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. frazbri

    frazbri Crusader (740) Oct 29, 2003 Ohio

    I'd be thrilled if any local business carried more good beer.
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  2. smogfood

    smogfood Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2010 Wisconsin

    My nearest gas station is about 5 miles away, but they have New Glarus, Summit, Ale Asylum, Rush River, and Fat Tire. They're all about $2 more per 6 pack than the closest liquor store, but that's about 25 miles away so the price kinda evens out. I've turned many of my backwoods neighbors on to good beer so the turnover is pretty good. The selection is small, but pretty good and keeps me from having to make a one hour round trip, or drinking Budweiser.
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  3. claaark13

    claaark13 Zealot (504) Nov 29, 2007 Indiana
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    I was driving to Seattle from Vancouver in early 2010. We stopped at a gas station along the way and they had a respectable craft beer selection for a small liquor store. I'd say top tier for a gas station. They may have had more craft beer than macro. I was impressed. That's the only state where I've noticed that good of a selection out of +25 states. The one competitor would be the gas station in Milwaukee that was connected to a liquor store, but that doesn't really count.
  4. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,269) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    That would never happen here LOL (sarcasm alert). Bad enough that somebody fills up using their card, then goes into the store to buy scratch tickets, ten quick picks, a carton of generic smokes, a can of Amped, and beef jerky... The bigger stations have parking lots, but they really can't enforce the concept of fill it and if you are shopping, move your damned ride. As with most things, a two edged sword...would be nice but potentially aggravating.
  5. ProudBeerSnob

    ProudBeerSnob Disciple (364) Apr 27, 2004 New York

    Pandora's box has been opened. In the halcyon days of the 1950s, gas stations were exactly that. You get gas, a flock of attendants check your oil, wash windows, etc. No twinkies, Doritos, or milk. Just gas. How is the back up you speak of different from the current situation? People fill up, then run in to pick up a pack of smokes, a gallon of milk, chips, use the rest room. There are still a handful of stations that sell just gas, there always will be. You can go there, i'll be picking up a growler at my local Sunoco station, after I've moved my car out of the way of the pumps, mind you.
  6. mborden

    mborden Initiate (172) Jan 28, 2009 New York

    Around here in Central New York some of the Sunoco stations have what they call the "Craft Beer Exchange".
    They have a bunch of beers available for growler fills, and they actually do a pretty great job with the website keeping the tap selection up to date. It's something fun and different.

    Also, one of the best beer stores in Syracuse also happens to be a gas station, so there's that. But I think historically it was an awesome beer store before it got gas.
  7. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    Should your beer store sell gasoline? No. Should your gas station sell beer? No.
    Why? I'm a traditionalist. Gas stations should sell gas and oil and fix cars, beer stores should sell beer.
  8. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    Yes. Another reason that gas stations should only sell gas. Too many inconsiderate assholes out there who think they're they only people on the planet.
  9. sarcastro

    sarcastro Disciple (335) Sep 20, 2006 Michigan
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    There is a gas station by my work in Wixom that has a good selection. There is also one by where I live in Berkley that has a good selection and great prices.
  10. Luckytiki

    Luckytiki Initiate (105) Jul 15, 2010 Indiana
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    So it was you that stole Alpine's tanks! :grimacing:
  11. Jacurdy60

    Jacurdy60 Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2013 Massachusetts

    There was some shitty gas station on campus in Tuscaloosa and I walked in and saw they had bombers of Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti and Sneaky Pete DIPA. I was confused, but excited nonetheless.
  12. Andrew041180

    Andrew041180 Crusader (700) Mar 15, 2013 Massachusetts

    Thank you for being considerate and moving your car. I just think that adding another layer of stuff to buy would worsen matters. People don't agonize over twinkees versus ho-hos like they do DFH versus Stone (arbitrary examples).

    Looking at it more practically, I usually fill up my car in the 6AM hour on my way to work in order to bypass these problems. So this hypothetical really wouldn't impact me.
  13. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,437) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Maybe they will discontinue food and coffee too and make you doubly happy. To me the convenience of not having to drive out of my way 20 minutes to get a growler fill makes up for the 30 seconds additional it might take to get gas while a beer customer pays, but I was never good at math.:wink:
  14. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    How about convenience stores in general? Or is it once they add gas pumps it changes everything?

