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Firestone Walker - Velvet Merkin

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by imfrommichigan, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. imfrommichigan

    imfrommichigan Advocate (515) Michigan Jul 12, 2012 Beer Trader

  2. mjshearer1

    mjshearer1 Advocate (575) Michigan Dec 16, 2011 Beer Trader

    Stupid Firestone and their stupid beers taking all of my stupid money...
    Catracho5, Big_Steve23, Sasu and 46 others like this.
  3. this sounds glorious :eek:
  4. Seems like a stupid question...but is this getting distributed?
  5. jplopez21

    jplopez21 Advocate (660) Illinois Nov 14, 2012 Beer Trader

    It says barrelworks on their FB. But last I heard this is definitely being distroed.
  6. imfrommichigan

    imfrommichigan Advocate (515) Michigan Jul 12, 2012 Beer Trader

    It better be distributed. Otherwise, why do the fancy shmancy box?
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  8. Skunkdrool

    Skunkdrool Advocate (550) California Jul 31, 2010 Beer Trader

    It will hit distro, but the initial release is through Barrelworks, not the Paso Robles location.
    And yes, its really good. Had it several times now.
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  9. socon67

    socon67 Champion (825) New York Jun 18, 2010

    This beer is hype worthy.
  10. opwog

    opwog Advocate (665) Minnesota Jun 16, 2008

    Confused. I remember Velvet Merkin on tap around SoCal for a couple of years and then they changed the name to Velvet Merlin once they wanted to bottle it and market it. As far as I remember, these were the exact same beer. Seems odd to pull out Velvet Merlin's original name and then market it as a different beer.
  11. Buff0910

    Buff0910 Savant (400) Alabama Jan 20, 2013

    I know this awesome BA will hook me up once this is released?! Excited for this one for sure.
  12. RichD

    RichD Poobah (1,020) Rhode Island Mar 18, 2012 Beer Trader

    I really really really really hope that this makes it to Rhode Island.
  13. Skunkdrool

    Skunkdrool Advocate (550) California Jul 31, 2010 Beer Trader

    Not a problem! BTW, I have that Mash
  14. Number45forever

    Number45forever Savant (400) Vermont Jan 6, 2012 Beer Trader

    I can't wait until this gets to New Hampshire in like November of 2015. So excited. Firestone: come to Vermont! We have precious few beer options here, we need you. Who else will empty the rest of my wallet?
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  15. Infinite1

    Infinite1 Savant (395) Illinois Jul 2, 2010 Beer Trader

    Can't wait
  16. jplopez21

    jplopez21 Advocate (660) Illinois Nov 14, 2012 Beer Trader


    NFMSKRS Aficionado (210) California Jan 31, 2012 Beer Trader

    Velvet Merlin is their Oatmeal Stout whereas Velvet Merkin is the Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout.
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  18. So Velvet Merlin but better :), I'm in.
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  19. mmikey8

    mmikey8 Savant (395) California Aug 2, 2012 Beer Trader

    First time being bottled, right?
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  20. MetalMountainMastiff

    MetalMountainMastiff Savant (440) California Oct 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    One of the best beers i've had!!!
  21. opwog

    opwog Advocate (665) Minnesota Jun 16, 2008

    I understand that is what they are saying now, but do you remember Velvet Merkin back when it used to be available around Central and SOuthern (maybe even Northern) California for years before they started releasing Velvet Merlin? There was Velvet Merkin, which was the oatmeal stout that you would frequently find and then a barrel aged Velvet Merkin. In fact it used to be listed as an "alias" beer on here after they started to bottle it as Velvet Merlin. And with all the changes to this site, things have gotten moved around, but look up the currently active Velvet Merkin and then go to the last page of reviews and read some of the oldest reviews on this. You will see people specifically talking about it as barrel aged Velvet Merkin and not a barrel aged version of Velvet Merlin. Similarly, when you go to the last page of the Velvet Merlin reviews you will see some of those oldest ones being a jumble of both the original Velvet Merkin oatmeal stout and the barrel aged Velvet Merkin. It looks like maybe a local editor or one of the brothers went in at one point and tried to split these out again after the "alias" days of them all being on one listing. But I specifically remember that it was always Velvet Merkin and BA Velvet Merkin at anyplace that I went back 4 or 5 years ago.
  22. phooky

