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Old 01-27-2013, 12:29 PM   #1
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The one I go to has a fridge with three taps. Is this ok? They have 3-4 oz cups for samples. Does your LBHS have samples?


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Old 01-27-2013, 01:51 PM   #2
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Sure it's OK...they aint' selling it. Mine doesn't have a keggerator or anything, but I have had "samples" while I was there.


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Old 01-27-2013, 02:23 PM   #3
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Im sure its local homebrews from people just like you.
Go in, enjoy one and try and pick out some ingredients they used, if you really enjoy it ask the owner if the recipe is available.

If its on tap at a LHBS it would have to be pretty decent IMO. Ive seen some crazy homebrews at festivals! Limey Cream ale, Smoked IPA.
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If they're doing it you can be pretty damn sure they've looked into the legality of it, since they risk losing their business license if it's not. My only concern would be whether they actively check IDs for age, since serving to minors can get you fined and arrested. Sounds like a good practice to move their kits, though. Let someone try the beer and if they like it they can buy a kit.
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took my first trip to my LHBS and sure enough they had samples to bad i didnt see it till i was walking out wit my arms full of stuff lol
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Im sure its local homebrews from people just like you.
Go in, enjoy one and try and pick out some ingredients they used, if you really enjoy it ask the owner if the recipe is available.

If its on tap at a LHBS it would have to be pretty decent IMO. Ive seen some crazy homebrews at festivals! Limey Cream ale, Smoked IPA.
Boss man brews(extract) out in the parking lot right in front of the shop....he has a "brew" class almost every other weekend....I think he brews one of the three beers he has on tap, cuz it's always the same stuff
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Boss man brews(extract) out in the parking lot right in front of the shop....he has a "brew" class almost every other weekend....I think he brews one of the three beers he has on tap, cuz it's always the same stuff
It's especially effective if it's brewed as part of a class. Then people get to come back and taste the beer and really understand the whole process.
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One of my LHBS has 3 homebrews on tap for free samples. The other LHBS is licensed to sell beer and has an extensive bottle collection, sells commercial kegs, and has about 5 taps for craft keg samples and growler sales.

I love the free samples at the one while I shop...but also love to get a growler or 32oz grenade of my favorite craft beer to go at the other for a decent price.

All I know is if I had a LHBS, I'd definitely have something on tap for the customers!
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My LHBS has samples as well. They brew on premises. A lot of times when I go in there, one of the guys is brewing.
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The one I go to has a fridge with three taps. Is this ok? They have 3-4 oz cups for samples. Does your LBHS have samples?
Pretty sure it's illegal unless they have a liquor license. A public business is not allowed to give away free alcohol.


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