Beerjobbers: Store Closed

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Oxymoron, Jan 15, 2013.

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  1. Oxymoron

    Oxymoron Meyvn (1,471) Aug 14, 2005 Colorado

  2. jplopez21

    jplopez21 Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2012 Illinois
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    Woulda been nice if they had some beers on clearance.
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  3. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,834) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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  4. miketd

    miketd Zealot (535) Mar 2, 2006 Ohio
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    That was fast. I ordered beer from them last week and was just checking the site a couple hours ago.
  5. Tolann

    Tolann Devotee (433) Jul 9, 2007 Colorado

    Aren't they the ones that provide the app for GABF. So maybe next year's app will be better...
  6. FEUO

    FEUO Disciple (327) Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    I was on their site this afternoon. If I remember correctly they hadn't been updating inventory in some time.
  7. Giantspace

    Giantspace Defender (688) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I ordered once. Odd. It was a beer from Ohio that was shipped from Washington state. I thought it was all shipped direct from the brewery. Most beer was not too impressive and seemed a bit expensive. I liked the idea. All the other beers I wanted were out of stock. My beer did arrive very quickly. I wish then a quick return. Maybe a better model.

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  8. foureyedgeek

    foureyedgeek Initiate (0) Apr 19, 2006 Pennsylvania

    I just placed my first order with them recently for the HUB Abominable cans. Sorry to read they are closing but I'm glad there are other options out there.
  9. HopFace

    HopFace Aspirant (241) Feb 29, 2012 Colorado
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    Honestly, good. They had a great idea but ridiculous pricing. I looked many times but never pulled the trigger because they had beers up to a 50% mark up. No thanks, peace out.
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  10. TheSaboteur

    TheSaboteur Initiate (0) Sep 20, 2010 Nebraska

    I found their site to be uninspiring.
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  11. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,554) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Bummer. I read that they were going to have a 2 pack of Wynkoop Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout cans for like $8. I probably would have picked that up.
  12. miketd

    miketd Zealot (535) Mar 2, 2006 Ohio
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    Not sure what you wanted to order, but I was getting La Cumbre Elevated for ~$2 per 4pk. over retail(not including shipping, but that was reasonable too).
  13. Tucquan

    Tucquan Poo-Bah (2,695) Oct 11, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    I too found the price with shipping reasonable for this excellent brew. Too bad they closed.
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  14. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois

    making money in America is hard.

    Maybe I'll stop getting obnoxious emails now?
  15. dsal89

    dsal89 Disciple (331) Jul 6, 2008 Indiana
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    Wow. I guess that explains why they never got back to me about their affiliate program for my page. That sucks
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  16. chefkevlar

    chefkevlar Disciple (336) Apr 17, 2010 South Carolina
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    Not really all that surprising since their business model was at best questionable from a legal viewpoint. Bypassing the 3 tier system isn't easy.
  17. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (2,682) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
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    Is it just me or have more online stores been closing recently? From what I've seen from a few of them, it didn't seem like everything was legal considering their shipping and considering their lack of respect for the distribution map.
  18. ArlVABeerGuy

    ArlVABeerGuy Devotee (429) Feb 23, 2012 Virginia
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    Who else has closed recently -- this was the first one I'd noticed.
  19. EgadBananas

    EgadBananas Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2009 Louisiana

    If you buy a 2, 4 or 6 pack of something, yes, the markup is ridiculous. But they did offer half and full cases. Say, a 4 pack was $20, but a case of 24 was $46. Simple principle of buying in bulk: you pay less. As mentioned above with La Cumbre Elevated IPA: $50 case, $20 shipping, comes out to <$12 a 4 pack for a phenomenal IPA. I'd pay that all day long.
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  20. EgadBananas

    EgadBananas Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2009 Louisiana

    Strange to hear you say that. Are you talking about Rivertown? If so, I bought some of their stuff and it was shipped from Ohio. Also, ordered a few times with stuff from Marble and it always shipped from Albuquerque. My Blue Mountain order shipped from Virginia, my Heretic order shipped from California and my Elevation order shipped from Colorado...
  21. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    Free at last, free at last... thank God almighty my email is free at last.
  22. Giantspace

    Giantspace Defender (688) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Yes. I bought the gueze and it shipped from Washington state.

    Have not tried it yet. All the other Rivertown beers were out if stock.