    What difference is it if they are inside buying craft beer or ordering a sandwich or getting coffee or whatever? I mean these stores wouldn't have five isles devoted to craft, just maybe a cooler or two.
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  15. Ford

    Ford Defender (693) Sep 8, 2012 Texas
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    I live 15 minutes from a gas station that specializes in craft beer and wine... You wouldn't know it unless you go in, but once you do, this Shell station has you covered. I probably pick up about 25 percent of my beer purchases there...

    It cost a bit more per bottle or six pack, but the owner knows his stuff and gets the good stuff... keeps stock rotated well also...

    It is good to support the small business owner when you can.
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  16. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    Why would it fucking matter where you got it?
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  17. Jeremy6566

    Jeremy6566 Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Arizona

    Totally agree about the big box of beer stores! And there is a Shell station in Gilbert with a great craft selection in good sized walk-in as well as having a walk-in humidor. Overall there a lot of gas stations that have at least some craft selections around the PHX area.
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  18. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    I'm not thrilled about gas stations with convenience stores either.
  19. BrettHead

    BrettHead Devotee (479) Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

    I can already buy cold craft at a lot of gas stations...

    @otispdriftwood, the margins on gas suck. Hence, all the other stuff; it is what it is.
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  20. rlcoffey

    rlcoffey Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2004 Kentucky

    In the real world, we pump our own gas too.
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  21. jmw

    jmw Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2009 North Carolina

    There are no 'beer stores' here. The store with the absolute best selection in town is a gas station, and they do it up right--good selection, well kept, great service, personal attention. The store is smaller than my living room and is always crowded. You do what you have to do.

    Now OP, are you sure you don't have any more questions you'd like to ask? That is a rather short and focused list...

    Also, beginning to see a problem with impatience in Massachusetts. You do realize that 'convenience' in the store type name implies everyone and not just you, right?
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  22. rlcoffey

    rlcoffey Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2004 Kentucky

    Would it be adding another layer of stuff though? Mine already sell beer, so adding craft isnt really a change. I guess if beer isnt sold at gas stations in your state, that changes things.
  23. rlcoffey

    rlcoffey Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2004 Kentucky

    Or is it convenience stores with gas also?

    That seems to be the more common case.
  24. ajtorres311

    ajtorres311 Initiate (0) Mar 13, 2013 Florida

    I've only seen one gas station that had any sort of craft beer and their selection wasn't bad. Unfortunately the gas station by my place only carries the finest selection of Bud, Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Lite aaaaaand Olde English. Yum!
  25. ProudBeerSnob

    ProudBeerSnob Disciple (364) Apr 27, 2004 New York

    Spot on the margins comment. This is why you NEVER see a gas only station. It's either a convenience store or a repair shop attached to the gas. NPR did a story not too long ago on this phenomenon. The big one now is the automated car washes. The station owner pays a substantial sum upfront,then minimal to run the facility and at at least $8 a wash, that gives a healthy margin. The biggest cost is water.
  26. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,118) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    I voted yes, but excited is the wrong word. I'd say I expect my local gas station/mini-mart to carry craft beer. They don't have to have a deep selection, but as long as I can walk the 5 minutes down the street and grab a sixer of mainline craft from Deschutes, Sierra, etc, that'll get me through the night. Luckily, here in the PNW, craft beer is so intertwined with daily life, you have to work hard to not find it. Hell, my local bookstore has a little cafe, yup, 6 taps, all craft.
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  27. rather

    rather Aspirant (262) May 31, 2013 California

    gas station very near me always carried snpa and torpedo for 8.99 6 pack so if I was in a pinch I'd pay more for it but now they also carry lagunitas ipa and hop stoopid. when hop stoopid showed up I like gasped and then cheered. not priced horrible either, best deal around is 2 for 8$ at bevmo but it's 4.79 at the gas station within walking distance.

    the station is chevron and the store is extra mile. it's a chain and most are getting stone ab and lagunitas.
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  28. Andrew041180

    Andrew041180 Crusader (700) Mar 15, 2013 Massachusetts

    For me it would - I don't believe that it is legal in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for gas stations to sell beer at all. At least I've never seen one selling beer. Regardless, I can see how many people would be excited if gas stations sold craft beer - I just don't happen to be one of them.

