Top 5 Year-Round, Easy to Find Beers

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  1. Andy1010

    Andy1010 Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2016 Indiana

    SN Pale
    SN Torpedo
    DFH 90
    Oskar Blues Ten Fidy
    Chimay Blue
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  2. Phoodcritic

    Phoodcritic Crusader (771) Jul 3, 2014 Michigan

    Founders Dirty Bastard
    Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout
    New Holland Dragon's Milk
    Bell's Two-Hearted IPA
    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
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  3. nick0417

    nick0417 Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2014 Illinois

    Bells Two-Hearted
    Deschutes Black Butte
    Victory Prima
    SN Pale
    Brooklyn Sorachi Ace
    BP Victory at Sea
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  4. A_Rad

    A_Rad Initiate (0) May 8, 2015 Wisconsin

    Firestone Walker Pale 31
    Boulder Mojo IPA
    Unibroue La Fin Du Monde
    Tallgrass 8-Bit
    Sierra Nevada Stout
  5. Sanacja2635

    Sanacja2635 Initiate (29) Feb 7, 2016 Connecticut

    New Haven County

    Foley Brothers Citrennial (severely underrated down here and in New England in general)
    Pioneer American IPA
    Firestone Walker (tough to pinpoint one - loving the Luponic Distortion's)
    Knee Deep Brewing Co. (again, tough to pick one)
    New Belgium Citradelic (then again, I'm just glad the whole portfolio finally made it out to CT)
  6. gopens44

    gopens44 Poo-Bah (2,423) Aug 9, 2010 Virginia
    Society Trader

    Two Hearted
    Old Rasputin
    Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser Aventinus
    Weinhenstephaner Hefeweissbier
    Saison Dupont

    Several 1a's......Could have easily listed 5 IPAs but the list above covers a much wider beer spectrum.
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  7. Cannibalgasm

    Cannibalgasm Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2015 Minnesota

    Founders: Breakfast Stout (I make sure I'm stocked for the whole year.)
    Weinhenstephaner: Hefeweissbier
    Ayinger: Celebrator
    Bells: Two Hearted Ale
    Ornkey: Skull Splitter

    That was harder then I thought it'd be.
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  8. NizzleEGizzle

    NizzleEGizzle Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2015 New York

    Was deep into a 15 beer list when I realized this was 5 beers. Wow. Way hard.

    Founder's Breakfast Stout
    Westbrook Gose
    Brooklyn Lager
    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  9. SoleBriety

    SoleBriety Disciple (349) Oct 10, 2013 California

    Two Hearted
    Old Raspy
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  10. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,931) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Saw my old list from this thread and realized how much things have since changed.

    Funkwerks Saison
    Odell Myrcenary
    Yuengling Lager
    Marble Red
    Epic Big Bad Baptist (I think this is year round)
  11. HeislerGold

    HeislerGold Initiate (131) Oct 19, 2013 Michigan

    Before I list...
    My definition of "easy to find" is no more than a 10 minute drive from my house with a reasonable expectation of freshness.

    In no particular order:
    Bell's Two Hearted Ale
    Bell's Lager
    Founders Porter (or Eddy Fitz, whichever you prefer)
    Short's Bellaire Brown
    New Belgium Abbey Ale
  12. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (14,339) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Not sure you can call Skull Splitter easy to find, and FBS is actually seasonal even though it's been on the shelves over 9 months this year. Three of my favorites though!
  13. Rossman280

    Rossman280 Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2014 New York

    Left Hand Milk Stout
    Victory Dirtwolf
    Allagash Curieux
    Ale smith Speedway Stout
    Deschutes Fresh Squeezed
  14. Gambyt20

    Gambyt20 Savant (975) Jan 14, 2016 Illinois

    Founder Breakfast Stout
    Prairie Bomb
    Left Hand Milk Stout
    Deschutes Obsidian Stout
    BP Victory at Sea
  15. Rajaholick

    Rajaholick Initiate (162) Jan 9, 2011 Minnesota

    Bells expedition stout
    Surly Todd the axeman
    Rochefort 10
    Bells two hearted
    Victory dirt wolf

