What’s on the shelves? Connecticut (2022)

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  1. another_beer_in_the_wall

    another_beer_in_the_wall Jun 9, 2019 Rhode Island
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    Focal and Heady at Big Gary’s in Putnam.
     
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  2. colby600

    colby600 Mar 24, 2015 Connecticut
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    I was going to post the same as I stopped there two hours ago. 6/20 & 6/21.
     
  3. another_beer_in_the_wall

    another_beer_in_the_wall Jun 9, 2019 Rhode Island
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    Can’t wait to crack one open later. Unless I move to Vermont, I’m gonna buy those every time I see ‘em.
     
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  4. colby600

    colby600 Mar 24, 2015 Connecticut
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    I bought a mixed Alchemist case with a side of Dogs & Boats and FBD. Life is good.
     
  5. jaxon53

    jaxon53 Mar 1, 2006 Connecticut
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    Holy shit! I live in Plainfield, and finally made it to Big Gary's.... pretty impressive. Tons of FRESH beer and probably some of the best prices around...
     
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  6. Hilltopper

    Hilltopper Jul 17, 2005 Connecticut

    I stop by the Big Gary's in Colchester but I hardly ever see 'hard to find' beers there (they have a decent selection, though). I also find beer that's past its 'enjoy by' date, there. I wonder if Big Gary focuses on his Putnam shop for the 'good stuff'? Or do I need to join a Big Gary's beer club like some other packys have in order to get info for when the 'good stuff' rolls in?
     
  7. OffTrail

    OffTrail Aug 12, 2012 Washington

    Can anyone recommend a good bottle shop in or near Middletown?

    I visited CT Beverage Mart yesterday and was really appalled. It's a big place with a small, poorly curated selection of aged local beer. A salesman said "All our beer is fresh" before I showed him a sixpack of Hoponious Union canned on Oct 11.

    Apologies for a double post. I asked this question in the "New England Beer..." Thread before noticing this more appropriate location.
     
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  8. VodkaPong87

    VodkaPong87 Oct 9, 2020 Connecticut
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    I'm not really familliar with Middletown, but Southington is decently close and World Wide Wine and Spirits on Queen St has a pretty large selection of all styles. The best part is that almost all the hoppy beers are kept refridgerated. They also let you split up 4-packs/6-packs (any beer in the store is fair game to grab as a single).
     
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  9. sulldaddy

    sulldaddy Apr 6, 2003 Connecticut
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    There are also 2 breweries in Middletown, literally next to each other Stubborn Beauty and Forest City.
    Eli Canons is a great restaurant beer bar in town.
    Bottle shops I dont know in that area too much.
    Sorry about CT bev mart experience.
     
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  10. VodkaPong87

    VodkaPong87 Oct 9, 2020 Connecticut
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    So weird, I thought Stubborn Beauty closed for some reason. Honestly, I wouldn't even waste time going there (no offense). Taking a little drive to Counter Weight or even Fox Farm, which isn't too far, would be a much better use of your day and money
     
  11. OffTrail

    OffTrail Aug 12, 2012 Washington

    Thanks for the feedback!
     
  12. smutty33

    smutty33 Jun 12, 2009 Connecticut
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    Anyone see any Fiddle Head Mastermind cans in CT. ?
     
  13. jaxon53

    jaxon53 Mar 1, 2006 Connecticut
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    It's been two and a half months since the last post! Let's get this shit back near the top! NEWS in Brooklyn has 3 Floyds Permanent Funeral. On three... 1, 2, 3, GO!
     
  14. another_beer_in_the_wall

    another_beer_in_the_wall Jun 9, 2019 Rhode Island
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    Tried a few singles of Outer Light’s stuff from NEWS. Smoked cherry porter sounded great but very muted. Subduction isn’t too bad either, anything else worth seeking out? I sure see a lot of Abomination in coolers as well, nothing mind blowing so far.

    Edit - anyone seeing Stout Trooper?? I need to get out to the actual brewery one of these days.
     
