The slew of new threads popping up regarding KBS have given a clear window to the behavior of many BAs. In threads about special releases I have seen a number of people admit that they have done one of, if not all of the following: -Driving to multiple stores to purchase the minimum amount of KBS at each. -Having friends/family members go in and buy KBS from stores where they had already purchased their limits. -Going back to stores when a different clerk was working and buying their limit again. -Buying a case "even though I only wanted a four pack, but there was no limit so I said, what the hell!?" While I am not going to say this group is the majority of responders to such threads, the number behaving in this manner is quite noticeable. Additionally, I know you, the reader of this post may see nothing wrong with this whatsoever. That's fine, it's your opinion and you are of course entitled to it. Furthermore, I understand the "the brewery is trying to sell this beer, we're buying it, what's the problem?" line of reasoning. I get it, we want to support the breweries we love. Also, I understand the "it's my money, I worked for it and I'm going to spend it how I see fit" line of reasoning as well. I can't argue with that either. However, what is the impact of those values if another one of our values is to advocate? Spending your money how you see fit and supporting the breweries you love can lead to limiting other craft lovers access to special beers. Is that advocacy? I know a number of people will say, "It's not my job to worry about what beers other people get." But isn't that what advocacy is? Isn't there a slice of "giving back" or "helping out" that is inherent in all advocacy? BAs often answer this with "Yeah, but I don't drink all the KBS myself. I share it with friends and family and I put it in trades as extras." While I think that is awesome (truly I do), doesn't it also mean that you are only willing to share the special beer with people you have approved of in advance? Do we, as a small subset of a small subset (ie. a small portion of the craft drinking community) owe it to the no-name beer enthusiast, the person we've never met, to leave her/him a bottle? I personally believe we do. When I have been in situations where I see two bombers of a rare beer on the shelf that I have wanted I always leave one. Life is complicated and not everyone is going to have a chance to grab the beer if I clean them out, so I leave it. To me that is good advocacy. You may disagree and that is cool. I am just hoping that we can start to have a conversation about what good advocacy consists of and, specifically, does it consist of not grabbing excessive amounts? Taking the day out of work to drive to 19 stores and score 40 bottles of KBS is your given right as an American, it is the the type of support brewers like to see and will equal lots of happy beer drinkers in your immediate life. Unfortunately, in my opinion at least, it is also lousy advocacy. Thoughts? Also, full disclosure I got KBS. Two bottles. I am fortunate enough to work near one of Rhode Island's best bottle shops. I popped in on my way to work on Wednesday and then said "check back tomorrow." I popped back in Thursday on my way to work and they have had what looked like 2 cases of it. Again, I was only able to buy 2 and truthfully, that is all I wanted (and was willing to pay for). I bring this up because I think it is fair for me to analyze that my above listed opinions ar coming from a person of privilege (ie. I scored my bottles and now I am going to tell everyone else how to score theirs.) I accept that and understand the potential criticism. So again....thoughts? PS: Cue the "It's just beer dude" or the "I buy beer I like, it's not complicated man" or the "you're overthinking it bro" responses. PPS: This is massive first world problems, I know.