The enjoyment or search of special releases?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by crow121, Jan 20, 2013.

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  1. crow121

    crow121 Initiate (197) Sep 23, 2010 Maryland
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    It's safe to say that we all enjoy drinking good beer. But with all the different releases that are out there, is it more that we enjoy drinking these beers or do we crave the search, the journey of finding and having these special releases?

    For instance, I've been fortunate to find bottles of Bourbon County Coffee and Cherry Rye. The plan is to drink them, but I have not yet. Mostly because there's a certain level of satisfaction of just being able to find and have them.
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  2. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,807) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    Either drink them or admit you are a hoarder.
  3. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (2,572) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
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    I hate the search. It was once exciting but turns exhausting very quickly.
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  4. kmello69

    kmello69 Defender (618) Nov 27, 2011 Texas
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    This. Now I just dread all the running around I'm going to have to do just to get a damn beer. Its become like a second job, and I'm ready to quit.
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  5. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Crusader (791) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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    Would you rather be seen with a beautiful women or sleep with her? drink your beer
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  6. Mealhouse

    Mealhouse Aspirant (296) Feb 19, 2012 Minnesota
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    Don't enjoy the search, enjoy walking in not expecting to see something and then there it is sitting on the shelf then taking it home and drinking it.
  7. oldp0rt

    oldp0rt Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2011 Quebec (Canada)

    What if you're seen with beautiful women while sleeping with other beautiful women?
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  8. abraxel

    abraxel Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2009 Michigan

    To me, "having" a beer means drinking it.

    I do cellar some beer, but that's always because I want to taste it with some age.
  9. Mebuzzard

    Mebuzzard Poo-Bah (3,464) May 19, 2005 Colorado

    ...and she has awesome beer?

    Beer searching kind of reminds me of a time when I was (quite a bit) younger, and the days of finding "rare" Star Wars action figures. Except drinking beer is better than playing with small dolls
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  10. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Crusader (791) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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    I'm not that lucky!
  11. Jonada

    Jonada Champion (840) May 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    To me, the search is kind of a pain in the ass. While I admit I do get a nice feeling of satisfaction when I'm able to find and purchase a rare beer, that feeling is really more of a product of the work I had to put in to get to that point.

    If given the option I'd much prefer to be able to walk into my local store and purchase special release beers with little to no effort involved.
  12. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    I hoard therefor I am!
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  13. Ernest_Hooper

    Ernest_Hooper Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2012 Michigan

    This fall I walked into a random liquor store. I never go to this place and it was extremely small. They only had about five varieties of craft, two Bells regulars, two Founders regulars, and then a single glowing four pack of Founders Harvest, and it was only about seven days old.

    Last spring I had to annoy my local store and reserve a single bottle of KBS. When I went in to buy it, the owner looked like he had been through a boxing match with the entire beer geek community all morning.

    I much preferred the first instance.

    However, 'searching' can be fun if it entails taking a road trip to a brewery for a special release or just something you couldn't get elsewhere.

    I think I answered that question...
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  14. frankthetank86

    frankthetank86 Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2012 New York

    talk about exhausting, i drove almost three hours to PA to pick up some stone enjoy by and of course drive back.
  15. BradStokley

    BradStokley Disciple (347) Jan 19, 2013 Maryland
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    The search sucks. Finding out which beers are available where is exhausting. The point of good beer is DRINKING it, not spending $100 on gas getting it or fighting in long lines for it. If some of these breweries really gave a damn about their customers they'd make some of these more readily available.
  16. ColdOne

    ColdOne Aspirant (220) Jan 19, 2013 New York
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    Long time beer lover, just starting to get deep into learning about all the special releases. I couldn't sleep last night because my family just decided to visit Chicago in April, and all I could think about was the giant haul of beer that I might find that's not available in the Finger Lakes.
  17. mcrago

    mcrago Aspirant (281) Oct 6, 2012 Indiana

    I admit that I am a hoarder, but not in huge quantities. I have about 20 "special beers" that I am holding and plan to keep them for special occasions.
  18. Andygirl

    Andygirl Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 Michigan

    I enjoy hunting down beer. I don't hoard it though, I hunt it for my husband. He also hunts for me. It's fun when you buy it for someone else that will love it.
  19. BigTomZ

    BigTomZ Initiate (0) Apr 14, 2009 Virginia

    I enjoy drinking them, definitely not hunting them. All the douchebaggery was too much for me. I no longer waste my time chasing them. Whatever the beer store happens to have when I happen to be there is what I buy.
  20. jsm1289

    jsm1289 Initiate (0) Mar 11, 2011 New York
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    it is quite exhausting and sucks but for some reason i find myself taking on greater and greater challenges and searching for rarer and rarer beers. Addiction? Maybe? Satisfying? most definitely

    would I do it all again? yes lol
  21. mborden

    mborden Initiate (172) Jan 28, 2009 New York

    This is my approach too. If I happen upon something rad I'll pick it up, but I don't really have the time or desire to go out of my way to get super rare stuff. Now if something shows up at a bottle share, of course I won't turn it down...
  22. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,138) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    *Mike Singeltary Voice*

