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bicyclefence 03-21-2013 12:50 AM

Canadian looking for America's help in choosing beer
 
I absolutely love me some craft beer and always try to get my hands on something exotic (a lot of beer are exotic to Nova Scotia) when a friend is travelling. My girlfriend is staying in Phoenix for a week and I've delegated her with the task of hunting down some quality brews for her to bring home. Due to luggage constraints, I will be limited to 3-5 beer so I must choose wisely. Price will likely not be an issue, I want the best of what's available to me.
I'll provide a link to what appears to be the two best stores in the area with their beer lists. Names like Lagunita's, Mikkeller, Sierra Nevada, and Oskar Blues are jumping out at me. But I want your input as I haven't heard of 90% of the beer listed here. If you could list your top 5 recommendations, that would be greatly appreciated!

Store #1
Store #2
(Be sure to click the 'more beers available here' to view their full selection)

Thanks!! :mug:

EDIT: Here is a list of beer at both stores in an easier to read format than ratebeer's

Store #1
Lagunitas Imperial Stout 92
Big Sky Buckin’ Monk Tripel 83
Beer Here Lupulus 91
8 Wired Saison Sauvin 98
Dogfish Head Life & Limb Rhizing Bines 89
Logsdon Seizoen Bretta 99
Odell Amuste 94
New Belgium Lips of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel 85
Uinta Crooked Line Sea Legs Baltic Porter 97
The Bruery Smoking Wood - Rye Barrel 99
New Belgium Lips of Faith - Cascara Quad 56
Clown Shoes Luchador en Fuego 96
AleSmith My Bloody Valentine 98
8 Wired ReWired Brown Ale 94
Lagunitas Sucks 99
Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad With Sugar Plums 98
Amager Summer Fusion 91
Bells Java Stout 99
Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged Bigfoot 98
AleSmith Decadence 2012 100
Bells Smitten Golden Rye Ale 88
Alaskan Pilot Series: Imperial Red 97
Mikkeller Invasion Farmhouse IPA 99
Widmer Brothers Reserve Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout 88
SKA Hibernal Vinifera Stout 90
Odell Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout 98
Grand Canyon Shaggy Bock
Grand Canyon Coffee Bean Stout
Grand Canyon Pilsner 42
MacTarnahans Goose Bump 94
Knee Deep McCarthy’s Bane Imperial Red Ale 95
Knee Deep Hop Shortage Triple IPA 96
Paulaner Salvator 95
Odell Mountain Standard Double Black IPA 99
Oskar Blues Ten FIDY 100
Maui Brewing Liquid Breadfruit 66
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale 97
Sonoran Lee’s Liquid Dinner 15
St. Bernardus Christmas Ale 99
The Bruery 5 Golden Rings 86
North Coast Twentieth Anniversary Ale 95
Samuel Adams Merry Mischief Gingerbread Stout 97
Alaskan Pilot Series: Barley Wine Ale 99
FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald Barrel 99
FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Mellow Corn Barrel 95
FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Bernheim Wheat Whiskey Barrel 96 Lost Abbey Mayan Apocalypse Judgment Day 95
Coronado Blue Bridge Coffee Stout 90
Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale 39
Deschutes Chasin’ Freshies 80
Blue Moon Proximity 21
Sonoran Pumpkin Spice Ale
Coronado Stoopid Stout 95
Fantme de Nol 98
Epic Big Bad Baptist 99
The Bruery Fruet 100
Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale) 100, Ommegang Duvel Rustica 93
Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2012 97
Figueroa Mountain Davy Brown Ale 86
Figueroa Mountain Danish Red Lager 39
Figueroa Mountain Hurricane Deck Double IPA 90
Double Bastard Ale 100
Deschutes Hop Trip 97
Clown Shoes Porcine Unidragon 97
Clown Shoes Genghis Pecan Pie Porter 92
Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA 90
Ballast Point Victory at Sea 100
Deschutes Jubelale 96
Green Flash / St Feuillien Friendship Brew Black Saison 80
New Belgium Lips of Faith - Biere de Garde 86
New Belgium Lips of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout 98, Figueroa Mountain Stagecoach Stout 84, Magic Hat Heart of Darkness Stout (-2006) 94
Black Boss Porter 9.4% 93
Santa Fe Happy Camper IPA 89
SKA Euphoria Pale Ale 90
Epic / DC Brau Fermentation Without Representation 96
Clown Shoes Brown Angel 93
Uinta Organic Punkn 51
New Belgium Lips of Faith - Peach Porch Lounger 84
Fish Tale Swordfish 97
Stillwater Beer Table - Table Beer 98
Epic Wit 90
Epic Straight Up Saison 88
Epic Intermountain Wheat Beer 51
Epic Rio’s Rompin’ Rye Beer 79
Epic Hop Syndrome Lager 77
Epic Brainless Belgian-Style Golden Ale 90
Clown Shoes Clementine 1.5 71
Epic Utah Sage Saison 93
Clown Shoes Muffin Top 96,
Clown Shoes Miracle IPA 91
Clown Shoes Lubrication 89
Clown Shoes Let My People Go 63
Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero 98
Clown Shoes Angry Beast 94
Clown Shoes / Three Heads Third Party Candidate 95
Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer 99
Mikkeller 黑 / Black 98
Mikkeller/Three Floyds Boogoop 99
Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale 100
Odell Deconstruction (2012) 90
New Belgium Shift Pale Lager 74
Widmer Brothers W’10 Pitch Black IPA 93
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Mrzen 96
Goose Island Pepe Nero 93
Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin 93
Widmer Brothers Okto Festival Ale (Oktoberfest) 48
Odell/ Thornbridge Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale 98
New Belgium/Alpine Lips of Faith - Super India Pale Ale 99, Deschutes Black Butte XXIV 99
Firestone Walker Double DBA 99
Fish Tale Starfish Imperial Red 92
Stone 16th Anniversary IPA 98
Green Flash Palate Wrecker 99
Knee Deep Tanilla 87
Ommegang Art of Darkness 98
Lagunitas Imperial Red 98
Rochefort Trappistes 8 100
Dogfish Head Positive Contact 92
Sonoran Chef Series FFF 85
Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers 96
Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Beans 97
Lost Abbey Mo Betta Bretta 88
Rochefort Trappistes 6 98
Unibroue 17 99
Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier 96
GooseIsland Matilda 96
BRUX Domesticated Wild Ale 97
Knee Deep Simtra Triple IPA 99
Bells Kalamazoo Stout 100
Bells Oberon Ale 90
Four Peaks Hop Knot IPA 96
SKA True Blonde Ale 29
Leinenkugels Big Eddy Imperial IPA 97
New Belgium Somersault 68
Uinta Crooked Line Birthday Suit: 19th Anniversary 54
Phoenix Ale Watermelon Ale 16
New Belgium Lips of Faith - Brett Beer 65
Firestone Walker Parabola 100
Widmer Brothers Marionberry Hibiscus Gose 47
Dogfish Head Pearl Jam Twenty Faithfull Ale 60
Clown Shoes/Brash Pimp Double Brown Ale 91
Great Divide Old Ruffian 99
Lagunitas Lucky 13.alt 98
Leffe Blonde 86
Blue Moon Chardonnay Blonde 46
Rubicon Hopsauce 98
Firestone Walker Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA 100
Kasteelbier Tripel Blonde 11% 89
Laughing Dog Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA 97
Dogfish Head Ta Henket 53
Goose Island Sofie 98
Tenaya Creek Old Jackalope Barleywine 97
Odell Red Ale 96
New Belgium Lips of Faith - Tart Lychee 98
Firestone Walker Sucaba 100
Lost Abbey Red Poppy Ale 100
Leinenkugels Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale 95
Sonoran Chef Series 7 Wives Saison 86
Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet 1.5 Double Black IPA 99
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale 90
Mission Dark Seas Imperial Stout 99
Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s India Pale Ale 99
Clown Shoes Blaecorn Unidragon 99
Odell Footprint RegionAle 95
Epic Mid Mountain Mild Ale 56
Lambickx (Zenne Valley, Private Domain) 96
Alaskan Pilot Series: Birch Bock 86
Moylans Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale 77
HeBrew Hop Manna IPA 95
Epic Elder Brett Saison-Brett Golden Ale 97
Clown Shoes Supa Hero 94
Duyck Jenlain Bire de Nol 62
Knee Deep Hoptologist DIPA 97
Knee Deep IPA 85
Knee Deep Ryedentity Crisis 60
Knee Deep Immigration Red Ale (IRA) 78
Knee Deep Beautiful Blonde Ale 33

