Strangest requests you have heard in a store

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  1. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,420) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    The way I see it they invited me in.
  2. BrettHead

    BrettHead Initiate (0) Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

    Done that plenty of times and got cut-off plenty of times with, "But do you have Heady (or insert whatever) that's what I am asking for!"

    Based on my experience the why is usually because it's rated in the top BA 250, they see it all the time on facebook groups, they read about it in a top 37 beers listicle, etc. They want the single beer they are looking for, nothing else. The grass must be greener on the other side!
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  3. mikeinportc

    mikeinportc Meyvn (1,225) Nov 4, 2015 New York

    I didn't say I was successful all of the time. :slight_smile: Sometimes though, they are happy to find out that there are options, maybe better options, besides what they read in the article, or what their neighbor's cousin told them. :slight_smile:

    Definitely do try to avoid "No".
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  4. thepenguin

    thepenguin Devotee (445) Aug 8, 2010 Massachusetts

    Edit: as the store clerks carries it out to her car :wink:
  5. Ericness

    Ericness Initiate (130) Nov 21, 2012 Massachusetts

    You missed an opportunity there. Own it and throw down some moves. Or see if he blinks when you say you want to see the bottle first. Might at least get a good laugh and well connected beer buddy. :grinning:
  6. David_Deas

    David_Deas Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2016 North Carolina

    Thats a pretty horrible attitude, IMO.

    If people acted like they never gave a care about having access to great beer then there is no craft beer movement to begin with. No great style of beer would have ever penetrated any non-local market. I'm glad people really do care or else there would be a lot of great beer that I currently have access to that would have been off limits.

    But I guess because I already have the Pernicious I should never want a Heady Topper? Those aren't too different, right? Because they both say "IPA" on the label! What the problem? Kinda the way you see things, right?
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  7. David_Deas

    David_Deas Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2016 North Carolina

    I'm not certain about that. Any time I have ever had it its been incredibly bitter. I have certainly guzzled them and enjoyed it, but its not an impressively crafted beer. Its the exact type of beer that has given IPA's a bad name amongst the more general community.

    Nevertheless, its not the type of beer to be compared with New England IPA's. Its just not the same style of beer.
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  8. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (1,998) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    Well, I disagree. I have had Heady & Pliny, but I don't get my panties in a wad because I can't get my hands on them more frequently. There are great IPA's out there in almost every market, and some are even local, which in my mind is what is supporting the craft beer movement. Alchemist and Russian River are not leading the craft beer movement, it is the local breweries that are cranking out solid products and converting local residents away from macros that are leading the way.
  9. colts9016

    colts9016 Poo-Bah (2,455) Jul 2, 2007 Idaho
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    I used to live in southeast Idaho and it is dead zone for Beer. I made trips to Vegas to get my supply or had stuff shipped. Dunno why some would ask for Heady, knowing the State damn near controls everything dealing with alcohol.
  10. KarlHungus

    KarlHungus Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2005 Minnesota

    I'll just state that as a retailer the most common question I receive goes as follows: "I had a beer I like that I can't remember the name of. Do you carry it?"
  11. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,112) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    No "horrible attitude" here, sir. I've had all of those beers (great US IPAs) on multiple occasions. I love many beers from all over the earth and have great access to many of them. What does, "No great style of beer would have penetrated any non-local market" mean? Good wholesalers often introduce "great beer" into all the markets that they service. My point is that I do not need to have constant access to the "jewels" to be content, considering the choices that I do have locally. Heady and Pliny are fine beers, but not having them readily available drives hype and demand. I do not lust after them. I can get them, but I don't need them to be happy. That's kinda the way I see things.
  12. Pantalones

    Pantalones Devotee (453) Nov 14, 2014 Virginia

    Did he take his glasses off when changing from the suit to the Superman outfit, too?
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  13. KELPAK

    KELPAK Initiate (0) Aug 25, 2007 Massachusetts

    No I believe he wore contacts. Also, I hope you aren't picturing someone that looks anything like clark kent. This is still a guy wearing tights under a suit trying to get beer... A more accurate depiction would be for a lack of a better word, flabby.
  14. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,420) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Um, well, for me it's not an act. After a half century of consuming beers from literally around the World I can say that I'm not easily impressed. I am however easily amused and it is a bit of a lark to read about "great beers" whose greatness seems to ride on the fact they're hard to obtain and costly when found.

