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Old 11-24-2012, 06:54 PM   #31
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If you are just looking to purchase hard to find beers, I think you would be hard pressed to beat this spot anywhere along your route - they have a TON of hard to find beers, lots of imports, belgians, etc.
Iowa City - within a mile or so of I-80. For buying beer, it is a must stop. here is a link to their "by style" inventory.
http://www.johnsgrocery.com/Departme...m?method=style

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Old 11-24-2012, 07:25 PM   #32
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If you are just looking to purchase hard to find beers, I think you would be hard pressed to beat this spot anywhere along your route - they have a TON of hard to find beers, lots of imports, belgians, etc.
Iowa City - within a mile or so of I-80. For buying beer, it is a must stop. here is a link to their "by style" inventory.
http://www.johnsgrocery.com/Departme...m?method=style
Wow, thanks! That's quite an impressive selection they have!
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:42 PM   #33
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Going through Albuquerque, NM you have to go to La Cumbre and have a few and then go to Marble Brewing and get a Red Ale. Knock your socks off it's sooo good.
We just went through there on our way to ride motorcycles in Utah last month. We came back that way just to go to Marble for another Red Ale.
Ditto this exactly. La Cumbre's Elevated IPA has won multiple awards. The brewer there has been interviewed by multiple websites and magazines as one of the top hop heads. Get a 4 pack of cans while you're there.

Marble is amazing. Their Marble Red is one of the best craft beers I've ever had. Drink a couple at their brewery and buy a sixer for later.
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:03 AM   #34
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While in Chicago hit Bennies Liqure best in city has everything.
Nabraska brewing company, there Hop God, Ménage a Trois , Black Betty stout are all really good. Also in IL see if any stores have Brooklyn brewing, Terrapin from Athins GA,Sweat Water from GA, Dog Fish head will be in Chicago as well, 21st Amendment is great. Great Lakes brewing is good.

If you can get to Saint Louis, MO. Second Shift brewing, Perennial Brewing, Square One brew pub good food and beer also a distillery. Urban Chestnut Brewing great German and Belgian brews. Four Hands is one of My Fav's always great also all four of these are only 30 min from total driving.

There are some new brewery's in Arkansas that I have heard are good. Also in Arkansas look for Mothers Brewing from Springfield Mo, those are my local guys and do a really good Brown and IPA.

Side note drop into Denver cause there is to much beer to pass up if not just to hit Falling Rock Tap House. Odell's, New Belgian, Fort Collins, tommy knockers, Breckinridge, Avery, Left Hand, Flying Dog, Great Divide.

Have fun Drive Safe!!! Oh and bring me some Russia River sours for the love of all thnigs fermented!!!!!

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Old 11-25-2012, 12:46 PM   #35
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Looks as though you will be going through Iowa City...Johns Grocery on S. Gilbert has one of the beer selections in the country! Lots of really hard to get stuff...if your there during the week as for Doug. Also try Backpocket brewery in Coralville (about 15 minutes away) then have dinner at Reds Ale house in North Liberty (another 15 minutes). Their motto is no crap on tap, great selection, have most of the beers that are brewed in state. Try Toppling Goliath's 1492..,my beer of choice these days.

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Old 11-25-2012, 01:30 PM   #36
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If you veer a little bit north and go through Wisconsin, we have some great breweries here - New Glarus, Ale Asylum, Sprecher, Lakefront, Tyranena, Milwaukee Brewing Co., Vintage Brewing,

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Old 11-25-2012, 02:05 PM   #37
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Thanks everyone! I have quite a list developing. I definitely plan on stopping at John's grocery, and probably bennies liquor. Probably have lunch one day at 3 Floyd's.

Keep the suggestions coming!

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Old 11-25-2012, 02:10 PM   #38
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Half Acre in Chicago. I believe they only sell to go beer out of there brewery and there is no brew pub. But what I have had from them has been great.

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Also one good beer store in that local should get you in touch with most of the great Michigan brews.

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Old 11-25-2012, 02:18 PM   #40
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Looks like you will be running very close to bourbonnais IL I would stop at brickstone restaurant and brewery they have there national award winning pale ale which beat three Floyd's this year they have good food also

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