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(News.com.au)   Three guys, not named Drew, Wil and Greg, walk into a craft beer bar ... and never leave   (news.com.au) divider line 20
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2014-08-13 01:59:23 AM  
"Craft beer today is booming, but two years ago it was more in its infancy,"

Way to be just a teensy bit behind the curve, Aussies.
 
2014-08-13 04:03:35 AM  
If you say "jesus" backwards, it sounds like "sausage."
 
2014-08-13 04:06:51 AM  
Who's Greg?

/obviously not a real Farker
 
2014-08-13 04:21:01 AM  

Shrapnel: Who's Greg?


This Guy

/He looks more homeless now since he stopped shaving
 
2014-08-13 04:43:57 AM  
So, some guys got tired of buying expensive beer, and solved this problem by making their own expensive beer?
 
2014-08-13 05:05:01 AM  
It has it all.

Capital investors selling to advertising executives, craft beer and Instagram.

assholes everywhere.
 
2014-08-13 05:09:57 AM  

fusillade762: "Craft beer today is booming, but two years ago it was more in its infancy,"

Way to be just a teensy bit behind the curve, Aussies.


Yeah, they've kinda been hammered by two things down here, 1) The exorbitant cost, a typical 24 rack of so-so beer will run you $45-55, microbrews will be closer to $80, and 2) The large macro-breweries give these sweet offers to the pubs like 50% off the keg price if they carry their beer on 80% of the taps. The macros take a hit on that but make it back on the cost at the bottle shops (aka liquor stores) and force out the more expensive microbrews. Home brewing is huge down here, my club has over 70 members.
 
JVD
2014-08-13 06:50:00 AM  

Reverend J: fusillade762: "Craft beer today is booming, but two years ago it was more in its infancy,"

Way to be just a teensy bit behind the curve, Aussies.

Yeah, they've kinda been hammered by two things down here, 1) The exorbitant cost, a typical 24 rack of so-so beer will run you $45-55, microbrews will be closer to $80, and 2) The large macro-breweries give these sweet offers to the pubs like 50% off the keg price if they carry their beer on 80% of the taps. The macros take a hit on that but make it back on the cost at the bottle shops (aka liquor stores) and force out the more expensive microbrews. Home brewing is huge down here, my club has over 70 members.


Yikes. I'd have to be a suit just to afford to drink there!
 
2014-08-13 07:17:24 AM  

Reverend J: fusillade762: "Craft beer today is booming, but two years ago it was more in its infancy,"

Way to be just a teensy bit behind the curve, Aussies.

Yeah, they've kinda been hammered by two things down here, 1) The exorbitant cost, a typical 24 rack of so-so beer will run you $45-55, microbrews will be closer to $80, and 2) The large macro-breweries give these sweet offers to the pubs like 50% off the keg price if they carry their beer on 80% of the taps. The macros take a hit on that but make it back on the cost at the bottle shops (aka liquor stores) and force out the more expensive microbrews. Home brewing is huge down here, my club has over 70 members.


Wait, so your choices are:
1. Spend half your paycheck on one trip to the bar for pisswater
or
2. Spend a couple hundred on the basic infrastructure and make your money back in a few months because your only expenses are <OVERSIMPLIFICATION ALERT> electricity and water? And then join a group of like-minded people, sampling and trading back and forth, having a vast variety to choose from and also get to wear silly hats if you so choose?

Tough call.
 
2014-08-13 07:39:57 AM  

gggoddammitt: Reverend J: fusillade762: "Craft beer today is booming, but two years ago it was more in its infancy,"

Way to be just a teensy bit behind the curve, Aussies.

Yeah, they've kinda been hammered by two things down here, 1) The exorbitant cost, a typical 24 rack of so-so beer will run you $45-55, microbrews will be closer to $80, and 2) The large macro-breweries give these sweet offers to the pubs like 50% off the keg price if they carry their beer on 80% of the taps. The macros take a hit on that but make it back on the cost at the bottle shops (aka liquor stores) and force out the more expensive microbrews. Home brewing is huge down here, my club has over 70 members.

Wait, so your choices are:
1. Spend half your paycheck on one trip to the bar for pisswater
or
2. Spend a couple hundred on the basic infrastructure and make your money back in a few months because your only expenses are <OVERSIMPLIFICATION ALERT> electricity and water? And then join a group of like-minded people, sampling and trading back and forth, having a vast variety to choose from and also get to wear silly hats if you so choose?

Tough call.


Well, when you put it THAT way.......

/just decanted 19 litres of cider into a cornelius keg
 
2014-08-13 09:01:14 AM  

gggoddammitt: Reverend J: fusillade762: "Craft beer today is booming, but two years ago it was more in its infancy,"

Way to be just a teensy bit behind the curve, Aussies.

Yeah, they've kinda been hammered by two things down here, 1) The exorbitant cost, a typical 24 rack of so-so beer will run you $45-55, microbrews will be closer to $80, and 2) The large macro-breweries give these sweet offers to the pubs like 50% off the keg price if they carry their beer on 80% of the taps. The macros take a hit on that but make it back on the cost at the bottle shops (aka liquor stores) and force out the more expensive microbrews. Home brewing is huge down here, my club has over 70 members.

