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. galvetraz

    galvetraz Initiate (0) Sep 7, 2009 Texas

    The situation usually dictates for me. Most of the time it's just water for me, I don't necessarily want to spend money and calories on a BMC beer just for the sake of drinking a beer. Yea I know that may be a little snobby but its just my preference. Otherwise if I feel like it, good bourbon or vodka hits the spot.
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  2. Lantern

    Lantern Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2011

  3. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    I've answered this in a few other threads. I just had a Dos Equis with my spicy burrito last night. I can drink pretty much anything, would I prefer some world class brew? Sure. Can I still enjoy a macro every once in a while under the right circumstances? Absolutely.
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  4. victory4me

    victory4me Zealot (547) Oct 16, 2004 Pennsylvania

    Sometimes I'll take a BMC over some of the "craft" options.
  5. seplo

    seplo Disciple (376) Sep 8, 2009 Connecticut
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    Well I'd have to say that I would go with water or soda.I cant poison this temple with anything else,lol....CHEERS
  6. frazbri

    frazbri Crusader (733) Oct 29, 2003 Ohio

    I voted all of the above, as I have done them all. It's really rare to end up in this situation anymore outside of the occasional wedding or cookout.
  7. wesbray

    wesbray Disciple (349) Feb 29, 2012 Alberta (Canada)
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    Guinness. Or depending on the place, Hoegaarden.
  8. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 California

    Yep. Some people here sound like a real blast to hang out with.
  9. ferillo

    ferillo Devotee (489) Sep 12, 2009 Massachusetts
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    I can't remember the last time I let myself go into a place that doesn't have craft beer.
  10. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    Some of you guys must be lucky if all your sporting venues and concerts serve craft. I'm jelly.
  11. ferillo

    ferillo Devotee (489) Sep 12, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Up here at the very least, they have Sam seasonals. The major venues have an expanding assortment. Even the smaller clubs have caught up around here with most having Sierra or the like at a minimum.
  12. pcguitarwzrd

    pcguitarwzrd Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2013 Florida

    If there's no decent beer, this is the order of likelihood of my choice of action:
    1) Margarita on the rocks
    2) Rum and coke
    3) Jack and coke
    4) Glass of wine (all tastes the same to me)
    5) Water
    6) Baby formula
    7) Warm piss
    8) BMC
  13. nolabrew

    nolabrew Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2010 Louisiana

    Ever try a sazerac?
  14. nolabrew

    nolabrew Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2010 Louisiana

    I hate BMC and I always have. There is only one circumstance where I will drink it and that is a crawfish boil. I can't explain why, but for some reason BMC goes perfectly with crawfish. Maybe because your lips are numb and your nose stops working from all the cayenne pepper.
  15. jbertsch

    jbertsch Meyvn (1,094) Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts

    I'm happy to fall back on wine if I'm at a decent restaurant because I enjoy wine very much.

    If I'm at, say, a ballpark with nothing but BMC available, then I drink soda. Never understood the "well I'm at a ballgame, I HAVE to drink a beer to enjoy myself" mindset.

    Generally BMC is never a consideration. And when I say BMC, I mean bud, miller, coors. I'm happy to enjoy a Franziskaner or something like that.

    Actually, an occasional PBR isn't out of the realm of the possibility - that's generally my one macro-tasting exception. But it's rare that I have it.
  16. smartassboiler

    smartassboiler Champion (871) Apr 9, 2012 Illinois
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    I'm in a similar situation, but with Sauvignon Blanc. I like the grapefruit-ish flavors. I pretend it's an IPA.
  17. nogophers

    nogophers Aspirant (256) Jun 28, 2011 Minnesota

    My hierarchy:
  18. Sarlacc83

    Sarlacc83 Crusader (752) Mar 2, 2008 Oregon
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    1) Do they have decent bourbon or Scotch? If yes -> Drink whisk(e)y.

