Strangest requests you have heard in a store

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  1. sinkas

    sinkas Initiate (0) Jul 9, 2008 Australia

    here is Australia we have some drive-thru bottle shops ( don't recall seeing them in the US),
    I worked at one when just out of high school,and this same ancient woman drove her car through 1000's of dollar of stock twice in 1 year. you would also get gear-heads doing/trying to do burnouts in the store...
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  2. Beef_Curtains

    Beef_Curtains Initiate (0) Oct 14, 2013 Ohio

    I was picking up my KBS at a local liquor store, when a guy runs in and immediately asks "do you have toothpaste!?" like it's some kind of emergency. Surprisingly, the clerk points to a back corner of the store I've never been in and the guy heads back there, leaving the clerk with a confused look on his face. I finish checking out and the guy comes back and says "I only saw toothbrushes, I guess I'll go to the drug store down the street".
  3. JohnnyMc

    JohnnyMc Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2012 Ohio

    Strangest? People asking for Heady Topper, Hill Farmstead beers, Bourbon County, etc. We're in Ohio.....not gonna happen. It's been mentioned before, but when I explain why we can't get these beers a lot of people seem confused on how distro works.

    Most annoying? People calling, messaging us on FB every single week asking for 3 Floyds or Zombie Dust. Ohio has a seriously weird obsession with 3 Floyds. We have Fat Head's, JAFB, Hoof Hearted, Jackie O's, Willoughby, Columbus, etc and all they want is 3 Floyds?! Ok.....
  4. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (1,993) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    When using a mule backfires. Sent my daughter into a store in Tulsa to find a beer and the guy sold her a different beer, a 1 year old IPA. Bet that Golden Monkey drinks better than the one I ended up with :slight_smile:
  5. patrickinlondon

    patrickinlondon Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2015 Illinois

    Working part-time at a bottle shop in the burbs, while not really a request, one story does come to mind.

    It was a pretty quiet Sunday night, when these 2 middle aged guys come in, with what I gather was one of their daughters, their apparent DD. They started telling me they were fresh off some sci fi 'lock in' overnight thing, and judging by how loud they were talking, I gather they were pretty hammered.

    After spending about 30 minutes in the shop shouting in my general direction absolute nonsense about different beers we stocked, one of the guys went out to his car, came back with a bottle from a crowd sourced/voted brewery in Madison, WI, called Mobcraft.

    The beer was Mobcraft Tapping the Maple, and the guy gifted it to me, along with a $2 bill (per his buddy, apparently that's his trademark). As the reviews of that beer indicate, when opened it with another buddy from the shop and a customer the next week, the beer was awful and most likely infected.
  6. reprob8

    reprob8 Initiate (0) May 22, 2008 England

    20 or so years ago at GBBF, "Otter Creek, that's a cherry beer right?" and one guy kept asking for Nuclear Ass... it was some while before we realised he was asking for New Glarus.
  7. drtth

    drtth Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Do like the story as I've seen similar confusions happen. The colors look sort of almost maybe a bit like the same, so.....

    BTW, a third possibility is that she mistook a clerk in the store or a Distributor's rep for a Victory sales rep. At least around here the Victory reps are seldom found in retail outlets actually selling or recommending beer, mostly they work with the retailer to sell their products, and they know their product line much better than that person seemed to. The distributor's reps however....
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  8. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (4,427) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Its quite possible - She said that he said (haha) he was a rep for Victory, but its entirely possible she misunderstood him. Distributor's rep would make a bit more sense.
  9. Nhens0016

    Nhens0016 Initiate (0) Aug 23, 2013 Louisiana

    Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't it used to be different than the batches they are making now? I had Hop Drop n Roll about a year and a half ago and thought it was simply fantastic, but have been reading how they screwed up their batches in the last year and it doesn't taste at all like it used to.
  10. drtth

    drtth Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    After that post I made I also remember that I've run into at least one Distributor's rep working on some restocking some shelves with beers from A, who intially said he was a rep for the brewery he was shifting stuff around for but when I asked about the other beers on the cart he went on to add that he was the Distributor's Rep and they handled Brewery A and several other. (He then proceeded to try and sell me some of those beer rathern than what I'd come into the store to find. :-)) So I definitely lean to the alternative of the Distributor's rep.
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  11. Nhens0016

