“ …most of the beer aficionados suffer from sensory overload when we walk into a really good bottle shop or a liquor barn like Total Wine.” That sentence ‘reminds’ me of a story: I live in Pennsylvania where the principle way you buy beer is by the case at a retail beer distributor (which are usually ugly boxy warehouse sort of places). I am a bit fortunate that in Southeastern PA a few ‘bottle shops’ have opened where you can buy beer by the six-pack (and some places sell singles). Anyhow, last Dec. 12 (12/12/12) I traveled down to a Total Wine & More in Claymont, Delaware; I was on a ‘mission’ to buy a brick of Westy 12. I called up to confirm that they had them in stock (over 30 left). In the period of time it took me to get there (45 minutes) they sold out. The Total Wine beer dude informed me with a big grin on his face: “We just sold the last package”. When life throws you lemons it is time to make lemonade. I bought a number of singles including non-super craft beers: · Yuengling Lord Chesterfield Ale. It was a tasty beer but unfortunately a bit skunked (damn green bottles!) · Saranac Black Forest (Schwarzbier style beer): this beer was not very good. I didn’t have the presence of mind to check the date on this bottle at purchase; it was a number of months old. Maybe it wasn’t so good due to age? · Furst Wallerstein Zwickel (a Bavarian Kellerbier): This beer was excellent! · Other single beers I can’t remember I also purchased a six-pack of Sam Adams Black Lager; that is very good Schwarzbier! I also bought many bottles of wine; Total Wine has an excellent selection of wines and many are reasonably priced. My primary motivation of the above story is to demonstrate that I am capable of buying non-super craft beers but only in small quantities (e.g., one bottle). I will declare myself to be fully “horizontal” when I purchase a case of Torpedo at a beer distributor. Cheers!