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What's the farthest you've driven for the sole purpose of picking up beer?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by jeevo, Mar 26, 2013.

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  1. jeevo

    jeevo Nov 1, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    I'm curious. Lets cut out trips i.e. drove from Texas to Chicago for a wedding and stopped at the Three Floyds brewpub.

    What's the farthest beer run you've made in your car? Heck, if you flew into a city for the sole purpose of scooping up some brewskis, that counts too.
  2. regularjohn

    regularjohn Feb 7, 2013 New Jersey

    i don't really know off the top of my head, but i would go to the end of the earth and back if it meant i can finally get some bourbon county cherry rye
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  3. tbryan5

    tbryan5 Sep 22, 2012 Louisiana
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    I drove a little over an hour then fought traffic from Baton Rouge to New Orleans to go by steins. I didn't even know what they had. i had just heard it was a pretty stellar selection. I picked up some great brews and made it home for lunch.
  4. darkandhoppy

    darkandhoppy Dec 26, 2008 Connecticut

    4 hours.....Hill Farmstead and the Alchemist

    Oh sure, there was an overnight stay in Stowe to make it all vacation-y for the wife...but it was all about the beer
    Lantern, ha-sheem, Savearth and 12 others like this.
  5. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Mar 2, 2013 Illinois

    One hour into Wisconsin.

    Anything beyond that is crazy talk and you should have your head examined.
  6. j47paco

    j47paco Dec 19, 2010 California
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    4 hours and 200 miles to Kernville a few years ago. We came back with 8 growlers of Citra. Worth every mile.
  7. HopCraverDave

    HopCraverDave Feb 20, 2013 Ohio

    Does driving to 5 hours to FFF for the upcoming Dark Lord Day count?
  8. RonfromJersey

    RonfromJersey Jan 25, 2002 New Jersey

    Two hours each way to the original Troegs Harrisburg location for scratch beers.
    sajaffe1, ESeab, Lantern and 4 others like this.
  9. jimmy82063

    jimmy82063 Jan 5, 2009 Connecticut

    Up and back from Ct. to Philadelphia once or twice a year. 6-7 hour rt assuming no crazy traffic. Not a bad way to kill a day.
  10. loafinaround

    loafinaround Jul 16, 2011 New York

    Just 60 miles round trip... but in nyc traffic.
  11. Hotmetal1

    Hotmetal1 Feb 28, 2012 Mississippi
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    Five, hours from North Mississippi to Ky. Story starts off like a joke. A beer store owner, a cop a preacher and me have made this trip 3 times.
    If you count Hunahpu Day drove 13 hours.
    mfnmbvp, Tchfunkta and hornsup like this.
  12. StylzMC

    StylzMC Dec 15, 2012 Yukon (Canada)

    90 minutes.
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  13. GennyCreamAle

    GennyCreamAle Feb 25, 2009 New York

    6.5 hours. Rochester, NY to Waterbury, VT
    ufmj and MarkJBurch like this.
  14. cfrances33

    cfrances33 Jun 12, 2012 Illinois
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    14 hours and about 870 miles from Indiana to Hill Farmstead... multiple times. Another trip coming in May.
  15. bcook582

    bcook582 Jan 4, 2012 California

    im driving 4.5hrs each way from central ny to alchemist on thursday. going to get 2 cases of HT and going to enjoy every minute in the car doing it.

    Oh yea, that is after my 6hr flight from SF to my parents in NY for easter so i guess you could count that too.
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  16. DAllspaw

    DAllspaw Nov 7, 2009 Indiana

    2.5 hours from Indy for lunch at FFF, back the same day. I prefer to go twice, up and back with a stay over in Chicago in between, but it was a great lunch!
  17. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Dec 11, 2006 California

    461 miles to Russian River for Pliny the Younger (8 hours).
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  18. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Dec 11, 2006 California

    How are you getting the Heady's back to San Francisco?
  19. TheRealPour

    TheRealPour Jan 29, 2009 Illinois
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    Wife and I have made the 6+ hour trip from Chicago to Minneapolis for a Surly haul...twice. We enjoyed a tour each time and injected quite a few dollars into the Twin Cities' beer economy each time.
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    NYCBUCKEYE Jan 21, 2013 New York
    Beer Trader

