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Another sign craft beer is growing! (or) Good beer in unusual places?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by AleWatcher, Aug 15, 2012.

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  1. AleWatcher

    AleWatcher Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2009 Illinois

    I went to a gentlemen's club recently that had Goose Island 312 on tap!
    They actually had it $1 cheaper than Bud Light!
    For $6 a pitcher, it was certainly the most enjoyable experience I've had drinking 312!

    How about you guys? Have you been finding better beer in unexpected places?
  2. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,431) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
    Beer Trader

    My neighborhood supermarket has been carrying Boulevard Love Child #2, Collage, and Black Butte XXIV (among others) for weeks or longer. The beer section usually isn't much to write home about (standard Stone IPA, various locals and imports) but they've been getting a few of the one-off/limited beers lately. What's more, they stay on the shelves for weeks/months. I'm guessing this is because of the prices.

    P.S. is a gentlemen's club the same as a strip club? If so let's call a spade a spade. :wink:
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  3. jivex5k

    jivex5k Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2011 Florida

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  4. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Disciple (335) Sep 14, 2011 Missouri

    How did the 312 pair with the roast beef?
  5. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

    Yes and no.

    Grocery stores and liquor stores have done a pretty good job expanding the craft sections.
    The crappy dive bars are mostly sticking to their BMC around here.
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  6. kennylopez

    kennylopez Disciple (369) Jul 24, 2011 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    I was surprised Applebee's by me had some Defiant brew on draft. I never expected to be able to order a local micro especially on draft at such a big chain. I was happy to see it and hope it sticks around with more to come.
  7. Skull40

    Skull40 Initiate (191) Apr 1, 2010 Indiana

    The Bass Pro Shop in Portage sometimes has Gumballhead on tap.
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  8. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,031) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
    Industry Beer Trader

    My local BP gas station has had a steady supply of Hoptimum this year.
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  9. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    Go to NC Ohio. I mean Two-Hearted and In-Heat Wheat have popped in on tap in small towns, but still no Goose Island.

    I do see local NC beers EVERYWHERE in Durham.
  10. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Initiate (0) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    This is not a dig a BMC or Goose but I find myself less impressed by finding 312, Honkers,or what not on tap in new venues. It speaks more towards the increased marketing, distribution and sales force behind it than it does the growth of craft.

    In Kalamazoo Oberon is on tap everywhere, we drown ourselves in it. More and more often I am seeing Two Hearted as well. A local chain of restaurants/bars, who is notorious for their micro of the month special only to put the seasonal Shock Top on, has spread the legit craft offerings from about 2-4 to 6 maybe 8 at a time. Even the smaller bars seem to be more willing to expand and diversify, the market is growing.
  11. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,402) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    had surly bender and furious B4 my flight @ Ike's @ MSP airport
  12. Heatwave33

    Heatwave33 Devotee (456) Sep 13, 2011 Florida
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    No one will beat this story unless they had Hunahpu and KBS on tap at the Bunny Ranch.
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  13. ChanChan

    ChanChan Devotee (469) Dec 12, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    Yeah, it seems like its a trend everywhere I go now. Usually the choices are not great but as long as they have at least one IPA or a Pale Ale I am good to go!
  14. MrDanno96

    MrDanno96 Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2009 Ohio

    Almost every bar in the city of Cleveland has at least a few craft beer options. At the very least they all have something from Great Lakes—Cleveland is big on supporting local business like that. It is definitely nice to see craft beer popping up in traditionally BMC bars.
  15. goodonezach

    goodonezach Initiate (0) Mar 24, 2011 New York

    i saw the title of this thread and thought it was going to be about the home brewery in the white house. i couldn't have been more off.
  16. Mandark

    Mandark Initiate (0) Apr 8, 2008 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Locally, the Jewel grocery store chain has been carrying actual craft options. Different selection at each store, it seems: Sucaba and others near my house, Three Floyds, Half Acre and more near where I work close to Chicago. Last week I saw they had Gumballhead.....for $14.95!!!! That's the highest I've ever seen it.

    I cut out their silly promo bubble I saw in one of their circulars and attached it to my beer fridge: "Join the Craft Craze!!!"
  17. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,459) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    My fast/cheap car wash place has an entire section of craft beer bottles.
  18. 5thOhio

    5thOhio Zealot (501) May 13, 2007 South Carolina

    "I went to a gentlemen's club recently..."

    Ain't no real gentlemen within a mile of those places.
  19. Lantern

    Lantern Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2011

    Hoptimum and DFH 90 at a local grocer. Nuts for a grocery store here..,
  20. Gonzoillini

    Gonzoillini Meyvn (1,144) Oct 15, 2008 Illinois

    So was it Club 390 or Atlantis Gentlemen's Club?

    Always enjoying seeing the options get better and better at the closest liquor store to our families place in Northern MN (Liquor store is in Grand Rapids, MN and the family place is in Squaw Lake, MN). Found some Pretty Things randomly in a cooler there last year, will be interested to see whats available this year.

  21. dgs

    dgs Initiate (0) Jul 18, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Pretty much what I thought when I read the OP.

    GI recently made it to PA. I don't see it as more craft on the shelves, but more ABInbev.
  22. crossovert

    crossovert Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2009 Illinois

    at my local bp you can get any new glarus full year or seasonal
  23. Mandark

    Mandark Initiate (0) Apr 8, 2008 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Which is why Wisconsin rules.
  24. sunkistxsudafed

    sunkistxsudafed Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2010 New Mexico

    there is a phillips 66 here in town that has a "beer cave". they have the nessessities... deschutes, SN, Anderson Valley, Big Eddy, Marble, Santa Fe and other odds and ends. And there is a small hole in the wall mexican restaurant (a bit of a college kid / old couples' dive) that has decent craft bottles for cheaper than most domestics/imports. Except Pacifico and Sol, those are always $2. I was impressed that i could get SN pale or marble IPA with my fish tacos; considering this place only accepts cash :sunglasses:
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