My wife is awesome. Last night she popped into our local beer store, which has recently begun to offer a limited selection of craft beers. There she found six bottles of New Holland Dragon’s Milk, one of our all time favorites, and a beer that’s been tough to get lately. So what did she do?
She bought every last bottle on the shelf – she cleaned them out! This was their entire supply, as they split a case of 12 between their two locations.
I’ve done this before myself, most recently at the same store. They had just received a case of Troeg’s Mad Elf and had six in the cooler and six on the shelf. I left the store with all 12 and a spring in my step.
But then a few clouds started to darken my sunny disposition. “What about the next guy?” I thought. “He’s not going to get any now.” But I forgot about the late bird (the one that doesn’t get the worm) about half way into the first bottle and never thought of him again. Until last night.
Once again thoughts of being greedy and selfish flashed through my head. What about the next guy? Part of me says shame on him for not getting there first. Another part of me says shame on the store for putting out all six bottles at once – they should ration them out. And part of me tries to say shame on me for getting all of them, but that part is so happy about scoring some great beers that he’s mostly grinning from ear to ear.
So what about you? Have you ever cleaned out a beer store of a hard-to-get goodie, or do you leave some for the next guy? Have my wife and I broken some kind of beer geek code or did we simply obey the law of the jungle? As always, let us know below.