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  1. John Williams
    February 15, 2018 @ 11:00 pm

    I’m with Leslie. Many times the quest is part of the whole beer experience. I love it when good beer is hard to find. It’s part of the fun. And if I have to spend some time waiting in line talking to other beer lovers, even better.

    I live in the Midwest. Plenty of good beer around here. But I also like the fact than I can’t just go down to my local beer store or pub and get a some Surly Furious or NoDa Hop, Drop, and Roll. It makes those visits to Minneapolis and Charlotte a lot more enjoyable.

    By the way I totally agree with your method of tapping Pliny. Better chance of rewarding your regular customers. I’m also very conscious of where I drink my beer and your establishment is at the top of my list every time I visit LA. Good work.


  2. Jeremy
    February 13, 2017 @ 3:50 pm

    Was up there with the wife on Saturday the 11th.. 8 hour wait that we chose to forego.. we skipped to the other (merchandise) line, waited about 15 minutes, grabbed our two cases of Elder, put it in the cooler on ice and then went: 1) to a nice Italian bistro luncheon, 2) a wine tasting down the valley, 3,4) and two other great breweries to round out the afternoon/night.. We were halfway home (3 hours away South) when we noted that it was only THEN that we would be getting in the front door at RRBC if we had stayed in that line. Now don’t mistake my admiration for their product/brand… RR beer and food are quality (part of why people will sit out on that sidewalk for so long), but there is entirely too much other great hops juice out there for me to have to plant my posterior on a Santa Rosa sidewalk for such a length of time… and what if I am an unlucky one who does get in and it is that rare ‘off chance’ that their daily ‘quota’ is finished and you don’t get all three of your ‘allotted’ 8 ozs per person??… Talk about a ruinous beer experience. That is a lot for any eating/drinking occurrence to have to live up to.. I would like to try it some day for sure.. but not under those terms with so much else out there wanting my money and deserving of my attention. Thanks for the insights Alex.


  3. Jay O'Rear
    February 9, 2017 @ 1:43 pm

    Does this mean The Full Pint won’t be publishing the list of places to find PtY this year? That would be too bad, especially for those of us in SoCal.


  4. Leslie Patino
    February 7, 2017 @ 5:37 pm

    I agree with a lot of what you say, but when I finally made it to a Younger release on day one of last year, sure I was going for the beer but also for the whole experience. Now that I’ve done it once (5 1/2 hours in line), I probably won’t go again, but the beer, the people I met, the day truly were unforgettable. Plus, it made me an even bigger fan of the Cilurzos for how amazingly well they organized every aspect of the whole two weeks each February.


  5. David Carr
    February 7, 2017 @ 11:13 am

    Spot on. Too many great beers out there to justify waiting for anything. I have the same policy for restaurants, clubs, etc.


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