    Edit: super jealous of you jerks that have regular access to allagash curieux
  16. rattfink

    rattfink Initiate (0) Mar 7, 2016 Texas

    this one is tougher than it seems, especially being careful to avoid seasonal releases

    live oak hefeweizen (best hefe evar)

    val dieu tripel (my personal favorite tripel)

    st arnolds art car ipa (cheap, fresh for me, and the right amount of juicy)

    rogue hazelnut brown nectar (generally not a rogue fan at all but damned if this beer isn't great)

    goose island matilda (always had a soft spot for matilda)

    tried to keep costs reasonable as well, with the idea of "regular drinkers" for me in mind. I'm sure I missed some, and I know it was tough leaving yellow rose (unfortunately bottles can be inconsistent) and oasis meta modern off my list, among others.
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  17. LongBallLarry

    LongBallLarry Initiate (19) Feb 7, 2016 California

    I see several mentions of Founders BS and BP VAS but they are seasonal.

    A quick top 5+ without too much thought...

    Smog City Coffee Porter
    Modern Times City of the Dead
    Epic Big Bad Baptist
    Tripel Karmeliet
    Chimay Blue
    GF Sculpin
    Lil Sumpin Sumpin
    NB Citradelic

    ...I can just keep going.
  18. njcraftguy

    njcraftguy Zealot (547) Apr 6, 2015 New Jersey

    I'm gonna do 2 lists, easily available to all n easily available to me - local brewery's.
    Bells Two Hearted
    FW Double Jack
    Founders All Day IPA
    Neshaminy Creek County Line IPA
    Prairie Bomb - Pricey but available.

    Local list
    Kane Head High
    Magnify Search Saison n Vine Shine
    Rushing Duck DBZ
    Carton Boat
  19. Boblemo

    Boblemo Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2015 Iowa

    Tank 7
    Hop Stoopid
    Lagunitas Imperial stout
  20. deleted_user_1007501

    deleted_user_1007501 Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2015

    Speedway Stout
    Stone IPA
    Fat Head's Sunshine Daydream
    Logsdon Seizoen Bretta
    Dortmunder Gold
  21. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (3,435) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
    Society Trader

    Bell's Two Hearted seems to be the highest vote getter from what I've read. That is quite a respectable beer worthy of that I must say.

    My others:
    La Fin Du Monde
    Stone Ruination 2.0/Enjoy By series
    Firestone Walker Pivo Pils/Pale 31
    Lagunitas Sucks

    Darn more than 5...I'll stop.
  22. thedaveofbeer

    thedaveofbeer Aspirant (293) Mar 25, 2016 Massachusetts

    Even in the hyper connected world we live in, so many of the selections on this list aren't that widely available. I have to chuckle when some of the Midwestern BAs say Bells Two Hearted Ale- I love it, but can't get it in MA, or the many Texans that include Live Oak hef. Being a BA, one of my favorite aspects of traveling is trying the local favorites. I will say though, that was a little harder to do on a recent trip to Utah . Haha Although I did enjoy Unita's Wylde. But for my take in Central Ma-here goes: in no particular order

    Wachusett Larry
    Jack's Abby Hoponius Union
    Jack's Abby Excess
    Worm Town Be Hoppy
    Sam Adam's Lager

    I love these five, but I also make the pilgrimage to Tree House regularly- my fav there is Alter Ego. And lest the Trillumistas gets riled up, I really enjoy Congress street in all its varieties as well.
  23. deleted_user_1111368

    deleted_user_1111368 Initiate (0) Feb 21, 2016 Delaware

    I have 2 lists.. an F designates my TOP 5.. but they all aren't easily available:

    Bell's Kalamazoo F
    Bell's Porter F
    Young's Double Chocolate
    Dominion Oak Barrel Stout
    Dogfish Head Indian Brown

    Out of state or more than 50 miles away:
    Duck Rabbit Brown F
    Deschutes Black Butte F
    Against The Grain Brown Note F
    Fin City Blackfin Black IPA
    Mully's Shucker Stout
  24. buckeye1275

    buckeye1275 Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2013 Delaware

    Anything that's not from PA?
  25. buckeye1275

    buckeye1275 Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2013 Delaware

    "easy to find" for me in DE that is. DE has enjoyed a lot of nice additons in the last 2 years (Bells, Ballast Point, Boulevard, FW).

