Jamaica Red Ale - MSP
I was at Ramaley Liqours on Grand Ave and they had several beers from Mad River Brewing. The one I am looking for is called Jamaica Red Ale. They told me that Mad River just started distributing to this market but they don't carry that specific beer. I'm hope there are others out there that may have seen this tasty brew at local liquor stores... maybe I just need to hit the phones though.
I asked at Ramaley if they could get the Jamaica Red.... lo and behold they could and did. Not sure if this will help anyone out or not but thought I'd follow up with a report.
Definitely one of my favorite red ales. didn't hold up to my memory from 3 years back but still a good beer (maybe because it wasn't draught). Also not worth 10.99 for a 6 pack.
I'd say your best bet is to go to the Four Firkins in St. Louis Park and ask Alvey (or whoever else is there) about it. They know their beer, beer is all they do, and you're just about guaranteed to find out what you want to know. I once went in there asking about a particular beer I'd never been able to find out here-- Alvey hopped on his computer, looked up the brewery, and then called them with me standing there to find out if they were interested in distributing to MN...
The Four Firkins
8009 Minnetonka Blvd, St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Your best bets are Surdyks (I found Harvey Weinhard's Private Reserve that no one else seems to carry) OR Big Top off University in St Paul. Whenever I'm looking for specialty beers-they're usually the ones that get them. Also, Cellars Wine in Roseville in the strip mall has an OUTSTANDING collection of beers. They very well could have it.