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Old 12-31-2012, 06:36 AM   #11
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Some states don't allow the sale of cold beer. In Chicago you can. Over the boarder in Indy you have to buy cold.

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Old 12-31-2012, 06:40 AM   #12
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Oh, of course. You're only ever slowing the inevitable; it will fade with time. But it will fade significantly more slowly in a fridge than at room temp (or especially hot), if only just by the Arrhenius equation. I have tested this myself with a case of Hop Czar, in which I had half in the fridge and half in my garage, and the bottles in the fridge stayed "fresh" significantly longer (this was during the summer/fall when the garage was not colder than the refrigerator like now.

EDIT: The point is just that a refrigerated beer is going to stay closer to how the brewer intended for longer than an unrefrigerated one, and thus refrigeration (or cellaring) is often appreciated in craft beer.
Honestly anymore I go to the breweries themselves, a bar or to my one beer source (yeah I've become that guy haha) so I've gotten good at picking out winning beers.
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:49 AM   #13
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Check out Surly, Flat Earth, Boom Island, Indeed and Harriet Island if your in the the great state of MN.

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I understand the example, but I don't think Pliny is sold in bottles, only kegged. Or, am I wrong?

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Old 12-31-2012, 07:04 AM   #15
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I understand the example, but I don't think Pliny is sold in bottles, only kegged. Or, am I wrong?
I have had bottles, but had to go to San Francisco to find them.
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:06 AM   #16
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I understand the example, but I don't think Pliny is sold in bottles, only kegged. Or, am I wrong?
It is bottled; I've had it several times. It is very difficult to find, however. Whole Foods typically gets shipments, but you pretty much have to know the wine/beer steward to know when the shipment is coming in, 'cause it goes FAST.

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It is bottled; I've had it several times. It is very difficult to find, however. Whole Foods typically gets shipments, but you pretty much have to know the wine/beer steward to know when the shipment is coming in, 'cause it goes FAST.

Gotcha, thanks!

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According to their site, Russian River only distributes to the Pacific Coastal states, Colorado, and Philadelphia. They're not an easy brewery to find.

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Yeah thanks for the comments. I think we are already going to the best craft beer outlet around here. The bottle market does not move enough volume to have fresh beer, and the prices are even higher.

Hopsecutioner is awesome, I have had it before, It is seriously good, but again it does not get refrigeration.

@ Hoppy Hippo My local grocer only gives the "Big boys" about 20 percent of the refrigeration, about the same as the red bull and Monster energy section. About 25 percent of the refrigeration is for bombers of craft brew and about 30 percent to craft beers and imports in 6 packs.

I guess I thought that the East was similar based on how strong the opinions are on the net. After experiencing NC, I can guarantee that you have to look harder to find good beer. Anyway, I am still sitting pretty because I do have access to my brother's Homebrew which is fantastic.

I may be spoiled in terms of freshness, Ninkasi self distributes as well as Oakshire. They are 1 and 5 miles from my house. Bridgeport is only 100 miles away. Sierra Nevada is starting to get farther away at about 500 miles. We also have beer distributors that specialize in Craft beer and wine, so I think they understand the importance of proper storage and freshness.

Are there any good brew pubs in Williamsburg or Surf City?

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Are there any good brew pubs in Williamsburg or Surf City?
AleWerks is the only craft brewery in Williamsburg. You can always take a tour through the enormous A-B plant in Kingsmill.

You have more offerings up in Richmond, including Hardywood Park who took Bronze at GABF for their Gingerbread Stout & scored 100 on BeerAdvocate (although it may be hard to find now.) Further west is Devil's Backbone, probably the most award-winning small brewery in Virginia. I think they distribute to NC, you might want to try their Vienna Lager--not hoppy, but a gold-medal beer.

http://www.virginia.org/craftbeer/
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