Trip from Long Island to PA for Hopslam?

Discussion in 'Mid-Atlantic' started by 1Sundown2C, Jan 5, 2013.

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  1. 1Sundown2C

    1Sundown2C Devotee (416) Jan 13, 2012 New York
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    Contemplating a trip from Western Long Island to Eastern PA (specifically, Shangy's in Emmaus) and would appreciate any feedback.

    Most importantly, for those who have had Hopslam in the past, is it worth the drive?

    Also, if coming from that direction, is that the most reliable in terms of availability and/or most convenient with regard to distance from NY?

    For the record I would be making this trip with my brother which effectively cuts gas and tolls in half. I figure no more than $25 each for traveling costs on top of the cost of the beer itself.
  2. dazedandconfused

    dazedandconfused Aspirant (253) Dec 11, 2008 New Jersey
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    I make the drive from Jersey every year. Makes it worth it if you buy Hopslam and other beers not normally distributed to you.
  3. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,222) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Shangy's is the "importing distributor" for Bell's, so it is the best source in Eastern PA- also pretty easy to get to via I-78.

    Note there is a long history of "controversy" every year during Hopslam's release around Shangy's methods and rules. One of which you might be affected by - sometimes they limit the beer to "one case per car/group" rather than "one per person". So, you might want to let your brother out of your car at the diner next door and have him walk to Shangy's :wink: and whatever you do, don't talk to each other while shopping!.

    Lots more info on the subject used to be available in the old forums, no longer accessible unfortunately.

    There are a lot more beers available at Shangy's that you might not see in NY, so consider buying more than just Hopslam (splitting cases with your brother- after you get home - not in the parking lot!). We used to routinely drop $250-500 as a group when doing a run up there.
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  4. 1Sundown2C

    1Sundown2C Devotee (416) Jan 13, 2012 New York
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    You both make some great points that I didn't consider originally but will definitely keep in mind. Are there any specific suggestions on beers not available to me, specifically IPAs/DIPAs?
  5. jrnyc

    jrnyc Champion (877) Mar 21, 2010 New York
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    Sounds like an awesome trip! Maybe a stop at a brewery somewhere along the way? Although, thinking of driving on that goddman Belt Parkway would remove a lot of the enjoyment for me :relaxed:!
  6. confer

    confer Champion (805) Jan 10, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    (splitting cases with your brother- after you get home - not in the parking lot!). \

    Do they have a problem with splitting up cases on the sidewalk at Shangy's?
  7. beerchange

    beerchange Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2010 New York

    Do they have it in yet? Just tried them but they are closed on Sundays. Their fb site says usually mid Jan to Feb, but I am seeing a lot of people with bottles already on Instagram
  8. 1Sundown2C

    1Sundown2C Devotee (416) Jan 13, 2012 New York
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    Bells is beginning distribution to PA on January 21st.
  9. IDontBelieveYou

    IDontBelieveYou Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2013

    I'm actually completely serious. quit contemplating. any room in your car? can spare some gas $ and good company.
  10. 1Sundown2C

    1Sundown2C Devotee (416) Jan 13, 2012 New York
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    January 21st is the distribution date but is that the date we can expect to see it in the store?
  11. Centennial

    Centennial Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2009 Vermont

    Shangy's will hold it for at least a week before it will be out for retail sale. Don't go holding your breath.
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  12. 1Sundown2C

    1Sundown2C Devotee (416) Jan 13, 2012 New York
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    How long do they usually have some in stock for?
  13. ColonelW

    ColonelW Initiate (135) Mar 11, 2009 Pennsylvania

    The first shipment went quickly at Shangys last year and everybody panicked thinking they weren't getting anymore. I want to say it was gone in 2 days, but I'm not sure. Fear not because they get another batch around march which usually lasts for a long time.
  14. 1Sundown2C

    1Sundown2C Devotee (416) Jan 13, 2012 New York
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    So if I call ahead are they going to be polite or jerk me around and not give me an answer on when it'll be available?
  15. ColonelW

    ColonelW Initiate (135) Mar 11, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Jerk you around and not give you an answer would be my guess. I am guessing they get bombarded with calls around this time every year and that can get old in a hurry. Just keep watching the threads here and you will know when it hits. It is hard to pre plan though. Dont hold me to the two day guess. I do remember it going quickly though.
  16. yoshida

    yoshida Initiate (139) Jun 7, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Off the top of my head (i.e. may be totally wrong): last year I think Shangy's made it available on Jan 23rd (when one of my friends got his case, it may have been available the day before), and I think it was gone on the following weekend, so the 28th or 29th. Again, vague memories of 2012.
  17. chcfan

    chcfan Devotee (466) Oct 29, 2008 California

    In years past it lasted several months. Last year, the first wave was gone before the first weekend, in part because there were about 10 active hopslam at Shangy's threads going for most of the month of January.
  18. chcfan

    chcfan Devotee (466) Oct 29, 2008 California

    They may be polite while jerking you around. Just watch the boards. There will be tons of "got my case" posts once it hits.
  19. ClockworkOrange

    ClockworkOrange Poo-Bah (1,947) Feb 19, 2006 Pennsylvania

    I believe you mean there will be tons of "just got the last case" posts once it hits.:grinning:
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  20. Matt7781

    Matt7781 Initiate (152) May 24, 2005 New Jersey

    Totally worth the trip. It's a straight shout out route 78. I do it from NJ on a Saturday. You can get the 'slam and pick up some other stuff you can't get in NY. Last year I lucked out by grabbing a case of Hopslam, a case of NN which didn't hit NJ yet, and a case of Two Hearted. Made a day of it with my wife and hit that diner in Clinton on 78 on the way home (the one with the train car) for lunch.....really awesome burger.
  21. therealbeermn

    therealbeermn Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 New Jersey

    if your gonna make the trek on friday or saturday, you pass within 5 mins of Weyerbacher, which is always a great stop, or venture into Allentown or Bethlehem and hit one of the Brewworks locations for some food and beer.
  22. hankhill666

    hankhill666 Initiate (0) Oct 20, 2012 New York

    Anyone know of any stores with Hopslam off I80 before Tannersville? Might be making a trip to that area on Saturday, and would love to pick it up if possible.
  23. baybum

    baybum Defender (682) Feb 10, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Hopslam doesn't hit this area until 1/21 or later, according to Shangy's

    SBALDWIN Aspirant (225) Feb 27, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Shangys had it til may of last year. Nima loves to hoard the hopslam.
  25. philly224

    philly224 Aspirant (213) Jan 30, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    I think it was a little longer than the first weekend wasn't it? I plan on going the day it gets there this year just in case.
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