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. Roguer

    Roguer Poo-Bah (2,777) Mar 25, 2013 Georgia
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    I found out about Sunoco A+ Craft Beer Exchange from this thread yesterday morning; by yesterday afternoon, I had grabbed a number of beers I can't get at home.

    No, this is no different than going to a good liquor store (although, I did gas up my car while there). Yes, it's still awesome.
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  2. jucifer1818

    jucifer1818 Initiate (0) May 15, 2011 Florida

    You are starting to see this, in small steps. Its not to hard to find some SA, Sierea Nevada, and Dogfgish head brews in most gas stations......its only a matter of time before you can find more.
  3. Brenden

    Brenden Poo-Bah (3,684) Feb 25, 2008 Ohio
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    Toledo, OH was something of a craft beer wasteland until maybe 5-7 years ago. Slowly but surely, more bars started carrying real craft beer. Bars put in more tap lines. New bars put on more taps. New restaurants came onto the scene wanting to pair good beer with their food. Even the only brewery in town finally got a brewmaster who knew how to brew better than middle-of-the-road stuff. Now we've even got a few nanos distributing stuff locally. Five or more years ago, NO gas station carried anything more "craft" than Boston Lager. I could never think of any place carrying a selection of craft beer as a bad thing. More of a good thing, no matter where you get it, is always better than none of a good thing.
  4. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2010 Oklahoma

    This will happen in my state the day I win big on Power Ball, inherit Hefner's estate, and become an immortal superhero.
  5. Thehuntmaster

    Thehuntmaster Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 South Africa

    I would love this, but some geniuses in the South African government recently introduced a law that says alcohol may not be sold on the same property as a petrol station :confused:
    I would love to hear their reasoning for this...
  6. DistillersOutlet

    DistillersOutlet Initiate (0) Jul 17, 2013 California

    Gas Station Whales !!!!

    Not for it ...

    "Let me get that abyss and $20 on pump 9"
    Oh & don't forget the Danish lol Cheers !!!
  7. WelshBrewer

    WelshBrewer Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2013 Oregon
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  8. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (4,793) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    I'm curious, why wouldn't you want to grab an Abyss (or insert beer here) while you grabbing 4 gallons of gas? You're already there (don't have to burn gas to go to another store grab the Abyss), it's the same beer, and it's probably the same price. Don't get me wrong, I love my local bottle shop (Holla Elizabeth Station!), but I can grab a lot of really good beers without trucking on over there.
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  9. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,431) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    A few gas stations around Seattle have a pretty decent beer selection already, but so do most grocery stores, convenience stores, hole-in-the wall sandwich shops, bottle shops, liquor stores, etc. I'd know more about it but I generally just pay at the pump and can probably count on one hand the number of times in the past few years that I've actually walked inside the gas station food/beverage area. I guess I just assume prices will be higher, since convenience store prices usually tend to be higher than most other places. So I'd vote "don't care" if that option were available.
  10. BeerGuyEsquire

    BeerGuyEsquire Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2012 Minnesota

    I've always loved this about my across-the-river-neighbor-to-the-east. Walk into any gas station and there is a build your own sixer of new glarus, next to a display of raspberry tart and serendipity. If you go off the beaten path, you find thumbprint series sitting there collecting dust. Hello DIPA and Berliner!
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  11. TommyLiam

    TommyLiam Initiate (0) Jun 10, 2013 Arizona

    In Seattle if you run a gas station and don't stock craft you're the exception.
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  12. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 New York

    Aww, poor craft Craig doesn't want the football team to start liking good beer. Only him and beard boy with gift for detecting subtle pear notes can like critical beer.

    I pull this thread's pants down
  13. Herky21

    Herky21 Crusader (717) Aug 7, 2011 Iowa
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    Turnover. A good bottle shop centralizes the market and then turns over beers that by definition do not have long shelf lives. A gas station might be convenient for some people, but the point of having craft beer at "your" gas station redistributes the product and would inevitably lead to a lot of shelf-sitters that may never be purchased - unless that particular gas station builds a reputation for having craft beer (becomes a centralized market) or only orders in very small quantities to account for the fact that the majority of the customers walking in will not be interested in that particular product.
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  14. jncastillo87

    jncastillo87 Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2013 Texas

    It wouldnt be terrible if freshness wasnt an issue .. you know there would be some 2 yr old stone ruination on the shelves .. thats my only issue.
  15. xgeneralzodx

    xgeneralzodx Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2009 California

    Believe it or not there is a Chevron station/mini mart about 5 miles south of my home that carries a ridiculous selection of craft beers ( I bought some Cantillon there ). Its great having places like this. Freshness is never an issue because the buyer is on his A game and knows what he is doing.
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  16. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Savant (979) Sep 4, 2010 California
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    I can't think of a gas station around here that doesn't at least have a few decent 6 packs. I found fresh Pliny at one down the street awhile back.
  17. Chinon01

    Chinon01 Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2007 Pennsylvania

    First trip to Italy '96 filled up at a gas station, went inside and there was a bar I mean a nice size bar there, and this was off a major highway. Don't know if the rules are any different today. That would be nice too.
  18. ohiobeer29

    ohiobeer29 Defender (680) Feb 2, 2013 Ohio
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    great responses here please keep it coming I'm learning alot and plan on visiting that place in Cincinnati at some point
  19. KevinGordon

