El Catador Club

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  1. sendsilk

    sendsilk Defender (642) Aug 31, 2007 Florida
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    Rob, Fuck you and that list of yours! If there is a Vuja De on any of the BA bottles we get I'll sacrifice Geiger in effigy.
     
  2. Connvoy

    Connvoy Initiate (136) Jul 21, 2012 Florida
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    I'd assume that rather than making money on investing our cash, this is more about us subsidizing the interest on the already purchased inventory (I.e barrels, ingredients) that they have to store for many months after they purchase (possibly on a line of credit) before selling to us. Or maybe money is being raised for new equipment.
     
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  3. sendsilk

    sendsilk Defender (642) Aug 31, 2007 Florida
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    Okay, let's pretend that CCB actually has a burgeoning, viable, fairly profitable business where their demand FAR exceeds their supply. Lets pretend that people complain online about not being able to get their most basic of products (let's say Jai Alai, for example) on a regular basis, within an hour of the brewery because of the demand. Let's assume that they have expanded their tasting room from the actual brewery floor to an actual tasting room and then again they expand it to 4 times the size within a couple of years of the first expansion. Maybe they even take over the entire industrial complex that they were located in to ramp up production to what, about 5 times the previous capabilities? Maybe they have a strong management team and have also opened 1- an airport brewpub and 2- another brewpub location with an excellent brewer and top shelf Executive chef within 20 minutes of their current location.
    So we'll say that their distributor can't even keep their local environment, let alone the sole state they distribute to, supplied. Lets also say that CCB has 1 day of the year where they have a special event, call it Hunahpus, where the brewery and tasting room alone bring in GROSS sales of about $500,000, aside from their ongoing distribution. And I've done the math and that's about right although there are extra costs involved for additional labor, services, etc. What do you think a couple of giant fermenters cost? Maybe $60 grand each (I really don't know). So that $120k might get them 2 or 3 fermenters? Hmm, doesn't seem like they would do that for the money.
    CCB is well funded and did not do the Catador Club to raise finds for expansion or any such things. They did it to make people happy and loyal and for the FUN of beer, which they like to celebrate with beer geeks like us.
     
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  4. ehammond1

    ehammond1 Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2008

    tl:dr but I agree with anything sendsilk said. I'm in CA, can I sign up yet? I have $$$ I need to throw at Cigar City.
     
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  5. wiltznucs

    wiltznucs Initiate (0) Jun 27, 2013 Florida

    Sounds about right, don't read me wrong I'm certainly not dissing on CCB. I'm as big a fan as there is. I'm just a B-school grad that looks at CCB not only for their brewing but also how they conduct their business. I marvel on both accounts.
     
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  6. Karaoketpa

    Karaoketpa Initiate (157) Oct 16, 2012 Florida
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    Don't forget the included shirt and 10% tasting room discount! :-)
     
  7. deezy23

    deezy23 Initiate (163) Nov 15, 2009 Georgia
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    Thanks to the staff at CCB and fans for a great registration; we drove 7 hours down and waited maybe 15mins in line around 5pm then took it to the tasting room to hang out before heading back home. I'm on 3 hours of sleep and need more coffee, brb.
     
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  8. landhoney

    landhoney Aspirant (274) Apr 19, 2007 Florida
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    Signup was done/handled really well, at least from my perspective early in the day. In line at 4:10 or so (number 20 something according to my club card), waited 20 mins or less and they started signup early at 4:30 (get people out of the sun/heat), in my car and out 4:45 or so. Well done CCB, starting a little early to get us out of the heat, very well done. :grinning:
     
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  9. d4nz

    d4nz Initiate (0) Mar 8, 2011 Florida
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    Sounds like everyone had fun Sunday! Awesome job CCB :slight_smile:

    Anyone know how many spots will be available for online sales? It's been so ambiguous, I couldn't make it this weekend and would love to know if it's going to be another 1000 spots or just 10?
     
  10. Heatwave33

    Heatwave33 Devotee (456) Sep 13, 2011 Florida
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    Facebook post from CCB:

    Wow yesterday was awesome! It seems sales for El Catador Club went real smoothly for everyone involved. We sold quite a bit, however we do have some remaining to go on sale starting today at 11am in the tasting room. We will keep going for the next 13 days till we reach 1,000 memberships. Once we've hit that target we intend to open up some sales online.

    To all of our current El Catador Club members, cheers for the support! Your member cards are now active and can be used for 10% off of all purchases in the tasting room. With regards to t-shirts, we are waiting till we have sold all memberships to order all of the t-shirts at once according to each person's requested size. You will receive updates on when shirts are ready via the email you used to sign up.

    As for the beer? Well, we have a few things sitting in barrels right now, and I know Wayne has a few more ideas of his sleeves...

    Thanks again guys!
     
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  11. RayUF07

    RayUF07 Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2012 Florida

    It would seem ~200 are left. I think it will take far less than 13 days to finish. :slight_smile:
     
  12. toofdoc

    toofdoc Initiate (0) Jun 28, 2011 New Mexico
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    Who got the highest numnber? I got 775 at about 9:30 last night...
     
  13. RayUF07

    RayUF07 Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2012 Florida

    Someone posted #806 @ 10:45.
     
  14. solo103

    solo103 Disciple (373) Apr 8, 2012 Florida
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    Had a blast yesterday! Everything was handled great not to mention the awesome BA beers they released in the tasting room. Got to try my first BA Hunahpu (brandy) and it was delicious. Got in line at 5:30 and was done in 30 min #300!
     
