October 31st, 2013, 07:39 AM #2811
Heelch O Hops is always in stock at Total Wine (the one here anyways). I've never picked up a 4 pack because there is no bottle on date. I guess it's a "hipster" thing now to rip on those who seek a bottled on date.....I've been burned far too often on IPAs that went to **** because I had no idea how old they were. IMO there's nothing wrong with a fresh IPA/DIPA with a strong caramel malt presence to balance the hops, but there is nothing worse than an oxidized/old IPA/DIPA that tastes like hot caramel even if served at 33 degrees.
Originally Posted by BeerMan
October 31st, 2013, 08:50 AM #2812
Fully agree. If it doesn't have a date stamp somewhere, I'm not buying it. ESPECIALLY DIPA or IIPA. If a brewer is going to take the time and effort to make a DIPA/IIPA and expect to get paid a premium (and nearly all that are on the market do have a premium price), why they wouldn't make sure there is a date stamp somewhere is beyond me.
Originally Posted by Azagthoth
October 31st, 2013, 11:35 AM #2813
Absolutely! I was at a local store a few weeks ago and the owner was recommending an IPA, so naturally I asked if there was a bottled on date - and a nearby beer-dick stocking up stuff turns and says "Oh, you're one of those bottled on guys". LOL.
Originally Posted by Stormy2213
October 31st, 2013, 10:05 PM #2814
Personally I think the fresh hop guys are a bit out to lunch, but that's my opinion. I've never looked for the bottled date and I doubt I ever will. I really don't care all that much about it and could probably count on one hand the number of beers I thought were "off" or not good. Just my thing, though. Your mileage may vary.
Just had Hangar 24 Gourdgous and Deschutes Black Butte XXV. Both were quite good. I just bought a bottle of Gourdgous and will have to pick up a bottle of XXV next time. I liked XXV more than XXIV which I thought was okay but not my cup of tea.
October 31st, 2013, 10:59 PM #2815
Originally Posted by Azagthoth
November 4th, 2013, 04:52 PM #2816
SN Celebration Ale
Is now on the shelves. One of my favorite beers of all time. Picked up a case yesterday and it won't last more than maybe 1 1/2 weeks here. Also picked up a couple of bottles of 6 Geese A Laying, a couple of 6 packs of Brown Sugga' and saw Rogue Santa's Private Reserve, Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome, and more Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper on the shelves. This is the time of year I'll go on a beer hunt daily just to grab all the good holiday brews. I love this time of year for beer!
November 4th, 2013, 06:53 PM #2817
Yeah, I know, this is an expensive time for beer. Also looking forward to the new Anchor Merry Christmas ale which I hear will not be a spiced beer this time around. Also waiting for Sucks to come around, and I heard (though I could be wrong) that FW 17th anni is starting to hit shelves.
Tried my first Innis & Gunn beer yesterday. It was their Irish whiskey version and I'm partial to Irish whiskey. It was good but nothing crazy. Decent beer but not noteworthy enough for me to make a point of buying more.
November 5th, 2013, 09:46 AM #2818
Yes, FW had the 17th Anniversary release party this weekend so you should start seeing it on shelves soon. And I haven't heard when Sucks is being released, but it should be soon as well. What have you heard about the Anchor MC Ale? I always love that there is that one spiced ale I can always rely on to surprise me and, usually, impress me. I hope they don't go the route of making an uber hoppy sort of heavy ale - there are enough of those. I want the crazy spice mix they always come up with.
Originally Posted by UnholyGoalie
November 5th, 2013, 10:52 AM #2819
Headed to Firestone this weekend. First time. Woot!
November 5th, 2013, 11:06 AM #2820
Stout and oyster night at Tonys Darts away tonight in Burbank, mmmm