Have you ever dropped/broken a bottle you really wanted

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  1. TheArkhamMonk

    TheArkhamMonk Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2011 Illinois

    lost a bottle of parabola to the driveway last week....

    I hate my driveway.
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  2. nanobrew

    nanobrew Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2008 California

    Just this past weekend when my fridge was open the bottom shelf got stuck on my heal and popped off. Tumbling down were:

    Abyss '10
    Abyss '11 x2
    Super Jubel '10
    Tank 7 Farmhouse
    Raspberry Tart
    ... and maybe a few others.

    Luckily none broke. The cap on the Tank 7 came loose and started leaking very little, so me and my friend who was over cracked it open. Thank goodness for wax tops, otherwise I would have been tanked (read dead) drinking all of those beers if the caps come loose.
  3. ADTaber

    ADTaber Savant (985) Apr 29, 2011 South Carolina
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    I see what you did there
  4. woosterbill

    woosterbill Poo-Bah (2,616) Apr 6, 2009 Kentucky
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    I should point out, for the record, that I "liked" your attitude and Lebowski allusion, not the demise of a Millenium.
  5. woosterbill

    woosterbill Poo-Bah (2,616) Apr 6, 2009 Kentucky
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    I count myself lucky (and knock on wood) that I've yet to break a truly valuable bottle; I did once drop a single of Backwoods Bastard in a store while looking for a price tag, and I had a bottle Juliet explode in the trunk of my car on the way home from the store (I think more from overcarbonation than any specific trauma), but so far nothing really irreplaceable.
  6. tsauce2

    tsauce2 Initiate (0) Oct 12, 2011 Indiana
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    I dropped a bottle of Marron Acidifie, the Brewery and CC collabo. Thankfully, I had hit the jackpot the day before and that was only one of the three bottles I got.

    What a horrible thing. The memory of watching that bottle fall and hit the ground and shatter, then the fantastic smell that followed, is forever scarred into my brain.
  7. strohme2

    strohme2 Crusader (746) Nov 3, 2007 Michigan
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    My mother-in-law had 4 bottles of CBS in her house that got dropped from a main level bedroom to the basement after a fire collapsed the main levels of the house and burnt up. And yes, she felt so guilty about it that she bought a bottle off Ebay for me to try.
  8. madawhy

    madawhy Initiate (0) Sep 30, 2011 New York

    I had a couple that I realized happened after thinking I had never broken a bottle.

    After drinking several other beers, I realized, I forgot 3 4-packs in my car. So stupidly I thought I could handle holding them, opening 3 doors, moving a gate and then going up stairs. Well, I ended up dropping double trouble, not bad really considering only 2 bottle broke, but it was EVERYWHERE.

    Then, on a trip from three floyds that I took, I had several bottles in my trunk along with a bunch of cases. Well they had put my bottles into bomber holders but two were loose. I put them in my trunk in what I thought was a pretty secure spot, then I was driving, and I heard bottles move in my trunk. But never heard them move again for another 250 miles. Then I looked at the bottles and one of my bottles of ragnarok hit into the other bottle just below the cap and broke the glass at the top. I was pissed to say the least but it didnt even spill a drop, so I drank flat beer that night.

    But a very close one was someone at a recent founders tasting came VERY close to dropping a bottle of KBS. Needless to say, everyone gave him a look.

    Also heard a story about a guy dropping his whole box of southampton releases last year, that must have SUCKED.
  9. shand

    shand Meyvn (1,416) Jul 13, 2010 Florida
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    I went to grab a beer out of the fridge one Saturday morning (like, 10:00 AM) to enjoy in the tub while soaking a pair of new raw denim. While grabbing it, I accidentally knocked one of my roommate's girlfriend's Smirnoff Green Apple Bite out of the fridge. It landed on the cap, and it pushed it open. Not to waste alcohol, I took the bottle over to the bathtub, wearing currently too-large pants, and you better bet I drank that Smirnoff, sitting in the lukewarm bath water.

    Not one of my greatest moments. Not really something that I "really wanted" either. I really wanted a SNPA to kick back with.
  10. SpdKilz

    SpdKilz Meyvn (1,448) Jan 8, 2009 Illinois
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    Knock on wood, I have not. I also have re-enforced my beer refrigerator with 1/2 wood under the shelves to make sure they never break.

    However I did have an incident where a family member (for reasons I still don't know) threw a small couch pillow at me which I deflected and ended up knocking over a 3/4 full glass of Framboise de Amorosa. Try getting that beer stain out of white carpet...ugg.

