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Discussion in 'US - Northeast' started by HeyLady, Oct 15, 2016.
Amen, the only folks who seem to make a real argument just want to stand or sit and line and drink at 2 or 5am. Ticketing is so superior to waiting in any ridiculous line.
Or! They want to guarantee they get a case? Why is this so difficult to comprehend? Getting a ticket is "so superior" when you get lucky and hit F5 at exactly 12:30:01pm. Waiting in line is superior when you want to do the work.
Or just show up after the ticket times are done and grab a case of the left overs and a draft pour.
The doubling of production should certainly help. And it's really not hard to get a ticket online, I'm 3/3. The complaining is entertaining though.
Yep, I’ve yet to miss out on a ticket. It’s not that difficult. It’s easier to hit F5 at 12:30:01 than get up at 2am and stand in line for 7 hours to spend $100 on beer.
If you're a local, yes. I'm 2.5 hours away so maybe I get a leftover, maybe not. It's not a coincidence that more cases have been available last two releases as weather turns (not to mention driving 5 hrs thru snow on Sat).
When it was 1st come 1st serve usually 4 of us would go up. So that's 2 rooms at Econolodge, dinner at Kings Head, drinks at Mash Tun/Thirsty/Novare, bfast at 186/Hot Suppa, plus Bissell/Industrial Way etc, maybe lunch at Little Tap House/Bingas. Conservatively $200 each x 4 of us pumping into local economy (not counting Bissell/Industrial which we still do). Now it's straight up and back with stop at Bissell, DnD on the way. And only 2 of us since others either didn't win lottery or can't be pressing F5 1000x at exactly 12:30:01pm. Driving by Econolodge on Sat, there were about 8 cars on MBC side of pkg lot at 10am--that was always full previously.
Ive had success both ways. Less time and money pumping into local economy now but I'd prefer old way (while realizing MBC had to change it).
but this is by your choice. You stopped booking hotels and binge drinking around town the night before. You can still do that. What bizarre reasoning. Not to mention this is N=1. I highly, highly doubt Maine Beer Co is negatively impacting the local tourist economy with their ticketing system. If anything it probably helps because drunk neckbeards sitting out in the cold has a certain opportunity cost, but the truth is who cares one way or the other. I never drove up to wait in line all night because lol that, but this weekend I did a similar trip to your old line waiting days, without waiting in a damn line.
To each their own.
I have had zero issue getting a ticket personally (tried and got on 2 of the ticketed releases, didn't try on other/others).
I prefer the ease of arriving, getting quickly and going on my way. Allows me to make a nice day of it. Hang around and shop in Freeport with the wife, head back and get one on tap in the afternoon, then head into Portland for the day/eve. Tons of possibilities.
The "bizarre reasoning" (lol) is that one previously had to get in line ~5am so leaving from Boston that is 2:30am--easier to make an overnight trip of it. Now it is simply leave at 7:30am.
How are you not guaranteed a case with the ticketing system?
If you place no value on your time, waiting line is better. If you do place a value on your time, the ticketing system wins every day and twice on Sunday.
when you think about it they're bringing more "unique" customers. Plenty of people making a trip of it and flying from the west coast for these beers (knowing they're already guaranteed their case). And these people are all spending money, likely a lot more than the neckbeards.. food for thought
He was saying that you don't necessarily need a ticket with the lottery--just show up at noon to get the leftover cases not picked up during allotted times. I responded that that doesn't guarantee you a case so can be a long drive to come up empty.
Yes, of course. I have no qualms with this method. A Boston friend who could never do an overnight d/t family etc won the lottery and can now make the trip and back--good for him and all the other people who haven't previously had the chance. And I am trying, too, to get it to more unique customers, as I'm sending 8 of my 12 bottles in gift packages
I don't need to "work" for a beer
Trust me, Maine took enough of my income tax(7.5%) money over the years working for my old IT firm. They are fine not getting yours
Anybody know how the new building is going? Are they opening soon? Is it already open?
I can't really find any info online. Are they moving the taproom to the new building when finished? Just curious.....
The current brew space will become the new taproom. Offices will replace the current taproom.
Any word on timing? Planning my yearly Portland area trip and was hoping to see the new space.....
None, but they're moving fast.
Ahhh, MBC’s quarterly relevancy sale.
Great, Thanks for the info......
It was nice getting 11:00 slot for the Dinner release today. Nice leisurely drive up and back
As long as the weather cooperates that is
Agreed. I was actually shocked to find out they are doing such a major expansion. It seems other than Dinner and Lunch, their other beers aren't very popular. While I have had both Lunch and Dinner, I haven't had their other beers in awhile. Have things changed over the past couple of years? Or is it the same old stuff?
Same old stuff. Stouts don't age like they're supposed to and the newest addition to their lineup was a session IPA. Weak.
I think the conclusion is that we aren't the only people that drink (or don't drink) their beer. A lot of beer drinkers don't chase hype or haze.
Also, beer trends are year to year. Expansion and construction like that are multi-year processes. Three years ago MBC was near the top of the game in NE, so it wasn't unusual or illogical for them to be expanding production.
If they really wanted to expand production, they would get rid of their extortionate prices and antiquated format. Only then will many people actually consider buying their beers with any regularity.
I agree, you can find Peeper ale on tap at a ton of bars and restaurants around here.
IMHO Lunch is a wonderfully balanced, pretty close to perfect beer.
Dinner? what can you say? It's an amazing beer.
I can't wait until I crack open one on the 31st and get a whiff of that beer .
Something almost every "that batch was worse than the one I had three years ago" BAs never remembers.
If these beers didn't sell they wouldn't have the prominent shelf space they have in many stores. I can't ever recall having a beer from them I enjoy.
Cans would be great, and hopefully that will happen after expansion. Because they choose not to make hazy IPAs doesn't mean they are antiquated. It means they've decided not to chase the current fad in order to make a bunch of beer geeks crow about them for a month.
I’ve had most of their beers and have liked a few of them (lunch, another one, peeper). They aren’t something I feel is so great that I need to seek them out though. I don’t care that they aren’t hazy, I care that they are basically pint bottles that cost $7-9 in mass. Put it in 4 pack pint cans at a reasonable price and they would sell just as good as the competitors at your local store.
Asked them about that on Twitter and the answer was a REAL hard no.
Always been .They are so hung up on this format it's ridiculous. I get being pro-glass vessel but the excuse of a new bottling line being so out of bounds to thier mission is stupid. I haven't touched a MBC beer in years and won't again until I see at minimum 4 packs of 12 oz bottles.
Maine Beer Co. do they make really good beer... Yup. Will I buy it... Nope.
Seems backwards that a brewery that purports to “do what’s right” and supports a number of environmental causes wouldn’t switch to a much more environmentally friendly / recyclable packaging.
Isn't glass Glass 100% recyclable and can also be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity? Why is everyone so hung up on the glass thing?
Don't mind glass at all. I do mind 1 pint glass bottles sold stand-alone for $6+ a piece. I've said it before in this thread, I'd buy the hell out of MO if it came in a regular 12oz 6pack in the $12-14 range.
Their other beers do not seem very popular because you haven't had these other beers in a while? Seems an accurate method to determine popularity/sales.