For all you beer people out there I have a question

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  1. busigator96

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    Why in the hell are rye IPA's not available in Florida, and/or very limited? That pisses me off. Up in Michigan I had Founder's Red Rye IPA in the summer and it is not available in bottle form closer than Tuscaloosa, AL. WTF?
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    Don't know where you live but there are plenty of places here in Orlando to get them
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    gainesville--what businesses in orl?
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    If I had to guess it's because of who is making them and how their distribution works. Lots of breweries around the great Lakes that don't distribute down to Florida yet. And even some that do probably stick to only a few styles not their entire lineup.

    This is likely what has created the need for people to seek out beer drinkers in other parts of the country to trade stuff.
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    try Gainesville House of Beer or Crafty Bastard's
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    Pats Liquor, Total Wine and more
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    Leaf is right. The rye IPAs I'm familiar with are mostly from the midwest, notably Missouri, Illinois and Michigan but my favorite, Schmaltz Breweries Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA is brewed in SF. I would check out the websites for Boulevard, Two Brothers, Founders and Schmaltz.

    FWIW, there have been rumors that Founders is looking to build a brewery in Florida.
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    It has been a few year so bear with me. The store that was across the street, University Ave, from Mellow Mushroom would order in New Belgiun stuff for my boss long before it was sold in Fl.
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    cool, thanks for the info everybody. founder's red rye is what i'm looking for but willing to find something similar.
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    Not sure how bad you want the stuff but have you considered seeking someone out for a trade on a beer forum? I know there are bound to be plenty of midwestern folks who would love to get some Cigar City Brews in exchange.
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    I dunno anymore....

    I tried Ballantine IPA some 35 years ago..... thought I was drinking old tree bark:rolleyes:

    Now, for the prices per glass or bottle, I'd much rather go back and rely on my sommalier's palate, and pick out some Louis Jadot Poulle Fousse, or Boujelais Villages, depending on what I'm eating, or simply hit a Manhattan, or just a Bud or Bud Light!:)
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    Not many IPAs from 10 years ago would be worth drinking. Craft beer is evolving constantly. I would even argue that some entrees are better paired with craft beers than with wine.
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    Founders is distributed in Gainesville, but I haven't seen their Rye IPA products. If the distributor carries it the guy at the Liquor Shoppe in Jonesville will special order it for you. He special ordered 6 bottles of Rittenhouse 100 proof straight rye whiskey for me a few years ago and now he carries it.
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    Ah ha, its only distributed in draft: https://foundersbrewing.com/our-beer/reds-rye-ipa-draft/

    You might still be able to get it if you have a kegarator or similar set up to keep it cold and carbonated.

    Sounds fantastic...let me know if you find it on tap around G'ville and I'll swing by for a pint.
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    BTW, Terrapin Beer Co. out of Athens, GA makes a really good Rye Pale Ale that you can find locally:
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    Product availability is indeed a function of the breweries distribution and its relationship with a local distributor in the area of question. The current trend in craft beer sales is now going from national, and in some cases regional breweries, to local breweries. The OP has been given good advice to research the breweries with distribution in his local market. A search of local breweries would also help, but I am guessing that Florida breweries would make more sessionable beers due to climate. All of that being said, rye IPAs are a niche beer and not widely sold.
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    Good points but if you bought your craft beers based strictly on what you could easily find locally, you'd miss out on a lot of great beers. The trick to buying beers from far flung regions is to focus on hop and/or alcohol heavy beers since they have a much longer shelf life. I can't say enough about midwestern beers but if you ask me what my favorites are, many of them would be from California, Colorado and Delaware. Very good point about buying sessionable beers from nearby breweries. For the longest time, Goose Island wouldn't allow their beers to be sold outside of the twenty states closest to Chicago. Now their lower end beers are being brewed at AB breweries throughout the US. Their high end beers are still brewed exclusively in Chicago. Whenever I was in Florida, I stuck to Cigar City, IMHO, one of the best single IPAs you can find anywhere.
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    Agreed. I'm a big fan of a good Rye Pale Ale, but they don't seem to be a widely available offering.