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Old 01-02-2013, 03:13 PM   #1
Oct 2009
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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I traveled 1,000 miles to my family's home for the holidays, and couldn't bring any homebrew with me. As a result, I ended up buying my beer from the local liquor stores while I was there.

The two things that stuck out to me were the slim selection of anything resembling "craft" beer, and the sheer cost of buying a 6-pack of craft beer per day for a week and a half. The cost really adds up when you can't simply walk downstairs and pour a glass of tasty beer off a keg!

Anyone else go through the "sticker shock" of keeping the fridge stocked with drinkable commercial craft beer while away from their own homebrewing facilities? It pained me to think of how many batches of homebrew I could have made with the $100+ I spent on beer last week.

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Old 01-02-2013, 03:16 PM   #2
Jan 2012
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I buy sierra Nevada pale ale when I am out good pale ale and not to expensive for a 12 pack.

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Old 01-02-2013, 03:21 PM   #3
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Jan 2012
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i hate it when my pipeline runs dry.. it just gets too damn expensive to buy decent beer.
life is too short to drink beer you don't love...

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Old 01-02-2013, 03:27 PM   #4
Nov 2012
Ypsilanti, Michigan
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Commercial beer is so expensive! Comparatively that is, a few years ago I'd of not thought twice about spending $8-10 for a 6 pack. Now I cringe every time I spend that and think I could of easily made 3-4 times that amount for the same price!

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Old 01-02-2013, 03:47 PM   #5
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While on the road, stopped in Montpelier, VT for lunch... I had a 12-oz of Lawson' Fayston for $8, and had a pint of Hill Farmstead "Susan" for $6. Not cheap.

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Carbonic bite? Is that like the bubonic plague?
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Needless to say after more than a few drams my mental efficiency matched my mashing efficiency.

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Old 01-02-2013, 04:11 PM   #6
Nov 2012
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Next time I'm at my favorite liquor store to buy beer, I'll take a couple of pictures. There has to be over 500 different beers in his refrigerators.

We may not have great weather, but Wisconsin does have plenty of craft beer!
Primary 1: Maibock
Primary 2: Marzen (Oktoberfest)
Primary 3: Empty
Bottled/Kegged: Grateful Dead Guy, Bourbon Barrel Porter, Oktoberfest, Maibock, Barnyard Brown Ale, EdWort's Robust Porter, BierMuncher's Centennial Blonde, Mosaic APA, Moose Drool clone plus, Raging Red Irish Ale, Galaxy APA, Dead Guy clone

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Old 01-02-2013, 05:14 PM   #7
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Feb 2012
Omaha, NE
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This is half the reason I got into home brewing. Was tired of paying 10-12$ a sixer for quality craft beers. Not to mention how expensive Belgian beers are.
Beer is the answer....but I can't remember the question.

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