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Re: my previous post. 
"I usually drink cider rather than beer, so I don't know what beers are good.

I need some suggestions of good local beer. Bonus points if it's not nationally distributed. Also, one of the guys likes really hoppy beer. The other likes dark beer. They both HATE crappy yellow American beer (Miller, Bud, etc.)"

The beer in question will be going to Arizona for the crew of Wingin' It / Slice of Sci-Fi. I have now learned that one can not send beer via the USPS, UPS, FedEx, or DHL. So, super extra bonus points for pointing me to a beer store with a good selection that will ship beer!  FedEx's rules are: "FedEx will accept legal shipments of wine, beer, liquor, or spirits when both the shipper and recipient are licensed wholesalers, distributors, dealers, manufacturers, retailers or importers."  UPS's are similar. 
If I can't find a store to ship I shall just have to use UPS to ship "Collectible glass bottles" 



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Jun. 15th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
finest liquor store on the planet

Surdyk's uses UPS ground shipping.
Jun. 15th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
Re: finest liquor store on the planet
They'll also be able to recommend three or four more beers that will make your recipients very happy.
Jun. 16th, 2006 01:58 am (UTC)
Re: finest liquor store on the planet
Yeah, delivery's not gonna work through them. $100 minimum order. I don't like Michael & Evo that much!
Does Surdyk's let you do mixing & matching on the less common beers or are you stuck buying a six pack of each?
I know Blue Max down in Bloomington does and I was thinking of only sending about a six pack. And Moose! Moose is going to go spend a week or so in Arizona hanging out at Draco Vista studios.
It's looking like I'm going to end up packing it up myself and shipping it via UPS.
Jun. 16th, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)
blah, blah, blah... I certainly do ramble sometimes.
I've never tried to break up a six pack from Surdyk's, so I don't know on that one, but I know they have many single bottles for sale of European imported beer. There's a Polish Peach beer that's very tasty, but it's definitely sweeter than it sounds like your friends want.

You could always buy a few six packs, send your friends some and *drink* the rest. Then you could compare notes, and it would be great conversation. See, you'd be doing it for the long distance camraderie...

So... um... I've got more ramblings on local beer.

I got so excited after I replied to the first entries that I had to make a run to Surdyk's today. Sumit MaiBock was on sale for $8.88, which is less than a twelve pack of bottles of scummy Macro Brew beer. From what you described, I bet they'd enjoy that one. MaiBock is a dark beer.

Schell is also a local beer, but I don't think it's as good as Summit and it typically costs more. They have a Caramel Bock that isn't bad, but there are better Caramel Bock's. It's not terrible beer, it's just not very special is all.

I've never had James Page beer, so I don't know anything about it. Might not be bad, it has a decent reputation.

The final local beer I would consider is Pete's Wicked Ale, which does have some uniqueness to it. I haven't had it in a long time, but I don't remember thinking there was anything wrong with it. Dunno, maybe I was drunk at the time. ;)

Cold Spring Beer is also made in Minnesota and it's not for drinking. When you see an HGTV *tip* about fertilizing, and detering bugs by pouring beer into houseplants, they mean Cold Spring. If you intentionally send your friends Cold Spring beer and sugguest that they drink the stuff, they'll think that you're deranged and that all Minnesota beer is very icky and only suitable for fertilizing plants.
Jun. 16th, 2006 03:45 am (UTC)
I asked a similar question a while back and after much searching, I can only find the following notes that I saved from the extensive comments that followed.

Oscars' Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
Kronenborg 1664
Stella Artois
Shepherd & Neame Spitfire
Harvey's Rother Valley Level Best
Foggy Bottom Amber
Capitol City Heffeweiser

All have been spotted in America, although I only know for sure that the last two are actually American beers. Also I seem to remember hearing that Blue Max liquors somewhere in the metro, has an exceptional beer selection. I actually registered with BeerAdvocate.com and learned a lot, but I can't remember my password and I'm too lazy to create another account.
Good luck.

Oh, and I like Guinness (dark) and Moose Drool (medium). Moose Drool is American. Guinness is getting so trendy it's not appreciated for the dense cocoa-y apres-dinner drink it can be.
Jun. 16th, 2006 11:58 am (UTC)
James Paige is a local micro brew that is quite good in any of its many flavors. And it is made in NE Minneapolis.
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