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Old 09-29-2008, 09:02 PM   #1
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SHMBO and I went out of town this weekend and on the way home stopped at a brewpub about an hour from home for lunch. The waitress came to take our order and I asked what beers they had available. She said they didn't have any of their beers available! WFT? I was in utter shock and probably sat there with my mouth open for 10 seconds. She couldn't give me an explanation for why they had no beers available. So I asked what they did have on tap. Nothing... She said they had a problem with the CO2 / nitrogen system. At this point we should have just walked out, but we were hungry so I just ordered a bottle of Fat Tire.

After we finished our lunch and paid the bill. I walked over to the bar to ask the bar tender what was up. He seemed pretty ashamed of the fact that they didn't have any of their own beer and really couldn't give me a good explanation either. He said there was something wrong with the lines and they hoped to have it fixed in about a week.

How the hell does a brewpub go a week without any of their own beers available? You'd think that would be a priority to get that fixed ASAP. I'm still pretty blown away.

On a positive note, our trip took us to Wisconsin so I got a chance to try a couple of beers by Furthermore - Knot Stock, a pale ale brewed with cracked black pepper, and Fatty Boombalatty, a Belgian pale ale. Both were fantastic. Knot Stock on it's own was pretty peppery, but with a burger, it was great. Fatty Boombalatty was a great Belgian, very tasty. Before I ordered, I got a sample of Oscura, which is essentially a California common with coffee beans in the secondary. This was tasty also and had a great coffee flavor, but I thought the Knot Stock would go better with the burger. We stopped at a market and picked up a sixer of the Fatty and another mixed sixer of Knot Stock, Oscura, Proper (an English Ale) and Three Feet Deep (a stout with peat malt).

We also made it to New Glarus and sampled some of their beers and bought an assorted case - Staghorn Octoberfest, Fat Squirrel, Hop Hearty IPA and Uff-Da Bock. Their new brewery isn't open yet so we didn't get to tour it, but we drove by it and it's huge!

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Than to stand in the bar of a pub with no beer
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Old 09-29-2008, 10:07 PM   #3
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I live in Madison, so I'm a big fan of New Glarus, but have not heard of Furthermore. What city are they in?
Sorry to hear about your experience at the brew pub. That is very lame.

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Hahah. I have two similar stories that have happened to me. Once I pulled up to Dairy Queen. Ordered a Chocolate Cone..."Sorry we're all out of Ice Cream". Another time was Dunkin Donuts. I pull up, "Medium Coffee please"...."Sorry we're out of coffee".

I suppose things could be far far worse. It's just funny in the context.

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Old 09-29-2008, 10:21 PM   #6
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damn, that's brutal!!!! you'd get your ass kicked for something like that around here!

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Hahah. I have two similar stories that have happened to me. Once I pulled up to Dairy Queen. Ordered a Chocolate Cone..."Sorry we're all out of Ice Cream". Another time was Dunkin Donuts. I pull up, "Medium Coffee please"...."Sorry we're out of coffee".

I suppose things could be far far worse. It's just funny in the context.
Local Papa John's when I was living in Baltimore:

Them: "Sorry, we can't make any pizzas today. Our manager forgot to order food."
Me: "Then why are you answering the phone?"
Them: "Huh?"


Them: "Sorry, we can't make any pizzas now. Our computers are down."
Me: "Are the pizza ovens computer controlled?"
Them: "No."
Me: "So... Nevermind."


Can't make this stuff up.
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I used to manage a pizza delivery place.

Forgetting to order food is patently ridiculous.

Our computers were down from time to time, but we always had pencils and paper... if the oven's on, the pizzas are going out the door.

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Maybe they had a major contamination problem or a CO2 line burst in an inaccessible spot. Any kegger knows how hard it is to find leaks.

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I live in Madison, so I'm a big fan of New Glarus, but have not heard of Furthermore. What city are they in?
Sorry to hear about your experience at the brew pub. That is very lame.
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They're in Spring Green, WI, but they're contract brewing on someone else's equipment. Their website shows where you can buy their beers. They're some interesting beers - I highly recommend them.

I'm drinking the smoked stout (Three Feet Deep) right now and it's great, if you're into that sort of thing.
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