Or what if I drank it and didn't like it, then downed it or drained it... so I also want my money back?
Kansas City’s Boulevard Brewing Co. decided to offer refunds on a limited number of batches — up to a third of the bottles of chocolate ale sold — that the brewery said didn’t meet its standards. “Some of the batches of Chocolate Ale have an unwanted flavor that we really did not anticipate to have in the beer,” Boulevard’s brewmaster Steven Pauwels said in a YouTube clip posted Wednesday. The beer isn’t a health threat, just not so tasty... Julie Weeks, a spokeswoman for the brewery, said it’s unclear what spoiled the batches. But the off tastes — described differently by different people — developed after the release. So a batch that tasted fine in late January tasted funny by mid-February. All Boulevard ales continue to ferment and carbonate from a small amount of yeast in each bottle. Weeks did not know the exact number of bottles of the Chocolate Ale that were sold this year.
Well, actually, they just want a picture of the code on your bottle to get your $9 to $12 back so that is fine. But this is, of course, the thin edge of the wedge. Do we have some sort of deal with brewers that their taste defines our taste so that the unexpected from their point of view is a credit to we, the drinkers? What about the reality of bottle variation and the ebb and flow of tastes through the life of a long lived beer. Doesn't the beer have a life of its own? If we love the beer not the brewer, shouldn't we respect the beer enough to let it make up its own mind as to what it wants to taste like?