How do you prefer beer be organized in a store?

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  1. md311

    md311 Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2009 New York

    Doing a little research, how would you prefer craft beer be organized on shelves in a store? Alphabetically by brewery, or alphabetically by state?

    Also, assuming we're all beer geeks here and most of us will know where the breweries are from, do you think alphabetically would be easier for non-geeks to find a beer they've heard of?

    Looking forward to your feedback!
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  2. pjkelley82

    pjkelley82 Initiate (0) May 23, 2013 New York

    Just keep the BMC product away from the real craft brews and ill be a happy camper... I actually like spending an hour in the store walking around women... I know how you feel...
  3. Hop-Droppen-Roll

    Hop-Droppen-Roll Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2013 Minnesota

    State. Even though most of us might know exactly where a beer we're after was brewed, a lot of us, especially the noobs among us like me, won't know that. I'll just know that I'm looking for say, Left Hand or whatever. Just seems like that would make the most sense anyhow.
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  4. Ace_of_Suds

    Ace_of_Suds Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2013 New York

    By type of beer.
  5. Infinite1

    Infinite1 Initiate (0) Jul 2, 2010 Illinois

    I think I would like it to be broken down first by type i.e.. Ipa's, DIPA, Porter...etc.

    Then put it down in alphabetical by the brewery i.e.. Two Brothers, Piepeworks, FFF.....etc
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  6. ziggyzoggy

    ziggyzoggy Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2013 Ohio

    Actually, one of the stores I frequent, has their beers presented first, by region (West Coast, Midwest, East Coast), and then alphabetically by brewer.
  7. Hop-Droppen-Roll

    Hop-Droppen-Roll Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2013 Minnesota

    The 'by style' seems to make sense but I never seem to see it arranged that way, and I would imagine that's because of business agreements or whatever.
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  8. SaCkErZ9

    SaCkErZ9 Pooh-Bah (2,861) Feb 27, 2005 South Carolina
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    By style of beer with alphabetical subcategory. It's also nice to have a section dedicated to local beer.
  9. Hop-Droppen-Roll

    Hop-Droppen-Roll Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2013 Minnesota

    Regardless, all my local liquor stores have their beers categorized by B, M, and C, with a little shelf in the corner with some craft beer.
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  10. APBT91

    APBT91 Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2013 North Carolina

    By style or brewery would be acceptable to me.
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  11. PSU_Mike

    PSU_Mike Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2013 Pennsylvania

    It pisses me off to no end to go into a store and see it arranged by brewery or state. Put them together by style. You don't go to a liquor store and walk over to the Banker's Club section.
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  12. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa

    Most preferred would be by state and then by brewery. Otherwise, by brewery is preferred.
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  13. ThrashMaster

    ThrashMaster Initiate (0) Nov 1, 2012 Massachusetts

    Its because its an utter pain in the ass for the staff to keep it organized that way
  14. MostlyNorwegian

    MostlyNorwegian Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2013 Illinois

    Depends on how much beer you got. Any method can and does work, just make it work for what you want. It seems more logical to put all the beers by a brewer all together in a one stop method, and then by region and alpha. But with the so many breweries coming on line and many of them pushing the same or such similar styles. It might almost be worth it to organize them by region by "style" and then alpha just to begin to play the similarities of style off of one another and put more focus on how many varieties of style there are.
  15. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Grand Pooh-Bah (5,669) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    Domestic and international sections, each section subdivided by brewery.

    By style would be fantastic, but I don't think that's likely. Too much discussion about styles, too many styles, and so much diversity within a style that some beers elude categorization.
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  16. pweis909

    pweis909 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,114) Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin

    If I am in a good craft beer store, it means I am traveling, because my local stores are pretty average. When I travel, I like to hit a good local store and create a mixed six for the week, so I seek out a single bottle section. I like to see a local section, because I am often interested in sampling fresh local beers, especially if I am seeking out hop-forward American styles. Beyond that, I guess sorting by brand makes it easy on me.
  17. cwehr13

    cwehr13 Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2011 Illinois

    I prefer It to be organized by brewery. It is easier to find what you need.
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  18. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa

    That's how my go to shop does it. I'm happy with that organization method. Bombers are also separate from packaged offerings and organized by brewery as well. All is refrigerated.
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  19. Cubatobaco

    Cubatobaco Pooh-Bah (1,995) Jan 27, 2013 Virginia
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    I'd prefer a store be organized by "style", "country", and alphabetized.
  20. garuda

    garuda Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Regionally, with all of any one brewery's beers together. Craft separate from macro.
  21. Hop-Droppen-Roll

    Hop-Droppen-Roll Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2013 Minnesota

    makes sense. I work for a wholesaler and have actually stocked coolers. by brand is really the only way to go.
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  22. Jsteez

    Jsteez Savant (1,185) Apr 28, 2012 Utah

    I agree. Organizing by style of beer: pils/lagers in one section, pale ales, IPAs, Stouts, Porters, etc. each having their own section. This is a generalization, but it seems that the American beer market puts too much emphasis on the branding/labeling of beer instead of the beer style.
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  23. markdrinksbeer

    markdrinksbeer Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2013 Massachusetts

    Local store is organized like this, with each aisle grouped by brewery (look on top and left side for beer)

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  24. lakeylake

    lakeylake Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2013 California

    With limited fridge space, I'd prefer that the IPAs, pale ales and other "ephemeral" beers go in the fridge first, with stouts, strong ales and similar out on the shelves. After that, roughly by style.
  25. TheGator321

    TheGator321 Initiate (0) May 29, 2013 Connecticut

    American Beers...

