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Old 05-25-2012, 02:49 PM   #1
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I've been into craft beers for three years now. I used to go to local beer store and be pretty comfortable selecting what I wanted to drink that weekend. Then I got into brewing and made the vast majority of the beer I drank. Recently I've been visiting beer stores because I haven't had time to brew.

OMG the selection is now daunting. Every time I go now an end cap is occupied by some new brewery I've never heard of. The flavor of the month appears to be Pyramid Brewing. I had their blonde at a bar, I'm just going to call it their "bland".

I'm at the point where I am almost intimidated to experiment with new breweries now, and stick to my usuals; Great Lakes, Sierra Nevada, Flying Bison, Southern Tier and Miller Lite ;-)

Is anyone else getting lost in the sea of microbreweries?

 
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Old 05-25-2012, 02:53 PM   #2
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I have seen a lot of different brews. But i brew enough to keep the pipe line full
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Old 05-25-2012, 03:03 PM   #3
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I have been tying to keep up and have still fallen behind. I travel 6 state for business and it can be overwhelming. I have decided to use some apps for my iPhone to try and keep some order to my "want to try list". Here is in addition to HBT and Beer Advocate what apps I use.

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Old 05-25-2012, 03:05 PM   #4
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Yeah, it's a double edged knife, young beer grasshopper. There's some amazing new breweries popping up, seems like more each month. But for every great brewery or brew, there's bound to be some not so great ones to go along with it. Personally, I love it, my wife and I have always enjoyed finding and drinking beers we haven't had before, so 'the more the merrier', I say.
But I get what you're saying, with so many choices, how is one to know which ones are worth it? Drink 'em all, let your palate sort 'em out!
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Old 05-25-2012, 03:10 PM   #5
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My local grocery store has jumped on the craft brew microbrew wave. I like to try new breweries and their take on beer styles I like.
That being said, i've made some bad decisions.- I'm looking at you 'Shiner Hefeweizen'

 
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Old 05-25-2012, 03:14 PM   #6
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I've kinda gotten over it already and started focusing more on my homebrew and less on the craft hype.

I'm very glad to have all these options but I gotta wonder when the market will saturate and breweries pull-back their distro range.

 
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Old 05-25-2012, 03:20 PM   #7
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If I am going to buy beer, I will usually stick to a brewery I am well versed in or something which is relatively local. When I go to Wegmans, there is just too much choice.

 
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Old 05-25-2012, 03:29 PM   #8
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Rule of thumb: When shopping for craft brew, if the cool looking bottle has a 'Born On' date, put it back and look at another brand. LOL!

 
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Old 05-25-2012, 03:33 PM   #9
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That being said, i've made some bad decisions.- I'm looking at you 'Shiner Hefeweizen'
^^^^ THIS X 10

I too was expecting something completely different from this. Heck I was just expecting a hefeweizen and what I got was no where near MY definition of a hefeweizen...

My most recent favorite hefeweizen is Flying Dog Brewery's - In Heat Wheat.
That is MY definition of a hefeweizen... Good stuff... I want to make a clone of that as soon as I find a good replica recipe.

 
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Old 05-25-2012, 03:41 PM   #10
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I'm just trying to stay as local as possible now. With Flying Bison finally making an IPA (which is quite good, but only a seasonal) now it hasn't been too difficult.

 
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