Fat Tire Beer from Colorado Wtd to find in NJ
I love Fat Tire and can`t find it in NJ.I looked up brewer and they don`t sell to NJ. Does anyone know of a close by distributor in the tri state I can source this from? Is there anyone willing to trade me for east coast only beers for this item?..Lastly does anyone recommend a beer close to this taste? Thx
The closest New Belgian gets to NJ is Indiana to the West, North Carolina to the South http://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder (So far- new brands are hitting the market all the time - just saw Lakefront and Bar Harbor hitting the NJ shelves the past few weeks - and New Belgian in particular is growing and expanding it's distribution at a very fast rate).
There are active "beer trader" communities on both Rate Beer and BeerAdvocate. Be aware that it's illegal to ship beer via the US Postal Service and against the rules of the private package delivery companies (UPS, Fed-Ex, etc), so you'll be shipping "collectable glassware" or "yeast samples", etc., and if a package is damaged or lost, you're usually out of luck.
Also, beer is heavy, and shipping charges will often add up to 25-50%-up of the cost of the beer itself. Fat Tire is a common enough beer to find in the NB distribution area, but chances are the trade partners will be looking for relatively rare beers that are available in NJ, so your time and fuel finding your half of the deal, packaging costs, etc., should be considered, as well.
Yeah- for most people Fat Tire seems to be the 'right beer at the right price' and I doubt they'd be willing to pay through the nose for it, but it's good to point out the options.
As to similar beers available in NJ I'd suggest the Belgian Palm Pale Ale (#1 choice) and Blue Point Toasted Lager from Long Island (#2 choice), both should be under $10 a sixer.