  15. EDNOSE

    EDNOSE Oct 27, 2007 Connecticut

    Stout Trooper at Bev Max in Danbury today so I’m sure it’s well into making the rounds.
     
  16. sulldaddy

    sulldaddy Apr 6, 2003 Connecticut
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    Stout Trooper was on the shelf in Branford at Coastal WIne and Spirits on Friday. Im sure its out and about at good beer shops. Should be some variants getting released on draft at the brewery too.
     
  17. jaxon53

    jaxon53 Mar 1, 2006 Connecticut
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    Pretty sure I saw Stout Trooper at Pit Stop in Plainfield.
     
  18. sulldaddy

    sulldaddy Apr 6, 2003 Connecticut
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    Also Troegs Mad Elf is on shelves as well, for those looking for this seasonal treat.
     
  19. VodkaPong87

    VodkaPong87 Oct 9, 2020 Connecticut
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    Anyone put out BCBS early here? I went to a shop today and asked about variants, but the guy said he had no idea what they were getting. This means they didn’t get it yet, which I was a little surprised by. Do they really not know until it get to the store?? I’m always impressed by the lack of knowledge at these places when I ask about special releases like BCBS. For such a strong beer community, CT has some clueless beer providers
     
  20. justjosh43

    justjosh43 Apr 5, 2021 Connecticut
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    Thanks. I’ll need to see if Bev Max in New Milford has Stout Trooper.
     
  21. Shyla987

    Shyla987 Jul 18, 2013 Connecticut

    The variants are allocated by past sales/business to the distributor/brewery so they generally do not know what they're getting until the very last minute. Except for the huge corporate stores. They may know know farther advance.

     
  22. M-Fox24

    M-Fox24 Mar 17, 2013 New Jersey
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  23. jaxon53

    jaxon53 Mar 1, 2006 Connecticut
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    Bourbon County Coffee and the fig variant at Cost Cutter in Plainfield... $28.99. Left them all there...
     
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  24. VodkaPong87

    VodkaPong87 Oct 9, 2020 Connecticut
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    Did any stores get the 12oz 4packs?

    seems like we were lucky with barleywine drops. The two places I went to had it, but one was stupid expensive
     
  25. keithmurray

    keithmurray Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut
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    Has anyone seen any Expedition Stout out in the wild?
     
  26. another_beer_in_the_wall

    another_beer_in_the_wall Jun 9, 2019 Rhode Island
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    Appears that Brooklyn NEWS no longer allows splitting up 4 and 6 packs. They do have some cold and warm singles. Bummer.
     
  27. VodkaPong87

    VodkaPong87 Oct 9, 2020 Connecticut
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    Is Willetized here?
     
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  28. Kozaka

    Kozaka Apr 25, 2006 Connecticut
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    Can anyone comment on recent New Park lagers? I see the German Pils in stores and they have three others (Schwarz, Czech Pils, Helles) at the brewery. I had an early batch of the Helles (not good) so interested to hear if their lagers have improved before spending $15 on a 4 pack.
     
  29. VodkaPong87

    VodkaPong87 Oct 9, 2020 Connecticut
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    Maximum Beverage in Farmington has BCBS Coffee for $24.99 and the 30th and Barleywine for $36.99. This is a major price drop. On Black Friday they were $50 and required purchase of the OG or other variant. There was about 7 coffee left, 4 30th and like 8 barleywine
     
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  30. jaxon53

    jaxon53 Mar 1, 2006 Connecticut
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    Damn.... I could go for a Barleywine!
     
  31. jaxon53

    jaxon53 Mar 1, 2006 Connecticut
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    Been seeing Focal and Heady around. 12/13 & 12/12 dates.
     
  32. VodkaPong87

    VodkaPong87 Oct 9, 2020 Connecticut
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    Yes, Crazy Bruce's in Bristol had at least two cases of Heady. I only saw one single can of Focal and picked it up as well. I can also assure you that they're both tasting as good as I've ever had
     
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  33. jaxon53

    jaxon53 Mar 1, 2006 Connecticut
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    Cost Cutter in Plainfield has 3 Old Fitz Barleywine .. $49.99
     
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