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    Hard to find bourbon locations?

    So yesterday was my 30th birthday and I realized this morning after I polished off my bottle of Weller 12 (I work nights so I got home at 330am, don't judge me) while watching "Neat: The Story of Bourbon" (Excellent documentary if you're a bourbon fan) that in the past 2 weeks or so I've finished 3 bottles from my collection but haven't bought any in a few months. That being said I'm on a mission this weekend to find some good stuff, any recommendations for stores that usually stock or sometimes have harder to find bottles? (Weller, Blantons, Eagle Rare, etc, etc). Thanks for the input!

    Here's a picture of my humble bar cart that's a bit more empty as of current
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    The ones you mentioned are hard to find everywhere. There isn’t going to be one location where you can walk in and find those. Bigger chains do get more bottles generally, but it’s still hit-and-miss whether you’ll be there on the right day. The best bet is to become a good, regular customer and build a relationship with your local store. Eventually you can let them know you’re interested in those bottles, and maybe they’ll hold one back for you.

    Rural Inn in Indianapolis is a great bourbon spot if you’re looking for a big selection and lots of store picks. They also do get shipments of the ones you mentioned and will do “free” raffles. Basically, every bottle you buy from them earns you an entry. Last month they did a raffle for Blanton’s, Eagle Rare, and some store pick Buffalo Trace. I drew for the BT, and ended up buying some Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Barrel Proof while I was there. They posted recently that they got some Elijah Craig Barrel Proof, Batch B520 that they’re selling at MSRP. I may make a trip over this week!

    The bourbon world has exploded in the past 5 years, so a lot of people are looking for the same bottles. Some places, like Rural Inn, will give you samples of things to try. My opinion is there are so many great distillers now that it’s kinda silly to chase unicorn bottles and pay outrageous markups. If you liked the Weller SR, try Larceny. Weller is slightly better, but not enough to make a big difference. You can find Larceny (sometimes Larceny Full Proof) any day of the week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharmon7 View Post
    The ones you mentioned are hard to find everywhere. There isn’t going to be one location where you can walk in and find those. Bigger chains do get more bottles generally, but it’s still hit-and-miss whether you’ll be there on the right day. The best bet is to become a good, regular customer and build a relationship with your local store. Eventually you can let them know you’re interested in those bottles, and maybe they’ll hold one back for you.

    Rural Inn in Indianapolis is a great bourbon spot if you’re looking for a big selection and lots of store picks. They also do get shipments of the ones you mentioned and will do “free” raffles. Basically, every bottle you buy from them earns you an entry. Last month they did a raffle for Blanton’s, Eagle Rare, and some store pick Buffalo Trace. I drew for the BT, and ended up buying some Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Barrel Proof while I was there. They posted recently that they got some Elijah Craig Barrel Proof, Batch B520 that they’re selling at MSRP. I may make a trip over this week!

    The bourbon world has exploded in the past 5 years, so a lot of people are looking for the same bottles. Some places, like Rural Inn, will give you samples of things to try. My opinion is there are so many great distillers now that it’s kinda silly to chase unicorn bottles and pay outrageous markups. If you liked the Weller SR, try Larceny. Weller is slightly better, but not enough to make a big difference. You can find Larceny (sometimes Larceny Full Proof) any day of the week.
    Oh yea, I know they're difficult to find and I know being able to find any of them retail is a complete crap shoot/luck. I've heard a lot about Rural Inn and a lot of those other stores up in Indy however I'm in Columbus and that's a bit of a hike for me but will probably check out those shops next time I'm in the city for the 1500 or something (Whenever that may be). I've actually only had the Weller 12 which I do love but it is impossible to find retail and it's getting more expensive on the secondary market, I just wanna try the rest of the Weller's to see if I like them (Special Reserve, Antique 107, CYPB, Full Proof, and Single Barrel) but I will have to give that Larceny a shot, I did see a bunch of it around. I did get lucky on Thursday, I hit up I think 6 or 8 different liquor stores in and around Greenwood, ended up finding a bottle of Blantons and a bottle of Eagle Rare, neither of which were on the shelf (Never hurts to ask whether you see a spot on the shelf or not).

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    Not a short trip for you, but there's a store in Danville, Illinois called the Blue Store. I don't know how they do it but they always seem to have stuff that nobody else has and sell it for reasonable prices.

