Fresh IPA snobbery is out of control

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Rcruz9230, Aug 10, 2017.

  1. Rcruz9230

    Rcruz9230 Initiate (157) Aug 17, 2016 New York
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    Fresh ipas seem to be the hottest beer commodity in nyc right now with weekly releases and lines going around an entire block... i manage a beer store in the city and we were also lucky enough to get distro on some award winning beers from vermont. As per today second fiddle dropped all over nyc today and with that i encountered some of the nastiest people ever who were complaining that it wasnt fresh, almost 4 weeks old with the can date being 07/10/17.. i was super grateful to get to try this brew without making the trip to vermont but now these beer consumers are ruining the game complainig about beer thats not even a month old. This is really getting out of control and my patients is running thin
     
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  2. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (2,931) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    What price were you charging for these beers?

    Cheers!
     
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  3. MostlyNorwegian

    MostlyNorwegian Devotee (487) Feb 5, 2013 Illinois

    Fascinating arrogant ignorant dicks.
     
  4. Rcruz9230

    Rcruz9230 Initiate (157) Aug 17, 2016 New York
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    $4.99 per can or $17.99 for a 4 pack and thats the cheapest price in hells kitchen nyc
     
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  5. PA-Michigander

    PA-Michigander Meyvn (1,407) Nov 10, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    I'm curious how a beer made and canned three hours away is a month old when it hits the city. I don't think that's old when there are three levels of distribution involved but when it is one tier there isn't a good reason (I can think of) for the beer to have been rested a month already.

    If you are charging $4.99 per can then good for you, by far the cheapest I've heard of it in NY.
     
  6. larryi86

    larryi86 Poo-Bah (2,370) Apr 4, 2010 Delaware
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    At the brewery I can see complaining about month old cans, but being at a store I will never complain about a month old IPA. In fact the other day I picked up a three week old IPA from a brewery that finally started dating bottle and commented to one of the employees that I was happy with how fresh it is!
     
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  7. Genuine

    Genuine Devotee (460) May 7, 2009 Connecticut

    I remember the days before dates on IPA's and no one really bitching till the beer was a solid 6 months old. Funny how they were still good back then....
     
  8. Hoppedelic

    Hoppedelic Initiate (100) Dec 6, 2010 California
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    I wouldn't buy it at a month old, that's definitely too old for a hoppy IPA. The flavor will have noticeably changed from what the brewer intended after that amount of time. Where do you think it's been for the last month? Not refrigerated that's for sure.
     
  9. Giantspace

    Giantspace Zealot (507) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    But they bought it anyway.

    How hard it is to hold ones tongue when in retail

    Enjoy
     
  10. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Champion (819) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Out of curiosity how come it was a month old? I think that is still fresh but just curious why it sat for that long to start. I can see both sides, 4 weeks is good but you are close to the end game in my mind, I like to avoid anything over 8 weeks for sure. I can understand your frustration but again maybe customers were surprised also so I can see their disappointment when they saw the date thinking it was fresh made.
    Cheers
     
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  11. Wasatch

    Wasatch Poo-Bah (4,907) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado
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    To me, West Coast Style IPAs/DIPAs last longer than the NEIPA/DIPAs, so drinking them 2-3 months after canning is ok. But as always, in general, the fresher the better, for the most part.:slight_smile:

    Cheers!
     
  12. Rcruz9230

    Rcruz9230 Initiate (157) Aug 17, 2016 New York
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    I reached out to my contact who distributes fiddlehead and was told second fiddle was brought in for a concert a week ago and that they distributed what was leftover to some retail locations:confused: none the less i thought it was an amazing ipa and plan to bring some more home tomorrow
     
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  13. Rcruz9230

    Rcruz9230 Initiate (157) Aug 17, 2016 New York
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    I try my best to accomodate all the locals bringing in all the new ipas from barrier, grimm, common roots, lawsons etc but the snobbery is real out here ..im better off selling corona and heineken to the tourist who actually share a smile and havent sold their souls to craft beer
     
  14. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,404) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Fresher is always better; Period. How old depends on many things beyond the consumers control. At a month I wouldn't bitch a bit if it's well cared for cans.
     
