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    Quote Originally Posted by trainman View Post
    Are you all mostly looking for direct brewery purchases to source the myriad of special beers in these pages?
    I note Will, particularly, has had some high price high abv beers without, necessarily, the brewery link, but those could be from a specialist beer shop.
    If having delivered, what generally is the delivery charge (or the min spend for free delivery)? Marble, Siren, Salt sound interesting, though i'm thinking lots of murk in the latter two.
    OK, some facts and figures:

    Since 20 March last year I have spent just over £2k on beers to drink at home, or £200 per month (but not all of it has been drunk yet). Forgetting for the moment about delivery charges, the split is something like this:

    Breweries 59%
    Bottle shops 16%
    Online bottle shops 14%
    Supermarkets 7%
    Pub off-sales 4%

    Delivery charges - approx. £150 so far, so call it 10% on top of the price of the beer. But look out for offers to drop the charges for spending a certain amount, though in my experience so far these offers come from the more expensive breweries.

    Breweries

    Harveys £7.95
    Stancill nil (local brewery)
    Black Sheep £8.45 per 25kg at first, later £5.99 - the website adds up the weight of your order so you can trim it or top it up as necessary
    Williams Bros £9.99 at first, then £5.99 (but I can't remember if this was a change in the charge or just a smaller order)
    Allendale nil if you order over a certain amount (can't remember what - £75?)
    Purple Moose £13.98 (I think this was £6.99 for each of two packages)
    Rock Leopard £7.50
    Buxton, Siren Craft & Salt nil (if spending more than £50)

    Online bottle shops

    Beautiful Beers nil (can't remember if there was a minimum spend - maybe £45)
    Stori Beers, Bala £7.95
    M&M Wine Co, Hipperhome £9.99
    Master of Malt £4.89
    Drinkswell, Ripon £7.95
    Beer Sniffers nil (minimum spend £75)


    Some of the high price, high abv beers are direct from the brewery, some come from my two habitual local bottle shops - the Dram Shop, which is half a mile from my house; Beer Central, which is in Sheffield's Moor Market. From Beer Central, just over 40 beers at an average of £4.50. Their cheapest are £2.95 from local breweries like Abbeydale, Thornbridge, Little Critters and Ashover; I have spent over £10 on a bottle or can on two occasions: one was from Buxton, and the other from Norway. (I was given a 5% discount card after spending £45 at the start of January!) I've also had 40 or so beers from the Dram Shop, spending about £130. Most expensive from there was £7.50 for 440ml of a 10% triple IPA, cheapest was £5 for three cans of Brass Castle Bad Kitty past its best before date (and it was crap).

    Online bottle shops are more expensive, with average price (adding cost of beer and delivery, dividing by number of cans or bottles) £3.82. Delivery works out at 25p per can/bottle.

    Average price per drink from the breweries (adding cost of beer and delivery, dividing by number of cans, bottles, or theoretical pints in a minikeg) £2.48. Delivery about 20p per drink.

    Most expensive breweries (the first three with free delivery) Buxton: 10 beers for just over £50; Siren Craft 14 beers at around £4.70 on average; Salt 10 beers for £53.50, but I got a Tryanuary discount of 10%, making an average of £4.85 each; Rock Leopard £58 for 12 not very high abv 440ml cans, so £4.83 per can (including delivery). The more mainstream breweries above (ie all the rest) are between £1.85 and £2.98 per can or bottle, but the lower price is skewed by a number of lowish abv 33cl cans. Allendale Wagtail (bitter) 3.8% £2.50 for 50cl = £1.32 per unit of alcohol; Williams Brothers Caesar Augustus (lager/IPA crossover) 4% for 33cl = 95p per unit of alcohol; Black Sheep Riggwelter 5.7% £1.80 for 50cl or about £2.20 a pint in a minikeg = 63p/69p per unit of alcohol; these are the most and least expensive in terms of bangs per buck.


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    Quote Originally Posted by trainman View Post
    Are you all mostly looking for direct brewery purchases to source the myriad of special beers in these pages?
    I note Will, particularly, has had some high price high abv beers without, necessarily, the brewery link, but those could be from a specialist beer shop.
    If having delivered, what generally is the delivery charge (or the min spend for free delivery)? Marble, Siren, Salt sound interesting, though i'm thinking lots of murk in the latter two.
    If I re-read the above I realise it makes me sound like a newbie, or phishing troll, but I ain't, honest..!!
    Marble delivery is invariably within 2 days - very efficient and clear up any courier errors very quickly when contacted by email. Can’t remember the minimum for free delivery (£30 rings a bell) but I know that I’ve never paid delivery, hence the well stocked shelf!

    Update: Free over £35, £7.99 below that.
    Last edited by Thuck Phat; 15-02-2021 at 20:08.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sheffield hatter View Post
    OK, some facts and figures:
    What do you mean, too much information? How dare you.
    Glad to have provided a mission for your evening Will..!

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    Quote Originally Posted by trainman View Post
    Glad to have provided a mission for your evening Will..!
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    Bottles
    Beerblefish Hoppy Little Fish (3.5%) table beer
    Beerblefish Viking Ale (5.0%) winter ale
    Beerblefish Beerblefish Stout (5.2%)
    Beerblefish 1820 Porter (6.6%)

    Not sure where I read about Beerblefish's 1820 Porter, but reading their website and looking at some of their other beers I saw I was able to order a mixed case of 6 x 500ml bottles for £25.20 (£4.20 / bottle c.f. Will) plus £5.00 delivery. I ordered these at the end of Jan when I'd been paid and had almost forgotten about the status of my order whilst waiting for / receiving a couple of other deliveries when I received a missed call and VM as well as an e-mail from the Beerblefish General Manager apologising for the fact that the courier had damaged the package, causing the breakage of some of the beers and that they had replaced and despatched that day–I received the box the next day along with a Beerblefish t-shirt which I hadn't expected, but which was a nice touch (at XL, it's a bit on the too-large size for me, plus I'm not one for beer-related attire, but the thought and gesture was still very much appreciated, and I e-mailed the GM back with my thanks).

    BOTW: Beerblefish 1820 Porter

    Dark, robust and with a slight liquorice mouthfeel, this was a pleasing end-of-winter warmer. Special mention to the Viking Ale with its winter spices backing up its 5% alcohol hit.
    Last edited by Komakino; 18-02-2021 at 23:40.
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