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Title: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: flbrewer on March 21, 2014, 12:07:36 AM
When did you start drinking all home brews (or the vast majority of your beer intake)? I'm curious how many of you can replicate recipes you like enough to only drink them. I still find myself only wanting a handful of commercial beers that I like far more than my home brews at this point.

*It's hard to enjoy my meager home brews when I can get these that were canned a couple of weeks ago. (http://i.imgur.com/niWC0po.jpg)
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: Stevie on March 21, 2014, 12:11:58 AM
For me it varies. I can go months only drinking Homebrew at home. Then I go crazy at the bottle shop and come home with my wallet $100 lighter.

I'd say on average I drink 70% Homebrew.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: HoosierBrew on March 21, 2014, 12:13:59 AM
I have beer drinkers ADD - I drink my beers plenty, but I like to sample good beer from brewpubs and beer bars as well. My brewing doesn't take away my interest in fresh quality beers nearby. It's nice to get out of the house, no ? :)
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: Cidafa on March 21, 2014, 12:53:56 AM
I agree with Hoosier. While I drink a lot of Homebrew at home. It is nice to get out and sample other great beers out there. No sense on limiting yourself. Consider it "R&D".  :D
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: ynotbrusum on March 21, 2014, 01:25:51 AM
I like sours a lot, but don't have much at home, so as to that style, I have to buy for now as I ease into a Solara project for blending.  As to most other styles, I brew a lot of lagers, so I don't drink a ton of commercial lager beers, but I'm not a snob about commercial beer.  I rarely make IPA's, other than Denny's RIPA that I make for a friend and keep a few, so those are a commercial style that I will drink when I get a hankering for it.  But mostly I drink homebrew when I can and if I have a choice.....
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: euge on March 21, 2014, 02:46:51 AM
This year. So far have stuck to it but with me as a customer you had better keep up production...

Took the opportunity on my trip to sample some beers and they were all a treat. I allow that and will buy the hard stuff- such as wine and spirits. Otherwise commercial beer is of little interest to me. I just phased it out over time.

Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: chumley on March 21, 2014, 03:14:17 AM
I have found myself brewing less American,  British,  and Scottish styles,  since I can drink fresh craft brewed ales at almost every pub and taproom  I brew and drink lots of lagers and Belgians, as where I live, finding good versions of those on tap is difficult.

I don't ever see myself ever drinking only home brew, as I like going to bars too much. I do find myself going less and less to the fine beer store, though, and very rarely ever get a growler filled.

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Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: gmac on March 21, 2014, 03:50:44 AM
90% percent has been home brew for the last few years but I'm in a brewing rut so I have bought beer recently. I do buy some lagers for the cottage in the summer because I don't do lager well and it's hard to take home brew 
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: jweiss206 on March 21, 2014, 04:19:08 AM
When did you start drinking all home brews (or the vast majority of your beer intake)? I'm curious how many of you can replicate recipes you like enough to only drink them. I still find myself only wanting a handful of commercial beers that I like far more than my home brews at this point.

Only a quarter or so of the beer I drink is homebrew. My biggest trouble is that on my bike ride home from Downtown Seattle to West Seattle I directly pass (Pike, Elysian, Pyramid, Epic Ales, and Schooner Exact) and within another 15 minutes or less I can easily hit up (Seapine, Emerald City, Machine House, Georgetown, Lowercase, Burdick, Tin Dog, West Seattle, Elliot Bay and Big Al's) Yes, we in Seattle are lucky. I didn't even include the other 10 or so breweries in Ballard and Fremont which are just on the other end of town. I enjoy trying new beers and supporting local businesses more than I can possibly keep up with an adequate homebrew supply alternative. As a result of all this local beer, I tend to brew beers that they don't offer as much (milds, double IPA's, oaked beers, cream ales, kolsch's, flavored stouts, alts etc.)
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: el_capitan on March 21, 2014, 04:42:42 AM
I've been drinking homebrew at least 95% of the time for the last 10 years or so.  When I was first starting out I bought a lot of commercial beer to get a feel for different styles.  Every once in a while I'll pick up a seasonal like Celebration Ale, or maybe a sixer on a whim.  But overall, I enjoy brewing and drinking my own beer so much that it's not hard to pass it up.  A couple commercial sixpacks, or a batch of homebrew?  The cost is about the same for me and that's often the main motivation.  If my beer was crap I'd whistle a different tune, but it seems that each batch is better than the last, and there are always 5 more styles I'd like to brew waiting in the wings. 

