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Old 01-18-2013, 05:39 PM   #21
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Then again, if you realize on brew day that you forgot to order something and your LHBS went out of business due to online competition you can't just hop over and get what you need.

I do try to support my LHBS but I wont lie, I participate in group buys and buy online occasionally when I want something that the LHBS doesn't stock.

Full disclosure, I work part time (Saturdays only) at my LHBS so I do benefit from an employee discount.
I try and get things through my local brew store. I even see if they can order something that they don't have.
I'm still waiting on a mill and I'm about to give up on them though.

I buy online a little more simply because the store is 2 1/2 hours from me.
In my old truck, that's a lot of money in gas if I'm not going there in the first place.

I still want to support them though. They are good people, their prices are fair when you factor everything in, and having the store present is good for the hobby.


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Old 01-18-2013, 05:39 PM   #22
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Morebeer is one of my LHBS

A great online store makes an even better LHBS...



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Old 01-18-2013, 05:41 PM   #23
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Post the quantities; I will do Midwest. Will check with one of my local stores as well.

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Old 01-18-2013, 05:42 PM   #24
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Agreed. Despite my retail opposition, I will still use them for items that I forgot to order or need now. This is until they disappear...

Buying exclusively online will of course require that you do a bit more planning ahead.
Even though we don't agree and I feel that it's an easy thing to save the local stores, just use them!, I think you are probably a pretty good guy.

Your name on here suggests you are a Joe Walsh fan? Post Eagles?
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:43 PM   #25
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Morebeer is one of my LHBS

A great online store makes an even better LHBS...
Okay, I'm jealous. Wish we had a LHBS around here that has the selection and prices that morebeer has..
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Reading this thread I can't help to feel guilty not supporting my LHBS all the time. I have two LHBS near me, both with okay prices. Maybe I am too cheap but I can't bring myself to pay extra for certain supplies or equipment when I can get it way cheaper online. I like to buy my base malts in group buys, hops in bulk online and if I need any specialty malts, yeast, etc. I go to LHBS. I think it is a good compromise.

Not too long ago I e-mailed one of the LHBS I frequent often asking if I could buy bulk grain from them and I go no reply. I wonder if they are mad at me for asking. It just makes sense that they should offer a bulk card or something for those of us who brew a lot.

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Old 01-18-2013, 05:47 PM   #27
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I enjoy the fact that Leon will recognize my phone number and say "hi Bill" When I call. He also has tons of beer on tap that he is more than willing to share and did I mention he is much cheaper than online.

I hate ordering anything online but I guess I am a dying breed. I shop at the same stores all the time and I like knowing the people I am giving my to. I do not buy music or books online but rather visit the stores.

Oh bother I guess since I am sure it is going to end up online for everything anyway. I just hope it is after my time since I think so much of life is lost when you lose the personal touch of dealing with people in person

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I guess I am lucky to live close to MoreBeer.

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I feel fortunate, I have a lHBS less than a mile from my house he has competitive prices and almost every time I've done a comparison he is usually the same price or less than ordering online. I'll give him my business to keep him "local". He is just trying to earn a living like the rest of us.

He is only open on the weekends (but has met me there during the week if I really needed something) so I am in the habit of emailing him what I want for the upcoming week.

I also buy my grains in bulk so that helps cut costs. But I don't mind buying specialty grains, hops and yeast from there.

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Post the quantities; I will do Midwest. Will check with one of my local stores as well.
Here ya go my friend. Anyone else want to join in on the fun?

white wheat 1 lb
belgian pils 3 lb
munich malt 1 lb
flaked wheat 5 lb
flake oats 1 lb
east kent 2 oz
orange peel 1 oz
coriander .5 oz
rice hulls 1 lb
wyeast 1 pk
120l 1 lb
40l 1 lb
roasted barley .5 lb
1084 1 pk
60l 1 lb
fuggles 2 oz
1098 1 pk


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