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Got Pliny Jacked today at Whole Foods

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 8, 2012.

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  1. I walk in, see there's no PtE in the beer isle. Knowing today is their RRBC delivery or shipment day, I go over to the cheese counter where they hide them in the back and ask the clerk if they have it.

    Clerk - Yes, How many.
    Me - There is no limit correct?

    Before she answers, some a**hole shoves his basket at her and says give me 15. The bigger shocker was that she did it, and didn't finish my transaction first...oh well.

    Clerk - How many was that for you?
    Me - Five.

    She comes back with 4 and says all out. So one shy of what I wanted...life could be worse but I needed to vent some here. Now I feel what it must be like to be a woman shopper on Black Friday. (Yes, set myself up for some humor here I'm aware)

    Any similar beer store drama stories?
  2. Giovacchini

    Giovacchini Savant (255) California Dec 16, 2011

    Boo hoo. No just kidding. At my work they don't keep Pliny stocked all the time (it sells twice as fast as anything else) and one time this guy came up to me and asked if we had any in the back. I grabbed 6 bottles for him and he tipped me 20 BUCKS! I could of bought 5 Plinys for that!! Then like a month later another guy came in got Pliny from the back from my coworker who got it for him and he got tipped like 10 bucks also. I guess it got out that Pliny tastes better out of the back.
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  3. FishPondManager

    FishPondManager Advocate (520) Colorado Feb 28, 2012 Verified

    I hope he drank one every minute. I hear Pliny falls off a cliff after 15 minutes.
    sukwonee, LostTraveler, vande and 4 others like this.
  4. Pays better too.
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  5. NEO68710

    NEO68710 Savant (265) Washington Mar 6, 2006

    Sadly, I am the patron who buys up all the Pliny when I can but butting in front of another customer I will not do.
  6. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,120) Washington Sep 18, 2010 Verified

    I'm usually pretty cool-headed but if I'd been in that situation I would have kindly told the other guy he could wait his goddamn turn.
  7. least you get pliny
    Bluecane, Stockfan42, zeff80 and 4 others like this.
  8. Yep, should have and usually I'm not cool headed or rather should I say not quiet in those situations, but the shipment couldn't have been there more than an hour so I figured I was in the clear...
  9. Jparkanzky

    Jparkanzky Initiate (0) Ohio Apr 5, 2011

    Please give the community your contact info so we can send you care packages in your time of need.

    *not intended as a shot to the people who have legitimately gone through hardships.
  10. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Champion (985) New Jersey Feb 23, 2012 Verified

    A similiar thing just happened to me when a Pliny shipment came in. oh wait, we don't get Pliny. Never mind.
    BarryMFBurton and kmello69 like this.
  11. ravot

    ravot Advocate (515) Illinois Mar 20, 2012 Verified

    was at whole foods in petaluama, plenty of pliny. i brought back about 6 or 7 with me. was in town from chicago. is pliny usually limited in stores?
  12. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,120) Washington Sep 18, 2010 Verified

    Most Whole Foods I know of have a limit of something like 2 or 4 bottles. Other bottle shops generally do too.
    Seattle gets a shipment every few weeks of maybe a few dozen cases.
    I never buy more than a couple bottles at a time for a couple reasons:
    A. Share the goodness.
    B. They'll never stop making this.
  13. beerme411

    beerme411 Savant (370) California Sep 28, 2010

    Depends, I have yet to find a store that puts limits on pliny in the bay area. how fast they run out depends where you are, what store, and how much they get. Also sometimes production gets delayed and whatnot.
    honestly though I want more blind pig, but I hear they are bottling some of their ipa's that were draft only so more good news well mabe not they need to increase production even though vinnie doesn't want it to grow anymore.
  14. KAF

    KAF Advocate (610) Iowa Jun 22, 2007

    Similar story. My sister went to a tasting at a local grocery store and they tried Sam Smith's Stingo. The guy doing the tasting said they had a few in, but that it is rarely available to them. My sister texted me and asked if I would like one and never having tried it I said that would be great. After the tasting she went to a clerk to ask for help finding the Stingo and he started walking her back to the cooler. She said she noticed another guy lurking behind her and the clerk as he directed her to the Stingo. The clerk pointed out where the beer was and the other guy ran to the cooler and grabbed the one remaining bottle. Douche.
  15. hiphopj5

    hiphopj5 Savant (415) Colorado Jan 29, 2010

    Pretty much every store I've got it at here in Denver has a 1-2 bottle limit now.
  16. Posted on the web site of the liquor store I frequent. Granted, this is in Denver, not California but...

    New Arrivals
    May, 16th
    • Russian River- Pliny the Elder- LIMIT, 1 BOTTLE PER PERSON
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  17. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Advocate (515) Texas Apr 13, 2010

    I just finished off a case of Pliny that was shipped to me. I feel the pain of no Pliny.
    afrokaze and ravot like this.
  18. FosterJM

    FosterJM Champion (870) California Nov 16, 2009 Verified

    It wouldve been on like MotherF****in donkey kong at that point.

