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Caffrey's Irish Ale

Anyone know how to get Caffrey's Irish Ale without paying $80 in shipping from an online UK store? It is a centimental favorite of mine from when I lived in London and since the US distribution disappeared, I haven't enjoyed one in quite some time.

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  1. Isn't Caffrey's the one that's still exported to Canada? (Sorry, but I get all those widget-canned ales confused- Kilkenny, Smithwicks, Boddingtons- all sort of nitro-bland).

    A quick seach at the Ontario beer monopoly- finds http://www.thebeerstore.ca/Beers/bran...

    Depending on where you are in the US, road trip (or take the "fireboat"!) to Canada...(or, you might find a beer trader in Canada who, I'm sure, would be more than happy to trade you all the Caffrey's you'd like in exchange for some US beers they can't get).

    (PS- "Centimental favorite" is that some sort of Metric System thing ?)

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    1. re: JessKidden

      Thanks for the info; I’ll check it out. I didn't think Caffrey's had a widget, but I haven't had it in canned form for many years (pre-widget, I would think).

      By the way, centimental is similar to sentimental, just that it only happens every hundred years =). One would think that four years of college would be spell-check enough, but obviously some of us need a bit more help.

    2. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/404872

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      1. re: rob133

        In the topic you linked you mention a place in SF that you "can't" get it? Did you mean a place in SF where you can get it? If so, where?

        1. re: Scott M

          No I have tried and you can not get Cafferey's in the San Francisco area. I have spoken to a number of specialist stores and they are not able to import it.

      2. Coors owns distro rights to Caffrey's in the US, and stopped distribution in the US sometime in 2001. Some cans lingered in shops into 2002, but that was the last time I saw it. It has a decent following in the Netherlands. Perhaps try a Denmark based supplier to get around the import cost from UK.

        Here's a good page on this topic: http://www.briansbelly.com/beerbelly/...

        1. Also, try Kilkenny. In Ireland its distributed by Diageo.

          1. ok, I have heard all this before, but I FINALLY got up to Vancouver and a really big liquor store had NO CAFFREY's. Is it still even made? do other Canadian spots have it?
            my brother is a huge beer snpob and I can't let him go on without trying a Caffries!
            Someone please HELP!

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            1. re: steve22crash

              It is at bars in Toronto.

              Plus, the Liquor Control Board (government run monopoly on liquor, that has a small selection of beer) stores and The Beer Store (government mandated private monopoly) stores carry it.

              1. re: kwjd

                Yes, it is in Ontario, sold through the LCBO. Sold in 4 packs of widget cans. The packaging as changed to green. I had one last night.

              2. re: steve22crash

                alcohol distribution is provincially regulated, not federally, so things are very different from one province to another, what happens in Ontario is totally separate from what happens in BC