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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by MammaGoose, Jan 31, 2013.

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If you're in a situation where there is no craft beer to be found, what are you most likely to do?

  1. Drink water. Nothing else is worth the buzz, calories, or money

    64 vote(s)
    18.5%
  2. Enjoy another beverage. Wine, cocktail, shots, etc

    123 vote(s)
    35.5%
  3. Give in and have a BMC-type (if that is what's available)

    45 vote(s)
    13.0%
  4. All of the above, depending on the situation

    98 vote(s)
    28.3%
  5. Other

    16 vote(s)
    4.6%
  1. MammaGoose

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    I've seen a few threads somewhat relevant to this. I felt it was worth a poll. Clearly answers are somewhat subjective and situational for most of us, I would imagine, so answer the poll in fairly general terms.

    So, fairly self-explanatory, if you are in a scenario (party, restaurant, at a friend's, travelling, etc etc) and absolutely no craft beer is available to you, what is your most likely course of action.

    For me, it highly depends on the situation. I've definitely refused all other drinks offered in favor of water. Under no circumstances will I pay money for Mike's Hard Lemonade or Smirnoff Ice and the like. It's not worth the money and definitely not worth the sugar-laden calories. I will never want a buzz that bad. There are also times when I'll accept, or on even rarer occasions, seek out a beverage other than craft beer. That first warm-ish hot evening of late Spring, I celebrate with a gin and tonic. At some restaurants with a cruddy beer selection, I'll drink a glass of wine and amuse myself with my pathetically limited wine palate. And then there are times, often involving a campfire and brats, when a PBR or a Bud Light is just refreshing. And I can enjoy it and accept that I don't have a SNPA instead.
     
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  2. Kerrie

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    I usually just order something else. I don't mind the sugary stuff and I can settle for Guinness or Killian's. That said, I'd rather have cocktails, which is what I do at most normal bars since the selection is usually lacking.
     
  3. gatornation

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    A shot of Bourbon if available otherwise just water for me and when i get home ill have a nice brew from the fridge
     
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    I will have either a coke product, water or cocktail. Not going to drink a BMC just for the hell of it. It is like when you go somewhere and you ask for a coke and they tell you they have pepsi and act as if it is an equal substitute.
     
  5. yemenmocha

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    never BMC adjunct stuff.

    Always wine, spirits, cocktail.
     
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  6. SeaOfShells

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    If all else fails, I'll reach for a gin and tonic.
     
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  7. FosterJM

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    Manhattans
    Old Fashioned
    Bourbon straight
    Crown straight.
    Water
    Gatorade
    Green tea

    Cheers!
     
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  8. ipas-for-life

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    Luckily this situation doesn't come up much anymore. Most resturants/bars where I live will at least have Sam Adams. If I go to a get together/party/tailgate I always bwob and bring some to share. But at some Casinos where they only have shitty draft beer I will usually go with a bourbon and ginger ale. Even that has improved. It is a good time to be a craft beer drinker.
     
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  9. ripps1

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    Bourbon neat...
     
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    Depends on if I'm in the mood to drink any sort of alcohol, or not. If so, then I'll have an Old Fashioned or maybe a glass of wine. If not wanting to drink, I'll have some sort of tea. I won't buy a flavorless BMC beverage, not worth throwing away money like that...
     
  11. LiquidCourage

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    I'll always just do beer. If all they have is Bud, then that's what I'll have.
     
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    I go back out to the car and get real good and high.
     
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    I voted water, although I usually opt for a, yeah I'll say it, "Pop". Yeah, I'm from Michigan... :p When I have done this is the only time I am ever called a "Beer Snob". :(
     
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    I drink water, black coffee, and good beer.

    That is all.
     
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    There's usually something better than bud light. If they have blue moon, guiness, Boston lager, or something of that sort I'll go for it.
     
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    If food is involved and decent wine is available to pair well with the food, then wine. Otherwise an old school cocktail like a gin and tonic or manhattan.
     
  17. CommanderOfAwesome

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    I just order water. Not a hard alcohol guy, too hard to monitor. Wine I just don't appreciate unless its a Malbec.
     
  18. kzoobrew

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    Another vote for Bourbon neat.
    Manhattans
    Old Fashioneds
    Water
    Coffee
     
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    Iced tea almost always. It is just easier.
     
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    Curious - what specifically about Malbec?
     
  21. CommanderOfAwesome

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    Wish I knew. Just the main style of wine that I prefer. Some other wines are fine, but I'd say Malbec is the only style that I "like". Other wines get better after the first glass, but usually don't enjoy wine nearly as much as beer.
     
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    Drink more, you'll get the hang of it. Like smoking cigarettes.
     
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  23. CommanderOfAwesome

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    Ha I've drank plenty of wine. My mom's a wine buyer for a major corp retail store. Even been wine tasting in Australia on the company's dime. Its ok, just overall not my thing.
     
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    it really depends on the bar/atmosphere. if it feels right, i'll drink a busch.
     
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    I started off as a wine person, so depending on the situation, I'd definitely go for a nice glass of wine. If the place has crappy wine and beer, then I'm also assuming that their spirits are bottom shelf as well, so it'd be water or a pop for me.
     
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    When craft is unavailable and BMC is the same price (or cheaper) than water, I'll cave.
     
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    It's rare that I find myself in that situation, but I'll usually just drink BMC. It's typically at a concert or sporting event when I'm not really focused on the beer. If there is a decent (and reasonably priced) whisk(e)y selection, I might go with that. The occasional BMC is nice to reset my palette and remind me why I like craft beer so much.
     
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    Bourbon with a cube or 2 of ice and would not be the least bit disappointed.
     
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    If I feel like drinking I will have wine or a rum and coke, and if that's not available or I don't feel like drinking I will just go with water. Don't do shots and don't drink BMC, not worth it.
     
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    I ask for directions to the nearest restaurant with a semi-respectable beer list and slap the waitress on my way out.
     
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    I'll go cocktail or soda. If given shit by the staff about asking what beers they have and deciding soda I say "Designated driver - was asking about the beer to see if I might call a cab instead, if there was something I really wanted to try"

    But USUALLY I'll just do a distilled spirit. I like my scotch old enough to vote and around here it's plentiful....
     
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    .....drink whiskey
     
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    When dining out the beer selection is pivotal. I won't dine at a restaurant that isn't attempting to at least support a local brewery, let alone the craft movement in general.
     
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    No craft? I'll spend my time with Jack then.
     
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    Usually, no BMC for me, those are good calories I can spend on tasty brews. Living in Mexico though, craft selection is often very limited and I usually go with a good tequila or mezcal. However, I do have to confess one of the big breweries over here does a pilsner that is not all that bad (Bohemia).
     
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    Amari, wine, jinnintonyx, rum+whatever, whisky, white Russians...there's bound to be something tasty, right?

    I do partake of Pale Moon at my sister's, though cuz that's what she enjoys and it's pretty allright stuff...
     
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    I'll drink a beer. I love beer.
     
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    I'd certainly rather have a glass of sauvignon blanc, a decent bourbon, or even a less-than-decent scotch than have a BMC brew, at this point.

    Keep in mind, this is assuming we're talking about a late-January evening, not a hot mid-summer's afternoon, in the backyard, tossing horseshoes. Give me a cold PBR tall boy instead of any of those other things, if that's what we're talking about.
     
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    If the beer is BMC, I'll pass. If the wine is low-end, I'll pass. Not much of a hard liquor drinker. My wife thinks I'm nuts, but to be fair, she thought that long before I discovered craft beer.
     
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