How long have you waited in a beer release line?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Riff, Dec 10, 2016.


Length of time

  1. I refuse to wait in a line

    90 vote(s)
  2. 1 hour or less

    92 vote(s)
  3. 1 to 2 hours

    54 vote(s)
  4. 2 to 4 hours

    73 vote(s)
  5. 4 to 6 hours

    34 vote(s)
  6. 6 to 8 hours

    12 vote(s)
  7. 8 to 12 hours

    11 vote(s)
  8. Longer than 12 hours

    11 vote(s)
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  1. Riff

    Riff Initiate (0) May 12, 2016 Virginia

    Noted a release today that someone was in line nearly 8 hours before release, in the dark, in below freezing temperatures. I personally have an aversion to standing in line for extended periods of time, mostly due to chowdales and the long lines they created hours before the galleys opened on my carrier. To each their own though, just made me curious how long people here are willing to wait in line to get a limited release.
  2. TongoRad

    TongoRad Grand Pooh-Bah (3,826) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I did it once on a lark, 35-40 minutes, won't do it again. My general attitude towards lines is that waiting on one indicates poor resourcefulness on my part, and I avoid them as much as possible.
  3. Prince_Casual

    Prince_Casual Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2012 District of Columbia

    Have waited in line for double IPAs at Aslin for ~1.5 hours on a thursday afternoon. I can easily sit on a cooler and take care of some "work" on my iPad so I don't consider it a big waste of time, it's more efficient than doing the same in my car or at a Starbucks, in a lot of ways

    I wouldn't spend my time in a line on the weekend though.
  4. DoctorZombies

    DoctorZombies Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,051) Feb 1, 2015 Florida
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    I've stood in lines over an hour long at Disney, etc. with Jr. years ago...I've been in a few lines for under an hour for beer...I believe the beer was a better wait:wink:
  5. Barnoloid

    Barnoloid Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2015 Illinois

    3.5 hours at a release where many of the beers sold ended up having quality issues months down the line. Since then i've decided i'll never wait that long again, or else just wait to try that beer on tap. But saying that - i'm sure i'll get lured in somewhere down the line (no pun intended!).
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  6. Eddiehop

    Eddiehop Pooh-Bah (2,026) Jun 28, 2014 Texas
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    I've stood in line 2-3 hrs for various releases but that is my upper limit. As much as I'd rather not do it , I don't mind to do it on a rare occasion b/c

    1) I'm usually with a few friends hanging out and shooting the shit which is no different than if I wasn't in line
    2) The beers I'm willing to stand in line for essentially allow me to try some of the other amazing beers across the country I wouldn't have access to otherwise, so the trade factor weighs in

    To each his own!
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  7. Redsunsx01x

    Redsunsx01x Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2016 Illinois

    This past Bourbon County Release, I got there at 8pm and the doors didn't open till 9am.

    I will do it again next year. Just with a tent and heaters.
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  8. thuey

    thuey Pooh-Bah (1,609) Nov 13, 2015 California

    Visited SoCal. Could only drop by Monkish on a particular day of that trip. Happened to coincide with a can release which was announced same day. Waited an hour'ish since it's a once in a lifetime opp.
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  9. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,489) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    Waited 4 hours before with chairs and bottle sharing. Makes the time go by faster when there are good friends and good beers around. Just gotta try and make the most of it.
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  10. StoutElk_92

    StoutElk_92 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,719) Oct 30, 2015 Massachusetts

    The longest and really only line I have ever waited in was at a rare limited release at Trillium. One Hundred Thousand Trillion (Other Half collab) and Headroom cans were the two longest lines I've been in. I waited about an hour and a half for 2 4pks of Headroom.
  11. paulys55

    paulys55 Initiate (0) Aug 2, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Who waits in lines. I just put a chair there and come back when they open:wink:
  12. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Never have and doubt i ever will.
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  13. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    I have only been to one beer release and it was a memorable time. We waited in line for several hours, in the snow, in the morning. And there were people with lawn chairs, coolers and they were all sharing. I would do it again. =)
  14. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

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  15. sludgegnome

    sludgegnome Pundit (864) Mar 26, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I waited in line for about 4hrs a few times at Tired Hands brew cafe and a few other places. I really don't think I will be doing it anymore. Just don't like waiting in line as the day passes me by anymore. More beer for others I guess
  16. Wolfhead

    Wolfhead Initiate (0) Sep 1, 2009 Illinois

    Those Disney lines are brutal sometimes, we packed a flask :grinning:

    Been in two release lines, both under an hour and I'd probably not do it again, definitely would't wait longer. Sure I might miss out on some releases but in reality, probably not
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  17. Yellowlt4

    Yellowlt4 Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2016 Texas

    I've yet to have a beer worth waiting more than 10-15 minutes for.
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  18. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,281) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    I chose '1 hour or less' in the poll, and I did that 'waiting in line' thing only once. I'm not a die-hard, have-to-have-it beer drinker, and that experience cured me from going after 'small supply hyped beers' again. (It was a cold and rainy, windy day, which didn't help, and the beer ended up not being worth it.)
  19. RutgersBeerGuy

    RutgersBeerGuy Savant (1,047) Jan 16, 2007 New Jersey

    I waited about 45 minutes in line for the Pliny the Younger tapping at City Tap House in Philly two years ago. I was expecting to wait longer, but once they distributed the 60 tickets for PtY pours, they just let everyone in to order non-PtY beers and/or brunch.

    It was a great time. I was with awesome friends. We each got free grapefruit-glazed doughnuts "designed to pair with IPA." I got to have glasses of PtY, PtE, Blind Pig, and Supplication. Had some excellent chicken with sausage gravy.

