(Grand Rapids, MI) – Here is a small sample of what I have observed over the past week with respect to the Founders CBS release. General thoughts on how this beer release went down or implications on future limited beer releases?
I called over a week ago to the Binnys in IL about CBS. I was told like it was told to several other people that the beer will be sold on a first come first serve basis when it comes in. I’m fine with that. I arrive on 10/06 at 9am when the store opened and was told by a manager that the beer had not come in yet and would (again) be sold first come first serve when it did arrive. After waiting an hour, my self along with two other people went back into the store. Once back in, an employee (an older man) was helping one of the customers and was asking how much he spends in the store. This older man had another manager look up his account to see his total for purchases in the store and now said that they were only going to let customers who spend a lot of money in the store buy CBS.
The place I went to tonight in Pittsburgh first said they were $21.50 then saw someone go to buy some as soon as it was available and raised it to $30, then saw a few more people hurrying up to buy, and then raised the price to $35.
We understand these “rare beer” releases are crazy, we make them that way. We have accepted that high prices, long lines, bitter cold, long lunch breaks or half days off, buying advance tickets, reservations, waiting lists, lotteries, “hooking up” or “taking care of” friends or regulars, first-come first-served, calling 30 stores across the state, multiple tanks of gas, pulling our hair out, web crashes, wrestling matches ending in a landscape pond, blood, sweat, and tears, etc, are ALL part of these releases…. but please, please, please DO NOT LIE to us.
Pete (aka Bartrash) reserved a bottle through ownership and went to go pick it up, but he was informed that, um, he already did. Apparently, someone saw his bottle there with Pete’s name on it and indicated that THEY were Pete, so the person working at the time sold it to the Sour Pete imposter.
I’m kinda getting that feeling. You see a bunch of trading threads with good/great trades that are completely ignored due to an overabundance of CBS threads. That combined with the “hype this beer” vs “CBS is overrated” back and forth I’m seeing is making me want to take a break from this place until the CBS-mania blows over.
Had a smaller trade for a bottle of CBS that was agreed upon and the other end at the last second backed out.
Hey, want to propose a trade. I had a bottle of CBS reservered and it ended up getting sold to someone else so I’m desperate for a bottle.
Hurray! We’re NOT getting any Canadian Breakfast Stout! Whew, that was a close one.
In other news, Reuters reports that over 25 people were killed by troops amidst the ongoing conflict in Egypt.