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Got Pliny Jacked today at Whole Foods

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 8, 2012.

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  1. RBassSFHOPit2ME

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    I walk in, see there's no PtE in the beer isle. Knowing today is their RRBC delivery or shipment day, I go over to the cheese counter where they hide them in the back and ask the clerk if they have it.

    Clerk - Yes, How many.
    Me - There is no limit correct?

    Before she answers, some a**hole shoves his basket at her and says give me 15. The bigger shocker was that she did it, and didn't finish my transaction first...oh well.

    Clerk - How many was that for you?
    Me - Five.

    She comes back with 4 and says all out. So one shy of what I wanted...life could be worse but I needed to vent some here. Now I feel what it must be like to be a woman shopper on Black Friday. (Yes, set myself up for some humor here I'm aware)

    Any similar beer store drama stories?
     
  2. Giovacchini

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    Boo hoo. No just kidding. At my work they don't keep Pliny stocked all the time (it sells twice as fast as anything else) and one time this guy came up to me and asked if we had any in the back. I grabbed 6 bottles for him and he tipped me 20 BUCKS! I could of bought 5 Plinys for that!! Then like a month later another guy came in got Pliny from the back from my coworker who got it for him and he got tipped like 10 bucks also. I guess it got out that Pliny tastes better out of the back.
     
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  3. FishPondManager

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    I hope he drank one every minute. I hear Pliny falls off a cliff after 15 minutes.
     
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  4. RBassSFHOPit2ME

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    Pays better too.
     
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    Sadly, I am the patron who buys up all the Pliny when I can but butting in front of another customer I will not do.
     
  6. draheim

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    I'm usually pretty cool-headed but if I'd been in that situation I would have kindly told the other guy he could wait his goddamn turn.
     
  7. minnesotaryan

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    least you get pliny
     
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  8. RBassSFHOPit2ME

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    Yep, should have and usually I'm not cool headed or rather should I say not quiet in those situations, but the shipment couldn't have been there more than an hour so I figured I was in the clear...
     
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    Please give the community your contact info so we can send you care packages in your time of need.



    *not intended as a shot to the people who have legitimately gone through hardships.
     
  10. SammyJaxxxx

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    A similiar thing just happened to me when a Pliny shipment came in. oh wait, we don't get Pliny. Never mind.
     
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  11. ravot

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    was at whole foods in petaluama, plenty of pliny. i brought back about 6 or 7 with me. was in town from chicago. is pliny usually limited in stores?
     
  12. draheim

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    Most Whole Foods I know of have a limit of something like 2 or 4 bottles. Other bottle shops generally do too.
    Seattle gets a shipment every few weeks of maybe a few dozen cases.
    I never buy more than a couple bottles at a time for a couple reasons:
    A. Share the goodness.
    B. They'll never stop making this.
     
  13. beerme411

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    Depends, I have yet to find a store that puts limits on pliny in the bay area. how fast they run out depends where you are, what store, and how much they get. Also sometimes production gets delayed and whatnot.
    honestly though I want more blind pig, but I hear they are bottling some of their ipa's that were draft only so more good news well mabe not they need to increase production even though vinnie doesn't want it to grow anymore.
     
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    Similar story. My sister went to a tasting at a local grocery store and they tried Sam Smith's Stingo. The guy doing the tasting said they had a few in, but that it is rarely available to them. My sister texted me and asked if I would like one and never having tried it I said that would be great. After the tasting she went to a clerk to ask for help finding the Stingo and he started walking her back to the cooler. She said she noticed another guy lurking behind her and the clerk as he directed her to the Stingo. The clerk pointed out where the beer was and the other guy ran to the cooler and grabbed the one remaining bottle. Douche.
     
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    Pretty much every store I've got it at here in Denver has a 1-2 bottle limit now.
     
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    Posted on the web site of the liquor store I frequent. Granted, this is in Denver, not California but...