    I'd probably never wait in line for packaged beer, but I'd definitely do something like this again.
    #19 RutgersBeerGuy, Dec 10, 2016
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  20. surfcaster

    surfcaster Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina

    Maybe 30 yrs ago but with a very long work week, two teenagers and spouse, I just don't see it. Sounds like it could be fun the right time of year for some but that ship has sailed.

    And honestly- so much great stuff with no lines.
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  21. Tdizzle

    Tdizzle Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2006 California

    The only line I have ever waited in for beer was two weeks ago on Black Friday. I was visiting Arizona for Thanksgiving, and my wife and I decided to stop by Whole Foods in Chandler at 8:00am. I assumed that they would already be sold out of BCBS, but there was a line of 8 people waiting to purchase bottles. I waited for 15 minutes.

    Other than that, I won't wait in lines. I don't like crowds, and I don't like the mania surrounding special release beers these days. I'd rather pick up something readily available.
  22. scottdills

    scottdills Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2010 North Carolina

    I waited around two hours or so once at Other Half and once at Heist. Although the only reason I waited so long at Heist was because their credit card machine was down.
  23. surfcaster

    surfcaster Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina

    Disney lines are one of those parental rites of passage. After a very long day 10 or so years ago they stayed open late and we had dinner before the nighttime trick or treat in the park. (Try keeping up with your kid in the dark there with a costume!). I ordered a beer and my wife a wine in the Magic Kingdom and learned there was no alcohol in that park. Really could have used one. :slight_frown:
    #23 surfcaster, Dec 10, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2016
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  24. RutgersBeerGuy

    RutgersBeerGuy Savant (1,047) Jan 16, 2007 New Jersey

    That's not technically true any longer! The Be Our Guest restaurant actually serves beer and wine. They had Chimay (at Disney prices) last time I was there. Granted, it's a very narrow exception to Magic Kingdom's otherwise dry policy.
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  25. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Pooh-Bah (2,978) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey

    The only lines I'm willing to wait in are at fests or events. When Zum Schneider in NYC used to have their Oktoberfest at the actual bar, I would wait outside for about an hour or two to ensure our group got a table inside for the Fassanstich (tapping of the first keg). That was worth it every time.

    I have never waited in a line for packaged beer and I doubt I ever will. With all of the amazing beer available without waiting I really see no reason to, unless you're into trading which I'm not. To each his or her own though.
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  26. BSW

    BSW Pundit (857) Jun 20, 2011 California

    I waited for 2.5 hours the last time I had Pliny the Younger. That was several years ago. Since then, I've resigned myself to the fact that my neighborhood brewery is off limits for two weeks every year.
  27. surfcaster

    surfcaster Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina

    I've heard such but was one a doneafter that trip a decade ago.

    A Chimay 10 yrs ago would've been a welcomed respite from watching rather large people eating turkey legs.
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  28. MerryTapster

    MerryTapster Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I own a taproom so it has certain perks in this aspect. Lol.

    Honestly unless it's a whale of a beer I refuse to wait more than and hour or two.
  29. Wolfhead

    Wolfhead Initiate (0) Sep 1, 2009 Illinois

    I believe the sit down restaurants have always served but not sure how many there were back in the 90's. Again, remember the flask, big flask of Rum for Rum & Cokes, It's a Small World after all and that line was/is crazy
  30. Oktoberfist

    Oktoberfist Initiate (0) Nov 26, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Why wait in a line when I could be at the gym and then go to the store and get a sixer of a decent IPA for 1/2 the price?
  31. surfcaster

    surfcaster Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina

    Pretty certain that until recently even sitdown places in The Magic Kingdom were dry as a bone. And that's ok--focus is on kids but man that sea of humanity tests ones resolve for maintaining your cool.
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  32. 7irondave

    7irondave Initiate (0) Jun 22, 2016 Massachusetts

    Treehouse and Bissell always have lines. 2 hours is a safe time to wait and still be able to get something.
  33. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Grand Pooh-Bah (3,463) Sep 3, 2008 California
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    Similar experience when I happened to be in Philly and Tired Hands had a can release.

    Only other time I've waited was ~45 min for PtY at RR on a weekday.
  34. jcMPLS

    jcMPLS Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2015 Minnesota

    I just got done waiting 1 hour in 5 degree weather to pick up a couple bottles of Dangerous Man Tawny port barrel aged Imperial Peanut Butter Porter. They had 900 bottles and sold out in under 2 hours with a 2 bottle limit.
  35. dcotom

    dcotom Grand Pooh-Bah (5,151) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    I will happily wait in line an hour or more for a big-ass roller coaster. I will not wait in line for beer.
    Endorphins > alcohol.
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  36. beerluvr

    beerluvr Pooh-Bah (1,764) Jan 2, 2001 Canada (ON)
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  37. CanConPhilly

    CanConPhilly Initiate (0) May 17, 2012 Pennsylvania

    If you're not a trader and want Tired Hands cans, then your only option is to wait in line. My average wait time is roughly 1.5 hours per release...sometimes less, sometimes much more. One of the milkshake releases was a 3+ hour wait, and even then I barely got to the front of the line in time.
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  38. ericwo

    ericwo Crusader (468) Aug 21, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Can't wait in lines - kids, work, etc don't allow it. If those things were factors, there is definitely some beers I would wait in line for (BCBS is NOT one of them). Glad to see some of these places doing so well.
  39. dcotom

    dcotom Grand Pooh-Bah (5,151) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    I just want to add that if I ever make it to Tree House, all bets are off.
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  40. Squire

    Squire Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi

    The only line I wait in is the check out line at the grocery store.
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