It can be really hit or miss for us. We can get really obscure and exotic stuff in a few places in town reliably but they’re expensive as fuck. We hit some good stuff in ASDA and Tesco sometimes, but the best luck we’ve had is Bargainbooze and it boggles my mind.
I grew up thinking those places were just shelves after shelves of cheap shit but they’ve got unreal selections of beers and spirits. The one we went in today had the ones above plus four kinds of Trapiste, a selection of Magic Rock stufff, some Cloud Water (though they are Manc), a selection of the ShinDigger (They’re Manc as well but a lot less common), three of the Delirium, two kinds of Chimmay, two Duvels, a smattering of other belgian stuff, a variety of different sours, more varieties of IPA than I’ve seen in one place before, a really obscure selection of spirits and a heinously good snack selection we successfully resisted.
And they were all comparatively reasonable in price. Each of mine were £3.99 where they’re up to £8 in bars in town for the Delirium and over £5 in the shops you’ll find them in. Kate’s sours were up to about £7 a can for the big cans but they can run £9+ in the places we drink around town.
On the topic of Old Tom: I swear to god it tastes different than how it did when I started drinking it in my late teens. Just doesn’t taste the same to me.