If you could only drink beer from the closest brewery to your home, would you move?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by VoxRationis, Apr 29, 2019.

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  1. ScottK22

    ScottK22 Pundit (779) Dec 30, 2010 New York

    I’m about 10 miles from Equilibrium so I think I can make that work.
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  2. ryan1788a5

    ryan1788a5 Pooh-Bah (1,916) Nov 27, 2009 Massachusetts

    Assuming, for the sake of the thread, that I'm basing the decision to move solely on beer choice and nothing else- God yes I would move. My hometown brewery has been open for about two years now and has proven incapable of making consistent beer. I gave it three chances, and found obvious flaws each time (I'm guessing they didn't mean to make their coffee stout a diacetyl bomb, their New England IPA taste sulfury, or brew their pilsner to showcase acetaldehyde). Even the poor quality aside, in this scenario I would still need my hometown brewery to be able to brew a broad range of styles well in order to keep my palate interested. I've been loving the old world styles lately and drinking a lot of hefeweizen, helles lager, and Belgian blonde ales as the weather warms up here, but my preferences always shift according to season, my mood, or whatever I happen to be eating at the time. So I guess I'd have to settle down next to a brewery like Sierra Nevada to keep me happy.
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  3. Kraz

    Kraz Initiate (0) Feb 12, 2018 Indiana

    I would probably just stop drinking as much beer, as unsatisfying as that is
  4. Tallerboy

    Tallerboy Initiate (0) Jun 17, 2017 New York

    Looks like I would need to move a stop closer to Other Half, because Island to Island Brewery (never been but I gonna guess OH crushes them) is two minutes closer.
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  5. Ranbot

    Ranbot Pooh-Bah (2,327) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    And why would we revert to beer distribution of medieval ages?
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  6. Squire

    Squire Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi

    Asheville is second on my list right behind Fort Collins. The fish are bigger out West.

    I can see the light bulb going off over @Troutbeerbum 's head so I should mention the Brookies in the NE part of the Country are a helluva lot bigger than our Southern Appalachian strain.
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  7. nc41

    nc41 Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    Murrels Inlet is tops on our list, there’s enough distance from Myrtle Island to not be that. Love the beach.
  8. HermitDan

    HermitDan Pundit (929) Apr 30, 2016 New Jersey

    Magnify is the closest to me. Would get tired of the ipas pretty quick, though I have seen them releasing stouts recently so maybe they are becoming more diverse.
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  9. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Maven (1,289) Nov 6, 2010 Canada (BC)

    I wouldn't move, but I'd be drinking exclusively wine & booze.
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  10. patto1ro

    patto1ro Pooh-Bah (1,948) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

  11. FBarber

    FBarber Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,089) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Brookgreen Gardens remains one of my favorite places on earth.
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  12. Sound_Explorer

    Sound_Explorer Pooh-Bah (2,708) Dec 29, 2013 Washington
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    I would have to move or find another liquid to imbibe. Two closest aren't the best sadly. I keep hoping they will improve over the years but have been let down too often at this point to trust them.
  13. VitisVinifera

    VitisVinifera Pundit (855) Feb 25, 2013 California

    I didn't choose where I live based upon proximity to my favorite brewery in the world. I can't imagine anyone, perhaps aside from someone who actually works at their favorite brewery, would.
  14. nc41

    nc41 Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    Huntington State Park is right across the street best beach in the area. Ah, but a few years away.
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  15. woodchipper

    woodchipper Grand Pooh-Bah (3,139) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut
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    I consider myself lucky. A brewery opened 0.5 miles from my house last August and they do a good job. The best thing about them, variety. A new beer almost every week and there is always a wide spread of styles on their 8 taps. The only downside.....if you really like something, drink it while you can because it will be replaced in a few weeks. I suppose that is a plus, given the "if you could only" premise, I would not get bored if this hypothetical scenario became a reality.
    Yea, and in good weather we walk there.
  16. dcotom

    dcotom Grand Pooh-Bah (5,223) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    I have to clarify something here. The closest brewery to my home is SingleSpeed, in Waterloo, IA. This is one of my favorite breweries. They do a fine job across a variety of styles, and I'd be perfectly okay with it if theirs were the only brews available to me. It's just that I'm not drinking nearly as much beer these days.

    So the question becomes: Would I move if I could drink only wines from the winery nearest to my home? Hell, yeah. In a New York minute. :wink:
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  17. tigg924

    tigg924 Grand Pooh-Bah (4,900) Apr 30, 2008 Massachusetts

    Unsure which of the four breweries in town brewery is closest but yeah, I would be drinking a lot less.
  18. JrGtr

    JrGtr Pooh-Bah (1,639) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    I think my closest brewery is Jack's Abby, so I'm pretty well set. Unless you count brewpubs, which I have a couple a bit closer - and steps from each other so I'm not sure which is exactly closer to me. One is much better than the other. I also have a homebrew shop close that is brewing for sale, though I think they don't have any outlets other than the tap room at this point, so I don't know if that counts, and I'm not sure which is closer.
  19. TrojanRB

    TrojanRB Grand Pooh-Bah (3,175) Jul 27, 2013 Texas
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    You’d give up beer for cider and ....brandy? Or whatever they make?
  20. cavedave

    cavedave Grand Pooh-Bah (4,083) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    No, just saying my closest cidery, Bad Seed Cider, makes cider so good I wouldn't care if I couldn't get any other cider, and Tuthilltown Spirits is closest distiller, and makes some of the best bourbons, whiskeys, and vodkas I have ever tasted. I would have no problem if all I could drink were the closest brewery, cidery, or distillery to me.

    Definitely no need to move away from here. In fact, I recommend moving to here if you are a lover of fine beers, ciders, and spirits.
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