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Abyss in Texas

Discussion in 'Southwest' started by Smithrob9999, Nov 21, 2012.

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  1. BrettLS

    BrettLS Initiate (19) Jun 8, 2010 Texas
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    The Arbor Walk guy told me that last night.
  2. lokieman

    lokieman Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2011 Oklahoma

    Man that's real shitty...I got lucky I guess. I know one of the employees and I got her to ask one of the beer guys if they had any left. I've heard of Arbor Walk pulling this kind of bs in the past...
  3. icetrauma

    icetrauma Devotee (480) Sep 7, 2004 Texas

    Spec's employees would never do that! :O
  4. turfy

    turfy Aspirant (227) Mar 17, 2010 Texas
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    My son went to Arbor Walk last night at my request to inquire about Abyss , with no luck.... Seems there are a number of shitheads working there.
  5. jacobbocce72

    jacobbocce72 Initiate (116) Dec 18, 2011 Texas

    Welp... I've determined that teaching does not lend itself to snagging Abyss. I'm at work from 7:30 to 6 with no real option of leaving. I called about 10-15 stores throughout today with no luck... Oh well.
  6. H0rnedFr0gs

    H0rnedFr0gs Disciple (300) Mar 12, 2012 Texas
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    Just rip down the employee's only sign and start rummaging thru the cooler. Confidence is key, also ninja skills. Also you'd be surprised what a finsky will do to get you out of a tight situation (this however backfired on Ferris)
  7. obrike

    obrike Crusader (711) Jun 19, 2009 Texas

    I got lucky. Dropped by today on my lunch break...couldn't find Scott, my main beer connection. Was lucky enough to find Mitchell who gave up one of his saved bottles. Helluva staff there at the RR Specs! Also managed to pick up a Big Bear. Cheers![​IMG]
  8. kmello69

    kmello69 Defender (618) Nov 27, 2011 Texas
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    I went into Arbor Walk tonight (around 5:30) and the guy I talked to told me they sold out today. He also mentioned that Specs Airport got a non-scheduled box dropped off there this morning, so its possible that there is some there.

    But who the hell knows what the truth is, really. Specs guys (particularly Arbor Walk - I ALWAYS feel lied to there) tend to be full of it (except the RR guys - theyre awesome)
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  9. kmello69

    kmello69 Defender (618) Nov 27, 2011 Texas
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    They are the best Specs beer guys in town, by a long shot. And I made that EXACT same purchase yesterday. :slight_smile:
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  10. acbe

    acbe Aspirant (201) Jul 23, 2011 Texas

    I swung by Specs Airport this afternoon and they said they hadn't got any yet. Slaughter was already out by the time I got there.
  11. kmello69

    kmello69 Defender (618) Nov 27, 2011 Texas
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    Once again, the truth is a cloudy and elusive being in the world of "beer guys".....
  12. r0nburgundy69

    r0nburgundy69 Initiate (82) Jan 27, 2012 Texas
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    RR is my favorite specs by far, i think the guys name is will who i always talk to there, has hooked me up on several occasions, and my wife when ive sent her on various beer quests.
  13. kmello69

    kmello69 Defender (618) Nov 27, 2011 Texas
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    Yes, Will and Scott are both great guys. Super helpful and totally honest. Can't ask for more
  14. icetrauma

    icetrauma Devotee (480) Sep 7, 2004 Texas

    I spoke with a guy, William was his name I believe, at Spec's on Holcombe in Houston. Very nice and cordial beer guy, who treated me like an actual customer. Anyway, he said his BEK rep will be in tomorrow and he will be checking/ordering several brews. The smaller Spec's stores are much better in customer service than the downtown/midtown box.
  15. lbour

    lbour Initiate (186) Jul 17, 2011 Texas
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    Haven't scored any bottles yet but Whip In has it on tap. Definitely needs some age on it, but not a bad beer. Out of the tap, I think Black Butte XXIV is/was much more interesting.
  16. Phoenix2443

    Phoenix2443 Disciple (333) Jan 20, 2010 Texas
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    Holy shit I am beyond irritated at specs staff in general right now either not knowing shit about their inventory or hiding shit for themselves. Specs South Park meadows saying they don't have it and haven't seen it and then the guy at specs Brodie saying he had no eta and hasn't heard anything. I had to tell him they're getting it tomorrow
  17. Phoenix2443

    Phoenix2443 Disciple (333) Jan 20, 2010 Texas
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    Just lef
    Just left there and I have to agree. Had darkest hour on tap and it was much better. Also if you haven't tried the brahmale yet you're fucking up
  18. r0nburgundy69

    r0nburgundy69 Initiate (82) Jan 27, 2012 Texas
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    had whiskey brhamale and it was much better than expected
  19. tigrstylz

    tigrstylz Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2012 Texas
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    Maybe starting a new trend...Dry Cheetoed, orange rind infused, jail lambic
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  20. mattchow

    mattchow Disciple (319) Jun 24, 2012 Texas
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    anyone have an abyss they would want to trade for a karbach bba hellfighter? i'll be up in austin for the JK party on the 26th. BM me :grinning:
  21. blatherbeard

    blatherbeard Initiate (0) Sep 30, 2007 Texas

    RR specs sold out today, got email word, wasnt able to get there :slight_frown:

    but i cant believe that its gonna be THIS rare this year only since any other year, since moving here, it wasnt a problem getting it. (3 years running and i had NEVER had an abyss til moving to texas)
  22. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    Most definitely. They're putting out some great brews over there. Dipak definitely isn't half-assing the brews and has an excellent brew team.

