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Posting coveted beers you COULD get?

Discussion in 'Beer Trading Talk' started by HopSynonymous, Apr 23, 2014.

  1. HopSynonymous

    HopSynonymous Dec 29, 2013 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    ISO: and FT: is for stuff you want or currently own.

    What if your local store has a bunch of stuff you could grab for the specific purposes of trading? Cant put it in FT, nor in the beer haul thread.

    Is there a place for a post like the following, so that if people are interested, they can go out and score some beers to trade to one another? Almost like a precursor to the ISO/FT posts. Might also keep threads about certain beers focused on the topic of the beer and not turn into a trade thread.

    Example: Went to the store today and saw a bunch of:

    -Uncle Jacob
    -Cranberry Woods
  2. prdstmnky

    prdstmnky Jan 8, 2010 Vermont

    There's nothing wrong with posting stuff for trade that sits on the shelf locally. The key is "sits on the shelf", meaning there is a 99% chance when you go back, that beer will still be there. I trade Heady all the time, and its often not in my fridge. You just need to know your local stores, know how fast stuff is leaving the shelves, know whether a beer has just been released and likely to disappear before you get back to purchase.
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  3. mythaeus

    mythaeus Jul 22, 2013 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    I generally use "shelf" beers for expansion purposes and have good enough relationships with several bottle shops that will hold beers for me should the other trader wants something. The key thing is to make sure your (potential) trading partner(s) know that those are shelf and you "should" be able to get these beers so they understand all the possible outcomes. Honesty is good. You don't want to say you "have the beer", then later tell them that you "thought you could get it still".
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  4. black13

    black13 Apr 11, 2010 Oregon
    Beer Trader

    With the trading forums having feedback, I would be cautious about posting stuff for trade that you don't actually have. It has happened before and will happen again that you assume a beer will be there and when you go to get it, it's gone. It's best to trade stuff you actually have.
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  5. jshusc

    jshusc Aug 16, 2013 South Carolina
    Beer Trader

    I don't ever post a FT: something I don't have. But often, if someone is looking for something (e.g. Westbrook Gose), I will respond to them via BM with an "I can get Gose." I don't actually have it, because it doesn't make any sense to clog up my cellar with Gose 6-packs (at least until production ends in August), but I can easily get it. I am careful to be clear with potential partner that I have to get it as a stipulation to the trade. And I rarely purchase it until a trade has been formally accepted under that caveat, as I would be screwed by purchasing 25 bucks of beer and then the trade partner decide to go with a different/"better" trade.

    I think as long as you're being transparent and clear with the trading partner, you're okay.
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  6. LehighAce06

    LehighAce06 Jul 31, 2010 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    How about listing beers you know are available at any time in your FT? Shelf beers for example, but as another example HopHands and SaisonHands are Tired Hands' flagships, is putting them in my 'Gots/FT' considered ok?

    Edit: Given that you are transparent about the fact that they are not in-hand when arranging trades.
    #6 LehighAce06, Apr 25, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2014
  7. hiimrichie

    hiimrichie Jul 11, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    I don't think that's an issue. I've done that plenty of times with Alpine's lineup (not Expo, Chez, Great). I just say I have to swing by the brewery to grab the bottles, or just say what bottles they have in stock and what I can get.
  8. LehighAce06

    LehighAce06 Jul 31, 2010 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    Ok great, I'm far enough from TH that it's not just an "on the way home" type errand, but I could make it happen with a little advance notice/flexibility in ship date. So, at least for the two beers they'll always have around, I might as well offer them up.
  9. mythaeus

    mythaeus Jul 22, 2013 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    You don't need to be specific when mentioning TH in your trade. You can simply say TH currently available growlers, send the link to their site, get your trade partner's preferences (4 beers or so) and phone number. You can text the menu if the preferred beers aren't available when you get there. Even HopHands has kicked in the past so nothing is safe. There are usually better beers than HopHands and rarely do people want HopHands or SaisonHands when looking for TH beers anyway (you'll have to trust me on this).
  10. jshusc

    jshusc Aug 16, 2013 South Carolina
    Beer Trader

    I think the key is to just be honest. Don't seal a trade for something you might not be able to get. It's fair to say "I'm going to the store to grab ____, let me know if you want any, I'm looking for ____" when what you're going to grab is generally available. But, I don't think it's kosher to say, "I have ____ (maybe DB Jesus or CRWnB or some other quick selling item), I want ____" if you don't have it in your possession.

    In my experience, most of my trade partners have been pretty easy going (as you'd expect in the beer community). As long as you conduct yourself accordingly, you can usually work something out where everybody's aces.
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  11. LehighAce06

    LehighAce06 Jul 31, 2010 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    I've only done a handful of trades with TH so far, but more than half of the recipients had HopHands as their #1 or 2 want. It's a small sample size, sure, but if you haven't had any of their beers yet, you'd probably want to try those two too, there's a reason they're the flagships.

    Quote deleted since the refrenced post was also deleted.
    #11 LehighAce06, Apr 25, 2014
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 25, 2014
  12. mythaeus

    mythaeus Jul 22, 2013 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    I guess we do trade with different group of people. People may freak if I disclose how many TH growlers I've traded and I can only recall 2 or 3 HopHands and that they weren't specifically looking for it either.
  13. LehighAce06

    LehighAce06 Jul 31, 2010 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    It seems like we do, but with any luck, I'll be in your group soon!
  14. mythaeus

    mythaeus Jul 22, 2013 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    Hahaha...HopHands is still one of my favorites, by the way. Not a fan of SaisonHands though...most of their saisons are better than SaisonHands.
  15. LehighAce06

    LehighAce06 Jul 31, 2010 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    I agree with that, I thought Single Hop Galaxy was a lot hoppier/more bitter than most IPAs (enjoyed it thoroughly, just wasn't 'to style' to me) but the other handful of saisons I've had there I liked better than SaisonHands, my favorite being Beautiful Crystalline Structure
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