Here is what my beer purchasing looked like in the second quarter of the year:
I want to apologize to the brewers at Barn Town Brewing for forgetting exactly which of their beers I drank following a spring bike ride in April. It was an IPA and it was hazy. After that my memory has completely failed me.
A couple of things stand out. First, I went a little overboard with the cans I brought home from Summit County. There is no way to get Outer Range Brewing or Broken Compass Brewing beers except in the high country. Plus, I wanted to share the experience with some people back home so I loaded up the cooler and acted like an old school bootlegger. Twenty four cans of beer does not exactly make me a bootlegger, but let me have my moment.
Second, I bought a lot of so-called “middle craft” beers from brewers like New Belgium Brewery, Sierra Nevada, Firestone Walker, and Lagunitas among others. Normally I would have little reason to choose a national craft brewer over something more local but a combination of grocery store sale pricing and rebates via the iBotta app changed my behavior. The combination of the two often meant that I was buying a twelve pack of Sierra Nevada Hazy Little thing for less than $14. That would compare with a local beer selling for $18-20 for the equivalent number of cans.
Once the summer rebates and pricing go away so does my interest. Plus, Big Grove Brewery is carpet bombing the retail beer landscape here in eastern Iowa with twelve packs now.