    If no, do they have Maker's Mark? If yes -> Manhattan

    If no -> Is the wine super damn pricey? If no -> wine

    If yes -> Water's fine, thanks.
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  19. ColinStClaire

    ColinStClaire Initiate (0) Jul 31, 2012 Washington

    I've never really had this problem. If I go out to a bar you better believe its gonna be a bar with options. If its a restaurant or something eith no craft options I'll just get water. Soda isn't with the money or calories and wine to me is too expensive at most restaurants. I don't go to many sporting events so now worries there. I go to concerts fairly often and a few of the venues around here have full bars with decent options. Only one venue I can think of that has no taps, only $4 bottles (which is a fucking rip off if you ask me). When there, I'll either suck it up and shell out $4 for a Lag IPA or Black Butte, get a PBR tall boy, a shot with the boys, or just water. However the one venue in question has reentry and has a bar with great options less than a block away. So during a band I don't care to see I'll just walk my ass down the street!
  20. ColinStClaire

    ColinStClaire Initiate (0) Jul 31, 2012 Washington

    Wow, I can't f****** type.
  21. FosterJM

    FosterJM Poo-Bah (2,719) Nov 16, 2009 California
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    Yes, right after Christmas we went to a dinner theatre show and had a saturday evening special. Absinthe, Templeton rye, bitters and Sazerac.

  22. StubFaceJoe

    StubFaceJoe Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2011 Colorado

    Dude, you need to move.
  23. StubFaceJoe

    StubFaceJoe Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2011 Colorado

    I can't understand all the posts where BMC isn't an option, but Pepsi and Coke are. Aren't they kinda like the same thing? Also, for those seriously concerned with their palette, why consume things with such harsh effects on taste perception?

    I'd personally rather drink BMC than Coke or Pepsi any day.
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  24. audioserf

    audioserf Aspirant (253) Sep 3, 2010 Connecticut

    Water or diet soda. However, I can't remember the last time I went out anywhere that I couldn't at least order a Boston Lager.
  25. DonDirkA

    DonDirkA Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Arizona

    More often than not I'll just have water or soda. Occasionally, depending on where I am, I'll have a mixed drink, but I feel like they are a rip off 90% of the time so I only do it at places that I know make them good and strong.
  26. anth0ny

    anth0ny Initiate (0) Jan 5, 2012 Michigan

    Guinness every time! If the ONLY thing available is Bud, Miller, Coors, etc, I usually won't drink at all. Rarely do I attend events where that is the case.
  27. DonDirkA

    DonDirkA Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Arizona

    Yeah, Pepsi and Coke are like BMC if you drink the craft sodas and whatnot. Otherwise, they're soda. BMC is corn water. Thats gross.
  28. StubFaceJoe

    StubFaceJoe Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2011 Colorado

    Pepsi and Coke are also derived from corn.

    They're also gigantic companies that sell products that are bad for you through excessive marketing.

    Stepping down from soap box early.
  29. AngusOg

    AngusOg Meyvn (1,016) Apr 23, 2010 North Carolina
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    Depends. If it is free like an open bar function or wedding reception etc, i'll go the wine or liquor route. If i'm at a bar with a horrible selection and i'm paying, then looks like i'm going to be slummin it with some Natty Boh for that evening, or at least until i can convince everybody else to leave and go someplace with a better selection.
  30. dkolp

    dkolp Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2013 Indiana

    I will drink water and grab a beer from my personal stash when I get home
  31. Ericness

    Ericness Initiate (186) Nov 21, 2012 Massachusetts

    Easy: "(Johnny Walker) Black Label on the rocks please." My first drinking love is also my go to when decent beer is not available or I want something else. I'll pass over Sam Adams and Harpoon main releases for this as well, since they are widely available in my area (Boston) and generally don't appeal to me either.
  32. BetterBeerPlz

    BetterBeerPlz Aspirant (227) Sep 8, 2007 Arkansas

    Wine or mixed drink, preferably a Gimlet.
  33. buschbeer

    buschbeer Poo-Bah (2,632) Feb 7, 2009 Ohio
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  34. xnicknj

    xnicknj Initiate (0) May 25, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Pabst or Yuengling since those are available at pretty much every bar in philly, especially the ones lacking craft. An old fashioned wouldn't be bad either.
  35. beerindex

    beerindex Initiate (123) Jun 18, 2007 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Never BMC. Depending on the price and selection, sometimes other booze. If that is equally underwhelming, then water.
  36. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

    You need to add a shot of Pyrat XO Reserve rum to that coke or pepsi. Then vote again. Cheers!
  37. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Aspirant (259) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    Cry myself to sleep
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