Katherine is back,and in the tanks.......

Discussion in 'US - Northeast' started by smutty33, Jan 30, 2015.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (599) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    Maybe the solution is to structure some sort of sliding price scale based on pick-up or arrival time. If you're in-line prior to 11AM, your bottles cost $100. Those in-line at noon pay $25 and then the price drops $2 every hour until it runs out.
     
    WarbyJones likes this.
  2. Sweatshirt

    Sweatshirt Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2014 New Hampshire
    Deactivated

    Or just tell people not to show up before opening and actually enforce it. One time is all it would take. Hand out tickets to everyone in line, take note of the number of people who dismissed the request, when the time comes tell numbers 1-73 (or whatever) to go home.

    Your idea is more fun though.
     
  3. Justin42

    Justin42 Aspirant (229) Apr 3, 2013 Massachusetts
    Trader

    It bugs me too, and I don't know quite why. I tend to avoid that stuff as much as I can.
     
    mattosgood likes this.
  4. Davl22

    Davl22 Disciple (357) Sep 27, 2011 New Hampshire
    Trader

    I've never seen a line like this at any beer release.....ever.
     
    smutty33 and rjp217 like this.
  5. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,914) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
    Society

    Or, just sell tickets online that get you two draft pours/bottles and be done with it. No one has to take time off from work, and there’s no one standing in line at 9 am for 5 hours. When any event grows to the point that hundreds are standing in line before you open, it should be ticketed online.
     
    Sweatshirt likes this.
  6. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (599) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    I'm not there, but unless people slept on the street or drove through an ice storm, it can't be as bad as the old KtG releases.
     
  7. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (599) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    Tod has a history of underestimating the attention his beers get. He seemed legitimately surprised and a bit disgusted at what KtG Day turned into.
     
  8. Jbrews

    Jbrews Disciple (346) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    Horrible set up, really sad for the local people who spend money there week after week and only wanted to get their bottles and head back to work with intentions of getting a pour later in the evening. Sad...money can be used elsewhere
     
  9. WarbyJones

    WarbyJones Initiate (111) Jan 11, 2014 New Hampshire

    Guess you haven't been to any Dinner release. MBC is totally basking in the craziness.
     
  10. Jbrews

    Jbrews Disciple (346) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    I avoid it, due to this
     
  11. mattosgood

    mattosgood Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2014 Massachusetts

    To a degree I think it sounds like we're jealous, but I work from home (big day for bourbon research on an article I'm writing). I could have easily driven to Kittery. No thanks. Same with Dinner. Same with all of these releases. The Brewers know what they're doing. It's a business after all and nothing drums up buzz like a beer release. To each his own.

    Imagine the guy with the first MtL check in? He's a mini celeb is some bizarro world.
     
    apollokim likes this.
  12. Davl22

    Davl22 Disciple (357) Sep 27, 2011 New Hampshire
    Trader

    I was there for the first dinner release....3 days later....nabbed my allotment and sat down with a full pour in an empty brewery. It was amazing lol. I wouldnt go to them now unless they calmed down.
     
    Mikeypnh likes this.
  13. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (599) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    His own mind and that's it.
     
    mattosgood likes this.
  14. WarbyJones

    WarbyJones Initiate (111) Jan 11, 2014 New Hampshire

    Any idea what the line looks like? If I make it down by 4 do I have a chance?
     
  15. DonD

    DonD Initiate (0) Jun 23, 2008 Texas

    Ouch. My sister was #277 and she just now left. Was only buying bottles. I think they need to have a separate bottles to go line if they plan to do this again.
     
  16. jstout26

    jstout26 Initiate (170) May 30, 2013 North Carolina
    Trader

    Line is looking good. Most updated count is about 440 people including the 361 at opening. Is still a bit of a wait. I was in line at 1:30ish and theres is only about 50 behind me
     
  17. adamsns6696

    adamsns6696 Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2013 Maine

    I was like #245 or so. It took me a little over 2 hours to get through and get my bottles. worst set up ever. they just let people hang out and drink so the line wasn't moving at all.
     
  18. Rochefort10nh

    Rochefort10nh Savant (903) Sep 30, 2005 New Hampshire
    Trader

    Two separate lines is s no brainer!!
     
    Gosox8787 likes this.
  19. BigStein88

    BigStein88 Disciple (309) Nov 5, 2007 New Hampshire
    Trader

    There are many ways to speed things up, a cash only line is a huge help. Ticketing is a fine idea, especially if they do a random draw so everyone gets a fair chance.

    I don't see how making everyone show up at opening would help, 300 or 400 people all pulling in and running to the door right when they open? Sounds worse to me.
     
  20. ElGallo

    ElGallo Meyvn (1,138) Sep 26, 2009 New Hampshire

    I was 227 and I liked it. Had to wait 3 hours (11:00-2:00) before getting in, but the food trucks were great, and it's beautiful out. Lots of locals here, which I like to see. It's rolling entry, and I understand why they did it this way. Perhaps next year will be different, but this was fun.
     
    smutty33 likes this.
  21. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (599) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    I would say you're in the minority in saying a 3 hour wait to buy 2 bottles of beer is fun. But there are people on here that do it all the time, so maybe I'm the weirdo.
     
    AlcahueteJ, irv2424 and messrock like this.
  22. RKing44

    RKing44 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2012 Massachusetts

    Sounds amazing.
     
