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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 - 10 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

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

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

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

"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

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

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

ID an old comedy short?

Ah dear hive I asked this five years ago, and have yet to solve it. Here's the deets. [more inside]
posted by timsteil on Apr 9, 2013 - 3 answers

Where to enjoy a Blatz beer in Milwaukee?

Where's a nice place to sit and enjoy a Blatz beer on a Saturday night in Milwaukee? My wife and I are cobbling together road trip ideas for our upcoming anniversary, and I suggested a pilgrimage to Wisconsin to have a Blatz. [more inside]
posted by Monster_Zero on Mar 20, 2013 - 10 answers

Beer Flights in Washington, DC

My GF's birthday wish was to go out for beer flights, and my Google Fu is failing me. I am looking for places in Washington, DC that serve beer flights and for bonus points that either have an awesome beer selection and/or more ambiance than a Gordon Biersch. (Note, I am not looking for places that just have awesome beer. I am looking for places in DC that have awesome beer flights available)
posted by forkisbetter on Dec 12, 2012 - 18 answers

Can I get a tip on tipping?

We frequent a wine bar that features a self-service Enomatic machine. You load up a debit card and then serve yourself. My wife usually drinks wine and I normally order beers. A $50 bill may represent $40 charged up on the card, with only 2 beers actually brought out to me by a waiter. I've been tipping based on the value of what we actually consumed, so I'm doing the math on what my wife drank, even though it is all prepaid and self-serve. If I tip the full bill, the waiter that helps us the next time, when we may not need to add to the wine card, gets screwed. Waiters of Mefi, am I doing it right?
posted by COD on Sep 26, 2012 - 21 answers

Who gave birth to this launch pad?

Rocket Slide! Any idea what company originally made this badass rocket slide? They were placed in community parks in the 1970s. Looking for the original manufacturer. My google-fu fails me.
posted by Bighappyfunhouse on Jun 23, 2012 - 4 answers

How deadly is out of date beer?

Kind of academic - I've already drunk it - but what are the risks involved in drinking out of date beer? [more inside]
posted by ZipRibbons on May 30, 2012 - 26 answers

Veggie food and Flemish red in the SF South Bay?

Vegetarian restaurant with (sour) Flemish red in the San Francisco South Bay area? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Mar 6, 2012 - 8 answers

All I got for my Linsanity was this stinkin purse

Left my leather handbag on the ground during a sporting event and now it's soaked through with beer. Now what? [more inside]
posted by sestaaak on Feb 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Christmas cheer, Christmas beer

Recommend me some Christmas beers. [more inside]
posted by asnider on Dec 16, 2011 - 37 answers

Finding the source of two beer ads?

How can I find out when and where these Budweiser ads were first published? [more inside]
posted by taltalim on Dec 13, 2011 - 6 answers

Pumpkin beer noms

What snacks should I serve at a pumpkin beer tasting? [more inside]
posted by punchtothehead on Sep 28, 2011 - 24 answers

Quick! Outdoor NYC spot for beer

It is a beautiful post-hurricane day here in NYC. I would like to celebrate not flooding by getting a beer and drinking it outdoors. Quick, recommend me a bar in the next hour or so! [more inside]
posted by whitneyarner on Aug 29, 2011 - 12 answers

King Smedleys Beer?

King Smedley's Beer - help confirm an alcohol-tainted memory [more inside]
posted by Graygorey on Aug 19, 2011 - 5 answers

Food + fun in Bemidji, MN?

Heading to Bemidji this weekend for a wedding. Looking for vegetarian-friendly restaurants, places with good beer on tap, interesting landmarks/outdoor areas (I already know about Paul Bunyan). Any ideas?
posted by Betty's Table on Jul 15, 2011 - 4 answers

Burt Reynolds. Beer Cans. Burping. A lowbrow trifecta.

Burt Reynolds. Beer Cans. Burping. What film was this and where can I find a video clip of this scene on the internet? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Jun 18, 2011 - 6 answers

If I like Japanese beer, what other beer will I like?

I like Japanese beer. What other beer commonly found in American bars will I also like? [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Jun 16, 2011 - 27 answers

What was this 'traditional' pub sport I (think I) saw on TV?

Some time in the last 12 months, I watched a BBC programme in which the presenters visited an event held outside a pub somewhere in England. According to my vague recollection, the point was to fish a rag out of a bucket of beer using the end of a broomstick, and then fling said beery rag at bystanders. I had thought that the programme in question was Oz and James Drink to Britain, and that this had taken place in Lewes, East Sussex, but even with variations on those things as search terms I can find no reference to this online. Has anyone heard of this? What is it called? Where and when does it take place?
posted by Pre-Taped Call In Show on Apr 30, 2011 - 2 answers

Quaint village near Berlin?

