How much beer do you buy strictly from California?

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  1. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Dec 11, 2006 California
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    As I think about it, I really think the majority of beer I buy is from California - and a lot of it from Southern California at that. Today I bought Pliny and She’s So Italian (which was meh) from Russian River; Kool Kid Hops from Chapman Crafted; BlackBerry SourNova from Almanac; The Heiress from Societe; and MadeWest IPA. Yeah, I think I’m good with the beers we have here!
     
  2. drewone

    drewone Sep 18, 2006 California
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  3. LocestLXCX

    LocestLXCX Mar 3, 2016 California
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    Sounds about right for me too.
     
  4. webz

    webz Apr 4, 2018 California

    I’d say 95% as well. Picked up a can of dragon fandango though yesterday and that thing was a super tasty kettle
     
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  5. thuey

    thuey Nov 13, 2015 California
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    I'm 100% CA with hops. I'll occasionally buy a BA dark beer outside (Fremont, Bourbon County) or Belgian lambic or De Garde sour. So 95% also seems about right.
     
  6. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Last time I bought beer it was 27/36 beers from CA, so 75%. But the non CA beers were a 6 pack of hofbrau maibock cause I'd never had a maibock and a tripel karmeliet cause I've been revisiting Belgian ogs just to check in. Most trips to the store it's probably about 100% so I'll guess 90-95% overall as well. We got a good thing going over here
     
  7. dcbullet

    dcbullet Dec 18, 2013 California

    100%. No need for me to buy anything other than local now, the options are so good.
     
  8. Rocket80

    Rocket80 Nov 18, 2011 California

    95% sounds right for me - I'll pick up Heady or Daisy Cutter on the rare chance I see it; maybe a Belgian lambic here and there; otherwise there aren't even any out of state beers I look out for. We live in a great spot to have access to tons of amazing and local beer.
     
  9. JBogan

    JBogan Jul 15, 2007 California
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    If money were no object I'd probably buy about 50% Belgian beers, 40% California made beers and 10% other. Since money is an object I buy about 90% Californian, 5% Belgian and 5% other. I do feel lucky to live in the state with the best selection of awesome breweries in America.
     
  10. Miruguy

    Miruguy Nov 22, 2010 California

    100% for me, although i am buying more from Nor Cal these days because of the availability of shipping. I still love our So Cal breweries, but it's good to mix things up and try stuff i usually don't have access to.
     
  11. pinballplayer

    pinballplayer Jul 2, 2014 California
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    95%. Backwoods Bastard and other Founders BA four packs make up most of the rest.
     
  12. mhucker28

    mhucker28 Apr 24, 2020 California
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    Probably 99% for me. If places like Treehouse and Other Half distributed out here more, then it would be another story.
     
  13. BreakingMyBalls

    BreakingMyBalls Apr 27, 2017 California
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    I buy beer pretty much exclusively from 6 breweries, and they’re all here in California. Bottle Logic/Horus/Modern Times for BA beers and stouts, Monkish/Green Cheek for NEIPAs, and Beachwood/Green Cheek for WCIPAs. Occasionally if I’m looking for sours I’ll go to Bruery Terreux or Homage, but that’s not very often. I hardly ever trade anymore because all of these local places keep my fridge stocked with world class beer and all the style variety I could want.
     
  14. FrogOut69

    FrogOut69 Sep 24, 2013 California
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    95%ish? What I buy from out of state consists of memberships and releases from those same select breweries.
     
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  15. OTB

    OTB Sep 2, 2011 California

    Outside the rare east coast cans that make occasional appearance’s it all pretty much west coast for me.

    Cheers
     
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  16. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Sep 3, 2008 California
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    I'd say 75%, with the remaining coming from PacNW, Revision, EU, and stuff obtained on travel.
     
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  17. ChazMania

    ChazMania Jun 13, 2006 California

    Yeah 90ish% sounds right. Looking at my current stash it's all California except for the Bitburger/Sierre Lager collab and Mother Earth from Nampa Idaho but some cans are made here in Vista. I buy Fremont, Revision and a few others on occasion.
     
  18. SDReaper

    SDReaper Aug 15, 2013 California
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    90-95% from CA, most from southern CA (minus SARA obviously), and the rest from Brussels.
     
  19. jasonmason

    jasonmason Oct 6, 2004 California
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    Same as most of y'all, 90%ish.

    Unless I'm looking for something specific, there's just no reason not to support local breweries given all the readily available excellent beer.
     
  20. fegelFatso

    fegelFatso Jun 23, 2013 California

    I’d say a good 95% of my beer collection is from CA... I have some Avery and Jester King in there, but yeah, mostly CA.
     