Cheers!
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: deathlylost on March 21, 2014, 05:43:06 AM
At home I drink about 90% Homebrew, but I enjoy a good craft beer when I'm out places. I feel it's important for my home-brewing to taste a wide variety of non-home-brewed beer. Gives me a sense if where I'm at and where I want to be/go.


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Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: klickitat jim on March 21, 2014, 06:30:47 AM
As the only qualified expert on what I drink in the privacy of my own home I would say that approximately 72.39% of the alcoholic beverages that I consume were brewed by myself.

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Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: gymrat on March 21, 2014, 10:56:34 AM
I only buy beer at the store if I am attempting a clone. Other than that I go to the local brew pub once a week and Old Chicago once a week. I try 2 beers at each place. At home I pretty much drink nothing but my own beer.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: majorvices on March 21, 2014, 11:15:04 AM
I got to where I rarely drank commercial beers and almost always found I preferred my beers to most of what I could buy in the store. I still very rarely buy beer unless I'm at a pub. I have 4 taps in my pub room that are always pouring my beer.

There are still some sublime styles I must have - Orval, for instance. And I am always looking for beers I have not tried before. But 95% of the time I drink beers I have made.

Once you get the hang of the craft you will find it pretty easy to dial in recipes. Sure, there will be some drift here and there but you should be able to get dialed in where your beer is as good or better than what you can buy in the store. For me the key is freshness. You simply can't buy beer fresher than you can make yourself.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: theDarkSide on March 21, 2014, 12:52:33 PM
I'm probably about 50-50.  With breweries opening up what seem like every day and new bottles shops getting closer and closer to my house, there are just too many commercial styles to just drink homebrew.

Besides, I'm only 4 news beers away from "Master" on untapd ;)
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: dkfick on March 21, 2014, 12:55:51 PM
I pretty much never drink homebrew at home.  No clue why... I guess I enjoy tasting a variety of beers too much.  I mean I brew at least 2-3 times per month... I usually just bring lots of beer to homebrew club meetings and enter alot of competitions...  When I bring beer/mead to share... that's usually the first time I had any since kegging lol.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: geek_chaser on March 21, 2014, 01:22:12 PM
i prefer my homebrew, but i like trying new beers and getting an idea of what i want to brew next. or if i have a recipe in mind, i like to hunt down a similar beer and try it before i buy anything for it.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: erockrph on March 21, 2014, 01:30:59 PM
i prefer my homebrew, but i like trying new beers and getting an idea of what i want to brew next. or if i have a recipe in mind, i like to hunt down a similar beer and try it before i buy anything for it.

+1

I go through phases where I get into a style (or group of styles - British ales, malty German lagers, etc.), then I end up hunting down every commercial example I can find at my mix-a-six shops. At that point, I kind of know what I like and don't like in that style and I start working on homebrew recipes.

So I'd say I drink anywhere from 2 to 4 homebrews for every commercial beer. I end up trying 6-12 beers of a style, then brewing a case of my own. It varies a bit depending on style and season. I rarely buy commercial IPA's, since mine are so much fresher (and hoppier). And there are some commercial brews (Fullers ESB, Paulaner Ofest, Bigfoot, Gueuze Girardin) that I will always buy at least once or twice a year, even if I have a homebrew recipe that I like in the style.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: reverseapachemaster on March 21, 2014, 01:54:42 PM
The majority of my drinking is homebrew but somehow I always seem to have way too much homebrew on hand.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: blatz on March 21, 2014, 02:29:56 PM
along the same lines.  I drink probably 80-90% of my own beer, which i vastly prefer.  I do, however, go to my local brewery for happy hour most fridays after work.

most times i am disappointed by what I buy, because i inherrently like the way i produce that particular style better.   the cigar city you pictured is a good example - I know everyone is gaga over them, but they all too often let me down.  I guarantee you, if you hone your craft, you can make a better IPA than Jai alai. 

there are also a lot of breweries coming out now that make mediocre beer - beers that i will try to give them a chance, but won't be buying a second time. 

i do tend to buy a few things every year - at least one 12 pack of Celebration and a six pack of Bigfoot (I guess 4 pack now) because of nostalgia/tradition for me, and I have much admiration for SN.  Everything else is either 1 off stuff that i have a taste for but don't have on tap now, research, or simply i dont' want to make 10 gallons of that style.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: AmandaK on March 21, 2014, 02:30:27 PM
We usually drink only homebrew, but we make exceptions for limited release beers or things I want to drink, but not have 5 gallons of.

