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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Coffee and Cherry Rye '12

Discussion in 'US - Great Lakes' started by Swiderek202, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. JRBecks

    JRBecks Savant (410) Illinois Apr 3, 2012

    Care to share where?
     
  2. Has anyone heard about a potential date you can find it in Michigan?
     
  3. dman5400

    dman5400 Aficionado (245) Illinois Jan 13, 2011

  4. gpawned

    gpawned Initiate (0) Illinois Jun 5, 2012

    Well, the last guy that seemed certain about this told me the opposite.
     
  5. dman5400

    dman5400 Aficionado (245) Illinois Jan 13, 2011


    If you notice the description of cherry, its exactly what's written on the label of cherry rye bottles. Got one right in front of me.
     
  6. gpawned

    gpawned Initiate (0) Illinois Jun 5, 2012

    Good to know. I guess I'd like a definitive answer from someone with actual knowledge on this.

    I hope you're right, knowing I've already tried it makes me less frantic to find it, especially since I too thought the cherry was pretty subtle, as Jagen mentioned. Still a great beer, but I don't think I'd hunt it any harder than regular BCBS. I do look forward to seeing how it tastes in a year since that seemed to do wonders for Bramble (though I never had the pleasure of trying that one fresh...loved it this past summer though).
     
  7. Anyone here a media person that writes about beer? You might be in luck if you're still looking for Cherry Rye. Goose has been sending out some bottles to the media! For free!

    I'm actually a little peeved that they used bottles of Cherry Rye in this manner. Probably not more than a case, I know, and what's the difference if one group of 12 people get a bottle (media) versus another group (consumers). And yet... having said that...
     
  8. mdomask

    mdomask Savant (335) Illinois May 27, 2012

    I'd expect nothing less than this, actually. And given the sheer amount of Rare, Vanilla, and King Henry brought forth for the Black Friday tasting, I'm guessing that GI has a few bottles and kegs stashed away for other special events, both public (like Black Friday) and private (like the beer dinners in the barrel warehouse).

    I'd expect GI to hold back units for the media. I don't understand being peeved over good business practice.
     
  9. Well its not the cherry rye but I managed to snag an extra 2 coffee leaving me with more than I had originality wanted/needed but it fell into my lap so I would be happy to send along to anyone whos still looking for it shoot me a BM if your interested.
     
  10. ThirstT

    ThirstT Aficionado (140) Illinois May 5, 2012

    In the single tasting event where I've had the pleasure of sampling multiple varients. We finished with a 07-12 vertical of bcbs. The order of drinking these would likely have affected my rankings, along with other factors, but here's my .02:
    Rare>2012 Coffee>Vanilla=Cherry=Regular
    I'd like to run this experiment a few dozen more times to see how the rankings change. I'd also really like to be able to partake in a bramble. Something tells me I'm not alone on those sentiments!
     
  11. jpsy422

    jpsy422 Savant (305) Illinois Jul 12, 2009

    Loo
    Looks familiar... Wednesdays baby.
     
  12. stellavarity

    stellavarity Disciple (55) Illinois Jul 16, 2010

    there must have been a second delivery of coffee - ran into it twice in chicago the last two days (Binnys in lincoln park, but i reckon it's gone - and, lush on roscoe today - they had 6-7 bottles for $22ish.)

    no cherry
     
  13. stouts4me

    stouts4me Savant (410) Illinois Oct 9, 2011

    Got Coffee in Algonquin today 12/15 Sat. 2 for $18.99 ea. Very fair price. Also picked up 2 Avery Samuel's @ $6.99 ea. a steal at that price, and an awesome beer, I would rate it as highly as bcbs.
     
  14. stouts4me

    stouts4me Savant (410) Illinois Oct 9, 2011

    On the subject of Cherry Rye BCBS, I have an extra to trade, but that is a different thread.....
     
  15. matoo

    matoo Initiate (20) Dec 19, 2012

    I missed out on a raffle for the Cherry Rye, but I did manage to snag a Coffee a couple weeks ago. I still really want to find the Cherry Rye though. I'm too new to post there, but as soon as I can I may have to post my remaining bottle of Rare up for trade. Maybe I could score a Firestone Walker XVI too, since my usual places sold out before I knew it was in.
     
  16. kreg02

    kreg02 Aficionado (175) Illinois Nov 19, 2012

    This intrigues me and I have both... I only have one bottle of each. Let me know if you are interested I may be down. Where you live?
     
