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Old 08-13-2010, 01:22 PM   #1
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Default Are you still buying commercial beer?

I have 8 batches at various stages of conditioning and have not purchased any store bought beer for a couple of weeks now.

Is this common or do brewers also buy beer from a store often?

One reason I am now brewing is to avoid recycling bottles.

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Old 08-13-2010, 01:58 PM   #2
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I still buy beer at the store, but now its always from a microbrew for the shear purpose of recycling the bottles. That and widening my pallete with different beers gives me a better spectrum to judge my own beers on. Furthermore it gives me better ideas to improve my beer quality.

I hombrew as well(as if that needs to be stated), but I'm not about to order a $12 pack of 12 bottles, pay the shipping, and not be able to drink out of it. Pfft. I'll pay the +$1 - 3 to get my drink on and have bottles for later.

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Old 08-13-2010, 02:09 PM   #3
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I still buy singles of seasonal or harder to find commercial beers. I'd probably buy less if I brewed more, but not being able to keg right now and limited bottles are holding me back.

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Old 08-13-2010, 02:13 PM   #4
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I'll buy an assorted six-pack every once in a while to try out different micro-brews in the area, but I haven't bought a case of beer in a few years.

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Old 08-13-2010, 02:13 PM   #5
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I had to break down and buy 2 cases when my supply ran low a few weeks ago.....other than that, a 6-pack about once a month to try new stuff, and/or if I'm going to a friend's house and don't want to be bothered with bottling any up.

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Old 08-13-2010, 02:18 PM   #6
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I buy microbrews when going to a social event where I know I will have to drink from the bottle. That's the only time I prefer filtered beers over bottle conditioned.

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Old 08-13-2010, 02:27 PM   #7
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Like most others have mentioned here, I still buy craft brewery beers or certain imports (usually Belgian or German). As a beginner homebrewer, one major reason for me buying these is to aspire to reach the level of the great taste of these brews.

The most 'commercial' beers I've recently bought were Sierra Nevada Pale Ales and Guiness. Both were purchases at Costco. The Sierra Nevada is for neighbors who don't 'get' homebrews/craft beers (unless its a hefeweizen) and I cannot in good conscience, have them drink BMC.

The Guiness is for me. I just like the stuff and it's one of the first beers I'd fallen in love with long before I developed a palate for good beers.

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Old 08-13-2010, 02:27 PM   #8
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Only if I run out of homebrew - or occasionally just to try something different.

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Old 08-13-2010, 02:36 PM   #9
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There are two large beer supply stores in my neck of the woods (Weschester county NY) but their selection of micro-brewed beer is very small. I don't think this stuff moves so they are reluctant to carry it. Dido for micro-brewed tap beer sold at bars.

In NJ when my parents had a package store, the state required that beer was to be paid for by the retailer in cash or check upon delievery. ..another reason to not want to carry slow-moving inventory???

Anyway, ...the watered-down yellow pis$ beer is more popular than ever.....

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Old 08-13-2010, 02:37 PM   #10
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I constnatly buy craft beer. When ever I am going for a new style, I get a selection of commercial beer to drink while brewing, and I save one for comparison tasting. I use the bottles for home brew. If they have a screwtop, chances are I won't buy it (sorry Goose Island, sorry Lagunitas. I also don't like bottles that are painted on (sorry Stone). I bought Stone a few times to taste. Excellent beer. I love Sierra Neveda bottles for homebrew.

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