Lately, we've had a pretty constant supply of free commercial beer and other club member's beers, so drinking our own has been put on hold for a bit so we can clear out the fridge.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: Pinski on March 21, 2014, 02:31:20 PM
I got to where I rarely drank commercial beers and almost always found I preferred my beers to most of what I could buy in the store. I still very rarely buy beer unless I'm at a pub. I have 4 taps in my pub room that are always pouring my beer.

There are still some sublime styles I must have - Orval, for instance. And I am always looking for beers I have not tried before. But 95% of the time I drink beers I have made.

Once you get the hang of the craft you will find it pretty easy to dial in recipes. Sure, there will be some drift here and there but you should be able to get dialed in where your beer is as good or better than what you can buy in the store. For me the key is freshness. You simply can't buy beer fresher than you can make yourself.

So true, especially with imports. Those are a crapshoot.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: udubdawg on March 21, 2014, 02:39:27 PM
>90% homebrew for me.
making 4-5x as much as I drink is ridiculous enough.  if I bought much more commercial beer I might as well stop brewing.
 
side note:  picked up some Tocobago on Dec 26th that had been canned Dec 24th.  Great, great hoppy amber!
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: AmandaK on March 21, 2014, 03:01:11 PM
>90% homebrew for me.
making 4-5x as much as I drink is ridiculous enough.  if I bought much more commercial beer I might as well stop brewing.
 
side note:  picked up some Tocobago on Dec 26th that had been canned Dec 24th.  Great, great hoppy amber!

We need to start having "outsourcing parties" where we have people over just to drink our beer so we can make more beer.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: blatz on March 21, 2014, 03:08:10 PM
We need to start having "outsourcing parties" where we have people over just to drink our beer so we can make more beer.

or you can let friends take growlers home.  although that can sometimes create other supply/demand problems...
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: thetooth on March 21, 2014, 03:13:42 PM
I pretty much only drink homebrew, except for the following:
- I'm out at a bar or restaurant.
- I'm looking for examples of a style I am about to brew, or have brewed and want to compare to.
- Something unique is available.
- Sour beers.

So, all in all, I probably drink about 90% homebrew.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: jaftak22 on March 22, 2014, 12:55:59 AM
Until recently I was drinking much more store bought beer. Now I have 5 different styles that are ready to go at any time. So my commercial beer intake is down. Like many of you there are awesome breweries here in Colorado Springs so its hard no to enjoy local beer. That and its awesome to taste their beer and be like " damn that's horrible ". I can make one 10 times better than that
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: ranchovillabrew on March 22, 2014, 01:30:52 AM
I would say I am close to 50/50 on homebrew vs commercial.  Between meals out,  New releases from firestone,  ballast point and Sierra Nevada.  And trying beers for style comparison I end up drinking a lot of commercial beer.

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Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: thebigbaker on March 22, 2014, 02:20:19 PM
I've got some great breweries just within a short 10 minute drive of my house (Dry Dock and Copper Kettle) and a new one just opened up about 5 minutes away (Two22).  I try to support those local breweries, which is easy because they are constantly putting out some great beers and the people that work there are great.  So I would say that I'm probably at 50/50 give or take a few points.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: beersk on March 22, 2014, 02:51:01 PM
I have found myself brewing less American,  British,  and Scottish styles,  since I can drink fresh craft brewed ales at almost every pub and taproom  I brew and drink lots of lagers and Belgians, as where I live, finding good versions of those on tap is difficult.

I don't ever see myself ever drinking only home brew, as I like going to bars too much. I do find myself going less and less to the fine beer store, though, and very rarely ever get a growler filled.