    1. keep all hop forward beer in the cooler, arranged by state
    2. keep all local stuff in it's own section
    3. keep all new stuff in its own section
    4. keep all BMC and the like in it's own section
    5. then arrange everything else by state and then alphabetically. I would try to keep six packs, 22oz. bombers and 750ml separate.

    Everybody else...

    1. arrange by country then alphabetically.
    2. keep a section for new arrivals
    3. barring a hop forward beer, most of these would be kept warm.
  26. Andrew041180

    Andrew041180 Initiate (0) Mar 15, 2013 Massachusetts

    I would like to see a section for local beer organized by brewery (this would include a section of the cooler), and the rest of the stuff organized by style. Particularly the bomber racks. I understand that this is difficult to do, particularly beers that blur the style lines. But this is what I would prefer. I would settle for some kind of obvious organization scheme.

    What I actually witness is beer thrown on shelves with little to no organization at all. The Stone stuff is usually close together, and the German stuff, but that's about it.
  27. D-Nice

    D-Nice Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2013 Illinois

    I'd really prefer alphabetical by brewery. When I'm out and about and finding new beers or reading about beers that I want to try, that's the one thing I'll usually remember, the name of the brewery.
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  28. jesskidden

    jesskidden Pooh-Bah (2,969) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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  29. azorie

    azorie Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2006 Florida

    tbh I do not care. as long as its not redone every other month so I can find what I like I am cool. as long as everything you got is on the floor I am also cool with it. My total wine just did a nice redo, but while they did a good job by style its focus is singles and that bugs me. I want value and 6 packs are my go to's . Still I guess for the ticker its great setup.

    they had a seasonal row and all that jazz. I really prefer by country and for the usa, by state.
    if you know the brand you may know what state. or just by brand also works well for me.
  30. azorie

    azorie Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2006 Florida

  31. TheNightwatchman

    TheNightwatchman Initiate (0) Mar 28, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I prefer them organized by either style or brewery.
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  32. zid

    zid Grand Pooh-Bah (3,036) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Definitely by country then brewery. Definitely not by style.
  33. dianimal

    dianimal Pundit (960) Apr 18, 2012 California

    These are my preferences, in no specific order:

    (1) Separated by country.
    (2) By brewery.
    (3) Please do not have the same beer in multiple locations. <-- I've been seeing this in the smaller stores... I think they spread the bottles around to make it look like they have a big selection(?). It's really lame. It just kinda shows me that they don't know the beers...
    (4) Absolutely do NOT display bottles in the windows!

    Alphabetical is not important to me; neither is organizing by state.
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  34. BrettHead

    BrettHead Initiate (0) Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

    Stores that do this are the worst. I shouldn't have to hunt all over the store if I want Odell IPA and Odell Cutthroat Porter.

    To answer the OP, other than keep brands together and separate by country, I don't care.

    Edit: Wow, surprised to see several say by style/type.
  35. Providence

    Providence Pooh-Bah (2,366) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island
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    I vastly prefer stores that organize by style as compared to by brewery. No name brewery that's at the bottom of the shelf with a label that doesn't catch my eye may make a kick ass Kolsch, but I could overlook it. If it were in the Kolsch section, which is where I would look because I love Kolsch, I would see it and try it.
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  36. Providence

    Providence Pooh-Bah (2,366) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island
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    Ha ha, different strokes for different folks I suppose. I love stores organized by style, as usually when I am shopping I am looking for a type of beer not a specific brewer. Two each their own!
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  37. Quickicks

    Quickicks Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2013 North Carolina

    As long as you don't arrange them by "style" then I'd be a happy shopper. That whole idea never made any sense to me.

    If it were me... I'd arrange them alphabetically by brewery with the exception of special releases and maybe seasonals. I might would also have a separate space for sours/barrel-aged beers. Also keeping Belgians apart from american craft might be a good idea.. Then again if you ran with that you would need to arrange by country, then brewery respectfully.

    My favorite bottle shop in town is actually very unorganized come to think of it and it works just fine for me. I could see it being a little confusing maybe for a newbie but the hunt if half the fun.. right?
  38. azorie

    azorie Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2006 Florida

    my TW does this on singles. I think its ok they got the room for multiple locations and they do it allot. actually I still think ever after the redo beer is only 15-20% of the store. hard to say without a floor plan. what bugs me is the focus on singles, which they sell for more than the 4/6 pack price per bottle btw. can you say rip off, I can. lol. I wish they sold by the case.
  39. Longstaff

    Longstaff Initiate (0) May 23, 2002 Massachusetts

    I would love to see stores organized by style with all pale ales, IPA's, and other delicate styles in the fridge. I shop by the style/flavor that I desire to drink so it would be nice to see what all my options are for the particular style/flavor I am looking for all at once. But I also understand that most people don't shop for beer that way (yet) and the need to organize by brewery/country etc.
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  40. markdrinksbeer

    markdrinksbeer Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2013 Massachusetts

    problem with that, it creates a lot more work for the store. Not all beer is labelled as the the "style", so now you have some beer that might end up in a different "style" section.
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