Asshat Employee Steals $15,000 of Rare Beer from Avery

Adam "Asshat" Dickinson

Adam “Asshat” Dickinson

So much for beer people being good people.

News out of Boulder, Colorado, is that Avery Brewing Company had a thief in their midst from March to October of last year.

During his brief 8 months as an Avery employee, Adam Asshat James Dickinson managed to em-beer-zle (see what I did there) around 570 bottles of rare barrel-aged beers from the brewery, valued at around $15,000. 

Among the goodies he lifted were one bottle of 2001 Rogue Old Crustacean Barleywine, several bottles of Duck Duck Gouze, a Sui Generis Barrel-Aged Sour Ale, Black Tot Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout, and several cases of Isabelle Proximus.

Avery reported the theft in October, and investigators arrested A-Dick (as I like to call him) last Thursday at his new workplace.

Cracking the case couldn’t have been too tough, as A-Dick sold several bottles on eBay, and played big-shot-rare-beer-kingpin, giving away a bunch of bottles as gifts.  The dummy might as well left a trail of hop leafs from the Avery Warehouse to his apartment.

But at least there’s a bit of a happy ending.  While A-Dick is currently stewing in the Larimer County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond, several of the people who purchased beers from him on eBay have contacted the brewery looking to return the brews to their rightful owners.

So I take it back – beer people are (mostly) good people.  I guess one bad Adam won’t spoil the bunch.

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29 Comments on “Asshat Employee Steals $15,000 of Rare Beer from Avery”

  1. February 21, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    Wait… that comes out to about $26/bottle.

    • February 21, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

      Yup, I did the math as well. A few of the bottles were valued at $200-$300, but most of them were obviously a little more ordinary.

  2. February 21, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    Not the swiftest quark in the Hadron Collider, that’s for sure.

    Nice to see some of the unwitting buyers are doing the right thing. Perhaps Avery will return their favor by handing over a Maharaja or 2.

    Cheers!

    • February 21, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

      That’s what I’d steal – Maharaja! One tulip at a time on my lunch break and after work…

  3. Diss Content
    February 21, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    People are people.

    Most of us don’t need locks, laws or cameras to do what’s right. These are the righteous citizens who go throughout the day being awesome in their anonymity, who believe in truth, justice and the American way. Like the customers on eBay trying to make things right; without a government mandate or profit motive. Those are the ‘strangers’ whose kindness I have relied upon for some time, and I hope to return in a greater volume.

    Here’s someone who doesn’t appreciate a ‘social contract’ which was outlined several centuries ago by Socrates. Some things must never change.

    I always assume the guy or gal next to me at work needs their paycheck as much as me. So I want to do a competent job so the company survives, if not thrives, so we can pay those pesky mortgages, utility bills and have a little left over for some life affirming distractions, like craft beer or whatever.

    So I perversely celebrate the fact that this Asshat can’t find a way to throw $5,000 bail for his malfeasance, when that amount would have likely been delivered, by ‘strangers’, if he experienced having his car stolen or a burglary of his home.

    • February 21, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

      I wonder if he told the judge, “I can’t pay five grand, but I have this righteous craft beer collection I can share…”

  4. February 21, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    Good people drink good beer.

    I’m guessing he’s a BMC guy.

    • February 21, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

      Good people drink good beer, and bad people steal good beer…

      • February 21, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

        Elementary. Do you have any idea how much Bud Black he’d have steal to $15 Gs worth?

        “Hey Asshat, where you think you’re going’ with that forklift, huh?

        • February 21, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

          That’s about 5000 40’s of Olde English 800 right there!

  5. King
    February 21, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    You always have to have a middle man…always. Moron.

    • February 21, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

      He’d probably steal the Mona Lisa and put her on Craigslist.

      • February 21, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

        That’s how I got my rare velvet Elvis.

  6. February 21, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    Probably another case of a self-generated sense of entitlement. The fact that he was an ex-employee of Avery when apprehended also speaks volumes.

    • February 21, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

      I DESERVE to take these beers because…uhh…my eyes are different colors!

      • Jeremy
        July 3, 2014 at 9:27 am #

        So I read this even though its been over a year. And I agree it was dumb and stupid of him. But one when your knocking someone down how about you use his whole name. And another he does have 2 different eye colors. I know this cause he is my brother. So how about even the dumb stupid things people do. They still get shown respect of someone using their whole correct name and not cheap comments about their eyes or witty side remarks from someone who doesnt know them.

  7. February 21, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    As you’d expect, this story got big media coverage here in Denver. Rumors were that he got fired precisely for being an ass-hat.

    The collection is actually Adam Avery’s personal stash. DICKinson is probably a communist and thinks that the imperialist, capitalist pig Avery didn’t deserve to have so fine a horde of beery goodness.

    • February 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

      Yes, he’d probably like to send the Kaiser to Hog Heaven, or better yet, to meet Mephistopheles.

      • February 21, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

        Maybe a visit by Samael would change his worldview.

  8. Michael
    February 21, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    Can’t believe I missed these on ebay. Is there some way to have ebay notify me when beer goes up for sale? Oh yeah add the cute hair and beard to his eyes and no doubt they should have just given him the beers.

    • February 21, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

      You mean “beer bottles” right? Because they don’t sell “beer” on eBay anymore, just “bottles” that may or may not contain “beer” (hint: they do).

  9. February 21, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    Wow, what a dick!

    • February 21, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

      Agreed – I’m sure they were plenty generous with he regular beer. Why not be grateful?

  10. Brett
    February 22, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    Look at that weird glass eye!! He’s obviously guilty, on account of being a supervillain.

    • February 22, 2013 at 9:39 am #

      That is an awesome observation – he must indeed be a supervillian! I wish I’d thought of that, because I’d have written this as “Worlds Lamest Supervillian Steals $15,000 in Beer.”

      • February 25, 2013 at 9:36 am #

        It’s a better goal than taking over the world….imagine all the paperwork. I know I’d rather be kicking back with 570 cold ones.

  11. Brendan
    February 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    How about that – craft beer is worth stealing.

    This guy might be dumb enough – could we persuade him to hijack some trucks of Bud Platinum?

    • February 22, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

      I don’t think you can call it stealing if they throw you the keys and say, “please, take this swill off of our hands!”

  12. March 5, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    While craft beer IS often worth stealing, this is the first publicized one-man heist of which I personally am aware. Holy beer-busters, this dude has no respect for the art and science of quality brewing. There’s always some punk to test a person’s (or company’s) judgment. Thank Zeus we fans of the trade are so often loyal -

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