders Porter
    St. Bernadus Abt 12
    Old Rasputin
    Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet
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  16. Beer-A-Lot

    Beer-A-Lot Defender (696) Oct 4, 2012 Virginia

    Trappist Rochefort 10
    St. Bernadus Abt 12
    North Coast Old Rasputin
    Delirium Nocturnum
    Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout
  17. timc100

    timc100 Disciple (378) Aug 13, 2012 Illinois
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    Great thread topic.

    FFF - Dreadnaught
    Founders - Dirty Bastard
    Stone - Arrogant Bastard
    Bells - Two Hearted
    Trappist Rochefort 10
  18. jlenik

    jlenik Disciple (374) Jan 22, 2009 New Jersey
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    Founders/Firestone Walker/Anchor/Sierra Nevada Porter (I love porters so I just can't decide!)
    Stone Levitation (or Ruination)
    Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar
  19. Adamdc

    Adamdc Aspirant (272) Nov 18, 2007 Massachusetts

    Smuttynose Finestkind IPA
    Troegs Hopback Amber Ale
    Lagunitas IPA
    Victory Prima Pils
    DFH India Brown Ale

    Sorry, couldn't stop at 5.
  20. SP23

    SP23 Initiate (148) Aug 21, 2008 California
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    Speedway Stout
    Ale Smith IPA
    Double Jack
    Old Ruffian
  21. warrenout330

    warrenout330 Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2012 Ohio

    Hoppin frog Boris the crusher
    Fat heads Head hunter
    six point resin
    delirium nocturnum
    J.w. harvest ale

    Next week for us ohioians, anything oskar blues!
  22. Eastside151

    Eastside151 Initiate (0) Jun 29, 2012 Ohio
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    I'm going with a mix of favorite breweries & beers for my top five
    1. Great Lake Brewing Co.
    2. Young's Double Chocolate Stout
    3. Breckenridge Vanilla Porter
    4. Sam Adams
    4. Left Hand Milk Stout
  23. theCoder

    theCoder Disciple (393) Oct 24, 2011 Minnesota
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    Old Rasputin
    ABT 12
    Rochefort 10
    Auroch's Horn
    Saga IPA
  24. roselandbm

    roselandbm Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2011 Illinois

    Half Acre Daisy Cutter
    FFF Arctic Panzer Wolf
    Stone Sublimely Self Righteous
    Two Brothers Ebel's Weiss
    Flossmoor Station Pullman Brown Ale
  25. zac16125

    zac16125 Poo-Bah (1,805) Jan 26, 2010 South Carolina
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    I think theres a distinction between easy to get for everyone, and locally easy to get. Hell, if you live in the right place Heady Topper is jsut as easy to get as Budweiser! That being said, Ill throw my two cents in for the best beers that are widely available to most everyone.

    Le Fin Du Monde and Rochefort 10 are head and shoulders above the rest for me. Always on the shelves, year round, available to pretty much everyone. Id give the slight edge to Le Fin, cause to me its the best Tripel in the world (at least the best that I've found so far), and Rochefort 10, although absolutely great, is not quite the best Quad (Westy 12 tops it).

    Now as far as others to round out the top 5, thats tough. Stone has a few that I would put in there (regular IPA, Double Bastard, Oaked Arrogant Bastard, Sublimely Self Righteous), Westemalle Tripel, St. Bernardus Apt 12, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw, Chimay Blue. All really fantastic beers that most anyone can get off the shelf any day of the week.
  26. MexicanSkittel

    MexicanSkittel Initiate (0) Jun 14, 2010 California

    Old Rasputin
    Speedway Stout
    Arrogant Bastard
    Mirror Pond
    Obsidian Stout
    Stone IPA
    Anchor Porter
    Double Daddy
    Racer 5
    Blind Pig

