Truck Chaser Confessions

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by beergurujr, Mar 18, 2012.

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  1. beergurujr

    beergurujr Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2003 Illinois

    C'mon, truck chasers- tell us your stories. Why do you drive all over the place, chasing after beer distributor delivery vehicles, hoping to score a rare beer before it even gets off the store's receiving dock? Is that really necessary? Please explain. Honest, we won't hurt you. Thanks.
     
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  2. Photekut

    Photekut Initiate (0) Mar 31, 2006 Tennessee

    A move to Tennessee will cure them cold turkey.
     
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  3. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (2,273) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    I've got the popcorn popped and a freshly-cracked can : )
     
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  4. LambicKing

    LambicKing Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2011 Germany

    Here comes the shit storm.

    EDIT: I just don't get this behavior. Half of the thrill is literally stumbling upon a great find and the other half is searching the internet for great bottle shops prior to going someplace new on business, leisure, etc. I suppose my point is moot if the truck chaser's income is at least supplemented by the resale of limited releases. Either way, they and their ilk are no friends of mine.
     
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  5. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (716) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    Do people really do this? I know it gets referenced a lot around here, but how does this happen? Do they just sit at the distributor warehouse and wait around all day for a truck to leave? How do they know what's on the truck or where it's going? Then what about the time between a truck unloading at a store and the store actually unpacking and getting the bottles ready for sale? Then for all they know the store is going to put a one-bottle limit on whatever rarity they're after. This just seems like an all-day affair to score potentially 1 bottle of beer - I guess if you truly have no job or no life it could work, but even then, you probably shouldn't be buying $20 beers at that point...
     
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  6. TMoney2591

    TMoney2591 Poo-Bah (9,541) Apr 21, 2009 Illinois
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    Don't try to inject logic into this madness...
     
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  7. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (12,239) Apr 18, 2007 Florida
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    Hmm i work all day and could care less about the truck..
     
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  8. nesarebad

    nesarebad Zealot (519) Feb 4, 2012 Massachusetts
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    You forgot all the logistical things that need to be sorted out before you even get to the point of sitting at the distributor warehouse waiting for the trucks to leave. You need to find when said shipment of beer is coming in and when it is being shipped out to accounts. So, you really need to what days each accounts get deliveries; if it is multiple deliveries in a week you had to figure out which one will have said beer, etc. etc. Plus you need to plan your day out to hit each account in progression as they are getting deliveries throughout the day.
     
  9. mobius387

    mobius387 Initiate (0) Dec 5, 2010 Wisconsin

    i have a blurry video of what im pretty sure is one of these so called truck-chasers.
     
  10. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina

    so wait, these truck chasers sound like Yeti.
     
  11. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (4,729) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio
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    I'm interested in hearing some stories. The visual thought of people following a truck all over cracks me up everytime. But I think it's one of those things that people would be embarassed to admit..
     
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  12. Derranged

    Derranged Initiate (0) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    Never chased a truck. But I almost punched one in the face one time, they think they own the goddamn road.
     
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  13. beergurujr

    beergurujr Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2003 Illinois

    I'd be embarrassed to admit this also. Sort of like admitting one is a crack whore.
     
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  14. Sneers

    Sneers Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2009 Pennsylvania

    When I got my KBS last year it was a truly uneventful affair. But, when I was chatting with the beer guy there, he said that he had been in contact with some other beer managers in the area, who reported it happening outside their stores. So, although I didn't witness it firsthand, I don't see any real reason for anyone to lie about it happening.

    As for why chasers do it, the same guy told me that the year prior the store owner sold the entire case to one guy before he, the beer manager, had a chance to even put it in the system. I guess the prospect of pulling that off outweighs driving around for an afternoon. Sure, it sounds nuts, but I don't see how it's much crazier than people driving across the country for Dark Lord Day.
     
