What's your old reliable?

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  1. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I can’t find any Victory here except Sour Monkey, it’s too bad there are some good Pils here, but there aren’t more than 4-5, and that’s a stretch. I’d count 3 I’d buy weekly, Pivos gone too.
  2. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,728) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    Do you get Bell's stuff out there in Wyoming yet?
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  3. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (8,354) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming

    Yep. And Founders, Cigar City.
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  4. Hardmarv

    Hardmarv Initiate (44) Oct 20, 2018 Montana

    Oh, man. So close to Montana! I hope they expand distro so I can finally drink bells year round!
  5. scream

    scream Meyvn (1,363) Dec 6, 2014 Wisconsin

    Seems as if many have multiple go to's rather than just the one that they would always select if there was nothing exciting available etc.
  6. Singlefinpin

    Singlefinpin Poo-Bah (1,814) Jul 17, 2018 North Carolina
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    I wish I could pick just one.
    SNPA was a steady for awhile.
    Now, I pick up local sixers of Lagers like, Red Oak, or Oscar Blues Mamma's Little Yella Pilsner, or Pitt Street Kolsch.
    But it really depends on where I am, I try to buy from local breweries wherever I am at the time.
    When I was in Florida a little over a month ago I had a whole different list.
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  7. CBlack85

    CBlack85 Savant (997) Jul 12, 2009 South Carolina

    I usually have one or more of the following beers in my fridge...
    SN Torpedo
    Bells Two Hearted
    Dales Pale Ale

    I am starting to notice Fullsteam Humidity in my fridge more and more as well
  8. barneyrubble

    barneyrubble Devotee (428) Aug 21, 2020 Colorado

    Old reliable is wine.

    New reliable over the past 6 months of my new beer journey,
    defined by me as:
    I can always find it, it is priced right, it tastes great, and it is not hard to find fresh.

    Odell IPA and Odell 90 Shilling.

  9. ssascotth

    ssascotth Initiate (36) Jun 5, 2019 Illinois

    I had a Galway Hooker Stout on tap on my first visit to Dublin. Brought back several bottles on my second trip as it seems to be unavailable in the US. Plus it’s fun to watch people’s reactions when you tell them about your Galway Hooker...
  10. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Poo-Bah (2,103) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    What an often overlooked local beer that is amazing. Another red headed step child of an all-ipa-everything brewer.
  11. Mugman8

    Mugman8 Disciple (379) Sep 30, 2018 New York

    Cigar City Jai Lai or Bell's Two Hearted....not expensive and always great....
  12. Snicht

    Snicht Initiate (61) May 8, 2017 Maryland

    It’s regional so you can’t get it outside the midatlantic but my old reliable has always been union black wing. Nothing crazy just a well made clean black lager. Just enough roast from the black malts to lend a little Something interesting but simple enough to go well with any meal and any occasion.
  13. DoubleJ

    DoubleJ Poo-Bah (5,943) Oct 13, 2007 Wisconsin

    When I lived in Southern California, I drank a lot of Stone IPA in my early drinking years. Later on, when Sculpin IPA became easy to find in six-packs, that became my standby. I have since moved to Wisconsin, when I am now spoiled with the easy availability and umami-triggering beer of Wisconsin Belgian Red.
  14. sebert3030

    sebert3030 Devotee (407) May 19, 2016 California
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    Lagunitas IPA is my old reliable. I can pick it up anywhere in a pinch, and it never lets me down. My #1 go to.
  15. sebert3030

    sebert3030 Devotee (407) May 19, 2016 California
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    Swami is definitely one of my old reliables, too!!!
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  16. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (2,062) Apr 16, 2015 New York
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    Fiddlehead IPA and Conehead.
    Always reliable and always available for me.
    Recently moved from NH/VT border to NYC and still always available for great value.
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  17. AElfwine_Nerevar

    AElfwine_Nerevar Devotee (497) Nov 16, 2018 Connecticut

    Forgot to add that when I am in the mood for a great WCIPA my old reliable is Firefly Hollow's Coneflakes. It is a relic of the IBU wars. Highly underrated beer in my opinion.
  18. pjbear05

    pjbear05 Initiate (138) May 28, 2008 Florida

    Bell's Amber Ale. No problem finding at TW, though it 's going to taste great in May when I'm drinking it at The Eccentric.
  19. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Life is good looks like to me.
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  20. RobertB412

    RobertB412 Disciple (309) Sep 4, 2020 Pennsylvania

    SN Pale Ale, SA Boston Lager, Bell's Two Hearted, GL Elliot Ness, DH 60 Minute, FH Head Hunter
  21. barneyrubble

    barneyrubble Devotee (428) Aug 21, 2020 Colorado

    What a tasty brew, I like it much more than the well known Bell's Brown.
  22. Cashbail

