I hate going shopping. There are two exceptions—my homebrew shop and Costco. If you like beer, Costco is a good place to shop. Offerings vary by state, but in the Portland area, Ninkasi, Bridgeport, Deschutes, Widmer Brothers, and Rogue are usually in stock. They even offer their own Kirkland Signature Handcrafted Beer variety pack. However, since Costco is a warehouse club, bulk is the name of the game. If you buy beer at Costco, you need to buy a full case. If you want anything less than 24 bottles, you're out of luck. Until now...
Recently, I've been noticing bomber (22 oz. bottle) multi-packs and single 750 ml bottles. During a visit last week, I was pleasantly surprised by the number of non-case craft beer offerings they had in stock. See pictures and prices below.
As much as I love Costco, I still don't buy beer there. I shop at grocery stores and bottle shops that allow mixing and matching. I love to create my own mixed six-packs. This allows me to sample a wide variety of beers and experiment without getting stuck with a case of beer I might not like. Nevertheless, I still love to browse the Costco beer aisle and am thrilled to see their craft beer offerings outnumber the macro brews—at least in Portland, anyway.
If you live outside of the Portland area, what craft beers does your Costco stock?