Wednesday, January 14, 2009 AD

Adjusting to the new beers available

As many of you know, I moved from Kansas to Pennsylvania because of a job opportunity. One of the first things I had to adjust to was many of the beers I had grown accustom to and liked are not as available, and I had to adapt. The move also allowed me to try some beers that I had heard about but were not available in the Midwest. Yuengling (America's oldest Brewery) does not make it east of the Mississippi (or Appalachia, for that matter). Tröegs has been an extremely pleasant surprise. The beers of Brooklyn Brewery are wonderful, and the most amazing is that I can drink stuff from Stone Brewery here, while it is unavailable in Kansas. It's a California beer. Go figure. Penn Brewery has also grown on me.

Yuengling is now my everyday beer, while Tröegs and Stone tend to make up my "change up" beers. Penn beers have also grown on me.

If any of you manage to make it out this way, we'll go to Mad Max. They have a good selection, and happy hour is Friday afternoon.

That's not to say I miss my old favorites. Leinenkugel can only be found in two or three incarnations (a shame) and isn't the bargain it is in Kansas. Avery (perhaps my favorite brewer) is unheard of, and Flying Monkey (my favorite Kansas brew, and my favorite brewery tour) probably doesn't make it East of the Mississippi. When I go back to visit my family, you can bet I'll be bringing home 5 or 6 cases of beer.