  23. MusicaleMike

    MusicaleMike Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2008 Pennsylvania


    I for one won't be missing this kind of obnoxious email every week, or the "YO BRO! YOU LOOKIN FOR DIS BEER RIGHT HERE?! WE'S GOTS IT!"
  24. bpd2001

    bpd2001 Initiate (127) Jun 14, 2012 New York

    There is such a thing as unsubscribe.......
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  25. harperman69

    harperman69 Aspirant (234) Feb 11, 2009 Tennessee
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    The mark up was apparently not high enough.
  26. bpd2001

    bpd2001 Initiate (127) Jun 14, 2012 New York

    I tried Beerjobber once. It was ok. I agree with what other people have posted: kind of expensive unless you bought in bulk. And the problem with that is who wants to buy something you've never tried in bulk?
  27. CUE45

    CUE45 Initiate (0) Jul 29, 2008 Virginia
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    Weak. I was hoping to score a case of the Elevated IPA. Oh well ...
  28. MusicaleMike

    MusicaleMike Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2008 Pennsylvania

    I need fodder for my hatred though, so...
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  29. Nectar

    Nectar Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey

    They were great for a case of elevated every few months. Oh well
  30. BeerNDoggerel

    BeerNDoggerel Disciple (396) Mar 13, 2011 Illinois

    I fell "victim" to a number of late night impulse buys in response to their marketing e-mails. Sure, I paid somewhat too much for the beer, but I also got to try (in depth) a number of beers I otherwise wouldn't have become familiar with.

    And they regularly featured Heretic, so I had a regular pipeline of Evil Twin, etc...
  31. beenitty

    beenitty Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2010 New Jersey

    Can someone explain their model?

    Are they buying in bulk in different regions of the country for sourcing then shipping to the customer based on the location of the beers the customer wants?

    Or are they combining your order via proximity from warehouses then shipping to the customer?
  32. miketd

    miketd Zealot (535) Mar 2, 2006 Ohio
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    I can only answer for the stuff i bought, but Elevated shipped right from the brewpub. The shipping label had a WA. address, but they most likely gave that to La Cumbre via email. I was also listed as a "sales associate".
  33. brewtopian

    brewtopian Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2008 Idaho

    The way it was set up to work was the orders were shipped from the individual brewery under beerjobbers shipping account. Where I think they got into a little trouble was with that shipping account and shippers contract may not have permitted these other companies to ship under it and it may have been suspended.
  34. MusicaleMike

    MusicaleMike Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2008 Pennsylvania

    What about the whole "fuck tier two" thing? Surely there are laws about regulating beer throughout the country?
  35. brewtopian

    brewtopian Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2008 Idaho

    Its very unclear that they were actually meddling with the 3 tier system since most states permit self distribution by brewers of a certain size and it was the brewers that were selling and shipping the beer. Beerjobber was the marketer.

    States worry about violations to the 3 tier system when the state isn't collecting its excise taxes because the beer is being sold without it passing through a distributor. This only applies to traditional retail sales through brick and mortar locations and not the internet. Internet sales are a new phenomenon and the states haven't really addressed this new reality.

    There'll be a lot more online operators cropping up and going under until a clear legal framework is created but that is a lot easier said than done. With 50 different states needing to address it in 50 different ways any solution will be complex and absolutely unenforceable.
  36. deadbody

    deadbody Aspirant (299) May 10, 2010 Minnesota
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    If the states are smart it will be easy to enforce. Since all "bootlegging" laws allow for seizure of the vehicle used, all the states have to do is to contact FeddEx and UPS and let them know that there is a store that is refusing to cease and desist sending. FedEx and UPS will then suspend their ability to ship at all (as they do not want to lose trucks).

    Also the mmajority of liquor store owners when told that what they were doing was illegal will stop I think.
  37. SenorHops

    SenorHops Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2010 Rhode Island

    I was getting Elevated IPA from beerjobber too. Holy Moly. What a fantastic beer! Too bad I can't buy anymore. Boohoo!
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  38. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Zealot (586) Jul 7, 2012 California
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    damn that suck cause i really like that site
    and super sucks cause was just going to order another case
    out of all the sites there pricing was the best
    hope they can re-open soon
  39. SenorHops

    SenorHops Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2010 Rhode Island

    A 4 pack of 16 oz. beers to boot!
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  40. SenorHops

    SenorHops Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2010 Rhode Island

    Yes, they claimed that the Elevated IPA shipped out directly from the brewery/brewpub. It was incredibly fresh, so I'd buy that.
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