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Old 01-18-2010, 06:38 PM   #1
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So here in Brigewater, NJ we have quite a few liquor stores. There is even a Drive-thru. I have been unable to find a good beer selection. Yesterday, however, I stepped into a Super Saver Liquor on route 22 next to the Ace. Oddly enough, the first box of beer I saw was a Rye beer. The small brewery selection is phenomenal. They have a whole aisle devoted to single bottle beers divided into sections based on type and geographic origin! The owner found me, picked my jaw off the ground, and let me know he would order anything. So, what beers should I be trying??!?!?!

I started with Meantime Coffee Porter and the Bruery Orchard White.

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Full line: Hacker Pschorr, Weihenstephan.

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Your only reasonable choice is to work your way down the line. Once you've done that, you'll know what you need to buy more of.

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There are lots of good guides to great beer, notably 300 beers to try before you die.

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When I'm in Princeton I always hit up Joe Canal's and buy up whatever they've got on hand from Lagunitas. Man I love that brewery.

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3 beers from Bell's that you'll love: Hopslam, Third Coast Old Ale, and Expedition Stout. All killer, but I'm not sure if they distribute to NJ. Also, anything from Short's, but I have had trouble finding that even in Michigan until recently.

But above anything, get your hands on some of the trappist beers (Orval, Chimay, Westmalle, and the others that I can't remember or spell) if you've never had them. Really amazing stuff.

Oh, Bell's has a beer called "Third Coast Beer" too, not the same as the old ale. I've never had the 3rd coast beer, but the old ale is the one you want.

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Anchor Porter if he can get it.

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Nice! This week I will check out anchor porter, hacker pschorr, and weihenstephan!

I also bought a Founder IPA but found out it was twistie tops!!! Good beer, but useless bottles.

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I remember seeing "Old Ale." I gotta get back there.

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Anchor Porter if he can get it.
My nearest beer store is about 30 minutes away, so I was happy to find Anchor Porter for $8.99 a sixer at a nearby Lowe's Foods (which actually has a decent selection).

I'll probably give it a try tonight. Beer Advocate says pretty good things.
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