Last week, the van that Border Psycho brewery uses to transport kegs to their tap room and other bars was stolen with beer inside. The reward offered by the brewery for information that leads to recovery of the van is a night of open bar in their tap room.
In support of their colleagues, Carlos Macklis of Norte Brewing Company offered a reward for the van.
“This will not be tolerated!” stated Macklis on a Facebook post that included a picture of the van. “Help our friends from Border Psycho recover their van and we will give you a 5 gallon keg for free.”
Posting pictures on social media has proven to be an effective method for finding stolen cars. In a recent case in Hermosillo, Sonora (a city in Mexico 562 miles southeast of San Diego), a pickup truck was recovered after the image posted by the owner went viral.
Zaira Salazar, lacking a picture of her ’91 Nissan pickup truck, drew a crude picture of her vehicle in pencil and posted it on Facebook on December 7th. The drawing was turned into several memes that got thousands of shares.
The drawing of Salazar’s troca was named the internet sensation of the week in Mexico — even a T-shirt was made. Salazar reported her stolen vehicle to the authorities on December 8th. The truck was found the next day.
“The [Border Psycho] van got stolen between Saturday night and Sunday morning last week [December 7-8] by the Flamingos motel,” said Roberto Albarran at Border Psycho’s tap room.
“We had a busy night at the tasting room and we told the driver to leave the van and make the delivery the next morning, because we needed help over here. It was a Chevrolet Aerostar…. Uhhh... Not sure what year. It had two dollies and five cases of beer we were going to deliver to La Cerve....
“It had sentimental value more than anything,” continued Albarran, who estimated the van’s worth between $3000 and $3500. “It was our first and only vehicle the brewery had been using for transporting our product. It has been a rough week delivering our beer. I had to bring three kegs in my mid-size car. It looked like I was doing wheelies….
“It was destiny — we didn’t get a vanity plate,” Albarran said about the license plate, which starts with the letters BP (as in Border Psycho) followed by the numbers 98305.
“We reported it to the authorities,” said Albarran. “They told us that this type of vehicle is really common to be dismantled and sold by parts. Each passing day our hopes to recover our van grow dimmer. We appreciated everyone that has been trying to help us recover the van and all the support that has been offered.”