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Title: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: jivetyrant on April 10, 2011, 01:41:02 PM
I've have an ongoing discussion with some of my homebrew friends on this topic for a while now.  I'm the type that loves to try new stuff, especially locally produced beers.  Some of my buddies balk at me when I come home from the liquor store with 80 bucks worth of beer.  (Heck even I balk at me sometimes.)

So what's your take?
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: bluesman on April 10, 2011, 01:56:31 PM
I usually purchase a  mixed six pack a week of varying examples across the spectrum of styles. It can get quite expensive for some of the exotic 750mL Belgians and micros but I am always looking to try new and different examples.
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: a10t2 on April 10, 2011, 01:58:04 PM
I'm about the same as bluesman, but it's more like a 6-pack or a bomber every 2-3 weeks, just because that's how often I get to town.
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: uthristy on April 10, 2011, 02:26:39 PM
I really don't buy commercial beer except for Belgian beer sunday, beer brought back from Belgium. That would be roughly 2 cases of singles, going for a variety of different beers to sample. Tonight its a  Malmedy Blanche, w/plenty of yeast in the bottle to culture-up ;)

But the last locally bought beer was  a 6pk of Bigfoot,Hoptimum, Hopslam, Sam Adams Latitude 48,Noble Pils and thats  all of last year.

Everything else is homebrew :)
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: corkybstewart on April 10, 2011, 03:14:22 PM
I can't buy singles here so that's not an option.  I really only buy commercial beers I've never tried or the occasional Trappists that I can't get around here.  Or when I run out of homebrew which doesn't happen often.
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: gmac on April 10, 2011, 03:16:05 PM
I don't know if any of the poll options really fit me.
The goal is to not buy commercial beer anymore.  The reality is that I can't keep up homebrewing and am drinking it faster than I can brew/keg it.  So I'd say I'm buying about 1/2 as much as I did before I got back in to homebrewing but I'm drinking 150% as much beer in total.  I don't go through commercial beer as fast as I seem to go through my own.
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: Beer Monger on April 10, 2011, 03:16:34 PM
I need another poll option:

-A bit less than I used to, but I still enjoy certain commercial brews and trying new offerings.

I Love homebrewing/my beer, but I also enjoy many commercial styles of IPA's, barleywines, Belgians, etc.  I don't go to the bottle shop quite as often as I used to, but I'm still a loyal patron of 99 Bottles (http://www.99bottles.net/) in Federal Way, WA.  
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: Beer Monger on April 10, 2011, 03:18:10 PM
I can't buy singles here so that's not an option.  I really only buy commercial beers I've never tried or the occasional Trappists that I can't get around here.  Or when I run out of homebrew which doesn't happen often.
Being unable to buy singles would bum me out.  Sorry to hear that.

At 99 Bottles (and most bottle shops around here), every bottle is priced per-bottle.  I can buy singles of everything/anything. 
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: gmac on April 10, 2011, 03:18:23 PM
I need another poll option:

-A bit less than I used to, but I still enjoy certain commercial brews and trying new offerings.

+1
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: corkybstewart on April 10, 2011, 05:51:45 PM
I can't buy singles here so that's not an option.  I really only buy commercial beers I've never tried or the occasional Trappists that I can't get around here.  Or when I run out of homebrew which doesn't happen often.
Being unable to buy singles would bum me out.  Sorry to hear that.

At 99 Bottles (and most bottle shops around here), every bottle is priced per-bottle.  I can buy singles of everything/anything. 
There isn't a "bottle shop" within 75 miles of here that I know of.  We only have 3 grocery stores and convenience stores that sell beer.  I think there is a store in Roswell NM but it pretty much only sells NM beer and wine.
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: denny on April 10, 2011, 08:14:32 PM
Sometimes I go months without buying any, sometimes I buy a lot on a short period of time, sometimes it's somewhere in between.  It depends on if I see something I really want to try or is a good deal, or just strikes my fancy.  I hadn't bought any beer since Christmas, but this week I picked up a 6 of SN Glissade and a case (plus 3 bottles) of Duvel.

Hope you don't mind that I added one more choice to your poll.
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: BrewingRover on April 10, 2011, 09:10:28 PM
I buy a lot less in general but when a seasonal favorite is around, I buy much more. SN Celebration, in particular.

My LHBS is also a bottle shop so I'll often buy random bombers and singles when I'm buying grain
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: blatz on April 10, 2011, 09:29:45 PM
I buy a lot less in general but when a seasonal favorite is around, I buy much more. SN Celebration, in particular.

My LHBS is also a bottle shop so I'll often buy random bombers and singles when I'm buying grain

could not have said it any better.  exactly my situation.

over the past year, I've been actively trying NOT to buy commercial except for those very highly regarded favorites.

when out at a bar, I try to support our local, but that is not often.
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: majorvices on April 10, 2011, 09:44:09 PM
First off, I drink almost 100% "commercial beer now "technically".  ;)

But when was homebrewing I rarely bought beer, except of course stuff that I wanted to try or that I really love (like orval or other belgians). That said, I would sometimes drop $200 bucks on commercial beer in one sitting at a decent beer store on stuff I wanted to try or stuff I just had to have again. but now I just can;t afford that. (Oh, the irony! Its killing me!  :P). But mostly I just drank (and drink) my own beer. Rarely do I have to stop by for a six pack of something to drink while I'm grilling on a friday night.
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: ajk on April 11, 2011, 11:25:34 AM
Inversely proportional to the amount I've been brewing lately.  And I usually buy a bunch at the AHA conference.
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: Malticulous on April 11, 2011, 11:35:05 AM
Not very much and when I do it's usually for style research.
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: narvin on April 11, 2011, 01:06:56 PM
Very little for my house... a single bottle of something special here and there when I see something I want to try.

