Same for me. Not many pubs near me serving a decent range of beers, and only one of my local breweries (Deya) actually produces the kind of beer I want to drink on a regular basis. Plus I just don’t get out much honestly. So easily 90% of my rates are bottles/cans at home.
see this is what i find can be fascinating about these discuss. Im easily 90 in pubs cause ive a great drinking buddy in @Stuu666 and Edinburgh pubs are well served, have on whole great beer availability info and more importantly close together. that i arrive home most nights in time to have tea with the kids. having had a few. that i struggle to actually drink the stuff i buy for the house
This is another factor I didn’t mention. None of my real life friends in my area are into beer really. They’ll happily drink pints of Carling or some other shite in pubs then go off clubbing or whatever. That’s fine, they enjoy that, but it’s just not my thing so I have no interest in doing that. Think that’s probably why I’ve become more active on the forums, means I can actually talk beery stuff with other like minded people.
Of course, I could just go solo, but I don’t find that too enjoyable either. Therefore I choose to stay home… saved by our country’s amazing selection of bottleshops.
I rate out in pubs most of the time. My other half drinks single malt, G&Ts, occasional ciders and quality fruit beers. As long as we have one of those things in a beer bar, I’ve got a good drinking buddy.
Yeah that’s great when that happens. Problem is my whole county is a dead zone for RB people. It’s literally just me and downender on the top raters list. Everyone else on there is no longer active. And downender is from Bristol which is actually a fairly decent beer city, but no one in Gloucestershire considers it part of the county because it’s pretty far away (comparatively speaking) to most of us. But that’s a discussion that’s been had before on RB and doesn’t need to be had again. But yeah I think being one of the traditional cider counties doesn’t help things here. Hopefully with more prolific brewers like Deya in the area things will improve in years to come.
I do go to the pub maybe three times a week, but usually of a lunchtime so stick to a couple of halves. There a some pubs found here that do regularly change their beers but it’s 90% bitters and golds. Got a number of meetings in London coming up so will try and fit as many picks into 2-3 hours as possible. Shops found here are better by no craft beer bars around here yet. Somewhere like Guildford could support one.
I guess mine is about 50/50. I guess much like LazyPyro there aren’t really any other RB folk around my Oxfordshire neck of the woods even Glen imdownthepub who is in the same county is about 25 miles north of me. Living out in the country (11 miles out of Oxford and about 5 miles out of Bicester) also limits us a little for drinking in bars, however having a camper is godsend as this means that we can and do get out and about quite a lot so we can stay overnight in Oxford or as we often do travel further afield, if it wasn’t for the campervan I think we’d be drinking 90% at home.
Interesting that it’s cheaper in bars, We don’t have that luxury I’m afraid Apart from happy hours, we only have one size, which can be anything from 16 oz to 8 oz, ranging upwards from $7 to $10. Some places have flights, but then you tend to pay more for a smaller cup.
Mostly Because im drinking 1/3 in Bars vs having to buy full bottles.
But Even Full pints (568ml)say £6 compares for £3.5 for a 330ml bottle
ok due to the fact that bars may have bigger mark up but the cost of a 30L keg is better per ml than 330ml bottle
But yeah the NYC We decide the size of the pour was definitely odd for me, and your Samplers Were way over priced compared to the small pour in most UK bars.
Really made me appreciate how lucky i am for beer in Edinburgh