How often do you blindly buy beer? Find any gems doing so?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by RochefortChris, Dec 20, 2012.

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  1. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Meyvn (1,260) Oct 2, 2012 North Carolina

    This topic has probably been discussed already and if so, sorry. How often do you blindly buy beer? I ask this because some people including myself find ratings to be biased and reflect one's own personal taste. Do you buy blindly from breweries you know of or have never heard of or both? Have you found any gems buying blind?

    When ever I buy beer I almost always buy singles and seldom ever buy a 4/6 pack because I like to try new stuff and have a variety. Buying blind is one of the most fun parts of the beer world because I've found some awesome stuff doing so. I will say occasionally it has backfired and still does so refer to the bit about buying singles
  2. CurtFromHershey

    CurtFromHershey Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2012 Minnesota

    Blindly bought Shipyard Pumpkinhead back in Sept or Oct... oops.
  3. Porkhustle

    Porkhustle Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012

    I'll try any beer that's above the 80 mark
  4. Brenden

    Brenden Poo-Bah (3,517) Feb 25, 2008 Ohio

    I may know something by reputation, but I always shop for beers I've never had before. Always. Interestingly, I rarely get beers I've had before; when I do, it's usually something on tap. Certain beers I will buy every release. Sometimes I must try something from a brewery I love. Sometimes I must try something because someone's recommended it to me. When I do my weekly, random beer shopping, though, it's always to look for new beers, whether i've heard of the brewery or had anything from them or not.
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  5. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    A long time ago I purchased Delirium Tremens because I liked the bottle. Turned out pretty well.
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  6. curiousdog

    curiousdog Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012

    First time I tried Ten Fiddy I had never heard of it before. I always like trying new stuff, so I'm always on the look out for a blind buy.
  7. hctap00

    hctap00 Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2012 Maryland

    I have this bad habit of looking up a beer I have never heard of on BA before I even consider buying it. From the store. On my phone. I am not much of a risk taker in this regard.
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  8. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 California

    Exactly how I am. If had a store close to be that sold beer by the 12 oz. bottle, id definitely be more apt to blind buy.
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  9. Dennoman

    Dennoman Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2011 Belgium

    Except for the occasional big-time want that I trade for, almost all my purchases are completely blind. I buy them because I've heard of it, or because I like the brewery. I guess I'm on the non-ticking side of the "try as much as I can" spectrum.
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  10. imbrue001

    imbrue001 Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Never. If I havent heard of it or if im unsure if its any good, I look it up on that other site.
    It has saved me countless times.
    Example: Infinium
  11. Hanzo

    Hanzo Savant (954) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    When I first got into craft I would blindly buy beer all the time. Now that I have had to trim my beer budget (kids will do that) I have to be way more selective of what I buy. I hate relying on ratings because everyones tastes are different but I definitely use them as a guideline. If it is a 80 or below it is a no buy, though I do make exceptions if it sounds/looks interesting enough.
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  12. creepinjeeper

    creepinjeeper Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2012 Missouri

    I buy blind all of the time and I enjoy the adventure of it, that's what being a noob is all about! I don't use the reviews or ratings. I prefer the "what are you drinking now . . ." posts. It's like walking through a virtual liquor store and getting recommendations from friends. (My girlfriend calls it beer porn . . .:slight_smile:) Besides, I have a not-so-smartphone, so I can't take BA with me while beer hunting. Sometimes, I put together a six'er. Sometimes, I buy a whole six-pack. (Brown Shugga, Tasmanian IPA). Sometimes, I buy because the bottle or label intrigues me. (Delirium Tremens).
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  13. Preluderl

    Preluderl Devotee (483) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Blindly bought Elysian The Great Pumpkin on a whim back in October. Great decision, easily my favorite pumpkin beer and fall seasonal.
  14. HopDiggityDawg

    HopDiggityDawg Initiate (168) Nov 3, 2010 North Carolina

    BA phone app to check score. Reviews are definitely subjective by nature but if a beer has a good review count it generally is very closeon to what I will eventually rate it. I also read through for qualities, that's why I love the s,t,m,o format. I love hoppy citrus forward IPAS/DIPAs so if I read: unbalanced, hops are overpowering, not enough malt backbone, etc. then I will snatch that beer off of the shelf and give it a go.
  15. MRsojourner

    MRsojourner Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2011 Massachusetts

    mainly moved to purchase by style and occasionally by brewery and distribution/importer company. if its brought in by the Shelton brothers and im in the mood for the style it usually moves to the front of the line
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  16. FEUO

    FEUO Disciple (346) Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    Occasionally I buy totally blind, but its becoming more infrequent.
    I typically start with a style I'm grooving to sip, then I go for my preferred brewers variety, or a brewery I have heard positive things about.

    But the last time I did a blind buy I went on witnessing another gent grab 6 lil' bombers (500mL) of a brew I hadn't seen on shelves or heard of before. That was 2 days ago. Will try it out this weekend.
    May be good. Couple reviews by beertubers speak very highly of it. :slight_smile:
  17. goalie33

    goalie33 Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2009 New York

    I recently stumbled upon this beer called Black Boss Porter, a baltic porter from Poland. I had to get it because, frankly, I'd never seen a beer from Poland before. It was actually quite good, and if anyone stumbles across this one, it's definitely worth a look.
  18. tinypyramids

    tinypyramids Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2012 Illinois

    if my local store did singles, i'd probably try a lot more beers blind rather than looking them up. it sucks spending $12 on a six pack of something that turns out to be crappy.
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  19. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Zealot (543) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Always read the description of bottles with pretty labels...
  20. Hotmetal1

    Hotmetal1 Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2012 Mississippi

    Quite often.
  21. Dope

    Dope Poo-Bah (2,459) Oct 5, 2010 Massachusetts

    Years ago, I blindly bought a Bourbon County Stout at the suggestion of a fellow patron at a store. I had never heard of it. I think it was 2008 or 2009 (it was a bomber, not 4pk). Talk about a good blind buy.

