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Old 02-01-2013, 03:23 PM   #11
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In NY we will be in the southern part of the state near NYC on the outward bound leg and head home via Albany, Syracuse, Buffalo, Erie.

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In NYC, try to hit or at least get fresh Brooklyn Lager. I've always felt that beer skunks easily and tastes better here. Also Sixpoint. On the way back, don't miss Brown's in Troy just outside of Albany and Empire in Syracuse. Also, Middle Ages in Syracuse is outstanding.

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Oh and if you don't get any Heady in Vermont, your entire trip was a waste.

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Old 02-01-2013, 03:33 PM   #14
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Echo the Alchemist/Heady sentiments. Also, Hill Farmstead if you can swing it.

In Albany (well.. Cooperstown), Ommegang is a gorgeous facility.

In Buffalo, be sure to check out Community Beer Works, which is a fairly new Nano. Really cool guys and make a handful of great beers. "The IPA" is top notch.

Southern Tier is about 30 minutes east of Erie in Lakewood, NY. Definitely worth a stop.

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Old 02-01-2013, 03:42 PM   #15
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If you are in Central PA consider stopping at Otto's in State College and Marzoni's in Altoona. Otto's has a dark cask beer that will raise your bar on cask beers.

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Old 02-01-2013, 03:50 PM   #16
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http://beeradvocate.com/lists/top

There is a section to the right of the page which allows you to sort by location.

Click Mid-Atlantic and New England.

I'll add to it though:

Vermont is a Beer Mecca...

-Anything by Maine Beer Co. - Lunch, Zoe, Peeper, Mo, etc.
-Alchemist Heady Topper
-Lawson's Finest and Hill Farmstead are amazing as well

Captain Lawrence - NY
Ithaca Flower Power - NY
Brooklyn Black OPS - NY
Brooklyn BLAST - NY
Fat Heads Head Hunter - OH
Troegs Nugget Nectar - PA
Russian River Pliny the Elder - avail in parts of PA
Elysian - avail on East Coast
Smuttynose Finest Kind - ME
Cisco rare bombers - MA
Wachusett Larry - MA
New England Coriolis - CT
Rare Cantillon or Fantome bombers if you can find them

Not sure if you normally get beers from Cali, but some of them are shipped to the East Coast. That would be the other Beer Mecca -- some available Breweries on the East Coast include: Firestone Walker, The Bruery, Green Flash, and Ballast Point.
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I assume you may be take route 78 east as you come through PA towards NYC. Definitely check out Weyebacher, its just of 78 in Easton, PA. Fun little brewery tour. The more details about route the better. Additionally, depending on your route, Keegan Ales in Kingston, NY is a great little brewery with limited distribution. It's off of the NYS Thruway US 87. You could always stop at Yeungling on your way through PA depending on your route. Not exactly craft beer but it's a great tour.

Edit: If you end up in Syracuse, go to Dinosaur BBQ for the BBQ dunno about the beer there but the BBQ is legendary

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Old 02-01-2013, 04:45 PM   #18
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How about Victory? If you don't get them where your at I suggest picking up some prima pils on your way through PA, there is a reason why it's listed first in the bjcp examples under German pilsner.(it's that Damn good) Troegs also makes great beer.

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Old 02-01-2013, 05:24 PM   #19
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We won't get to do a ton of brewery tours on this trip. Mainly want to fill the trunks with as many different 6 packs as I can fit! I do plan to research a lot of these places so a tour may fit in.

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I'm not sure what you can or can't get in Indiana so I'll tell you some of my favorite Breweries

Troegs
Victory
Six Point
Brooklyn
Flying Fish
River Horse
Carton (as a keg only brewery good luck finding that one at a bar and only have growlers in NJ)
Weyerbacher
Allagash
Yards (they're not my personal favorite but a lot of people love them)
Ithica
Longtrail (another one that's seeming more popular than I like their beer)
Ramstein (another limited availability but they do distribute to PA and NY, if you can find their Eisbock get it but I don't think it's available right now)
16 Mile (based out of Delaware not sure where they distribute)
Cricket Hill (imagine they have some PA and NY distribution)
Keegan Ales (pretty cool place that's starting to expand)
Ommegang
Sly Fox
Stoudts
Lancaster

And 2 that have very small distrobution but are cool

The Alchemist (Heady Topper, haven't gotten my hands on it yet but my buddy in Vermont raves about it)
Cooperstown Brewery (I recommend their Backyard IPA for a nice light British IPA)

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