    phooky Savant (465) New York Jan 23, 2010

    Just make sure not to put "merkin" into Google Image Search
  23. It is confusing, and I asked David Walker and his wife about it. Here's what I could gather: Velvet Merken was the name of their oatmeal stout that they used to brew. It was draft only, and they played around with the recipe quite a bit. Sometimes they would blend some portion of the barrel aged beer back into it, so it would be partially barrel aged. Sometimes a fully barrel aged keg would show up at some fests. Once they decided to bottle it, they had to get label approval and standardize things, plus they had issues initially with getting the word, "merkin" through the ABC. The Velvet Merlin is completely non-barrel aged and comes in six-packs of 12 oz bottles. The Velvet Merkin did eventually get approval and has become the name of the fully barrel-aged version that is being released in 22 oz bottles for the first time this year.
  24. ChanChan

    ChanChan Advocate (620) California Dec 12, 2009 Beer Trader

    I like the triangular Merkin symbol on the box. Genius!! I can't wait to have this caressing my palate!!
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  25. musicman7070

    musicman7070 Advocate (530) New Jersey Aug 26, 2012 Beer Trader

    It is very, very glorious. Had it on tap in Philly this past March. Definitely in my top 3 for favorite imperial stouts. So. Much. Vanilla. Mmmm.
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  26. BeerMeInStl

    BeerMeInStl Advocate (630) Missouri Jan 26, 2013

    Really hoping that I'll be able to find a bottle or two of this.
  27. opwog

    opwog Advocate (665) Minnesota Jun 16, 2008

    Makes total sense, because I do recall variations in the abv, as well.
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  28. KrokodilDundee

    KrokodilDundee Aficionado (210) Texas Oct 29, 2011 Beer Trader

    Everytime I read the name of this beer I just think to myself how sublime a velvet merkin would really feel.
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  29. Skunkdrool

    Skunkdrool Advocate (550) California Jul 31, 2010 Beer Trader

    This is correct. I remember when they were going through all of the hooplah of "merkin". It was on tap here and there at the tap room, always as "merkin". A lot of us locals were not happy about the change in name. But, alas, here she is!
  30. seriously firestone is just killing it right now, parabola and sucaba are fantastic so i think this one is definitely going to deliver without a doubt
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  31. pcstuck

    pcstuck Aficionado (200) Illinois Jan 5, 2013 Beer Trader

    Get in my belly. Barrel aged oatmeal stout sounds great
  32. Mandark

    Mandark Savant (350) Illinois Apr 8, 2008 Beer Trader

    Csuck it, Cthulhu.
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  33. rather

    rather Savant (455) California May 31, 2013

    whole foods tustin should get bottles next week!
  34. c64person

    c64person Advocate (585) North Carolina Mar 20, 2010 Beer Trader

    Want this sooo bad.... wish Firestone distro'ed to Michigan :(
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  35. bsnone

    bsnone Savant (315) Arizona Nov 22, 2012 Beer Trader

    Can't wait for this to find its way to Arizona. :)
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  36. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (660) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    Hopefully this will be as easy to score as this years' Parabola in ATX.

    Love the box. And I can't believe it, but it's already label approved here (they've had it on draft here in a few places for special tappings), so apparently the TABC has no problem with the word "Merkin", lol.
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  37. TTC

    TTC Aficionado (240) California Jul 16, 2013 Beer Trader

    Facebook says September? What's your source?
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  38. Damn, fell for it... ugh. Don't do it.
  39. I just saw a picture of Maynard James Keenan!
  40. Pelican5

    Pelican5 Savant (375) California Feb 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    Can. Not. Wait.

    One of my favorite beers ever.