    Nhens0016 Initiate (0) Aug 23, 2013 Louisiana

    When you say Maine gets some of their stuff, are you referring to Heady/Treehouse or Hoof Hearted? I know Hoof only distributes from their brewery and a select local shops in Ohio, but just curious.
  12. elucas730

    elucas730 Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2010 New York

    Hoof Hearted distributes to Maine.
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  13. jmasher85

    jmasher85 Initiate (0) Mar 27, 2015 Maryland

    Customer: Do you guys carry some beer called "Flat Tire?"
    Me: You're probably thinking of Fat Tire. If you want Flat Tire, pop it open, give it a few stirs, and then let it sit out for an hour before you drink it.
  14. Dil_thebeerdrinking_do

    Dil_thebeerdrinking_do Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2014 Georgia

  15. OldManMetal

    OldManMetal Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2015 North Carolina

    Sympathy-evoking geriatric mules... that's fucking brilliant! I don't use mules, and I don't have a grandma anymore, but I'm gonna have to borrow one and give this idea a whirl.

    "Sooooo... I can only buy one beer?" *looks confused, disappointed; begins to shuffle away*
    *ends up walking out with a case, cackling maniacally on the way to her car*
  16. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,416) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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  17. cmiller4642

    cmiller4642 Disciple (306) Aug 17, 2013 West Virginia

    I'll do one that I personally asked:

    When I first started drinking craft beer, I saw my store had Three Floyds in (on Facebook). FFF has limited distribution in Ohio to begin with, so I went in and asked the guy working there if they had Dark Lord.
  18. homerbunker

    homerbunker Aspirant (207) Sep 8, 2009 New Jersey

    A few years ago, I was looking for some Dogfish Head 120 min IPA. Went to a store in Burlington, NJ. Asked the beer guy, would he be getting any in? He stated that he wouldn't as it's illegal in New Jersey and that any store that has it should be shut down. Never has and never will be illegal since I had bought it in NJ previously after my encounter with the "beer guy".
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  19. BrewsingBuffalo

    BrewsingBuffalo Initiate (0) Jul 6, 2015 New York

    The visual I'm getting from this is just hilarious for some reason
  20. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Initiate (0) Aug 17, 2005 Oregon

    Are you serious? They didn't start canning Heady until some point in 2011. Cans had become cool long before that.

    edit: it was Agusut 2011 when the first cans of HT rolled off the line, so it's been less than 5 years. Cans have been popular for a lot longer that.
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  21. KELPAK

    KELPAK Initiate (0) Aug 25, 2007 Massachusetts

    I'm all over that. I even tugged on her hair to make sure it wasn't a wig, which it was but not for disguise purposes. I've been known on KBS day to allow such tom foolery to be rewarded with an extra bottle. Guy dressed in a suit one year bought 2 kbs, went into the bathroom and came out dressed as super man and picked up 2 more. That is a fair play, I allowed it.
  22. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (564) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    My strangest was actually the other way around. Getting a growler filled at a beer store in upstate NY maybe 5 years ago and I asked which of the two IPAs they had available they liked better.

    Guy 1: Neither of us drinks beer
    Me: Really? You're in the wrong line of business then
    Guy 2: Not true. We don't waste our paychecks like everyone else does

    Needless to say I haven't seen either one at the store since then.
  23. jimboothdesigns

    jimboothdesigns Initiate (0) Nov 1, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Another great name for a homebrew "Did Granny get her Flopper?"
  24. oldn00b

    oldn00b Champion (888) Feb 23, 2015 Virginia

    I can't stop laughing at the idea of her thinking or even arguing that it wasn't the right beer - [shaking a can over her head] "No I need Freddy Flopper, not this!"
  25. kerry4porters

    kerry4porters Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2012 Arizona

    that's a running joke here.
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  26. kerry4porters

    kerry4porters Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2012 Arizona

    I see nothing wrong with this
  27. HopsDubosc

    HopsDubosc Initiate (155) Apr 24, 2015 Vermont

    For non beer geeks that aren't acquainted with the Byzantine and archaic 3 tier system, I can totally understand why these types of questions are asked daily. After all, you can get your American Spirits, Colgate, and Lucky Charms at any store in America, why not a certain beer (production limits notwithstanding).
  28. eppCOS