  17. tinypyramids

    tinypyramids Savant (455) Illinois Jul 19, 2012

    after having it at GI black friday, imo cherry isn't worth its completely nutty trade value. if i wound up with one, i'd trade it immediately.
     
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  18. mbockstruck30

    mbockstruck30 Savant (325) Illinois Dec 31, 2010

    Same here. Enjoyed it at GI but I prefer Coffee. Would like to snag one but not at its ridiculous inflation value right now. Its no where near Vanilla or Rare (however, Rare is starting to fall off a bit, but still).
     
  19. Lansman

    Lansman Savant (400) Illinois Mar 19, 2011

    Just wanted to chime in with a selling practice of Cherry Rye that I would love to see adopted in larger form by some larger bottle shops that currently dominate a lot of the beer releases in the Chicago area.

    In St. Louis, the Wine & Cheese Shop is selling their lone case of Cherry Rye without announcing anything publicly, and placing one bottle of Cherry Rye on the shelf at a random time each day until the case is gone. I think this is a fantastic idea. This practice leaves who gets the bottles nearly entirely to chance, and doesn't give the air of having to be in the right place for that one brief window of 5 minutes/winning a lottery/being on the "special list"/having to leave work in the middle of the day to run and get your bottle/brick/whatever before the bottles sell through immediately.

    For an example as to how this works in practice, the first bottle of the case was put out on the shelf and lasted 22 minutes before it was purchased.
     
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  20. Bay01

    Bay01 Savant (445) Illinois Nov 19, 2008

    There's now a line of FIBS at the Wine & Cheese Shop demanding their Cherry Rye.
     
  21. Lansman

    Lansman Savant (400) Illinois Mar 19, 2011

    My apologies. I forgot that we weren't supposed to post this sort of information until long after the stuff was gone, and then I was supposed to take a picture of my haul and tell people how easy it was to obtain. :)
     
  22. jeebus23

    jeebus23 Aficionado (155) Illinois Mar 19, 2010

    You think $18.99 for coffee is fair? I paid $10.99 for mine. I might pay that for the cherry since it was harder to find, but not for coffee. Ok, maybe I would since that's pretty much my favorite beer of all time, but still, you got robbed.
     
  23. stevegoz

    stevegoz Savant (320) Illinois May 5, 2008

    Pretty sure the list price for Coffee increased significantly this year -- the bottle you bought may well have been sold at a loss by a retailer who didn't update the price. I paid $19.99 for mine at both Binny's and an independent shop.
     
  24. mdomask

    mdomask Savant (335) Illinois May 27, 2012

    So, it rewards those with the ability to go visit the store at random times of day, i.e., those with non-standard jobs?

    My favorite method is still as follows:
    1. Have a well-maintained, well-publicized social media presence.
    2. Announce as soon as possible when you expect to get stuff in and the time/date you plan to sell it. Generally, specified time is "when we open".
    3. Hold product after receipt until specified time.
    4. Release at specified time.
    5. Happy people.

    That's it. No drama. No fuss. Everyone knows the date/time to be there. The information is equally available to everyone. Most people can arrange their schedule a week in advance to make the product release.

    The only advantage to leaking product out bit by bit at random times is that it rewards frequent shoppers and gives people who aren't "plugged in" a shot at something.

    That last point isn't too big an issue, though. I've seen plenty of significant others, grandparents, aunts/uncles, (adult) children, and other non-BA types show up at bottle shops and score limited releases. I've talked with a few of them, and they all that they're buying it for so-and-so for Xmas/birthday/whatever, and the person they're buying it for said it's coming out soon, and they just made the effort to call around. These are the same people who always score the hottest Christmas toys for their kids, so they're experts at tracking these things down.
     
  25. mbockstruck30

    mbockstruck30 Savant (325) Illinois Dec 31, 2010

    $18.99 is very fair this year. Others didn't get robbed, you got a steal. $10.99 is even a steal for last year's pricing.
     
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  26. TotallyHosed

    TotallyHosed Savant (340) Illinois Jun 20, 2009

    I think you're assuming a bottle is placed on the shelf between 9am-5pm. What if the bottle is placed on the shelf at 9pm, then you start browsing the aisles at 9:01pm?