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  19. bugdoc

    bugdoc Savant (290) California Apr 4, 2011 Verified

    City Beer in SF has a 6 bottle limit, so even in Pliny-land, there're stores that put up roadblocks.
  20. Prospero

    Prospero Champion (775) Colorado Jul 27, 2010 Verified

    Denver gets it once every 5-6 weeks, sells out in 24 hours typically and almost always, 1-2 bottle limit. The one store that sells it with no bottle limit typically sells out in 3-4 hours. And it's $6 here, not $4-5
  21. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (965) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    Whenever I am waiting in line to get fresh off the truck Pliney my alarm clock usually ruins everything.
  22. stupac2

    stupac2 Initiate (0) California Feb 22, 2011

    Very few Whole Foods in the Bay Area have a limit on Pliny, but it's pretty douchey to buy most of a case.

    Although I've done it...
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  23. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Advocate (735) Illinois Apr 8, 2010

    Check out the loser with only 4 Pliny's.....
  24. This episode brings the Soup Nazi to mind, the Pliny Nazi in this case.

    You have to walk up to someone behind a counter and beg, and if the salesperson doesn't like your style...No Pliny for you!
  25. bugdoc

    bugdoc Savant (290) California Apr 4, 2011 Verified

    Henceforth, thou shalt be dubbed "Douchepac". :D
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  26. kleo

    kleo Aficionado (210) Massachusetts Apr 27, 2009

    I remember I was looking for a seasonal brew for a friend a bit closer to the end of its time on shelves. Normally, I enjoy browsing the beer section but my knees were bad enough I needed to supplement leg braces with a cane. So I asked an employee to guide me. Someone else overheard, tried running in last second, and I couldn't stop in time.
  27. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Advocate (515) Ohio Jan 28, 2011

    You think that's bad? I walked in the other day and could only get 15 Plinys when I really wanted 20.

    I couldn't believe it. My life sucks.
    afrokaze, Hanzo, FUNKPhD and 2 others like this.
  28. ravot

    ravot Advocate (515) Illinois Mar 20, 2012 Verified

    i was there for a week. is petaluma considered the bay area? 40 miles north of SF on the 101. i brought back a half case, but the week i was there, nothing moved there, including other goods, such as concecration, supp, damnation blind pig. i had to pull the douche move, i haven't been in the city in 20 years. first time at the brewery, which was great. but now i can get my cousin to ship out some stuff for me. btw, whole foods, maybe just that store, was having a 20 percent sale on all bottle singles and or 375ml starting today and only today. this is the whole foods on e washington street. the cashier told me that in a different whole foods, there was a 2 bottle limit. doesn't move much there...
  29. Douggo

    Douggo Savant (330) Minnesota Oct 24, 2009

    So I was walking home with my two cases of Pliny, when I was robbed at gunpoint, then pistol-whipped. When I regained consciousness, I noticed that one of the bottles had been broken during the thief's getaway, leaving a puddle of Pliny among broken glass AND I WAS THANKFUL FOR THAT!
  30. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Advocate (640) California Jan 2, 2010 Verified

    Or met him in the parking lot and take his Pliny by force...
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  31. Lordquackingstic

    Lordquackingstic Advocate (550) New York Jun 14, 2011 Verified

    First world problems.
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  32. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,120) Washington Sep 18, 2010 Verified

    If you want to read about other kinds of problems, find another website.
  33. beenitty

    beenitty Savant (340) New Jersey Nov 27, 2010

    You shoulda caught him in the parking lot, then he'd be making this post about you
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  34. If you're having Pliny problems, I feel bad for you son...I got 99 beers but a Pliny ain't one.
  35. ne0m00re

    ne0m00re Savant (390) Ohio Feb 19, 2008

    15 bottles? 5? And if my math is correct, I have a fleeting suspicion that a previous customer may have also requested 5 bottles. Am I the only person who finds any of this strange? Somewhere in California, it has become common practice to purchase bottles of beer in 5s.
  36. stayclean

    stayclean Savant (370) Wisconsin Mar 17, 2012

    How ever will you go on?
  37. #californiabeerproblems
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  38. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Initiate (0) Michigan Mar 17, 2010


    EDIT: Damn, beaten to the punch!
  39. brywhite

    brywhite Poobah (1,220) California Aug 27, 2009 Verified

    This makes me sad. Was it the Redwood City Whole Foods? I'd swear WF has classes that teach employees how to look customers in the eye and convincingly say, "We're all out of Pliny".
  40. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,120) Washington Sep 18, 2010 Verified

    A distressing lack of sympathy (read combination envy/bitterness) for our poor Pliny jacking victim here—and I can't help but notice, most of it from the East Coast and Midwest. And I thought Pliny was just a mediocre, overrated beer. Now if this had been Heady or Hopslam...

    I can't speak for California, but up here in the NW we stop for pedestrians, we say "thank you" to the bus driver, we don't jaywalk, we scoop our own dog poop, and yes, we wait our turn. In short, we're civilized. I guess that's too much to ask in other parts of the country. Sad, but maybe not so surprising.
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