    Where in NJ? My wife and I were drinking it on tap Saturday evening at a bar by our house on the UWS. Keg is still pouring as of today.
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  21. jmgrub

    jmgrub Nov 20, 2010 California

    One of the best beer stops in New Orleans as far as I'm concerned...and you can't even drink on premise!
  22. regularjohn

    regularjohn Feb 7, 2013 New Jersey

    i'm about 20mins outside of midtown manhattan
  23. stouts4me

    stouts4me Oct 9, 2011 Illinois

    WINNER !!! 2514 miles Chicago area to Huny Day in March, round trip. (Retired) Brought down a bunch of Zombie Dust, and Teku glasses, -at cost - for BA's to pick up and enjoy , should've brought more, everyone+ wanted it, at cost you sure can't go wrong.Met a bunch of GREAT BA's with that goodwill, well worth it !
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  24. Ri0

    Ri0 Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    3,120 miles to Alaskan Brewing Co. Oh wait, I could have just gone 3 miles and bought some at my local store?
  25. ddedhed

    ddedhed Dec 4, 2012 Ohio
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    5.5 hours from Ohio to FFF. Stay the night in Chicago, but stop on the way up and the way back. Usually do it twice a year. The wife loves Chicago and allows me to stock up. Lucky me.
  26. gcamparone

    gcamparone Dec 6, 2011 Rhode Island
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    500 miles for heady a couple times
  27. beachfirebrews

    beachfirebrews Nov 10, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    made a 3 hour detour to stop at Bell's to pick up Hopslam....they ran out just before I got there. :( at least I got to try Two Hearted on cask!
  28. cdmillard

    cdmillard Feb 17, 2013 Maryland

    Don't know if this counts, but I flew to Amsterdam, then drove to Belgium to pick up 2 cases of West 12! I managed to fit in a little tourism while I was there (Barhopping), but the focus of the trip was a beer run.
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  29. tbryan5

    tbryan5 Sep 22, 2012 Louisiana
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    Haha. I know! I probably would've even eaten there and spent more money if I could have cracked open one of the brews I bought... O well... Still a weird rule considering it is IN New Orleans. (where almost anything goes..)
  30. tbryan5

    tbryan5 Sep 22, 2012 Louisiana
    Beer Trader

    OUCH... that stings...
  31. TriageStat

    TriageStat Sep 20, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    14 hour round trip excursion to Waterbury (from outside philly) to pick up some Heady. Left at 4 am and was back by 6 pm. Will never do that drive solo again.
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  32. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Jul 28, 2009 Illinois
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    An hour to Wisco for some NG.
  33. manutdfan

    manutdfan May 25, 2012 Florida

    3 hours numerous times to tampa for ccb
  34. aasher

    aasher Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    A nine hour drive to Minneapolis for Darkness Day. The ride back was worse. Three guys. Nine hours. Lambic farts.
  35. Seanniek91

    Seanniek91 Jul 1, 2012 Rhode Island
    Beer Trader

    3 1/2 hours to Hill Farmstead.
  36. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

    I once drove fifteen minutes and two towns over. Rough life.
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  37. Ataraxia

    Ataraxia Sep 20, 2012 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    ~10 hr roundtrip to Vermont for HF and the Alchemist
    No overnight stays, no breaks, no stopping for a beer or food along the way (drank water and iced tea in the car)
    Just me, some classical masterpieces, my reliable Legacy, and the open road
  38. jmgrub

    jmgrub Nov 20, 2010 California

    Eat next time. Good food...and that's coming from a Jew!
  39. jl28r1

    jl28r1 Jan 10, 2011 Texas

    My 13 yr. old kid had spring break a few weeks ago, we decided to take a dad/son vacation. He really wanted to go camping in AK but I convinced him to go to New Orleans instead. I figured that there would be plenty for us to do and I could hit Stein's Deli while we were there. After driving 9 hours each way, I can now say that there is not much for a 13 year old to do in NO. Stein's is awesome by the way!
    I am officially a terrible Dad !
  40. brikelly

    brikelly Apr 11, 2010 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    3 hours north to Hill Farmstead/Alchemist/Lawson's. On multiple occasions. And it will happen again.
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