Going to a small liquor store to buy beer from a multinational corporation is not as supportive of small businesses as going to a small chain liquor store to buy beer from a small craft brewery. Can you tell me what stores are lobbying federal and state governments for laws that squeeze out the smaller stores?
The small liquor stores around me sell very little craft beer, the staff knows very little about the craft beer they sell and next to nothing about beers that are coming out in the near future, and you can go in during the winter and still see summer beers sitting there at regular price. The Joe Canal's I go to has an entire aisle of craft beers plus a growler station, and no matter who is working there is always somebody there that can answer any beer questions and they know a lot about beers that haven't come out yet. They also run occasional events and specialty tappings at the growler station and they make sure their loyal craft beer customers get limited releases by calling and emailing them. None of the smaller stores do any of that stuff. Joe Canal's and some Buy Rites tend to be good craft beer destinations while most small hole in the wall stores tend to be AB and MillerCoors spots.
I understand all that, of course im bias when it comes to the mom and pops because I manage one and theres others nearby with great selections so it varies by where you live. Idk if its true by anyone else but the stores owned by indians or asians tend not to have as much selection as the stores owned by whites americans. But thats just what ive seen from my experience.
You say because big liquor stores arent lobbying for something that means theyre not trying to kill the little guys. Thats not true, they just try and kill the little guys by undercutting them with barely legal prices to get people in the store. I dont blame you for not caring about that. Dont go and say AB is trying to buy out its opponents and kill the craft beer market, it sounds silly. Theres thousands of breweries across the country and you would hope theyre not all brewing beer just for the money. That they actually care about the product theyre selling and its quality. Im curious where you heard AB sends beer directly in the state of NJ and not through a distributor. Its possible, but they would not give free kegs away at the risk of getting penalized by the ABC.
It sounds real douchey when I say youre not in the business so you dont know what youre talking about. You could know something I dont. But you shouldnt speak with such validity if youre not positive about what youre saying.
On a separate note I was drinking yards brawler last night. Ive never had anything from them, the brawler was actually pretty good. It tasted like a better yuengling. And im not a big yuengling fan either.
Uinta has a smoked lager I brought in called Tinder that just came out. Im really anxious to try it. It doesnt even have enough ratings to recieve a score yet on BA and ratebeer.
Also ive had Maine Beer's Zoe and Mo, theyre quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. Everything ive had from them has been great.
I also had Terrapins Pineapple Express, a smoked pineapple helles. It was meh. It tasted like it looks, hazy, murky, and semi sweet. Not worth the 6 or 7 bucks.
I had Humbolt 500 BC, just a average to below average ipa. Also not worth the 6 or 7 dollars.
Thats the problem with these limited beers. You have to take a chance with getting a case, you cant get samples because theyre limited, so you have to go by BA or ratebeer scores, and it turns out some are just okay at best and they sit on the shelf for months. That goes for rogue santas reserve, great divide espresso yeti, boulder killer penguin, dogfish kvasir. Thats a reason some small stores can take in some crafts because they dont really know whats going to sell aside from the obvious like nugget nectar and dogfish 120 and things like that.
Edited by Bartholomew Hunt, 27 February 2014 - 03:40 PM.