Strangest requests you have heard in a store

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  1. samuraichamploo

    samuraichamploo Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2013 New York

    Same here: "what do you mean I can't get Three Floyds? This is America, I can get whatever I want!" My friend calmly explained distribution, and I calmly went online and started an account on Beer Advocate and traded for a shit load of FFF. In a way I was right.
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  2. albertreact

    albertreact Initiate (0) Aug 17, 2014 Florida

    Ive been on the look out for Red Dog it has a red bulldog on it ( maybe discontinued?)
  3. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,148) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    MillerCoors still lists it on their website's OUR BEERS page (using their 'dba ' of Plank Road Brewing Co.), but previous threads on BA suggest that is very regional in distribution. I guess you could use their "CONTACT US" page or call MC's toll free number tomorrow and find out more --- 1-800-645-5376
  4. IceAce

    IceAce Savant (916) Jan 8, 2004 California

    Wow...almost forgot about the Red Dog / Red Wolf war of 1995.
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  5. patrick802

    patrick802 Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2010 Vermont

    i don't understand
  6. smcolw

    smcolw Poo-Bah (8,966) Jan 16, 2004 Massachusetts

    I heard a customer ask if a beer came at room temperature as opposed to refrigerated. Another asked what was the best beer to serve on ice.
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  7. BluesHawk

    BluesHawk Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2016 Wisconsin

    I just had someone call to see if we had Surly Darkness. I told her she's about 6 months too late/6 months too early
  8. albertreact

    albertreact Initiate (0) Aug 17, 2014 Florida

    wow i will give them a call thanks for that :grinning:
  9. Hop-Droppen-Roll

    Hop-Droppen-Roll Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2013 Minnesota

    It was a poorly executed joke meant to mock the customers that thought you could identify a beer with its style as your only clue.
  10. HopVol

    HopVol Initiate (0) Mar 31, 2015 Tennessee

    Nothing too strange I guess but I had a guy ask me recently where is a good place to buy imports because he doesnt like domestic beer. Havent heard that one in a while.
  11. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (7,714) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    and throws like a handgrenade...
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  12. patrick802

    patrick802 Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2010 Vermont

    lol...I know. some just don't get that you might have more than 1 milk stout.
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  13. 06Rubicon

    06Rubicon Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2013 Texas

    here are two:

    I was in Salt Lake City and asked the lady behind the hotel counter; "are there any breweries around here?", she replied "any what -eries?"

    Two weeks ago I was in St Louis and asked the server if they have any local breweries. completely straight faced, I was told "Yes, we have Budweiser"....I think I shed a tear.
  14. Hop-Droppen-Roll

    Hop-Droppen-Roll Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2013 Minnesota

    I am surprised by neither of these.
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  15. Brutaltruth

    Brutaltruth Poo-Bah (3,574) Mar 22, 2014 Ohio

    Alaskan Brewing Company requests in Kentucky.
  16. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (1,993) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    Went back to my hometown over the weekend, took a long walk around the town and went into the local pub for a beer before heading back home. They had all the Louisiana breweries that they carry products for listed with the beers listed that they carried for each one. Under NOLA they had Check Back Later. I was so tempted to try to order that to see if they would post a comment here
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  17. Hop-Droppen-Roll

    Hop-Droppen-Roll Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2013 Minnesota

    I've never had a Czech Bock.
  18. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,148) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Well, Alaska's distribution (below) has been creeping eastward, though it seems to be avoiding the central section of the country east of the Rockies, so it could be awhile before KY sees it. :wink:
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  19. TriggerFingers

    TriggerFingers Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2012 California

    Point them to Martinelli's Sparkling Cider.
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  20. Milledge_924

    Milledge_924 Initiate (0) Sep 12, 2014 Georgia

    Had a guy show up a little before we closed the brewery taproom and ask what kind of imports we had. I wasn't sure if he was joking or not and responded that in fact our brewmaster was brought in from abroad so all oft the beers could technically be imports. He left after I said that and I guess my humor was ignored.
  21. Damen

    Damen Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2015 California

    That's what kills me. It's not that people really want Pliny. Duh! It's so fetishized here in Nor Cal, of course they want it. It's that once you tell them it is not distributed in this county they have zero interest in the great selection you do have.

    99% of people upon learning there's no Russian River distro here are disappointed or dumbfounded (since they have no grasp of the three tier system and how spread thin RR is with their demand). But one guy tried to argue me on it. I told him places might have locations elsewhere and order bottles through that location and then drive it over or even go to the brew pub and buy a case and bring it back but there is no distributor I can call and order Russian River beers from. He still wasn't having it.

    A local grocery store finally put up a chalk board sign basically explaining there is no Pliny in the entire county but here are a few great IPA's/IIPA's we recommend in its place. As a vendor I understand how frustrating that is to say, "We don't have this, but try this", no matter how much confidence you have in what you are offering in its place. So I really hope that sign worked for them.
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  22. jmasher85

    jmasher85 Zealot (571) Mar 27, 2015 Maryland

    More an entertaining encounter than a strange question: an elderly, soft-spoken woman came into my TJ's store asking for "the kind of beer folks used to drink back in the day." We don't have too many mass-market branded beers, but I showed her the Heineken, Stella, and the store-brand Simpler Times Lager/Pilsner, saying that these are pretty much the same kind of beer she was talking about.
    She replied, "Oh, I don't know about all those. I like to keep things simple and old school. All them beers today have crazy names and when you drink them, they make you crazy too, haha!" She left with a couple Coronas.

