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Big Wood Cans

Discussion in 'US - Midwest' started by legwhipper, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. legwhipper

    legwhipper Initiate (0) Minnesota Jul 28, 2009

    The website says that they will be available by the 15th. They haven't hit the warehouse, and I'm not sure which flavors they will start with. Can't wait.
  2. Just Morning Wood to start with.
  3. jera1350

    jera1350 Advocate (730) Minnesota Dec 15, 2007

    I'm excited to see what flavors they have also. Hopefully it's not just chocolate and vanilla.;)
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  4. not that that is a bad thing. Morning Wood is great!
  5. Agreed. I have a few samples in my fridge right now. Jason told us at the store the other day that the first canning run will be tomorrow.
  6. Ungertaker

    Ungertaker Savant (460) Minnesota Apr 30, 2010

    I have always found it to be quite annoying! ;)

    The beer is good, though.
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  7. incutrav

    incutrav Savant (315) Minnesota Jan 16, 2007

    Be interesting to see how Third Street does w/ their brew. I have enjoyed their own product, so I suspect the Big Wood brews will be good as well.
  8. mnstorm99

    mnstorm99 Advocate (535) Minnesota May 11, 2007

    I wanted to come in here and talk about how my wife will love having Morning Wood around, but was afraid of the response I might get. Either way she is the coffee beer fanatic, I just enjoy them occasionally, and this is the only Big Wood beer I have enjoyed so far.
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  9. incutrav

    incutrav Savant (315) Minnesota Jan 16, 2007

    MN could soon lead the way for craft canning. Surly, Indeed, Big wood, soon to come: 612, Flat Earth...maybe more? Would like to see a brewery like Steel Toe do away w/ the bombers and move to small format cans.
  10. Chaz

    Chaz Champion (815) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002

    Seing as how Cold Spring Third Street was recently approved for labels (cans) on brands from Peace Tree, Churchkey, and others*, I would hazard a guess that your "could" operative is equal to will.

    *And how could I forget Finnegans?
  11. mnstorm99

    mnstorm99 Advocate (535) Minnesota May 11, 2007

    I think Excelsior wants to can eventually as well.
  12. derekpk

    derekpk Zealot (95) Minnesota Oct 22, 2010

    The cans are in. They'll be in stores this week. It's available statewide so if you don't see it at your store request it. And by the way, it isn't contract brewed. They have an AP worked out with Third Street so Ty himself brews it at Third Street.
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  13. incutrav

    incutrav Savant (315) Minnesota Jan 16, 2007

  14. derekpk

    derekpk Zealot (95) Minnesota Oct 22, 2010

    You should see four packs anywhere from about 9.99 to 11.99.
  15. jera1350

    jera1350 Advocate (730) Minnesota Dec 15, 2007

    Grabbed a four pack at Ale Jail for $10.99. A decent beer, not great, but overpriced in my opinion.
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  16. mnstorm99

    mnstorm99 Advocate (535) Minnesota May 11, 2007

    Is it wrong to say cans give me big wood?
  17. Otis32

    Otis32 Aficionado (135) Minnesota Jan 1, 2011

    Have had it fresh and on tap 3 or 4 times in the last couple of months and IMO is a very good beer. Maybe just a notch below Coffee Bender (I know not a stout), Redband, Java Stout etc. etc.

    Looks to me like style bias has already come into play and too many BA's are maybe measuring it against the imperials. At 5% this beer is tits and I love the fact I can knock back 2-3 pints with dinner and not have any worries about getting home.

    Will certainly buy the cans but wander long-term how well it will age on the shelf and if the coffee flavors will pop like it does fresh on tap.
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  18. jera1350

    jera1350 Advocate (730) Minnesota Dec 15, 2007

    This was my problem with the beer. It had nowhere near the amount of coffee flavor of any of those three. If I wasn't told, I wouldn't have known it was brewed with coffee. I would have guessed the mild coffee flavors came from the malt used.

    If it were priced in line with Redband, I would be okay with it, but it's priced closer to Coffee Bender which is a way better coffee beer in my opinion. This was more comparable to Bender than Coffee Bender I thought.

    Like you said, this is a beer that you can knock a few back, but the price point just makes it harder to do that.
  19. derekpk

    derekpk Zealot (95) Minnesota Oct 22, 2010

    Just wait until Bad Axe comes out. If you were at the Highland Beer Dabbler and remember the barrel of Imerial IPA they had. It's pretty much that beer.
  20. incutrav

    incutrav Savant (315) Minnesota Jan 16, 2007

    I had a single- solid but was light on coffee.. At 11 bucks I won't be buying it. Would have been more welcome at 8. Now if only I could count on redband not being sour, I would have a coffee brew in a can
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  21. Otis32

    Otis32 Aficionado (135) Minnesota Jan 1, 2011

    I get that palates are different but I pick up plenty of nice coffee flavors in Morning Wood. One of the things I like most about it is the balance in the roasted coffee flavors with the roasted malt. Some coffee beers can cross the line and taste over roasted like a bad cup of Starbucks.

    Coffee Bender does an ever better job of balancing the roasted flavors and IMO has a much better coffee nose than Morning Wood.

