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Find me the Binny's of the West (Coast)

I moved to the Bay Area recently (San Mateo) and one of the things I've missed most from Chicago has been the amazing beer selection I was able to find at the local liquor chain Binny's. I've tried a couple of BevMo's and some smaller momandpop type places but I've yet to find a place with 4 rows of different beer plus coolers etc. which I could find in Chicago. I miss my selection! Does a place like this exist? Is there a secret bottle shop that I don't know about? Let me know where I can get my beer selection on!
posted by Carillon on Jul 23, 2014 - 8 answers

Midwest US to UK beer arbitrage

My wife wants to bring an American craft beer to a former colleague who is primarily a real ale drinker in the UK. He is pretty game to try anything (and is more of a hophead than I am) and we would like to get him something he can't get there and that is a bit different (so no American Belgians for instance) but also worth the hassle. What should we get? We are in Chicago and probably have to get it from Binnys.
posted by srboisvert on Jun 27, 2014 - 20 answers

Another Queens/NYC bar/restaurant question

I need a bar or restaurant for a small group on Sunday. One of our group however, is my puppy. Another requirement is that it is near the N train, or a quick transfer from the N train on this Sunday (are they still randomly shutting down the 7 train over the weekend?). Beyond that, it's not too picky. I know about the Bohemian Beer Garden, but I am not sure that they allow pets. Sidewalk cafes, anything outdoors should be great.
posted by kellyblah on Jun 19, 2014 - 7 answers

Epic homebrewing fail

I've got a very weak and too tart berry beer in primary/secondary. I'd like to avoid tossing it, but as it stands, this stuff is not drinkable. Can you help me fix it? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Jun 18, 2014 - 19 answers

Where to watch Ghana vs USA in DC?

Sadly the Ghana Cafe is closed, and now my dad and I need a new venue to watch Ghana vs USA tomorrow. Hoping to find a place with fans of both teams, a clear view of the TV without jostling or dodging, and preferably Tusker or other African beer available. Any recommendations, DC mefites?
posted by nkknkk on Jun 15, 2014 - 7 answers

What are some awesome breweries/distilleries run by women?

What are some awesome breweries/distilleries run by women? [more inside]
posted by mlle valentine on Jun 14, 2014 - 40 answers

Help me plan camp food for a big, tipsy, crowd.

I’m organizing an event in early July and I need help figuring out the easiest way to provide five meals to 70 to 90 people at a campground. Our location is booked- it’s a great campground with showers and bathrooms and a pavilion and a fire pit. Our planning is moving along nicely, but but as with previous years, food is the challenge. Details follow: [more inside]
posted by The Man from Lardfork on Jun 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Where can I fill my growler near Pasadena?

I have a growler from Pyramid breweries with a plastic screw top. I bought it because I figured I'd be able to fill it up all the time. Unfortunately, I just got off the phone with Stone Brewery in Pasadena and they won't fill my growler because it's a plastic screw top (must be a flip top) and because it has a different companies logo on it (though they said I could scrape it off, which I don't mind). Any other ideas for where I could fill my growler for a party tonight?
posted by brenton on May 10, 2014 - 6 answers

Best beer-related activity or event in Portland, Oregon?

I'm heading to Portland in July (hooray!) and am already ecstatically excited about all the awesome things there are to indulge in (kind of feel like this city is where I was supposed to live - too bad I live many timezones away). The town is overrun with amazing breweries and my partner who is joining me is a massive beer geek. We're already planning on visting as many breweries as we can and the Oregon Brewfest is on while we're there (double hooray!). However, I'd like to surprise him with the best beer related activity, event, or venue Portland has to offer (which is also acting as a consolation prize as I nixed the idea of staying at the Bed 'n' Beer in Newport). Ideas, suggestions, advice? I know there are a lot of Portland Mefites with wonderful taste - so I'd love any help! [more inside]
posted by liquorice on Apr 27, 2014 - 16 answers

How do I clean my sticky camera?

OK, so I recently spilled beer on my Fujifilm X100S. Doh! Luckily, the camera still functions fine. Unluckily, most of the manual control dials are now sticky and hard to adjust, including the focus ring, aperture ring, battery/card door and optical/digital viewfinder switch. It's kind of a mess. Help! [more inside]
posted by flod on Apr 27, 2014 - 5 answers

App to find specific beers while on holiday

Is there a good app (iOS or Android) that will let me create a list of specific beers I want to try, and let me know where I can find them in the area that I'm in? [more inside]
posted by jedro on Apr 23, 2014 - 8 answers

What homebrewing site/software should I commit to?

