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BA Yeti?

Discussion in 'US - Mountain' started by hopfacebrew, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. hopfacebrew

    hopfacebrew Savant (465) Colorado Jul 26, 2011

    Is Great Divide not releasing the Barrel Aged Yeti this year as a result of the infections of last year's release and Stranahan's deal with Breckenridge or is this just a nasty rumor?

    I hadn't seen any information pertaining to BA Yeti in quite a while but perhaps I have been living under a rock?
  2. crusian

    crusian Advocate (620) Oregon May 14, 2010

    last I heard it is every other year, so next year.
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  3. mazerock

    mazerock Aficionado (100) Colorado Jun 13, 2012

    Not sure but they still need to release BA Hibernation as the last installment in the BA series.
  4. hopfacebrew

    hopfacebrew Savant (465) Colorado Jul 26, 2011

    Good to know.
  5. SteelersX

    SteelersX Savant (420) New York Jan 30, 2011

    And I had one Saturday and it wasn't infected
  6. hopfacebrew

    hopfacebrew Savant (465) Colorado Jul 26, 2011

    I personally didn't experience any infections in any of the bottles I bought or shared either. I know that some people have, which is extremely unfortunate.
  7. chango

    chango Aficionado (240) Colorado Mar 31, 2006

    All the Stranahans deal with Breck means is that Breck is the only brewery allowed to say they're using Stranahans barrels on the label. If a CO brewery advertises a beer made in a whiskey barrel and doesn't say which whiskey... it's a really good bet that its a Stranahans barrel anyway.
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  8. Prospero

    Prospero Advocate (620) Colorado Jul 27, 2010

    Yes, I asked GD about this last month, BA Yeti will not be released until this time next year. All their BA-series are every other year.

    BA Hibernation is next and from what I've heard it's bottled but they were awaiting the label approval or printing (can't remember exactly what they said) and were still deciding how to handle QC for this release, there was maybe talk of buying a flash pasteurizer... but chances are it will likely be next month (November)... maybe... December.
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  9. hopfacebrew

    hopfacebrew Savant (465) Colorado Jul 26, 2011

    Terrific, thanks Prospero!
  10. I've heard this same thing from a bottle shop owner.
  11. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Advocate (595) Colorado Jan 20, 2012

    To anyone worried about their ba yeti being infected I will gladly take the bottles of your hands. BM me.
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  12. Knownfactor

    Knownfactor Savant (310) Colorado Feb 20, 2010

    BA Hibernation has been bottled and should be released anytime now.
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  13. Fitshaced

    Fitshaced Aficionado (220) Colorado Feb 29, 2012

    heard the newest ones that havn't been released are all already infected:)
  14. Hmmm does anyone have any barrel yeti that they would be interested in selling?
  15. podunkparte

    podunkparte Initiate (0) Washington Nov 14, 2009

    This is correct, except that what I heard from Stranahan's was that they sell their used barrels to barrel brokers who then sell them to breweries without disclosing where they're from, so really, any BA beer that isn't specifically named could be a Stranahan's barreled beer. It doesn't really matter in the long run though.
  16. BigTomZ

    BigTomZ Savant (315) Virginia Apr 14, 2009

    The bottles are infected so you likely wouldn't want it. I'm sure there are people who would be happy to unload a bottle, but you're better off waiting until next year.
  17. BreakingBad

    BreakingBad Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2012

    why don't they just re-label them as "sours"
  18. narayan

    narayan Aficionado (170) Georgia Jun 28, 2007

    As previously mentioned by others, I will gladly accept any unwanted possibly infected BA Yeti.
  19. I'm dumb enough to pay at a discount and hope for the best, but I guess you're right. BA hibernation should be interesting.
  20. coreymcafee

    coreymcafee Savant (350) Colorado May 30, 2006

    Correction: SOME bottles are infected. I have yet to have one and I've cracked 10+ bottles, one as recently as a few weeks ago.
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  21. BigTomZ

    BigTomZ Savant (315) Virginia Apr 14, 2009

    2009 Abyss, every vintage Double Pecan, etc. People have traded me bottles claiming they've had a bunch of good bottles. Every time the one they sent me was infected. I'm not saying you are lying, just that so far I've yet to get a good bottle from someone making those claims. It just isn't worth giving up anything of value.
  22. SalukiAlum

    SalukiAlum Advocate (505) Colorado Dec 19, 2010

    Not a claim, it's a fact: SOME bottles/batches were infected. Very common these days even with the biggest and best breweries, i.e. Deschutes, Odell, Boulevard, New Glarus, lots... But understand why someone would be hesitant to trade or buy. But I would! Loved the 2 bottles I had and the BA Ruffian! Funny thing is some people like the infected bottles! I enjoyed the infected Boulevard Imperial Stout, wasn't what they meant it to be but was good!
  23. Between tastings and my own stash, I've had 6 bottles of BA Yeti, none of them infected. Have 3 left, but not much interest in getting rid of them through any other means than pouring them into my belly
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  24. SalukiAlum

    SalukiAlum Advocate (505) Colorado Dec 19, 2010

    I'm with you^^^ Have 3 bottles left myself and they are not leaving the house!
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  25. joshclauss

    joshclauss Savant (305) Colorado Oct 31, 2010

    Guys, there is a very large thread where the infected bottles appear to have been peggd to a bottle number range (big ups to numbering bottles), so just search the forum for "infected yeti." I had an infected bottle in April, and it was not pleasantly sour in the slightest possible way - it smelled like an unkempt dumpster and tasted like gasoline. Trust me, you don't want any part of it. However, I traded the remains in at GD for a new bottle in the 4000's, which I've heard is well clear of the infection range. There are no guarantees, but the range guide can allow anyone to feel reasonably confident they're getting a good bottle.

    On the next run, I would hope that the crew there does something this time to avoid another infection. Avery has taken to not putting any beer in a barrel that's less than about 13% give or take from what I heard from a brewer, just to be sure it could kill it. A lot of breweries take higher ABV beer from the barrels and cut it with younger, lower ABV blending beer. Unfortunately, I don't know that GD could change the recipe like that and still know it will come out like Yeti, so they might be stuck. Even an expert at Firestone Walker I talked to at GABF told me there's not a ton that can be done.
  26. scray24

    scray24 Savant (275) Colorado Mar 12, 2008

    Have had some this year that were outstanding but the last one I had was similar to Josh's experience, not a good sour in any way. Thin, watery, and just bad. Have two more from the same range and I would be open to sharing or trading at least one of the two I have left from 2011 just to have the dialog.
  27. FarmerTed

    FarmerTed Savant (275) Colorado May 31, 2011

    Call me crazy, but I think I'd start worrying about quality control before I bottled the beer, not after.

    I do think it's crazy that they charge $25 a bottle for their barrel-aged beers and just seem to wing it on the QC. I've hear Matt Bryndleson talk about the lengths they go to at Firestone to avoid contamination (like plating out samples from their DBA union every day), and they seem to be able to barrel age a crap-ton of beer and sell it for far less than Great Divide without many reports of ill beer. If Parabola is $15 a bottle with great QC, I just don't understand why BA Yeti is $25 a bottle with shoddy QC.
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  28. Prospero

    Prospero Advocate (620) Colorado Jul 27, 2010

    Totally agree, just repeating what I was told. Heck even Bligh's is $18

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