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  15. dachshunddude86

    dachshunddude86 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2012 Florida

    Last night was awesome. I wasn't able to get off work until 7 so I didn't make it to the brewery until about 8. The wife and I were able to instantly find a parking spot, walk into the brewery, and sign up with no line at all. They really took care of the fans with this one. While we were having drinks I heard one of the people from CCB explaining to their friends why they decided to go to no limit yesterday. They knew they went going to sell 1000 on the first day, but they changed the limit anyway so people wouldn't be worried about missing out. It was a move that was done simply to make us, the fans, feel better. I don't want to name drop who this person was, but it was someone who would have had a big hand in making the decision. Overall I couldn't be happier with how this program is being run. Great job CCB.

    Edit: I forgot to give a shout out to coldsnack and ravenacht for sharing some awesome beer as well. Before I even made it to the bar they told me to grab a glass and take some samples of what they had.
     
  16. jmm380

    jmm380 Initiate (0) Jul 8, 2013 Florida
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    3 hour drive, Brewpub, Brewery, BA Brandy Hunahpu, awesome bottle share, sweat for maybe 20 minutes, #251, 3 hour drive home. :grinning: Happy Happy Happy!
     
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  17. ckossmann88

    ckossmann88 Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2013 Florida

    A+ on this one. No complaints.
     
  18. wiescins

    wiescins Disciple (309) Dec 16, 2009 Illinois
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    Anyone know how many are left? I'm literally getting on a plane to Tampa in 10min.
     
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  19. velcrogrip

    velcrogrip Devotee (437) Mar 2, 2013 Florida
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    Got #815 this morning!
     
  20. RayUF07

    RayUF07 Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2012 Florida


    Great, glad you made it!
     
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  21. velcrogrip

    velcrogrip Devotee (437) Mar 2, 2013 Florida
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    I'm stoked! Got my Rare Dos and Nooner, and a case of Brewer's brunch too! what a day!
     
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  22. solo103

    solo103 Disciple (373) Apr 8, 2012 Florida
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    sounds about right!
     
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  23. Andreias21

    Andreias21 Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2011 Florida


    I'm pretty sure we just met at the brewpub. I also bought a case, was the guy dressed in business attire.
     
  24. velcrogrip

    velcrogrip Devotee (437) Mar 2, 2013 Florida
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    Nice to informally meet you. That was me in the USF shirt.
     
  25. RayUF07

    RayUF07 Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2012 Florida


    What, no yellow Hunahpu shirt???
     
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  26. Andreias21

    Andreias21 Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2011 Florida


    It looked suspicious enough walking back into work with a case of Brewer's. If I had my Huna shirt on, it might have been too much. I make just get it tattooed on my chest to save the trouble.
     
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  27. wiltznucs

    wiltznucs Initiate (0) Jun 27, 2013 Florida

    Go Bulls! I give Skip Holtz a lot of credit for introducing me to craft beer. Before he arrived to USF I had very little reason to drink as much as I do...
     
  28. velcrogrip

    velcrogrip Devotee (437) Mar 2, 2013 Florida
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    Good thing I wasn't actually drinking my Rare DOS or i might have been sending you a bill ;-)
    Completely concur.
     
  29. joshodonn

    joshodonn Initiate (108) Jan 21, 2011 Florida

    No clue, but if I were you I'd head straight for the brewery after landing and find out, it's only about 5-10 minutes away.
     
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  30. velcrogrip

    velcrogrip Devotee (437) Mar 2, 2013 Florida
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    I was 815 at 11:15. Very quiet there today but I wouldn't wait (fixed typo)
     
  31. dachshunddude86

    dachshunddude86 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2012 Florida

    If anyone is concerned about destroying their membership card kinkos will laminate it for $1.25 plus tax. Thanks for the idea ravenacht
     
  32. velcrogrip

    velcrogrip Devotee (437) Mar 2, 2013 Florida
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    Great idea... thanks!
     
  33. ckossmann88

    ckossmann88 Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2013 Florida

    Not a bad idea, might do it myself. Although, other than for novelties, are they truly necessary? I mean wouldn't an ID suffice if it came to it?
     
  34. dachshunddude86

    dachshunddude86 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2012 Florida

    It seems like it will be easier to get your 10% discount by simply flashing a card rather then have them look you up in a computer system. Yes, if you are friends with any of the bar tenders they will know you are a catador member, but lets make life easy on them, they take great care of us.
     
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  35. baconmcnuggets

    baconmcnuggets Initiate (0) Mar 11, 2013 Florida
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    Wouldn't be mad at the port BA 110K I spotted there...
     
  36. wiescins

    wiescins Disciple (309) Dec 16, 2009 Illinois
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  37. jmm380

    jmm380 Initiate (0) Jul 8, 2013 Florida
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    Good to see your flight got ya there in time.
     
  38. ckossmann88

    ckossmann88 Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2013 Florida

    Good point I didn't really think of that.
     
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  39. Heatwave33

    Heatwave33 Devotee (456) Sep 13, 2011 Florida
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    Yeah laminating the card is a great idea. My wife has a laminator and does them for me.
     
  40. Bad_Trader

    Bad_Trader Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2012 Namibia

    Does this mean CCB is going to release something desirable other than BA Huna?
     
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