    Also, a shout-out to the customers who insist they are regulars and insist they/their friend bought a certain beer or wine at this store - yes, they're sure it was this very store - and get downright offended when I explain that I've been working in this section of the store pretty much since we opened and have absolutely never carried that item. They leave either understanding or pissed off (or both), but occasionally they tell me to go into the back and check. I go into the stockroom, laugh about the customer with my coworkers who happen to be back there, and then go back out and break the news again.
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  23. Tripel_Threat

    Tripel_Threat Poo-Bah (2,937) Jun 29, 2014 Michigan
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    Root beer
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  24. degbert

    degbert Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2009 Texas

    Kalik is revolting.
  25. BergBeer

    BergBeer Crusader (783) Aug 21, 2013 Virginia

    Was at the local craft beer bar (read only...also stupid expensive)

    Guy ordered Pinot Gris in a pint glass with ice and a straw.

    I hate Rhode Island...
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  26. degbert

    degbert Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2009 Texas

    Why yes, sir, we do. (Hands the customer a can of sparkling water.)
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  27. deleted_user_1007501

    deleted_user_1007501 Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2015

    Couple days ago had someone come in and ask if we got any Russian River. In Ohio. I simply responded "I really wish we could..."
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  28. elmattador3976

    elmattador3976 Initiate (0) Jul 30, 2012 Massachusetts

    Guy comes into my store asking " what's an IPA in here that's closest to Coors Light?". He left with a 6 pack of Coors Light.
  29. ian_graf

    ian_graf Aspirant (237) Aug 16, 2014 Minnesota

    I overheard something when I was at the liquor store yesterday and just had to resurrect this thread.

    The wine guy, who knows nothing about beer, was frantically trying to help a lady find a beer. I heard him say "I don't know if we carry brew dog." He looked like he could use some help so I told the lady you can't get brew dog in Minnesota. She didn't seem to understand because she pulled out her phone and showed the guy a picture of the beer. "See it comes inside a taxidermied squirrel." I told her that they only made like 12 bottles of that beer. She looks at her phone again and says "wait, it costs $750?!" I'm still laughing thinking about it.:joy:

    Many non beer geeks don't know that some beers aren't available in every state. But you gotta be pretty dumb to think that a beer packaged inside a real taxidermied animal could be produced at the scale required to find it on the shelf in any random liquor store!
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  30. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,416) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    What would be dumb is her going to another store.
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  31. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (13,054) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Well, Minnesota does have a lot of squirrels :wink:
  32. rronin

    rronin Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2005 Washington

    My wife passed away in June. Recently, going through her papers, I found a list she'd made : The Alchemist, PtY, Trillium, you get the idea, all the most sought after beers. It looks like she'd gotten the names off the internet and was going to try and find them for me. Don't know if she ever tried to find them, but she could have been one of the nutty customers you read about here. I can guarantee to you that she would not have behaved obnoxiously like some of the customers depicted here. She hated beer, but she LOVED me! What a gal!
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  33. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (4,457) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Man, I am so sorry to hear that she passed. Not going to lie, this post made me tear up and thats never happened on BA. Hang in there - best wishes going out your way.
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  34. honkey

    honkey Disciple (319) Aug 28, 2010 Arizona
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    To be fair, I've bought New Glarus in Illinois... The bar just didn't carry it legally. I'd bet that leads to a lot of confusion for people when they're told "New Glarus isn't distributed in Illinois"
  35. billydrinksbeer

    billydrinksbeer Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2017 Colorado

    I work at a liquor store and a few weeks ago an older man asked me to recommend to him a 6 pack of a double ipa, that was over 10% abv, over 100 IBUs, and under $10
  36. honkey

    honkey Disciple (319) Aug 28, 2010 Arizona
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    Your wife sounds like she was a real badass. Sorry to hear that she passed.
  37. Tripel_Threat

    Tripel_Threat Poo-Bah (2,937) Jun 29, 2014 Michigan
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    My condolences, sir. This is the sweetest thing I've seen - and think I'll see - here. She sounds like she was a wonderful woman. If we could all be so lucky!
  38. Tripel_Threat

    Tripel_Threat Poo-Bah (2,937) Jun 29, 2014 Michigan
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    Shoulda sent him to a Trader Joe's for some Boatswain DIPA. It's not quite 10%, but it tastes like diesel and it's only $5 a six pack.
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  39. breadwinner

    breadwinner Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2014 California

    She loved the crap out of you and sounds like an incredible lady. My condolences, friend, as well as kudos for marrying so well.
  40. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,645) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    You could get pretty close to that with Myrcenary, couldn't you?
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