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Smudgey

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I get a dozen random craft beers arrive in a box once every other month. The first year it was a gift subscription from my wife - who actually set the Xmas-present-bar close to the moon that year. My mates wives hate her for it! Legendary. But - I've continued it as it such a great surprise that just keeps on giving. 6 Christmases a year. Judiciously selected, winning beers that aren't all to my liking, but its interesting to try so many different syles I wouldn't think to buy, from breweries I wouldn't come across and at 'box of beer' rather than 'single' beer prices. It's makes it fun to visit the beer fridge even if I opt for the less adventurous safety of the picnic tap!
 

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The entry-level threshold to the market for selling your beer is much lower in Europe. We pour at about four festivals a year and that keeps us afloat. I think beer and wine are cheaper in Europe because of it. It affords us the opportunities to purchase beers so that we can see what others are up to. We also do trades with other local brewers and we take turns hosting brew days in order to help each other out. The information that I get from here is amazing and it is nice to share that with our small brew club.

Oh yes, I noticed your location and the entry-level threshold to the market is definitely ridiculously low in Switzerland. I did not get involved myself in the steps necessary to go commercial because I am purely a homebrewer, but it seems to be really easy. Heck it seems to me that every second homebrewer here is opening some sort of micro- or nano brewery at some point. Some of them are going commercial not even after a year of homebrewing (!). So at the moment it is kinda a wild west situation here with respect to craft breweries opening... how many do we have...1300+ "breweries" for a population of 8 million, if I am not mistaken? That gives an idea of the situation.
Not that this is necessarily a bad thing!
The downside is that you can find everything on the market: from truly great beers to truly terrible ones. And of course you pay the terrible ones the same price as the great ones (meaning hefty Swiss craft beer prices).
Knowing which are the good breweries definitely helps a lot here. And luckily, there are more and more really good ones.

I'm not sure about other European countries, I believe most do have somehow stricter rules than Switzerland?
 
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I thought why not go all out and buy a keg

Same for me. Keezer out of beer I go to the local Liquor Store and order a keg of a favorite beer. Usually New Holland Brewing Dragon's Milk. (OK, the Keezer doesn't have to be empty) :) I also have a subscription to Tavour and get a great selection of craft beers (Dark & Intense) monthly.
 
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Bought a kegerator ( don’t have the time to build my own). It is a two tap unit and since I just brewed what will be my first legged beer today, needed at least one brew on one of the taps. Picked up a 1/6 keg of Cigar City Jai Lai IPA. Took a few pours and a day to get pressure right but pouring good beers now. Can’t wait till I get my own brew flowing from the other tap in a few weeks.
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If Y brews 4 gallons of beer 5 times per year, and this represents 5% of total beer consumption, how many bottles of beer does Y buy per year?

You forgot the part about the train leaving Chicago at 10AM going 30mph heading South...

PBR > Coors Light, so at least he has got that going for him.

Sometimes, a guy just wants a Genee Cream Ale.

Just sayin'
 

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I totally agree that for home brewers, what we brew is as good or better than most of what’s available commercially. That said, there are some really good commercial beers out there that I enjoy in between brews. Genesee cream ale and any Shiner product are my go to’s.
 

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OK, where are all the purists excoriating @225 for this heresy?
I’m on record many times saying I keep High Life on hand all the time. I don’t drink it all the time but its always there when I want it. Been around in one form or another since 1903 so there must be something good about it. To each his own. I only have 2 taps on my kegerator so I also have several bottle beers.

I’ll also occasionally buy a 30 pack of Schaefer for the nostalgia. It’s a decent beer at a cheap price. Hard to find around here, its hit or miss when they have it.

I thought PBR was actually one of the “hip” beers that made a resurgence and all the hipsters were buying not that long ago.
 
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I went to the city the other day and picked up several four packs, and left a C-note behind.
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Gluden Drak - Black bottle

I have a Belgian Quad on tap, as well as numerous bottles from over the years of my Quads, but just wanted something a bit different and as for the Celebrator, I have yet to brew a Dopplebock, but need to soon.
 

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Maybe he only uses it to cook hot dogs in...?


wait there's a seperate thread for that...."You Buy Hot Dogs?" or something like that..

 
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wait there's a seperate thread for that...."You Buy Hot Dogs?" or something like that..


Make hot dog soup, as referenced in the song below :)

 

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I went to the city the other day and picked up several four packs, and left a C-note behind.
St Bernardus Abt 12
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Gluden Drak - White bottle
Gluden Drak - Black bottle

I have a Belgian Quad on tap, as well as numerous bottles from over the years of my Quads, but just wanted something a bit different and as for the Celebrator, I have yet to brew a Dopplebock, but need to soon.
I just did a charity event yesterday where we brought growlers and shared them with donors. My quad was very popular and I had fun explaining that, it just being representative of the style, there are lots of delicious commercial versions out there. Though I pointed them in the direction of the Chimay blue label.
 

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Depends what I have going on with my homebrew. Some drinking sessions call for stuff I don't have on hand. People don't all dig the same beers I brew, or have on hand at that point in time, so I buy beer to have for others to enjoy.

Also, variety is the spice of life and some times I don’t have the time to make all the variety I'm after. I did try one year to only drink the beer I made and I caved in for Czech pils during the heat of the summer because they're so good.
 

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Canoe sex beer!
There’s a brewpub in Billings that has a house beer called “Canü”. The description says “something for your light beer drinking friends when you drag them in here kicking and screaming”. It pretty much is love by the lake. :cool:
 

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