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If craft beer simply is not available, do you...?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by MammaGoose, Jan 31, 2013.


If you're in a situation where there is no craft beer to be found, what are you most likely to do?

  1. Drink water. Nothing else is worth the buzz, calories, or money

    64 vote(s)
  2. Enjoy another beverage. Wine, cocktail, shots, etc

    123 vote(s)
  3. Give in and have a BMC-type (if that is what's available)

    45 vote(s)
  4. All of the above, depending on the situation

    98 vote(s)
  5. Other

    16 vote(s)
  1. Brunite

    Brunite Savant (430) Illinois Sep 21, 2009

    Social drinking; in order of preference:
    Craft Beer
    Iced Tea
  2. mychalg9

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

    Other: Rethink my past-life choices because I'm obviously in hell
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  3. I'm always down for a old fashioned or G&T
  4. ucfalum08

    ucfalum08 Aficionado (195) Florida Jan 20, 2013

    I usually go with water but depending on what I'm eating maybe a Blue Moon or Heineken.
  5. Rohkey

    Rohkey Savant (350) Michigan Jan 13, 2013

    It's a toss up. Sometimes I'll go with water, other times I'll go for the Leinies/Sam Adams/Blue Moon seasonal if I have to. The only time I'll touch a Bud (or something equivalent) is at a sporting event or strip club, where I feel drinking is pretty much mandatory. Fortunately the professional stadiums in Detroit (and a lot of places around here, it seems) are starting to expand their beer offerings to microbrews.
  6. If im out at a bar late and dont find craft there (like if theres nothing interesting on at the Whiskey in Durham), in this order:
    1) ask the bartender to chill the entire bottle of Sambuca Black or White, and pour over ice with a splash of water
    2) Galliano on the rocks
    3) Tangueray/Bombay Sapphire and Tonic
    4) Woodford or Jefferson's Rye neat
    5) Vanilla Coke
  7. Schwantz

    Schwantz Savant (390) Florida Dec 16, 2012

  8. slim2043

    slim2043 Savant (430) Connecticut Jul 23, 2012

  9. Ri0

    Ri0 Poobah (1,165) Wisconsin Jul 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    Usually I will only have water. If I feel like spending money with a decent meal then I will drink some wine.
  10. FanofHefe

    FanofHefe Champion (870) Illinois Feb 13, 2010

    Bourbon. But I'm kind of picky about that, too, with Makers Mark about the lowest I will go on quality bourbons. If they only have whiskey, I'll usually go with a cabernet, if available and fitting for the meal. Otherwise, water.
  11. I love Beer!
  12. CreightonSM

    CreightonSM Savant (410) New York Dec 23, 2010

    Pabst or Wild Turkey 101 will do just fine.
  13. Bourbon straight or a Hendricks and Tonic.
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  14. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Advocate (525) Indiana Jan 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    Had some spicy crawfish the other night and washed them down with Coors Light.
    My first twist off cap in a long, long, long long long long time!

    Hit the spot!

    Note: it was that or sorry ass Budweiser!
  15. Wine or gin straight.
  16. Reinbeck11

    Reinbeck11 Savant (465) Iowa Aug 15, 2012

    This always seems to be an issue on almost all the public golf courses around here and most of the private ones. I usually give in and go Bud, or even Bud Select. Sometimes they got Hienie but they are almost always skunked. Occasional Dos Equis, I'm good if they got that.

    Vodka Lemonade fills in well at the private courses (publics usually don't have liquor).
  17. solargoat

    solargoat Savant (255) Wisconsin Dec 31, 2008

    It would depend on if I have to pay for it, or if it's free at a party.
    If I have to pay, i would go with nothing.
    If it's free I would imbibe something else.

    Oh and don't get me started on golf courses I would rather die than drink at a golf course.
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  18. Reinbeck11

    Reinbeck11 Savant (465) Iowa Aug 15, 2012

    If you play golf like me you have to drink to forget your score. Course double digit numbers are beyond my education, so double par is max score. Thats why I usually only buy 4's and 6ers.
  19. scud

    scud Savant (380) Indiana Sep 22, 2010 Beer Trader

    You seem like a white russian type of dude...
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  20. Dtapeski

    Dtapeski Aficionado (230) Colorado Oct 26, 2012

    Initially thought about writing that, but it felt so wrong.
  21. Bourbon on the stones.

