What makes a True Beer Advocate? (a BA Appreciation Thread)

Discussion in 'Trade Talk' started by jpsy422, Jul 12, 2012.

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  1. jpsy422

    jpsy422 Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2009 Illinois

    I have the definite answer to what it takes to be a true beer advocate. Plain and simple? Heatwave33.

    Some of you may have seen the thread a few weeks back where he offered up a small competition for a free growler of Apple Brandy Hunahphu. He selected me based on my impending nuptials and between the time I was selected and his shipping, the unthinkable happened, 4 of his growlers of ABH exploded.

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    After letting me know that it wasn't meant to be, he still promised to send me a little something special to make up for it. Keep in mind here, I have done absolutely nothing to earn a beer from anyone, let alone someone 1500 miles away. He sent me a UPS shipping number, and to my shock the listed weight on the tracking page said 24.5lbs.

    The package arrived today, and the haul that appeared before me was nothing short of spectacular.
    Cigar City Beers:
    Patio Pils
    Church on a Hill
    100K+OT - 5th Batch
    Hunaphu Imperial Stout
    Bolita
    Cucumber Saison
    Black Whole

    Firestone Parabola '12
    Heady Topper

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    I can't thank him enough and I will be toasting at my wedding with a Hunahpu. and maybe a few others....

    Just awesome.
     
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  2. RochesterAaron

    RochesterAaron Initiate (0) May 24, 2007 New York

    That is an unbelievable box. Cheers to your wedding and heatwave33's generosity!
     
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  3. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina

    Yea he is a great guy for sure. i arranged for him to grab and ship me a bottle of Homefront IPA from CCB. I check the UPS and its 13 lbs. I opened it yesterday, and wow. I unwrapped (in this box):
    2012 Dark Lord
    Homefront IPA
    Patio Pils
    Coffee Bender
    Surly Hell
    Furious
    Buffalo Sweat.

    The guy also sent me a box containing KBS, Darkness, and Raison D'Extra. Heatwave33 is a great guy, and a true BA.
     
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  4. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey

    Cheers to you on the nuptials and cheers to Heatwave33.
    Never mind a beeradvocate, sounds like heatwave is a Beer Fairy Godmother.
    Enjoy the beers and pay it forward.
     
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  5. jpsy422

    jpsy422 Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2009 Illinois

    Oh i will. you can expect a Groom it Forward on here when I get back from my honeymoon...
     
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  6. Etan

    Etan Initiate (0) Jul 11, 2011 Wisconsin

    That picture is tragically hilarious.
     
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  7. cmmcdonn

    cmmcdonn Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2009 Virginia

    Kudos to all involved in that fiasco. Handled exceptionally well by all parties.

    I will also offer my public apology to Heatwave33. 98/100 times, a story like that is complete bullshit. I guess this was not one of em'.
     
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  8. cmmcdonn

    cmmcdonn Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2009 Virginia

    Where you headed? I'm getting hitched in May and searching for ideas.
     
  9. jpsy422

    jpsy422 Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2009 Illinois

    We're getting married in Cincinnati and going to Maui for our honeymoon. Staying at the Marriott in Lahaina.
     
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  10. Heatwave33

    Heatwave33 Initiate (0) Sep 13, 2011 Florida

    I'm really glad you enjoyed the box. Sorry again about the Apple Brandy Hunahpu. Sharing great brews with great people is what this is all about for me. Cheers.
     
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  11. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Savant (960) Mar 17, 2009 Massachusetts

    Did the growlers just randomly explode or were they tapped against something?
     
  12. Heatwave33

    Heatwave33 Initiate (0) Sep 13, 2011 Florida

    After they warmed up for no more than 5 minutes......KABOOM!
     
  13. hopsputin

    hopsputin Poo-Bah (2,794) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey
    Society

    Awesome story. Awesome People. Awesome beer.

    Faith in humanity restored haha
     
  14. stupac2

    stupac2 Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2011 California

    Don't go golfing in the rain, jeez.

