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Continuing the search for my beer white whales...

scubahood10 Jan 17, 2012 01:31 PM

Since it worked so well the last time I have to give it another go! I am looking to pick up a bottle of Founders CBS, Firestone Walker Abacus, Hopping Frog BA Naked Evil.

Thanks and cheers!

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    LStaff Jan 17, 2012 01:36 PM

    Probably have better chance over at BeerAdvocate.com in the New England forum.

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      food4dogs Jan 17, 2012 02:09 PM

      I know the Kappy's in Medford had the Founder's - not sure about the other 2. If you go to their Facebook page you can ask to be certain (beer manager does most of the FB stuff)

      1. jgg13 Jan 17, 2012 03:54 PM

        After doubling what LStaff said I'll just point out that CBS almost literally sold out in minutes here at many stores here in MA. There's a 0% chance of you finding it on a shelf now. Speaking of, I'm very much not looking forward to this year's KBS release considering how increasingly crazy it gets.

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          phatchris Jan 17, 2012 04:22 PM

          You would be surprised what one can find sitting on a shelf....Cantillon FouFoune for me.

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            jgg13 Jan 17, 2012 04:56 PM

            FouFoune would surprise me a heck of a lot less than CBS.

            That said, I came across a whole slew of KBS months after it was long sold out. Granted it wasn't in New England, but when I looked at that region's BA page they all thought it was sold out as well.

            Supreme Liquors in Central used to be my secret weapon, but the BA crowd finally caught on. There's a *massive* disconnect between the people up front and whomever buys the beer as the front folks know nearly nothing about any of the good stuff which also leads to things like someone buying both cases of KBS they got in last year but also to some amusing conversations w/ them.

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              phatchris Jan 18, 2012 02:04 PM

              I also found KBS in an unlikely place last year and they had a 2 bottle limit,that being said I grabbed my two and had my wife grab me two more.That was at the Wild Duck in the North End.

        2. jacquelines Jan 17, 2012 05:43 PM

          In Framingham, at Atlantic Importing Co, they carry Hoppin Frog regularly. It wouldn't be a wasted drive as they have an awesome selection.

          1. scubahood10 Jan 18, 2012 06:17 AM

            Thanks for all the replies!

            I find that while there are a lot of benefits of BA forums, this type of request isn't normally in that category. Without going into too much detail I am a bit over the attitudes and ridiculous pricing of trades and the sort. And while there is definitely some overlap of users, chowhound has less people that comment on beers but normally higher quality comments.

            I understand some of these esp the CBS are long shots but last week I posted about parabola and FW 14th and even though no one specifically pointed me to them, I still found them which was a bit surprising. And as a couple comments point out...there is always a chance!

            I will have to make it out to framingham to check out that place. And as jgg13 mentions...you can increase your chances of finding something rare on the shelf outside of the greater boston area. I have heard of crazy stories of super rare beers being "cellared" on the shelf in small stores in maine and once the BAs find out...there is a run like it is black friday!

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              typhoonfish Jan 18, 2012 08:39 AM

              Supreme also has a Quincy location with a ridiculous beer selection.

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              Kinopio Jan 19, 2012 08:00 AM

              I remember seeing the Hoppin Frog at Boston Wine Exchange not too long ago.

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                scubahood10 Jan 19, 2012 08:16 AM

                Is that on State street? I sent my friend to various places in the city and I think he found a bottle at that place just yesterday! Thanks for the heads up, I really appreciate it.

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                  Kinopio Jan 19, 2012 08:32 AM

                  Devonshire street, a few blocks from State. Its my go to place since I don't drive and rarely leave the city.

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                    Beachowolfe Jan 19, 2012 04:28 PM

                    Scuba might be thinking of Federal Wine and Spirits which has a decent beer selection. Probably not to the level of their scotch or wine, but good nonetheless.

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                robcorriveau Jan 23, 2012 10:37 AM

                If you have a car there are a couple of good locations north of the city. Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont has just about everything you could want, but unfortunately, most beer geeks go there, thus the items that are looking for run out almost immediately. I discovered two other good beer finds in Stoneham. Both Redstone liquors and Center beverage have a great selection of craft beers. I was able to get a couple bottles of DFH 120 for those locations. Good luck!!

                1. scubahood10 Jan 23, 2012 11:49 AM

                  Thanks everyone! I will check out some of the places mentioned for sure. I was able to pick up some of the Naked Evil at the store in the city. I know the CBS is a crapshoot but I really feel like there has to be an Abacus collecting dust in some backwoods store!

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