    If I want something sweet, Jack Daniels with a quick shot of ginger ale.

    Or, if the bar/restaurant has some interesting cocktails, I may go that direction.
  22. mwar

    mwar Savant (390) Kentucky Jun 15, 2012

    No problem drinking BMC. I Enjoy craft beer as much as the next guy, but can have a good time drinking BMC as well. Cowboy up sissy boys!
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  23. Well if I am going somewhere that doesnt have craft beer and my intention is to have a drink then its probably because they have specials for $1 Buds or 1/2 price mixed drinks or something, and Im fine with those if it means I get drunk for under $10. Guess Ill go with it depends on the situation.
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  24. In the case of this concert venue where i know its all overpriced bmc. prefunk on good stuff and have like one shitty beer the entire night to tide over and focus on the music!
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  25. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poobah (1,135) New York Aug 25, 2010 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Before beer, I was a single-malt Scotch guy - so that'd be my go-to drink.

    I also really enjoy anejo tequila (neat, of course ;)), and gin - ah, yes, gin - in a martini or straight, ice cold gin is oh-so good...
  26. Brunite

    Brunite Savant (430) Illinois Sep 21, 2009

    I invested in a case of these babies for the golf bag. Nice stubby size tucks inside and can be consumed inconspicuously. Otherwise....I intentional shank one into the woods and pop one down unseen. Fore!

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  27. mnguyen281

    mnguyen281 Savant (300) Texas Apr 9, 2009

    Scotch, cognac, brandy, mixed cocktails, macro beers ill drink it all.
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  28. Shoo65

    Shoo65 Savant (315) Indiana Oct 23, 2011 Beer Trader

    Politely ask for water honestly
  29. brewsader

    brewsader Savant (310) New York Dec 7, 2012 Beer Trader

    bourbonnnnnnnnnnnn. or g&t's if they have nice gin.
  30. HumphreyLee

    HumphreyLee Advocate (520) Pennsylvania Jan 15, 2011 Subscriber

    Bourbon and Sierra Mist.
  31. I really don't drink other kinds of alcohol, so I would probably get a soda or iced tea.
  32. BklynTerp

    BklynTerp Aficionado (235) New York Oct 14, 2012

    Jamos, Gin and Tonics or BMC, no problem with any of it. Have to be cost effective
  33. mmireles

    mmireles Aficionado (220) Texas May 18, 2005

    eh, since Dos XX isn't considered a craft beer... i'll typically just have one of those if i'm at a place with a limited beer selection.
  34. Dexterityviking

    Dexterityviking Savant (290) Wisconsin Oct 15, 2012 Beer Trader

    Jack with 1 rock
  35. 12tb

    12tb Savant (290) Iowa May 18, 2011 Beer Trader

    I love "craft" bourbon almost as much as craft beer. If they can make a good old fashioned, I'll order that over an OK craft beer.
  36. RockAZ

    RockAZ Savant (470) Arizona Jan 6, 2009 Beer Trader

    Hard liquor, and the best of all possible worlds would be vodka and a craft brewed root beer-draft or bottled. I look to White/Black Russians next, and if neither of those are forthcoming I will rarely remain in that place. A few times the bartender brought me something with lemon or apple that rocked my night, some Old Fashioneds kept me seated, but that is rare mostly because I bailed not wanting to stick around to see what I might be subjected to next - Karaoke? Oh the Humanity!
  37. Nice, Ive snuck duvel into bars before ;). Haven't done it lately tho!
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  38. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Advocate (635) New Jersey Mar 6, 2008 Subscriber Beer Trader

    That's what i do too. I realy enjoy wine but just can't see myself drinking it at a bar.
  39. peensteen

    peensteen Advocate (595) Ontario (Canada) Apr 3, 2010 Beer Trader

    I'll drink whatever beer they have but I sure will bitch about it.
  40. all of the above.

    if i'm feeling like enjoying a particular style or brew and it isn't available, i'll usually just get water or tea. If i'm at a cookout and it's hot out I'll enjoy a corona or some dos equis. Similarly, if i'm at a small dive bar with 4 taps, the best of which is Amber Bock... I'll probably just get whatever the bartender and i can think up, or a shot of whiskey.