OK. This is it for the night, I think. I am sipping a few Sammys (coulda been Fat Tire, but that explanation will come later).
So a few of my friends from work and on other beer networks have given me a list of "must-drink beers". Well that's all fine and dandy except that many of the beers are not even available through best friend Total Wine & More.
Currently on my hit list are Fat Tire and 1554 by New Belgium Brewing Company and Victory Hop Wallop by Victory Brewing Company. I've also added the Goose Island beers to my list. I've had several but they are not available here in Florida. After my last business trip to Chicago, I suitcased an entire 12 pack but that is long, long gone. What else do you all recommend?
So the friend from work that has been pushing Fat Tire wrote to New Belgium asking for some guidance. And they did take the time for a prompt reply. While I can appreciate this reply...
"We are doing our best to expand at a rate that does not exceed our brewing capacity, and maintains our high quality standards. It is less important for us as employee-owners to sell tons of beer, and most important to make consistently great beer."
...that does nothing for me as for me, it's still an unavailable beer. The responder went on to say that strict laws forbid the shipment of beer to individuals and pointed my friend to this link.
So I devised a plan to get my hands on those beers. Ha ha ha. My sales team will be traveling around the country this year and as New Belgium responder suggested...
"If you ever find yourself flying to any of the territories that we distribute to, keep in mind that you can always haul our beer back – just make sure and properly secure it because it must be checked. "
...I will be asking them to bring me back my hit list (changing daily). I'm pretty sure that I can get Fat Tire and Goose Island and 1554 from our upcoming sales trip to Chicago. And Victory Hop Wallop in a future trip to DC (hope I don't need to wait til August when my 7 year old comes back from Philly). And considering my new plan, assuming cooperation on the part of my coworkers, I will find other local brews in Atlanta, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Dallas and a few other places. Got any suggestions for those?
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