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Ballast Point returns to CO

Discussion in 'US - Mountain' started by nolimitnsb, Jun 7, 2013.

  1. quine

    quine Savant (270) Colorado Feb 15, 2011

    ALL THE SCULPIN
     
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  2. FarmerTed

    FarmerTed Savant (335) Colorado May 31, 2011

    I had a sculpin for the first time about a month ago in Virginia. That was good shit, and I want more. I bet it costs 20% more here than it did there, though.
     
  3. Prospero

    Prospero Advocate (685) Colorado Jul 27, 2010

    Odell IPA > Sculpin, love both, but Odell's is better. Looking forward more to Victory at Sea
     
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  4. SalukiAlum

    SalukiAlum Advocate (550) Colorado Dec 19, 2010

    Ballast, I'm excited for this one!!! Victory At Sea and Sculpin!
     
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  5. Wonder what the pricing will be? In my experience Elite tends to take a healthy margin on their west coast and Belgian portfolio...
     
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  6. denver10

    denver10 Champion (910) Kentucky Nov 17, 2010

    I am still awaiting the arrival of Prairie up here in Fort Collins. Not sure if I should get excited about this news or expect it to be a tease like Prairie has been
     
  7. Domingo

    Domingo Champion (945) Colorado Apr 23, 2005

    Pretty cool. Last time I don't think we actually even got Sculpin. The only times I've ever seen it here were via trades and tastings.
     
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  8. ArrogantB

    ArrogantB Advocate (735) Colorado Jun 9, 2006

    Some fresh Big Eye would be nice and one can dream of getting Dorado though I think that stays in CA.
     
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  9. MYJELLOMISFIT

    MYJELLOMISFIT Initiate (0) Colorado Jan 14, 2007

    If it is coming through Elite, don't expect it to be fresh or readily available. And expect them to take a healthy chunk of profits, just like EVERYTHING else in their book.
     
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  10. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Advocate (615) Colorado Jan 20, 2012

    Its worth driving to the city for.
     
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  11. denver10

    denver10 Champion (910) Kentucky Nov 17, 2010

    Everytime I do drive down to Denver, it is in my plans. But I just never have enough time to end up fitting it in.
    Just happened again yesterday actually.
     
  12. Jasonrm72

    Jasonrm72 Savant (425) Colorado Apr 29, 2012

    Fingers crossed for VaS .. I love that beer. Luckily I have friends in the BP distro area so I've been able to get some. But it would be nice to not have to pay shipping and worry about breakage.
     
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  13. MarkyMOD

    MarkyMOD Advocate (670) Colorado Apr 5, 2012

    Still waiting for it in Boulder... Haven't been to the liquor stores as much lately, but the closest I've come is a Prairie and Saint Somewhere collab (SS bottling) at a smaller store. As for Ballast, I'm good with Sea Monster and VaS, bottled IPAs make me weary, especially from out of state. A great example is Deviant Dale's, went from being one of the best beers I've had when at Choppers in Denver to just really good in a two month old can 15 minutes from the brewery.
     
  14. Prospero

    Prospero Advocate (685) Colorado Jul 27, 2010

    From the sound of it, it's available just few stores are ordering it, I suggest we all hit up our local store beer managers and start requesting it.
     
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  15. MarkyMOD

    MarkyMOD Advocate (670) Colorado Apr 5, 2012

    Yea I did at Whole Foods, but the guy who orders beer had never heard of Prairie and apparently WF has a long list of requirements when receiving product from a new company. From my experience with them they're somewhere between the gigantic retailers who consider your product being in their store to be advertising for you and thus destroy you with their terms (huge orders, but little if any profit, at least when ordering from a small company) and a small health store that expects slightly reduced shipping. Don't know if it's different with beer ordering, but the guy told me to expect a few months wait, if it happens at all.
    On a side note, people that order beer should really be on these forums, how do you not know about a highly regarded brewery that has been here for a month or two (at the time we spoke), isn't that kind of your job to know?
     
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  16. denver10

    denver10 Champion (910) Kentucky Nov 17, 2010

    Yeah, that issue of being unaware isn't local to just Boulder. Same deal here in Fort Collins. When I was at Wilbur's I asked their main beer guy about Prairie and he seemed to have a lost look when the name came up (even though they too had that collaboration beer of theirs on the shelf). Then he ended up saying it was an issue with the distributor so wasn't sure when/if it would be coming.

    I left confused and unsure of what the deal with Prairie was. End of the day, no store I have visited has it or had any idea about it or when it might become available.
     
  17. CK21

    CK21 Aficionado (230) Colorado Feb 6, 2011

    The ones that care are.
    Prairie is through Elite, so that may be a whole different animal right now and not readily available to all people that order the beer even when they do order it for their stores.
     
  18. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Advocate (615) Colorado Jan 20, 2012

    After having had a prairie hop and a prairie ale this weekend not only do I stand by my previous statement, but would add bold face itallics and an under line as well...

    Its worth driving to the city for.
     
