With the Sour BIF 4.0 (will talk about this in the near future) quickly heading my way I knew I needed to try and lock down at least one awesome Cantillion bottle for my package.
I’d been coming up zeroes in potential trades so when I saw a post by JM03, FT: Cantillion (Classic Gueuze & Rose De Gambrinus) ISO: ?, I knew I had to act fast.
I said in my BM that I could offer up a combination of the following; Exponential Hoppiness, 2011 Parabola, 2010 The Abyss, 2011 Older Viscosity and Batch 6 Consecration. The first three were from his want list so I figured that might get me noticed.
|I sent Evan...|
He came back asking “So you'd do the Expo Hoppiness, Parabola, and Abyss for 1 classic and 1 Rose? “ Really wanting to get this trade locked down and done I said yes despite the fact that I really didn’t want to part with that Abyss. In the end though I’m really glad I did.
It turns out that the trade wasn’t with JM03 at all but rather his friend optimator13 aka Evan.
For this I really wanted to only use beer I currently had in my possession, this included the extra – which in and of itself was hard to part with.
On my side I sent Evan a bottle of Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Co, Batch 2 Parabola from Firestone, Deschutes The Abyss 2010 and my last bottle of the Bruery’s The Workman’s Friend. It was really hard for me to part with the last two as I had been saving that bottle of Abyss for some time and The Workman’s Friend is probably my favorite Provisions Series beer to date. I selected the Workman’s friend as it was on his want list.
|... and got this in trade|
For his part Evan blew me with the package I got from him. Inside were 7 beers, that’s 5 extras over the agreed Cantillon Classic Gueuze and Rose De Gambrinus. They include two awesome beers from Squatter’s Outer Darkness and Hell’s Keep, plus the Terrapin W-n-B, a Saint Arnold Weedwacker and a smoked wheat ale.
I was blown away when I pulled out that Outer Darkness. You have no idea how awesome it is to me to have gotten this beer as a freaking extra. I tried to trade for it several times and each time the guy I was working with broke the trade days before we were to ship. I literally gave up on trying to trade for this so it really made my night.
To date this is definitely up there as one of the best trades I’ve been involved with not only in quality but also in speed. This trade was set up and completed in under a week. It’s people like Evan that make trading fun and enjoyable.