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How often do you blindly buy beer? Find any gems doing so?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by RochefortChris, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Champion (850) North Carolina Oct 2, 2012 Beer Trader

    This topic has probably been discussed already and if so, sorry. How often do you blindly buy beer? I ask this because some people including myself find ratings to be biased and reflect one's own personal taste. Do you buy blindly from breweries you know of or have never heard of or both? Have you found any gems buying blind?

    When ever I buy beer I almost always buy singles and seldom ever buy a 4/6 pack because I like to try new stuff and have a variety. Buying blind is one of the most fun parts of the beer world because I've found some awesome stuff doing so. I will say occasionally it has backfired and still does so refer to the bit about buying singles
  2. CurtFromHershey

    CurtFromHershey Advocate (590) Minnesota Oct 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    Blindly bought Shipyard Pumpkinhead back in Sept or Oct... oops.
  3. Porkhustle

    Porkhustle Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012

    I'll try any beer that's above the 80 mark
  4. Brenden

    Brenden Champion (860) Ohio Feb 25, 2008 Subscriber Beer Trader

    I may know something by reputation, but I always shop for beers I've never had before. Always. Interestingly, I rarely get beers I've had before; when I do, it's usually something on tap. Certain beers I will buy every release. Sometimes I must try something from a brewery I love. Sometimes I must try something because someone's recommended it to me. When I do my weekly, random beer shopping, though, it's always to look for new beers, whether i've heard of the brewery or had anything from them or not.
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  5. tectactoe

    tectactoe Champion (870) Michigan Mar 20, 2012

    A long time ago I purchased Delirium Tremens because I liked the bottle. Turned out pretty well.
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  6. curiousdog

    curiousdog Aspirant (25) Sep 21, 2012

    First time I tried Ten Fiddy I had never heard of it before. I always like trying new stuff, so I'm always on the look out for a blind buy.
  7. hctap00

    hctap00 Aficionado (205) Maryland Nov 2, 2012

    I have this bad habit of looking up a beer I have never heard of on BA before I even consider buying it. From the store. On my phone. I am not much of a risk taker in this regard.
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  8. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Advocate (515) California Jan 1, 2011 Beer Trader

    Exactly how I am. If had a store close to be that sold beer by the 12 oz. bottle, id definitely be more apt to blind buy.
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  9. Dennoman

    Dennoman Advocate (525) Belgium Aug 20, 2011

    Except for the occasional big-time want that I trade for, almost all my purchases are completely blind. I buy them because I've heard of it, or because I like the brewery. I guess I'm on the non-ticking side of the "try as much as I can" spectrum.
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  10. Never. If I havent heard of it or if im unsure if its any good, I look it up on that other site.
    It has saved me countless times.
    Example: Infinium
  11. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (975) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    When I first got into craft I would blindly buy beer all the time. Now that I have had to trim my beer budget (kids will do that) I have to be way more selective of what I buy. I hate relying on ratings because everyones tastes are different but I definitely use them as a guideline. If it is a 80 or below it is a no buy, though I do make exceptions if it sounds/looks interesting enough.
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  12. creepinjeeper

    creepinjeeper Champion (950) Missouri Nov 8, 2012 Subscriber Beer Trader

    I buy blind all of the time and I enjoy the adventure of it, that's what being a noob is all about! I don't use the reviews or ratings. I prefer the "what are you drinking now . . ." posts. It's like walking through a virtual liquor store and getting recommendations from friends. (My girlfriend calls it beer porn . . .:)) Besides, I have a not-so-smartphone, so I can't take BA with me while beer hunting. Sometimes, I put together a six'er. Sometimes, I buy a whole six-pack. (Brown Shugga, Tasmanian IPA). Sometimes, I buy because the bottle or label intrigues me. (Delirium Tremens).
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  13. Preluderl

    Preluderl Advocate (685) Pennsylvania Sep 27, 2012 Beer Trader

    Blindly bought Elysian The Great Pumpkin on a whim back in October. Great decision, easily my favorite pumpkin beer and fall seasonal.
  14. HopDiggityDawg

    HopDiggityDawg Savant (265) North Carolina Nov 3, 2010 Beer Trader

    BA phone app to check score. Reviews are definitely subjective by nature but if a beer has a good review count it generally is very closeon to what I will eventually rate it. I also read through for qualities, that's why I love the s,t,m,o format. I love hoppy citrus forward IPAS/DIPAs so if I read: unbalanced, hops are overpowering, not enough malt backbone, etc. then I will snatch that beer off of the shelf and give it a go.
  15. mainly moved to purchase by style and occasionally by brewery and distribution/importer company. if its brought in by the Shelton brothers and im in the mood for the style it usually moves to the front of the line
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  16. Occasionally I buy totally blind, but its becoming more infrequent.
    I typically start with a style I'm grooving to sip, then I go for my preferred brewers variety, or a brewery I have heard positive things about.