I need to get systematic and quit wandering around with my recipes and data. Which sites/apps/software would you recommend? Are the paid options worth paying for? [more inside]
posted by Mngo on Apr 20, 2014 - 7 answers

Where can I buy Coors Banquet Beer in NYC?

After trying Coors Banquet Beer purchased at a grocery store in Colorado, I have a strange and growing craving to drink this supremely yeasty beverage again. However, I'm having trouble locating it (tried Fairway UES and Whole Foods Union Square so far). I checked the Coors website locator, but it gives me locations that sell ALL kinds of Coors, which is not helpful. Have you seen this beer? Help! [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao on Apr 1, 2014 - 14 answers

If I could just care less about my work, I'd do a better job.

I'm the kind of person who gets worried enough they'll do their work not well, or make a mistake, that they end up either not starting or working too slowly and filled with dread. Last week, I had to work late on a project. I had two beers in the process, found I cared less about the anxiety and dread and perfectionism, and just did a better, less stressful job. I want to do this without drinking. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Mar 24, 2014 - 14 answers

Where in the SF Bay Area can I get Pliny the Elder on tap?

Where in the SF Bay Area (including the South Bay) can I find Pliny the Elder on tap? I know about Bobby G's in Berkeley, but they've been out of it the last few times I've gone. (Is there a particular day of the week when you have to go?) I also know about this list, but it doesn't really help that much, since you can't tell which of those locations sells Pliny on tap.
posted by mikeand1 on Mar 12, 2014 - 13 answers

Beer bars in NYC

I'd like to go to a beer bar in Manhattan this weekend. I've always liked Zum Schneider but want to try some place different. Prefer a place that's typically not too crowded on a Saturday around 6pm (that seems early enough to avoid crowds, right?); quiet enough to talk; and ideally, which also has good food. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Feb 18, 2014 - 18 answers

Which Costs More...The beer I'm drinking or the can it's in.

When I buy a case, am I paying more for beer, or aluminum? [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel on Jan 31, 2014 - 12 answers

Beer + effectiveness of a course of methylprednisolone

Will having a beer (or maybe two) affect the efficacy of a course of methylprednisolone? There were no alcohol warnings on the pharmacy packaging, but of course the Internet says not to combine them, as it says for everything. Thanks! If it matters, this is day 4 of the course.
posted by fiercecupcake on Jan 25, 2014 - 4 answers

Malty non-dark non-bitter beer

What kinds of beers (lager? etc.) are typically a) malty, b) not bitter and do not leave a bitter aftertaste, c) are not too citrusy, and d) are not dark? Are there any particular brands you'd recommend?
posted by shivohum on Jan 18, 2014 - 33 answers

Things to do in Denver when it's cold?

Besides skiing, of course. I think myself and Ms Jo will be in Denver area for 4 days or so within the next two weeks. We may ski one day, but prefer just being out of doors and walking and hiking. Is this too crazy given the season? I would love to go to a hot springs but the closest one looks kinda cheesy/expensive. We will have a car. I like beer. Suggestions for activities and accommodations are welcome. Basically, I am looking for a non-ski reason to go Denver area this month for 3 or 4 days. If the answer is to come back later (during brew fest and better hiking weather, so be it).
posted by J0 on Jan 3, 2014 - 15 answers

Beer Suitcase Best Practices

Other than the 50 lb weight limit for checked luggage, what should I consider when attempting to take back as many exotic midwestern delights (aka 12 oz bottles or pint cans of beer) as possible to the west coast? It would go in a roller suitcase with my clothes as padding.
posted by mandymanwasregistered on Dec 31, 2013 - 16 answers

"Cool" things to do in Reno, NV.

My girlfriend and I are visiting Reno to see my parents for Christmas. My parents are older (early 60's) and really enjoy doing "cool" things. We live in Portland and when my parents visit here they always have a great time and really enjoy doing the "cool" things we like to do. The thing is... [more inside]
posted by gucci mane on Dec 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Looking for gift-worthy bottles of beer

I'd like to pick up a couple nice beers to put under the tree for my partner. I don't drink much beer myself, so while I know what he likes enough to pick out everyday-drinkin' stuff for him, I don't know what's currently available that might be nice (new, seasonal, unusual, somewhat difficult-to-find) enough for a gift. Any ideas? Helpful details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Dec 22, 2013 - 30 answers

How to have beer delivered in Ukraine?

