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Old 08-13-2010, 06:13 PM   #21
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We still buy store bought beers. I still like to try the different ones and see if I want to brew it.

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Old 08-13-2010, 06:15 PM   #22
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Actually I bought a "Brew Free or Die IPA" from 21st Amendment last night. It was pretty good if I do say so myself. I told my wife that she has to try the Watermelon Wheat and see if she enjoys it. She loves sweet beer and that's it. I'm the only hop head in the house.

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Old 08-13-2010, 06:45 PM   #23
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until my wife put a kibosh on me for spending too damn much money, i would buy a six pack or two every week just to try stuff out. i think it's part of the research/development process!

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Old 08-13-2010, 06:47 PM   #24
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I pick up beers when i want to try making a new style. Bought a Pelican Brewery Saison at the store (saisons seem to be hard to find!!!!!)
Pretty tasty although the head was ridiculous when i poured it into a straight-sided glass.

I'll be brewing my own Saison next!

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Old 08-13-2010, 06:58 PM   #25
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Of course! I can't keep up with demand for my brews so I regularly supplement my fridge stash with commercial beers. I like many different styles and enjoy exploring new ones as well. New Belgium doesn't have distribution in FLA (likely due to the BS "3-tier" system in this state) so my brother recently brought me three assorted cases from NC. I really like the Skinny Dip. A nice refreshing beer for the 95*+ summer days.

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Old 08-13-2010, 06:59 PM   #26
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Do people cook at home and still go out to eat sometimes, too? Homebrewing and drinking commercial beer are in no way mutually exclusive.

I believe this hobby requires Xerox-Parc-levels of research. I buy beer ALL THE TIME. From BMC to craft brews to imports, I'm always buying some sort of beer. I've got a little side bet going with the top brass at the Pentagon that I can spend more on commercial beer than they do on their war toys. They're winning right now, but I think I can pull out a win by the end of the year.

Costs are getting expensive for craft brews. The sweet spot these days seems to be the big brewery imports. Domestics are up in price and craft beers are WAY up in price. For example, yesterday I picked up a 12-pack of Coors Light for $11, a 12-pack of Warsteiner Oktoberfest for $14 and a 12-pack of Sierra Nevada Summer Brew for $18. To me the Warsteiner is the best beer for the money in that lot. I even see a lot of Spaten stuff like Optimator and Dunkel lately for $12-$14 per 12-pack. I haven't stopped buying craft beer by by means, but I buy a lot less of it now.

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Old 08-13-2010, 07:17 PM   #27
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I'm a cheapskate so....I don't plan on buying much commercial beer unless I get tired of brewing.... I hate dealing with bottles and recycling.

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Old 08-13-2010, 07:46 PM   #28
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Oh yeah, and on occaision i will bring a corney down to the local brewery (Oakshire) and have em fill it for me. $50 is pretty good for over 5gallons of really excellent beer!

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Old 08-13-2010, 07:50 PM   #29
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i've called all the micros in the milwaukee area and none will fill corny's

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Old 08-13-2010, 10:12 PM   #30
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Most of my buying is research to find the next thing to brew. Most of it gets drained down the sink. Last purchase was something from http://www.capturedbyporches.com/ourbeers.html?lcat=2, comes in a flip top with a $1.00 deposit so you can keep the bottle, took a few sips and trashed it. They suckered me with the bottle. I'll buy a Rogue every once in a while and have only been disappointed once with the orange wheat, otherwise everything was good.

I find most commercial stuff to either be too tame/boring or poorly handled and not all that fresh tasting. Something about $.20-$.40 per beer is also more appealing.

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