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Aug 5, 2009 09:09 PM

Obscure micro-beers -- is there a store like Galco's to get them at?

A friend of mine sent me four cans of Furious from the Surly brewing company in Minneapolis. I used to brew, used to buy obscure beers for the restaurants I owned -- but I've never had a better beer. Wow! Super hoppy, but bright and floral and --

yeah, yeah, yeah. Enough with the poetry -- I want some!

They don't distribute here, at least officially. But I'm wondering if there are any beer shops around town that collect these regional beer gems the way Galco's does sodas.

Anyone know? I suspect there might be interstate liquor laws involved -- but maybe not.

Help! I'm parched!

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  1. Have you already tried Galco's? They claim to carry over 500 different beers. But I don't think they list them on the website because they can't sell beer online. Maybe if they don't stock it, they could order it for you.

    1. You might give a call to Hollingshead Deli in Orange. The fellow who owns it (Ken) and his family - most of whom work there - are from Wisconson so they can relate. They stock all sorts of beers and ales, primarily from California, Germany, Belgium and the UK, but you never know...

      1. There are a couple of shops that carry beer that is not supposed to be distributed in CA. I won't post their names on a public board because I won't be the cause of their getting in trouble but if you ask around in shops that carry craft beer you will find them. Sorry I can't be more direct.

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        1. re: sel

          I'll just say that if one searches the message boards over at ratebeer or beeradvocate, once can find such shops ;-)

          Also, the OP might consider getting into trading beers with people in other parts of the country. Again, details available at those message boards...

        2. I go to Wally's on Westwood for a good selection of micro- and import-beers. I haven't seen any from MPLS (or the midwest really), though I did just return from MPLS. They sometimes order beers if you request them. They definitely have a good selection of hoppy beers (Victory, Dogfish, Stone, etc...).

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            1. Cap N' Cork is in Los Feliz, hillhurst and prospect. They have a good microbrew selection but not as abundant as their imports