Over a month ago, I contacted my local wine shop where I bought bottles before and asked for 96 bottles to do my NHC round 1 entries. The Canadian contest has to be there by April 5.
They told me that they could get them but that the bottle place was closed for a week to update their computer system. So I waited a week and went in the shop and they said "Oh yes, we'll get them for you".
(Bet you can see where this is headed).
I called late last week and I was told that the girl who does the ordering was out. I called Monday and was told that they were on order and would arrive today. Then, at 4:30 today I got a call that they didn't arrive and no explanation as to why. But, regardless I have 12 beers ready to bottle on Sunday to ship Monday and no bottles and no where to get any (busy all day tomorrow and I can't get out of it even if I found some). PO'd doesn't even begin to explain my mood this evening.
So, good luck to you all. I guess I won't be entering the NHC Round 1 this year. I only have two beer bottled but I really wanted to shoot for the "Rookie of the Year" award that is only open to first time participants in the Canadian contest. So, I want to send more than 2. Guess I'll be ready for next year and I've got a year to find a reliable supplier.