    Cashbail Aspirant (207) Aug 3, 2019 New Hampshire

    Allagash White.
  23. bret27

    bret27 Poo-Bah (2,021) Mar 10, 2009 California
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  24. Mindcrime1000

    Mindcrime1000 Poo-Bah (1,638) Apr 30, 2016 South Dakota
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  25. BillAfromSoCal

    BillAfromSoCal Zealot (584) Aug 24, 2020 California

    Stout: Founders Breakfast stout
    Other: Grapefruit Sculpin, although I like other IPAs better, this one is more easily found around my area, and it has been around for what seems like a long time.
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  26. BrewsOverHoes

    BrewsOverHoes Poo-Bah (1,588) Nov 17, 2013 Georgia
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    Creature Comforts Tropicalia and it’s not even close. I find myself in a beer store looking for 30 minutes and then end up just buying a sixer of Trop even though I have plenty at home...I have a fear of running out.

  27. AlmostDeadly777

    AlmostDeadly777 Initiate (70) Apr 29, 2018 California

    I usually go for SNPA or Stone IPA (or a seasonal Stone IPA) most of the year but from August until December nearly the only beer you'll find in my fridge is some combination of Space Ways from Modern Times and Celebration IPA from Sierra Nevada. Can't get enough of either of those.
  28. GormBrewhouse

    GormBrewhouse Zealot (541) Jun 24, 2015 Vermont

    In Vt sip of sunshine. Always there always good.

    When in Colorado uncle Jacobs stout. Always there tho I'm ther e every 2 years or so.

    For macro brews +1 to Guinness extra stout.
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  29. fehrminator

    fehrminator Devotee (457) Jan 26, 2008 North Carolina

    Traditional ipa: two hearted
    NEIPA (ish): surf wax
    Gose: Westbrook key lime pie
    Porter: founders
    These all scratch the itch for me when I have a craving.
  30. ZebulonXZogg

    ZebulonXZogg Meyvn (1,184) May 5, 2015 Illinois

    I love Imperial Stouts and this is the season, but I always have Old Rasputin in the fridge and some Centennial.
  31. MikeWard

    MikeWard Poo-Bah (3,243) Sep 14, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    It's been Troegs Perpetual for years for me. I live less than an hour from the brewery, and it's available in many spots around here, usually fresh. Pennsylvania's IPA.
  32. CaptainHate

    CaptainHate Champion (858) Apr 22, 2006 Ohio

  33. defunksta

    defunksta Poo-Bah (2,150) Jan 18, 2019 North Dakota
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    I think for me it's Bell's Two-Hearted Ale, a midwestern IPA with such a perfect hop flavors of grapefruit, peach, orange citrus followed by a unique and delicious malt sweetness. The right balance for an IPA. It surprisingly ages better than most IPAs. Time and time again it's on of my favorites.
  34. CB_Michigan

    CB_Michigan Zealot (523) Sep 4, 2014 Illinois
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    I’ve never cared for Pony but I should give it another chance since I haven’t had one in a couple years.
    The Trumer appears to be about 4 months old. There’s a best by date of 2/14/21 on one of the long sides of the box. Some date code site said they use 150 days from bottling. I also forgot they use those damn green bottles. Still a tasty beer, not quite as crisp as when it’s fresh but better than some locals that are 2x the price.
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  35. Longhorn08

    Longhorn08 Aspirant (285) Feb 4, 2014 Texas

    Probably Sixth Glass Quad.

    Thinking about it, I probably buy that beer more than anything else. Not a world class quad by any stretch, but not bad and a good price in a sixer format.
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  36. Reidrover

    Reidrover Poo-Bah (4,838) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon

    Deschutes Mirror Pond.
  37. Milktoast75

    Milktoast75 Devotee (416) Oct 27, 2012 Wisconsin

    I could post some unavailable beer for two thirds of the US but it’s Two Hearted Ale.
    Been that for a while. Expected it to continue.
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  38. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Crusader (720) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia

    I rarely "revisit" beers I've previously tried, but if there's not much to choose from at like a restaurant I'll probably grab something local from Benchtop, Smartmouth or OConnor
  39. surfcaster

    surfcaster Zealot (526) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina

    Pilsner Urquell
    Westbrook One Claw
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  40. Billet

    Billet Zealot (511) Dec 17, 2013 Michigan

    I don't really have an "old reliable" beer right now. All of my former old reliable beers have been discontinued or simply disappeared from the store shelves.
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