Aside from avoiding the extra expense of shopping on-line, I shop at my local liquor store because I can schmooze with those who are procuring the spirits. They have several dozen bottles open for samples, and will crack almost anything else I show an interest in buying. The only reason I'd order on-line is if I really wanted something that was not sold in Minnesota.
It's not cheaper to buy online? The second part of your post I agree with.
Perhaps what you are not understanding is that in the U.S. there are fifty different sets of liquor laws dictating who can buy what, where you can buy it, when you can buy it, and where you can get it from.
I may not live in there but I am more than aware of that considering a lot of my business comes from the US.
Lazier, maybe, but also far less patient. Delayed gratification is not a concept with a particularly large audience these days.
This may be a cultural difference between the US and the UK, where I find many people on this side of the pond have a "live for the weekend" mentality and everything is geared towards that. Ordering or picking up a bottle isn't necessarily for instant gratification, more often than not a bottle is ordered or picked up with the weekend in mind.
I guess the size of the countries is another factor, in the UK most booze ordered online is at your door in about 2-3 days maximum. The size of the US makes that logistically impossible in many cases I'd assume.
Regardless, the question posted by 12BottleBar is to recommend bitters to a global audience who have an interest in mixed drinks but not necessarily to the level of many that post here. The vast majority of true bitters are available across the globe so that's the info I'd provide to my readers. The bitters you need in your cupboard depends solely on the style of drinks you like.
Lest we forget that informed opinions are made based on the information given. To say you only need, or can make do, with an orange bitters and Angostura is wholly wrong in my opinion.
Edited by evo-lution, 04 November 2010 - 06:28 AM.