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Old 08-28-2014, 06:23 PM   #21
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How do they cycle? You mean they only buy stuff that sells? Do they try new stuff? Do they discount it if it doesn't sell? Do they ship it to a partner store down the road from me to sell at full retail?
One particular haunt brings in a lot of hard to find good beer, and off the wall beer. It seems like they buy in pretty small quantities because it usually goes really fast. They send out an email each week of what's just come in and what they expect through the week. They also will usually tell me if I'm buying an IPA that's been sitting for a while. Its small, so yeah, I think they limit their selection to what the clientele are asking for and/or buying, but they are beer enthusiasts, so they are always bringing in small quantities of new, different beers. There's another place across town that I believe is similar (only been in there once, but heard good things).

The local box store on the other hand, is a little more of a roll of the dice.


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Old 08-28-2014, 07:46 PM   #22
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The store near me sells only beer. I know their inventory like the back of my hand, so when something new comes in I can spot it instantly. They have hundreds if not thousands of varieties and yet somehow they get old beer in new shipments. I should probably ask about it, but the owner isn't there very often.

I just need to be more careful next time. I figured because it was a beer they have always stocked and the fact that it was in the cooler that it was fresh, boy was I wrong..


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Old 09-27-2014, 05:30 PM   #23
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I don't. I also don't drink hop forward beers. Honestly the last few purchases I've made were seasonal so unless they're a year old they should be on the fresh side.
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Old 09-27-2014, 05:37 PM   #24
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i used to the not look for dates mainly because the place I get my beer from always had fresh inventory. One time I bought a case of flower power and was highly disappointed. It was about 8 months past date. The beer wasn't bad just not what it should have been. I talked to the place where I bought it and they told me to bring the empty case back I did and they gave me store credit for the price of the case.(let me keep the beers) So I def not complaining but since then I started making sure the dates are good.
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Old 09-27-2014, 05:42 PM   #25
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There was a webpage that tracked which breweries used bottle dates and how to decipher the codes on packaging, but I lost the addy.

I stopped buying beer that doesn't have a date on it. To be honest, there are so many beer choices that I don't feel limited at all.
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There was a webpage that tracked which breweries used bottle dates and how to decipher the codes on packaging, but I lost the addy.

I stopped buying beer that doesn't have a date on it. To be honest, there are so many beer choices that I don't feel limited at all.
Yup. No date is considered "mystery beer" to me. I'll spend my good money on those that put a date on it.
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In June I was at Savemart and saw an Xmas variety pack. Didn't sound very appetizing when it was 110 outside. Stopped shopping for beer there for sure
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I recently bought and drank drank a 21A Hop Crisis that had past it's prime by a few months. Tasted like musty grapes and a little malt liquor-ish from the high ABV and the disipated hop flavor. Blech.
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Bet you paid full price.


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