Here is the story. It starts with a new distributor in Boise. This new distributor who shall remain nameless, wasn’t fully aware of the legal issues around his profession. See I guess he thought he could offer any old beer, call the brewery, and get some sent to him, and sell it. As many of you know there is quite a bit more to how it works than that.
But Green Flash was one of the beers that this distributor was selling on his supply sheet, so a couple of bottle shops saw this and ordered some of the illegal brew, obviously not knowing at the time it was actually bootleg beer. So this distributor calls the brewery, and manages to get someone on the phone that doesn’t know that they don’t sell in Idaho, and arranges for a shipment to go to Boise.
So now these orders get filled, and everybody is happy happy. Woohoo, Green Flash is in Idaho, and all is right with the world…until it wasn’t.
These beers were put on the shelves on Saturday, on the following Monday a Distributor rep , who has been trying to convince Green Flash to come to the Treasure Valley (Boise area for you east coast types), walks into Brewforia and notices Green Flash on the shelves. He is puzzled, and calls his buddy at Green Flash, and his buddy is MAD! He said not only had he not filled out the paperwork to be in Idaho, but he didn’t want to be in Idaho at this time (a real hazard of being in this state).
So somehow the Idaho State Po Po gets called. At about 4:00 pm they come in the various shops around town that are selling the brews and tell the owners that they can either close down or pull all the Green Flash beer off of the shelves. Well of course they all complied and pulled the beer off of the shelves. They were instructed that they could keep the beer, because they did pay for it, but they could not sell it.
Going into Brewforia that Thursday evening, Rick the owner brings me these four beers in a mixed six pack and tells me the story. How wild! How sad. 😦 And not one of the checks and balances that are in place to make sure this sort of thing doesn’t happen worked. I’m not complaining too much. I did get some free beer out of it, but how crazy this three tier system is that the State police have to go raid a bunch of beer stores because a new distributor doesn’t know the laws.
I did have the West coast IPA, and it is a tasty brew. Very grapefruity and a nice sweetness to it with a medium mouthfeel and a bright nose. We do need good IPAs around here for summer. I just wish Green Flash would be one of them.
I haven’t tried the others yet. What do you think about them? Are we missing out because they don’t want to come here yet, or are we not missing much? And which beer should I drink next?
Let me know in the comments.