Wait, so your choices are:
1. Spend half your paycheck on one trip to the bar for pisswater
or
2. Spend a couple hundred on the basic infrastructure and make your money back in a few months because your only expenses are <OVERSIMPLIFICATION ALERT> electricity and water? And then join a group of like-minded people, sampling and trading back and forth, having a vast variety to choose from and also get to wear silly hats if you so choose?

Tough call.


Pretty much spot on, I had to buy some more equipment and supplies and it totaled $100. I did the math and the beer I'll be making when factoring in the equipment cost will still be half the price of the beer I'd buy in the stores. The next batch will be down to 1/4 the price of store beer.
 
2014-08-13 09:04:23 AM  

gggoddammitt: 2. Spend a couple hundred on the basic infrastructure and make your money back in a few months because your only expenses are <OVERSIMPLIFICATION ALERT> electricity and water? And then join a group of like-minded people, sampling and trading back and forth, having a vast variety to choose from and also get to wear silly hats if you so choose?

Tough call.


3. Brew alone and occasionally share them with friends because I cannot stand hanging out with the beer geek crowd any longer. It's a chore.
 
2014-08-13 09:15:50 AM  

Reverend J: The next batch will be down to 1/4 the price of store beer.


Nice! I've been growing my own hops (vacuum pack and freeze), buying all my grain in bulk and keeping it in giant pet food storage bins, and washing yeast to maintain a library. I still have to buy some specialty grains, hops, and yeast sometimes, as well as disinfectant and other consumables. But I've brewed about 15 batches so far this calendar year at a run-rate of 30 cents per bottle.

CSB:
For some reason, co-workers and friends have started treating my brewing like an episode of "chopped." They bring me fun and sometimes strange ingredients and ask me to make a beer with them. It started with someone who raises bees and gave me a pound of honey to use. Someone else visited family in India and brought back whole pod cardimom, home grown black pepper corns, and other spices. That one became a Chai Milk Stout. My latest plan is to use Turkish "Za'tar" spice (thyme, sesame, and dried, ground sumac berries) to punch up a Saison.
 
2014-08-13 09:38:51 AM  
I hope good beer is the "new" thing for the craft brew movement.  I am sick of ULTRASUPERHOP IPA and MEGAHOP ALE.  There are other beer flavors hoppy.

Yes, I know I should drink this or I don't get out enough.  But I just went to Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp and 90% of the brews were hopped up.
 
2014-08-13 09:56:10 AM  
Should be going to Australia in February.
Thank you for this link.
New incentive to drink all the beers.
 
2014-08-13 10:08:10 AM  

bekovich: So, some guys got tired of buying expensive beer, and solved this problem by making their own expensive beer?


No.  The've set up shop to market other peoples' expensive beer with a tidy markup.  Bankers and promoters - they don't make anything.
 
2014-08-13 10:16:23 AM  

SansNeural: bekovich: So, some guys got tired of buying expensive beer, and solved this problem by making their own expensive beer?

No.  The've set up shop to market other peoples' expensive beer with a tidy markup.  Bankers and promoters - they don't make anything.


They make it happen.
 
2014-08-13 10:41:45 AM  

Reverend J: gggoddammitt: Reverend J: fusillade762: "Craft beer today is booming, but two years ago it was more in its infancy,"

Way to be just a teensy bit behind the curve, Aussies.

Yeah, they've kinda been hammered by two things down here, 1) The exorbitant cost, a typical 24 rack of so-so beer will run you $45-55, microbrews will be closer to $80, and 2) The large macro-breweries give these sweet offers to the pubs like 50% off the keg price if they carry their beer on 80% of the taps. The macros take a hit on that but make it back on the cost at the bottle shops (aka liquor stores) and force out the more expensive microbrews. Home brewing is huge down here, my club has over 70 members.

Wait, so your choices are:
1. Spend half your paycheck on one trip to the bar for pisswater
or
2. Spend a couple hundred on the basic infrastructure and make your money back in a few months because your only expenses are <OVERSIMPLIFICATION ALERT> electricity and water? And then join a group of like-minded people, sampling and trading back and forth, having a vast variety to choose from and also get to wear silly hats if you so choose?

Tough call.

Pretty much spot on, I had to buy some more equipment and supplies and it totaled $100. I did the math and the beer I'll be making when factoring in the equipment cost will still be half the price of the beer I'd buy in the stores. The next batch will be down to 1/4 the price of store beer.


I've been homebrewing for 14 years and teaching an all grain class at the LHBS for the past year.

Economics are one of the things that always comes up from the students.  I always tell them that over time everything comes out in the wash so the best thing you can do is to buy good quality gear that you can use for a very long time.  It doesn't have to be Blichmann, but don't buy anything that you wouldn't consider being bulletproof.

With that said....I love my Blichmann burner!
 
2014-08-13 12:18:47 PM  
Drew starts running around all over the bar sticking beer bottles up his butt first and then pounding them in one sip before moving on the the next unattended bottle.

Greg is laughing hysterically as the bartender asks, "What the hell is your buddy doing? You're probably gonna have to keep that thing on some kind of leash if you want to bring him into my bar anymore fellas!!"

Will responds, "Oh don't worry sir, Drew always runs around everywhere drinking every beer in sight- but ever since he unwittingly snatched up that Budweiser™, he butt-chugs each bottle first now before he pounds it down."
 
2014-08-13 01:27:56 PM  

GWSuperfan: Shrapnel: Who's Greg?

This Guy

/He looks more homeless now since he stopped shaving


I thought I was Greg.
 
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