    Around the same time I bought a Ruination because of the cool bottle. It was horrifying. This was years before I developed a taste for IPAs of course...

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  22. Myst

    Myst Aspirant (262) Dec 13, 2011 Maryland

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  23. MaxOhle

    MaxOhle Disciple (372) Nov 10, 2012 Illinois

    Last beer run I bought a six pack of Kronenbourg 1664 (was a bust, but had to try a French beer), bought La Fin Du Monde (ehh, not a huge fan) bought a Weihenstephaner Vitus which was great, and a six pack of Firestone Union Jack IPA, a good buy. Thats the fun of beer hunting though, sometimes its a bust, sometimes you find something you love.
  24. seakayak

    seakayak Disciple (350) May 20, 2007 Massachusetts

  25. Resuin

    Resuin Meyvn (1,251) Jun 18, 2012 Massachusetts

    Until I discovered Beer Advocate, all I did was blindly buy beer. This definitely led to some great, and not-so-great experiences. As interesting as that was, it is more cost-effective to do a little research before purchasing.
  26. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,236) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    I too have found that reviews are biased towards the reviewers tastes. I don't even check any more. I could care less who likes the beer. If its a new brew from a brewer I like, I will try it. Guess what? Sometimes it sucks, but usually it's at least good. If it's from a new brewer I will try something that is within the styles I enjoy the most. If they don't make a style I enjoy taste good, chances are I won't like much else from them.
  27. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,500) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana

    Had never heard of Unibroue when I bought a 6 pack sampler (I was in a Belgian phase). 4 Beers of Fame.
  28. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (808) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois

  29. TheSixthRing

    TheSixthRing Poo-Bah (2,997) Sep 24, 2008 California

    I once tried to buy blindly, but was promptly kicked out after knocking over 2 shelves and breaking a Coors Light football display.
  30. PatrickBeebe

    PatrickBeebe Initiate (0) Sep 27, 2012 Florida

    just about every time. I dont have a smartphone so I cant just look things up in the store. Turned out well several times, and definitely a few failures as well.
  31. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,626) Mar 18, 2010 California

    All the time. I only buy singles so it minimizes the damage for shitty beers.
  32. GRG1313

    GRG1313 Poo-Bah (3,634) Jan 15, 2009 California
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    I always buy blind. Sure, I'll buy a beer I know and like for a particular purpose. However, I buy everything and anything. I don't want to know ratings and scores; I don't even want to know other people's opinions. I trust myself more than anyone else and I like making up my own mind and I go out of my way to not be influenced. Yes, there are people in whom I place a lot of trust and credibility and I suspect that if they recommend a beer I'm almost certain to like it; or, if they slam a beer I almost always will agree. Thus the reason I try to find beers to taste without being influenced first. Tasting blind is probably my most fun, especially when you find that gem!
  33. beercanman

    beercanman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    Same here. Got burned on that one
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  34. beercanman

    beercanman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    I always pick up a 6 of an old faithful (snpa, Dales, ect) and then a 6 of random stuff I have never had. So yes I blind buy all the time
  35. bayareahustla

    bayareahustla Initiate (148) Jul 13, 2012 California

    This is me to a T, 100% me. (even the GF calling this beer porn)
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  36. canucklehead

    canucklehead Poo-Bah (2,497) Mar 7, 2003 British Columbia (Canada)

  37. NickMunford

    NickMunford Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2006 Wyoming

    I'd say 50% of the time I'm buying beers that I never had before. I rarely look beer up while in a store. Occasionally I'm blown away, occasionally I dislike something. Usually they fall into the generic "Good" range, where I'm glad I tried it, but wouldn't necessarily seek it out again.
  38. CircusBoy

    CircusBoy Initiate (0) Mar 10, 2008 Ohio

    I did too.... fml..
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  39. Rosty

    Rosty Initiate (40) Nov 29, 2006 California

    When i go to the store I try to buy a least one beer I have never heard of or seen so as to expand my beer palate and knowledge. Sometimes it works out sometimes it does not.
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  40. PangaeaBeerFood

    PangaeaBeerFood Initiate (0) Nov 30, 2008 New York

    Gems that I bought blindly. Coincidentally, they're all beers that I find HIGHLY underrated on here, and I'm surprised there isn't more talk of them.

    Scaldis (a.k.a. Bush Ambree) - Beautiful and unique Amber Quad, or super Triple, or whatever you want to call it. Sold in single 8 oz. bottles, but they're only like $2 each.

    Robinson's Old Tom - Traditional English-style Old Ale / Barleywine. Not quite as impactful as J.W. Lees or Yorkshire Stingo, but a great representation of the style for a fraction of the price.

    Baladin Nora - Pricey, but one of the most unique brews I've had.

    Birra del Borgo Genziana - In the same ballpark as Baladin Nora. Expensive, but beautifully original.
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