Store #2
Alaskan Hopothermia Double IPA 89
Anderson Valley Heelch O’ Hops 93
Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad With Sugar Plums 98
Widmer Brothers KGB Russian Imperial Stout 97
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale 97
Hebrew Jewbelation Sweet Sixteen 94
Grand Canyon Shaggy Bock
Grand Canyon Coffee Bean Stout
Grand Canyon Pilsner 42
Grand Canyon Pumpkin Springs Porter 92
Lumberyard Flagstaff India Pale Ale 94
Phuket Lager Beer 5
Cerveja Super Bock 5
Franca 7
Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin 98
Beerlao Lager Beer 6
Lhasa Beer (Export) 15
Stone 16th Anniversary IPA 98
Unibroue La Fin du Monde 99
Rieder XXX Weisse 75
Port Brewing Old Viscosity 100
New Belgium/Alpine Lips of Faith - Super India Pale Ale 99
Great Divide Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA 98
Gordon Biersch Braumeister Selekt Imperial Pilsner Brau (IPB) 91
Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero 98
Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet 1.5 Double Black IPA 99
Ommegang Art of Darkness 98
Maui Brewing Big Swell IPA 97
Samuel Adams Norse Legend 84
Widmer Brothers Oatmeal Porter 71
New Belgium Lips of Faith - Brett Beer 65
Port Brewing Anniversary 98
Sonoran Chef Series 7 Wives Saison 86
Squatters Hop Rising Double India Pale Ale 96
Bells Expedition Stout 100
Mission Dark Seas Imperial Stout 99
Goose Island Matilda 96
HeBrew Hop Manna IPA 95

jakenbacon 03-21-2013 01:05 AM

I live in phoenix! I honestly can't help you much with whats available here and not there, but I can tell you the beers I love at my local BevMo, and I can't promise all come in bombers if that is what your looking for when you say 5 beers.

As far as local AZ brew, SanTan brewing makes a mean amber called Devils Ale, they also make a good IPA called HopShock. Camleback Brewing makes a decent unfiltered IPA. But if I could go to BevMo and pick my favorite beers, it would probably go something like this.....


Wookey Jack DIPA from Firestone
Simtra DIPA from Knee Deep Brewing
Green Flash Hop Head Red
Modus Hoperandi from SKA
And of course, a Stone Subliminally Righteous Ale

I like me an IPA or two.....

roymullins 03-23-2013 06:07 AM

Olympia, Rainier, Heidleberg, Hamms, PBR...

HighCountryBrewer 05-08-2013 01:27 AM

Ska Brewing Modus Hoperandi & Santa Fe Brewing Happy Camper
Both in cans for easy shipping.
I agree - Canada's selection of craft beer sucks. I was in SK a few weeks ago and could not believe how poor the selection was.
Being from CO has got me spoiled


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