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Old 02-01-2013, 05:45 PM   #21
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For upstate NY, specificly the Rochester area, I would try to find beers from 3 Heads, Roc City and Custom Brewcrafters. All local breweries with limited distribution. We also have a store called "Beers of the World" which should be a must stop for any serious beer drinker passing thru. Ithaca Brewing and Ellicotville Brewing are also upstate regionals and if you can find the time, the tap room at Southern Tier is well worth the stop.

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Bypass all the states in New England except Vermont. On the way pick-up some Jack's Abbey in Mass. There website can tell you where to pick it up.

If you are looking for beer, you'll want to stay in Waterbury, VT. Blackback (this place has the most Hill Farmstead on tap in state), Prohibition Pig, and The Alchemist brewery is really all you need to try some beers. The Alchemist usually sells out - they can their beer on Monday and Thursday and they are usually sold out by Wednesday-ish and Friday-ish. If you want beers to take home from Hill Farmstead you'll need to drive up there, (roughly hr and 15 min trip). They have a few bottle selections, and you can get growler fills. They are not open Sun-Tues. To get Lawson's Finest you'll want to get down to the Warren Store (in Warren VT), on Thursday when they get their shipment.

Burlington has some good beer spots too - Winooski Beverage(biggest beer store in the state), American Flatbread, Farmhouse, Vermont Pub and Brewery, etc

If you go to Portland, ME you'll want to get some Rising Tide and Baxter Brewing. Allagash and Maine Beer Company are good too.

Edit: Oh and Ratebeer just named Hill Farmstead best brewery in the world.

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Old 02-01-2013, 06:14 PM   #23
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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.
In Syracuse, I would definitely try both Empire Brewing and Middle Ages
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:20 PM   #24
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If you're just stopping to get bottles/cans and not interested in brewery visits, you can get most of your Northeast selections in Mass and VT. The only thing I'd recommend you grab in CT is some Gandhi Bot from New England Brewing Co. If they don't have that, grab some Sea Hag IPA.

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Old 02-01-2013, 06:25 PM   #25
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If you want to buy anything at all in New England then come to NH where you will save $$$$$. We have no sales tax and we have lower sin taxes. That is just the way it is.

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Old 02-01-2013, 07:25 PM   #26
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Pa has good old yuengling in Potts ville, but can be found all over the state and Ohio. Troegs is in hershery pa. Voodoo brewing company , meadville pa. Erie brewing company pa. Straub beer st. Marys pa. Lion brewery wiles barre pa. Helltown brewing mount pleasant pa. Duquesne brewing company Pittsburgh pa. City brewing company (Latrobe) pa. Iron city brewing Pittsburgh pa. Intercourse brewing collegeville pa. Sly fox brewing pottstown pa.

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When in the NYC/Long Island area, try to pick up a sixpack of a local slawart - Blue Point Toasted Lager.

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Depending on the path taken through PA some of my favorites are: the church brew works in Pittsburgh, north country brewing which is about an hour north of Pittsburgh and victory, weyerbacher and yuengling in the eastern part of the state.

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Old 02-01-2013, 09:27 PM   #29
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In Maine definitly hit up Allagash.

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If in Syracuse hit Middle Ages brewing. My favorite is ithaca beer co. Be sure to hit Ommegang, Southern Tier, Troefs. Also if passing through Utica hit Matt Brewing which is home to Saranac.

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