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Same here. Lately, I've noticed when I got out, there's almost nothing on tap that I want. Hard to imagine a place not having a good oatmeal stout, hefeweizen, schwarzbier, helles, pilsner, pale ale, vienna lager, dunkel, or a porter, is it? Well, it is. Anything we have is either an IPA, Belgian, or commercial lager. But the only place I really go out any more in a nice little pub & restaurant that has Weihenstephaner hefe and Fuller's London Porter. All anyone wants anymore is IPAs and imperial stouts.
I drink mostly homebrew, but buy some here and there, and go out once a week maybe for a few. But most of my drinking is homebrew at home.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: corkybstewart on March 22, 2014, 03:21:04 PM
I probably drink 90% homebrew when I have enough variety, but if I am forced to go a long time without brewing or I've only got 3 or 4 different beers on tap I drink store bought.  I also ask the people I hire from around the country to bring me a couple of sixers of their favorite local beer(I pay generously for it) so I get to try stuff I'll probably never run across otherwise.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: klickitat jim on March 22, 2014, 08:41:27 PM
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Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: fistfullofhops on March 24, 2014, 11:44:21 PM
Probably 25% homebrew, 75% micros here. I am the definition of ADD. I'll have a batch of homebrew I like and after 6 or 8 bottles I'm on to something different. I end up giving away most of my homebrew.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: thetooth on March 25, 2014, 12:45:51 AM
I have found myself brewing less American,  British,  and Scottish styles,  since I can drink fresh craft brewed ales at almost every pub and taproom  I brew and drink lots of lagers and Belgians, as where I live, finding good versions of those on tap is difficult.

I don't ever see myself ever drinking only home brew, as I like going to bars too much. I do find myself going less and less to the fine beer store, though, and very rarely ever get a growler filled.

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Same here. Lately, I've noticed when I got out, there's almost nothing on tap that I want. Hard to imagine a place not having a good oatmeal stout, hefeweizen, schwarzbier, helles, pilsner, pale ale, vienna lager, dunkel, or a porter, is it? Well, it is. Anything we have is either an IPA, Belgian, or commercial lager. But the only place I really go out any more in a nice little pub & restaurant that has Weihenstephaner hefe and Fuller's London Porter. All anyone wants anymore is IPAs and imperial stouts.
I drink mostly homebrew, but buy some here and there, and go out once a week maybe for a few. But most of my drinking is homebrew at home.

I totally agree.  I'm tired of seeing 10 taps with 7 IPAs, BMC, BMC Lite, and Blue Moon.  It seems like nobody cares about any other style.  I don't blame the bars/restaurants, though.  From the bartenders and owners I've talked to, they blow through kegs of IPA in no time, and other stuff doesn't tend to move. 

It's funny. We've gone from no beer choices (nothing but BMC products everywhere) to a bunch of craft beers available in many places... but all we've seemed to do is add IPA to the old BMC lineup.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: beersk on March 25, 2014, 01:56:14 AM
You said it. Although, I was out to dinner last night at a fancier Mexican restaurant, wasn't planning on drinking at all, but was surprised to see that they had North Coast Scrimshaw on tap. I said, hell yes! Gimme one of those. That was a rarity right there.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: euge on March 26, 2014, 02:33:41 PM
I'm not a huge fan of IPA's anymore. Seems to me there is much more interesting beer around than one whose main claim to fame is an overdose of hops. Regardless, IPA's are everywhere and people are gulping them down like they are going out of style... ;)
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: hopfenundmalz on March 26, 2014, 04:06:30 PM
Mostly homebrew at our house. We do like to go out, and there is a nice multitap restaurant walking distance from our house. We went last night for some Bells Quiannanon Falls Special lager, which is a tasty 6.5% lager that uses American hops. Simcoe is used to dry hop it, but it is not so heavy handed that Mrs. R says "cat pee". One of the few Simcoe beers that she likes.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: bluesman on March 26, 2014, 04:33:36 PM
I enjoy my homebrew by and large, but I've always got my eagle eye on the lookout for any new commercial brands. We are not only amidst a craft beer renaissance of sorts, but also enjoying one of the best times to be beer drinker in the history of mankind, there are plenty of new brands out there to try, and I'm willing to taste any of them once.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: Pinski on March 26, 2014, 04:36:33 PM
I enjoy my homebrew by and large, but I've always got my eagle eye on the lookout for any new commercial brands. We are not only amidst a craft beer renaissance of sorts, but also enjoying one of the best times to be beer drinker in the history of mankind, there are plenty of new brands out there to try, and I'm willing to any of them once.

