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Abyss 2012

Discussion in 'US - Northwest' started by kscaldef, Nov 15, 2012.

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  1. geoffsm12

    geoffsm12 Aficionado (185) Illinois Mar 11, 2010

    5 or 6 left as of this morning
  2. Where are they in the store? I stopped by last night and couldn't find them anywhere. Also stopped by Holman road QFC but they were all gone.

    Hopefully Last Drop has some left, I'm gonna go over tomorrow when they open up.
  3. Lazerlobe

    Lazerlobe Savant (315) Washington Mar 1, 2010

    They are in the back corner of the store in a craft facing. They haven't put it all out either so the last bit should be staggered a bit more.
  4. I am thankful on this day to have any principles at all. Cheers.
  5. I believe that Columbia distributes FW in Seattle (per barleywinefield).
  6. AB SouthWest is the distributor for FW in King County. Olympic Eagle (also inBev) for Pierce County and south.
  7. eatabagofbooger

    eatabagofbooger Savant (340) Oregon Mar 27, 2009

  8. John_M

    John_M Moderator (1,130) Oregon Oct 25, 2003 Staff Member

    How was the bottle of the 2011? Aside from a few of the negative comments about the vintage in this thread, I thought the keg version I had at the Apex a bit odd as well. It was very different from the fresh 2012, and I didn't feel that was all attributable to the extra time in bottle/keg.

    Just curious, as I plan to bring a 2009 through 2012 vertical to an event back east in January. Thanks!
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    I defer to you on this. Doesn't change my position, tho.
  10. Lordkrystic

    Lordkrystic Savant (275) Washington Jul 18, 2012

    Every FW salesperson in Pierce County drives a vehicle with the words Budweiser stamped on it somewhere...unless it says Bud Light of course. If you're drinking FW in the PNW, you are supporting InBev.
  11. Lordkrystic

    Lordkrystic Savant (275) Washington Jul 18, 2012

    Come on in to the Red Hot while you're here, I got a beer with your name on it.
  12. John_M

    John_M Moderator (1,130) Oregon Oct 25, 2003 Staff Member

    Ha! Thanks, it's on the game plan for tomorrow if we can fit it in. Going to try to make it over around noonish... hopefully with Barleywinefiend, if he and the wife can make it over with the newborn. Just so much going on, with so many different things we're supposed to try to fit in. Not sure we can fit a trip to Redhot in tomorrow as well, but definitely plan to try. If tomorrow doesn't work, then I'll stop by on Saturday after I drop everyone off at the airport. This week has already just flown by!

    My brother's girlfriend is a big hotdog fan, so of course I told them we need to stop by the redhot. Hopefully we can make it happen!

    (thanks for the invite!)
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  13. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Savant (465) Oregon Aug 17, 2005

    This is getting off topic, but if you're going to boycott brands based on being aligned with an AB distributor you have to stop drinking the following (at least in Oregon):

    • 10 Barrel
    • Burnside
    • Fort George
    • Gigantic
    • Lompoc
    • Ninkasi
    • Oakshire
    • Pelican
    • Bear Republic
    • Firestone
    • North Coast
    • Oskar Blues
    • Boulevard
    • Ommegang
    • Southern Tier
    • Victory
    • All Merchant du Vin products: Sam Smiths, Rochefort, Orval, Ayinger, and more
    • All Vanberg & Dewulf products: Scaldis, DuPont, and more
    That doesn't even include the brands that AB has an ownership stake in like Widmer, Kona, Redhook, or Goose Island.
  14. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,050) Washington Sep 18, 2010

    Well, so much for that—not that I was ever "boycotting" in the first place.
  15. John_M

    John_M Moderator (1,130) Oregon Oct 25, 2003 Staff Member

    Looks hopeful for today (probably around noon). Hopefully we'll run into you, if you think you'll be around. Cheers!
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  16. Buy them a round for me Jeff? I won't be getting up there until tomorrow.
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  17. sukwonee

    sukwonee Advocate (560) Washington Dec 13, 2011

    Just picked up my 6 bottles at 99 Bottles. Such a cool bottle shop, wish it was closer to me
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  18. Last Drop has 3 or 4 cases left. Bottle limit of two per person at $13.29 each. Got my two, I'm happy.
  19. John_M

    John_M Moderator (1,130) Oregon Oct 25, 2003 Staff Member

    Thoughtful gesture, but please relax on that guys.

