Would you charge your buddies for a six year 120 vertical tasting?

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  1. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    Hell yeah I'd charge. Shit I charge my friends for everything.

    Need help moving? = $$$
    Need a ride to the airport? = $$$
    Need me to check on your cat while on vacation? = $$$
    Need to borrow my tools/lawnmower? = $$$
    Coming over to watch Football on my TV on Sunday? = $$$
    Want a pour from a bottle(s) I didn't want to tackle alone? = $$$

    My advice to the OP is to sign up for a Square account to make it easier for your friend to pay.
     
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  2. BJRHOMEBREW

    BJRHOMEBREW Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2008 Ohio
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    It depends. For example my good friend was getting married and needed to raise a few bucks for the honeymoon so he had a rare stout tasting (KBS, Hunahpu, Dark Lord '08/'09, Darkness.....). I think we all paid around $20 each and were glad to do so. So I would say for a charitable or worthy cause yes for any other reason I would say no.
     
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  3. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,052) Oct 7, 2009 New York


    Off topic, but this made my day seeing another Hiero fan here on BA! Cheers!
     
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  4. udubdawg

    udubdawg Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2006 Kansas

    Several people who wouldn't charge have been awfully rude about it in their response. Unfortunate.
     
  5. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Devotee (471) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts
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    Like most parties in life, it usually works out to "I'll bring the booze, you guys want to bring some food and maybe a couple other things to share?"
     
  6. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (719) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    I can't believe this thread even exists. If you charge them you're not a very good friend.
     
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  7. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,067) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    There is no depth so low that someone doesn't routinely stoop below it.
     
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  8. RobM77

    RobM77 Initiate (48) Feb 14, 2013 Illinois

    I charge my friends to watch UFC ppv... but never beer. Never. Giving good beer is likely to be rewarded with good karma.
     
  9. Tayloraphilips

    Tayloraphilips Initiate (0) Aug 9, 2013 Texas

    Yes I would charge my friends, but not a set price or anything. Just whatever they had on them or wanted to bring.
    And please let us know how it goes.
     
  10. racer2k

    racer2k Devotee (412) May 21, 2004 Massachusetts

    Don't ask them for any money...Ask them for their car keys..
     
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  11. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (832) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois
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    Isn't '07-'13 actually 7 years? Whats that like $70? No I wouldnt charge, but you can ask them to bring other beers to drink.
     
  12. switzer

    switzer Aspirant (280) Jan 18, 2012 Oregon

    It's a good question. I wouldn't charge my buddies in the scenario you laid out. I would let them know in advance what we are doing and suggest they bring some snacks and other beer. That would be no different than if I were hosting a BBQ. I provide the meal, people bring drinks.

    However, if I was organizing a tasting and I was going to be getting all the beer and food I would split the cost among all the participants.

    Unfortunately all but one of my buddies like beer but aren't "into" it like I am. They are perfectly happy with a sixer of whatever ipa they grab off the shelf and don't think much of it. So, breaking out good beers is lost in them or they don't like it. I need a sour buddy. Thinking something in the men seeking men section....
     
  13. GimmeGumballHead

    GimmeGumballHead Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2010 Illinois

    I hosted a 32 bottle (mostly all mine) share with 15 friends AND made crazy fancy fried seafood (that I bought) on brioche with misc. toppings and sauces... I told people not to bring anything, but if they insisted, I would prefer cash... about 10 people threw in 10 bucks, which covered about half the food... which was WAY more than I ever expected... so that was a great treat on top of getting to have a super fancy party.

    anyways, I feel like when expensive food is involved, its more acceptable to ask for donations... but poppin bottles is poppin bottles.
     
  14. TdLJg

    TdLJg Initiate (0) Oct 6, 2011 Connecticut

    If you have "real" friends there's no reason to charge because they'll do the right thing next time around.
     
  15. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Threads like these tell me not that people are taking beer too seriously, but that they are valuing it way too high. It's sad to me that terms like "return on their investment" could be tossed around in one's mind when debating to open special brews with friends.
     