    I'm not trying to take the convenience away from anyone, in particular the guy who who saves an 40 extra miles to the closest store. I certainly wouldn't protest it if craft beer came to my local Hess station, but I may be the last person to find out, since all I ever buy there is gas.
  29. meanmutt

    meanmutt Meyvn (1,010) Feb 6, 2012 Ohio
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    I checked yes, and in fact my local gas station does carry craft beer. Two of the guys that work there a big time into beer. In the past year I've bought FFF Apocalypse Cow, FFF Zombie Dust, Founders Rubaeus, Bell's Hopslam, Stone Espresso IRS, and Stone Lukcy name just a few, all from the gas station.

    Sometimes they even hold special stuff aside for me because they know I might want it.
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  30. ohiobeer29

    ohiobeer29 Defender (680) Feb 2, 2013 Ohio
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    if other's can think of more questions that would be great.just had this idea after i went into a shell or sunco and they actually had a few craft beers that were decent and thought it would be nice to get gas and a good craft beer at the same time.
  31. ohiobeer29

    ohiobeer29 Defender (680) Feb 2, 2013 Ohio
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    I'm tempted to ask you where this place is it sounds wonderful
  32. imbrue001

    imbrue001 Aspirant (216) Aug 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    sure, if the beer is priced fairly. but I don't see how it would be being that most everything else in a convenience store is overpriced.
  33. DogfishJoe

    DogfishJoe Initiate (189) Feb 14, 2010 Ohio
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    theirs actually a gas station about 5 miles from me that has 100's of craft beer, only bad thing is most are old.
  34. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Meyvn (1,248) Feb 27, 2009 Illinois
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    Seems like most gas stations in Wisconsin carry New Glarus. Maybe not all offerings, but the year round and fruit beers at least.
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  35. zachary80

    zachary80 Zealot (504) Nov 29, 2009 Indiana

    No, because most of my local gas stations don't seem to care about their buildings or products, and there is no shortage of alternative places to buy beer. But it is certainly appreciated while I am travelling somewhere and don't have time to go exploring for a good selection.
  36. nhindian

    nhindian Savant (924) Feb 26, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    The Sheetz in Altoona sells beer
  37. YieldToNothing

    YieldToNothing Initiate (0) Mar 13, 2013 New York

    i was in seattle a couple of weeks ago and the gas station had a really nice selection of craft beers. it was awesome. prices were great too.

    shit like that doesn't happen in new york.
  38. harperman69

    harperman69 Aspirant (234) Feb 11, 2009 Tennessee
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    I own a gas station (c-store) and I sell craft beer. I make no money on gas these days, diesel is a different story. If I ran my store "traditionally" I would have to sell out, but thanks to my inside sales, it keeps my business afloat trying to compete with the likes of WalMart, etc.

    Times change, traditions are worthless.
  39. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,269) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    No...I really thought that the store with gas pumps was just there for me!

    So this will be off topic, but in line with the general them that has emerged here. I don't have any problem with convenience stores with gas pumps selling whatever they want to sell. If they weren't selling lottery tickets and smokes half of them would be belly up anyway. I have a problem with people being inconsiderate and leaving a vehicle blocking the pump island for a time. Lots of our places only have one or two pump islands and in my opinion it is rude if you leave your vehicle while you go in shopping, block the island, and screw up traffic flow. Move the vehicle so somebody getting fuel only can do so...that's all. I'm not expecting a NASCAR pit stop for refueling, but I don't want it to take twenty minutes waiting either, and one car in the wrong spot can create that long a wait. Hell, I have gotten yelled at by drivers for putting my earplugs, helmet, and gloves back on after THAT is can't go AROUND a motorcycle??? I always refuel the bike on an open side, not between islands.

    Common sense...crowded place busy at the pumps, fill up and move the car if you have further business whether it is craft beer or a lemon/lime Big Gulp. Seems simple enough to me. Everybody happy, happy, happy.
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  40. Andrew041180

    Andrew041180 Crusader (700) Mar 15, 2013 Massachusetts

    This wins the understatement of the year award. I laughed out loud when I read it. :slight_smile:
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