    Also, waiting for AgentZero to pipe in on this thread...
  11. JrGtr

    JrGtr Disciple (395) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    Closest I've come is dropping a growler I was using to harvest bugs to homebrew a sour. It smelled great as it spread across the floor.
  12. AlexHouston

    AlexHouston Initiate (160) May 19, 2011 Illinois
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  13. AlexHouston

    AlexHouston Initiate (160) May 19, 2011 Illinois
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    Not a terrible thing, but on the way from flying back from LAX in December, one of my cans of Maui Coconut Porter got dented, losing about half of the can in the process. Thanks alot AA. Let this be a lesson to you kids: Have a limit (four or five) of bottles in your luggage. Or, if you're learning anything, use bubble wrap to help soften the blow of your buddies.

    To the lost beers of yesterday year: Always remember, never forget.

    *plays bagpipes*
  14. Frozenmoses

    Frozenmoses Aspirant (209) Nov 23, 2010 Texas
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    I always pack bubble wrap in my suitcase when traveling out of state for that very reason.
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  15. nanobrew

    nanobrew Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2008 California

    I always take a roller carry on bag as checked luggage. I fill it up with beer and bubble wrap (in large zip lock baggies). Completely packed I can get about a case of beer in the bag and it is right at the 50lbs weight limit. Plus everything is tightly packed so bottles cannot slosh around and break.
  16. jamescain

    jamescain Meyvn (1,002) Jul 14, 2009 Texas
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    I recently broke my first bottle. I bought two bottles of BBQ and one stone more brown then black. Oddly enough the Stone was hard to come by in San Antonio. They were packaged in a paper bag, which i knew was weak sauce when I picked it up and the top ripped. I always carry my beer packages from the bottom for that vary reason, including 6-packs. When I got home I got out of my car, holding the bottom of the bag, and I heard a pop and splash. I look down and its the Stone! Lucky for me my buddy at the liquor store who held the beer for me was able to score some more. But I was disappointed for a while for sure.
  17. shawnp

    shawnp Aspirant (235) Jan 15, 2010 Minnesota
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    I dropped a bottle of 2011 BBA 5th yesterday while opening it. My mouth was agape the entire time but somehow I managed to save it for a nice 8oz. pour.
  18. AlexHouston

    AlexHouston Initiate (160) May 19, 2011 Illinois
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    Yea, I did the same approach with using my clothes as a buffer from the force. Didn't think about using ziploc bags though, which could be good if you fill them up to have a little air in them as a cushion.
  19. nanobrew

    nanobrew Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2008 California

    I thought the same thing, until I was loading the bags up. The air allows the bottles to move around (not good). What I do is wrap the 12oz bottles with bubble wrap (the small bubble ones), place two bottles in one large zip lock bag, then close while pushing out excise air. Then pad as necessary to fill the bag, I use large bubble wrap.

    I also like putting nothing else in the bag so if TSA opens it they can easily see it is bubble wrap and beer, they do not have to dig around clothes to figure out that the container is and then leave things unpacked.
  20. johnnnniee

    johnnnniee Poo-Bah (5,144) Feb 28, 2007 New Hampshire
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    If we are going in that direction, I've broken two.
    #1 Jalapeno Pale Ale circa 1997 while vacuuming the carpet I accidentally hit the carboy at the edge of the closet and it split into sheets of glass and emptied onto our off white carpet. 50 Year old glass water jugs sometimes don't hold up.
    #2 Irish Dry Stout. circa 2006 Middle of winter brew session and I had the bright idea to transfer the hot wort into the glass carboy and cool it in the snow bank. I learned about thermal expansion/contraction that day. Wort Snow cones!
  21. phlaptaylor

    phlaptaylor Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2009 Tennessee

    My first bottle of Lion Stout. Didn't think I would ever run across across the cool Lion labeled brew ever again...then I found a local liquor store that carried high alcohol beers! HEAVEN!!
  22. sportscrazed2

    sportscrazed2 Initiate (179) Mar 29, 2010 Indiana

    no but i've spilled half a bottle or so of beers i was really savoring or accidently overpoured a bomber into pint glass when not paying attention.
  23. Sonofalime

    Sonofalime Aspirant (294) Oct 11, 2010 Virginia
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    Dropped a bottle of Cuir and 2010 Coton and surprisingly they didn't break. Them are some tough ass bottles. But I definitely caught part of the fall with my foot....soccer style and saved them. Thought I had a bloody mess on my hand and was going to get a flat tire since it happened right as I got out of my car.
  24. strohme2

    strohme2 Crusader (746) Nov 3, 2007 Michigan
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    I always take a dry bag with me in the very case that something leaks out.
  25. Reason2B

    Reason2B Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2011 Wisconsin

    My basement flooded and my wife without thinking picked up a 4-pack, assorted bottles used just for storage. Well, water and cardboard doesn’t mix. However, I can’t recall missing what was broken, so wasn’t that bad.