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Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: chezteth on March 26, 2014, 04:48:21 PM
I enjoy my homebrew by and large, but I've always got my eagle eye on the lookout for any new commercial brands. We are not only amidst a craft beer renaissance of sorts, but also enjoying one of the best times to be beer drinker in the history of mankind, there are plenty of new brands out there to try, and I'm willing to taste any of them once.

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Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: Multifaceted on March 26, 2014, 04:55:43 PM
It's about 55-60% of my beer intake is in homebrew. I brew at least twice per month, but I haven't the room nor funds for a kegging setup, so I bottle and the extra wait time 3-4 weeks often doesn't finish in time before my last batch has run out... also, I like trying new stuff and revisit favorite beers.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: dbarber on March 26, 2014, 05:54:59 PM
I drink mostly my own beer when home, but I always keep my eye open for something new and a group of us does a case buy 4 times a year.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: yso191 on March 26, 2014, 06:07:37 PM
I enjoy my homebrew by and large, but I've always got my eagle eye on the lookout for any new commercial brands. We are not only amidst a craft beer renaissance of sorts, but also enjoying one of the best times to be beer drinker in the history of mankind, there are plenty of new brands out there to try, and I'm willing to taste any of them once.

Yes. 

I probably drink 50/50 homebrew/commercial.   I like to experiment, and with only 1.5 years of brewing my own under my belt, about half the time the beer is not what I hoped.  I've never made a bad or flawed beer, but I have perfectionist tendencies. 

I also tend to give commercial beers more grace than mine.  I assume they produced exactly the beer they intended, so I'm just tasting what someone else's bullseye is.  For example I brewed a Brown ale a few months back.  It was OK.  My wife liked it.  Then I tried a side-by-side with Moose Drool - it was almost indistinguishable! 

I have an IPA on tap right now that is languishing for that very reason - nothing wrong with it, it just isn't what I want.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: euge on March 26, 2014, 06:24:03 PM
My friend with the discerning palate asked me if my last pale ale was Bass ale a number of times. That floored me because my opinion of the batch is less complementary. ;D But it is very drinkable compared to what I was brewing years ago.

Cutting out commercial brews is also a reaction to the prices. Anything actually imported- particularly from the Eurozone is crazy expensive and travel damaged. I'm seeing a lot more obscure domestic and local beer as the new craft breweries are coming on line. They ain't cheap either folks.




Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: beersk on March 26, 2014, 06:29:18 PM
My friend with the discerning palate asked me if my last pale ale was Bass ale a number of times. That floored me because my opinion of the batch is less complementary. ;D But it is very drinkable compared to what I was brewing years ago.

Cutting out commercial brews is also a reaction to the prices. Anything actually imported- particularly from the Eurozone is crazy expensive and travel damaged. I'm seeing a lot more obscure domestic and local beer as the new craft breweries are coming on line. They ain't cheap either folks.
This is why I brew a lot of German lagers. The ones we get aren't at all fresh and there isn't much for good German style lagers brewed in the US. All I see at bars are IPAs, Belgians, and commercial lager. Nothing I'm after.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: euge on March 26, 2014, 06:46:57 PM
Looking at my notes the Bass(esque) is an ESB brewed with Windsor yeast, chinook and fuggles. It was a split batch with BRY-97 which resulted in an impressive and completely different beer. Fermenting like this allows for consistency and experimentation.

Feel like I'm honing in on a consistent recipe that I'd like around all the time- one that won't get boring.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: morticaixavier on March 26, 2014, 07:46:58 PM
I drink commercial beer when I'm out of homebrew, when I go out, or when I'm curious about something. lately I've done a pretty good job keeping homebrew in the house so it's mostly grabbing an interesting bottle at the bottle shop or a pint when I go out to dinner/drinks.

