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Old 05-31-2007, 05:21 PM   #1
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I was thinking about all the places in the country I've been and how hard it must be for some of you in the midwest and south where there never seemed to be an abundance of great beer flowing.

We've got Ballast Point, Stone, Alesmith, Port Brewing, Lost Abbey, Left Coast, Coronado, and many more. Plus we have a few bars with 24+ taps with an amazing selection. I like walking into the place down the street and being able to get the Petrus Monk's Cafe flemish brown sour.

I consider myself very lucky to live in San Diego right now.

Where are you from and how do you get your hands on the beer you like that you don't make yourself?

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Old 05-31-2007, 05:31 PM   #2
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Boulder is a beer town, Colorado is a beer state....LOVE IT!

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Old 05-31-2007, 05:35 PM   #3
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The okanagan has like 6 breweries yet the locals tend to drink BMC and Labbatts/Molson.

Victoria and Vancover on the other hand are definatley beer towns.

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Old 05-31-2007, 07:24 PM   #4
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No beer near here. I've got zero breweries within 30 miles and over 60 between 30 & 50 miles!

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Old 05-31-2007, 07:25 PM   #5
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Central, PA isn't too terrible. It's getting much better.

I can think of a bunch of micros/brewpubs within 1-2 hour drive of Harrisburg:

1) Appalachian Brewing Co.
2) Troegs
3) Weyerbacher
4) Victory
5) Rock Bottom
6) Selins Grove Brewing Co.
7) Bullfrog Brewing Co.
8) Barley Creek Brewing Co.
9) Ottos Pub and Brewery
10) Bube's (if they got a new headbrewer? - at the Catacombs - Mt. Joy)
11) Sligh Fox
12) Market Cross Pub (brews 2-3 house beers in addition to a great selection of others)
13) Lancaster Brewing Co.
I'm probably forgetting a few...

There is also a few pubs nearby with a good selection (20+ Taps, 75-100-150+ Bottles). Zeno's in State College. Brewhouse Grille in Camp Hill. Market Cross in Carlisle.

Etc.

Unfortunately a lot of those mentioned above are brew-pubs only (some smaller scale than others) or don't distribute with a very long arm (ex// Appalachian distributes but probably only the nearby tri-state type area)...

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Old 05-31-2007, 07:37 PM   #6
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Arizona is not a beer state.

Like most things culturally or man-made;
Imported CA, NY, Midwest, Canada
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Texas is a beer state with loads of breweries. Here in Austin, we have Live Oak, Independance, The Bitter End, The Draught House, and North by Northwest to name a few. Not too far off, we have St. Arnolds, the Fredericksburg Brewing Co., Spoetzel (home of Shiner Bock) and Real Ale Brewing.

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Old 05-31-2007, 08:07 PM   #8
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Nestled between Milwaukee and St. Louis, Chicago is a town for BM drinkers. We have Goose Island, Three Floyds (nearby) Two Brothers, and that's about it for the ones you've heard of. We also import Corona. We also have Pabst and Old Style.

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Chicago is a town for BM drinkers.
Yeah, I never noticed what a poor beer town it was until I moved away...some good beer bars (Map Room, Hopleaf, Edgewater Tavern -- a dive, but they have Rogue selections on tap, the Charlie's Ale Houses aren't too bad for their micro selection, the old Ranalli's on Lincoln) but not much that's truly local. Hell, I couldn't even find an LHBS anywhere on the north side.

On the plus side, I think Goose has one of the strongest across-the-board lineups you'll find.

Pittsburgh's much the same, and what few small brewers we have are so-so...Church Brew Works (just what the name says, a brewery in a big ol' church, with the fermenters right up on the altar), FOundry Ale Works (though I think they may have gone under), Penn Brewing, and the best of the bunch is tiny little East End Brewing. Some good beer bars, particularly if you like Belgians, and a couple of great sixpack shops. If I go to the Beer Cave, it seems like I can find damn near any beer someone mentions on this board (mild exagerration), and they'll let you mix and match to make 6ers.
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I go to school 15 minutes from FX Matt Brewery (One of my favorite places to) and when I am home I am 45 minutes from Blue Point Brewery and Brooklyn Brewery

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