Lawsons SOS available in CT in December '14?

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  1. jessehurlburt

    jessehurlburt Initiate (0) Oct 17, 2014 Connecticut

    Wasn't psyched to pay $10 for 32 oz of beer, but I enjoy it and it's the holidays. To each his own..
     
  2. Guzzle_McBrew

    Guzzle_McBrew Initiate (0) Feb 17, 2014 Connecticut

    I was not the only one paying $11 or $12 a 22 oz bomber in VT not long ago for the same beer, but not as fresh. Even $5 a can is not a bad rate, and I don't think this is as much a value concern as a business ethics issue over the stores gouging.

    Plenty of delicious beers cost more than $10 for a 32 oz growler fill.
     
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  3. PatrickKellyCT

    PatrickKellyCT Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2013 Connecticut

    That's what I figured, thanks. Hopefully they still have some at one of these stores around 5 when I leave the office.
     
  4. BruinsDude325

    BruinsDude325 Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2014 Connecticut

    All gone at stews and ct bev mart
     
  5. HeyHayward

    HeyHayward Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2013 New York

    any sightings in New Haven/Fairfield area yet?
     
  6. tpww7

    tpww7 Initiate (0) Jun 26, 2007 Connecticut

    Tommorow for cans and draft in NH/Fairfield.
     
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  7. Sean802

    Sean802 Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2013 Vermont

    Not a lot on the list today, but Valley Fine Wines in Simsbury is getting a few cases today/tomorrow.
     
  8. OrangeAmps

    OrangeAmps Initiate (0) Dec 25, 2010 Massachusetts

    I just so happen to be In hartford for work today. Any chance I can find some SOS anywhere? I have a car.
     
  9. pjs234

    pjs234 Devotee (461) Jun 29, 2008 Connecticut

  10. MikeM417

    MikeM417 Initiate (0) May 28, 2014 Connecticut

    SoS cans have hit Fairfield County!!!!!!

    and selling quick.
     
  11. chewy527

    chewy527 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2014 Connecticut

    I believe the shop owners were sick of the nonstop calls about Sip and asked them to remove the listing. I know one store in particular was not happy about the craze that came with this beer (and supposedly opted out of distribution -- TBD if that's true or not)
     
  12. pjs234

    pjs234 Devotee (461) Jun 29, 2008 Connecticut

    that's what I figured...
     
  13. pbrian

    pbrian Crusader (746) Feb 8, 2001 Connecticut

    Do you really have to feed the frenzy?
     
  14. Emmige1

    Emmige1 Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2014 New York

    Must be nice for all those shops in 2014 to be deterring business
     
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  15. threephase

    threephase Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2013 Connecticut

    Probably also since they don't have the tight control of distro like they do in VT; seems like in this state only the distributor ever knows who will end up with it.
     
  16. Sean802

    Sean802 Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2013 Vermont

    Helping those who want to know where to find some? Yes.
     
  17. Lamnic

    Lamnic Initiate (197) Mar 1, 2012 Connecticut

    Isn't that the point of helping our fellow BAs?
     
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  18. normanburner

    normanburner Initiate (47) Feb 18, 2011 Connecticut

    2 can limit @ $5/can at Amity in new haven
     
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  19. BruinsDude325

    BruinsDude325 Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2014 Connecticut

    The price gouging is insane. Just was attempted to be charged $25.85 for a 4 pack. SOS is up there with my favorite beers. But your nuts if you think I'll pay almost twice the suggested retail on it. It's not like it won't be available again ever. Hopefully this is fixed and not an issue once the initial craze dies down
     
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  20. youbrewidrink

    youbrewidrink Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2009 Vermont
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    Why do you all act so suprised at the pricing, there are plenty of retail shops in Vermont that get $20 for a 4 pack of Heady.
     
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  21. SenatorSpaceman

    SenatorSpaceman Initiate (0) May 24, 2014 Connecticut

    You have to call out that store so that we know to avoid it.
     
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  22. Jmr85

    Jmr85 Aspirant (275) Nov 25, 2013 Connecticut
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    All of these package stores that are attempting to increase the price of sos 4packs should be called out and cut off from receiving anymore. This is crazy!!! But I am not suprised
     
  23. Sean802

    Sean802 Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2013 Vermont

    And $5 singles.
     
  24. BigStein88

    BigStein88 Disciple (309) Nov 5, 2007 New Hampshire
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    This, to me, is crazy. Beer is released in a 4-pack. Sell a 4-pack for $15 and be done with it.
     
