A follow up from my last post on my Pirate Paradise trade with my new Tulsa friend, Michael Holland. I received my package as promised on Monday. Michael took a lot of time and effort to wrap and pack each piece – a sign of an experienced trader!! As I gingerly unwrapped each piece, I felt as I was unwrapping Christmas presents…..only to determine I didn’t receive what we had agreed on! I took some photos and sent a note to Michael, who quickly responded, apologized, and said he would make everything good! An honest mistake! My second shipment will be arriving tomorrow which will make the trade complete. This was my first experience with receiving a growler. Michael took extra care to wrap the growler and it arrived in perfect condition. The contents of the growler was a brewery only special of Cinnamon Pecan BOMB! When I opened the growler, it appeared to have lost a bit of carbonation, but regular BOMB! isn’t really all that carbonated to begin with, so it wasn’t a big deal. What was a big deal was the incredible cinnamon and pecan notes of this amazing Stout. I must say that this is easily one of the top stouts of the year that I’ve had the privilege to taste! An amazing and complex combination of sweet and heat. The cinnamon and nutty tastes followed by the bit of heat that the base BOMB! provides made this Stout a memorable one. As I was finishing the final couple of drops, I was sad knowing I may never get the chance to have this Prairie Artisan Ales elixir again. Consider this my humble request to the Prairie brewmasters to consider brewing this again with a distribution to my house! That said, I am looking forward to cracking open the Pirate Paradise and seeing if it will be as amazing as I expect it will! Thanks to Michael Holland and the good people at Prairie Artisan Ales in Oklahoma for the opportunity to taste a Stout of this World beverage!
I also had an interesting online experience yesterday that I’d like to share and perhaps get your thoughts on. Yesterday was Morning Delight Release Day. Morning Delight is a legendary stout that is brewed on occasion by Toppling Goliath in Deborah, Iowa. It is a brewery only release with no distribution and yesterday was the release of their 2016 vintage. It is a very difficult Stout to get and Toppling Goliath deftly and wisely uses the various online beer trading networks as their distribution network (as they do for KBBS, Assassin, and SR-71). Toppling Goliath posted a welcome for those attending Release Day on their Facebook page and I took the opportunity to post a comment with a trade proposal (ISO:FT) for a bottle of Morning Delight.
Well, apparently I must have violated a few unwritten rules because I was the subject of ridicule from some – some mocking me for my apparent low ball trade offer, some admonishing me for making such an offer on Facebook, and some just piling on for the sake of piling on. While I had a mind to respond in kind, I chose not to as it would not have been a productive use of anyone’s time. My normal thinking is that if something doesn’t impact me or doesn’t interest me, I move on. I was merely attempting to create some interest in a trade and to start a discussion with anyone that would be interested in what I had to offer….and I also added a “+” to my offer as an indication that I was willing to negotiate and add to my offer. Unless you make your interest known, you will never make a trade, so you need to put your offer out there and hope someone is interested in what you have to offer….if there is no interest, then “crickets”. If there is, we talk — see my previous post and my update at the top of this post! Oh well, live and learn….by the way, I’m still interested in acquiring a bottle of Morning Delight – if you have a bottle of the 2016 vintage and would be willing to negotiate a trade, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great Stout week!