Homebrewers, if you had to choose, which would you give up drinking for a year?
Homebrew - 26%
Commercial Beer - 73%
A hard decision, but these days I feel like I'm buying less commercial beer than at any other point since I became interested in beer. I've only been buying beers that are unique or interesting, when I'm at home and I want a beer, its rare that I open anything commercial (unless someone else is there to share it with me). Commercial beer has become a source of inspiration more than anything else to me, allowing me to taste different combinations of ingredients without having to devote the time and effort to brewing an entire batch. Part of the decline in my commercial beer consumption is also due to the fact that I simply don't get as much enjoyment out of a great commercial beer as I do from a great beer that I (or a friend) brewed.
There are some times when craft beer is a necessity though, for example when you go out to a bar or restaurant with friends. I would also really miss the semi-regular beer tastings with my group of friends, getting to share the interesting beers they acquire in their travels or trades (last night it was growlers of Brooklyn's Cookie Jar Porter and Russian River Redemption my friends Peter and Alex shared). That said, I enjoy brewing and drinking homebrew with the same people even more, so (if I had to choose) commercial beer would be the one I would give up (seems like most of the people who voted agree).
If anyone has any compelling thoughts in either direction let's hear them, and vote in the new poll on homebrew competitions by visiting the blog.