    Redband seems to push the limits a little but the coffee aspects are so good with that beer and as noted above the value is awesome too.
  22. Chaz

    Chaz Champion (815) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002

    Haven't seen Redband at my locals for some time; Was it pulled or was there just a gap in ordering?

    I wish the Big Wood folks the best of luck with this package. :cool:
  23. The legal difference between contract-brewing and an alternate proprietorship arrangement is based only on which licensed brewery (the host or the tennant) owns the raw ingredients and the finished beer, keeps the records, applies for the COLA's, pays the Excise Tax,etc., not whose employees brew and package the beer.

    See TTB pdf Alternating Brewery Proprietorship, which includes this section:
    Within the industry (and the greater beer culture), an AP is considered "...another form of contract (brewing)..." at least it is according to Garrett Oliver's "Contract Brewing" entry in The Oxford Companion to Beer
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  24. wuuin

    wuuin Aficionado (185) Minnesota May 16, 2007

    It's a solid beer, for sure. But $11/4-pack is about $3 too much. I know it's apples and oranges, but I picked up a twlever of Saga for that price yesterday.
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  25. incutrav

    incutrav Savant (315) Minnesota Jan 16, 2007

    For better or worse, I typically consider the oppurtunity cost when buying beer(or anything for that matter). If I spend my 11 dollars on beer X, what other beer am I now not able to purchase with those 11 dollars?

    I think Morning Wood will be in trouble once Founders Breakfast Stout comes out in six pks for 9.99. Should be soon.
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  26. wuuin

    wuuin Aficionado (185) Minnesota May 16, 2007

    completely agree, incutrav.
  27. derekpk

    derekpk Zealot (95) Minnesota Oct 22, 2010

    Well that's nice. I was just pointing out who actually brews the beer which is the important part. No need to get technical...
  28. Well, yeah, that's easy for you to say, I obviously felt there was :eek: (sorry, it's a sort of "fact fetish" I have).

    But that's kinda my point, what exactly does that mean -"actually brews the beer" - in the case of an alternating proprietorship arrangement in a large, modern, automated brewhouse like Cold Spring's Third St.? Is the "tenant" brewer like the businessperson renting a Chevy from Hertz? "...and here are your keys. Have a nice trip!"

    "Contract brewing" has acquired a negative connotation to many (some might say it's always had one, dating back to BBC's early days and Koch's GABF hucksterism), so some brewers have taken to singing the "We don't contract brew, we have an AP" line. As Koch often noted, his BBC contracts included the right to have his brewers onsite, yet for an AP that is not even a requirement. In this case, I imagine Cold Spring's brewer and crew were there, "assisting".
  29. derekpk

    derekpk Zealot (95) Minnesota Oct 22, 2010

    I telling you who brews the beer because the owners told us themselves at a launch party. I work at the distributor that they are with. So it is fact.

    Yes the terminology says they don't have to brew it and MAY have the host brew it but that is not the case in this situation. Maybe I should have made that clear from the start.
  30. morimech

    morimech Advocate (665) Minnesota Nov 6, 2006

    I bought a 4-pack to try. I hope it is better than Redband or else it will be the last 4-pack of Morning Wood I buy.
  31. Zipps has the 9.99 six packs now. I like morning wood and will continue to get it as well as breakfast stout, they are different beers, however if wake and bake was available, I would just buy that in mass quantities.
  32. incutrav

    incutrav Savant (315) Minnesota Jan 16, 2007

    I didnt think it was better then Redband, although the problem with them is you role the dice on getting a sour 4pk. I'll admit, for seven bucks a 4pk I might role said dice.
  33. My local store in the western suburbs has this priced at $14.49 per 4 pack. That's freaking crazy.

    I'm pretty much fed up with Cold Spring. They jump on the craft bandwagon with their history of brewing lousy beer, continue to brew uninspired beer, and charge full craft prices for the stuff. They should just go back to brewing Gluek and do what they do best.
  34. deadbody

    deadbody Savant (335) Minnesota May 10, 2010

    Not particularly impressed with this one. Bought a single cause the 4 pack price had me a bit over it. Thin and not supre coffee forward. Probably will not buy again.
  35. Ask for a price check.
  36. morimech

    morimech Advocate (665) Minnesota Nov 6, 2006

    I have seen it priced from $9.99-$11.99 in the western 'burbs. Mind saying which store you were at?

    Morning Wood is not a very good beer and will not buy it again. Even at $7.99 I would choose Redband over Morning Wood. You do not like Third Street beers? I enjoyed all of them, especially Lost Trout, and find them a good value.
  37. Seefeldt

    Seefeldt Savant (345) Minnesota May 15, 2008

    I was surprised at how much coffee flavor there was not in this beer. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't what I wanted either.
  38. I think that morning wood on tap is vastly better, a little bummed at the thin mouthfeel it has in cans, will buy again, but it is not a personal favorite.
  39. Harbor Wine & Liquor in Mound. Saw it on Saturday.
  40. incutrav

    incutrav Savant (315) Minnesota Jan 16, 2007

    I did roll the dice on some Redband over the weekend. Price went up a tick, to 7.49, but the first two cans I had from the 4pk were great.

    Store had Morning Wood right next to it for 10.99. I do recall enjoying it a lot at ABR, but the canned version seems to be quite different.

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