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Posted by: VickiT ()
Date: August 03, 2009 05:55PM

Hi, new to the area and we are looking for a place to buy some import beer such as Leffe Dunkel, Konig Ludwig Dunkel, basically decent Belgian and German dunkel/dark beer. Thanks~!

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Re: purchase beer
Posted by: FurfaxTownie ()
Date: August 03, 2009 06:00PM

Best bet is Total Wine and More, Whole Foods also has a good selection.

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Re: purchase beer
Posted by: wtfno ()
Date: August 03, 2009 06:00PM

I haven't looked into their selection in depth, but it looks like Wegmans has a large selection of beer.

Another place to try is Total Wine and More. You can even buy some beer by the can to taste test.

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Re: purchase beer
Posted by: Lurker. ()
Date: August 03, 2009 06:12PM

Ummm... Beer

Total Wine and More - http://www.totalwine.com/ They have over a thousand different beers.

Try the Molson XXX 7%, that stuff rocks.

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Re: purchase beer
Posted by: eesh ()
Date: August 03, 2009 06:18PM

Does Total Wine sell Arrogant Bastard Ale? Hope so, been looking for that one.

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Re: purchase beer
Posted by: fwc ()
Date: August 03, 2009 06:47PM

In order of quality/quantity...

Whole Foods in Vienna (ask for Jason)

Norm's Beer & Wine in Vienna

Rick's Wine & Gourmet in Alexandria

Total Wine (many locations) but lots dusty bottles with unknown handling

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Re: purchase beer
Posted by: VickiT ()
Date: August 03, 2009 07:34PM

Excellent ~ Thank you all very much... on my next cold one I'll toast you all! :)

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Re: purchase beer
Posted by: TheMeeper ()
Date: August 03, 2009 07:43PM

fwc Wrote:
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> Norm's Beer & Wine in Vienna


+1 on Norm's. The staff are very helpful and can special order stuff for you.

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Re: purchase beer
Posted by: safewaybob ()
Date: August 03, 2009 08:18PM

Safeway in Centreville is definitely the place to go. a very helpful staff will assist you in finding the right beer or wine for your sophisticated pallet.

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Re: purchase beer
Posted by: kevin ()
Date: August 04, 2009 01:43PM

another +1 for Norm's. the guys in there are really cool and their selection is sick for a smaller store. glug glug glug!

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Re: purchase beer
Posted by: Fairfax22032 ()
Date: August 04, 2009 02:24PM

Based solely on breadth of selection I think that Total wins, but I agree with the comment that storage and handling for many of these is questionable. Most just sit on the shelf at room temperature and some of these (especially the single bottles) cannot have a lot of velocity.

On the other hand, Whole Foods (especially the Fair Lakes location), has a good mix of 'everyday' beer (e.g., Sierra Nevada) along with harder to find or lesser known brands. The beer guys know their stock pretty well and I find them helpful unless they are crushed on a Saturday afternoon.

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Re: purchase beer
Posted by: Rochfort ()
Date: August 04, 2009 03:44PM

german beer sucks
it all tastes the same. ive been to germany many of times.
Belgium strong ales is where its at

try Westover Market in Arlington. They keep all their beer cold and usualy have a quick turnover so insure freshness.

if you goto total wine be prepared to wipe the dust off brews that have been sitting under heavy lights for who knows how long

some of my favs i keep in the fridge
rochefort 10, 8
westvleteren
pretty much all trappist ales

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Re: purchase beer
Posted by: FurfaxTownie ()
Date: August 04, 2009 03:50PM

The imported beer is already tainted with perservatives and because of the perservatives they can sit on the shelves for a while and not have the taste be affected.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/04/2009 04:05PM by FurfaxTownie.

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Re: purchase beer
Posted by: leffedunklefan ()
Date: August 04, 2009 03:52PM

As to your original post, you won't be finding Leffe Dunkle anywhere anytime soon, as they do not not import it to the US. Same goes for any of the other Hoegaarden lines outside of the standard witbier.

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Re: purchase beer
Posted by: Dudeman ()
Date: August 04, 2009 05:09PM

fwc Wrote:
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> In order of quality/quantity...
>
> Whole Foods in Vienna (ask for Jason)
>
> Norm's Beer & Wine in Vienna
>
> Rick's Wine & Gourmet in Alexandria
>
> Total Wine (many locations) but lots dusty bottles
> with unknown handling

Whole Foods in Fair Lakes also has a great selection, though Vienna seems to have a better (quality) selection of Belgians.

Light does the most damage to beer, not storage temperature.

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Re: purchase beer
Posted by: Genevieve ()
Date: August 04, 2009 05:12PM

kevin Wrote:
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> another +1 for Norm's. the guys in there are
> really cool and their selection is sick for a
> smaller store. glug glug glug!


