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. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

    Social drinking; in order of preference:
    Craft Beer
    Iced Tea
  2. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (845) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois
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    Other: Rethink my past-life choices because I'm obviously in hell
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  3. sir-knifes-alot

    sir-knifes-alot Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2012 Colorado

    I'm always down for a old fashioned or G&T
  4. ucfalum08

    ucfalum08 Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2013 Florida

    I usually go with water but depending on what I'm eating maybe a Blue Moon or Heineken.
  5. Rohkey

    Rohkey Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2013 Michigan

    It's a toss up. Sometimes I'll go with water, other times I'll go for the Leinies/Sam Adams/Blue Moon seasonal if I have to. The only time I'll touch a Bud (or something equivalent) is at a sporting event or strip club, where I feel drinking is pretty much mandatory. Fortunately the professional stadiums in Detroit (and a lot of places around here, it seems) are starting to expand their beer offerings to microbrews.
  6. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    If im out at a bar late and dont find craft there (like if theres nothing interesting on at the Whiskey in Durham), in this order:
    1) ask the bartender to chill the entire bottle of Sambuca Black or White, and pour over ice with a splash of water
    2) Galliano on the rocks
    3) Tangueray/Bombay Sapphire and Tonic
    4) Woodford or Jefferson's Rye neat
    5) Vanilla Coke
  7. Schwantz

    Schwantz Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2012 Florida

  8. slim2043

    slim2043 Initiate (0) Jul 23, 2012 Connecticut

  9. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,316) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Usually I will only have water. If I feel like spending money with a decent meal then I will drink some wine.
  10. FanofHefe

    FanofHefe Meyvn (1,116) Feb 13, 2010 Illinois

    Bourbon. But I'm kind of picky about that, too, with Makers Mark about the lowest I will go on quality bourbons. If they only have whiskey, I'll usually go with a cabernet, if available and fitting for the meal. Otherwise, water.
  11. TheLostGringo

    TheLostGringo Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2011 Connecticut
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  12. CreightonSM

    CreightonSM Disciple (399) Dec 23, 2010 New York

    Pabst or Wild Turkey 101 will do just fine.
  13. Droogins

    Droogins Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Massachusetts

    Bourbon straight or a Hendricks and Tonic.
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  14. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 Indiana
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    Had some spicy crawfish the other night and washed them down with Coors Light.
    My first twist off cap in a long, long, long long long long time!

    Hit the spot!

    Note: it was that or sorry ass Budweiser!
  15. Spaghett

    Spaghett Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2011 California

    Wine or gin straight.
  16. Reinbeck11

    Reinbeck11 Initiate (0) Aug 15, 2012 Iowa

    This always seems to be an issue on almost all the public golf courses around here and most of the private ones. I usually give in and go Bud, or even Bud Select. Sometimes they got Hienie but they are almost always skunked. Occasional Dos Equis, I'm good if they got that.

    Vodka Lemonade fills in well at the private courses (publics usually don't have liquor).
  17. solargoat

    solargoat Aspirant (226) Dec 31, 2008 Wisconsin

    It would depend on if I have to pay for it, or if it's free at a party.
    If I have to pay, i would go with nothing.
    If it's free I would imbibe something else.

    Oh and don't get me started on golf courses I would rather die than drink at a golf course.
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  18. Reinbeck11

    Reinbeck11 Initiate (0) Aug 15, 2012 Iowa

    If you play golf like me you have to drink to forget your score. Course double digit numbers are beyond my education, so double par is max score. Thats why I usually only buy 4's and 6ers.
  19. scud

    scud Initiate (197) Sep 22, 2010 Indiana
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    You seem like a white russian type of dude...
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  20. Dtapeski

    Dtapeski Initiate (36) Oct 26, 2012 Colorado

    Initially thought about writing that, but it felt so wrong.
  21. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Bourbon on the stones.

    If I want something sweet, Jack Daniels with a quick shot of ginger ale.