  25. BruinsDude325

    BruinsDude325 Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2014 Connecticut

    Valley wines in Farmington, also owns another store in unionville called liquor square. Both were charging the same price. Needless to say i passed on them. For $25.85 I couldn't justify it
     
  26. pbrian

    pbrian Crusader (746) Feb 8, 2001 Connecticut

    Normally I'd agree with this. But consider what happened to me last week. I was in one of my local packys shooting the shit with the owner about the SOS mania crap (his was one of those stories about how some people came in around lunch time looking for SOS. He said he didn't get it yet. They said, no, the truck's in the parking lot, can we wait? These guys he's never seen before as customers. So he didn't go to lunch, entered it into his system, and these guys each bought one can, nothing else, and left. Make up your own mind what you think of that situation)... but anyway, he says, hey I have some Ghandi bot, want some? Well, duh, sure. He comes out with a "two pack". At first I'm thinking, huh? So I said to him, Two packs, huh? And he said, yeah, when I sell them as 4 packs they're gone in a day or two, when I sell them as two packs, they last a week, and that's why you're able to get some right now. He doesn't mark them up, I think they were $6.50 (nor did he mark up the single SOS's, which he sold as two packs to customers he recognized, btw) so I left there with a different perspective of the "two pack" thing...
     
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  27. scotorum

    scotorum Poo-Bah (2,033) May 28, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Whoa I did not know that! I paid $15 each for the two fourpacks I bought in Waterbury last April. Are cases more than the previously advertised $75 now at the few places that sell them?

    I think the issue is that SOS was announced at around $14/4, so the places selling them for almost $26 are more than a bit over the top, in fact even more than 20% above what you say Heady frequently sells for in Vermont. And let's face it, SOS is good, but DS and TS are better, and neither of them is Heady.
     
  28. BigStein88

    BigStein88 Disciple (309) Nov 5, 2007 New Hampshire
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    Interesting situation. Seems more acceptable if you are not marking it up. Best of luck to all looking in Connecticut!
     
  29. jamvt

    jamvt Devotee (400) Aug 5, 2005 Massachusetts
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    That's actually not true. How many is plenty?
     
  30. BigStein88

    BigStein88 Disciple (309) Nov 5, 2007 New Hampshire
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    And a good thing, for some of us, DS and TS are both better than Heady!
     
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  31. HeyHayward

    HeyHayward Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2013 New York

    Picked up a 4-pack in Danbury today and a guy offered me $50 in the parking lot. I politely declined and he called me a fascist, so that was fun. Have picked up a few 4 packs over the last week, $13.99 across the board in the Danbury area as far as I've seen.
     
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  32. BigStein88

    BigStein88 Disciple (309) Nov 5, 2007 New Hampshire
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    Haha. But I would have sold it!
     
  33. scotorum

    scotorum Poo-Bah (2,033) May 28, 2013 Massachusetts
    Society

    You know you can count me as one of those too, G. :slight_smile: I was just acknowledging that Heady is still rated a little higher by more people here than either of those Lawson's.
     
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  34. scotorum

    scotorum Poo-Bah (2,033) May 28, 2013 Massachusetts
    Society

    You beat me to that one - being half Scottish I could not have resisted selling two of them for $25 and feeling lucky that I left with a twopack plus $11 more than I came with (less the Ct. sales tax).
     
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  35. north7

    north7 Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2014 Connecticut

    CT noob here - it looks like lots of little places in Fairfield county got Sip today (along with Stout Trooper and 'Bot - same distributor).
    I popped into a little dirty place I'd never been in before next to a Dunkin Donuts I frequent, and they had it, for $23/4pk.
    Walked. F them. Hopefully the distributor will cut back on slimy shops that gouge in the future.
     
  36. bfitzge2

    bfitzge2 Aspirant (282) Jul 21, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Has anyone ever heard one instance of a CT distributor cutting off a price-gouging shop? For all the complaining (myself very much included), I don't think I've ever heard of that happening. The gouging seems to be getting worse.
     
  37. threephase

    threephase Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2013 Connecticut

    I do not believe the distributors have that ability. Consumer pricing comes down to whatever the shop wants to charge over what their wholesale price was; they are just provided an MSRP. If the shop has issues moving a specific product I do not believe the distributor will provide more. I know distributors will provide special releases and more of different types of a brand when the shop is able to move that brand more easily.

    The only way really comes down to the consumer. If we don't buy at gouging shops they wont get more or they will have to re-adjust their prices.
     
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  38. thatbentleyguy

    thatbentleyguy Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2012 Massachusetts

    SOS - not a compelling enough reason to go out of the way to CT and run around all headless-chicken like. Other LF sure I'd consider it. For now I'll stay home and drink some Jack's Abby.
     
  39. Beericjb

    Beericjb Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2012 Connecticut

    The price issue is really the fault of the liquor stores. They know the price they pay and the suggested retail price of $13.99 a 4pk. Only thing the distributor can do is ask them to lower the price or not send them the product again (kinda iffy territory I think). The best thing consumers can do is refuse to pay high prices for this stuff, and let the shop owners know that we all know they are gouging and then take your business elsewhere.
     
  40. beanoboy7

    beanoboy7 Initiate (0) Jun 22, 2014 Connecticut

    my aunt owns a package store. The state regulates the prices. File a report with the Liquor Commission.
     
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