Liquor Store Mystery Bag

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Gajo74, Mar 25, 2020.

  1. Gajo74

    Gajo74 Poo-Bah (2,394) Sep 14, 2014 New York
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    I’m from NYC but I have been vacationing in the DelMarVa beaches area for years since my family has a house in Bethany Beach, DE. For obvious reasons, we are staying there now to weather the storm. For years I’ve been shopping at the fantastic Outlet Liquors, in Rehoboth, and buying reasonably priced and tax free beverages. (Beer, wine and spirits)

    For the longest time I’ve been tempted to buy their $5 mystery 4 pack in a brown bag. I finally did. Was I expecting a bottle of CBS, BCBS etc? Definitely not! I was anticipating something along the lines of a couple of local DelMarVa brews (maybe a DFH 60 minute, something from Evolution, etc) and a couple of macros. However, what I got was truly disappointing. I got a bottle of Heineken Light, a 16oz can of Coors Light, and some small can of a beverage called Ritas Mango Rita. (WTF is this??? Is it beer or an alternative malt beverage?) the only saving grace could be a local (Delaware) pale ale called Greenville Pale Ale from Twin Lakes Brewing. (Has a decent score on BA) Nevertheless, I feel cheated. I don’t care about the $5, it’s just the principle especially considering that 3/4s of these beverages amount to less than $1 if purchased in 12 to 24 pack formats. Yes I’m a bit cranky these days all things considering, yet, look at this mystery bag experience in contrast:


    Anyone else have any mystery bag experiences to share? Anybody who has worked in this industry care to share the rationale behind the packaging? Is it truly random. Did I simply get the worst hand possible or is it usually like this?
     
  2. readyski

    readyski Aspirant (260) Jun 4, 2005 California
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    It's the nature of a mystery bag. Sometimes you score, sometimes you get screwed but most of the time you are just a little disappointed. You got screwed.
     
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  3. Gajo74

    Gajo74 Poo-Bah (2,394) Sep 14, 2014 New York
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    Did you ever get a good one?
     
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  4. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (3,168) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    LOL, thats truly terrible ... Bet that mango Rita actually tastes pretty good on a hot day ...
     
  5. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,247) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    The only place I've seen do them, it's a box and you can see some of the contents. Usually aix of macro and the cheaper local crafty stuff. Seems mostly like a way to move old product.

    I could imagine that a higher end bottle shop could use mystery bags/boxes/packs to both move product that was getting near it's limit and introduce customers to new stuff. If a good bottle shop told me.they guaranteed the products would be cheaper than buying them each individually.but that any lighter/hoppier styles are in the drink immediately realm, I would be down to try out mystery pack every now.and then
     
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  6. Gajo74

    Gajo74 Poo-Bah (2,394) Sep 14, 2014 New York
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    Lol. The Mango Rita looks the least appealing to me. I’m afraid to try it for some inexplicable reason. Hope I’m wrong.
     
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  7. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (3,168) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    LOL, at the very worst you'll have a great story about the worst "beer" you ever had.
     
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  8. readyski

    readyski Aspirant (260) Jun 4, 2005 California
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    Nope. Have done the mystery box a couple times (been a while), seem to recall something like a sixer or 2 for 10 bucks. Don't think any of the beers would be considered "worthy". But if that is what I was looking for, I wouldn't have bought the mystery box :grin:
     
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  9. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (5,404) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Lucky it wasn't four Coronas. They're having trouble moving that for some reason.
     
  10. FrankenMiller

    FrankenMiller Initiate (192) Mar 5, 2014 Florida
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    my local craft beer bar has $6 mystery bags.... they use it to get rid of beers that are slow selling.
    No macro crap... but sometimes the beer is not good, but for $3 a beer its not horrible. They put bottles, 12 oz cans, 16oz cans... its a fun way to move product...
     
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  11. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Crusader (776) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    They call it a mystery bag because it's a mystery to them why anyone would buy one if they knew what they put in there!:wink:
     
  12. DonnieT79

    DonnieT79 Initiate (51) Jan 3, 2020 Ohio
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    It's a gamble that I would take a stab at. For some reason, probably the novelty of it, I would go for this over the make your own 6pks at grocery stores now.
    There was a great bar in Chicago that used to do a $2 mystery beer. Sometimes it was a Hamms or Blatz, other times it was something local.
     
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  13. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,419) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Here's the breakdown:
    - You've managed to relocate yourself away from the US epicenter of badness.
    - You spent $5 tax-free on 4 beers without knowing what they were.
    - You felt cheated with 3 of the beers after the reveal.
    - Many people have lost their jobs and will not be able to afford their home or food.

    Perhaps you can shrug this one off man. I'm honestly not knocking you. Just trying to shift your perspective a bit in a friendly way. :slight_smile:
     
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  14. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,970) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Those things are sold to your teetotaling maiden aunt or your bottom-shelf-whiskey-drinking grandma who's living off of Social Security and 50% survivor's portion of her second husband's railroad pension of $97/month. They know you like beer and figure it'll be a nice gift for you on Christmas or for your birthday (given to you on your sister's birthday - Oops. Hey, they're old and forgetful).

    Grin, say "Thank You" and compost the undrinkable ones or save to kill garden slugs.

    Speaking of "slugs", tho', any store that sells them are lower than them.
     
  15. socon67

    socon67 Poo-Bah (2,181) Jun 18, 2010 New York
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    Why even do this? I mean, I wouldn't buy a mystery bag of meat, produce, or anything similar. Has anyone bought something like this and received beer that was decent? I'm figuring you are highly likely to get slow moving beers past their date, and generic AAL's.
     
