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Rare beers at Bottles and Cans on Lincoln

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by beernightscout, Jan 24, 2013.

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  1. Indybier

    Indybier Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2011 Illinois

    Thanks, Joe. AND, above all - Congrats to you and Carly on everything - beer store related and not!

    OP - how does one become a *recognized/faithful/taken-care-of* patron? Do you slyly hand over some cash and give a wink & your number while requesting to be *notified* when the rare stuff comes in? Or, do you just expect the owner(s) to tally up your purchases over a set time and expect to be a *preferred/notified* customer? I've personally never had the nerve to ask to be some sort of preferred customer and put on a special list. My loss, I guess. And, to be honest, the stores that give that annoyed look and huff when approached with a question of availability, can all F-Off if I'm disrupting your system and taking away from your *special* people. THOSE are the stores I won't be frequenting any more - YES, I'm looking at you Lincoln Park/Sedgewick Binny's!!

    Joe - I'll probably see you or Carly *again* this weekend, eyeball your shelves (with a sipper of wine you're offering that day), and probably walk out with something you've recommended. BTW - That stout from local brewer Spiteful was JUST as you said - really, really good. Thnx.
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  2. ravot

    ravot Devotee (426) Mar 20, 2012 Illinois
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  3. RC0032

    RC0032 Initiate (65) Mar 10, 2009 Illinois
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    I just wish they didn't kill the #11 :slight_frown:
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  4. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (848) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois
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    I can see your point OP, but I can also respect their policy. The thing that I would need clarification on is if they did choose to honor their loyal customers like you want, what happens when they only get 12 rare bottles but they have 100 loyal customers, many of whom spend more money than you?
  5. doogie71628

    doogie71628 Initiate (171) May 9, 2012 Illinois
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    I hear Damen and Division liquors and capones can get you the good stuff. I recommend spending your big budget there.
  6. jebsinger

    jebsinger Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2012 Minnesota

    Capone's mostly :sunglasses:
  7. nickMB

    nickMB Disciple (310) Nov 17, 2009 Illinois

    Damen and division loves taking big spenders dollars. They'll save all their high rollers all the best stuff. Is basically the liquor store version of a champaign room or a high rollers club. And remember no matter what a BA member says, there is no CBS in the champaign room for under 80 dollars.
  8. gill897

    gill897 Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2008 Illinois

    so the entire point of not being able to get there in the middle of the day is mute right because joe mentioned that they don't post new releases until 5 pm?

    even if this OP guy was trolling, I still have to say how happy I am that B+C exists.

    I've been going there once every few weeks and they always have a nice selection (I've been able to pickup Enjoy By, Hopslam and Bolt Cutter).

    That and they're just nice, good people. They won't get a case of Coffee BCBS and charge $30 and make you purchase 2 other beers if you want it, like other crappy places on Kedzie.
  9. mecummins

    mecummins Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois

    I've got to thank the OP for this thread I hadn't heard of Bottles and Cans before, but thanks to him and the very excellent reply from Joe, the store's owner, I've just "liked" them on FB. I can't wait to visit the place this weekend. I appreciate a store that is not only upfront with it's practices, but incredibly fair as well.
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  10. nharres

    nharres Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2012 Illinois
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    OP, are you secretly working for Bottles and Cans? It seems as though all you have done is promote positive response and increased exposure for the shop. Well done you sly son of a gun :wink:
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  11. jebsinger

    jebsinger Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2012 Minnesota

    thats how karma works. Joe and Carly are great people who love what they do and are more than happy to share what they know with you and recommend stuff for you to try

    by the way Joe, that Ipswich oatmeal is up there with the top oatmeal stouts ive ever had, thanks for the prod in the right direction.
  12. BeerMePlze

    BeerMePlze Initiate (155) Nov 21, 2009 Illinois

    Thanks again for all of your support everyone. Carly and I feel so lucky that we have been able to put B & C together. I'm sure we will stumble every once in a while along the way, but we are truly dedicated to trying to make a fun, pleasant shopping experience for everyone... providing as wide of a selection as we can while being as fair as we can to the most amount of people. If we ever inadvertantly do wrong by you please let us know so we can correct the situation! I would like to mention, I was just on Beermenus eliminating any items that we've sold out of in the last couple of days, and I accidently eliminated Gumballhead, which we have in stock so I immediately put it back up... just don't want anyone to think our 5pm posting rule was a lie, just a misclick on the computer:slight_smile:.... Jeb, I wouldn't dare lead you wrong!... nharres, I can assure you it's just my wife and I:slight_smile:... Thanks everyone!
  13. beernightscout

    beernightscout Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2005 Illinois

    Capones rocks, and yes, they do take care of their regulars. Though I'm not one, Ray says. And he's right!
  14. Vav

    Vav Aspirant (291) Jul 27, 2008 Illinois

    OP is soooooo lucky I'm on vacation.
  15. nickMB

    nickMB Disciple (310) Nov 17, 2009 Illinois

    I spend tons of money in your store, why have I never been taken care of? I know you fairly put stuff out on shelves with a strict limit and post it to twitter so there must be hidden beer for some sort of special VIP's. Speaking of VIP's, the same thing happens when I go down the street to VIPS's, no matter how much money I spend I never get taken care of.
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  16. Treebs

    Treebs Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2011 Illinois

    You like Armenetti's AND Capones?? You seriously need to go at a good bottle shop.
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  17. jtg5678

    jtg5678 Aspirant (210) Nov 27, 2012 Illinois
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    The OP defended Armanetti's and ragged on B + C. Lolwut.

    Edit: I stop in B + C before my trips to Half Acre. Joe has always been really nice. Plus, it's the only place I know of where you can build a 4-pack with stuff like Sucks, CW BBS, Cuvée des Jacobins, and Ska Molé at VERY REASONABLE prices.

    Cheers to B + C!
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  18. stevegoz

    stevegoz Aspirant (252) May 5, 2008 Illinois
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    I'd heard of Capone's, but never sought the place out. Noticed it today while driving south on Elston on my way to WLVL, pulled in, windowshopped, shook my head at things like the $16 bombers of Big John and left.

    Now I wish I'd made a few minutes for Bottles & Cans after my Half Acre stop.
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  19. Monsone

    Monsone Initiate (196) Jun 5, 2006 Illinois

    I would be careful. Sarcasm is very tough to detect through the internets.
  20. forrestbetts

    forrestbetts Initiate (67) Nov 29, 2007 Illinois

    EBJ. End thread/
  21. beernightscout

    beernightscout Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2005 Illinois

    Well, thank God for small mercies. Though I can't imagine what you could add, you're not remotely in the same situation as the store in question.
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