It's all Beer Karma man, and I know you racked up plenty. To add on to your post I don't think anyone should expect a shop to hold every special release, but if they know you are really after "that one". A phone call is nice asking if your still looking. Goes along way in making long term customers. With that said, I know shops that won't hold anything unless you saved their ass in Nam, nothing wrong with that and does not deter me from shopping there, but in the end every beer nerd needs that place that holds for them, if asked. It's also nice when they tell you about what they have in back with out asking. Other shop's try to sell you a special release at way above retail price and look at you funny if you don't buy anything else. Screw them I believe in a general rule, if you buy a special release at a legit place, buy something else, always. Don't care if you were there yesterday and dropped 100 bucks or they don't hold shit for you. Another good rule is to give a beer to the shop keep every now and then, and not just the owner. Does not need to be super rare but if you go out of town, bring back something out of Distro. As the great Earl Hicky said, do good things and good things will happen to you... or maybe it was Confucius?