  15. 1koolspud

    1koolspud Initiate (60) Jun 30, 2008 Illinois

    I'll say no. Binny's int he city tend to have a 1 bottle limit and Binnys in the burbs have waiting lists or lotteries. It's not like following the delivery trail gets you anything.
     
  16. InebriatedJoker

    InebriatedJoker Initiate (0) Sep 16, 2010 Ohio

    I highly doubt anyone will admit to this type of behavior due to the repercussions that will follow.
    I personally have to work for a living and don't have time to chase down a fucking beer truck- my household bills and such far outweigh chasing down beer trucks to get a limited release of beer , If they sell them on e-bay after taking away a chance for me to get a beer I want after a long hard day at work then they definitely are no friends of mine.
     
  17. Agold

    Agold Defender (636) Mar 13, 2010 Pennsylvania

    How do they know these people were chasing the truck instead of coincidentally showing up at the same time and how do they know it was the same person.

    I'm with cbeer. I think this is a boogeyman thought up by beer geeks who don't get bottles they want. I also think a lot of people conflate this practice with ebaying which I find even more baffling. If you are going to do this and sell your KBS for a $30 markup/4pk you are probably making more than minimum wage, but once you factor in gas money and your time I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't very lucrative.

    And if not, if there is someone who values their time so little that they spend all day following around a beer truck to buy a few bottles of beer, they clearly want it more than I do.
     
  18. IceAce

    IceAce Savant (923) Jan 8, 2004 California

    How far away are we from having 'Truck Chasers' making videos a la 'Storm Chasers'?

    ::: Cue vehicle cab :::

    "We've got doppler confirmation that Goose Island Rare is on this truck and heading our way..."
     
  19. Sneers

    Sneers Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I don't know, really. Maybe the driver said something? Maybe the beer guys were able to corroborate that it was the same people? Maybe they convinced themselves of it to make their product seem more craze-inducing?

    Besides, I got my bottles.
     
  20. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (2,273) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    A while back I recall seeing some blurry video footage on YouTube, and found it a little hard to believe.

    Now that I know this is happening all over the place I have to say that Truck Chasin' strikes me as the strangest aspect of the hobby (and I doubt it will be the strangest aspect for long.)
     
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  21. JrGtr

    JrGtr Devotee (472) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    I got my Black Ops this year by this...sort of, and unintentionally.
    I had the day off of work, stopped into my local shop to see if / when it was coming in. I saw a truck unloading when I got there, and the guys bringing stuff in. I went into the department, found a guy, said, "I see you're really buey, so just one quick question, when Black Ops coming?" One of the guys bringing the shipment in heard me ask, said, "it's the next load in." i double checked with the department guy if there was any kind of list, and grabbed the first bottle out of the box.
     
  22. IceAce

    IceAce Savant (923) Jan 8, 2004 California


    Well, you know...

    As the rare beers become even rarer...
     
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  23. InebriatedJoker

    InebriatedJoker Initiate (0) Sep 16, 2010 Ohio


    That's not truck chasing - You work for a living and had the day off, you were in the right place at the right time ..no harm no foul.
     
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  24. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Disciple (396) Mar 23, 2008 California

    I don't think its so much literal truck chasing.
    It's more like in my area; a certain store will post online that they just got their case of a beer like Citra, the "chasers" will then go to that store, they'll follow up that score by hitting the next store that likely got a case, essentially mirroring the path of the truck until they feel they've acquired enough.
    That's what I mean if I were to say "truck chasing"

    Rephrase your question to "who has followed the path of the distribution truck in order to get as much of a rare beer as you can?"
     
  25. pearljam118

    pearljam118 Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Talking to the guys at Exton Beverage said there were truck chasers following Hopslam around until they got to a distributor without a list.
     
  26. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,532) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Hunterdon Brewing, the premier craft beer distributor in NJ, had people following one of their trucks according to reports last year (I guess it was last year- probably for KBS). Unfortunately, the several Hunterdon employees who once routinely posted accurate information on the BA forums were harassed enough that they no longer post here, so they may not be around to confirm the story or add specifics.
     
