Do you tend to buy U.S. made beers or imports?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by SerialTicker, Dec 26, 2012.


Which do you buy more of: Domestic micros or imports?

  1. U.S.A.

    154 vote(s)
  2. Imports

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  1. tommyz

    tommyz Devotee (420) May 28, 2007 Michigan
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  2. ao125

    ao125 Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2010 Virginia

    I like Belgian beers for when I need a good sour - but from IPAs to Quads, to Imperial Stouts and Barleywines, the US market finally has its legs underneath it, for putting out some really creative and tasty beers.
  3. Ataraxia

    Ataraxia Initiate (106) Sep 20, 2012 California
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    Evolution of my focus on beer style over time:

    Witbier (import)
    Blond (import)
    Dubbel, Tripel, Quad (mainly import, some US)
    Doppelbock, Eisbock, Maibock (some US, some import)
    Porter (some US, some import)
    Stout (mainly US, some import)
    Imperial Stout/Porter (mainly US, some import)

    Don't get me wrong, I drink other styles at times (esp. to take a break from the jet black beers)
  4. BigCheese

    BigCheese Defender (689) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    for me most imports arent worth the price.

    ~90% American
  5. Derranged

    Derranged Devotee (479) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    I try to mix it up as much as possible but often for some reason I find myself buying more American these days.
  6. JKAllen

    JKAllen Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2012

    I have noticed a lot of people who talk as if they only drink from their home state, I guess I'm lucky to come from an area where it's not uncommon for a bar to have brews from the other side of the country as well as the other side of the Atlantic...
  7. arfenhouse

    arfenhouse Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2012 California

    About 90% of my buys are USA beers. The other 10% comes from belgium dubbel/trippel/quads, samuel smith stouts, and the occasional doppelbock. American beers are usually fresher in my experience since they do not have to be shipped very far.
  8. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (2,572) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
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    The mistake most people make when first starting out is assuming that all imported beer is either craft or "premium" beer. I is all about quality and across the board, Americans make more styles and have greater quality all things considered, from style to style. Of course Belgians make the best Quads, Tripels, Saisons, Lambics, etc. but they can't touch us on anything from IPAs, DIPAs, Stouts, etc.
  9. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,286) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    90% of the time I have a Great American Beer in my glass. I'm a hop head and we do hoppy beers better, and no other way to get them fresher than to get them made close to home. The day I can get a beer from Europe tastes better than Abrasive, Heady, Pliny, Flower Power, or Lunch, just as fresh, and at the same price or cheaper, that might change.
  10. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 California
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    By far USA, but I do love me some Belgians.
  11. eric5bellies

    eric5bellies Meyvn (1,394) Jun 9, 2006 Australia

    By saying that I buy 75% Belgian, 10% Australian, 10% U.S., 5% Other.

    I just prefer the Belgian styles over yet another big massive hoppy DIPA. However a Barrel Aged Stout or RIS always goes down very well.
  12. lokieman

    lokieman Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2011 Oklahoma

    Never said I only drink beer from my home state...only that I could and still be very happy. Like you it is not uncommon for select bars around town to have beers from all over the country and world but tasty local brews as well....
  13. jjchristiano

    jjchristiano Aspirant (259) Sep 24, 2009 New Jersey

    I buy 95% American Craft Beer in a retail store. I'll stray once in a while and buy some Corona or Heineken Light for a hot summer day. When I am at a restaurant or a bar I will rarely turn down an offering from Chimay or Sam Smith if on a menu.
  14. leedorham

    leedorham Crusader (701) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    Well then you aren't a person who "buys mostly US made beer."
  15. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Devotee (490) Jan 2, 2010 California
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    I wish this poll was public so I could see who the 9 are that picked imports.

    If you like fresh, hoppy beers the U.S. dominates the market. I know most people on here loves the loons but if I drank them every day my heartburn would burn through my chest. And Belgium ales? Sure the Belgian Ales like Chimay, Duvel, DT etc... are good but I'll take an American Old or Strong Ale over them every day of the week and twice on Sundays...
  16. chcfan

    chcfan Devotee (466) Oct 29, 2008 California

    When I lived in Belgian, I drank mostly Belgiums.
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  17. Porkhustle

    Porkhustle Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012

    I buy my share of English and German imports. For Belgian styles i normally go the Allagash, Ommegang, Unibroue route for cost purposes. 75% US I would say
  18. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,474) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    I only need to know 3 letters when I buy my beer.
    Seriously though, I look for imports that I want to try.
    If beer had the same market share that cars do I would find myself buying a lot more imports.
  19. skcusab

    skcusab Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2012

    I tend to stick with local beers, supporting my local brewery and brewers.
  20. AugiePrimrose

