Craft Beer at Gas Stations: Do you want this?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by ohiobeer29, Jul 16, 2013.


Would you be excited if your local gas station carried craft beer?

  1. yes

    477 vote(s)
  2. no

    75 vote(s)
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  1. ohiobeer29

    ohiobeer29 Defender (680) Feb 2, 2013 Ohio
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    So had an idea that would be very convenient for a lot of us.. being able to buy your favorite craft beer at your local gas station.I have a list of questions.

    would buying your favorite craft beer at your local gas station cheapen the experience?

    would you even want to be able to buy your favorite craft beer at your local gas station?

    if prices were a little bit more or less then your favorite local store you normally buy craft beer at would this affect your choice to buy or not to buy and why ?

    what brands would you say would be the best brands to carry to create a well rounded craft beer offering?

    what is your favorite brand?

    how important would speical releases and back stage releases being able to be had at your local gas station affect you buying your craft beer at the gas station?

    if given a chance to vote your area gas station to be granted a chance at carrying craft beer would you make the effort to get those around you to vote?

    anything else you would like to add???
  2. TheBrewo

    TheBrewo Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2010 New York

    We have a gas station around the corner that carries probably 100+ craft beers, including the occasional rarity like dogfish 120 and doom.
  3. Tomhet

    Tomhet Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2010 Illinois

    I literally live about 500 feet from a gas station, so it would be perfect. However, there isn't a single craft offering to be found. If only...
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  4. vette2006c5r

    vette2006c5r Poo-Bah (2,246) Oct 14, 2009 Minnesota
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    Nothing like buying some Black Butte XXI and motor oil.
  5. j47paco

    j47paco Initiate (111) Dec 19, 2010 California
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    How would this be a bad thing? However, I'll pass on the beer if it meant lowering gas prices.
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  6. DrDemento456

    DrDemento456 Poo-Bah (3,469) May 15, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Hell yeah I would want this since beer actually at Gas Stations would open the doors to case shops being able to offer six packs at wholesale, thus lowering six packs shops prices and ...

    Damn I don't even think we will even get beer at Gas stations, it's still being voted on by congress...
  7. Iamstryker

    Iamstryker Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2012 New Jersey
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    beer and gas stations? what is this madness?
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  8. superspak

    superspak Poo-Bah (15,032) May 5, 2010 Michigan
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    I can already buy cold Craft beer at gas stations. Any well sized BP or similar with a convenience store around Detroit Metro will have Shorts, Founders, Bells every time. Most of the year round offerings. Freshness is debatable, but the higher traffic areas will have good freshness.

    Meijer tends to be my go to for impulse 6'er buying anyways. I will be there 1-2 times in a given week anyway, and Founders Centennial/Two hearted tend to show up under 2 weeks from bottling in there. Plus many more extremely fresh MI offerings on top of that. Founders is almost always under a month old for any year round release.
  9. domnalbrecc

    domnalbrecc Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2012 Pennsylvania

    In Pennsylvania more laws would have to change than those up for consideration. Fun archaic LCB law prohibits alcohol and petrol sales on the same premises....
  10. KS1297

    KS1297 Initiate (0) Apr 14, 2013 Wisconsin

    jeez, not even blue moon?
  11. fritts211

    fritts211 Aspirant (210) Feb 19, 2011 Tennessee
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    1. Depends on what I'm shopping for and my mood. Sometimes I look to just chat with my beer guy about various releases and what beer they like. I'd be much less inclined to do so at a gas station because they don't specialize in the field, so correspondingly there is a greater chance they would be less inclined to discuss said things (of course, craft enthusiasts can work anywhere). There are many times I want to buy my beer and race home for my fix, so wash.

    2. Options are nice, but increased distro of limited items (if allocated to gas stations) may lead to a stricter bottle limit of certain options. More people taking more of the pie, and able to give out less so to speak.

    3. Price is normally my grand arbiter of purchasing decisions.

    4. Stone would be a welcome addition (full portfolio), local breweries with a small aisle display or its own shelf space to encourage local purchasing. Location kind of matters though when talking about this.

    5. Whatever produces the next rar. whale, broz.

    6. Depends on how well I know the people that work there. If I get mine, screw you guys :wink:. Honestly though, overall impact would be minimal.

    7. No. Political action bores me.

    It's interesting enough of a concept, but I'd be pissed as hell if I was trying to run in to get a quick purchase from the gas station or fill up my car and a bunch of bearded beer geeks were blocking up the cash registers to buy as many bottles of BCBCS as they could carry.

    Edit: In regard for the poll, my write in answer is Mixed Feelings.
  12. Jules11788

    Jules11788 Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2011 California

    Haha, I see what you did there
  13. rrock44

    rrock44 Disciple (353) Oct 27, 2009 Washington

    Gotta give a shout out to BA member beer30store. I forget what gas he sells (Exxon maybe?), but he as a very impressive selection of craft beers-sixers and bombers. Prices seem to be more or less what groceries and the lack beer store charges.
  14. LaneMeyer

    LaneMeyer Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2011 California

    I want something like a beer station. You pull up and they have tanks of craft beer. I swipe my card and can fill up my growlers with B.A. stouts, DIPA's, and Barleywines. Then conveniently drive off. Why hasn't someone made this?
  15. fritts211

    fritts211 Aspirant (210) Feb 19, 2011 Tennessee
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    Because people like me would steal that tank and drive off.
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  16. Ming

    Ming Initiate (143) Jul 1, 2012 New York
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    Well not quite that but about an hour north of NYC, there's a few gas stations that have growler stations full of craft. And actually sell a ton of growlers.
  17. Tomhet

