The Best Beers You Can Buy At The Store

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Reflection of beer cans from New Trail Brewing in a pair of mirrored sunglasses

Photo: New Trail Brewing

I only buy direct from breweries to support the local economy and for freshness. Beer has a relatively short shelf life compared to hard liquor. However, there are still some good beers that can be purchased at your local distributor. This list contains mostly IPAs because, well, that’s what people want. Don’t fret if this list doesn’t contain your favorite beers. Beer is subjective, and the criteria for this list is popularity, Untappd ratings, and my personal taste.

Beers Distributed To Stores

Craft beer fans won’t be surprised to find the first brewery mentioned is The Alchemist. Their famed Heady Topper and Focal Banger hit Pennsylvania distributors every few months. Customers storm distributors to purchase their full allotment when The Alchemist comes to town. They are some of the most popular West Coast IPAs in the country.

Toppling Goliath also distributes their famous Pseudo Sue and King Sue IPAs. Even grocery stores sell these high-scoring beers.

New Trail Brewing is a name Pennsylvania beer fans are familiar with. While all their beers are delicious, there are a few special brews that deserve to be singled out. Hammock is one of the most flavorful double IPAs in their roster, and the First Orbit and Second Orbit Triple IPAs are their highest-scoring beers on Untappd. For dark beer fans, their Sticky Imperial Porter with Coffee, Cinnamon, and Maple Syrup is delicious. Keep an eye out for barrel-aged versions of Sticky and their Moonlit Imperial Stout.

Singlecut Beersmiths from Queens, NYC distributes their tasty IPAs throughout the area. They even have a partnership with Wegmans grocery store to provide them with the freshest beers. My favorites include All That Is Now DDH Double IPA, Sammy Was Low DDH Double IPA, and Tomorrow, Who’s Gonna Fuss? 3xDH Triple IPA. They brew a lot of tasty double dry-hopped IPAs, but these are my favorites that just so happen to be highly rated on Untappd.

Lawson’s Finest Liquids Sip of Sunshine is a staple at most craft beer distributors in the area. Double Sunshine and Triple Sunshine even appeared out in the wild a few times.

Equilibrium and Hitchhiker also distribute. However, I haven’t had them yet. I hear their IPAs are delicious, though. Equilibrium even ships beer to Pennsylvania, Ohio, DC, New Hampshire, Vermont, Virginia, and North Dakota.

Beers On Tap

Although not in stores but on tap, Russian River Pliny The Elder and Blind Pig IPA can be found at a few bars in the Philadelphia area. The infamous Pliny The Younger even hits taps for one special day a year.

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