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  15. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Champion (819) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    LOL that does suck and I commend you for trying to be cool and bring in the beer. Don't give up you will always have sour apples in the bunch just think of all the people who got to try a new item. I would love to score some in AZ LOL ( I bet all the guys throwing a fit bought the most) HA HA HA
    Cheers.
     
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  16. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (1,944) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I think I know your store. You're doing a great job, fwiw, and I've recommended it to others. Too bad the customers can get you down like that.

    I won't balk at a month old, myself, but it is kinda getting close to my limit. But, yeah, for something unusual and hard to get I'd have no second thoughts. In fact, I'll be by tomorrow afternoon :wink::slight_smile:.
     
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  17. Beersnob724

    Beersnob724 Initiate (97) Jan 11, 2016 Ohio
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    Yeah. I actually understand both sides here. I was just reading a thread on here the other night about "beers close to hopslam" or something like that. A lot of people were talking up a beer called Mahajara , I saw it yesterday in my beer store and bought it. Was canned in late may. Didn't really enjoy it. In back of my head I kept thinking if it was fresh I probably woulda liked it.
     
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  18. Rcruz9230

    Rcruz9230 Initiate (157) Aug 17, 2016 New York
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    What of you didnt see the date before consuming the beer? Im talking about purchasing one can not not a 4 or 6 pack maybe that will change your perception... i just had a burial surf wax dated 3 months ago and it was one hell of a beer. Ive learned not to compare one ipa to another and lower my expectations. not every ipa is meant to be a hop bomb
     
  19. Invinciblejets

    Invinciblejets Devotee (462) Sep 29, 2014 South Carolina
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    I wouldn't complain. But no denying the flavor will change from intended...
     
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  20. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (1,770) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Complaining about month old cans seem a bit excessive, but on the other hand, freshness is a major deal with IPAs. I've noticed, in my own experience, this is particularly true in dry hopped beers. I wouldn't sweat it too much ...
     
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  21. ICTguy21

    ICTguy21 Initiate (158) Jul 18, 2017 Kansas

    Agreed, just a couple nights ago I had a Deschutes fresh squeezed IPA that was pushing 4 months(part of a mix pack I neglected to check the date on:rolling_eyes:) and despite my preparation for a let down it was still a really good beer and I'll gladly drink the others. There's definitely a ton of variations with IPA's.
     
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  22. DonRevy

    DonRevy Initiate (105) Aug 10, 2017 British Columbia (Canada)

    I work for a small liquor store in Victoria, B.C. A person may consider the suburb where the store is located, generally, a more affluent area. I completely empathize with your displeasure over the elitism you experienced recently. We are very privileged to have several microbreweries close by, but people still feel personally slighted by some brew not meeting their very personal expectations. Have only encountered a handful of people that are especially concerned about the bottle date, but I get the sense that people have a very visceral reaction to it. As if it were intentional - which is incredibly unfortunate. You sound like an invested manager, so full props to you and all you do!

    Liquor store employees unite! :grinning:
     
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  23. MostlyNorwegian

    MostlyNorwegian Devotee (487) Feb 5, 2013 Illinois

    Because there are a lot more layers involved in getting the green light to distribute out of state.
    It's a DIPA. 4 weeks is pretty much the sweet spot.
     
  24. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Champion (819) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    :sunglasses:
    I agree on time, this beer is still young, I would have zero issue consuming...
     
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  25. Wiffler27

    Wiffler27 Savant (929) Aug 16, 2009 New Jersey
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    a month is border-line for me.

    ugh i hate that the only Union Jack local to me was brewed in May. shit pisses me off, get some fresh cases so i can buy a case and sit on that!
     
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  26. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Champion (819) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Your not alone on that, in AZ most cases/sixers of Union I see are from May. What is really sad is that I have a brewery down the street and all the stores around it are selling 3 month old beer from that very brewery, I emailed the owner with zero reply, LOL. I have zero issue on non-IPA being older but when their local IPA is 3 mos old and they are across street that ticks me off.
     
  27. YadiBEER_Molina

    YadiBEER_Molina Initiate (111) Apr 14, 2017 Oregon

    In general I'd agree that 1 month old is nothing to complain about. But at $18 for a 4 pack I'd be hesitant. I bought an $18 four pack this past week but it was direct from the brewery and canned the day before. I kinda feel like that freshness is a big part of what I'm paying a premium for.
     
