Augustinerbrau on Long Island
- tasaday Aug 22, 2008 12:35 PM
Back in my college days, I actually looked for good beer, and I remember this as being one of the best I found. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find it anymore, and I was wondering if any CH's had seen it anywhere on LI?
Try the Forest Pork Store in Huntington, barring that you can always check out Shoreline Beverages also in Huntington. If it is not in either place I'd be surprised- I've gotten Augustiner in NJ and NY, so it's available in the area.
I assume you mean their Helles Lager (Lagerbier Hell), which is indeed quite good. Also- the Edelstoff, which is just a smidge higher in alcohol. If you can't find the Augustiner you can get some other quality Helles Lagers, like Mahr's, or (my sleeper favorite, and great for those on a budget) Hacker-Pschorr's Munich Gold (look fot a good date on the label, though.)
Augustiner is - or, at least, used to be - imported by Liberty Bell Beverages in the Allentown PA area. (A quick Google turns up - 718 N 13th St, Allentown, PA 18102-1200, United States (610) 820-6020). Maybe a call to them will turn up a LINY distributor who can direct you to a retailer.
Liberty Bell has a retail beer distributorship not far from the NEPA beer mecca, Shangy's, and a beer run trip to the latter usually meant stopping by for a few cases of Augustiner from Liberty Bell, as well, since it was incredibly cheap for a German import at the time (i.e. $20 circa 2000 for either the Export or the Maximator).
That's seriously cheap for a beer of the quality- I'd fill up the trunk myself. We're not so lucky here (Spaten was around $24 back around 2000, and up about $3-4 at this time- and Augustiner is an order of magnitude better than that)- usually I only see the "pint" bottles of Augustiner sold as singles these days, and that's never cheap.
The German pork stores (on Long Island at least) usually have a very limited selection of German beers, but they are 'for the community', so to speak- well chosen selections and it tends to move out of the store. When I was young(er) we'd go to the local Karl Ehmer's for Berlier Kindl Weiss (along with the woodruff syrup) or Dinkelacker Oktoberfest- stuff you'd never see anywhere else. I can't say with certainty that Forest would have it (I'm across the river now), but it's the first place I'd look.
Just came back from beer shopping (empty handed!) and spotted a few six packs of Augustiner. Looks like the current importer is Global Village Importers http://www.gviimports.com/augustiner.... now. They have a list of distributors, at least one of which is on Long Island- Premier Customer Service 516-921-9005 516-921-0785 Premier Wine & Spirits 345 Underhill Blvd. Syosset, NY 11791
Well, okay, thanks fo r he suggestions, I'll check them out, and hopefully, find what I'm looking for!
Yes...because Brooklyn is on Long Island...
169 Gardner Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237
718 821 7200