Originally Posted by brewt00l
I don't think New Belgium products make it out to the Mid-Atlantic area in general. I have a few friends that trucks stuff back when they come home on the holidays from Colorado.
I have seen Fat Tire as far east as Chicago.
It almost sounds like it's got the whole Smoky and the Bandit thing going for it when I go back east. It does get really hyped, even though I think there are some really great east-coast brews that people don't even know about. But, it's damn nice to have beers, like the ones they brew, available at every single liquor store around here at lower than "rare microbrew" prices. I picked up their Trippel a few days back and I forgot how good it was. It sucks that you can't get La Folie (their Flemsih sour Brown) at the liquor stores even here. (Its damn good!)
Wow, I tried Russian River at the GABF. Those are some good ones too. Lost Abbey had some really adventurous ones as well.
I work very close to the Avery brewery. It's a great place. They brew some really outgoing beers that almost always surprise with their drinkability and uniqueness. Their Hog Heaven Barleywine is the best I've tried of the style. They have a really chill tasting room and even have small homebrew sized batches on tap sometimes. If you're ever in Boulder it's a must see even though it's one of the smaller breweries.