    Was only able to stop by briefly, but everyone had a great time there. Good dogs and good beer; what's not to like? Really, really liked the old lompoc C-sons greatings DIPA. So very, very fresh... my brother and his GF thought the cherry cider was excellent as well. Sigh... hopefully can make it by again tomorrow or Sunday. Truly, there just isn't enough time in the day! Cheers!!!
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  20. exitmusic00

    exitmusic00 Savant (290) Oregon Mar 15, 2010

    I didn't see and Dissident, but Abyss was still there as of this afternoon.
  21. Lordkrystic

    Lordkrystic Savant (275) Washington Jul 18, 2012

    Hah! Ninja visit. Hopefully the service was good. Say hey next time!
  22. John_M

    John_M Moderator (1,130) Oregon Oct 25, 2003 Staff Member

    Service was friendly and quick... it always is. We were on our way to Woodinville, and were concerned about the traffic, given the rain. So we really only had time for a quick stop. Still, everyone had a nice time and we enjoyed our time there. Will try to make a more extended visit next time around. Cheers!
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  23. cavemanlawyer

    cavemanlawyer Savant (300) Oregon Dec 7, 2010

    Found a few bottles yesterday at the Hollywood Fred Meyer, $14.19 each. I called around to a few other stores but they all said it hasn't arrived yet. There were about six bottles on the display when I left.
  24. Picked up 10 bottles yesterday. Going to cellar a few and use a few for trade bait.
  25. I really dont mind that Inbev distributes different beers because the seem to be changing their overall business model in the past few years because of the quick rise of craft beer. They have been seeing approx a 3-5% decrease in overall beer sales while the craft beer has seen the exact opposite with 3-5% growth each year. Inbev has turned to distributing craft beer to make up for the lose. So every time you see a budweiser truck it is usually filled with less than 25% of other breweries beers. It kinda make sense since budweiser can be found in bottles/draft in every city in the US. We do need more independent beer distributors though to get some new/special beers to WA.
    With breweries like firestone walker and other greats Inbev is quick to try and distribute them because they know if they dont do it someone else will. I just the hope they bring the bourbon county stout to WA, that would really suck if they didnt.

    Anyways back to OP, I had the Abyss on tap at Coopers last Wednesday and I was somewhat let down. It was pretty good but not as good as past version and taste like it will not age the best but I do have one bottle I will give a year.
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  26. ckobes

    ckobes Initiate (0) Illinois Jul 11, 2012

    Any word of Abyss in bottle shops around Tigard?
  27. John_M

    John_M Moderator (1,130) Oregon Oct 25, 2003 Staff Member

    Did you check the Bridgeport Whole Foods? I would think that would be your best bet. You might also call the Fred Meyer over in Tualitin (the one just off of Interstate 5), as I know they have an excellent wine selection.

    Otherwise, John's Marketplace is just up the road a bit, and they'll certainly get some in. Good luck!
  28. i would like to nominate 6-packs of the Abyss as a frontrunner for best idea ever :D
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  29. punkhim

    punkhim Aficionado (215) Washington Dec 22, 2011

    Has anyone seen Abyss at QFCs or Fred Meyers in the Lynnwood or Mill Creek area? Our Kroger stores really seem to stink compared to Seattle. Thank heavens for Central Market, Special Brews, and Elliott Bay.
  30. Cool story, bro. When others are scrambling to find even one bottle, you grabbed 10.
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  31. whiskey

    whiskey Savant (405) California Feb 25, 2012

    Maybe Abyss sits around in his part of the world and he's just saving gas money. Like I've said before, Abyss '11 was sitting around here until 2 months ago, it moves slow here. I picked a bunch of 2012 to send to other BA's that can't get it.
  32. They got two cases left. All you can eat.
  33. That's not the point. The point is that most people are posting about their frustration or are looking at where they might buy it. One guy posting he picked up 10 is, well, a cool story, bro.
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  34. Help out your fellow BAs and let them know who "They" is.
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  35. kscaldef

    kscaldef Advocate (735) Oregon Jun 11, 2010

    BrassHandles is in Vancouver. If this year is anything like last year, all of the Portland metro will be swimming in Abyss once it actually gets through the distro channels. I'm unclear how that will help you out in Seattle.
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  37. I don't need help. Just being a beer advocate.
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  38. mrunseen

    mrunseen Savant (250) Washington Mar 4, 2006

    I just got back from Wholefoods Westlake, they are out. They said they got their shipment in on Tuesday the 20th, which burns my ass, since I was in there Tuesday a little before 5 and was told they hadn't gotten any yet :p. Oh well.

    If any BA's know of a location around Seattle with a couple bottles, feel free to let me know. :)
  39. dirtylou

    dirtylou Champion (835) Washington May 12, 2005

    Everywhere I went today was either out or never got any.

    But as someone said, didn't this happen last year too? The first wave came and went and then a much larger 2nd shipment came in.

    If not, guess I missed this.
  40. Lordkrystic

    Lordkrystic Savant (275) Washington Jul 18, 2012

    Tacoma: Pint Defiance and TBoys for sure.
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