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  16. Gajo74

    Gajo74 Poo-Bah (2,394) Sep 14, 2014 New York
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    Honestly I’m not upset! I just have a lot of time on my hands and wanted to share this experience on BA. I’m perfectly aware that others have it worse.
     
  17. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Crusader (776) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    Playing the mystery bag is like gambling- the house always wins.
     
  18. Gajo74

    Gajo74 Poo-Bah (2,394) Sep 14, 2014 New York
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    Poor slugs! Is there a slugadvocate site?
     
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  19. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Savant (982) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    It wasn't beer but a local store did the same thing with wine. 4 bottles for $50.00. It turned out to be a good deal. Cheapest bottle was $14.99. The most expensive was $19.99. All were California Red Blends.
     
  20. Ronmarley1

    Ronmarley1 Aspirant (222) Jan 20, 2014 Ohio
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    Back at The University of Akron in the mid to late ‘80s, Tremonte Distributing sold cases of “breakers” for $10. They wouldn’t let you dig through the boxes, so it was a “mystery bag.” They were made up of bottles that came from cases that were dropped or whatever. Most was junk (Wiedemann, Schaefer, etc...), but at that time I drank junk anyway because of the cost. However, you usually got at least one St. Pauli Girl and maybe a Molson Canadian or a Moosehead. It was kinda fun to buy those. Good memories...
     
  21. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,394) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    I actually typed up a similar a similar message where I was intending to post an image of a can which is just labeled with "Meat" on it (inspired by an episode of The Goldbergs where Murray placed cans labeled with "Meat" in the grocery cart). Unfortunately I could not locate an image so I just deleted what I wrote.

    Kudos to you here!!

    Cheers!
     
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  22. SudsDoctor

    SudsDoctor Disciple (329) Nov 23, 2008 New York

    $5 mystery beer bag? First time ever hearing of such a concept. No shop I've ever been to has offered that. You learn something new every day.
     
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  23. DoctorZombies

    DoctorZombies Poo-Bah (3,316) Feb 1, 2015 Florida
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    Buy a Pig in a Poke, an’ get what ya get...but you always get your money’s worth because the anticipation factor is priceless. Cheers, and better luck with your next mystery bag!
     
  24. beerwego

    beerwego Initiate (51) Dec 5, 2019

    I would never buy a 5 dollar mystery bag. Unless a retailer is interested in losing money (which they are not), you can bet your bottom lip they're giving you old stock, and cheap old stock

    Mystery screams buyer beware, but happy hunting nevertheless.

    Btw, I had a Heineken Light for the first time recently and it was well decent. Perhaps my standards have fallen, but it tasted like Light Pilsner.
     
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  25. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Crusader (776) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    Never say never. With the way the economy is going we all may be drinking $5 mystery bags soon.
     
  26. Coronaeus

    Coronaeus Meyvn (1,028) Apr 21, 2014 Ontario (Canada)
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    A mystery bag of meat! Now that sounds like living!!
     
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  27. HopsDubosc

    HopsDubosc Initiate (167) Apr 24, 2015 Vermont

    Not mystery bags, but our local did mixed bags with some very nice beers.
    http://beveragewarehousevt.com/home/tag/beer/

    I think Ryan & Casey's in Greenfield MA does decent mystery bags.
     
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  28. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (4,208) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    A lot of the stores use the 'mystery bag' option as a way to get rid of beers that are about to go out of date.
     
  29. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Crusader (776) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    Personally, I prefer Russian Stout Roulette where you purchase 6 RIS, but don't know which one of them has the infection.
     
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  30. VABA

    VABA Poo-Bah (4,083) Aug 8, 2015 Virginia
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    Too bad you did not get any Miller Lite. You could have told us is they were hoppy, happy or hopping! :wink:
     
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  31. VABA

    VABA Poo-Bah (4,083) Aug 8, 2015 Virginia
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    I wouldn’t mind if they put a 30pk of Hamms! :grinning:
     
  32. PA-Michigander

    PA-Michigander Meyvn (1,430) Nov 10, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Supposedly there was a brewery in NC that made a RIS called Russian roulette. Was sold in either a four/six pack and one of the four/six was an inferno pepper stout instead. Turns out they all ended up infected. I think I got the story 90%+ right.
     
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  33. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Poo-Bah (8,721) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    I think that was Unknown Brewery. Interesting idea...
     
  34. Gajo74

    Gajo74 Poo-Bah (2,394) Sep 14, 2014 New York
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    Too funny! For those of you who don’t get the reference, there a current thread posted by either an ingenúe or a troll who says Miller Lite is too hoppy.
     
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  35. Gajo74

    Gajo74 Poo-Bah (2,394) Sep 14, 2014 New York
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    That reminds me of an unPC joke told during my childhood. It went something like:
    How does a (insert ethnic group whose intelligence you want to insult) play Russian Roulette?
    They put 6 bullets in the chamber.
     
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  36. Gajo74

    Gajo74 Poo-Bah (2,394) Sep 14, 2014 New York
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    I believe this was common practice amongst the early hunter and gatherers.
     
  37. mhammon97

    mhammon97 Initiate (41) Dec 9, 2018 Ohio
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    Now we've got Thirsty Dog's taproom & production facility a block from campus. Go Zips!
     
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  38. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,394) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Is the following joke now considered non-PC?

    A man puts a loaded gun to his head and his wife laughs out loud. He responds: Don’t laugh, you are next!

    Cheers!
     
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  39. Gajo74

    Gajo74 Poo-Bah (2,394) Sep 14, 2014 New York
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    Definitely non PC!!! That’s exactly why it’s funny!!
     
  40. Gajo74

    Gajo74 Poo-Bah (2,394) Sep 14, 2014 New York
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    What ethnicity was this man?
     
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