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Citra Release - Bottle Only at the Brewery!

Discussion in 'US - Pacific' started by jamex, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. jamex

    jamex Savant (275) California Feb 13, 2010

    Kern River - Citra. Per Facebook:
    That place is just too darn far for me to pick up and get some bottles.
  2. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poobah (1,145) Wyoming Sep 14, 2002

    That's cool. The beer is one of the best out there and ^ helps me not to try and get more.
  3. There's more stuff to do in Kernville than just go pick up beer.
    aussy13 likes this.
  4. Listen to banjos?
  5. JoEBoBpr

    JoEBoBpr Champion (760) Missouri Feb 26, 2004

    Yum. This is one of my favorite beers out there.
  6. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Initiate (0) California Dec 10, 2011

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  7. baybassboy

    baybassboy Savant (380) California Feb 23, 2011

    Props to KRBC for taking a strong stance with their limited beer. Makes it all that more special when you do get your hands on some.

    I'll have to do a combo FlyFish the Kern River, Visit KRBC very soon!
  8. Actually banjos are this Friday, the 16th; maybe some mandolin and a dobro thrown in for good measure. On friday of the Citra release it will more acoustic rock; you know; Grateful Dead, Cross Canadian Ragweed, that sort of stuff. Maybe one day we will be as cultured as Valencia; I can only hope ;)
  9. DSlim71

    DSlim71 Savant (495) New Jersey Mar 3, 2010

    I would love to try this beer! If anybody has an extra to spare out of their allotment, shoot me a message and we can work something out.
    NJBeerNerd likes this.
  10. nhindian

    nhindian Savant (370) Pennsylvania Feb 26, 2010

    ISO a bottle of this for sure after DSlim71 is hooked up!

    Let's talk if you are planning on making the trip.
  11. jtmartino

    jtmartino Savant (470) California Dec 11, 2010

    Truth. Epic MTB, hiking, and good flyfishing.
  12. BeerShman

    BeerShman Savant (275) California Dec 14, 2010

    ISO this as well. Let me know if anyone will have extras!
  13. dcgunman

    dcgunman Savant (360) California Jul 1, 2009

    Hike, drink beer, bike, drink beer, fish, drink more beer, camp, drink Citra, enjoy the fresh air, drink more Citra, visit KRBC and drink more Citra!! Sure! If it gets me OUT of the City. . . . .WHY NOT!
    Eriktheipaman and mrbubbler like this.
  14. A bit off-topic, but are there good maps of the hiking around Kernville? Definitely want to go hiking next time we stop by KRBC. The Trails Illustrated series doesn't cover that area.
  15. fartmaster

    fartmaster Initiate (0) California Dec 27, 2011

  16. Sebowski

    Sebowski Savant (325) California Jan 11, 2010

    I'd rather see this go back to draft only and distro some kegs than this, but oh well.
  17. fartmaster

    fartmaster Initiate (0) California Dec 27, 2011

    is it going to be on tap with no growler fills. or not on tap at all?
  18. Domeshot14

    Domeshot14 Savant (270) California Jul 10, 2011

    It is bottles only, not on tap at all.
  19. Epical8

    Epical8 Aficionado (120) California Dec 30, 2010

    I'll be there!
  20. aussy13

    aussy13 Disciple (70) California Nov 25, 2009

    Where does it say this? It's my understanding that it will be on draft, just not available for growler fills. I'm still hoping I can get up there for the weekend.
  21. Epical8

    Epical8 Aficionado (120) California Dec 30, 2010

    Only bottles
  22. Where did you see that? No place in the newsletter were the words 'bottles only' written or intimated. To the contrary, KRBC did state that:

    "There will be a 6 bottle per person limit and there will be NO growler fills. Why no growler fills? Well, last time the Citra on tap only lasted 2 days, so if we have bottles on Sunday and nothing on tap it would look kind of silly."
  23. Domeshot14

    Domeshot14 Savant (270) California Jul 10, 2011

    I guess I misread this. Sorry for the misinformation above.
  24. No probs - I'm making the trip up and felt a little testy about not having a few cold pints of Citra at the end of that looong drive.
  25. To clarify, we will have it on draft. We are not doing growler fills so that we can maybe have it on tap all three days (last release we ran out on draft in 2 days, but we did limited growler fills).

    As for predictions; that is a hard one since it seems to grow every time. This one will likely be weather dependent as well (if we had it this upcoming weekend it would be snowing). All I can do is tell you what happened last time: The last release we had 25 cases each on a Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday there were more people in line before we opened than there were bottles available, but not by much. On Sunday we had enough bottles for everyone that was waiting in line before we opened, with maybe a couple of cases left over (and that went quickly).

    So by not distributing we are able to up the number of bottles available each day and increase the number of days from 2 to 3, hopefully increasing people's chances of getting their hands on some bottles. Distribution got pretty ridiculous, store owners were getting upset when they only got 1 or 2 cases, people were following the delivery truck around, customers could only buy 1 bottle, etc. Again, this batch is 2/3 the size of the batch we released in November, so distribution just didn't make sense; we apologize if people are upset by this, but chances are it would have been extremely difficult to come by anyway. Hopefully we will only have to put up with these small releases for another year or so.
  26. fartmaster

    fartmaster Initiate (0) California Dec 27, 2011

  27. stupac2

    stupac2 Initiate (0) California Feb 22, 2011

    I'm really glad you guys aren't distributing a tiny batch and making it stupid. Draws more people to the pub (and Kern!) and reduces a lot of the stupidity around releases. I hope more breweries start to do this as well.
  28. Go on....
    planning a dedicated production facility?
  29. Really? Because to accomplish this, a beer maniac would have had to sit in a parking lot for hours, laying in wait for the truck to leave the brewery (or a random store). And I thought the Krispy Kreme frenzy was insane...
  30. ISO - hit me up if you've got bottles to trade. Thanks.
  31. Urbano7913

    Urbano7913 Disciple (60) California Feb 24, 2011

    i will be attending to the release.anyone whos down to have a bottle share?im gonna bring a few bottles to share.cheers
  32. Epical8

    Epical8 Aficionado (120) California Dec 30, 2010

    How much do they sell for?
  33. Well I'm leaving at 6am to get there by 9am.

    Very true, especially in nearby Bakersfield

    Here is some inspiration for those making the trek.

    eorwar likes this.
  34. Debating doing the same thing. Just depending on mother nature. I can pass on citra if it is rainy/snowy coming across the grapevine.
  35. vande

    vande Advocate (510) Illinois Jan 26, 2007

    ISO too! Never had this and would love to try - but don't want to give away my first or second born... Is that possible :)?
  36. taffeys

    taffeys Aficionado (105) California Dec 23, 2005

    Which day are you guys going to be there at 9am?
  37. depends on my work schedule, most likely saturday or sunday.
  38. BeerShman

    BeerShman Savant (275) California Dec 14, 2010

    Anyone doing a run up from OC area? Maybe do an IP trade or something like that?
    Also, Im curious to know what it usually takes to land a couple bottles?
    This has been on my list to try for along time now and never can make it up the brewery.
  39. DCRA

    DCRA Aficionado (160) California Dec 14, 2011


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  40. fartmaster

    fartmaster Initiate (0) California Dec 27, 2011

    someone didnt have to work today lucky sold out in like an hour i called the brewery and it sounded so loud there. good work kern river

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