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Old 12-31-2012, 02:39 PM   #21
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I'm in a different area of NC, but have little problem finding quality brews. With that said, there are better regions. I love anything terrapin, I just seem to like anything they bottle.

Then one obvious one is Duck Rabbit, their Milk Stout is amazing.

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Old 12-31-2012, 05:06 PM   #22
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I understand the example, but I don't think Pliny is sold in bottles, only kegged. Or, am I wrong?
My bottle shop carries it but only behind the counter and by "request only."

I asked why it wasn't on the shelf like all of the other great beers, she said it "would cause a riot if everybody knew."

I on the other hand would not riot to get this beer.
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:28 PM   #23
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I guess I thought that the East was similar based on how strong the opinions are on the net.
Please tell me you are not stereotyping the entire East Coast based on a small sample size from North Carolina. Ever heard of The Alchemist or Hillfarmstead?
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Southern Tier "Gemini" and "2x IPA" are 'LICIOUS as far as Ami IPAs go.

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Old 01-01-2013, 06:08 AM   #25
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Please tell me you are not stereotyping the entire East Coast based on a small sample size from North Carolina. Ever heard of The Alchemist or Hillfarmstead?
the reality is that any gas station in my home town has better selection than a grocery store that lets you "assemble" a variety pack. Simply put it seems that the west coast buys a higher percentage of craft compared to the east and distribution and freshness seem to follow. Seriously, the best beer I have tried on the east coast was a New Belgium Ranger. Hopsecutioner was sold out, (both six packs) LOL!

No I have not heard of Hillfarmstead or The alchemist.

Where are they distributed? It seems a lot harder than rolling to the quickie mart to find the good beer. I don't doubt it is out there. But in Oregon, I could walk down the sidewalk and anybody with a beard can tell you where the best IPA lives. The east is like a mystery to me; stores shelve old beer and wouldn't even care if you complained it was oxidized. Sad.

We, may be beer snobs, but at least good beer lives on every corner.
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Southern Tier "Gemini" and "2x IPA" are 'LICIOUS as far as Ami IPAs go.
Where is Southern tier brewed?

Are these truly hoppy beers? Most East coast beers have been a serious disappointment in the hop depo.

I love hops, and I don't mince words. Low alcohol, hop forward, not too bitter.

ps: AMI?
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Where is Southern tier brewed?

Are these truly hoppy beers?
NY, and 2XIPA is truly hoppy.
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Not to sound brash, but you could continue to dwell on the whole "we have better beer out west" thing, but that will likely only skew your viewpoint of east coast / midwest beers, of which there are countless good ones. The whole east vs west thing gets old, and besides, many microbreweries all over the country are brewing styles that bridge the gap.

Depending on where you are in North Carolina and what kinds of beers you drink, you could check out Highland Brewing Company, Foothills Brewing, Big Boss brewing, Lonerider, and a bunch of others - those are just the first few that come to mind.

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Most East coast beers have been a serious disappointment in the hop depo.
Plenty of very good IPAs on the east coast. The 2XIPA, Sixpoint Resin, Otter Creek Black IPA, Middle Ages Impaled IPA and Smuttynose IPA to name a few.
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First off, on the west coast I never have to buy beer that is room temp. Strange. Especially at 9 and 10 dollars for a six pack. Seems like a premium product would at least get refrigeration.
Let's be honest. The (arguably) best beer store in Portland has beer on the shelves. Even the "premium products". It is impossible for a store to have a large selection and keep everything refrigerated (ans stay in business).

Where are you in NC? I think Duck Rabbit is the best beer out of NC that is widely available.

You see, everywhere else in the US people like some balance to their beer intake. So, every beer you grab is not going to be a hoppy, eat the enamel off you teeth bitter beer. You will have to be more calculated in your selection of beers if you are only looking for IPAs. Try a stout. (tongue in cheek ).

I was in NC a few weeks ago and had 2 excellent IPAs: Hoppyum from Foot Hills and the IPA from French Broad.
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