    New Arrivals
    May, 16th
    • Russian River- Pliny the Elder- LIMIT, 1 BOTTLE PER PERSON
     
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    I just finished off a case of Pliny that was shipped to me. I feel the pain of no Pliny.
     
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    It wouldve been on like MotherF****in donkey kong at that point.

    Cheers!
     
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    City Beer in SF has a 6 bottle limit, so even in Pliny-land, there're stores that put up roadblocks.
     
  20. Prospero

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    Denver gets it once every 5-6 weeks, sells out in 24 hours typically and almost always, 1-2 bottle limit. The one store that sells it with no bottle limit typically sells out in 3-4 hours. And it's $6 here, not $4-5
     
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    Whenever I am waiting in line to get fresh off the truck Pliney my alarm clock usually ruins everything.
     
  22. stupac2

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    Very few Whole Foods in the Bay Area have a limit on Pliny, but it's pretty douchey to buy most of a case.

    Although I've done it...
     
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    Check out the loser with only 4 Pliny's.....
    ;)
     
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    This episode brings the Soup Nazi to mind, the Pliny Nazi in this case.

    You have to walk up to someone behind a counter and beg, and if the salesperson doesn't like your style...No Pliny for you!
     
  25. bugdoc

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    Henceforth, thou shalt be dubbed "Douchepac". :D
     
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    I remember I was looking for a seasonal brew for a friend a bit closer to the end of its time on shelves. Normally, I enjoy browsing the beer section but my knees were bad enough I needed to supplement leg braces with a cane. So I asked an employee to guide me. Someone else overheard, tried running in last second, and I couldn't stop in time.
     
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    You think that's bad? I walked in the other day and could only get 15 Plinys when I really wanted 20.

    I couldn't believe it. My life sucks.
     
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    i was there for a week. is petaluma considered the bay area? 40 miles north of SF on the 101. i brought back a half case, but the week i was there, nothing moved there, including other goods, such as concecration, supp, damnation blind pig. i had to pull the douche move, i haven't been in the city in 20 years. first time at the brewery, which was great. but now i can get my cousin to ship out some stuff for me. btw, whole foods, maybe just that store, was having a 20 percent sale on all bottle singles and or 375ml starting today and only today. this is the whole foods on e washington street. the cashier told me that in a different whole foods, there was a 2 bottle limit. doesn't move much there...
     
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    So I was walking home with my two cases of Pliny, when I was robbed at gunpoint, then pistol-whipped. When I regained consciousness, I noticed that one of the bottles had been broken during the thief's getaway, leaving a puddle of Pliny among broken glass AND I WAS THANKFUL FOR THAT!
     
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    Or met him in the parking lot and take his Pliny by force...
     
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    First world problems.
     
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    If you want to read about other kinds of problems, find another website.
     
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    You shoulda caught him in the parking lot, then he'd be making this post about you
     
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    If you're having Pliny problems, I feel bad for you son...I got 99 beers but a Pliny ain't one.
     
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    15 bottles? 5? And if my math is correct, I have a fleeting suspicion that a previous customer may have also requested 5 bottles. Am I the only person who finds any of this strange? Somewhere in California, it has become common practice to purchase bottles of beer in 5s.
     
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    How ever will you go on?
     
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    #californiabeerproblems
     
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    FTFY.

    EDIT: Damn, beaten to the punch!
     
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    This makes me sad. Was it the Redwood City Whole Foods? I'd swear WF has classes that teach employees how to look customers in the eye and convincingly say, "We're all out of Pliny".
     
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    A distressing lack of sympathy (read combination envy/bitterness) for our poor Pliny jacking victim hereā€”and I can't help but notice, most of it from the East Coast and Midwest. And I thought Pliny was just a mediocre, overrated beer. Now if this had been Heady or Hopslam...

    I can't speak for California, but up here in the NW we stop for pedestrians, we say "thank you" to the bus driver, we don't jaywalk, we scoop our own dog poop, and yes, we wait our turn. In short, we're civilized. I guess that's too much to ask in other parts of the country. Sad, but maybe not so surprising.
     
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