    But the last time I did a blind buy I went on witnessing another gent grab 6 lil' bombers (500mL) of a brew I hadn't seen on shelves or heard of before. That was 2 days ago. Will try it out this weekend.
    May be good. Couple reviews by beertubers speak very highly of it. :)
  17. goalie33

    goalie33 Savant (350) New York Dec 3, 2009

    I recently stumbled upon this beer called Black Boss Porter, a baltic porter from Poland. I had to get it because, frankly, I'd never seen a beer from Poland before. It was actually quite good, and if anyone stumbles across this one, it's definitely worth a look.
  18. if my local store did singles, i'd probably try a lot more beers blind rather than looking them up. it sucks spending $12 on a six pack of something that turns out to be crappy.
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  19. Always read the description of bottles with pretty labels...
  20. Catchy_Name

    Catchy_Name Advocate (520) California Dec 21, 2011 Beer Trader

    I hadn't done any research on it at the time this beer came out, but Karl Strauss 23rd Anniversary Olde Ale. Most of their beers to that point had been just ok to me. I bought it because it was only 8 bucks, and it was so good, I nearly kicked my own ass for buying only one bottle.
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  21. Hotmetal1

    Hotmetal1 Advocate (665) Mississippi Feb 28, 2012 Beer Trader

    Quite often.
  22. Dope

    Dope Advocate (670) Massachusetts Oct 5, 2010

    Years ago, I blindly bought a Bourbon County Stout at the suggestion of a fellow patron at a store. I had never heard of it. I think it was 2008 or 2009 (it was a bomber, not 4pk). Talk about a good blind buy.

    Around the same time I bought a Ruination because of the cool bottle. It was horrifying. This was years before I developed a taste for IPAs of course...

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  23. Myst

    Myst Savant (425) Maryland Dec 13, 2011 Beer Trader

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  24. MaxOhle

    MaxOhle Savant (410) Illinois Nov 10, 2012

    Last beer run I bought a six pack of Kronenbourg 1664 (was a bust, but had to try a French beer), bought La Fin Du Monde (ehh, not a huge fan) bought a Weihenstephaner Vitus which was great, and a six pack of Firestone Union Jack IPA, a good buy. Thats the fun of beer hunting though, sometimes its a bust, sometimes you find something you love.
  25. seakayak

    seakayak Savant (440) Massachusetts May 20, 2007

  26. Resuin

    Resuin Poobah (1,120) Massachusetts Jun 18, 2012 Beer Trader

    Until I discovered Beer Advocate, all I did was blindly buy beer. This definitely led to some great, and not-so-great experiences. As interesting as that was, it is more cost-effective to do a little research before purchasing.
  27. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Champion (800) Colorado Jan 20, 2012 Beer Trader

    I too have found that reviews are biased towards the reviewers tastes. I don't even check any more. I could care less who likes the beer. If its a new brew from a brewer I like, I will try it. Guess what? Sometimes it sucks, but usually it's at least good. If it's from a new brewer I will try something that is within the styles I enjoy the most. If they don't make a style I enjoy taste good, chances are I won't like much else from them.
  28. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poobah (1,270) Indiana Aug 11, 2012 Beer Trader

    Had never heard of Unibroue when I bought a 6 pack sampler (I was in a Belgian phase). 4 Beers of Fame.
  29. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (770) Illinois Apr 8, 2010 Beer Trader

  30. I once tried to buy blindly, but was promptly kicked out after knocking over 2 shelves and breaking a Coors Light football display.
  31. PatrickBeebe

    PatrickBeebe Savant (425) Florida Sep 27, 2012 Beer Trader

    just about every time. I dont have a smartphone so I cant just look things up in the store. Turned out well several times, and definitely a few failures as well.
  32. All the time. I only buy singles so it minimizes the damage for shitty beers.
  33. GRG1313

    GRG1313 Poobah (1,030) California Jan 15, 2009 Beer Trader

    I always buy blind. Sure, I'll buy a beer I know and like for a particular purpose. However, I buy everything and anything. I don't want to know ratings and scores; I don't even want to know other people's opinions. I trust myself more than anyone else and I like making up my own mind and I go out of my way to not be influenced. Yes, there are people in whom I place a lot of trust and credibility and I suspect that if they recommend a beer I'm almost certain to like it; or, if they slam a beer I almost always will agree. Thus the reason I try to find beers to taste without being influenced first. Tasting blind is probably my most fun, especially when you find that gem!
  34. beercanman

    beercanman Savant (485) Ohio Dec 17, 2012

    Same here. Got burned on that one
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  35. beercanman

    beercanman Savant (485) Ohio Dec 17, 2012

    I always pick up a 6 of an old faithful (snpa, Dales, ect) and then a 6 of random stuff I have never had. So yes I blind buy all the time
  36. bayareahustla

    bayareahustla Savant (375) California Jul 13, 2012 Beer Trader

    This is me to a T, 100% me. (even the GF calling this beer porn)
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  37. djaeon

    djaeon Champion (755) California Oct 2, 2006

    I'd say 50% of the time I'm buying beers that I never had before. I rarely look beer up while in a store. Occasionally I'm blown away, occasionally I dislike something. Usually they fall into the generic "Good" range, where I'm glad I tried it, but wouldn't necessarily seek it out again.
  38. CircusBoy

    CircusBoy Savant (340) Ohio Mar 10, 2008

    I did too.... fml..
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  39. Rosty

    Rosty Savant (250) California Nov 29, 2006 Beer Trader

    When i go to the store I try to buy a least one beer I have never heard of or seen so as to expand my beer palate and knowledge. Sometimes it works out sometimes it does not.
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