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Old 03-04-2014, 03:44 PM   #201
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Sadly (or not) I don't really buy craft beer anymore. One day I found myself at a Kroger (grocery store here in NC) because I knew they released Hopslam the day before. I had to ask someone who worked there to get a 6 pack for me out of the back because that's where they keep it. They don't put it out on the shelves here...whole other issue/rant. After paying some ridiculous amount like $16-$20 for the 6 pack, I go home later in the evening and crack one open. I fairly quickly come to the realization that I probably have at least 3-4 better DIPA recipes laying around that are tried and true- better in every way I could describe an IPA then this super fresh Hopslam. There were a few instances since then like (for all you North Caroliners) Foothills Sexual Chocolate and it was the same thing, its a good solid beer but I've made so much better so many times for a fraction of the cost.

So personally I just can't seem to fork up the $$ when I can brew it so much better for so much less. More often than not I actually buy pbr and other cheap beers if I find myself at a bar feeling the need to socially drink because I know that any one of those craft beers on tap are going to be a disappointment. Oh and the cost difference is sometimes staggering around here, I guess it wouldnt be too bad if the prices were closer.

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Old 03-04-2014, 07:51 PM   #202
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Sadly (or not) I don't really buy craft beer anymore. One day I found myself at a Kroger (grocery store here in NC) because I knew they released Hopslam the day before. I had to ask someone who worked there to get a 6 pack for me out of the back because that's where they keep it. They don't put it out on the shelves here...whole other issue/rant. After paying some ridiculous amount like $16-$20 for the 6 pack, I go home later in the evening and crack one open. I fairly quickly come to the realization that I probably have at least 3-4 better DIPA recipes laying around that are tried and true- better in every way I could describe an IPA then this super fresh Hopslam. There were a few instances since then like (for all you North Caroliners) Foothills Sexual Chocolate and it was the same thing, its a good solid beer but I've made so much better so many times for a fraction of the cost.

So personally I just can't seem to fork up the $$ when I can brew it so much better for so much less. More often than not I actually buy pbr and other cheap beers if I find myself at a bar feeling the need to socially drink because I know that any one of those craft beers on tap are going to be a disappointment. Oh and the cost difference is sometimes staggering around here, I guess it wouldnt be too bad if the prices were closer.
Cheers to that. I'd suggest looking for beers that you don't, won't, haven't or can't make to keep it fun and interesting.



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Old 03-04-2014, 08:06 PM   #203
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I have such a love affair with budweiser. Much like an affair, I tend to hide our love when in public.
Haha, perfect.

I hadn't had Budweiser since college when I started going to my girlfriend's family events. They always have Budweiser and Bud Light. I tried Budweiser and was very surprised by how enjoyable it was, so I tried a Bud Light… not so good.
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IMO there are a bunch of variables associated with the price of a beer. You’re going to see big corporations charge less for a beer because they can produce more for a fraction of a cost than the craft brewers. They probably have contracts directly with the grain/hop producers so they can get it at a lower fixed cost. Some companies own the grain/hop farms under a different subsidiary so that would lower the cost substantially. If you think craft brewerys are charging you for more than they should then start your own brewery and undercut them.

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Being retired,now with a $500 deductable on my hospitalization,it's tough to get the ingredients to brew a beer,let alone buy craft beer all the time. Dammit! I had to settle for old milwauee ice beer & cheap vodka.I still buy craft beer once a month or so. I can't wait for my books to start generating some passive income. That'll help.

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Haha, perfect.

I hadn't had Budweiser since college when I started going to my girlfriend's family events. They always have Budweiser and Bud Light. I tried Budweiser and was very surprised by how enjoyable it was, so I tried a Bud Light… not so good.
Nothing wrong with a BUD every now and then. That's my go to beer in a crappy bar situation. I've had many craft beers that weren't as good.
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Sadly (or not) I don't really buy craft beer anymore. One day I found myself at a Kroger (grocery store here in NC) because I knew they released Hopslam the day before. I had to ask someone who worked there to get a 6 pack for me out of the back because that's where they keep it. They don't put it out on the shelves here...whole other issue/rant. After paying some ridiculous amount like $16-$20 for the 6 pack, I go home later in the evening and crack one open. I fairly quickly come to the realization that I probably have at least 3-4 better DIPA recipes laying around that are tried and true- better in every way I could describe an IPA then this super fresh Hopslam. There were a few instances since then like (for all you North Caroliners) Foothills Sexual Chocolate and it was the same thing, its a good solid beer but I've made so much better so many times for a fraction of the cost.

So personally I just can't seem to fork up the $$ when I can brew it so much better for so much less. More often than not I actually buy pbr and other cheap beers if I find myself at a bar feeling the need to socially drink because I know that any one of those craft beers on tap are going to be a disappointment. Oh and the cost difference is sometimes staggering around here, I guess it wouldnt be too bad if the prices were closer.
and the budweiser comment.

i think i was never into "craft beer". i just like good beer. there are tons of big, old companies that produce a good product in a mainstream manner. ie. wernesgruner, schneider, fullers. pbr and to a lesser extent bud have a time and place to drink. however, there are distinctly worthless beers ie. BMC light, BMC lime and beers that attempt to be something they're not (BMC "craft" beers).

I homebrew good beer and I try to buy goodbeer when i can.
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