    The barrel-aged Brahmale was great.

    Uh, I haven't gotten any, but I'm not worried. Central Market get any yet?

    Specs are shitheads, what else is new?
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  23. omnigrits

    omnigrits Initiate (0) Jun 1, 2006 Texas

    None at Westgate yesterday morning.
  24. Chuk_Hell

    Chuk_Hell Aspirant (203) Apr 12, 2012 Texas
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    Westgate is expecting 2 cases later this week. It got kicked back on tuesday due to UPC issue.

    Capital rep says only 30 cases for all of Austin. Happy hunting.
  25. Danielbt

    Danielbt Initiate (0) May 4, 2012 Texas

    Me too, with a BA Wake Up Dead thrown in as well.
  26. kmello69

    kmello69 Defender (618) Nov 27, 2011 Texas
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    Whip In has it in bottle now too. Run!
  27. Phoenix2443

    Phoenix2443 Disciple (333) Jan 20, 2010 Texas
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    Waited on hold for an eternity to talk to the same jackass at Brodie. They got three cases and are making you go up to the register to get it. Give me a break.

    Walked in to Heb escarpment and asked te rep and walked out with half a case.

    Thanks specs enjoy aging all that shit on the shelf
  28. Ahaley

    Ahaley Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2009 Texas
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    I don't think limiting it is out of bounds, it is very limited. Taking 1/2 a case meant others won't get it.
  29. BeanBone

    BeanBone Initiate (0) Oct 12, 2006 Texas

    Those dumb assholes, trying to make sure as many of their customers as possible can get it!

    This is a common practice, and a good one, too.
  30. DanzBorin

    DanzBorin Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2012 Texas

    Apparently not to some people.

    Beer Advocacy doesn't mean hoarding all of the beer and winning...

    That said, my target is 3 bottles (which I will be fine if I have to go to multiple places). 1 Fresh, 1 cellar, 1 for friend. The first 2 will be shared.

    Of course if it's an easy get then the more the merrier, take a bunch! :grinning:
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  31. starkmarvelo

    starkmarvelo Disciple (370) Jan 20, 2010 Texas
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    Gabriel's San Marcos has it for $13.15. There were about 5 or 6 left. No limit. Also they carry Ballast Point now. No VaS :-(
  32. pattermj

    pattermj Initiate (189) May 31, 2008 Virginia

    So still nothing from the Houston area? Can't believe how annoying this is to get these days, was so much easier in CA back in 11 (and 08/09/10, wish I was 21 in 07). Dang you TABC.
  33. GreatBloomer

    GreatBloomer Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2012 Texas

    All Spec's are out of it (except Brodie that I don't know about). One Spec's contact said that Austin got much significantly less than last year, thus harder time for us to get them.
  34. DanzBorin

    DanzBorin Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2012 Texas

    It's not entirely TABC.

    Last year it was easy to get. I could walk in and get pretty much all I wanted off the shelf.

    Sadly reports are a much smaller allotment was sent to TX this year to supply new markets. That coupled with the fact there are about 100X more craft beer junkies in the past year makes for a really tough get.
  35. TexasStout

    TexasStout Initiate (189) Jun 22, 2007 Texas

    It has nothing to do with TABC. The fact that it is available in Austin, but not in Houston, points to the distributor and the brewery more than anything. If you must curse someone, curse them.
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  36. Phoenix2443

    Phoenix2443 Disciple (333) Jan 20, 2010 Texas
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    My disdain was not for the limitations, it was for the jumping through hoops required to buy a beer.
  37. Phoenix2443

    Phoenix2443 Disciple (333) Jan 20, 2010 Texas
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    I bought that many because I ship half of that back to a close friend on the east coast who has hooked me up with beer for years.

    I keep one to drink now and then the other two for a vertical that goes back to 08.
  38. DanzBorin

    DanzBorin Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2012 Texas

    If it was as easy at asking at a counter, I'd be happy. Half the time at HEBs I can't find anything or they hold them in the back and you have to ask. Problem is, nobody is EVER around. lol
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  39. cam_williams

    cam_williams Initiate (168) Oct 3, 2012 Texas
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    Went to HEB escarpment (my local HEB) during lunch and the beer lady told me they got two cases in this morning and already sold out. Also grocery shopped there last night and there were 8 Dissident, which were all gone during lunch today. Hoarders gonna Hoard
  40. DanzBorin

    DanzBorin Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2012 Texas

    With 8 bottles it could have been 8 different people. If it were like 48 bottles, I'd say you were dealing with hoarders.
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