  28. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,788) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    Next time you get some, send me a PM. I will drive in and buy it all.
     
  29. BSW

    BSW Aspirant (260) Jun 20, 2011 California
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    Whether or not the beer was too old for them, I don't get the complaining part. I might choose not to buy a month old IPA, but I'm not going to pretend anyone at the store needs to hear my opinion on the subject.
     
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  30. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Zealot (555) Mar 28, 2009 California
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    Chit drives me crazy. Beer isn't fresh enough, I didn't get said beer, beer wasn't X enough, I had to wait in line, blah...blah...blah.
     
  31. Blackop555

    Blackop555 Meyvn (1,056) Dec 12, 2016 Michigan
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    I have a store near me selling Todd from surly for full price and it's from Christmas. I'll buy an ipa a month old Especially if I've never had it. I won't buy one more than two months old unless it was marked down some. I've had ipas taste terrible at 3 weeks old. And others taste great at 3 months. For the people that only drink an ipa that is two weeks or fresher then move on. Waste all your time hunting for that
    Super fresh ipa while i sit back and enjoy my month old beer. That i didn't have to fight for.
     
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  32. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (4,597) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    The winner in this scenario is the brewery because they already sold the hype (to the public) and the beer (to distro). The freshness attitude is not unique to NYC, it's pandemic. - Screw it, when's the last time someone complained about fresh barrel aged "stuff". :grin: Then again, you sell barrel aged gems and people will find something to complain about.
     
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  33. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Initiate (95) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I would never get mad over something like this, but I can now understand why people want fresh IPAs. When I had my first can of Nimble Giant about 3 days after it was canned, it was amazing. The last few cans, which are about 2 months old, seem to be entirely different beers from when I had it fresh.
     
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  34. njcraftguy

    njcraftguy Zealot (518) Apr 6, 2015 New Jersey
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    I've always felt the " must be super fresh " thing is over blown. I've never had a beer that was weeks old that was off. Months old maybe, depending on the beer but weeks - pah-leez.
     
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  35. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,088) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Freakin idiots most of them wouldn't be able to tell 3 days from 6 months the one complaining about freshness. Gimme a break.
     
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  36. CheapHysterics

    CheapHysterics Aspirant (249) Apr 1, 2009 Pennsylvania

    3 day old definitely tastes different than a couple months old, but assuming the 3 day old is always better is silly. Sometimes a few weeks to a month old brew is better than the same beer a few days old.

    People talking about the brewers' intention is stupid too. If the brewer intended people to drink the beer when it's 7 days old or less then they shouldn't bottle or can it because they know the distribution system isn't that efficient.
     
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  37. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Defender (618) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    I think the only thing wrong here is the customers complaining. It's not like you're purposely selling out of date beer. And it seems like it's a good price for the area, albeit expensive in a vacuum. If it was a Stone Enjoy By clearly past its date, sure they have a right to complain.

    That being said, I would personally think twice about paying $5/can and $18/4 pack for a month old New England style IPA. I typically drink all of my Trillium beers within a month (some at $5 per can) because the flavor profile changes after a month. A bad beer? No. But I want it to be optimal at $5 per can.

    Also remember, it's a month old NOW. Who says they're going to drink it that day or even week? At a month for this style, I'd probably take a flyer on a single can or two to try it. But not a four pack. And I certainly wouldn't complain about it.
     
  38. ecpho

    ecpho Initiate (162) Mar 28, 2011 New York

    Which store are you in Hell's Kitchen? Clinton Gourmet? If you keep on getting Barrier (except anything NEIPA-ish) I'll come by.
     
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  39. Dil_thebeerdrinking_do

    Dil_thebeerdrinking_do Disciple (347) Jan 21, 2014 Georgia
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    If there are fresher beers in the city and sometimes superior local beer... then I would complain too. Then pass.
     
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  40. sefus12

    sefus12 Aspirant (216) Sep 7, 2006 Kentucky

    It is amazing how taste buds have evolved with the introduction of bottlend/canned-on dates.... :wink:
     
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