  27. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    Speak for yourself...
     
  28. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,902) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona
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    I've never chased a truck, but out of necessity because of all the new J-C-L demand out there, I've deliberately gone to a retailer on the day & timeframe that a particular distributor truck drops off its deliveries. I didn't have to do this to get what I wanted in years (and decades) past. Frustrating to say the least.
     
  29. Ungertaker

    Ungertaker Disciple (351) Apr 30, 2010 Minnesota

    I wonder how long it will be before the distributors are sending beer out via hobo-looking dudes pushing beat up grocery carts to the back door of the beer stores.

    I would gladly grow my beard all scraggly-like to acquire one of those positions!
     
  30. Sneers

    Sneers Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2009 Pennsylvania

    For what it's worth, this is the incident to which I was referring.
     
  31. whitekiboko

    whitekiboko Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2006 South Carolina

    Sadly probably not that far away...

    Although in my head I envisioned a sitcom where a bunch of guys are chastising a buddy for being a "Trucky Chaser" when I saw this thread.
     
  32. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Initiate (0) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    who seriously chases a truck? They're either an ebay seller or someone who buys the BA top 100, stores them in a sunny, 85 degree room, and takes cellar!!!porn!!1! pics- breathing so hard they need to wipe the lens clean every few shots.

    Thankfully, there's enough of these jackholes that soon enough they're going to get beer/road rage and start beating eachother senseless for the bottles. I can't wait to see the 'I spent a night at County and have to take anger management classes' thread, 'cause you know it's coming.
     
  33. valdieu2

    valdieu2 Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2012 Maine

    My dog used to chase trucks and it looked like fun, so I tried it. It wasn't,so we both quit.
     
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  34. BrianTheBrewer30

    BrianTheBrewer30 Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2009 Massachusetts

    I have actually seen a few truck chasers. I use to visit a big store back in MA a good amount. These 3 guys were chasing around a truck to get KBS. They said they were following it to all the local stores in the area. I laughed my ass off at them. They asked me why I was laughing I said do you really believe your going to get KBS off this truck at any of these stores. They said yes. I asked them if they were on any of the lists at the next 4 stores they were going to go to. They replied no. I then said good luck.
     
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  35. pearljam118

    pearljam118 Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Hit the nail on the head here. Sure chasing trucks is excessive but a lot of us do slightly excessive stuff for beer.
    <-- seriously doesn't chase trucks
     
  36. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    ^Might chase trucks from time to time
     
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  37. InspectorBob

    InspectorBob Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2009 New Jersey

    I was speaking to a Hunterdon driver who was making a delivery to my friends pub and I asked him about this and he said that "you would not believe all the a**holes who followed me around the week of the KBS release, it was crazy"......I need not say anything more........
     
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  38. mondegreen

    mondegreen Devotee (442) Nov 4, 2009 Georgia

    I usually just ask the manager to call/text/message me once whatever I'm looking for is unloaded, catalogged, and ready for sale. I'm glad to have a really good local beer guy.
     
  39. Jparkanzky

    Jparkanzky Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2011 Ohio

    You're just jealous that people have these great hauls....

    I saw a shipment get dropped off at a local store, then I waited for the driver to finish bringing in everything else, and checking off with the list with the guy working there to make sure had everything while the merchandiser set up displays etc..... I bought all they got, and waited in the parking lot. The truck pulled away, and simply followed it to the next stop, did the same thing, and there was no "list" or crazy "raffle" and I bought it all. I did this at the next stop, and the next, and the next, and when the truck got too far away, and I felt I had enough, I went home.

    I stacked up my mountain of Bud-Lite-Platinum cases in the kitchen and thought about taking a picture to show off, but I thought I better of it.
     
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  40. Etan

    Etan Initiate (0) Jul 11, 2011 Wisconsin

    TOP SHELF TASTE
     
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