    AugiePrimrose Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2009 Illinois

    I make it a point to buy my beer from independently owned American craft brewers. I love the scene and it's important to me to support it as much as I can.
  21. DrLasers

    DrLasers Initiate (160) Apr 18, 2011 California

    There's enough beer here in SD to keep me local forever.
  22. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Poo-Bah (2,033) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    But you might get bored. :wink:
  23. Momar42

    Momar42 Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2010 Maryland

    It's usually a "best bang for the buck" when buying beers for me. There are times when I am craving something and if that's an import, I buy it. Love Belgian beers as well as a lot of German offerings, but American craft beers have come so far recently that typically I prefer them over imports.
  24. mecummins

    mecummins Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois

    I'd say it's 90% American and 10% imports (those mainly being from Belgium and the UK.) Of the domestic percentage, I'd say at least 75% of those are local craft beers. But I'm lucky to live in a city where our craft brewery scene is expanding like crazy. There are always going to be certain imports that I love, but with so many options right in my own backyard to try, my focus is usually local.
  25. Larryken

    Larryken Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2008 Massachusetts

    Michigan has some top breweries...Founders, Jolly, Bells
  26. bozodogbreath

    bozodogbreath Disciple (389) Oct 19, 2006 Indiana
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    90% local Midwest beers plus some Stone Brewing and Samuel Smith's.
  27. yemenmocha

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

    German & Belgians receive most of my money. And many of their styles are not done anywhere near as well in the U.S., for most breweries that attempt them.

    Traditional styles, not "innovations".

    For example, right now I'm enjoying a Korbinian Doppelbock. I love German doppelbocks.

    I do not want a doppelbock made with Birch syrup.
    I do not want a doppelbock made with Lapsang Souchong tea.
    I do not want a doppelbock made with Mexican chocolate.
    I do not want a doppelbock made with maple.
    I do not want a doppelbock made with cherry & oak.
    I do not want a doppelbock aged in a brandy barrel.
    I do not want a doppelbock aged in a bourbon barrel.

    I do not want these "innovations". If it isn't better than Ayinger Celebrator, Weihenstephaner Korbinian, etc. then I'm not buying it regularly.
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  28. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,416) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    i buy far more US Crafts, but i still buy alot of Belgian brews and German brews
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  29. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 Indiana
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  30. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,064) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I drink a hell of a lot of German and Belgian beer because nothing else satisfies when I want those styles; and being in the NYC area we tend to get reasonably fresh examples. That being said, I also really enjoy and believe in the styles that Americans do well, and have been thoroughly digging this ride for the past few decades. The way the question is worded, I would have to say American beers are the majority of what I buy (maybe in the 60-70% range), but that's just personal preference.
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  31. Sludgeman

    Sludgeman Meyvn (1,483) Aug 17, 2012 District of Columbia
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    Can't answer the survey directly since I am probably 50-50. Love Belgian styles so I buy a lot of imports. Would love to find cheaper American Belgian styles to save the dollars.
  32. dickieb

    dickieb Initiate (0) Mar 26, 2006 Rhode Island

    90% American with 9% Belgian and 1% everything else
  33. vickersspitfire

    vickersspitfire Savant (910) Dec 11, 2006 Texas

    I usually buy import beers, but not for lack of good American beers. I just want to see what other countries are brewing...
  34. LittleDon

    LittleDon Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2009 Texas

    For those of us who are a bit older, it wasn't that long ago that imports to the US were unquestionably better.

    About 95% of the time I drink local or regional, whether it's at home or on the road.
  35. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Wisconsin
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    The only foriegn beer that I seek out is Sam Smith. Mikkeller interests me but it on the pricy side so I have passed it up to this point.
  36. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Crusader (790) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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    I buy Trappist Ales at retail stores and German/European beers on tap. 99% of the beer i drink is brewed in the USA.
  37. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (596) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    Domestic, however I have to say I'd like to buy more imports but it seems in the last decade U S craft has pushed out a lot of the smaller & non-conglomerate owned brewers. Which is a shame.
  38. 77black_ships

    77black_ships Devotee (440) Dec 4, 2012 Belgium

    U.S. made beers are import for me.

    About 60 % domestic – 40 % foreign because they make a bunch of styles well that Belgium doesn’t really make & I like drinking those as well.
  39. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (596) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    Schooled my taste buds too, but really got to look to find places that stock the better stuff, craft has claimed some serious shelf space.
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