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  16. TheGator321

    TheGator321 Initiate (0) May 29, 2013 Connecticut

    for the most part no.

    I never come empty handed to any social gathering. beer ,food or anything- but never empty handed
     
  17. udubdawg

    udubdawg Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2006 Kansas

    before we had ever had a beer tastings someone once suggested that we bring winter seasonals to someone's Christmas party. Lots of interest, including from many who in their own words knew nothing about beer. Some didn't know what to bring. A couple people offered to pick up a 6-pack for them for $10 or so. At the end of the night the extras were split up. BYOB events became popular.

    Eventually I started hosting annual tastings where I provided most/all of the beer. Again, once a year. There was no charge. The second year someone noticed some bottles in my basement that some here might call "wales" and asked if they could try them. I said something to the effect that if I was giving up my hard-to-find or extremely expensive beer I was getting something in return for it. Everyone wanted to pay. Everyone still wants to pay. 3 of my tastings have consumed over $1000 worth of beer. They wouldn't feel right about not paying something.

    I don't care if someone thinks this is dumb or will cost me friends, or makes me a bad friend or a huge cheapass or petty or common as shit or a douche bag, or that I have bad social etiquette, or any number of other unkind things said here.

    It's what everyone who shows up wants to do, and we have a great time.


    tl;dr - sometimes I charge, DWI.

    cheers--
    --Michael
     
  18. jman005

    jman005 Aspirant (260) Jan 21, 2013 Kentucky

    Hell yeah! Glad to see there are other hip hop fans on here myself.
     
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  19. Thehuntmaster

    Thehuntmaster Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 South Africa

    Hmmm I charge my friends to share beer with me.

    Maybe it is a little different here because ALL beer I drink comes from online stores in Europe and is bloody expensive. I used to share it for free until I realized how much money I was giving away in free beer (my friends NEVER get their own beer). I felt like I was just asking them to pay their share of the costs of the beer. Am I an asshole?
     
  20. charlzm

    charlzm Poo-Bah (2,215) Sep 3, 2007 California
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    I only ask my friends to show up. If I'm hosting a "cellar clearance", I provide food and beverage. People are welcome to bring anything they wish to contribute (beer, food, cigars, etc...) but it is absolutely not required.

    I'm throwing a party! Doesn't that mean I pay for it?
     
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  21. JohnSnowNW

    JohnSnowNW Defender (602) Feb 6, 2013 Minnesota
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    What are friends? :(



    In all seriousness...No, no I would not.
     
  22. rather

    rather Aspirant (257) May 31, 2013 California

  23. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    I rarely do this, but I am going to quote myself....I got little reaction out of this statement. I filled it with as much sarcasm as I could...I just want to make sure no one thought I was being serious.
     
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  24. josephwa

    josephwa Devotee (452) Jun 4, 2012 Minnesota
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    What the devil is 120? DFH 120?
     
  25. IPAFan521

    IPAFan521 Disciple (308) Jan 20, 2013 Illinois
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    HAHA...I TOTALLY thought you were serious!
     
  26. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan Poo-Bah (3,033) Dec 13, 2009 New York
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    i don't charge directly, however when they get drunk on all them 120 minutes that we drink (i usually water mine down or spill mine into their glasses when they aren't looking) i tactfully start fleecing them by wagering on typical household games. won $50 on a single game of tic tac toe last weekend and have won hundreds over the years playing connect four. in the end i end up making money, but we're all friends so who cares :)
     
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  27. BushDoctor

    BushDoctor Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2007 New York

    If they are "somewhat into beer," leave it in the cellar and consume yourself.
     
  28. pweis909

    pweis909 Meyvn (1,308) Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin

    It doesn't sound right to me, but I suppose it depends on the type of friendship you have. To me, friends figure out a way to share without trying to profit at each others expense. Example:

    Friend: "Hey, I'd like to put together a vertical tasting."
    Me: "Sounds great; what should I bring?"
    Friend: "Nothing but your favorite glass and your big fat ass.;) I want to take care of this one."
    Me: "Fine, but the next one's one me. Shall it be sours or RIS?"
     
