It may not feel like it for many of you, but about a year ago, Pint Post was officially unveiled to the public with the hopes of bringing BC craft beer to your door. So, it’s with a heavy heart that we are celebrating our one-year anniversary by having to announce that August will be the last shipment of Pint Post.
Conceived in early 2016, with far too many drinks after a long day of skiing, George and I decided to take a chance and run with the idea and see where it takes us. If you’ve been with us from the beginning, you know there have been some bumps in the road. Despite launching in August 2016, our first shipments were delayed until November, and that shipment was a huge learning curve, not to mention I was personally packing and shipping product while in a wheelchair due to a knee injury.
Enter some legal challenges with the Liquor Control Board, and we paused for several months to work through these issues. Fortunately we found a very supportive partner in Legacy Liquor, who were willing enough to run with our little company and help bring the packages you’ve been receiving over the last six months.
So why are we calling it quits then? Well, to be completely transparent, despite the overwhelming support from our customers, the brewing community and supporters, the subscription model for shipping craft beer is unsustainable in our province. Call it a problem with our still very antiquated liquor laws, or the excessive costs of shipping, or any number of other things that we could drone on about, but at the end of the day it’s simply not a profitable model for our partners or ourselves. Believe me when I say we fought hard to find every possible solution to make this work.
This is the part where we take a moment to thank each of you for supporting our venture, and BC craft beer in general. Your positive attitudes and true desire to experience BC craft beer has kept us going for as long as we have (Andy we’re looking at you kid!). We had big ideas for the future of Pint Post, and hopefully we can look at turning some of those into reality at some point down the line. Our passion for craft beer hasn’t diminished in any way, and I know George and I will continue to support our local brewers in any way we can (shameless plug to follow along at www.alesessions.com). Who knows, Pint Post could evolve into something we can’t even predict right now.
In the meantime, we hope you’ve enjoyed this journey with us, and I am happy to answer any questions or comments you have; just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. As a final farewell, August’s box is going to be one that we think features the best beer we've had yet, we sincerely hope you enjoy!
George and I raise a glass to you, our Pint Post family.