    Ohhh you said 5
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  27. thewaterispoison

    thewaterispoison Initiate (163) Jun 22, 2010 California
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    SN Torpedo
    NC Old Rasputin
    Ommegang Hennepin
    Anchor Porter
    Lagunitas Lil Sumpin Sumpin
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  28. gengle

    gengle Initiate (130) Oct 10, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Loose Cannon
    Three Phils
    Finest Kind
  29. joeebbs

    joeebbs Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Anchor Steam
    Victory Hop Devil
    Troegs Hopback Amber Ale
    Yards ESA
    Dogfish Head Raison D'Etra
  30. EJLinneman

    EJLinneman Aspirant (226) Mar 2, 2009 New Jersey
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    Goose Island: Sofie
    Founders: Porter
    Dogfish Head: 60 minute
    Carton Brewing: Boat Beer
    Half Acre: Daisy Cutter
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  31. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Poo-Bah (1,587) Feb 27, 2007 Ohio

    Ommegang Hennepin
    Chimay White
    Unibroue Don De Dieu
    Houblin Chouffe IPA Tripel

    Since the First Five are similar styles:

    Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock
    Oskar Blues Ten Fidy
    Two Brothers Cane & Ebel
    Weyerbacher Double Simcoe
    Stone Smoked Porter

    All fantastic choices-but I guess all of my top-notch rated sours, stouts, porters, and IPAs are all seasonal or limited release.
  32. dcs1548

    dcs1548 Initiate (0) Nov 6, 2011 Virginia

    It's so hard to choose only 5, I think I need to add a few honorable mentions, but if it has to be 5 then I'd go with

    Great Divide Yeti
    Unibroue Trois Pistoles
    Bell's Two Hearted
    BA Boris
    Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
  33. nicholasofcusa

    nicholasofcusa Aspirant (223) Jan 14, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Smuttynose IPA
    Founders Red's Rye
    Sierra Nevada Seasonal IPA - Hoptimum / Celebration / Ruthless Rye -at least one should be available at anytime.
    Sierra Nevada Torpedo
    Victory Storm King
  34. DrinkinViking

    DrinkinViking Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2011 Indiana
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    Five is a tough number to choose...but here we go cats.

    Lake Tyranena - Rocky's Revenge
    FFF - Zombie Dust
    Firestone Walker - Double Jack
    Brouwerij van Steenberge - Monk's Cafe
    FFF - Robert the Bruce
  35. JohnQVD

    JohnQVD Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2011 New York

    When I lived in Florida, it was:
    CCB Jai-Alai
    CCB Maduro
    CCB Tocobaga
    DFH 90 Minute
    Left Hand Milk Stout

    Only the last two are available in Central NY, where I am now, so swap in the following for the CCB stuff:
    Ithaca Flower Power
    Founders Porter
    Founders Red Rye
  36. Jparker37

    Jparker37 Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2011 Wisconsin

    Seasons matter to me, but my list is:
    Big Sky - IPA
    Goose Island - Sofie
    New Glarus - Moon Man (If your lucky enough to live in Wisconsin, Go Pack Go)
    Goose Island - Honker's Ale
    New Belgium - Abbey ale
  37. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    DFH Palo Santo Marron
    Weyerbacher Tiny
    FW Double Jack
    Schmaltz He'Brew Lenny's R.I.P.A.
    Unibroue Don de Dieu
  38. MagillaGriller

    MagillaGriller Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012

    Stone IPA
    Tocobagga red ale CCB
    Jai Alai. CCB
  39. lester619

    lester619 Zealot (530) Apr 17, 2009 Wisconsin
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    New Glarus Moon Man
    SN Pale Ale and Torpedo
    Bell's Two hearted
    Formerly Gumballhead before it just disapeared one day.
  40. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Meyvn (1,262) Oct 2, 2012 North Carolina
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    Rochefort 10
    Olde Suffolk
    St. Bernardus Apt 12
    Wychwood Hobgoblin
    Chimay Cinq Cents
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