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Old 06-11-2010, 06:49 PM   #1
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I'm taking a short trip out to DC and NYC and am looking to try out what the East Coast has to offer. Can anyone recomend any brewerys there? Any beers that I just have to try that I can only get there? Thanks in advance.

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Old 06-11-2010, 07:06 PM   #2
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There's a ton of great beer here but instead of giving you a huge list I'll just name what I think are the top breweries: Troegs, Victory, Allagash, Flying Dog.

If you haven't had FD's Raging Bitch you need to try it.

Overall I would say PA is the best beer state on the east coast.
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Old 06-11-2010, 07:30 PM   #3
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+1 for Troegs and Victory. Favorite Troegs is the Nugget Nectar. Favorite Victory beers are the Hop Devil, Golden Monkey, & Twelve.

Another good PA brewery is Weyerbacher. I like their Double Simcoe IPA and their Quad(called "Quad").

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Old 06-11-2010, 07:31 PM   #4
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This thread will help you out with the NYC portion of your trip:


Have fun.

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Old 06-11-2010, 07:42 PM   #5
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Are you flying in to DC, Driving to NYC and flying out? Maybe a few of us could help plan a road trip. Guys above have made great nominations. I grew up near DC/Baltimore and now live in PA (2 miles from Victory). I'd be glad to help you get around.

If your in DC try in order Bricksellar, Capital City Brewing, Brasserie Beck and RFD. the middle two brew their own, the other two are resturants with a ridiclous selction of beer from all over the country and world. google them

+1 on Victory and Troegs.

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Old 06-11-2010, 09:07 PM   #6
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It's too bad you're not making it farther north; Maine has, IMO, the best brewing scene on the east coast, and 2 of the premier beer bars in the country in the Great Lost Bear and Novare Res. ( http://www.novareresbiercafe.com/ and http://www.greatlostbear.com/ )

Some premier east coast breweries:
Allagash (ME; wide distro)--their wit (Allagash White) is widely available, but it's really worth trying any of their other beers that you can find.
Cigar City (FL; has NY distribution)
Maine Beer Co (ME; limited New England)
Brooklyn Brewing (NY; wide)
Ommegang (NY; wide)
Portsmouth Brewing (NH; wide)
Clipper City (MD; regional)
Flying Dog (MD; pretty wide)
Troegs (PA; wide)
Victory (PA; wide)
And, of course, the ever-divisive Dogfish Head in Delaware.

In DC, Churchkey on 14th is probably the best beer bar in DC at the moment http://www.churchkeydc.com/ . Their beer steward (Greg Engert) is really great. Rustico in Alexandria is a viable alternative if you're not in the city proper (Greg also does the beer buying for them, they have a similar though slightly smaller selection--no need to visit both of them), and if you're down that way but stuck in Old Town, Bilbo Baggins has a reasonable selection as well ( http://www.bilbobaggins.net ).

Brickskellar is overrated, IMO; it was a god-send when it opened as the only place with a wide selection, but there are much better options these days and it usually doesn't have more than half of what I try to order. RFD is the same ownership as Brickskellar but much nicer with a lot more taps; it's worth a visit.

Other highlights along the way:

Max's in Fell's Point Baltimore is a definite must-visit ( http://maxs.com/ ).

Monk's Belgian Cafe in Philly should also be on the list ( http://www.monkscafe.com/ )
On deck: Little Bo Pils, Bretta Off Dead (Brett pale)
Secondary: Oude Bruin, Red Sky at Morning (Sour brown ale)
On tap: Saison Duphunk (sour), Amarillo Slim (IPA), Earl White (ginger/bergamot wit)
Bottled: Number 8 (Belgian Strong Dark Ale), Eternale (Barleywine), Ancho Villa (Ancho/pasilla/chocolate/cinnamon RIS), Oak smoked porter (1/2 maple bourbon oaked, 1/2 apple brandy oaked)

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Old 06-11-2010, 09:28 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by BillyBroas View Post

Overall I would say PA is the best beer state on the east coast.

But PA has some of the strangest beer laws.
(and then theres Iron City beer. LOL)

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Old 06-11-2010, 11:41 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Bubba_Mustafa View Post
But PA has some of the strangest beer laws.
(and then theres Iron City beer. LOL)
There's a school of thought that says that the weird PA laws have actually helped the craft and micro-brewers to flourish. It could be.
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Old 06-11-2010, 11:45 PM   #9
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More Philly area brewers (defining the area pretty broadly), in addition to those mentioned by others:

Sly Fox
Philadelphia Brewing
Lancaster Brewing
Flying Fish
River Horse
and of course, Dogfish Head

And Philly and 'burbs brew pubs:

Dock Street
Manayunk Brewery
Nodding Head
Gen. Lafayette Inn
Iron Hill
Earth Bread + Brewery
Spring House Brewery

[Edited to add a few more that had slipped my mind.]
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Old 06-12-2010, 04:50 AM   #10
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Hey, finally something I'm qualified to talk about! Regarding DC, at least....

+1 on Churchkey, which is attached to a restaurant (Birch & Barley) that is definitely worth going to, if you can get reservations. Brickskeller is indeed overrated. Their beer list looks pretty good until you discover they're generally out of about 2/3rds of it.

DC doesn't have a ton of local microbrews, unfortunately. There's Hook & Ladder in Silver Spring (just over the DC line in MD), which is okay but unexceptional. I'm a big fan of Franklin's in Hyattsville, MD; if you get the chance, run by there and grab a growler of pretty much anything. Good stuff. There are also several Dominion Brewery pubs scattered around, but I'm not a huge fan.

Fordham has roots in Annapolis, MD but I believe is now brewed in the ungodly state of Delaware. Still, it's pretty good, and you can generally find it in the DC area.

All that PA stuff is excellent (mmm ... Troeg's) too, of course.

If you are looking for a beer store, and want to make a drive out to the far suburbs, The Perfect Pour in Columbia, MD has a truly excellent selection. Probably the best beer (& wine & liquor) store I've ever been to. Some people will tell you to go to Chevy Chase Wine & Liquor in DC, which is definitely good, but TPP is better and the prices are lower. The only downside that that nobody in MD carries Bell's.

Sorry this is so disjointed, it's just that I've been conducting beer research.

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