    Armanetti's has done this before. Earlier this year, I found a bottle of KBS in the mix-six aisle several weeks after its release.
     
  27. mdomask

    mdomask Savant (335) Illinois May 27, 2012

    I'm assuming the potential exists for it to be placed there between 9-5. It still rewards browsing the store often at non-standard times. Or loitering.

    I'm just a big fan of taking luck out of the equation.
     
  28. TotallyHosed

    TotallyHosed Savant (340) Illinois Jun 20, 2009

    I understand what you mean about loitering. The Wine/Cheese Shop idea seems to work in St. Louis, but will it work in Chicago? (Rhetorical question)

    You want to be in control of your destiny. I totally understand.
     
  29. On the contrary, I find that letting it all boil down to luck is the ONLY way to distribute if your goal is to do it "fairly." It is almost impossible (and certainly unprofitable) to come up with some sort of perfect merit-based system to distribute with.

    And saying this, I should mention that the ability to have flexible beer store availability, having lots of disposable income, and tons of free time are not "merits" in this sense if you ask me.
     
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  30. jeebus23

    jeebus23 Aficionado (155) Illinois Mar 19, 2010

    No, they're always a lot lower than the prices people post on here. They don't mess up the price on all their beers. $18.99 just seems like a hell of a lot.
     
  31. Dood you got yours at Kenwood Liquors in Oak Lawn, so did I, they messed up their price, they didn't pay attention to the invoice and didn't update their prices from last year.
     
  32. jeebus23

    jeebus23 Aficionado (155) Illinois Mar 19, 2010

    Nope, not there. If the place I got mine at screwed up, they let it go for a couple of weeks. Bought 2 more bottles a couple of weeks later for the same price.
     
  33. Cost in IL was more than $11/bottle. I can't remember exactly, but I think cost was around $168/case. You got a great deal.
     
  34. aefbjo

    aefbjo Savant (275) Bahamas Jun 8, 2005

    Yeah mine was $20.99 at a place where the beer buyer is my best friend, and a VERY detail-oriented guy. Their markup may be slightly higher due to it being a very small beer section, but that's the ballpark.

    I just got two Big Johns for $9.99 -- is that what others are seeing?
     
  35. mykey120

    mykey120 Aficionado (160) Wisconsin Aug 13, 2012

    Yep I just saw big john and night stalker at mchenry binnys for 9.99 each
     
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  36. mdomask

    mdomask Savant (335) Illinois May 27, 2012


    Yeah, that's pretty much it. I'm not a big fan of leaving things to luck. Even in casinos, I tend to like games where my decisions mitigate luck (poker, blackjack, etc.). The post a time, show up then, FCFS thing rewards a bit of research and effort, but shuts out anyone with an inflexible schedule.



    That was the theory behind Vav's Black Friday cellar shindig, and that worked pretty well. I heard some grumbling about putting the numbers back in the hat, but that was the only way to make sure that everyone had an equal chance in every single drawing. Otherwise, people's odds would increase as the raffle proceeded.

    I just see releases and events like that as two separate things. I guess the difference is that most releases are received at arbitrary times midweek, whereas the Vav event was scheduled for a day many people have as a holiday.

    I guess the way to be totally fair about this is to have a window where everyone can pick up a ticket for a lottery, then have a public drawing at a certain time, with the winning numbers listed on Facebook or something. Of course, you could have a situation even then where one person hits every time and another misses every time, and someone feels cheated still. Plus, you have people who wouldn't necessarily take time to show up for a timed release (or may not even care!) who put numbers in just because.

    I think we all agree that either method is better than lists.
     
  37. Vav

    Vav Savant (495) Illinois Jul 27, 2008

    There is no way to make everyone happy. The end.
     
  38. vande

    vande Advocate (510) Illinois Jan 26, 2007

    Meh...I'm thinking, 100 m dash.. 12 bottles at the end, 2 each - for the fast 6 sprinters... ;)
     
  39. gpawned

    gpawned Initiate (0) Illinois Jun 5, 2012

    that idea is horrible...whine whine, moan moan...it should be a 200m hurdles...24 bottles at the end, 1/2 each for the 46 fastest and a whole bottle for me.
     
  40. Flabbyjandro

    Flabbyjandro Savant (495) Illinois Jun 12, 2012

    I prefer a mad max cage match, two men enter, one man leave with Cherry Rye. Lets us fatties stand a chance dammit!
     
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