    DFH 90
    Allagash White
    SN Torpedo
    Ommegang Hennepin
    Ballast Sculpin
  26. Tdizzle

    Tdizzle Devotee (445) Dec 19, 2006 California

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    Sierra Nevada Torpedo
    Old Rasputin
    Stone IPA
    Port Brewing Swami's IPA
  27. BrewUrbanist

    BrewUrbanist Initiate (0) May 11, 2012 Wisconsin

    New Glarus Moon Man (now in cans!)
    Revolution Anti-Hero
    Edmund Fitzgerald
    Tank 7
    Half Acre Daisy Cutter
  28. malfunxion

    malfunxion Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2012 New York

    In no particular order:

    Widely Distributed
    Ballast Point Sculpin
    Uinta Hop Nosh
    Bells Two Hearted
    Founders All Day
    Ithaca Flower Power

    Local (NY)
    Peekskill Eastern Standard
    Peekskill NYPA
    Rushing Duck Divided By Zero
    Rushing Duck Beanhead
    Ithaca Flower Power
  29. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Poo-Bah (2,061) Jul 2, 2014 Pennsylvania
    Society Trader

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    Sam Adams Boston Lager
    Stone IPA
    Pilsner Urquell
    Guinness Draught

    Id be happy with those forever if all these options werent around.

    NJ....all within an hour from each brewer

    Forgotten Boardwalk What the Butler Saw
    River Horse Hippotizing
    Flying Fish Dubbel
    Rinn Duinn St. John
    Spellbound IPA
  30. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Poo-Bah (2,061) Jul 2, 2014 Pennsylvania
    Society Trader

    PA pumps out excellent! Brews. I agree whole heartedly but id replace Allentown with Sly fox Helles and Tiny with Merry Monks.
  31. Craftbrewlvr

    Craftbrewlvr Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold
    Founders Porter
    Bells Two Hearted
    Victory Hop Devil
    Brooklyn Brown
    Honorable mention to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Troegs Hopback Amber
  32. The_Kriek_Freak

    The_Kriek_Freak Poo-Bah (2,407) Aug 18, 2014 Pennsylvania
    Society Trader

    SN Pale Ale
    Tank 7
    Saison Dupont
    Daisy Cutter
    Tripel Karmeliet
  33. connecticutpoet

    connecticutpoet Poo-Bah (2,200) Jun 10, 2004 Connecticut

    Agree 100%... too many to name, depends on whether I am in the mood for an IPA, a stout, or a lager of some sort. But a thought comes to mind...
  34. Buck89

    Buck89 Poo-Bah (3,218) Feb 7, 2015 Tennessee
    Society Trader

    SN Pale
    Weihenstephaner Hefe
    La Fin Du Monde
    Apline Duet
    Victory Prima Pils
  35. connecticutpoet

    connecticutpoet Poo-Bah (2,200) Jun 10, 2004 Connecticut

    Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity)
    Olde English 800
    Hurricane High Gravity Malt Liquor
    Hurricane Malt Liquor

    Oh, and Sam Adams Boston Lager if the others are all sold out or if the store ran out of paper bags for the bottles
  36. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (9,639) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
    Society Trader

    I get it, all good. Distribution many times sucks and call me old fashioned, I'm supporting the local breweries.
  37. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Aspirant (242) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    Anchor Steam
    Weihenstephaner Hefe
    Dragoon IPA
  38. buckeye1275

    buckeye1275 Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2013 Delaware

    not hating on ya, I get it. I would rather drink a fresh local beer from DE or PA than a "great" beer that I can only find with 6 months on it. And I really enjoy a lot of breweries in PA. Troegs, Weyerbacher, Victory, and new to DE Neshaminy Creek.
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  39. Davidstan

    Davidstan Aspirant (287) May 24, 2014 Alabama

    None of these found in GA or AL
  40. kdevilliers

    kdevilliers Initiate (0) Apr 19, 2016 Massachusetts

    For some reason I can't seem to get hold of Victory at Sea in Boston or it would be on my top 5 list as well.

    1. Stone Arrogant Bastard
    2. Old Rasputin
    3. Founders Sumatra
    4. Salopian Entire Butt Porter
    5. Gulden Draak (a bit expensive at times)
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