    Regarding the OP, nice box.
     
  15. FTowne

    FTowne Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 Missouri

    Wow, a happy ending to a potentially fucked up situation. I'm feeling the love. Good job Heatwave.
     
  16. jivex5k

    jivex5k Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2011 Florida

    Standup guy! Truly he embodies the spirit of beer trading.
     
  17. domtronzero

    domtronzero Initiate (0) Aug 18, 2007 California

    " What makes a True Beer Advocate?"

    Some would say that spelling a beer's name correctly is the definition of beeradvocate... :rolling_eyes:
     
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  18. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Initiate (0) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    I love the generosity in this community. Makes me glad to be a part of it.
     
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  19. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Savant (960) Mar 17, 2009 Massachusetts

    That's nuts. These bad batch of growlers are like a game of roulette I guess. Some explode, some don't.
     
  20. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2010 Michigan

    Maui is awesome! Have a great time!
     
  21. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2011 Florida

    Wow. I live in Florida and I still haven't been able to try Hunahpu. I'm jealous.
     
  22. Heatwave33

    Heatwave33 Initiate (0) Sep 13, 2011 Florida

    Going to open a growler Friday night in Jupiter if you care to join?
     
  23. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2010 Michigan

    Assuming it doesn't explode beforehand... :wink:

    Too soon?
     
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  24. Heatwave33

    Heatwave33 Initiate (0) Sep 13, 2011 Florida

    Yes it is :grimacing:
     
  25. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2010 Michigan

    Sorry, couldn't help myself. :flushed:

    Awesome generosity from you lately! Keep up the good work! :grinning:
     
  26. jpsy422

    jpsy422 Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2009 Illinois

    As a quick update... I'm married, and drank an amazing beer at my reception. Thanks.

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  27. TheJollyHop

    TheJollyHop Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 California

    A True Beer Advocate = lots of extras in a trade :wink:
     
  28. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    Awesome thread. I've never traded with anyone, but I can assure you I'd get joy out of sending a little extra in the package as a surprise. Giving is better than receiving is true.
     
  29. Zimbo

    Zimbo Savant (979) Aug 7, 2010 Scotland

    Yep, awesome thread. Heatwave33 deserves some special BA knighthood or something.

    We're lucky as there are many true beer advocates on this site. Brabander and his neverending Westvleteren generosity comes to mind as does the UK's Reluctant Scoop and his amazing beer tours of Sheffield (just ask jazzyjeff13 and Emperor Bevis).
     
  30. Heatwave33

    Heatwave33 Initiate (0) Sep 13, 2011 Florida

    Absolutely beautiful! And you two look nice too :wink: Cheers
     
  31. Pahn

    Pahn Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2009 New York

    awesome stuff.

    want to mention (especially to people who post a lot of longwinded, anti-ebay / anti-exploitation posts like i do) that the kind of generosity talked about in this thread is exponentially more valuable than forum bluster such as mine about anti-ebay / anti-exploitation.

    it's good to remind people via posts that the community is worthwhile, but it's better to remind them with real world generosity. without stuff like this there's really no point in moralizing about "the community." it's like adama's speech in the battlestar galactica pilot.
     
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  32. davey101

    davey101 Meyvn (1,130) Apr 14, 2009 Connecticut

    Awesome story! Kudos to heatwave for being an example of an above awesome BA!
     
  33. Bluecane

    Bluecane Initiate (0) Dec 30, 2011 New York

    Heatwave is really just a fantastic guy. And I didn't know you were a UM fan, too -- even better!

    He welcomes one and all to his home, regardless of the rarities or lack thereof in the individual's stash. And he never hesitates to share some of the great stuff he has at any given time. I've also seen firsthand -- well, empty bottles anyway! -- how generous he is with a trading buddy who lives near me.

    Just a great guy who also happens to have an awesome wife, cute kids, cute pets, and an awesome beer collection.
     
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