    Our son lives in Kansas City so I stop in whenever he go visit him.

    I am always surprised to hear that people can't find Eagle Rare. My local grocery store seems to always have it on the self, and often has it on sale for $27.

    A couple recommendations for you; Angel's Envy rye is amazing, and I'm not a rye guy. It's also pretty easy to find and runs about $80. Michter's American Whiskey is one I have trouble finding, not like Blanton's or Weller trouble, just not that common. It's my favorite Michter's product and much cheaper than some of my other favorite's, about $40.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghuns View Post
    Not a short trip for you, but there's a store in Danville, Illinois called the Blue Store. I don't know how they do it but they always seem to have stuff that nobody else has and sell it for reasonable prices.

    Our son lives in Kansas City so I stop in whenever he go visit him.

    I am always surprised to hear that people can't find Eagle Rare. My local grocery store seems to always have it on the self, and often has it on sale for $27.

    A couple recommendations for you; Angel's Envy rye is amazing, and I'm not a rye guy. It's also pretty easy to find and runs about $80. Michter's American Whiskey is one I have trouble finding, not like Blanton's or Weller trouble, just not that common. It's my favorite Michter's product and much cheaper than some of my other favorite's, about $40.
    I've heard a lot of people talk about The Blue Store, ill need to check it out one day. My local grocery store has a tag and slot for Eagle Rare but it's never there so maybe my timing is just bad? Will have to keep an eye out for that Angel's Envy and Michter's American.
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    Village Bottle Shoppe in the Lafayette, West Lafayette area or Bedrock Liquors usually has the hard to find labels. Might be worth a call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghuns View Post
    Not a short trip for you, but there's a store in Danville, Illinois called the Blue Store. I don't know how they do it but they always seem to have stuff that nobody else has and sell it for reasonable prices.

    Our son lives in Kansas City so I stop in whenever he go visit him.

    I am always surprised to hear that people can't find Eagle Rare. My local grocery store seems to always have it on the self, and often has it on sale for $27.

    A couple recommendations for you; Angel's Envy rye is amazing, and I'm not a rye guy. It's also pretty easy to find and runs about $80. Michter's American Whiskey is one I have trouble finding, not like Blanton's or Weller trouble, just not that common. It's my favorite Michter's product and much cheaper than some of my other favorite's, about $40.
    I was talking to a liquor distributor this weekend. He knows I like Michters and I always ***** to him about not being able to find it. He says I can get it anywhere!

    I told him it isn't ever at any of the places I stop to buy, but they do have the Rye and Bourbon and occasionally the Sour Mash. He said he's get me a case. I praying he does.

    He and I also think that Michter's 10 year Rye is as good as it gets.

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    in the past few years I have not seen anywhere in Indiana offering Weller except for a lottery.
    I have better luck in Illinois and Kentucky, but you have to get lucky and be there the day they get the delivery.

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    Treasure that Taylor -- it's basically impossible to find now along with everything else.

    We've been doing Bardstown Fusion #2 laterly (the 60/btl one, not the 120 btl ones) and it's the closest to Taylor we've been able to actually find on the shelves. Wise Guy's generally has it in stock it seems.

    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick30 View Post
    So yesterday was my 30th birthday and I realized this morning after I polished off my bottle of Weller 12 (I work nights so I got home at 330am, don't judge me) while watching "Neat: The Story of Bourbon" (Excellent documentary if you're a bourbon fan) that in the past 2 weeks or so I've finished 3 bottles from my collection but haven't bought any in a few months. That being said I'm on a mission this weekend to find some good stuff, any recommendations for stores that usually stock or sometimes have harder to find bottles? (Weller, Blantons, Eagle Rare, etc, etc). Thanks for the input!

    Here's a picture of my humble bar cart that's a bit more empty as of current
    Attachment 89547

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    If you're over for the 1500, there's a vast store called Kahn's just a few blocks up Keystone. It's on the east side of the road, so it'll be on the right.

    Geeking out on ancestry; I've found one! I fumbled around Caius Assinius Quadratus and found an uncle or something that died in 56, at the age of 56. That gets me my BC cred, he was born in 1BC. Hey, what the heck, I'm 56. My Patricians back then usually well outlived that.

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