    eppCOS Poo-Bah (1,622) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado

    I don't work in/for a store, but was asking about something that (apparently?) was hard to get... the clerk looked at me and said "Would you dance for it?"....
    I was both flattered and creeped out. ;O
  29. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,855) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    I'm sure glad they weren't the owners. (and I'm sure they probably had other ways they were "wasting" their paychecks, whether or not they wanted to admit it)
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  30. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,092) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    There may not be any clonal ringers for those brews, but who really cares? There are great IPAs all over the place, many made nearby.
  31. Jaxbeerdude

    Jaxbeerdude Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2014 Florida

    I was at a bottle shop/bar. A guy walked up and looked at the beer menu with a confused look and said "I'll guess take an ippa." He tried to pronounce IPA as if it were a word and not an acronym. My fiancé a I busted out laughing, but somehow the bartender maintained her composure.
  32. CJNAPS

    CJNAPS Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2013 California

    Someone walked into a Bevmo and ask for Pliny. Of course he might not have known that RR doesn't distribute like that but it was still weird to hear it.
  33. PhilsPils

    PhilsPils Disciple (300) Feb 11, 2010 Texas

    A guy checking out in front of me had a sixer that wouldn't scan and the clerk was keying in the barcode number when the guy asked if he could exchange it for a different six pack because he didn't want to buy beer that didn't have a "Beep" in it!
  34. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2013 California

    I know, I have some pity for craft newbies, I had friends back in college who drank good beer sometimes and they schooled me early, so thankfully I've never look like a fool, at least that's what I think.
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  35. BrokenEdge

    BrokenEdge Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2015 Pennsylvania

    Threads like this are why I have social anxiety.

    I worry constantly about embarrassing myself in a beer store (or anywhere, for that matter). I try to keep my head down and my mouth shut until I feel 110% confident in my knowledge. Honestly have never heard anything too weird in a store either. Probably partially because I try not to socialize and because most people around here rush in, grab a sixer of insert-macro-here, and go on their way. Can't even imagine being that quick in a beer store. :confused:

    I guess the weirdest thing I've heard was when a guy approached me browsing the craft side of a store and asked if I knew if any of them tasted like Coors Light and I politely directed him over to the macro side of the store. Not sure why he asked me, I didn't work there. Also, if you want Coors Light, why don't you just get Coors Light?
  36. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2013 California

    Not a request I heard at a store while shopping, but as a beer delivery driver I get people that come up to me and ask me about certain beers. Strangely, they seem to have two categories, heavy or light. After telling them that it is not a "heavy" beer, they will ask if it taste like a Bud Light. I tell them no and they automatically walk away. If I tell them it's light, they also want to know if it taste like a light adjunct lager, I say no, and they walk away. Weird.
  37. mikeinportc

    mikeinportc Meyvn (1,173) Nov 4, 2015 New York

    Don't use the word "No". Say "We have [XYZ & ABC] that are excellent, and very close to [xxx]. Many people like it better. Might be the [Zzzzzzzzz] flavor." Then explain why the beer in question isn't there.

    I get those same kind of questions about plants. Often people are asking about something that they can't, or shouldn't, have, because it's the only thing they know of. Asking "Why?" can often go a long way to resolving it, to customer satisfaction. All of that isn't just me talking, especially about saying "No". That's from a lot of marketing , and behavioral, specialists.
  38. MisterB330

    MisterB330 Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2015 New York

    Not alphabetically. lol
  39. mikeinportc

    mikeinportc Meyvn (1,173) Nov 4, 2015 New York

    If you look like you know where you are going, and not wandering in a confused daze, people will think you work there, wherever you are. Especially if you are wearing a polo shirt, or a heavier t-shirt, that isn't obviously advertising something. (Other than the store in question.) :slight_smile:
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  40. mikeinportc

    mikeinportc Meyvn (1,173) Nov 4, 2015 New York

    DON'T ____ WORRY. Worst case, you do ask a silly question, and end up learning something. ; ) *shrug*
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