I want to thank co-workers in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine by sending them some high quality beer. Is there a store or service that would accept an order by credit card and deliver to their door?
posted by scose on Dec 11, 2013 - 2 answers

Where can I find an old soda keg fridge?

Where can I find a refrigerator approximately 30" tall and 12" wide, or thereabouts? Fridges of roughly these proportions used to be made for soda kegs, and I'm hoping to convert one to use for my homebrewed beer. All I want to fit inside is a single cornelius keg, which is 9" in diameter and 23" tall. [more inside]
posted by narcotizingdysfunction on Dec 10, 2013 - 8 answers

Where to find a print of an old British beer ad?

I recently stumbled across a fantastic ad in a book about WWII-era advertising artist Ashley Havinden. I would love to find a print of it, but even my advanced Google-fu is not providing any leads. [more inside]
posted by lovetragedy on Dec 9, 2013 - 4 answers

Big Apple Juice: where's a good French cider selection in NYC?

I'm looking for a merchant in NYC who sells a good selection of French sparkling hard dry ciders (from Normandy and Brittany). Also great if said merchant has more diverse hard cider options (UK or Scandinavian etc.) [more inside]
posted by spitbull on Dec 6, 2013 - 14 answers

what do to with fancy beer bottles

I've got some heavy, fancy beer bottles, like this, at home. Throwing them out is a waste, and there is no deposit. What can I do with them?
posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 4, 2013 - 11 answers

I love ginger! Let me drink it! Glug glug glug!

I am obsessed with ginger at the moment in terms of drinks. I love the sharpness and the bite of gingery burn from the spiciness. I have a hot ginger tea/drink recipe NAILED but now I want to make my own ginger drink that is akin to ginger beer but not too alcohol-y. I would also like it to be as natural and inexpensive as possible (ie. no "Soda Stream" or nutsy chemicals or adding pop). Help? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Nov 28, 2013 - 26 answers

Find me a beer similar to Golden Road Berliner Weisse

What beer can I easily find that will be closest to Golden Road's Berliner Weisse? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Nov 22, 2013 - 10 answers

What could they be, the 12 Flavours of Hercules?

Homebrewing brother brainstorming for a series of Classically-inspired beers. One such thought - 12 Labors of Hercules. Trying to pin down geographically helps - lots of apples, oranges, dates, different kinds of aromatic trees, etc. Milk stouts for the cattle. Have any of you seen a food/drink play on the 12 Labors before?
posted by J0 on Nov 22, 2013 - 9 answers

Alcohol intolerance - delayed reaction and increasingly bad hangovers

My hangovers have been getting worse, even though I've been drinking less. It's also taking longer for my hangovers to start. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by karakumy on Sep 28, 2013 - 16 answers

Chicago bound

My dad and I are going to be in Chicago for a few days next week, and I'm trying to bash out an itinerary. Specifically, I'd like our focus to be a mix of sampling local beers, architecture, and nerdy things in the historical vein. I need the most help with the first part. Any suggestions for: Microbrews with public taprooms? Good bars with extensive local beer selection? Good neighborhoods within which one could happily wander? [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on Sep 20, 2013 - 14 answers

Best Beer in Buffalo

My beer-loving girlfriend and I will be in Buffalo for a weekend, and I want to take her out. Where to for beer? [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Sep 18, 2013 - 13 answers

99 bottles of beer

Due to extremely poor planning, I have a lot of summer ale. I DON'T want to drink it -- it's okay, but I am tired of its stupid face. [more inside]
posted by spunweb on Sep 9, 2013 - 32 answers

Gift basket suggestions for a man, possibly delivered near Seattle?

