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Old 12-10-2010, 07:59 PM   #1021
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The move to dump it was genius.

Of course they could have sold every last drop of it as a limited edition, and even though I would still buy a bottle of it, I would never forget that they bottled a mistake as a new item. Are they Microsoft or something?

They displayed on national television that they have strict quality standards and that they stick to them even if it means taking a pretty big hit.

They will inevitably gain much more from dumping that batch on camera than the $500k they have lost.

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Old 12-10-2010, 08:11 PM   #1022
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The move to dump it was genius.

Of course they could have sold every last drop of it as a limited edition, and even though I would still buy a bottle of it, I would never forget that they bottled a mistake as a new item. Are they Microsoft or something?

They displayed on national television that they have strict quality standards and that they stick to them even if it means taking a pretty big hit.

They will inevitably gain much more from dumping that batch on camera than the $500k they have lost.
They will gain much more, perhaps, but what about all the people all over the world that could have used that beer...people starving that could really use the calories...they all lose.

Call me old fashioned, but I only see it as a waste of food and a waste of booze. I understand they have a reputation, but they just moved down a peg in my eyes.

What about a bread factory that makes a huge batch of bread that doesn't taste just right? Should they just destroy it? I don't think so, personally. Beer > bread.
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:14 PM   #1023
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Seems like DFH is damned if they do, damned if they don't in this situation (and anything else cover in the show). It's pretty obvious from this thread that people just want to hate on them no matter what decisions they make...

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Old 12-10-2010, 08:14 PM   #1024
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They will gain much more, perhaps, but what about all the people all over the world that could have used that beer...people starving that could really use the calories...they all lose.

Call me old fashioned, but I only see it as a waste of food and a waste of booze. I understand they have a reputation, but they just moved down a peg in my eyes.

What about a bread factory that makes a huge batch of bread that doesn't taste just right? Should they just destroy it? I don't think so, personally. Beer > bread.
My mother used to work at a large supermarket chain (years ago) and when I asked her about the stuff that was too old to sell and what they did with it she said they threw it out and could not give it away. My guess is some stuff gets sent back to be recycled but the point is they could not give it away, had to be disposed of.

I thought that was a shame too with homeless people and all but from a business perspective proabably smart. How many people would take expired free food over paying full price?
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:16 PM   #1025
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My mother used to work at a large supermarket chain (years ago) and when I asked her about the stuff that was too old to sell and what they did with it she said they threw it out and could not give it away. My guess is some stuff gets sent back to be recycled but the point is they could not give it away, had to be disposed of.
It's sad. People could use it, but perhaps there isn't the infastructure or logistics to get it where it needs to go.

In terms of beer, I would have donated it to a distiller, and see what could be done in terms of salvage.
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:17 PM   #1026
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^ Donating alcohol to poor countries is also a lot different then donating sweet bread.

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Old 12-10-2010, 08:19 PM   #1027
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It's sad. People could use it, but perhaps there isn't the infastructure or logistics to get it where it needs to go.

In terms of beer, I would have donated it to a distiller, and see what could be done in terms of salvage.
Muffin bottoms??
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:20 PM   #1028
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+10,000 as to why a company that "thinks outside of the box" would dump $1/2 MIL worth of beer that was perfectly fine but out of spec.

I'm fairly certain they didn't actually dump it and just blended and served at their brewpub.

But that begs the question: Why in the hell would they fudge the facts for the show - now the public at large just sees the bad management.

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Old 12-10-2010, 08:23 PM   #1029
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I think this show must have been filmed in early 2009. The tree-house was in Beer Wars and there was a February 2009 date on one of the beer cases.
My bet is that this was actually filmed as the pilot episode, but they realized they needed more of a hook for the audience than just "making beer" - so I'm guessing they bumped the more exciting (to the general viewer) "international" shows up to the head of the line. Once you have people watching, you can throw in more of the science of brewing like was highlighted a bit more in this episode which would likely bore people if it was the first episode.
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:32 PM   #1030
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you're telling me sam is creative enough to put out some of the weird things he's put out, but not enough to do something with an off-flavored 120?
Yeah, you could throw it in barrels and add some funky junky to it and who knows?

I guess as a businessman you do have to know when to walk away and write it off. You will spend time, money and resources trying to save it and no guarantee it is worth saving.

Besides, if it turned out awesome it might have been unrepeatable!
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