If craft beer simply is not available, do you...?

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


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)
  2. Enjoy another beverage. Wine, cocktail, shots, etc

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

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

    98 vote(s)
  5. Other

    16 vote(s)
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  1. MammaGoose

    MammaGoose Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Wyoming

    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

    Kerrie Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2012 Michigan

    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

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,422) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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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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  4. Davihaw

    Davihaw Aspirant (288) Jun 19, 2012 Illinois
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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

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

    never BMC adjunct stuff.

    Always wine, spirits, cocktail.
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  6. SeaOfShells

    SeaOfShells Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2011 California

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

    FosterJM Poo-Bah (2,719) Nov 16, 2009 California
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    Old Fashioned
    Bourbon straight
    Crown straight.
    Green tea

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  8. ipas-for-life

    ipas-for-life Disciple (347) Feb 28, 2012 Virginia
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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

    ripps1 Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2012 New Jersey

    Bourbon neat...
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  10. Bond111

    Bond111 Aspirant (228) Feb 14, 2011 Minnesota
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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

    LiquidCourage Initiate (156) Nov 1, 2012 Rhode Island
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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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  12. leedorham

    leedorham Crusader (701) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    I go back out to the car and get real good and high.
  13. MichPaul

    MichPaul Zealot (597) Jan 28, 2012 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    I voted water, although I usually opt for a, yeah I'll say it, "Pop". Yeah, I'm from Michigan... :stuck_out_tongue: When I have done this is the only time I am ever called a "Beer Snob". :slight_frown:
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  14. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I drink water, black coffee, and good beer.

    That is all.
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  15. RoninTK3

    RoninTK3 Aspirant (234) Nov 12, 2012 New Hampshire
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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.
  16. csurowiec

    csurowiec Devotee (418) Mar 7, 2010 Maryland

    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

    CommanderOfAwesome Devotee (468) Aug 30, 2012 California

    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

    kzoobrew Meyvn (1,167) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    Another vote for Bourbon neat.
    Old Fashioneds
  19. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,183) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
    Supporter Subscriber

    Iced tea almost always. It is just easier.
  20. leedorham

    leedorham Crusader (701) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    Curious - what specifically about Malbec?
  21. CommanderOfAwesome

    CommanderOfAwesome Devotee (468) Aug 30, 2012 California

    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.
  22. leedorham

    leedorham Crusader (701) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    Drink more, you'll get the hang of it. Like smoking cigarettes.
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  23. CommanderOfAwesome

    CommanderOfAwesome Devotee (468) Aug 30, 2012 California

    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.
  24. dbol

    dbol Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2007 California
    Beer Trader

    it really depends on the bar/atmosphere. if it feels right, i'll drink a busch.
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  25. mecummins

    mecummins Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois

    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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  26. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2010 Oklahoma

    When craft is unavailable and BMC is the same price (or cheaper) than water, I'll cave.
  27. ericj551

    ericj551 Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2004 Alberta (Canada)

    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.
  28. Dtapeski

    Dtapeski Initiate (36) Oct 26, 2012 Colorado

    Bourbon with a cube or 2 of ice and would not be the least bit disappointed.
  29. larryi86

    larryi86 Poo-Bah (2,562) Apr 4, 2010 Delaware
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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.
  30. mellowmark

    mellowmark Aspirant (263) Mar 31, 2010 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    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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  31. teal

    teal Initiate (77) May 3, 2012 Wisconsin

    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....
  32. darkandhoppy

    darkandhoppy Aspirant (295) Dec 26, 2008 Connecticut

    .....drink whiskey
  33. Revenant

    Revenant Aspirant (280) Aug 8, 2012 Minnesota

    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.
  34. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    No craft? I'll spend my time with Jack then.
  35. luisfrancisco

    luisfrancisco Disciple (326) Dec 1, 2009 Mexico
    Beer Trader

    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).
  36. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,067) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
    Supporter Beer Trader

    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...
  37. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Initiate (0) Jul 28, 2009 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    I'll drink a beer. I love beer.
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  38. MisterBisco

    MisterBisco Disciple (383) Feb 18, 2009 New York
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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.
  39. dman127

    dman127 Initiate (121) Jul 11, 2011 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    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.
  40. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 California

    I'll enjoy a Miller Lite with absolutely no problem.
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