I am in the doghouse with my boyfriend. I want to send him a gift basket. Something to do with beer, snacks, Seahawks, or any combination of the three. A local Seattle touch would be nice, but if there are unique gift baskets for men online that would have him smiling, I would love to know about them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2013 - 6 answers

hops me

Homebrewingfilter: How should I store my ingredients for the next couple weeks? [more inside]
posted by mannequito on Sep 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Portland (Oregon)! In September! Twentysomethings edition

Two twentysomethings going on a trip to Portland for the first week of September. We’ve got some tickets to MusicFest NW, this guide to biking to microbreweries, and a sweet AirBnB apartment in the Pearl District. I definitely want to check out Stumptown, Powell’s Books, Voodoo Donuts, and Pok Pok but I’d love to hear about some of the places/activities/neat things that people love that might not be so obvious. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Aug 26, 2013 - 16 answers

Help track my tool

I’m looking for a reasonably priced (GPS?) device that will remotely track an object's whereabouts and share that info with the public, online or via smartphone. [more inside]
posted by sixpack on Aug 22, 2013 - 4 answers

Boston bars where a bro can have beers with his MacBook open?

Is there a bar in town where I can work on my computer whilst enjoying a local brew and plates of unhealthy appetizers? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Aug 18, 2013 - 7 answers

Bottle returns - international

Does it make ecological sense to return glass bottles from Switzerland to Belgium for re-use? [more inside]
posted by eurandom on Aug 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Something Borrowed, Something Brewed? Wedding Related Beer Puns?

My wedding is coming up this fall, My dad and I have brewed the beer to serve. Now we'd like to come up with some punny names for the beer. Please Help! What we have so far: Something Borrowed, Something Brewed (Speckled Heckle, A Spotted Cow Clone (A popular beer here in wisconsin)) [more inside]
posted by mhp on Jul 30, 2013 - 19 answers

Relax, have a homebrew

What are the best online and bricks-and-mortar outlets for purchasing homebrewing equipment in the UK (London)? [more inside]
posted by narcotizingdysfunction on Jul 23, 2013 - 5 answers

Hangout spots near Andover, NH?

I have a lovely chance to get together with an old friend this weekend. I'll be picking her up in Andover, NH, where she'll be for a scientific conference. I don't know the area at all, and would love a recommendation for a near-ish spot that we could hang out, have a beer or two, and where my dog would be welcome to lounge on the patio. After all, my former roommate would put a hurt on me if I didn't bring the pup along. [more inside]
posted by amelioration on Jul 17, 2013 - 2 answers

How can I find Budweiser Select 55?

My favorite beer in the world has disappeared! Ralphs does not carry it and all the vendors listed on the bud 55 website seem to not carry it anymore. I have searched for news that it's been discontinued but nothing comes up. How can I more directly contact Budweiser to find out where on earth I can still get the stuff? I think I'll buy 500 bottles just in case! I have tried contacting them through their website with no luck! This stuff is vital in keeping my husbands weight at a steady number as well.
posted by JJkiss on Jul 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Homebrew questions, simple and complex.

I have never made my own beer, but I need to make some in a rather specific circumstance, which is why I'm asking for advice here rather than a homebrew forum. For an art event, we want to have on display in a gallery a quantity of beer-in-progress, with a specific timeline about when we want it “done.” In other words, I want to prepare this beer and then display it basically with an announcement of when we will serve it. [more inside]
posted by Mngo on Jun 17, 2013 - 29 answers

TX Beer in PA?

How can I provide our host in Pittsburgh with delicious Texas brews? [more inside]
posted by theweasel on Jun 13, 2013 - 17 answers

Beer like Surly that I can buy in Rhode Island

What beer is most like Surly that I can buy in Rhode Island? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Jun 12, 2013 - 18 answers

What is up with the metallic taste of German beers?

I am a big fan of beer in general, but not much of a fan of German beers, in spite of their much-vaunted reputation. This is mostly due to what I perceive as a metallic taste in some of the classics, such as alt bier and dunkelweizen. To me these beers taste like someone took a “regular” beer, dropped a bunch of pennies in it, and stirred it up. This is most noticeable when I’m drinking the beer by itself, but fortunately the metallic taste subsides when I have the beer with food. A few questions about this. 1. Is it just me? Is there some quirk in my palate that makes me taste this metallic flavor and most other people don’t? 2. If other people do taste the metallic notes, why/how do they put up with it or even like it? 3. What is it in the ingredients or the brewing process that produces this flavor?
posted by Mechitar on May 16, 2013 - 13 answers

Best off licence near Oval tube station

Which off licences near* Oval tube station in London should I go to tomorrow (Sunday) to buy from a good range of bottled beer? Preferably including London breweries like Meantime or London Fields. [more inside]
posted by knapah on May 11, 2013 - 1 answer

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