Buying beer from small breweries - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Buying beer from small breweries

Thread Tools
Old 11-08-2008, 06:21 PM   #1
Jun 2008
Posts: 544
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts

In England, more and more people are purchasing 10L, 20L or 9 gallon barrels from their local small brewery. Mine offers a 72 pint barrel for 75, my local pub charges 2.40 for a pint of 3.8% bitter, and I had to take the first one back as it was distinctly sour. He uses customers to tell him when the beer is off and doesn't like it when they do. This is probably one of the best 3 pubs in the town, out of around 30.

25 pubs a week close in england, almost zero new ones open those that do are restaurants that tolerate a few ale drinkers.

Do you buy bulk commercial beer in America and Canada ?

Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2008, 06:58 PM   #2
DaleJ's Avatar
Oct 2007
Hillsborough, NC
Posts: 251
Liked 8 Times on 6 Posts

Here in central NC there are a few craft breweries that sell directly to the public.
Anything from a growler (64oz jug) up to a full keg.

I know a guy that puts kegs of Sam Adams in his kegerator; so he must be able to buy straight from a distributor too.

Prices are decent, though not as low as homebrew.
Primary:Drovers II
Secondary:Trailer Trash Pillhead Blonde
Keg carbing & conditioning:
Drinking:Woodchuck Cider, Schwarzbier, Dalerweisse Wheat
On deck: German Wheat

  • I've overcome my fear of wheat; but I'm still skittish around barley.-Mr. Carlin
  • What doesn't kill you makes you stronger; however, not everyone makes it into the second category.
  • If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2008, 07:17 PM   #3
Sep 2008
Posts: 693
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts

Most if not all brewpubs sell at least growlers if not more. But the only brew on premises place near me closed a few years ago and they made extract beers that weren't that good.
Primary: empty
Secondary: DogFish 60 Clone
Up next: The Bestist Bitter
Bottled: Blackout IPA

"Ooo Pretzels and Bier!"-Heidi Klum

Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2008, 07:40 PM   #4
menschmaschine's Avatar
Jun 2007
Posts: 3,272
Liked 41 Times on 33 Posts

Most of the people I've known (non-homebrewers) that have the ability to serve beer on tap, buy BMC and maybe a micro/import or two. But there isn't a huge selection of kegged import/micro beer readily available. At most liquor/beer stores that sell kegs, the selection is fairly limited to BMC products.

So, IOW, there isn't a big movement for Americans to be buying bulk beer to serve on tap in their homes. The average American still thinks beer is BMC and it's cheap both in the bar and in the shops.

Bob, what town are you in? I've heard this before about so many pubs closing in the UK. Why do you think that is? It's a shame.

Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2008, 09:06 PM   #5
benko's Avatar
Jan 2008
Wilmington, NC
Posts: 161
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

My parents live five minutes from Bristol Brewing Company in Colorado Springs. Whenever I'm home, we usually pick up a keg there and have a throwdown. They sell their beer in the standard keg sizes, along with growlers. They'll also fill up your cornies for you. As long as it holds pressure and looks clean, they'll hook you up. If you're ever in town, make sure you pick up a Laughing Lab or a Bee Hive Honey Weizen (and definately don't miss their Cheyenne Canyon Pinon Nut Ale if they've got it).

Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2008, 09:21 PM   #6
Beerrific's Avatar
Mar 2007
Posts: 5,562
Liked 54 Times on 46 Posts

I would love to be able to go to my local brewpub or local brewery and buy a keg. I would always have one on tap. But, it is illegal in Georgia (and many other states) for a brewery to sell directly to the consumer. If I want a keg from a local production brewer I have to get it from the beer store that has to get it from a distributor (adds $$$).

Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2008, 12:04 AM   #7
Jul 2007
Cheshire, OR
Posts: 120
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

The Ninkasi Brewery here in Eugene will fill a corny keg for $40.

Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2008, 12:42 AM   #8
Germey's Avatar
Sep 2007
Rancho Bernardo, CA
Posts: 699
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Must be a state to state thing. Stone sells kegs of all different sizes. Most of the other breweries sell direct as well, but I know there are some legal definitions like Brewery, brewpub, and other variations that affect what you can do.
I wish you could take a clean corny in and have it filled straight from the bright tanks, but I haven't found anyone that will do that yet.

Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2008, 01:28 AM   #9
natelatte's Avatar
Oct 2008
Oklahoma City, Ok
Posts: 84

In Oklahoma it's really hard. There are a few places that brew their own.... and I mean a FEW. German restaurants and I know of two other places. You may bring your own Tupperware, boot, growler, etc. But as far as I know there is NO place to do such a thing in the Oklahoma City METRO area. Then again our laws on alcohol are very antiquated. Anything over 3.2% by volume must be sold in a liquor store, or consumed on the premises of the bar.
"I would kill everyone in this room for a drop of sweet beer
- Homer Simpson

Primary:Edwort's Apfelwein X 2,
Secondary: German Altbier, Vanilla Cream Ale
Kegged and Waiting:Empty
On Tap: Oktoberfest, DunkelWeizen
Up Next: Hefe, Newcastle Clone

Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2008, 02:31 AM   #10
Jan 2008
Haymarket VA
Posts: 1,172
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts

Remind me to never move to OK or UT

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Anyone have luck buying grain/hops/yeast from local breweries? aeonderdonk Recipes/Ingredients 32 11-20-2009 07:05 PM
Do small breweries propagate their own yeast? jcarson83 General Beer Discussion 20 08-18-2009 02:49 AM
How do big breweries get such clear beer? Cpsurfer General Beer Discussion 32 02-06-2009 03:09 PM
How do small breweries maintain fermentation temp? phidelt844 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 12-12-2008 05:18 PM
buying beer miafunk2003 General Beer Discussion 46 10-01-2006 02:11 PM

Forum Jump