  23. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Savant (961) Mar 17, 2009 Washington

  24. OrangeAmps

    OrangeAmps Initiate (0) Dec 25, 2010 Massachusetts

    anyone know if it's cash only?
     
  25. Brian_Burke

    Brian_Burke Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2014 Massachusetts

    I would say a big part of this is generating buzz for the brewery, rather than making it the most efficient /fair way to handle it.
     
    Justin42 likes this.
  26. DonD

    DonD Initiate (0) Jun 23, 2008 Texas

    They take cards as well.
     
  27. OrangeAmps

    OrangeAmps Initiate (0) Dec 25, 2010 Massachusetts

    Word. Thanks
     
  28. wapack

    wapack Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2008 New Hampshire

    I stopped by earlier since I happened to be in Portsmouth for a conference....typical craziness. Left without getting in line, had to get back.

    As said earlier, One line for bottles, one line for bottles and pours - everyone would be a whole lot less salty I think.
     
    irv2424 likes this.
  29. wapack

    wapack Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2008 New Hampshire

    Also, I couldn't help but think: what a weird day to have to go to the post office in kittery!
     
    earljones199 likes this.
  30. NHhomebrewguy

    NHhomebrewguy Zealot (555) Apr 9, 2012 New Hampshire

    Does anyone think it will still be on tap this Friday at opening? The wife and I want to go up to get a taste but can't get there any sooner than that.
     
  31. jjnasty

    jjnasty Initiate (108) Oct 3, 2008 Massachusetts

    A great day all around. Great beer, fun time, awesome people.

    There are so many people on here that would get a kidney donated to them and complain that the color wasn't right.
     
  32. Stormfield

    Stormfield Aspirant (229) Feb 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    The Alchemist did their last FB release perfectly. All sales done online before the event. Cases of beer outside, which you could put in your car (or hotel room) before entry for pours or after you finished your pours. Two hour window so no need to be there immediately. You could even take your stash away and then come back before the two hour window was up. One of the most effective plans I've ever seen. Other breweries should take note. The Alchemist has shown, through trial and error, that these kinds of things can work efficiently.
     
    chinabeergeek, Jason and MattXT like this.
  33. skinny_mcginley

    skinny_mcginley Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2014 Massachusetts

    I didnt see any huge problems. Maybe 2 lines would have been nice but the 3 hour wait wasnt that bad. There was good food trucks in the parking lot and i didnt hear anyone complaining really. Kind of just the nature of the beast i guess. The only complaints seem to be on here, from people that didnt even go. The line died down completely when i got to the front and i heard they have plenty left. Too much damn complaining on here. Beautiful day good food and great beer. Ya, it was a real shitshow...
     
    CrazyJoeDavola57, teeeebs and jjnasty like this.
  34. Justin42

    Justin42 Aspirant (229) Apr 3, 2013 Massachusetts
    Trader

    I'm in no position to comment since I didn't go (or even consider going), but the fact that the scene has come to the point where three hour waits to buy 2 bottles of beer and get a couple pours on draft seems reasonable is really something. But hey, to each his own.
     
    Sean802, MKozaka, messrock and 2 others like this.
  35. skinny_mcginley

    skinny_mcginley Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2014 Massachusetts

    I just got into craft beer less than a year ago and aside from trillium this seems to be the norm. But from what i have seen if you get there 3 hours early and stuff it is a longer wait and causes half the problem. Where as if you show up later you have a much easier time.
     
  36. CrazyJoeDavola57

    CrazyJoeDavola57 Initiate (0) Jul 6, 2010 Massachusetts

     
    Sean802, skinny_mcginley and jjnasty like this.
  37. Stormfield

    Stormfield Aspirant (229) Feb 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    I was there, and yes, everything was fine. But the line was long and slow moving. No harm in pointing that out.
     
  38. WarbyJones

    WarbyJones Initiate (111) Jan 11, 2014 New Hampshire

    I ended up driving down, made it to the brewery at 4 PM. Made it through the line in under an hour. To make a point though, you cant really make any sweeping generalizations about these releases of "show up later and you don't have to wait in line." The last dinner release, if you showed up when doors opened you were SOL. Still we have it good here in Maine and its better than other areas of the country.
     
    Davl22 likes this.
  39. MVP09

    MVP09 Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2012 Massachusetts

    No pics? Even on the intended thread. I want some visual evidence of this whale.
     
  40. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,914) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
    Society

    I don't see why people in this thread are complaining about people complaining. I think it's perfectly valid to voice complaints about lines for beer. 3 hours for 2 bottles, I think the frustration there is easy enough to sympathize with. Especially those of us who have been drinking craft beer before it exploded, and remember how it was before, and even more so for locals who should be able to get certain beers easily.

    I can also sympathize with those who are ok with it, and enjoyed hanging out with people on a beautiful day, got to drink a nice beer, and spend a day out of the office enjoying themselves.

    I give the brewery a pass on this one though, even though the beer was released in the past, this is the first time Tributrary released it. Now that they know it's just as popular as before, perhaps they'll do it differently next year. Many have expressed (including myself) multiple ways that breweries organize releases in a more efficient manner.

    Even though many enjoy the atmosphere, and the chase, I would be hard pressed to imagine the majority of those people wouldn't have enjoyed themselves more spending those 3 hours inside the bar, hanging out with people, and not using a vacation day to buy 2 bottles of beer.
     
    MKozaka, ChrisMyhre and adamsns6696 like this.
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.