Now... how much do I spend on drafts at beer bars?  I'd rather not do that math  :)
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: Mark G on April 11, 2011, 02:57:24 PM
I buy mostly singles, either 12 oz or bombers, unless it's one of my favorites. Then I'll buy a sixer or more.
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: ibru on April 11, 2011, 03:02:49 PM
I'll buy an occasional sixer and a couple times a year Costco will have a beer I like so I'll buy a case. A growler or two a month from nearby micros.
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: beersk on April 11, 2011, 03:12:36 PM
I still buy sixers now and then and dirty 30's of PBR in the summer.  Most of my money is spent going out to bars though.  I definitely buy less beer from stores than I used to, but my consumption at bars hasn't really diminished.
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: Will's Swill on April 12, 2011, 12:05:45 AM
...when I do it's usually for style research.

Er, uh, me too.   Yeah, that's it, style research.  Might need to do some research tonight!
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: jivetyrant on April 12, 2011, 01:46:29 AM
Speaking of commercial beer bills, I just stopped by the liquor store tonight on the way home to "just get a treat" for myself.  I walked out with 4 bombers. -.-

I snagged a bottle of Stone Vertical 10-10-10 for 5 bucks (!) an Avery Reverand, a Chimay blue and the only bottle of Sierra Nevada Ovila they had in the store. (I'd been looking for that one for a while, hadn't had any luck)

Cracked the Chimay with dinner, will crack the Reverand tonight.  Saving the Ovila and the Vertical for later this week when my best man is in town from Philly.

I had only planned on buying 1 bomber to have with dinner.  I walked out spending $46.

Sometimes I think I'm out of control, but I love it so~
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: atvnfamily on April 12, 2011, 02:30:28 AM
A lot. Only being in my third month of brewing, and still getting a bottle collection built up. Thanks for all the great info on the forum.
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: jeffy on April 12, 2011, 11:05:33 AM
I probably buy a six-pack of IPA or something per week that goes into the fridge at work to wind down at the end of the day.  Sometimes I'll pick up a growler or a larger bottle of something good for the weekend. 
I like to buy calibration beers for the brew session, especially when I'm brewing a new recipe.
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: gordonstrong on April 12, 2011, 12:19:33 PM
I like to buy calibration beers for the brew session, especially when I'm brewing a new recipe.

That's a good tip.  It takes a bit of knowledge and training to be able to put it to use, but it's a worthwhile target.
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: miguelpanderland on April 12, 2011, 12:45:19 PM
I'll still buy styles that I can't brew at home (lagers) with regularity.  Beyond that, it's sixers of favorites or sixers for style research.  I'm slowly building a collection of Belgian bottles I'll be able to put into rotation someday.
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: bonjour on April 12, 2011, 01:29:19 PM
I don't count, but . . .


10-12 6-packs roughly every other week.
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: bonjour on April 12, 2011, 01:30:08 PM
Oh that's all BJCP classic style for a course I'm teaching.
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: Tristan on April 12, 2011, 01:56:24 PM
  Sometimes I go months without buying any, sometimes I buy a lot on a short period of time, sometimes it's somewhere in between.  It depends on if I see something I really want to try or is a good deal, or just strikes my fancy.

I'm in the same boat.  In the summer it's usually a guilty 18 pack of PBR in cans.  When I go to the "big city" (I.E. Chicago/Minneapolis) I'll end up buying quite a bit of beer, but it's special stuff. 

By the way, the only option missing from the poll is "No Pants."
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: Beer Monger on April 12, 2011, 02:34:45 PM
The more I think about it, lately most of the 'commercial' beer I buy is purchased/consumed at bars. 

I've been trying to feqeuent some of Seattle's more well-known 'beer bars' lately (Coopers Alehouse, Beveridge Place Pub, The Dog & Pony, Latona Pub, Brouwer's Cafe, etc. etc.)
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: oscarvan on April 12, 2011, 03:04:35 PM
At home.... none. Only my own. Now, since I spend half my life on the road, I do buy beer commercially, of course. It doubles as research for the home brewing.
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: BrewArk on April 17, 2011, 04:26:13 PM
I don't count, but . . .


10-12 6-packs roughly every other week.

The standard reply when SWMBO asks "How many have you had?"

"I don't count them, I just drink them!"
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: chumley on April 17, 2011, 07:00:00 PM
I still buy sixers now and then and dirty 30's of PBR in the summer.  Most of my money is spent going out to bars though.  I definitely buy less beer from stores than I used to, but my consumption at bars hasn't really diminished.

+1.  The new case packaging of PBR tall boys is a winner, IMO.
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: alikocho on April 17, 2011, 10:55:59 PM
The more I think about it, lately most of the 'commercial' beer I buy is purchased/consumed at bars. 


This is where most of my beer purchases happen.
Title: Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
Post by: jayoun on April 18, 2011, 02:09:03 AM
I maybe buy a 6 pack once every 2-3 months, I am more apt to buy the more obscure small batch singles, as well as certain belgian imports.