Denver Beer Hunting Poll – Should the report become private?

Avery’s Volunt Plus Erat sold out at the brewery and many people were turned away empty-handed.

Crooked Stave’s WWBV release and ROY G BIV day can be described as…well, a shit show.  After waiting on line for hours, many were turned away.

Cantillon hits and sells in minutes. Parabola was extremely difficult to come by this year.  And the list goes on.

What’s happening?  Craft beer is becoming more and more popular.  What this means for us is, less beer for more people.

The Denver Beer Hunter’s Report started mostly as a way for me to track what’s coming.  I decided to share this with the world for beer advocacy-sake, but am now becoming increasingly concerned that beers are becoming too rare and customers are crowding the market.  The WWBV release is the perfect example; no one expected it was going to be that huge.  I blame this on media.  It was mentioned in Denver Off The Wagon, the Denver Post and in many of the local beer blogs.  And I mentioned it here too.  Maybe I didn’t impact it much, but if even one person missed out because of this blog, well then I feel horrible about it.

I don’t want anyone to miss out on a special release due to this blog.  So what to do?  I have 2 options:

  1. purposefully leave out certain special releases (like I do now for Cantillon and I did for Parabola this year).  (My only concern with this option is I don’t want anyone to feel the blog is “uninformed”.)
  2. Make this site password protected and “members-only”, thereby decreasing the public influx.

So here’s a poll.  Let me know your thoughts, and please feel free to leave a comment.

Also, here’s a photo from ROY G. BIV day.



9 thoughts on “Denver Beer Hunting Poll – Should the report become private?

  1. Can you email your members the day before a new release and not post it to the site the day of or the day after? That way your members have first shot at purchasing those beers.

  2. Rare beers will always sell out no matter what. Yes the media does let everyone know about it, but the brewery already has a solid reputation and a strong following. So media or not, there would have been a big line. Luckily for Colorado, we have a lot of great breweries. So don’t bother trying to keep beer releases a secret, rather focus on relishing the beers you can get more of.

  3. Hoarders are gonna hoard. With some liquor stores posting what they get on the weekly with some having 1 bottle limits and some having first come first serve, I don’t think it matters unless people check all of those as well. This blog, for me anyway, was to see what’s coming that I’m hoping to score a bottle or two of to have verticals of things like Parabola and to learn what new beers are hitting the market I hadn’t even heard of before like Prairie. Maybe a new release blog and the special release “whales” could be a members site or something? Granted, that’s extra work. But hoarders will always find a way to ruin it for everyone.

  4. I think that brewery-only releases are a separate animal from liquor store beer hunting. The releases are onetime events with specific dates in which the brewery is dealing directly with consumers. So it is up to them — not media or bloggers — to control quantity, turnout, price and expectations. Both of the breweries you mentioned issued press releases about their events and both area followed on Twitter and Facebook by hundreds or thousands of people. So I don’t think you can blame the media if there is a huge turnout. Not only that, but the media is simply reporting on 1) something that was pitched to them, and 2) something that A LOT of people want to read about and ask for more information on.

    As for beers in liquor stores, that is more of a wild card since you are dealing with two intermediaries between the brewery and the consumer: the distributor and the liquor store. This makes beer hunting more of a game since every store and every distributor has a different policy when it comes to selling rare beers. Plus, they don’t always know how much beer they are going to get. That’s where your blog comes in because it is an awesome place for like-minded people to check out what is coming and going. Not only do they learn what is around, but they can also learn what is rare (if they didn’t already know) and whether something is going to be difficult to find. But for a person to carve time out from their work day to buy a rare, challenging or expensive beer at a liquor store across town takes dedication and desire, so I’m not sure that you writing about it makes the beers sell out more quickly. The hoarders will always hoard, with or without this blog. It’s the little beer hunters who benefit from the blog.

    Anyway, just my two cents (more like four).

  5. Waited for 3 hours in line and it sold out about 20 people ahead of me. A “shit show” was the perfect way to describe the day. In my opinion, a couple of small steps could’ve made people a ton happier, even if they didn’t end up with a bottle.

    – The limit should be less than 6. That’s categorically insane to let people have 6 each. Tons of people have taken to Reddit or BA and are selling/trading part of the 6 that they were able to get, which is off-putting. Seems like 4 MAX or even 2 each for such a limited quantity is better.

    – The line should not have gone through the tap room, where it was a complete mad house. It should’ve gone around back where they had a garage opening they could’ve used. Without anyone really policing the line, who knows how many friends of friends ended up slipping in and grabbing 6 for themselves.

    – It somehow took 3 guys behind a table to figure out how to sell the bottles. 1 cube on a single iPad just doesn’t cut it.

    – The best way to handle it would’ve been at the very beginning, walking down the line with the cube/ipad, having people pay you, and giving them a receipt to take inside and exchange for the appropriate number of bottles. How hard is that?? Would’ve gone through the line in 30-60 mins and then told people they were all out right then and there. Saves time, energy, policing, and actually allows the people waiting in the bottle line to actually try the beer on tap if they weren’t able to get any while waiting in line.

    – Why even bottle such a limited quantity? I understand that at this point they had to end the series, but if you bottle 1,200, and then let people buy 6 each, then why even bottle AT ALL??

    Sorry for the rant, a very frustrating Sunday!

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