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  21. stoumi

    stoumi May 12, 2015 California

    Based on the stats I have 27% is purchased in CA
     
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  22. TinFang

    TinFang Jun 20, 2011 California
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    I try for local but I’m not obsessive. Went to Trader Joe’s yesterday, 22 of 24 cans purchased were SoCal. Ventura, Ventura, San Pedro, Inglewood, San Diego, so 92%. I’ll buy imports that I really like (Weihenstephaner) that are on sale but there are so many breweries that do so well with foreign styles (Trumer, Two Coasts) that there’s no great need to look elsewhere.
     
  23. UnknownKoger

    UnknownKoger Jul 9, 2010 California

    I would also say probably 95%, with the overwhelming majority of my beer buying being done at three breweries: Beachwood, Highland Park, and Smog City (Monkish, too, when they were open). The other 5% is Belgian beer
     
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  24. 310gts

    310gts Jun 22, 2018 California

    almost all of it. I trade for stuff every now and then, but strictly purchasing wise, there isn't much need to look further than cali.
     
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  25. elNopalero

    elNopalero Oct 14, 2009 California
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    ...as much as I can?

    I think everything I picked up on my last outting was brewed in Califas. Unless I’m traveling (or at the local Russian market/in the mood for a curiosity pick) most of the beer I drink at home is brewed in-state. I worked the occasional Schlenkerla/Orval/Oregon import more frequently pre-sheltering.
     
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  26. riko

    riko Jan 18, 2008 California
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    Probably 90 percent from California, 9 percent from Belgium, 1 percent from elsewhere.
     
  27. vinylfiend1

    vinylfiend1 Jun 8, 2013 California
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    Easily 90% or more , nor cal accounts for 75% or more as well
     
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  28. OTB

    OTB Sep 2, 2011 California

    Bravo young man !!!!

    Cheers
     
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  29. dcgunman

    dcgunman Jul 1, 2009 California
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    I’m at or around 80-90 percent Cali craft. Only because I love Revision. Some kind of Rev cans are always in fridge. I have 9 cans in there now. I just finished off King Sue & Psuedo Sue. So those don’t count. From the California side most of my purchases are local. OC/LA. Been enjoying Casa Agria cans. When I fly To NorCal I always bring NorCal cans back. So no need to ship from any of the breweries north of LA.
     
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  30. J-loco

    J-loco Jan 23, 2015 California
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  31. OTB

    OTB Sep 2, 2011 California

    When I responded I didn't realize that I do buy quite a bit of Revison. Let's just say "west coast " :slight_smile:

    Cheers,
     
  32. OTB

    OTB Sep 2, 2011 California

    Homer !!!!!!

    Cheers,
     
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  33. walterfredo

    walterfredo Nov 22, 2011 California
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    Revision probably sells way more beer in CA than they do NV. Considering it’s a very short distance over the state line and was originally planned to be in Sacramento, it’s practically a CA brewery!
     
  34. dcgunman

    dcgunman Jul 1, 2009 California
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    They have plans to bring Revision Brewing to California.
     
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  35. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Do tell...
     
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  36. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Dec 11, 2006 California
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    I haven’t paid attention lately. Has Monkish been completely closed since COVID?
     
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  37. mhucker28

    mhucker28 Apr 24, 2020 California
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    Not at all. They’ve been doing two releases a week with curbside pickup and have had some cases for CA shipping maybe once or twice a month.
     
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  38. UnknownKoger

    UnknownKoger Jul 9, 2010 California

    no, but the curbside pickup online order thing seems like such a shitshow I don't bother with it. When they were open, I would just go for pours and growler fills. Even in the first two weeks of the quarantine, the walk up cans were pretty easy to get.
     
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  39. fegelFatso

    fegelFatso Jun 23, 2013 California

    Let’s face it... CA has something for everybody:

    Want a good sour: Russian River, Rare Barrel, Firestone Walker, Blendery, Bruery Terreux, and the list goes on...

    Want a good Barrel Aged beer: The Bruery, Bottle Logic, Moksa, Modern Times have it.

    Want a good IPA: Monkish, Fieldwork, Alvarado Street and Moonraker have you covered.

    Want a good REAL IPA: Beachwood, El Segundo, Altamont Beer Works, Drakes, Knee Deep, Pizza Port, and Russian River have them!

    Want different stuff: Stone, Lost Abbey, Cellarmaker, Sierra Nevada, Henhouse, Fifty Fifty, and many others have you covered!

    I don’t think I am intentionally Cali-Only, but when there is so much good beer just here, and it’s pretty easy to get, it’s easy to forget about others.

    Heck, the only reason why Avery has such as special place in my heart is because I first jumped into Craft Beer while interning in Boulder for a summer... come to find out CA had a kickass beer scene.
     
  40. BreakingMyBalls

    BreakingMyBalls Apr 27, 2017 California
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    I mean, unless you score in their online can sales (which are a complete joke by the way), they are effectively closed to the public entirely.
     
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