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Saw Goose Island Christmas for $21 a 4-pk (at a great store)...wtf?

Discussion in 'Midwest' started by BedetheVenerable, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. This is not the going price, right? I was thinking I'd seen this elsewhere (even in town) for $10-11 a 4-pk. This is not at all a shady establishment (I just bought a BCBS there a few weeks ago at $20 and change). Do you think this is some mixup in the system that I should ask about, or is this the going rate for this year's vintage?
  2. RMTWM

    RMTWM Savant (305) New Jersey Jul 28, 2011 Beer Trader

    thats a really high price. 9-10$ here in NJ.
  3. krl2112

    krl2112 Advocate (680) Illinois Nov 10, 2012 Beer Trader

    No I think it's around $14 a four pack. It's not that great either.
  4. you know, when you're talking about a small, family-owned brewery like Goose, they have to ask slightly higher prices for their products to cover overhead. It's not like they're producing billions and billions of gallons of beer a year...

    ...oh wait.
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  5. jhartley

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

    What's the worst that could happen if you ask?
  6. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Savant (405) Illinois Jul 28, 2009 Beer Trader

    $8.99 a 4 pack here. Good beer too.
  7. Well, as I don't intend to buy any anyway, I didn't wanna really look like a dick or 'that guy', though I guess if the price were corrected, they might blow through their stock a lot quicker...
  8. I was forced to buy a 4-pack of GI Christmas ($10.50), in order to be allowed to buy BCBS. The guy said "that's what they made us do." He was talking about the distributor I'm assuming.
  9. jhartley

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

    Oh, I don't mind being that guy,a dick; it's just how I am ;):) .
    I am used to shopping at Shangy's where you almost always need to ask for the price of a case of beer for the stacks along the wall which are like NEVER marked.
  10. Typically about $10-$11 a four-pack here in the TC.
  11. How's that for bogus? Ugh.
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  12. No, it's not a good beer.
  13. semibaked

    semibaked Champion (830) Kentucky Mar 27, 2007

    Your opinion is completely wrong it is a good beer and at a great price.

    Also to the OP, they store must of thought it was Bourbon County Christmas Ale/Stout.
  14. ThatCracker

    ThatCracker Savant (405) Virginia Nov 20, 2012 Beer Trader

    I just got a case at $4/4-pack on clearance at total wine. Not overly spiced but for $4 bucks I ain't complaining lol
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  15. LeRose

    LeRose Advocate (725) Massachusetts Nov 24, 2011 Subscriber

    I think I would have walked out the door. Haven't seen this personally yet, but thinkin it is a common form of extortion. Store won't have the Christmas beer hanging around for Halloween, I suppose.
  16. ThatCracker

    ThatCracker Savant (405) Virginia Nov 20, 2012 Beer Trader

    And did you actually pay $20 for 1 BCBS? Hopefully not a 12oz'er - they are six fifty here.
  17. My guess is that it's the store. In most cases, the store can do whatever they want with a product once they purchase it from the distributor. I know that the distributors can make their accounts buy a certain amount of a product before they send them the limited-release stuff, but they have no control over what a store does with it beyond that. I could be wrong. It probably varies from state to state.
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  18. jpsy422

    jpsy422 Savant (365) Illinois Jul 12, 2009 Beer Trader

    If you can find 2011 Christmas ale on the shelves still (you probably can) get it. It's drinking great right now.

    I don't get the hate for this years batch. If you specifically don't like the style, that's one thing, but to say that beer isn't good is a pretty weird statement.
  19. jpsy422

    jpsy422 Savant (365) Illinois Jul 12, 2009 Beer Trader

    I think he's saying that the distributor made him buy Xmas to get BCS so he's doing the same to his customers so he doesn't get stuck with it since the market for xmas basically dies on 12/26.

    It's shitty to do to your good customers, but it's certainly not unheard of. Especially at smaller shops.
  20. Definitely sounds fishy, there must have been some mistake.......got a 4-pack for $7.99 a couple of months ago....Cheers!!!
  21. itsthepleats

    itsthepleats Savant (365) Ohio Mar 19, 2012

    Odd. I saw the exact same thing at a grocery store in Omaha Nebraska on December 15th. I told the seemingly-knowledgeable beer guy that it must be a mix-up with BCBS and the Xmas ale should be around 10 bucks. He insisted it was correct. Guess which 4-pack I bought for $20.89?