  19. MarkyMOD

    MarkyMOD Advocate (670) Colorado Apr 5, 2012

    Any store with a good size stock of it?
     
  20. MYJELLOMISFIT

    MYJELLOMISFIT Initiate (0) Colorado Jan 14, 2007


    The Prairie is coming through Elite and through Shelton Bros. It is pre-order basis only and what we received we ordered at least two months ago. So there is double hoops to jump through. My store sold out. Now we get to sit and wait until Elite does another Shelton Bros. pre-order and then wait again until it shows up. It is a logistical nightmare. Welcome to the new era of craft beer.
     
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  21. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Advocate (615) Colorado Jan 20, 2012

    Last I saw it was at Lukas.
     
  22. Myjellomisfit is from Lukas. Just so no one makes a drive over to find out what they could read in this thread.
     
  23. poonamibaxter

    poonamibaxter Savant (325) Colorado Jun 26, 2007

    Just one of many reasons to drink local
     
  24. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Advocate (615) Colorado Jan 20, 2012

    I fuckin knew that and still opened my damned mouth.
     
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  25. Fitshaced

    Fitshaced Aficionado (230) Colorado Feb 29, 2012

    Has any Ballast Point hit the shelves yet. Especially Sculpin?
     
  26. guyforget

    guyforget Aficionado (205) Colorado Nov 12, 2009

    why does prairie need to go through shelton brothers to get into elite? seems excessive for a brewer in oklahoma to need shelton brothers at all... no?
     
  27. chaseabeer

    chaseabeer Savant (370) Oklahoma Feb 4, 2009

    Keep in mind that Prairie is basically a one person company. Shelton Brothers allows us to be in several markets without having to manage or register in each one. We are working to change things as far as beer coming to CO.
     
  28. Latest reports are that it'll hit in August. They're trying to build up a descent pool of beer here before they release it. They don't want to run out quickly and then not have any for a few weeks to a few months.
     
  29. ArrogantB

    ArrogantB Advocate (735) Colorado Jun 9, 2006

    So its all going to be old? Sounds like a great plan.
     
  30. Hope not...I'm just passing on what I know. I know for a fact that Elite had Ballast Point represented at their tasting event in the end of June so I'm guessing they have a small supply so far. And what you quoted was exactly what I heard from my source.

    It certainly would suck to be excited about Sculpin arriving only to find out that it's old...
     
  31. ArrogantB

    ArrogantB Advocate (735) Colorado Jun 9, 2006

    Doesn't Elite distribute Bear Republic and Green Flash? This sounds like a bummer if they are the ones distributing Ballast Point.
     
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  32. I agree that it doesn't sound great if they continue the same pattern (as with other beers they distribute).
     
  33. MYJELLOMISFIT

    MYJELLOMISFIT Initiate (0) Colorado Jan 14, 2007


    They are. Same distributor who knowingly ships/has shipped out of date beer from BrewDog, Shorts, He'Brew, Flying Dog, Ft. Collins, Green Flash, as well as many others. Also one in the same that seems to ALWAYS be out of stock of Moylan's, Hoppin' Frog, Duchesse, St. Bernardus, Bear Republic, Crazy Mountain, De Proef, He'Brew, Lost Abbey, Port....
     
  34. Fitshaced

    Fitshaced Aficionado (230) Colorado Feb 29, 2012

    Thanks for crushing my dreams.. Getting fresh Racer 5 and WCIPA is impossible.. Guess i should just expect the same for Sculpin
     
  35. FarmerTed

    FarmerTed Savant (335) Colorado May 31, 2011

    Well, on the bright side, I went to Virginia for a week during the spring and had a 6'er of month old 2-hearted for the first time, as well as a 3 month-old bottle of Sculpin (for the first time), and the Sculpin absolutely destroyed the 2-hearted. I can't believe how pedestrian 2-hearted was; there are a lot of midwest homers out there pumping it up like crazy. I'll definitely get Sculpin from time to time, unless it's beyond the freshness date.

    I'm really looking forward to Alesmith and Speedway Stout coming here. Somehow, I don't think it ever will
     
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  36. Jasonrm72

    Jasonrm72 Savant (425) Colorado Apr 29, 2012

    I'm not a big IPA fan, but Sculpin is always stellar. If Speedway makes it here, cool, But personally, I find it to be fairly pedestrian, not counting any BA versions.
     
  37. joshclauss

    joshclauss Savant (315) Colorado Oct 31, 2010

    You guys are pedestrians.
     
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  38. Regular Speedway Stout is really good but it's not the best Coffee Stout I've had. (Vietnamese Coffee Speedway Stout on the other hand is amazing!) Still Speedway Stout is $10-12 for a 750ml and is a great value for the money. I see myself buying it a fair amount if we really get it. As much as I'd like to see Ballast Point here, I'd rather have Alesmith any day.
     
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  39. StarSlinger

    StarSlinger Initiate (5) Jul 12, 2013

    I disagree, the vast majority of Elite's beers are well with-in the date range that are on the shelves. Also, do you know Elite's profit margin?