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Brewers getting rare beers

Discussion in 'Beer Trading Talk & Help' started by dachshunddude86, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. So after perusing the trade forums for a little while I got to wondering: how hard is is for brewers to get their hands on other rare beers? I know the craft brewing community likes to help each other out, but do they share beers with one another or do they have to trade for stuff they want to drink just like the rest of us. For example if Joey Redner wanted a bottle of black note can he just call up Larry Bell and say "Hey Larry, its Joey. Is there any way you could spare a bottle of Black Note? You can? Awesome." Would you share if you were a brewer or would you make other brewers trade you for your beers? Discuss
  2. How do you think CCB serves so much Three Floyds stuff at Hunahpu Day and vis versa:)

    Lots of background trading go down I think.
  3. jasoncheb

    jasoncheb Aficionado (225) Virginia Nov 23, 2012

    I would like to believe there is some trading going on between brewers, especially breweries that are somewhat local to each other; like Ballast Point and Stone. What better way to fine-tune your own proucts than by testing out the rest of the market for additional inspiration.
  4. jmw

    jmw Savant (450) North Carolina Feb 4, 2009

    No trading. I'd share.
  5. nulledge

    nulledge Aficionado (180) Florida Jul 14, 2008

    See this post from Joey Redner about shipping CCB to Vermont in trade for HF.
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  6. koopa

    koopa Champion (870) New Jersey Apr 20, 2008 Beer Trader

    Yes I would imagine it's like that, but it's much more likely to be an exchange of CASES than a bottle for a bottle :)
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  7. Good point
  8. jhartley

    jhartley Poobah (1,330) Florida Aug 22, 2010 Beer Trader

    I am sure trading or sharing occurs between brewers all the time. Why wouldn't they? They enjoy great beer too, not just drinking their own.
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  9. dsal89

    dsal89 Advocate (505) Indiana Jul 6, 2008

    Id like to thank FFF and Cigar City for having a good relationship. Because of that I was able to have Apple Brandy Zhukov
  10. I've traded with some brewers on BA before. Good people. They usually hook it up biig time.
  11. BobZ

    BobZ Advocate (610) Massachusetts Jun 24, 2009

    I'm pretty sure many brewers collaborate and share on some level.

    I also remember when Urbain replied to Treyab's ISO for Dirty Horse and traded for some rarer US beers he was looking for. I think Trey ended up with two bottles of one of the whitest of wales, if my memory is correct he sent the original unblended. :)
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  12. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poobah (1,260) Pennsylvania Dec 4, 2004 Beer Trader

    Yes they do, just ask Shaun Hill and Jean Broillet IV. Two outstanding brewers with mutual respect trading for each others beers.
  13. Why wouldn't they? I assume they like to try new, rare beers just like the rest of us.
  14. pixieskid

    pixieskid Advocate (670) Germany Jun 4, 2009

    Yeah and if my memory serves me correctly, he then ended up trading away the Dirty Horse...
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  15. BobZ

    BobZ Advocate (610) Massachusetts Jun 24, 2009

    Yeah, allegedly he asked Urbain first before he offered it for trade but it still felt like a bit of a "dick move" IMO (Copyright/TM Mordor Mongo, all rights reserved)
  16. I'd say more then a bit. Even if Urbain said it was cool what are the chances he will send something like that again. If I were a brewer with world class beer I'd be a bit hurt if someone only used it as a bargaining chip after I personally sent it to them.
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  17. awinkro

    awinkro Savant (380) Texas Oct 15, 2008 Beer Trader

    Trading absolutely occurs. Someone already mentioned, and yes it's mostly a case or more than just bottle for bottle. I heard a rumor Russian River Xmas party had a case of M. I believe it.
  18. You know a bottle from that party would NEVER end up on Ebay :D
  19. claaark13

    claaark13 Advocate (725) Indiana Nov 29, 2007 Beer Trader

    I would take a keg of AB Zhukov or Bourbon DL any day over a bottle of any of the top whales. I wouldn't show up to work for a couple weeks due to an initial hangover, and then my blood/sugar levels, but it would be worth it.
  20. wsnich

    wsnich Savant (430) Texas Apr 26, 2010

    They only had 6 ;)
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  21. rowingbrewer

    rowingbrewer Advocate (615) Massachusetts May 28, 2010 Beer Trader

    i was at a brewery when the brewer opened up a box of beer from another brewery right around christmas. he mentioned it was a trade off between several breweries, all sending a box to the others. (kegs got involved)
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  22. tbadiuk

    tbadiuk Savant (435) Manitoba (Canada) Feb 9, 2009 Beer Trader

    For the sake of clarifcation, I remember that he got 2 bottles from Urbain, tasting group opened one, and he ended up trading away the 2nd bottle so others would have the chance to tick it as well...
  23. pixieskid

    pixieskid Advocate (670) Germany Jun 4, 2009

    Don't remember that being the case but if so, that is much less shitty than the impression I got of the whole deal...
  24. tobelerone

    tobelerone Poobah (1,070) New Jersey Dec 1, 2010 Beer Trader

    Last time I was in tired hands they gave me a pour of hardywood park bourbon cru they were sharing behind the bar. Nice fellows those!
  25. rowingbrewer

    rowingbrewer Advocate (615) Massachusetts May 28, 2010 Beer Trader

    I actually remember when this went down and I do recall treyab mentioning that he checked with urbain before trading the second bottle
  26. LostTraveler

    LostTraveler Savant (395) Maine Oct 28, 2011

    Brewery only BIF... sounds like alot of fun.