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Factory beers vs Craft beers
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eManu
Sat Jan 24 2015, 07:08AM
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Hi guys,
Just wondering, I know most people here are into craft beers.
But some do drink Factory/commercial beers that have no character.

My question is, when drinking a factory beer, you just spend your money on the label, on the name, not on the beer, your money goes to advertising because no care goes into quality only to quantity and sales. Do you care?
When you drink craft beers or traditional beers and ales, your money goes into the beer, into the brewery and almost never into advertising. Why? because you care and you enjoy what you drink.

Why you buy factory beers? because you like the taste? No, can't be. there's no taste? people tell me it's cheap, but it's not, you pay for their advertising? Why? you really like beer? or may you don't care.
I am just curious on what is people's choice, because you have the choice, and I feel sad that people chose to pay for the giants' advertising campaign.

Sorry, but my two cents I had today,
Thanks for your feedbacks.
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Jay Theriot
Sat Jan 24 2015, 08:00AM
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Well, in my case, eManu, the advertising is generally not too important. I like to try "factory" beers and craft beers. I was drinking Steel Reserve 211 (6% variant) this week. Even though it is a mass-produced Miller brand, I find it to have a nice aroma, flavor, and a smooth body. Right now, I'm drinking the new Portage from New Belgium.
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eManu
Sat Jan 24 2015, 07:35PM
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Thanks Jay,
I understand if you really like the beer, this Steel Reserve 211, I have never heard of it.
But where does it stand in the likes of Bud or Coors or Corona?
It is also a matter where we draw the line between Factory and Craft beers? is it where it's brewed, by whom? production numbers? the ingredients used? In some cases I know, it's into the agressivness of its distributors on the market. I know it's the case in Europe and Asia. Where the factory brands distributed are push with rules where loads of money is given a bribes to bars so they do not take the small brands. In some cases, it make me hate those big brands and even go as fare as to boycott them.
I am talking about names like: Carlsberg, Tiger, Heineken, Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, Leffe, Grimbergen, Budweiser, Corona, Asahi, 1664, Guinness. there's probably more.
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