    KevinGordon Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2012 North Carolina

    Sam's Quick Shop in Durham still sells gas..
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  20. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,229) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Ok, but what about gas stations? :grinning:
  21. Thehuntmaster

    Thehuntmaster Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 South Africa

    Hmmm our cars must be different here, they run on liquid fuel, not gas :wink:
  22. BrewTasting

    BrewTasting Initiate (0) Dec 8, 2010 Nevada
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    Majestic Mobil in Flagstaff, AZ has 4-5 beers on draft in the same cooler you would put the Gatorade. It's the coolest thing I've ever seen at a gas station. Plus numerous shelf whales from Avery and Odell.
  23. Flashy

    Flashy Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2003 Vermont

    Why would anyone ever broke against this- silly
  24. 5thOhio

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

    Not sure where you live in the Buckeye state, but it's not that hard to find Great Lakes and a few others at decent gas stations/convenience stores.
  25. ohiobeer29

    ohiobeer29 Defender (680) Feb 2, 2013 Ohio
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    I've seen great lakes quite a bit any suggestions on a good great lakes beer to try?
  26. BurgeoningBrewhead

    BurgeoningBrewhead Initiate (0) Jul 18, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Gas stations carrying craft beer sounds great on paper, but it fails in practice, at least in my area. I'm in a decidely un-metropolitan area, so when the one station has a sign saying "HUGE CRAFT BEER SELECTION!", that really means they just threw in a few extra 6-packs of Blue Moon, Shock Top and Sam Adams next to the Coors Light. I'd love it if convenience stores actually carried a good selection of real craft beer, but it just isn't likely in my area. I'll have to stick to getting mine from the two higher-end grocery chains and beer distributors.
  27. BurgeoningBrewhead

    BurgeoningBrewhead Initiate (0) Jul 18, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I've enjoyed all of theirs I've tried so far.

    Rye of the Tiger if you can still find it; otherwise Edmund Fitzgerald, Lake Erie Monster, Commodore Perry, and Burning River are all good.
  28. BurgeoningBrewhead

    BurgeoningBrewhead Initiate (0) Jul 18, 2012 Pennsylvania

    This looks promising...hopefully they'll extend down towards my area (Binghamton, and no, that's not "upstate," the PA border is 5 minutes away).
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  29. ohiobeer29

    ohiobeer29 Defender (680) Feb 2, 2013 Ohio
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    I'll have to try a few thanks
  30. fullmetal1381

    fullmetal1381 Initiate (0) Jul 30, 2011 Florida

    There is a Rally in north St. Petersburg that has a very decent selection...hell, it's one of the better selections to be had without having to drive 20 min. out of your way, or to Tampa. It is the ONLY place I have found Imperial Biscotti Break, for example, and was my Stone RuinTen fix, as they often either get things ahead of Total Wine or aren't as quick to sell out.

    Can you tell I'm for this whole gas station/craft beer marriage?
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  31. utopiajane

    utopiajane Poo-Bah (2,407) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    I haven't had a bad beer from great lakes yet but I'll throw in eliot ness as one of my all time favorites.
  32. nootch23

    nootch23 Aspirant (296) Mar 29, 2012 Massachusetts

    I would be alright for gas stations selling craft beer.
  33. maDUECEgunner

    maDUECEgunner Initiate (0) May 23, 2013 Minnesota
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    I always find it funny going into a gas station in Wisconsin and finding tons of New Glarus
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  34. ohiobeer29

    ohiobeer29 Defender (680) Feb 2, 2013 Ohio
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    good to know there are gas stations out there that pay attention to the craft beer market
  35. McAndrew

    McAndrew Devotee (427) Jun 12, 2013 North Carolina
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  36. VictorWisc

    VictorWisc Devotee (463) Jan 2, 2013 Massachusetts

    It's more of an afterthought, just because it's Spotted Cow is so popular. Most push BMC labels because the markup and turnover are much greater.

    Makes me think of gas stations in Italy that carry very cheap decent wine, often off-brand, much to the satisfaction of the locals... Not exactly a wine-store selection, but something to put on the table with dinner. The point is convenience. I would not want to make a gas station a point of pilgrimage, unless there is nothing else for miles around.
  37. VictorWisc

    VictorWisc Devotee (463) Jan 2, 2013 Massachusetts

    There's life in Wisconsin?
  38. VictorWisc

    VictorWisc Devotee (463) Jan 2, 2013 Massachusetts

    Yeah... the gas they sell already has higher ABV...
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  39. dachshunddude86

    dachshunddude86 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2012 Florida

    Came here to post exactly this. They're selection is great and they have good prices, especially compared to Shep's which is right next door. The staff is also surprisingly knowledgable and knows their stock very well. The only thing they could do to make my shopping experience more pleasant is to put a nice parka right outside the beer cave so I can peruse their selection at my leisure without freezing my ass off. It doesn't hurt that they have some of the cheaper gas in town as well.
  40. TheNightwatchman

    TheNightwatchman Zealot (512) Mar 28, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I'd like to be able to buy ANY beer at gas stations. Stupid PA laws.

    I wouldn't regularly do it, but it would be a convenient option to have at my disposal.
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