    For me it's simple . . . a great beer is one that always wins in blind tastings.
  15. Rollinghops513

    Rollinghops513 Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2015 Ohio

    Had a customer in my shop last November come in and ask for every single medal winner from GABF. I literally just exploded in laughter. I thought he was going to kill me, but we went through each and every one and explained why it was not available. He stormed off and I overheard him bitching and pouting about never being able to find the "good" beers. UGH!
  16. Wolfhead

    Wolfhead Initiate (0) Sep 1, 2009 Illinois

    But he can cum in a can
  17. LostHighway

    LostHighway Disciple (383) Jan 29, 2007 Minnesota

    "Do you have any gluten and alcohol free beers?"
    When questioned by the clerk it became clear that they really did want a beer with both no alcohol and no gluten. They left empty handed.
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  18. OldManMetal

    OldManMetal Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2015 North Carolina

    "Yes we do, but I can't remember where we put it."
  19. KELPAK

    KELPAK Initiate (0) Aug 25, 2007 Massachusetts

    Had a woman looking for a beer with a moose on the label and in a blue box. after 45 minutes of not letting me off the hook after suggesting everything from moose head lager to anderson valley (bear had antlers, worth a shot). but when all was said and done she sent me on a wild moose chase, she returned with the bottle an hour later, ommission pale ale from widmer.....
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  20. MFMB

    MFMB Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2015 Idaho

    It's a joke

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  21. JrGtr

    JrGtr Devotee (441) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    "Yes. Yes I do. It's over here in the wine department."
    I'm just trying to figure out what a gluten-free AND alcohol-free beer would be, much less taste like. :astonished:
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  22. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,018) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    It probably would taste like cold sorghum and hops soup. Yuck! :confused:
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  23. WillDavis707

    WillDavis707 Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2015 California

    I used to work in a bottle shop, and would regularly get request for beers from breweries that don't even bottle or don't distribute (usually smaller craft breweries, or breweries from out of state.) Also would get requests for Yuengling who doesn't distribute out west. The worst though would be people asking for Pliny the Younger bottles.
  24. Sweatshirt

    Sweatshirt Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2014 New Hampshire

    If I worked at a beer store and someone asked for 'regular beer' I would direct them towards the adjunct lagers. Im not a robot that only recognizes craft beer though. Maybe I'm a unique snowflake. You know what people mean... Just point them in the right direction. You arent better than them.
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  25. MN23

    MN23 Initiate (71) Feb 11, 2015 Minnesota

  26. thepenguin

    thepenguin Devotee (445) Aug 8, 2010 Massachusetts

    That's absurd, Four Loko should only be served on cask
  27. IceAce

    IceAce Savant (917) Jan 8, 2004 California

    You've obviously never had the barrel-aged version on N².
  28. Rothobinide

    Rothobinide Disciple (359) Jun 28, 2014 California

    Not a beer story, but I went to Canada last year with a friend. We were connected with some locals and they told us that we should get some "Canadian exclusive" alcohol while we were there. So, we went to a LCBO and my friend was told to definitely get some Green Apple Crown Royal, because, "You can't get that down in the states!" He packed it all into his suitcase and we traveled home. Of course, Green Apple Crown Royal is absolutely available in the U.S. and at prices that definitely negate the value of traveling all the way to the Great White North just to bring some home.
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  29. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,420) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    I think it's funny when they try to sell me something I didn't ask for but out of politeness I don't laugh.
  30. Caveworm

    Caveworm Initiate (0) Feb 26, 2014 Ohio

    such inquires can be satisfied thanks to the trading system on here. I've gotten bucket list brews that I wanting-ly was rambling on about in a forum&got a PM that led to the trade out total random coincidence. Just because @jrsaffert is that much of an outstanding gentleman and trader. Now, I know this instance wouldn't happen for the OP's caller, but if the guy's that "disappointed" your store doesn't carry that brew, then it's really on him for being ignorant.
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  31. trumpetego

    trumpetego Initiate (152) Mar 24, 2006 Pennsylvania

    This is one I was on the opposite side of at a reputable place recently:

    Me: Oh, I see you have something on tap from [new brewery in market]. Which beer is that?
    Bartender: Yeah, that's their special release.
    Me: Ok... which special release?
    Bartender: "Special release" is the name of the beer.

