Which would you prefer in MD, Bell's or Founder's? [Poll]

Discussion in 'Mid-Atlantic' started by gillagorilla, Oct 15, 2013.

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  1. gillagorilla

    gillagorilla Meyvn (1,250) Feb 27, 2013 Maryland
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    I realize that Founder's is supposed to be in MD next year or sometime in the future, but if you could have either of these right now in MD, which would you pick? I ask this because both of them skip over MD in their East Coast/Mid-Atlantic distribution.
     
  2. DrBier

    DrBier Poo-Bah (1,547) Jun 12, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Being from PA, where we get both, the Founders selection has been much better of late than Bell's. Breakfast Stout has become a regular at many beer bars, KBS much easier to come by than Black Note, Double Trouble FAR easier than HopSlam, even Devil Dancer more avail than HS. Greater IPA selection from Founders, although Cent PA did get some Oracle this year. Also the selection of one offs i.e. Founders Looking Glass series, goes to Founders as we get no Bells one offs. Both breweries make outstanding beer throughout the year and we have been getting SUPER fresh beer from both breweries. I can't wait for either's MD release at Max's.
     
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  3. duceswild

    duceswild Meyvn (1,283) Feb 8, 2010 Maryland
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    Where is the poll? But my vote is founders.
     
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  4. mendvicdog

    mendvicdog Initiate (0) Sep 1, 2006 Maryland
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    Bells. Have you had Rubaeus or Mango Manifico? Gross.
     
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  5. imbrue001

    imbrue001 Aspirant (213) Aug 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Whichever one is going to hog the shelves with fewer overpriced 4-packs. I'm guessing Bells.
     
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  6. mendvicdog

    mendvicdog Initiate (0) Sep 1, 2006 Maryland
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    I am fairly certain that the winner of this poll will be in MD next year. The loser will go out of business. The reps from these companies are watching, so let's keep this serious.
     
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  7. gillagorilla

    gillagorilla Meyvn (1,250) Feb 27, 2013 Maryland
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    Wow. I messed up this thread twice.
     
  8. John_M

    John_M Moderator (5,528) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    I'm with you DrBier. I love me some HS and Oracle, but it's hard to turn my head from CBS, KBS, BS and some of the other barrel aged beers they do. Even Backwoods Bastard would be a nice thing to see on a regular basis.
     
  9. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (7,495) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    As a consumer that has access to both in Missouri, my choice: Founders. Granted we don't get the whole smear like some do, but Other than Two Hearted & Expedition, I can't too excited about what Bells sells.. Ocassionally we actually get some of the rare-ish Founders stuff so that may make me biased.
     
  10. magnumpoppy

    magnumpoppy Initiate (191) Feb 26, 2011 Michigan

    I am from MI and moved here to MD 10 months ago. Founders is one of my fav's for their seasonals but I miss having two hearted fresh anytime I want. The question above is like asking me to choose which child is my favorite. I am happy if either will come visit me in MD.
     
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  11. DrBier

    DrBier Poo-Bah (1,547) Jun 12, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Not sure where you are in MD but growler's of fresh 2 Hearted aren't far away if ur in B'more.
     
  12. magnumpoppy

    magnumpoppy Initiate (191) Feb 26, 2011 Michigan

    Tell me more. Where at?
     
  13. ao125

    ao125 Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2010 Virginia

    I'd take Founder's I think. I really like Backwoods Bastard, a lot. It's more of an everyday beer than Black Note.
     
  14. skinsfan

    skinsfan Zealot (583) May 24, 2005 Maryland
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    I would take Founders over Bells myself.
     
  15. John_M

    John_M Moderator (5,528) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    DrBier maybe better able to respond to the growler angle of his post, but he's completely right about two hearted being (relatively) avaiable close by. Both Cobblestones and the happy hound in York have two hearted on tap on a fairly regular basis, or you can find bottles to go at places like Vito's pizza and North York Bev. York is roughly a half hour drive up the road on I-83, so I guess that qualifies as close by.

    Or you can drive in the opposite direction down to DC/NoVa. to find it there. The Big Hunt and Rustico usually have it as part of their regular line-up, or again, you can find 6 packs at most of your better beer stores (Chevy Chase, Whole Foods, etc.).

    That being said, I don't know of any place in York that will fill a growler for you, and the same is true with beer bars in DC. However, DrBier is more conversant with the local beer scene than I am, so hopefully he has some ideas and suggestions. Good luck.
     
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  16. imbibehour

    imbibehour Poo-Bah (6,147) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    Have choices in nearby DC and VA... but I would easily pick Founders
     
  17. DrBier

    DrBier Poo-Bah (1,547) Jun 12, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    In Southern York County, Cape Horn Beverage has a good selection of cases of Bells & Founders which are usually fresh. Also in SYC is Golden Crust Pizza in Red Lion, they sell growlers at very fair prices, you can get on their email list & they'll keep you updated as to what's on tap & avail in the bottle shop. In York, Holy Hound does fill growlers as does Mt. Rose Quick 6.
     
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  18. GoatmanBrewsMD

    GoatmanBrewsMD Aspirant (276) Dec 16, 2010 Maryland
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    I'd rather see founders here personally. I've been more impressed with their offerings.
     
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