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  1. The phenomenon of beer wait lines • The Drinking Classes
    April 10, 2016 @ 6:15 am

    […] social currency, they’re hard currency too.  For other beers.  There is a vibrant, buzzing, oft-frowned-upon market for bottle trades these days, and people need to stockpile the rare beers from their neck […]

  2. Drootz
    March 28, 2016 @ 5:46 pm

    Best way to go about things find a person, in an area of which you would like to try the beers and establish a regular trading partner. Where you just send each other boxes of beers. Always best to start out $4$ but as you both go on you will notice you will tend to care less and less about the value you are sending vs what you are receiving because you eventually evolve into a friendship. And now you have someone you can drink with, show you around, tell you the best places to go, Should you ever visit that state. This is truly the best way to go about things. I have a few partners in various area’s and can easily say we both get good rare stuff and send to each other knowing that the other person will do the same for you.

  3. ThirstyT
    March 27, 2016 @ 10:06 am

    I like to trade. I’ve definitely found good trade partners and have enjoyed both the hunt and the taste. But there is definitely an issue with the types described in the article. Sometimes you have to take the good with the bad. @blakex do you really have fundamental observation just sitting? I’d love to try it. Any chance you can help?

  4. Tom
    March 27, 2016 @ 6:58 am

    If you buy secondary market beer prices or trade for the new hype beers, you’re an asshat

  5. Justin K
    March 25, 2016 @ 7:57 am

    Hey Melissa M, can you get Treehouse beers? I live in WI and would love to trade for some if you can. Also, it would be cool if we could set up a nice fair trade in the comment thread of this particular article.

  6. Chris
    March 24, 2016 @ 3:22 pm

    I agree with the part about avoiding beer trading altogether. Not worth the hassle, IMO.

  7. pablote
    March 24, 2016 @ 10:04 am

  8. Man the harpoon! Or not...Why I don't chase "whales" » Raging Hop
    March 24, 2016 @ 8:00 am

    […] This post was inspired by a post over at The Full Pint about how Beer Trading has been getting out of hand lately. […]

  9. blakek
    March 24, 2016 @ 7:47 am

    Wait, I can get $250 for the Fundamental Observations sitting in my fridge??!

  10. LBB
    March 24, 2016 @ 6:57 am

    booooooo fucking hooooooo

  11. Dan Wanderer
    March 24, 2016 @ 5:30 am

    It’s not getting out of hand, it has gotten out of hand. The reality is that there is a population where the thrill of the chase is stronger than the thrill of the taste.
    I live in the midwest, but was recently in San Diego and had a pint of Pliny the Elder at Hamilton’s. For midwesterners, that’s a whale! Ya know what? It’s a good beer, but no better than some I can get at my local beer store with zero effort.
    This year I forgot, really, to buy tickets for the Founders KBS release. I think I’ve turned the corner. I’m a reformed whale hunter.

  12. pablote
    March 23, 2016 @ 7:53 pm

    they’re running off their rep from Foundational Observation which was a good beer, but not really all that great. it was good, but $250 on beercellar.com good? trading is still a good thing as long as the hype doesnt get too strong a hold of you…. just trade for the regular local stuff and leave the low-count stuff out. you dont know how it’s been handled and you might get one that was left in the back seat (in the sun) for a few days while on a binge….. right?

  13. Melissa M.
    March 23, 2016 @ 5:26 pm

    I like trading, and trading beer as a girl can be extremely difficult. I live in Western MA and travel a lot. I think it’s fun when I tell the person I’m about to trade with, when they ask what I’m looking for, I tell them my favorite types of beer. I love being able to try new things, from wherever I can. Let’s trade! Haha

  14. blakek
    March 23, 2016 @ 3:03 pm

    But will there really be any huge value of Ground State since it didn’t even sell out on the first day? Either way, I used to trade back in the day, but the cost of shipping pretty much put a stop to that. I’ll just enjoy what I can find locally and through the brewery clubs I’m in. It’s more than enough beer for me and I’m fine these days knowing I won’t have any Hill Farmstead (unless some place like Beachwood has it on tap).

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