    Tomhet Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2010 Illinois

    Nope. The "best" thing I can think of is Summer Shandy, but what a goddamn joke. The only time I ever buy beer there is when I'm already drunk, among other drunk compatriots, and need more beer, regardless of the quality. Shit sucks.
  18. HaleNo85

    HaleNo85 Initiate (0) Sep 12, 2012 Ohio
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    There are a few around Columbus that do this, one even does growlers
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  19. Geuzedad

    Geuzedad Zealot (540) Nov 14, 2010 Arizona
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    Would'nt cheapen the experience for me any more then going to Total Wine or BevMo. Short of going to the brewery what the heck would be the difference? (Other then price perhaps?) Oh and my local Gas Station (Circle K) carries SN Pale and even Torpedo and at a decent price as well.
  20. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,698) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    You can find at least Great Lakes at a majority of the gas stations around here.. some gas stations around here have multiple craft beer options.. I'd say it's always been a pretty normal thing around here in NE Ohio.. it's nice, but the options are pretty limited to mostly local stuff like Great Lakes, Thirsty Dog, etc.. I think I've even seen Columbus IPA at a gas station before.. and then there's usually stuff like Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada always floating around too..

    Ultimately, I'd be shocked to walk into a gas station and not see at least one craft offering.. I guess I'm lucky..
  21. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Champion (856) Jul 15, 2011 Florida
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    There is a fast growing chain of convenience stores here (sometimes attached to a gas station) that carries craft beer. They're a little overpriced, but when they're open late, it is wonderful.
  22. HighWine

    HighWine Initiate (146) Dec 11, 2010 Illinois
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    It would be even better if with every 10 fill ups I could get a free Flat Branch Oil Change Oatmeal Stout!

    Seriously, though, I think the answers to your questions really are, yes, BAs would like to shop at a store with great selection and, yes, if it were convenient to shop there, that wouldn't hurt. The magic isn't necessarily in the gas station itself but what you can offer us as beer shoppers while we're there. Hell, if my dry cleaner or Home Depot posted this question, I would be just as interested.
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  23. dortenzio1991

    dortenzio1991 Initiate (172) Aug 12, 2011 Connecticut
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    Connecticut Just got Sunday Sales a year ago beer in gas stations in at least a few decades away
  24. BlindSalimander

    BlindSalimander Initiate (93) Aug 16, 2010 Texas

    Most of the larger gas stations around me have at least one door of craft beer. Others have 2. It's all the usual suspects but what the heck. 50% of something is better than 100% of nothing.

    Plus there is this one that is only 2 miles from the house.
  25. Spikester

    Spikester Poo-Bah (1,826) Jul 14, 2007 Oregon

    My favorite Chevron station has a few craft offerings, the best is Hop Stoopid at under $4.
  26. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (285) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    Gas stations, convenience stores, grocery stores, drug stores, Walmarts, I want to be able to buy beer from all those places instead of just liquor stores and a few drug stores.
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  27. zestd

    zestd Disciple (368) Jan 18, 2013 Idaho

    Here on the Palouse, every gas station carries craft. There is even a growler express with 7-8 taps in one gas station.
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  28. fx20736

    fx20736 Meyvn (1,026) Mar 7, 2009 New York

    There are many gas stations in my area that sell craft beer and at least 2 have growler service.
  29. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Zealot (595) Aug 13, 2009 Indiana
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    Well since the gas stations in my little town started selling macro stuff the liquor store has lowered its prices. Said local liquor store only carries Sam Adams and New Belgium as its craft offerings, so the pickings are slim and overpriced my about 2-3 bucks a 6-pack so if it would help improve selection and lower prices I would be very happy with a gas station craft selection.
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  30. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Champion (832) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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    The towns around me all have more beer stores than gas stations so it would be nothing to get excited about.
  31. GennyCreamAle

    GennyCreamAle Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2009 New York

  32. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,437) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Came here to say this. Nice getting growlers of Hennepin for a reasonable price at a place I pass all the time.

    Anyone who is against the idea probably kicks puppies.
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  33. ScottyG

    ScottyG Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2013 Michigan

    Most gas stations in my area already sell some craft beer. Who knows, maybe one day their selections will get larger. One can only hope!!
  34. Andrew041180

    Andrew041180 Crusader (700) Mar 15, 2013 Massachusetts

    When I go to a gas station I want to get gas and get the hell out. Gas stations aren't parking lots, and I don't want to sit in line while some guy leaves his car at the pump to agonize over whether to get an overpriced bomber or a more economical sixer. I like spending time at my local store and don't like buying gas. Having craft beer available at my gas station will not change these two truths.
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  35. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,437) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Actually, the more places there are to buy fine beer the shorter the lines will be at all of them.
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  36. slander

    slander Site Editor (2,096) Nov 5, 2001 New York
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  37. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    Well, I have a gas station 50 yards from my front door, so yes I would very much like this. But as it stands they do have a nice selection of malt liquor.
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  38. Roguer

    Roguer Poo-Bah (3,003) Mar 25, 2013 Georgia
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    While I love walking into a beer store with a great craft selection, absolutely positively YES I would love it if the local gas station carried craft beer! They don't have to have an entire section dedicated to it; you could still get your "experience" at the liquor store. But a nice little selection with SN, DFH, and the like? That would be heavenly.
  39. Andrew041180

    Andrew041180 Crusader (700) Mar 15, 2013 Massachusetts

    I meant I don't want to wait in line for gas. Buying beer is a pleasure to me, and I don't mind waiting in line at checkout. When I have to circle the gas pumps because there are half a dozen unattended vehicles and lots of cars driving in every conceivable direction I start to get aggravated.
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  40. Stignacious

    Stignacious Zealot (557) Aug 24, 2011 New York
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    The one closest to me offers a decent selection. The only problem is that they hardly rotate it
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