Sunday, November 22, 2009

God was looking out for me last night

I had to go to a wedding Saturday night. Honestly, I'm not a wedding kind of guy. So the first thing I do is look for the bar. It's usually the basic brews. Bud, Bud Light, Miller Lite, Coors, Corona, and Heineken. If it's a step above a saloon, you might be able to score a Dos Equis, Michelob Amber Bock, or a Sam Adams. Thank God for Mr. Adams. Without him, I would go thirsty.

$5 later, I was in my happy place, drinking with Sam (not Calagione) Adams. $5 for a bottle of beer takes me back to the cruise ship. This was going to be an expensive night. About the time I finished number 1, my cousin walked by with a bottle of blood, I mean Bud. I asked him how much it cost him. He laughed as he blurted out "$3.50"!

What? How did I just pay $5 for a Sam Adams, and he paid $3.50 for a Bud. I can justify the difference due to quality and taste, but come on, I got ripped off. What I didn't know was that there was a bar set up to the side of the reception hall for us wedding patrons.

Now was the prefect time to grab another. I was in the mood after my $5 mistake. I sulked over to the bartender and asked what he had to make me feel better. He rattles off the saloon favorites, and a few other mass produced variations like Bud Light Golden Wheat. Then he turns around, and pulls a bottle from the ice. He says, "I have a few bottles of this".

I heard Angels sing as he pulled a Holy Grail from that sea of beer and ice. A bottle of 2008 Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout. I tried to subdue my excitement. I recall saying something like, "hell yeah, give me that"!

I asked him how much, expecting the $5.00 price tag or more. God must have been looking down on me, because he said those magic words, "$3.50". Can you believe that? I was just at BevMo tonight and it was selling for $19.99 a 4 pack.

He said it was an old case given to them, and they were just trying to get rid of it. As luck would have it, I showed up. Coincidence, I think not!

I spent the rest of the night drinking with my new friend on Bourbon Street. It turned out to be a great night!

Grade: 4 Burps!



Chipper Dave said...

Nice find! For $3.50 I hope you asked to buy him out of this stock. I still have one location in town that has 6 bottles of 2008 in stock. I stop buy every week or so to buy another bottle, but they charge $5 per bottle. Still, I love the stuff and it's worth the $5 easily.

Good Burp said...

I didn't. I wish I did though. I really messed up. I have been thinking about it all day. What a mistake.

I do have 1 in my fridge though.