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Old 02-08-2008, 05:13 AM   #1
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Default Am I the only one annoyed by beer store clerks...

...who are clueless about handling bottle conditioned beer? I know I should chill, but it is really getting under my skin that I have to go to 'high end' stores and pay premium prices for decent commercial beer up here.

Sometimes, I really get a craving for a special Belgian or craft-brew that I just want to get home and drink right away. I don't like yeast and sediment in some beers, either. So when I buy bottle conditioned beer at the store, I either (literally) hold up the bottle or six pack really high so they can scan it from the bottom, or I ask the clerk to please not tip the bottles over. Usually they just give me a dirty look like I am some unreasonably demanding customer who is completely inconveniencing them, or they just go ahead and tip it anyways so it can be scanned easily.

Does anyone get peeved by this? Shouldn't clerks at a 'premium' store know, or at least be interested to learn about bottle conditioned beer. Or have I just become too much of a beer snob now?

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Old 02-08-2008, 05:18 AM   #2
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The easy answer is, yes...


The clerks SHOULD know how to handle the products they are "ringing up".

AND, you ARE a beer snob...but that's a good thing!





The long answer has to do with the capitolistic society we live in and how insignificant we all are, and the meaning of life...



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Old 02-08-2008, 05:22 AM   #3
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Even if they don't know, I would hope they would have a small inkling to care. Maybe even to learn something.

I am always happy to explain my request, but nobody cares. Sad for the beer snobs.

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Old 02-08-2008, 05:26 AM   #4
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What's even more annoying is going into a tap room and having the waitress tell you they don't have a beer called called "seasonal" when I ask what the seasonal is that they are advertising, or asking you what you mean when you ask what they have that isn't a light lager. I've gotten odd looks for asking if the Guiness is refrigerated or not. The rest of the non-beer loving world just doesn't understand.

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Even if they don't know, I would hope they would have a small inkling to care. Maybe even to learn something.

I am always happy to explain my request, but nobody cares. Sad for the beer snobs.

That's just good customer service there...but apparently they're the only 'good' beer store in town. And they apparently know it!


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I've had the same issues at our AJ's Fine Foods which is more of a high-end store. I've asked them not to disturb the sediment when they ring it up and they say "why, it's just beer".

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You would think that the management of the shop would want their employees to know how to properly handle the product....no matter what the product in question is.

Though I find that bar/wait staff that don't know how to serve a beer properly in a beer-centric establishment even worse. Pouring a 6 oz of a quad into a shaker pint because "it's the only clean glassware currently behind the bar" doesn't quite cut it.

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I've had the same issues at our AJ's Fine Foods which is more of a high-end store. I've asked them not to disturb the sediment when they ring it up and they say "why, it's just beer".
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Even if they don't know, I would hope they would have a small inkling to care.
That's the problem these days. Generally speaking, they have no inkling to care and no incentive either. If I guessed, I'd say when FlyGuy asked him/her not tilt the beer and the clerk went ahead and did so, he bought it anyway. Most likely, I'd do the same. Occasionally I make a point of walking out on something similar but (as my Motorhead sig line below says) I could have saved my breath; no skin off their nose. They have no incentive to care and for the most part none of us holds them to a higher standard.

My latest gripe is the clerk who has an earbug in their ear and can barely be bothered with me because of the conversation they have going on the cell. Happens more and more.

'Course, maybe I'm just becoming a grumpy old man.

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DesertBrew that was not nice! I was on the phone when I scrolled down and saw that and busted out laughing! India was not amused. Mainframe job abends are serious business.

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