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Incidentally, one of the items I picked up as much as I could get my hands on was this:
Buy it. Try it. It's incredible.
Recently enjoyed a Sawtooth Ale which comes out of Colorado. Perfect balance between the hoppiness of an IPA and the smoothness of a lager IMO.
Bottle or draft
I recently moved and the beer prices are significantly higher here. On the plus side, Yeungling is common.
I've probably mentioned that when I lived in DC, I found that one beer at a bar cost more than a six-pack.
Reminds me of the scene in Hall Pass where 3 shots of tequila was $57.
A few of the bottles I stocked up on were in the $20-$25 range for 650 ml and that was in Victoria where the beer is markedly cheaper. Not sure what it would have cost here if it was available.
Unlike wine, however, there appears to be a real top end to where beer prices can go. The best beer doesn't seem to get much more expensive than this.
As I say this, I'm just learning a little bit about the beer aftermarket (black market) where some beers are indeed going for quite a bit of money. I've probably drank hundred dollar bottles of beer simply because I relocated some $10 bottles to a market that has no supply but still some demand.
This came up because I was curious what it would take to get my hands on a can or four of Heady Topper without having to travel.
I'll probably have to travel.
That Heady seems to have a cult-like following.
Regarding the comparison of wine to beer, I know it's not considered by some that one may have a palate for beer.
Grobe, at $20-$25 for a bottle of suds (a large bottle, yes), it seems that beer may be going the way of wine. The way Heady provides their brew is, I think, evidence of complete control of your brand-make people come to you, limit supply, and charge high prices.
I don't really know my wine very well, but from my limited wine experience I think I can safely say that beer has a much broader range and just as much nuance on the palate. Trust me, one can have a palate for beer.
and having said that, it may just be a function of beer culture vs. wine culture. Modern brewers, especially American brewers are much more adventurous and experimental than their vintner counterparts. I've only just recently heard about a couple of vintners deliberately souring their wines, for example.
If I had to guess why this was I think it's probably because of the availability of raw ingredients for hobbyists. I can easily go buy grain and make beer from scratch (and I do) whereas home brewing wine almost invariably necessitates a kit where a lot of the control and creativity is taken off the table before you even perform step one. Paired with the culture of tradition and pomp around wine I don't think this is very conducive to innovation.
$14 for a growler at the local brewery with a return bottle. This is the best way to get beer. It's always fresh, never more that a few days old. The beer hasn't been trucked all over and sat in a liquor store or a distribution warehouse and gone at all skunky. As a bonus you get to spend your dollars locally and the bottles are recycled in the most direct way possible.
I had to pick up one of their IPAs the other day since it's seasonal and they only make it in the summer, it will be a long winter until they start pushing it out again.
Interesting. I now have a couple of growlers, but I own them and reuse them. They were $10-$12 to fill in Victoria, I have yet to fill them here so not sure how much it will cost yet.
Let me make this request: " Bitte ein Bit ". Yes I recently had the chance to try a Bitburger Beer, not bad ! Btw it is nice to see this thread on the go again.
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