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Old 09-04-2013, 01:09 PM   #1
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Default How do you decide what beer to buy

So I love walking through the beer isle and looking at all the variety (my supermarket has good craft selection). I normally just use Google Goggles and beer advocate to decide. I was wondering how you guys decide? Word of mouth? Darts, dice, or other games of chance? Brand loyalty? Love BMC so much you wonder about this concept of 'choice'?

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Old 09-04-2013, 01:15 PM   #2
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So the way I normally choose is If I haven't had it I need to try it. Love the Pick six deals they have every where now. I also go for the style of beer I like and for the most part that seems to work. I did make a mistake and bought a 6 pack of something that was awful. I should have known since it was only $4.00 but hey you never know until you try it!! To me Craft Beers are Like Pokemon you gotta catch them all.

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Old 09-04-2013, 02:03 PM   #3
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I use ratebeer/beer advocate to make sure it isn't terrible. I can't get singles here in WV so I try pretty hard to not get stuck with a 6 pack 'o crap.
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:16 PM   #4
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BA has a phone app now, type in the beer and it gives you the score. I don't let it deter me unless its less than 80.
not huge about this but when im trying a new brewery or expensive bottle ill see how well its rating stands.
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:11 PM   #5
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My local liquor stores will print out BA or RateBeer sheets on some of the good beers and tape them to the shelves where that beer is at. But, normally, I know of 50 or 60 goto beers I can grab and will surely be happy. Since I rarely buy beer, I will buy one or two unknown beers and one or two "favorites" as a treat.

For 2013, I think I've only purchased beers of which I don't have the same style bottled up at home.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:09 PM   #6
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I typically look for things I haven't had before. I don't trust any beer reviews, just because everybody likes something different and 99% of the beer out there isn't technically flawed. I focus on breweries that are closer to me, but if something comes along that isn't well distributed in my area I snatch it up. I look for novelty, so that when I know what I'm feeling like, I have a wider selection to pick from when I find something really great.
I can't be arsed to keep up this list of what's in the fermenters, but hey, check out the cool brewery I own! .. ..
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:20 PM   #7
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I frequent a store that sells a lot of singles and doesn't mind breaking six packs up. Then I can try one without committing to six. If it's an IPA or a IIPA, I always check the dates. I also usually pick up a six of something I've had before, too.
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I look for brands I am familiar with and buy anything different that they have. I love the seasonal stuff. I look for anything from Stone and Surly for sure, then I browse the pick six for anything that looks appealing.

I also browse the isle as research for my next brew. If I am brewing an Oatmeal stout I will try and find good examples of those beers and then look what ingredients they use to get a good idea of what to use when creating my recipe.
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I look for the style that sounds good and seasonal stuff from well known breweries. The real craft selection is not at my closest super market. I have to go to the more specialized super market, liquor or the Wine and Beer store by work when I run low on new beer to drink/explore. Costco is also another place I check for seasonal brews anytime I am there.
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I like getting something new when I shop, usually in 22s.

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