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Postby easy » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:31 am

get it at binnys
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Postby powderfinger » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:36 am

probably start to see the effects of the conglomerates using their market power to have their "craft" portfolios muscle independent breweries out of some distribution channels entirely or materially limit their available space
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Postby becky » Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:35 pm

powderfinger wrote:probably start to see the effects of the conglomerates using their market power to have their "craft" portfolios muscle independent breweries out of some distribution channels entirely or materially limit their available space


I guess this is related: my office got solicited by Anheuser-Busch recently to receive a free "Office Bud-e" wifi smart beer fridge.. it promised "something for everyone" with a variety of choices from "Classic American Lagers" to "Craft IPAs," so shit like Goose Island and Golden Road (neither of which I have anything explicitly against, fwiw).

were we to have pulled the trigger on this, I imagine the amount of local craft stuff we regularly buy and bring in would have dwindled significantly.
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Postby warmjets » Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:50 pm

AB InBev craft is shit

Love their macros though
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Postby powderfinger » Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:56 pm

of course I am totally guilty of being very enthusiastic about drinking craft beer in taprooms and bars while preferring the consistency and familiarity of established breweries when buying packaged beer

though I suppose my county's horrific beer distribution monopoly and the mediocrity of the local beer they carry has something to do with that
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Postby what the schmuck » Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:28 pm

gazedo wrote:
what the schmuck wrote:my wife and I are taking our kid there


congrats on the kiddo! i didn't know.


Thanks! makes me miss being able to go to cloudburst and HM :( at least seapine is close and kid friendly
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Postby fury » Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:17 pm

I think some breweries are over extending themselves with taprooms ans things like that. Distribution seems to be a complicating factor too
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Postby Oh! Sweet Nuthin' » Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:28 pm

heads up guys, the trader joes coffee cocoa imperial stout is absolutely banging for $4 a 22 oz. I've heard of other joes beer being lowkey awesome for the price and this doesn't disappoint
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Postby jalapeño ranch » Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:54 pm

Really looking forward to "Griffith J Griffith Day" at HPB on 1/4. I wonder what kind of variants they made this year. Hoping they made a new back of the coconut and chiles one.

Does anybody know what the Colonel Griffith is?
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Postby Zurich » Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:10 am

that's wild that council is closing. I was there maybe 3 or 4 years ago now, but they made some really good sours and seemed to run a very small operation. maybe that changed and they got over-extended? if not, feels like more a product of them not doing anything but sours? (at least they didn't when I was there)

i have one last bottle of bolt cutter and i'm glad to hear it's drinking good. i bought 5 bottles because I found overstock at a very good price in NYC and every time i cracked one i was blown away (big barleywine fan). saving this last one for a special occasion.

re: package beers, i really think the situation is getting out of control and i wish more shop owners would start caring. my neighborhood is a wasteland of bodegas with huge beer selections until you realize that 95% of it is ancient stock. it's gotten so bad the only places i buy packaged beer from besides breweries is CVS and Whole Foods/supermarkets. The former may only have 1 or 2 good beers (SN seasonal, say) but at least it will be fresh.

At home, I find myself drinking lots of Bells these days as Best Brown and Amber are all I want to drink.
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Postby tonybricker » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:09 pm

I agree with everybody that going to distro is the big dangerous step. I understand if you don't want to be one or two taprooms only forever, but Council and Toolbox were both very good breweries, the problem was not quality. RIP

I had a Horus + Pure Project "Phoenix Shadows" imperial stout aged on brandy barrels and it was probably the best beer I have had this year. It was incredible.
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Postby southpaw » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:37 pm

Firestone Walkers hazy IPA is insanely good, hope they can or bottle it

So it can disappear on a shelf somewhere with a billion other beers stale-ing out

You do wonder what happens to all that stale beer. Guess it goes to like grocery outlet but they're still selling it at essentially msrp.
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Postby shankly » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:41 pm

It’s so depressing to see sixers of Luponic get old on store shelves. It’s a great value when fresh and I always pick up a few when a new batch hits, but then 3 months later it’s still hanging around.
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Postby southpaw » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:45 pm

Agree vehemently

Saw a close-out sixer of it recently and it was batch 1 from more than a year ago

I'd love to know more about the logistics of inventory management regarding beer.
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Postby warmjets » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:49 pm

Can we all just agree to stop buying Maine Beer Co until they have better prices or a better format. I love their beer but the prices are insane.
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Postby warmjets » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:50 pm

Their pale ales and IPAs are $8 per 500ml bottle here
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Postby shankly » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:56 pm

At least MBCs beers are always good. Reason (ex-MBC brewer in Charlottesville) uses the same format and pricing for perfectly mediocre beers that are seemingly always over a month old by the time they hit shelves.
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Postby warmjets » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:58 pm

I agree with you on all that. I do occasionally buy MBC because they're so good but not often due to price.

Reason seems to be canning now. I think i paid $5 for a single 16oz can at craft beer cellar and it was decent but not quality of MBC
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Postby Zurich » Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:25 pm

I only drink MBC on tap where sometimes it's a better deal than bottles? Strange really.
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Postby brent » Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:35 pm

shankly wrote:It’s so depressing to see sixers of Luponic get old on store shelves. It’s a great value when fresh and I always pick up a few when a new batch hits, but then 3 months later it’s still hanging around.

I have bought a million luponic 11s in the past month cos it actually showed up super fresh here and it's still tasting great. but yeah it seems like their stuff sits here too, which is crazy to me
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Postby gazedo » Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:31 pm

jalapeño ranch wrote:Really looking forward to "Griffith J Griffith Day" at HPB on 1/4. I wonder what kind of variants they made this year. Hoping they made a new back of the coconut and chiles one.

Does anybody know what the Colonel Griffith is?


i asked greg (the trystero) and he said he didn't know, lol. said the normal this year is a natural guji. and there will be a keg only washed guji version for gjg day, which has also been postponed to 1/18
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Postby Viola Swamp » Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:06 pm

yesssss i can make it now
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Postby gazedo » Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:22 pm

Viola Swamp wrote:yesssss i can make it now


unfortunately it means i probably can't make it now :(
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Postby deadwolfbones » Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:01 am

Had cans of both Juice Box and Double Stack today. Great Notion rips.
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Postby gazedo » Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:09 pm

deadwolfbones wrote:Had cans of both Juice Box and Double Stack today. Great Notion rips.


i had luminous and guava mochi last night and both were awful.
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Postby cruiserbob » Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:10 pm

their ipa brut beer is shit too. the collab with chuck's was really good and space invader can was pretty decent.
and that's that.
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Postby Birds vs Worms » Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:38 pm

The Malted Milk Ball Imperial Stout they did with HPB was really good. Weird they put Ovaltine in there but it works
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Postby deadwolfbones » Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:23 pm

Snagged a crowler of that. I have to figure out when I can put down 32oz of it by myself. D:
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Postby warmjets » Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:24 pm

Birds vs Worms wrote:The Malted Milk Ball Imperial Stout they did with HPB was really good. Weird they put Ovaltine in there but it works


craft beer 2018, everyone
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Postby jalapeño ranch » Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:31 pm

I wasn't the biggest fan of Age of Discovery. There seems to be an insanely short time frame where it's at a good temperature to drink. Too cold or too warm and it tastes off. On of the reasons I'm impatient for a new batch of GJG. I also want Hammered Satin to come back.
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