  26. stevefinny

    stevefinny Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2009 New Jersey
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    I would have thrown him down the stairs!
  27. cbutova

    cbutova Poo-Bah (3,309) Oct 10, 2008 Massachusetts
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    Wow, I almost ended my streak about 5 minutes ago. I had my a bunch of stuff in my hands and a bottle of Russian River Damnation 23 and CCB Warmer Winter Winter Warmer kind of squeezed between my arm and my side. The snow must have melted on my jacket or something making it a slick surface and the Winter Warmer flew out from my grip and fell about 5 feet down from my porch directly onto pavement. I think the CCB 750ml bottles saved my ass. It landed on the bottom corner and just bounced about a foot, made a loud thud and then slid down some ice like 5 more feet. I was expecting a trail of beer behind it but I got lucky this time. The best part was my first reaction, probably directly from BA. Pick up oozing bottle (if broken), run into house and pour immediately.
  28. MisterGrizz

    MisterGrizz Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Texas

    Not a very sad one here. Got a Fedex shipment of Hopslam and Zombie Dust a couple weeks ago. Instead of unwrapping the bottles out of the newspaper one of the ZD's just decides to unroll like the red carpet. I don't know how it survived the 4 foot fall onto kitchen tile, but my foot and ears didn't come out as lucky. (My bare foot for trying to catch the bottle and my ears for the unexpected loud ringing of the full bottle bouncing around on the tile.) After about a day the ZD was ready to be consumed and my extremities were fully healed :grinning:
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  29. iHEARTbeer247

    iHEARTbeer247 Initiate (0) May 25, 2011 California

    as i got out of my truck and it was more than miserable smelling it as all i can do was stare at it, after waiting in line for 3 hours for it
  30. BrianTheBrewer30

    BrianTheBrewer30 Aspirant (211) Nov 17, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Well that is just awful. Shit happens though.

    Look at it this way, at least you only waited 3 hours in line. A few of us waited 6 + hours.
  31. Heatwave33

    Heatwave33 Devotee (456) Sep 13, 2011 Florida
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    Damn that sucks! A buddy of mine recently broke my only Westy 12.
  32. TheJollyHop

    TheJollyHop Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 California

    If you dropped it then you obviously didn't want it bad enough :wink:
  33. diesel59

    diesel59 Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2012 New York

    any bottle i dropped/broke was a tragedy...:flushed:...:angry:
  34. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Devotee (490) Jan 2, 2010 California
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    I purposely destroyed the entire Kirkland pack from Costco after trying each style. Absolutely terrible. I didn't want it sitting in the fridge...
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  35. Overlord

    Overlord Initiate (0) Jun 28, 2007 California

    Look in the mirror and say my name three times, and I will appear.
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  36. tewaris

    tewaris Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2009 Minnesota

    Yeah you probably don't remember me but I do. Your post on my first thread ever on BA was quickly deleted because of your doubts about my mother's character. But I remember that.

    Taught me something though, so I am not complaining. Not one bit.
  37. tewaris

    tewaris Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2009 Minnesota

    Also, good to have you back.
  38. tewaris

    tewaris Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2009 Minnesota

    Yeaaaah, if you could go ahead and take the Jedi off... that'd be terriffic.
  39. Overlord

    Overlord Initiate (0) Jun 28, 2007 California

    Those images remind me I haven't gotten around to finishing my viewing of the Star Wars XXX porn parody yet. I'll be in my bunk.
  40. Jtc2811

    Jtc2811 Aspirant (232) Dec 13, 2011 California
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    I can add to this thread now. Up til today I have never broken a bottle. I drove home from a 2 hour trip to whole foods, where I picked up a 4 pack of KBS and a bottle of Sculpin. The damn paper bags there have handles, one of which broke as I was carrying it up my driveway! 4 bottles broke, and now I have no Sculpin, which I have never had the chance to try... :slight_frown:
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