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Old 09-13-2012, 07:47 PM   #1001
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Just thought of something...since the PET bottles are more expensive, maybe offer some sort of "discount" for hikers that show you a park pass (you have to get one a yosemite right?)

Or maybe some sort of "discount" from their next purchase if they bring back the PET bottles they just used, thus saving you some money
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Old 09-14-2012, 01:11 AM   #1002
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Just thought of something...since the PET bottles are more expensive, maybe offer some sort of "discount" for hikers that show you a park pass (you have to get one a yosemite right?)

Or maybe some sort of "discount" from their next purchase if they bring back the PET bottles they just used, thus saving you some money
I'm not sure I see the point of the first part, but to combine the second idea with the previous poster's idea...

Maybe give a small "discount" on a glass six-pack for people who bring back all their PET bottles (since glass is cheaper anyways) to take home. Maybe even give them a card that's both promotional and allows you to keep track of how many bottles they brought into the park. If they like the beer, they show the card (which you've written down a number on), get a little "discount" on more to take home, and you help keep people from littering in the park, which is good PR too.

If it makes it easier to stomach, you can call it a "deposit" instead.

Just a thought...

 
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Old 09-14-2012, 02:09 AM   #1003
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Thank you all for the good thoughts. I'm going to go with the PET bottles for the stores and glass 12 oz. bottles for the restaurant type businesses.
See, this is why I ask you guys, you give me good, honest feedback!

 
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Old 09-14-2012, 07:37 PM   #1004
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I talked to the owner of the local market and liquor store and he looked at me sideways when I mentioned plastic bottles and he would prefer the 22oz bottles but is also interested in the plastic. I think I'll start with the 22 oz bombers and then next spring, as it gets closer to camping season, introduce the plastic bottles. This will cut my initial costs down which is the smarter way for me to go right now. Had he reacted a little more positively to the idea of plastic, I would have stuck to selling the PET bottles.
Decisions, decisions....

 
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Old 09-14-2012, 07:49 PM   #1005
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Thats the mass market effect. I'm sure the guys at Oskar Blues, New England, or even Sierra Nevada got sideways looks when they brought their aluminum cans to market. It comes with a little stigma, but you might be able to capitalize on a new trend if you trailblaze it!

Imagine if Metallica brought a pop song to the studio with Katy Perry guest vocals... they would be castrated worse than when Load came out, but if it becomes a smash hit, then who looks silly?
I digress...

Point being that it may be a great niche to get in on, especially with the association with the park/camping.
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Old 09-15-2012, 07:08 PM   #1006
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The only thing in plastic bottles over here in Europe is cheap ass Czech swill. I remember that purple crap from Everclear being in plastic bottles and that is pretty much it. They have had many years to put beer in plastic, I'm glad they have not.
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Old 09-16-2012, 06:00 PM   #1007
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Imagine if Metallica brought a pop song to the studio with Katy Perry guest vocals... they would be castrated worse than when Load came out, but if it becomes a smash hit, then who looks silly?
I digress...
I can imagine and it would be a hit, and I would never listen to music again. Might even pull a Kurt Cobain!!! I think need a beer just thinking of it. Then what, Iron Maiden and Gaga!!! Oh the humanity!!!

 
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:09 PM   #1008
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The local grocery store is going to carry my Porter in 22 oz. bombers which means the Liquor store probably will do the same since it's the same owner.
Time to start brewing on the 1 bbl system.

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Old 09-21-2012, 06:30 PM   #1009
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Awesome news! Go, Hoss!

 
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:16 PM   #1010
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That is pretty awesome Hoss. You said you are doing an ale using wild hops from Yosemite, are you going out and gathering those yourself or are you getting a hookup from someone in the valley? Also any clue what they are, estimated AA?

 
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