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  22. So $20.89 means the store in question is mis-pricing GI X-Mas. I will say however, that GI pricing is really crazy in general, at least in DC.
  23. Porkhustle

    Porkhustle Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012

    $8.99 in NY, and a steal. Phenomenal brew if you ask me.
  24. lvoutlawjlh

    lvoutlawjlh Savant (370) Nebraska Mar 15, 2012 Beer Trader

    Holy shit. Do you remember which Hy-Vee you stopped at?
  25. ubenumber2

    ubenumber2 Champion (800) Arkansas Sep 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    Ive been picking it up for 7.99 plus tax at a store that this is the only craft beer sold , its tucked in between the bud Light and bud Platinum , the lady said I was the only one buying it. Which works out for me , I love this beer , it really works for me
  26. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012

    You work at a hy vee too? :)
  27. jonbeer89

    jonbeer89 Savant (265) Nebraska Jul 8, 2011 Beer Trader

    That has got to be wrong. I paid $7.99 for a 4pk less than a week ago.
  28. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (770) Illinois Apr 8, 2010 Beer Trader

    In July I picked up a 2011 4-pack at a local Jewel store for $3.24
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  29. ubenumber2

    ubenumber2 Champion (800) Arkansas Sep 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    I found some 2011 at a liquor store the other day but I was worried about how it was stored , the guy couldnt say because he just started working there. He didnt know if it has been on the shelf for a year or not and Ive never been in there before

  30. lvoutlawjlh

    lvoutlawjlh Savant (370) Nebraska Mar 15, 2012 Beer Trader

    No, but live in Omaha. Would love to have a word with the store manager. :)
  31. itsthepleats

    itsthepleats Savant (365) Ohio Mar 19, 2012

    Shadow Lake mall in Papillion. Didn't see anything else unreasonably priced and was impressed with their selection.
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  32. lvoutlawjlh

    lvoutlawjlh Savant (370) Nebraska Mar 15, 2012 Beer Trader

    Thanks for the info.
  33. itsthepleats

    itsthepleats Savant (365) Ohio Mar 19, 2012

    Sure. Curious if it's still sitting there for $21. Gotta be an error. So odd the OP saw the same price on this too. Maybe a distributor error? Did these GI 4-packs hit shelves at the same time. Could explain the pricing confusion?
  34. Bond111

    Bond111 Savant (390) Minnesota Feb 14, 2011 Beer Trader

    I know in the Des Moines metro, stores have it marked down to $4/4 pack. $20 is laughable!!!!
  35. I found it for $5.99 the day it came to Minnesota. At $20.89 the guy is either mistaken or trying to scam people by putting it next to BCBS and making it appear like Christmas Ale is another rare offering from GI. If you were a rookie and didn't know better you might make the mistake.
  36. Yea, this is what he was doing.
  37. budgood1

    budgood1 Advocate (505) Minnesota Dec 1, 2001

    This beer used to be sold at the same price point as the rest of their beers, and was one of my favourites and would cellar wonderfully for a lower ABV ale. At the price point now it's a complete rip off and i will not purchase it.
  38. Jtc2811

    Jtc2811 Savant (355) California Dec 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    At that point make the buy, and without leaving the counter demand to return the Xmas. When questioned say it's because of.your severe allergy to mercenary bullshit.

    Also, not sure if GI cares, but some distributors can make aheadache for stores who pull shit like that
    Some smaller breweries can also make a headache for distributors who encourage it.or turn a blind eye. Could be worth calling and complaining about.
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  39. jawzman

    jawzman Aficionado (240) Minnesota Mar 20, 2010

    Great suggestion! I have never been in the position, forced to buy beer x to get beer y, but there is no way the store could deny such a request. Thanks for the idea, if/when I ever face that BS, I know what I will do...
  40. Jtc2811

    Jtc2811 Savant (355) California Dec 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    I don't expect the suggestion to work. I expect it to cause trouble in the store. Returns are a pain in the ass, as is arguing with a customer. Do it enough and it deincentivizes (sp?) The practice. If you expected a shitstorm whenever you did this, you'd be less likely to do it.