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sdillow 04-28-2011 11:13 PM

Spending more on craft brews
 
Homebrewing is getting more expensive, as I find myself spending more money on craft brews as my beer taste has improved. Research? Higher standards? There's alot of "ooo, that looks interesting" at the beer store these days.

Revvy 04-28-2011 11:23 PM

Yeah. I post this whenever some naive new brewer comes on here saying they will NEVER buy another beer again, now that they're homebrewers.

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Originally Posted by Revvy (Post 2725253)
*Laughs uproarioulsy* Ah, the naieviity of the new brewer...:)

I probably spend MORE on commercial micros of an expensive nature since I started homebrewing....it's called research. ;)

Especially hanging out on here, you read about so many interesting beers that you just have to try. You want to brew a new style, so you have to try a bunch of different versions. You want to make a clone of something so you have to keep buying to try to nail it. You have a full pipeline, with 3-4 beers drinkable, but you just happen to be in the mood for a double chocolate bourbon jalapeno porter, so you drop 12 bucks for a bomber of it.

When you start brewing your beery horizons broaden so much, you really can't escape buying beer.

(Heck, I'm getting a feel for the bock style of beer, and looking at brewing one, in one week I bought 3 different sixers of it, one of them was 14.00 for the six- Bell's Celebrator Dopplebock.)

Not to mention new shiny brewing toys, ingredients, yeasts, books, magazines, and whatever else I stumble upon.

You can't escape it. ;)

You're not the only one. :mug:

bruin_ale 04-28-2011 11:23 PM

yep, you got it.. stopped buying the SNPA and other common things and now mostly buy DIPA, barleywine, old ales, belgians, etc. Went from $6 a sixer to $6 a bottle.

topend 04-28-2011 11:24 PM

That happened with me, although I wore out on BMC beers about 10 years ago. I think it's fun to see what is out there. I think there is almost infinite variation in flavors with grains, yeasts, hops, etc, and it's cool to see these craft brewers making good beer and making a living at it. I'll gladly pay them $8 for a sixer.

beergolf 04-28-2011 11:44 PM

Just call it research..............

mlg5039 04-29-2011 12:00 AM

I love market research.

rico567 04-29-2011 12:08 AM

Oh, I buy 'em....but "interesting" stops for me at about $8 / six.

kpr121 04-29-2011 12:25 AM

Being from PA, we havent had much in terms of bottle shops to buy 6ers and singles, but recently there has been a push to allow grocery stores to carry beer. The Giant Eagle right across the street from work just upgraded their beer selection to include about 50 varieties of singles/bombers. So far I have been there 4 times in the last two weeks picking up a bomber or 3 of something I havent tried. I can see this getting ugly fairly quickly.

Arneba28 04-29-2011 12:28 AM

When they know know name at the beer store, you might be there too often.
When a trip to get a good beer to go with dinner turns into a $60 adventure into tasting the range of Geuzes beers that are offered on the market.

This is when homebrewing is not cheaper(not that it ever really has been, we just like to tell our selves that.) However, I did just breech that barrier with 15 gallon SMaSH beers.

Beer stores are just no good for our kind of people. We will spend just as much on a bottle as it would cost up to brew 5gallons of Hefeweizen.

Revvy 04-29-2011 12:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Arneba28 (Post 2879476)
When they know know name at the beer store, you might be there too often.
When a trip to get a good beer to go with dinner turns into a $60 adventure into tasting the range of Geuzes beers that are offered on the market.

This is when homebrewing is not cheaper(not that it ever really has been, we just like to tell our selves that.) However, I did just breech that barrier with 15 gallon SMaSH beers.

Beer stores are just no good for our kind of people. We will spend just as much on a bottle as it would cost up to brew 5gallons of Hefeweizen.

When you walk in and they open the cooler hold up a bottle of some fancy and expensive beer like Bell's 10th anniversary and say "Hey we were just gonna open a couple, you want one." You more than likely spend enough there to justify throwing you an expensive freebie every now and then.

The scary thing is I have 3 or 4 stores where that happens.


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