  29. pweis909

    pweis909 Meyvn (1,308) Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin

    This might be cheaper than waiting until they pass out to steal their wallets.
     
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  30. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish Defender (606) May 11, 2012 Missouri
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    I would NOT charge my friends for such a tasting. That being said, I'd like to think my buds are cool and would all bring some beers of their own we could enjoy after the 120 tasting
     
  31. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan Poo-Bah (3,033) Dec 13, 2009 New York
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    i take pictures and small phone videos during the games. this way when they come to, i have proof that it was fairly acquired. i use to just lift wallets, but someone caught on so i blamed another guy who was really wasted (boy did he get a beating) and now he isn't in the group anymore. this way at least leaves little to no recourse.
     
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  32. NoMoreBeerBelly

    NoMoreBeerBelly Aspirant (225) Dec 2, 2009 North Carolina
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    Charge them, No. Ask them to bring along some other beer, probably. Ask them to clean up their piss and vomit, Yes.
     
  33. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Aspirant (232) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    Nothing to the participants. But I'd charge admission to the observers that desired to watch the train wreck that certainly occur following.
     
  34. juliusseizure

    juliusseizure Aspirant (262) Feb 11, 2009 New York
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    We've reached the point of no return. I think I saw a beer futures trade happen last week. Insanity.
     
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  35. SadMachine

    SadMachine Meyvn (1,197) Mar 14, 2011 New Jersey
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    This is my stance on it. I routinely bust out expensive and traded for bottles to share with friends, and have never asked for anything in return. However I am putting together a tasting where I will likely be busting out a few hundred dollars worth of rare/expensive/cellared for years/traded for beer. I was planning on asking for $10-$20 a person depending on how many people/how much beer I provide. I will open it up to people to bring something to share that is rare in lieu of paying, but most of my friends that live nearby aren't BAs (though I have a few), and hence cannot provide much more than shelf beer. I feel like it's perfectly reasonable to ask for some compensation (not fully covering the cost, just relieving some of the financial burden) in a situation like this.
     
  36. daniloknezic

    daniloknezic Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2009 Illinois

    I would not say that you are supposed to shell out 400 bucks to get others drunk. But, basically, if you know they arent going to provide equal beer and you provide it anyway, i dont think you have anything to complain about.
     
  37. daniloknezic

    daniloknezic Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2009 Illinois

    generally, speaking, if i provide beer through normal channels of purchase, mule, trade, ect, i would never charge anyone. if it was something absurd, like i paid 1000 dollars for two years' sents of barrel aged dark lord drink at one tasting, then i would seek equal contributors to share in equal parts.
     
  38. jeevo

    jeevo Aspirant (287) Nov 1, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Thinly veiled brag about having friends.
     
  39. DrewLikesBeer

    DrewLikesBeer Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2013 Florida


    while i think some people skipped over the "I'm NOT going to charge" part, the general consensus here is a huge "not if they are real friends". my tasting group tends to have loosely themed evenings where people bring things over of varying costs/quality/rarity (beatification next to love child next to sour in the rye as an example) for part of our sour night. eventually it all evens out in the long run. if it's not possible to get into the style, food donations are accepted for regular contributors. remember, they are your friends...and they might trade better than you in the future...
     
  40. 77black_ships

    77black_ships Devotee (440) Dec 4, 2012 Belgium

    I don’t see what the issue is, I frequently share my beers with friends. If I just feel like opening something or whatever, I obviously don’t charge them.

    If they are interested in some bottles I have, I let them by them over for cost price or indeed if they want to try 100+ $ beer from my cellar (okay cabinet) I do split the cost. Once had a tasting at my place, opened about 30 bottles, they brought food, I did charge them but way bellow cost. I would prefer them to bring beer but they didn’t have anything, I am not made of beer.
     
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