    A little background: the bar I work at did the local launch party for this brewery about a month ago, so I know full well what beers this could potentially be (and, having ordered one, what beer it was). They do not make a beer called "special release."
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  32. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,420) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Double Secret Release.
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  33. LuskusDelph

    LuskusDelph Initiate (0) May 1, 2008 New Jersey

    Some bizarre stories in this thread. Sounds like some of those folks really need to try and 'get a life'.

    My story isn't a beer store tale, and I was the one posing the question, but the answer I got from the counter person was humorous.

    I live in central NJ about a mile or so from the Rutgers University main campus; I often walk there to: 1)reminisce about more carefree days; 2) discreetly ogle; and 3) to visit the Au Bon Pain coffee shop at the student center.
    On one trip I asked the counter girl (a very charming young undergraduate) if they had any currant scones. She cheerfully replied that all of the scones, having been baked within the last hour, should all be "reasonably current".
    I hope she wasn't majoring in English.:grimacing:
  34. Minipork

    Minipork Initiate (153) Dec 11, 2010 Illinois

    If the customer identified as a woman, I would think the clerk might be tempted to say that.
  35. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,348) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    It exists: and I'm actually not that surprised. But yeah, such a specific request for something that there's probably only a tiny market for, the person should have known to do some research first to find if such a thing even exists before making the trip to the store.
  36. blivingston1985

    blivingston1985 Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2010 North Carolina

    Not beer related but the funniest question I was ever asked was "Where is your Mimosa section?'
    Got a good chuckle out of that one.
  37. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,348) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    The other day I got "There's a white wine with a picture of an angel or cherub on it. Do you have that wine?" No other information given. 1. It didn't ring any bells 2. Even if it did, we most likely don't carry it 3. Even if I tried to Google with just that information, the amount of different results would probably number in the hundreds. Such an open-ended question I just said "No that doesn't sound familiar at all" and left it at that. Come in with a picture of the label, great, I'm on the case. Come in with a description of the label, what grape varietal it is and region it's from, again, I'm on it. Any less info than that, unless of course you bought the wine at this store so we've definitely carried it at one time, and it's just a wild goose chase that rarely ends in success. And the very few times it does end in success, it turns out not to be available in this market.
  38. CB_Michigan

    CB_Michigan Initiate (194) Sep 4, 2014 Illinois

    The absolute weirdest story I have involves me asking that kind of question. I moved out of CA several years ago but occasionally go back for work. On one trip, I was at the Redwood City Whole Foods saying "Yeah, like 7 months ago I was in here looking for something interesting and one of you guys recommended this awesome beer. Unfortunately, I don't really remember much about it. I think it might have had a green label? And it was kinda in this region of the cooler."

    The guy calls someone else over and I get halfway through a sentence when he says "Hey, I remember you! You were on your way to that 'Hanukkah's never coming back' party!" He then proceeds to pull up a picture of the label on his phone. "Holy cow, that's exactly the beer I was looking for."
    "Yeah, that was an awesome beer. They don't distribute anymore, though. Hey Rob (or whatever the first guy's name was), this is the guy I was telling you about!" "He's the one??!!"

    To this day, I have no idea what the heck they were talking about.
  39. KarlHungus

    KarlHungus Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2005 Minnesota

    I work at a specialty whiskey shop, and had a woman once ask me if I carried a whiskey that came in a circular bottle. I pointed to the wall, and in the most tactful way I could muster said, "90% of these bottles are circular." It turns out she wanted Blanton's, and should've been asking for a whiskey in a spherical bottle. Shapes are tough.
  40. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,348) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    She should've just said "The whiskey with the horse on top of the cap." A much more distinguishable feature
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