Walnut River’s BJ Hunt is friends with Kyle Banick at Wichita Brewing Co., and Banick’s brother, Todd, is operations manager at Barton.
Hunt decided to give Barton a try, so he filled out some paperwork as a new customer.
“I thought, you know, nobody ever reads these,” he says of the forms.
Hunt admits to being a smart aleck and decided to have some fun.
Under “special requirements” at the bottom of the form, he wrote, “Must deliver in a Nacho Libre costume.”
Hunt says he figured Barton employees “would just laugh at it maybe at best.”
That’s even if they read it, which Todd Banick did.
“I laughed out loud at first and then thought, well … there’s a saying: ‘The customer’s always right,’ ” Banick says.
He checked locally but couldn’t find a costume based on the “Nacho Libre” movie, which is about a priest who is a Mexican wrestler on the side, but then he found one online.
“It was, like, 60 bucks,” Banick says. “I just thought it would be funny.”
Hunt and Walnut River partner Rick Goehring, who was in on the joke, weren’t at the brewery for the delivery. However, partner Travis Rohrberg – who was not in on the joke – was there.
A confused Rohrberg texted Hunt a photo of the delivery man.
“I look at that, and I’m like, holy crap! They really did that,” Hunt says. “And Travis was just dumbfounded. He’s like, ‘What’s going on?’ ”
A FedEx delivery man also happened to be there.
“The FedEx guy was like, what the heck did I just see?” Hunt says.
“I mean, it’s outstanding,” he says. “I thought, man, I should have put on there, ‘Must show up in a Lamborghini.’ ”
Banick says he didn’t tell Barton’s driver, Van Fossen, about the costume until after all of his other deliveries that day.
“Otherwise he probably would have went to every delivery dressed that way.”
Banick isn’t sure if all of Walnut River’s deliveries will be in costume.
“You know, that’s a good question. We still have it around.”
He’s a little concerned about other customers hearing about it.
“This was going through my head as we were talking,” Banick says. “What other kind of … weird, strange requests are we going to be getting? It’s definitely going to have to be a case-by-case basis.”
Costumed deliveries or not, Hunt thinks Walnut River’s partners will stick with Barton.
“If they’ve got a sense of humor that remotely matches ours, I think we’re going to have a long relationship.”