Switching to 11 gallon batches has made it easier to keep beer in the house. I haven't gotten bored with a beer yet but I do get excited when something new hits the tap. I only have two beer kegs so variety sometimes suffers.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: brick pig on March 27, 2014, 05:45:09 PM
Very nearly 100% of the beer I drink at home is homebrew. We sometimes shop at one particular grocery store that usually has some interesting offerings in 20 oz. bottles. On occasion I will buy one or two of those. And of course there are times when dinner guests bring beer. But most of the time I only have my own beer on hand.

I'll drink beer in restaurants if there is something interesting available, but like others have said above, lots of places these days are offering two or three different brands of IPA, plus Bud and Bud Lite. Most of the time when we're out, if I order an alcohol at all, it's a cocktail or a glass of wine.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: stevenb on March 27, 2014, 06:41:09 PM
I drink a lot of my homebrew mostly and give some away to friends as well.  I can buy the stuff at the liquor store any time I want to research a style or grab a seasonal brew or something I haven't had before.  Most of the time I can't keep enough homebrew on the shelf! 
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: 69franx on March 29, 2014, 06:50:43 AM
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Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: ibru on March 29, 2014, 05:13:42 PM
I'm a recovering beer hoarder. I'm getting much better though. I used to buy beer by the case at Costco and drink a few and have a most of the case left sitting there taking up space. I still have about 2 cases of beer that's at least 3 years old out in the shop. I think I'm passed that now. If I want a commercial beer, I'll get either a big bottle or a six pack, 12 pack if I really like it. A couple months ago I saw Red Chair at Costco (in cases, of course), I love the stuff. I went to another store and bought a 12 pack. I think I still have a few left, but they'll get drank.

I guess I've finally figured out that my fridge space is valuable. More of theirs means less of mine. I try to have a variety of homebrew for guests (and me) on tap.

When we go out, if there isn't a beer of interest to me it's JD or just water as I not a pop drinker.

Bruce
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: sdevries42 on March 31, 2014, 12:25:02 AM
I am mostly a homebrew drinker at this point but do enjoy visiting local breweries and sampling.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: leejoreilly on March 31, 2014, 01:09:48 PM
I guess you could call me a craft beer drinker rather than just a homebrew drinker. While I enjoy my own homebrew at home, I also enjoy trying new craft beers and old favorites when I'm out. Aside from pure hedonistic enjoyment, I think it also helps to train my palate (in a BJCP style sense), tweak my curiosity and challenge my creativity for new or improved homebrew recipes. I do keep a nice selection of crafts beers at home as well, variety being the spice of a beer-ful life.
Title: Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
Post by: fistfullofhops on April 14, 2014, 10:52:51 PM
I have found myself brewing less American,  British,  and Scottish styles,  since I can drink fresh craft brewed ales at almost every pub and taproom  I brew and drink lots of lagers and Belgians, as where I live, finding good versions of those on tap is difficult.

I don't ever see myself ever drinking only home brew, as I like going to bars too much. I do find myself going less and less to the fine beer store, though, and very rarely ever get a growler filled.

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Same here. Lately, I've noticed when I got out, there's almost nothing on tap that I want. Hard to imagine a place not having a good oatmeal stout, hefeweizen, schwarzbier, helles, pilsner, pale ale, vienna lager, dunkel, or a porter, is it? Well, it is. Anything we have is either an IPA, Belgian, or commercial lager. But the only place I really go out any more in a nice little pub & restaurant that has Weihenstephaner hefe and Fuller's London Porter. All anyone wants anymore is IPAs and imperial stouts.
I drink mostly homebrew, but buy some here and there, and go out once a week maybe for a few. But most of my drinking is homebrew at home.

I totally agree.  I'm tired of seeing 10 taps with 7 IPAs, BMC, BMC Lite, and Blue Moon.  It seems like nobody cares about any other style.  I don't blame the bars/restaurants, though.  From the bartenders and owners I've talked to, they blow through kegs of IPA in no time, and other stuff doesn't tend to move. 

It's funny. We've gone from no beer choices (nothing but BMC products everywhere) to a bunch of craft beers available in many places... but all we've seemed to do is add IPA to the old BMC lineup.

I thought of this thread today while trying to pick out a 6 pack at a local beer store. The entire cooler was PACKED with micros, and almost every one of them was IPA. They used to carry a couple pilsners that I liked but they've replaced those with IPA's as well.

Doesn't anyone want variety anymore?