    Or, if the bar/restaurant has some interesting cocktails, I may go that direction.
  22. mwar

    mwar Initiate (0) Jun 15, 2012 Kentucky

    No problem drinking BMC. I Enjoy craft beer as much as the next guy, but can have a good time drinking BMC as well. Cowboy up sissy boys!
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  23. LivingWeapon

    LivingWeapon Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2012 Illinois

    Well if I am going somewhere that doesnt have craft beer and my intention is to have a drink then its probably because they have specials for $1 Buds or 1/2 price mixed drinks or something, and Im fine with those if it means I get drunk for under $10. Guess Ill go with it depends on the situation.
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  24. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    In the case of this concert venue where i know its all overpriced bmc. prefunk on good stuff and have like one shitty beer the entire night to tide over and focus on the music!
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  25. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (2,898) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    Before beer, I was a single-malt Scotch guy - so that'd be my go-to drink.

    I also really enjoy anejo tequila (neat, of course ;)), and gin - ah, yes, gin - in a martini or straight, ice cold gin is oh-so good...
  26. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

    I invested in a case of these babies for the golf bag. Nice stubby size tucks inside and can be consumed inconspicuously. Otherwise....I intentional shank one into the woods and pop one down unseen. Fore!

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  27. mnguyen281

    mnguyen281 Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2009 Texas

    Scotch, cognac, brandy, mixed cocktails, macro beers ill drink it all.
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  28. Shoo65

    Shoo65 Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2011 Indiana
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    Politely ask for water honestly
  29. brewsader

    brewsader Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2012 New York
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    bourbonnnnnnnnnnnn. or g&t's if they have nice gin.
  30. HumphreyLee

    HumphreyLee Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Bourbon and Sierra Mist.
  31. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,078) Mar 18, 2010 California

    I really don't drink other kinds of alcohol, so I would probably get a soda or iced tea.
  32. BklynTerp

    BklynTerp Initiate (0) Oct 14, 2012 New York

    Jamos, Gin and Tonics or BMC, no problem with any of it. Have to be cost effective
  33. mmireles

    mmireles Initiate (0) May 18, 2005 Texas

    eh, since Dos XX isn't considered a craft beer... i'll typically just have one of those if i'm at a place with a limited beer selection.
  34. Dexterityviking

    Dexterityviking Initiate (106) Oct 15, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Jack with 1 rock
  35. 12tb

    12tb Initiate (198) May 18, 2011 Iowa
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    I love "craft" bourbon almost as much as craft beer. If they can make a good old fashioned, I'll order that over an OK craft beer.
  36. RockAZ

    RockAZ Disciple (371) Jan 6, 2009 Arizona
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    Hard liquor, and the best of all possible worlds would be vodka and a craft brewed root beer-draft or bottled. I look to White/Black Russians next, and if neither of those are forthcoming I will rarely remain in that place. A few times the bartender brought me something with lemon or apple that rocked my night, some Old Fashioneds kept me seated, but that is rare mostly because I bailed not wanting to stick around to see what I might be subjected to next - Karaoke? Oh the Humanity!
  37. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    Nice, Ive snuck duvel into bars before ;). Haven't done it lately tho!
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  38. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Crusader (720) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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    That's what i do too. I realy enjoy wine but just can't see myself drinking it at a bar.
  39. peensteen

    peensteen Poo-Bah (1,835) Apr 3, 2010 Ontario (Canada)
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    I'll drink whatever beer they have but I sure will bitch about it.
  40. sunkistxsudafed

    sunkistxsudafed Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2010 New Mexico

    all of the above.

    if i'm feeling like enjoying a particular style or brew and it isn't available, i'll usually just get water or tea. If i'm at a cookout and it's hot out I'll enjoy a corona or some dos equis. Similarly, if i'm at a small dive bar with 4 taps, the best of which is Amber Bock... I'll probably just get whatever the bartender and i can think up, or a shot of whiskey.
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