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Brewers getting rare beers

Discussion in 'Beer Trading Talk' started by dachshunddude86, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. dachshunddude86

    dachshunddude86 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2012 Florida

    So after perusing the trade forums for a little while I got to wondering: how hard is is for brewers to get their hands on other rare beers? I know the craft brewing community likes to help each other out, but do they share beers with one another or do they have to trade for stuff they want to drink just like the rest of us. For example if Joey Redner wanted a bottle of black note can he just call up Larry Bell and say "Hey Larry, its Joey. Is there any way you could spare a bottle of Black Note? You can? Awesome." Would you share if you were a brewer or would you make other brewers trade you for your beers? Discuss
  2. bryanole27

    bryanole27 Aspirant (227) Jun 24, 2011 North Carolina

    How do you think CCB serves so much Three Floyds stuff at Hunahpu Day and vis versa:slight_smile:

    Lots of background trading go down I think.
  3. jasoncheb

    jasoncheb Initiate (177) Nov 23, 2012 Virginia

    I would like to believe there is some trading going on between brewers, especially breweries that are somewhat local to each other; like Ballast Point and Stone. What better way to fine-tune your own proucts than by testing out the rest of the market for additional inspiration.
  4. jmw

    jmw Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2009 North Carolina

    No trading. I'd share.
  5. nulledge

    nulledge Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2008 Florida

    See this post from Joey Redner about shipping CCB to Vermont in trade for HF.
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  6. koopa

    koopa Poo-Bah (1,825) Apr 20, 2008 New Jersey
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    Yes I would imagine it's like that, but it's much more likely to be an exchange of CASES than a bottle for a bottle :slight_smile:
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  7. dachshunddude86

    dachshunddude86 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2012 Florida

    Good point
  8. jhartley

    jhartley Poo-Bah (2,421) Aug 22, 2010 Florida
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    I am sure trading or sharing occurs between brewers all the time. Why wouldn't they? They enjoy great beer too, not just drinking their own.
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  9. dsal89

    dsal89 Disciple (331) Jul 6, 2008 Indiana
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    Id like to thank FFF and Cigar City for having a good relationship. Because of that I was able to have Apple Brandy Zhukov
  10. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Meyvn (1,247) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I've traded with some brewers on BA before. Good people. They usually hook it up biig time.
  11. BrewsoBrewco

    BrewsoBrewco Initiate (172) Feb 15, 2011 Oregon

  12. BobZ

    BobZ Zealot (508) Jun 24, 2009 Massachusetts

    I'm pretty sure many brewers collaborate and share on some level.

    I also remember when Urbain replied to Treyab's ISO for Dirty Horse and traded for some rarer US beers he was looking for. I think Trey ended up with two bottles of one of the whitest of wales, if my memory is correct he sent the original unblended. :slight_smile:
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  13. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (5,335) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    Yes they do, just ask Shaun Hill and Jean Broillet IV. Two outstanding brewers with mutual respect trading for each others beers.
  14. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,417) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Why wouldn't they? I assume they like to try new, rare beers just like the rest of us.
  15. pixieskid

    pixieskid Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2009 Germany

    Yeah and if my memory serves me correctly, he then ended up trading away the Dirty Horse...
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  16. BobZ

    BobZ Zealot (508) Jun 24, 2009 Massachusetts

    Yeah, allegedly he asked Urbain first before he offered it for trade but it still felt like a bit of a "dick move" IMO (Copyright/TM Mordor Mongo, all rights reserved)
  17. dachshunddude86

    dachshunddude86 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2012 Florida

    I'd say more then a bit. Even if Urbain said it was cool what are the chances he will send something like that again. If I were a brewer with world class beer I'd be a bit hurt if someone only used it as a bargaining chip after I personally sent it to them.
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  18. awinkro

    awinkro Aspirant (203) Oct 15, 2008 Texas
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    Trading absolutely occurs. Someone already mentioned, and yes it's mostly a case or more than just bottle for bottle. I heard a rumor Russian River Xmas party had a case of M. I believe it.
  19. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2007 New York

    You know a bottle from that party would NEVER end up on Ebay :grinning:
  20. claaark13

    claaark13 Zealot (504) Nov 29, 2007 Indiana
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    I would take a keg of AB Zhukov or Bourbon DL any day over a bottle of any of the top whales. I wouldn't show up to work for a couple weeks due to an initial hangover, and then my blood/sugar levels, but it would be worth it.
  21. wsnich

    wsnich Initiate (0) Apr 26, 2010 Texas

    They only had 6 :wink:
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  22. rowingbrewer

    rowingbrewer Champion (849) May 28, 2010 Massachusetts
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    i was at a brewery when the brewer opened up a box of beer from another brewery right around christmas. he mentioned it was a trade off between several breweries, all sending a box to the others. (kegs got involved)
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  23. tbadiuk

    tbadiuk Aspirant (271) Feb 9, 2009 Manitoba (Canada)
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    For the sake of clarifcation, I remember that he got 2 bottles from Urbain, tasting group opened one, and he ended up trading away the 2nd bottle so others would have the chance to tick it as well...
  24. pixieskid

    pixieskid Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2009 Germany

    Don't remember that being the case but if so, that is much less shitty than the impression I got of the whole deal...
  25. tobelerone

    tobelerone Poo-Bah (2,164) Dec 1, 2010 New York
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    Last time I was in tired hands they gave me a pour of hardywood park bourbon cru they were sharing behind the bar. Nice fellows those!
  26. rowingbrewer

    rowingbrewer Champion (849) May 28, 2010 Massachusetts
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    I actually remember when this went down and I do recall treyab mentioning that he checked with urbain before trading the second bottle
  27. LostTraveler

    LostTraveler Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2011 Maine

    Brewery only BIF... sounds like alot of fun.