2021 FotD Secret Santa Beer Swap

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Ho ho ho-man, I am getting this thread up late! It's that time of year again! Similar to the last two years, in the spirit of The Fellowship of the Drink, I am launching a FotD-inspired Secret Santa Beer Exchange. Just to recap - this will be completely different from the normal FotD - there will be no offers, selection, or photos. Here’s how it will work:

Today - Dec 16th: Sign up! Post in this thread that you are interested, and shoot me a PM with the template below.
Dec 18-19th(ish): I will email every participant their giftee, along with their giftee’s info.
Jan 3rd - 18th: Shipping! Ship your gifts to your giftee.
Jan 21st(ish - depending on shipping): List posted of Santas and giftees

In other words, you drop your name in this thread, ship someone some beer, and - a few days later, come home to find beer has magically arrived on your doorstep. Amazing!

Due to the lack of a selection process, for this round I am strongly recommending your gift consist of up to 128 fl.oz. of beer and one non-beer item (t-shirt, hat, glassware, tap handle, beer-scented soap - whatever you think your giftee wants/could use the most!)

Template for PM: (Include the following in the PM you send me)
  • HBT Username:
  • Email Address:
  • Name & Shipping Address:
  • Beer Preferences/Dislikes:
  • Can you receive beer at any point from Jan 4-24th? (If not, when during that window do you need to receive by/after?)
  • Optional: T-shirt size (or a note saying you hate t-shirts) ;)


FAQ:

What should be in a box?
Up to
128 fl.oz. of beer and one non-beer item (e.g. t-shirt, flannel, hat, drip tray, glassware, etc.)


Can I join after Dec 16th?
Probably not. The cutoff is when I send the emails out. I'll try to post in the thread when the cutoff is reached.


Why is the shipping schedule so late / Can I ship early?
Santa had a bit to drink.

Seriously though, the holidays are stressful enough without having to worry about a fun beer swap. The shipping schedule is intended to reduce stress for both the sender and the recipient. To reduce the possibility of beer sitting on the doorstep of an empty house, I humbly request that you try to avoid shipping early - but if you need to, let me know and I will reach out to your giftee to make sure they will be available to receive it.


Do I have to follow the preferences my giftee specified in their template?
Absolutely not! Although I hate all the barley wine I’ve ever tasted, it may just be because I haven’t had a good one yet. The preferences are a guideline, not a mandate. Ship beer that you think your giftee will want to drink.


What happens if I need to drop out?
Let me know ASAP. Because of the nature of this round, drop-outs after Dec 16th will be disruptive, but we will figure out a way to make it work.


Are you (Thorrak) participating/Why do you want an email address?
Yes, I am planning on participating. In part to make this manageable (and keep my Santa secret) I'm managing everything using Excel + mail merge to email. Super high tech - but it's worked the last two years!


Other rules/Participation guidelines:
- Continental US residents only
- Must be of legal drinking age
- A HBT member for at least 6 months
- An active participant in the community (based on iTrader rating/activity, recent post count, participation in previous beer swaps, etc.)
... or have been (or are vouched by) a previous FotD participant
 

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I just finished going through and processing templates for everyone that sent them to me - the 4 slackers I called out above need to get with the program. ;)

The list of people I currently have as "in" (with processed templates) are:
@Thorrak
@aharri1
@TBC
@gromitdj
@pshankstar
@TallDan
@TwistedGray
@mullet6577
@yoop89
@MostlyMetal

...if you don't see yourself on this list and have sent me a template, shoot me a PM!

Just to add to the spam, people who have participated in FotD rounds past but are not currently in the above list:
@CTownBrewer
@MapleGroveAleworks
@Abrayton
@imasickboy
@LoneTreeFarms
@TheDudeLebowski
@fourfarthing
@MC82
@j1laskey
@baldm79
@HopsNTails
@FoxPaw
@jaymosbeershack
@JCasey1992
@dpinette2
@orionol73
@wstbrewing
@jerbrew
@Beerwildered
@LBussy
@Nagorg
@jimyson
@JamesonFan
@Knightshade
@CrookedLaker
@pers
@Bago-0
@kingmatt
@CaddyWampus
@wepeeler
@3 Dawg Night
@EcuPirate07
@afro_lou
@jekeane
@PianoMan
@LoneTreeFarm
@Dgallo
 
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Updated participant list:

@Thorrak
@aharri1
@TBC
@gromitdj
@pshankstar
@TallDan
@TwistedGray
@mullet6577
@yoop89
@MostlyMetal
@JCasey1992
@fourfarthing
@LoneTreeFarms
@3 Dawg Night
@CaddyWampus
@HopsNTails
@orionol73
@Knightshade
@CTownBrewer
@palmtrees
@jimyson

Again -- if you think your name should be on the list but isn't, send me a message ASAP!

There is still time to get in if you want. Going to close it down some time tomorrow afternoon, whenever I figure out how to do the mail merge this year. (I changed computers, and no longer have outlook set up the same way. Project for tomorrow!)
 

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Updated participant list:

@Thorrak
@aharri1
@TBC
@gromitdj
@pshankstar
@TallDan
@TwistedGray
@mullet6577
@yoop89
@MostlyMetal
@JCasey1992
@fourfarthing
@LoneTreeFarms
@3 Dawg Night
@CaddyWampus
@HopsNTails
@orionol73
@Knightshade
@CTownBrewer
@palmtrees
@jimyson

Again -- if you think your name should be on the list but isn't, send me a message ASAP!

There is still time to get in if you want. Going to close it down some time tomorrow afternoon, whenever I figure out how to do the mail merge this year. (I changed computers, and no longer have outlook set up the same way. Project for tomorrow!)
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OK! It took a couple of attempts, but I now have everything set up to be able to do the mail merge. That said, going to cut this off at 9am Monday morning (in ~9 hours).

If you want to get in, send me a message before then. If I don't hear from you, the list will soon be set!
 
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