    Can't do it!
  23. UMNbeerhunter

    UMNbeerhunter Disciple (399) Oct 21, 2010 Minnesota

    For my first year and a half on BA I traded for almost every highly sought after beer. Eventually I learned that hype and good reviews doesnt mean I will enjoy the beer. Now I go after styles that I like and word of mouth. Dropping $60 in beer, extras, and shipping for an unproven brew is for the rookies.
  24. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 Indiana
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    I prefer setting up good contacts that can get me bees that I really like, or really want to try.
    I won't chase a big beer anymore. Trading is good for that.
  25. Nectar

    Nectar Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey

    I wait for things to fall into my lap. I don't have the time, money, or care to be chasin' walez bro.

    Seriously, most people I drink these brews with anyway arent into it as much as me, they just enjoy a great beer. So im the man if I show up with Big Bad Baptist. Why would I go through the hassle of acquiring Black Tuesday again when ive already had it and they will piss their pants in excitement for BBB? (AS WILL I)
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  26. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Michigan
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    Unless I'm positive it's coming to my area, I don't really appreciate stubborn distributors and lazy store owners making me drive a long way to get a beer. Trading, especially in this community, is really a great thing. However, per Casedogg's quoted post, it's so wonderful when I walk into my local bottle shop and Sean says, "hey man, I set aside something you need to try, here's a 5% discount." Good contacts are amazing.
  27. Irishize75

    Irishize75 Initiate (0) Nov 4, 2012 California

    The search is terrible. Nothing redeeming about driving from store to store leering at beer racks like some kind of psycho and asking the poor clerks about some beer they have already been asked about 50 times that day and probably don't have anyway. Then there's the fact that I always feel like a douche asking about some rare beer and being like, "Oh...well, bye", if they don't have it, so I usually end up making a gratuitous purchase I don't need. For awhile that made me apprehensious about drinking whatever hard-to-get stuff I landed until I realized that there is some new rare elusive beer being released almost every week. Moral of the story I guess is drink em if you got em. They will make more.
  28. DaKur

    DaKur Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2012 Rhode Island

    All of the above.
  29. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    This is like choosing between blondes & redheads.
  30. Bad_Trader

    Bad_Trader Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2012 Namibia

    And make a video of yourself sleeping with the beautiful woman for maximum winnage?

  31. Drew26

    Drew26 Aspirant (217) Nov 2, 2012 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    I enjoy stumbling on a special or limited release beer on my weekly stops at my 2 bottles shops...I don't think I'd get the same satisfaction putting crazy miles on the car and spending hours going to a dozen different places trying to hunt something particular down.
  32. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,183) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Woods Hole just launched a new robotic sub to help locate rare and endangered whales...might help?
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  33. FEUO

    FEUO Disciple (327) Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    Thrill of the chase.
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  34. alli4051

    alli4051 Initiate (0) Oct 16, 2009 Colorado

    This. If I catch a tip on here about a good get I might go out of my way but that's about it.
  35. brewbetter

    brewbetter Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2012 Nauru

    Personally, I consider it a compulsion. Having the full beers in hand satisfies the compulsion for some.

    I also find the search extremely exhausting and think/hope I'll be getting over it soon.
  36. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,309) Oct 24, 2010 California
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    And what if you're seen with beautiful women, while secretly taking satisfaction in the knowledge that you have several other beautiful women in your basement? But not next to your water heater because the heat fluctuation might mess 'em up.
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  37. ForkAndSpoonOp

    ForkAndSpoonOp Initiate (0) May 4, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Anyone who got into beer specifically so they could drive six hours and stand in a line could probably find a much cheaper hobby. I don't have the time, money, or frankly the inclination to whale hunt like some people, and I accept that I'm gonna miss out on some amazing things because of it. But there's certainly a collecting aspect to this, as anyone who looks in my basement can see. And I do enjoy digging around a little bit to find something cool. Within reason, of course.
  38. LostTraveler

    LostTraveler Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2011 Maine

    Ill admit I horde between chasing and trading but then I will do one hell of a tasting with close friends where we try many great and beers that we cant easily obtain all at once
  39. oldp0rt

    oldp0rt Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2011 Quebec (Canada)

    Your secret is safe with me. Now, when's this heated orgy?
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  40. Ernest_Hooper

    Ernest_Hooper Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2012 Michigan

    If you have several beautiful women in your basement I would probably consider calling the authorities, not to mention warning the one with which you are immediately being seen.
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