I am currently vacationing in Berlin and I have this notion that it would be wonderful to escape the city for a small, cozy, quintessentially German village somewhere nearby -- like within 1-2 hours of train travel if possible. I know Potsdam and Spandau, but I would prefer somewhere less traveled and -- for lack of a better word -- quainter, where we can taste the locally-brewed beer and eat some rustic German food. Any suggestions?
posted by gentle on Apr 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Buying bottled beer in Austin on a Sunday?

I've got an extra several hours in Austin to fill up due to differing travel schedules from friends. I want to buy some local beer to take back with me (Jester King and Real Ale), but just about every decent looking liquor store is closed due to it being Sunday. After noon, some places open up for beer and wine, but most of those are just selling the normal stuff and Shiner. Any ideas? (As well as other ideas for filling an afternoon in Austin)
posted by kaszeta on Apr 3, 2011 - 16 answers

Homebrew gone wrong?

So yesterday I brewed a batch of beer and I think I've done a few things wrong. I know it's hard to completely screw up beer, but I wonder if what I've done (or not done) is a problem, and how I can correct if necessary. [more inside]
posted by elsietheeel on Dec 13, 2010 - 20 answers

Chez moi, c'est près de ma Stella

Brussels, Belgium on business for a month. What can I do in the evenings and weekends? [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao on Nov 23, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me spend $1800 on wine/beer in NYC!

Can you recommend any wine/beer shops/distributors in the New York area? [more inside]
posted by newhere10 on Nov 1, 2010 - 6 answers

"Hops across the taste buds" is a really appalling pun

Help me create a beery mustardy orgy of deliciousness. [more inside]
posted by elizardbits on Oct 25, 2010 - 10 answers

Skittleweisen?

Looking for easy / creative recipes that involve beer and/or candy. [more inside]
posted by citywolf on Oct 19, 2010 - 20 answers

beer beer beer

Beer recommendations for somebody who's not much of a beer drinker? [more inside]
posted by needled on Sep 24, 2010 - 46 answers

Great NYC-area beer sellers

Any recommendations for a good (selection, value) beer store in the NYC-area? [more inside]
posted by piro on Sep 19, 2010 - 17 answers

If the plant ye wish to flee, go sector 7-B.

Does anyone have experience with a "beer cart" at the office? I have a friend whose office pushes around a cart full of beer on Friday afternoons. He says it is awesome, improves morale, etc. We're thinking of implementing it here, but we're wondering if anyone had any experiences with it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous unit 4000 on Jul 16, 2010 - 76 answers

Catching up between LA and Yorba Linda?

An old friend is visiting my vast metropolitan area and we'd like to meet up for lunch tomorrow. What's a good, infant-friendly spot to grab a bite of lunch, sip a beer (maybe shoot some pool?), somewhere between Yorba Linda, CA and downtown Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Jul 16, 2010 - 3 answers

Does fridge roulette ruin beer?

Will taking beer out of the fridge skunk it? [more inside]
posted by melissam on Jun 23, 2010 - 25 answers

Another question about beer in Portland.

Looking for recommendations for smaller brewpubs around downtown Portland, OR. I've tried the rest, and want to try the best. [more inside]
posted by team lowkey on Jun 4, 2010 - 17 answers

Avoiding the 5 Grains at a British Pub

Kosher for passover at a pub? [more inside]
posted by charlesv on Apr 2, 2010 - 9 answers

Want beer, will travel

As an enormous fan of American craft beer visiting New York, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles, where should I go to partake of the finest brews? Do any local breweries offer tours of their facilities or tastings? Are there any beer happenings going on in the period between the 10th and 20th of April this year? [more inside]
posted by flippant on Mar 18, 2010 - 43 answers

Name a beer-tracking application/service/website

A friend and I are trying to come up with a name for a mobile application/service/website that we've built and released under a very unimaginative name. You can track and rate beers that you've had, and there will soon be a central repository and recommended beers and interesting statistics (You've had eight IPAs this month!) But before we buy a domain, we want a memorable name. [more inside]
posted by Plutor on Mar 8, 2010 - 67 answers

Bitter Beer Face

A few commercially bottled beer questions for people who know beer: [more inside]
posted by hypersloth on Jan 15, 2010 - 43 answers

Real Ale in London?

Other than CAMRA's guide, is there a listing or website that covers pubs serving real ale in London and surrounding areas? [more inside]
posted by tommasz on Jan 13, 2010 - 6 answers

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