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[–] warpdesign 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I live in Southern California, they are very common. And probably one of the main reason I got into drinking beer. I used to think beer was the mainstream stuff you buy at the grocery store, not my thing. Then started attending local brewery events and got hooked!

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[–] Dadoboy 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

That's how I started drinking beer. Went into the local "The Gingerman Pub", and said I like them strong and blond. She gave me about 5 samples, and I found my true love. The Devil's Backbone - brewed in Austin. What's great about it, is that Target is starting to sell craft beers, and that is one they stock. Can't stand anything owned by the big corps. Even the ones that say they are "craft beer" (I'm looking at you, Blue Moon and Shock Top - MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch) are off my list

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[–] Poppet 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I love The Gingerman...have to go every time I"m in Austin.

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[–] warpdesign 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I hear you. Though I have to say, if I go to a party now and all they have is Blue Moon, I'll at least drink that. It's the bottom of my list, but prior to those getting popular, if all they had was Corona or something I just wouldn't drink period. I'd rather have a soda than drink that swill.

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[–] Rommel79 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

In the Austin area we have 13 or 14 by my last count.

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[–] Seamroy 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Out here in the Boston/New England area they are pretty common. If you are interested in a local brewery you can check out Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project They've been around a while and have some good stuff.

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[–] Joxerthemeaty 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I love in green bay wisconsin. We have 4 in green bay and 5 others i can think of within an hour drive. It is a small but growing community

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[–] Ludacris_Ginger 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I just moved from Indiana to Southern Florida and I'm having a hard time. I went from being so close to so many incredible, nationally known microbreweries to almost nothing. There are a few beer pubs that have a halfway decent tap, but I'm not heavily impressed. Cigar City Brewing is a 4 hour drive so it's a pain. To visit. Outside of that, for the size of the population, everyone wants hard liquor, not beer.

I used to live one block away from, Upland Brewing Company, the beer you see in Parks and Rec, and now I constantly miss it.

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[–] stegg001 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Holland here, we got a lot of local small breweries and ofcourse the big ones like Heineken etc

I think I read something a while ago that we surpassed Belgium with breweries wich amazes me because at the end they still the beer kings I think.

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[–] d_0o_d 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I live in Germany. Here in the south part, basically every town with a population of ~30k has a brewery. I think it's less common the more you go into the north.

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[–] sumguy 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Well, I'm in VERY rural Georgia, the closest is probably ~50 miles away, and they are none too common outside of Atlanta.

I started doing beer fests and microbrew tours/tastings back in the late 90's out of DC (PA mostly, but there were a few in MD and VA too), there are about as many within an hour around me now as there were back then. Maybe a few more beer bars, and there's Absolutely a better class/quality to be found with a little looking.

Honestly though, I started brewing ~12 years ago, have a 3-tap kegerator in my kitchen, and very rarely want to spend the time needed to get to the few places around me. When I'm in a Meca (headed to Asheville, NC this weekend for kayaking and beer drinking), I absolutely take advantage though. Even managed to find an AB&B place that's walking distance from a few breweries. ;)

But both Germany and Ireland shame everywhere I've been in the US for accessibility to locally brewed beer. Germany, unfortunately, lacks the width and breadth of selections, but the quantity and quality make up for it. Ireland was sorta inbetween.

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