>tfw liquor stores near you don't have shit when it comes to beer and what they do have is marked up like fuck.
Seriously though, wouldn't you think that a liquor store would have a wide variety of good beers? What are liquor/convenience store beer selections like where you live?
I got a six pack of fat tire by the way. I've had it before but not for a while so I don't remember how it tasted. Is it good?
>wouldn't you think that a liquor store would have a wide variety of good beers
No, they're a *liquor* store, not a beer store. Likewise I wouldn't expect a good wine selection there either.
That being said, the better liquor stores would have a good assortment of both beer and wine, but that's the better stores, not the average one. The only thing I would expect from a basic "liquor store" is:
1) All the big-name brands like Tanqueray gin, Jack Daniel's, Jose cuervo, Bacardi, etc.
2) Bottom shelf brands
3) Overpriced mixers
if you want premium liquor, or beer, or wine, then you need a better than average liquor store, or a specialty shop.
I live in a small town in the desert of southern california.
There's a grocery store near me with a big alcohol section that has a lot more beers but still not as many varieties and choices as I would like, but it's not a big deal. I was mostly just curious what the liquor store situation was like where other anons are from
Make some goddamn sense. Are you so dumb that you think I was calling Fat Tire a craft beer, or that you think there are a lot of beers that are better than Fat Tire while not being craft beers and are widely distrubeted to convenience stores across the country? If the latter, would you care to let us all know these esteemed beverages or do you just want to sound like an idiotic asshole?
A lot of these don't bottle but I haven't come across a liquor store where fat tire is the best they sell. My point is I don't understand why liking good beer makes me a "craft beer faggot". There's no reason for me to drink shit beer because it's never the best option. Decent beer costs only a little more than soda and is just as easy to find.
I've seen plenty of rural area liquor stores that have terrible selections, and some that do not carry beer or wine aside for a few that they know they will move a lot of. Most gas stations and convenience stores around here are worse than that. The ones that are considered to have a decent selection have all of the cheapest macro brews and maybe 4 or 5 of the big company "special" brews. We have a few local breweries that do a good job, but they are too small to distribute that much with one exception, and that one would prefer to be nationwide while keeping their restaurants.
>Boring ass, run-of-the-mill beer store
>Has crazy variety
>I get anything and everything just in my small city of 50,000
Although I can get more imports than a border crossing, I typically stick to Grolsch. 1pint, 2.6 oz bottles cost about $4. A 12-pack of Newcastle is around $8-$10. Domestic is ridiculously inexpensive. Great Lakes and Two Hearted are $6 for a six pack.
Hot damn that's a good price. I pay 10 for a six pack of two hearted. Love the stuff, but fuck getting a 12 pack for 16.99 on a three dollar off sale.
Chicago has great beer but you're only going to find mendocino brewery, red hook, and kona for 6-7.99. Everything worth a damn is 10 and up.
I live in Colorado, where beer, wine, and liquore above 3.2% abv is sold only in liquor stores, save for one Safeway, one Costco, and a couple of other places.
I moved here from a state, Alabama, where liquor was sold by the state or in package stores, and everything else in grocery stores.
We used to go to the next state over, Florida, where pretty much everything goes. Walmart has a liquor store, etc.
I much prefer Colorado's system. Keeping everything confined to a few supermarket aisles really snubs your local selection there. In Alabama, once the craft beer revolution started in 2012 you could only find most products in liquor stores [which the state forced to double tax], while out of state varieties took up shelf room. Or imports like 3 fucking kinds of Guiness.
Florida made me wonder why liquor sections in grocery stores existed there. Every time you could go to a big liquor store and get a wider selection of beer or wine for a cheaper price, and it's easier to special order and buy in bulk.
Plenty of the large brews are very good, including fat tire. It's not one of the best out there, but if you think it is shitty, then wtf do you call good? Is there a single one on your list that isn't an import or craft brew?
This, New Belgium makes some shit beer, but it makes some great ones too.
Their sours surprised me greatly, Le Terroir and the like. I also enjoyed their black lager, 1554, more than any I've had yet.
But how much is it?
That's the thing. I went to a Walmart in Florida because it was near a place I was interviewing. I looked at the price of Sobieski vodka [I like it, it's my vodka mixer]. Then I went to my usual huge liquor place and it was $3 cheaper.
Kansas City here. On the Kansas side it's typical bible belt laws - only liquor stores carry anything over 3.2%, they close at 11pm, 8pm on Sunday. On the Missouri side it's gravy though, and I live right near state line so it's NBD.
We have the Boulevard brewery, of course, so all of their beers are easy to find. Several smaller breweries as well, so good stuff isn't hard to come by. Most stores have a good selection - worst case scenario, they still have Boulevard Wheat.
Everything is fortunately inexpensive up north. And when I refer to "up north" I mean Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Did you know part of Minnesota is in Canada? You have to travel through Canada in order to get to a certain part of Minnesota. Crazy.
It's the same everywhere.
Go to the better grocery stores near you.
The grocery stores here have all the local craft beers, plus the better macros, and sometimes good stuff is on sale. Plus, the prices are cheaper than liquor and convenience stores outright.
>not drinking based Rampant
Fuck Fat Tire. If you're going to get New Belgium, get some of their more interesting beers.
I watched some series on History channel called How the States Got Their Shape, that really got me into state history. It's some really, really neat stuff, I suggest checking it out.
>mfw grocery stores in my state only sell 3.2% beer
Some people are trying to pass a law in September allowing stronger beers, though.
In DFW you can get craft at the gas station, no problem. Usually kept in a seperate fridge off to the side at 711s or if you got to a Racetrac or QT they have an entire walk in fridge with just as much beer as the grocery store. Most "liquor" stores like Spec's or Total Wine also have huge beer sections. I usually can find what I want for the most part at the 711 thats a five minute walk from my place. Marked maybe a dollar or two, but beats having to drive all the way into the city to get to the liquor store.
I have to buy an 18-pack of 3.2% Heineken just to get a buzz. That's why I mainly drink hard liquor, but I'm shit out of luck after 9pm and Sundays. I'm a Christian and all, but I'm not the fucking Pope. I want booze.
I really didn't like 1554. Maybe it's just not the right style for me. I like their hoppy beers though. Rampant, the xpa, mirror pond. All of those are pretty good.
I'd rather have ballast point, but that shit expensive.
I've been in your shoes. My friend and I drove to Canada all the up from the south. We stopped at one of their appropriately named Beer Stores and grabbed two 2-4s of Molsen Bradors. It was like 7-8 percent abv. We drank that stuff all the way back home. I'd like to say we were responsible drivers but we weren't. We were drunk.
Do you not enjoy lighter dark beers, like Black IPAs and dry Porters? I love a dry Porter, and 1554 felt like a session Porter to me.
Ballast Point is good, but too overpriced.
I had their Grapefruit Sculpin, which was not as good as Ska Modus Mandarina, which is almost always between $8 and $8.50 anywhere I go [verses between $11 and $13 for the other]. Then again, Ballast Point is more widespread in distribution than Ska, therefore I hear more about them.
As far as New Belgium goes, their 22oz bombers are where it's at. Le Terrior is one of my top 5 sours. Most of the Lips of Faith series in the past few years have been great.