Yet another +1 for Norm's... perhaps the only store in the area that has kasteel rouge.

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Re: purchase beer
Posted by: please learn what you talkn bout son ()
Date: August 04, 2009 05:20PM

FurfaxTownie Wrote:
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> The imported beer is already tainted with
> perservatives and because of the perservatives
> they can sit on the shelves for a while and not
> have the taste be affected.


yeah. if theyr cold and not in direct light

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Re: purchase beer
Posted by: FurfaxTownie ()
Date: August 04, 2009 06:13PM

I stand by my comments.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/04/2009 06:18PM by FurfaxTownie.

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Re: purchase beer
Posted by: lars ()
Date: August 04, 2009 06:24PM

German Beer: you don't get it, you don't get it.

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Re: purchase beer
Posted by: LightEmUp ()
Date: August 04, 2009 07:24PM

Light is by far the worst single enemy to any brew. However a bigger problem is the cooling down and heating and cooling down that many beers unfortunately face now a days. I more or less stay away from all beers that are bottled in a green bottle, definitely prefer brown, and of course love those Belgian Delirium bottlers with their opaque bottles.

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Re: purchase beer
Posted by: Typ1calT33N ()
Date: August 04, 2009 10:55PM

I'm a teenager and when I saw the word, "beer", on the list of forums, naturally, I clicked on it.

Anyone interested in contributing to the rampant alcoholism of today's youth and buying me some booze?

C'mon! I'm a teenager; I'm invincible and anything I do is justified because I'm in high school therefore it's all good!

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Re: purchase beer
Posted by: Harry Tuttle ()
Date: August 04, 2009 11:10PM

Meet me at Burke Lake Park tomorrow, I'm sure we can work something out... PM me if you want to know what color spandex I'll be wearing.

Typ1calT33N Wrote:
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> I'm a teenager and when I saw the word, "beer", on
> the list of forums, naturally, I clicked on it.
>
> Anyone interested in contributing to the rampant
> alcoholism of today's youth and buying me some
> booze?
>
> C'mon! I'm a teenager; I'm invincible and anything
> I do is justified because I'm in high school
> therefore it's all good!

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Re: purchase beer
Posted by: idiot ()
Date: August 05, 2009 01:21PM

FurfaxTownie Wrote:
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> I stand by my comments.


glad you do
cuz' your wrong sucka
now go read a beer for dummies book

you are saying they can sit on the shelves out in normal temp and under light and still be 'fine'

mmkay

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Re: purchase beer
Posted by: your welcome ()
Date: August 05, 2009 01:33PM

Mapquest suggests driving to Dulles, taking the 7 PM Lufthansa to Frankfort and taking the appropriate train to these places,,,,

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Re: purchase beer
Posted by: yep ()
Date: August 05, 2009 01:34PM

Typ1calT33N Wrote:
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> I'm a teenager and when I saw the word, "beer", on
> the list of forums, naturally, I clicked on it.
>
> Anyone interested in contributing to the rampant
> alcoholism of today's youth and buying me some
> booze?
>
> C'mon! I'm a teenager; I'm invincible and anything
> I do is justified because I'm in high school
> therefore it's all good!


Spoken like a true Westfield grad

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Re: purchase beer
Posted by: FurfaxTownie ()
Date: August 05, 2009 01:41PM

You people are all to supercilious. All things being equal, compared to domestic beers, imported beers (which have preservatives added to them and are pasteurized) have a longer shelf life. More likely then not, a store that specializes in beer is not going display its selection in the front window facing due east or west. Most stores are already basically controlled environments, consistent temperature, and indirect light (lights over head, beer on shelf).

True most German beers do taste the same, thank the German brewing laws for that. English beers however, are worse and taste just as bad in England, if not worse, then they do here. Beer from dirty countries such as India, taste better.

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Re: purchase beer
Posted by: sarc ()
Date: August 05, 2009 02:34PM

FurfaxTownie Wrote:
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> You people are all to supercilious. All things
> being equal, compared to domestic beers, imported
> beers (which have preservatives added to them and
> are pasteurized) have a longer shelf life. More
> likely then not, a store that specializes in beer
> is not going display its selection in the front
> window facing due east or west. Most stores are
> already basically controlled environments,
> consistent temperature, and indirect light (lights
> over head, beer on shelf).
>
> True most German beers do taste the same, thank
> the German brewing laws for that. English beers
> however, are worse and taste just as bad in
> England, if not worse, then they do here. Beer
> from dirty countries such as India, taste better.


Yeah.. Total wine & Beverage. your posts are so on point

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Re: purchase beer
Posted by: So ()
Date: August 05, 2009 06:13PM

It seems that the mansions at Virginia Run offer reasonable competition to these vendors. You could try there.

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