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Katy - Mason Rd. Score

Discussion in 'US - Southwest' started by icetrauma, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. icetrauma

    icetrauma Savant (485) Texas Sep 7, 2004

    I said I wasn't going to do it but I said what the hell. Pulled into Spec's on Mason Rd. Not expecting to find anything of course and scored 2 bottles of OG Black Metal. Went across the street to HEB for some grub and scored some Funk Metal. I said I wasn't going to buy anymore beer till BA Hellfighter came out. But what's a beer guy to do when confronted with those 2 beauties?
  2. Holy shit, what a score!!
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  3. icetrauma

    icetrauma Savant (485) Texas Sep 7, 2004

    There are 3 more bottles of Funk Metal left. I stashed one in the back behind the Wytchmaker, hoping it will still be there next Thurs. I can't bring myself to spend anymore. Wife was already commenting on how the beer stock practically quadrupled this month.
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  4. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (650) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    I gotta wonder if all these OG Black Metal "scores" in Houston are from the 6 or so unsold cases that sat at Spec's Brodie for about a year right near the exit doors and subsequently disappeared 1-2 months ago. :)
  5. icetrauma

    icetrauma Savant (485) Texas Sep 7, 2004

    Very possible. Can you describe them? :D
  6. kmello69

    kmello69 Advocate (505) Texas Nov 27, 2011

    Can they trade stock across markets like that? If so, then I wouldnt doubt it, because those were sitting there a LONG time
  7. icetrauma

    icetrauma Savant (485) Texas Sep 7, 2004

    Is it legal to ship from one store to another? I know the whole brew pub shipping to another pub is not legal.
  8. TxUltraRunner

    TxUltraRunner Savant (365) Texas Aug 16, 2012

    Yes, it is legal. Used to do it all the time when I opened up the Specs on Mason. They got some Boxers for me several months ago from another Specs.
  9. icetrauma

    icetrauma Savant (485) Texas Sep 7, 2004

    So, these BM's could be those of former Brodie's fame?
  10. Azzy

    Azzy Savant (290) Texas Jul 16, 2012

    It is legal because They are not brewing the beer. They are distributors. The Brewpub is different because they brew their own beer. They can only sell on premise and not distribute, they are only in one tier. Specs is still working under one tier by distributing another locations, or the distributor of JK taking inventory not selling it and transferring to locations that do move it..

    Also Lutter, I thought these OG Black Metal tasted different than the last time I had it..
  11. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (650) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    Well, sitting by the front door of Spec's... they underwent the ol' "20 Degree Flux in Temperature every 10 seconds" technique of aging for about a year. Even some direct sunlight is possible. :)
  12. kmello69

    kmello69 Advocate (505) Texas Nov 27, 2011

    But seriously. What person who knows anything about beer thought "I'll just stack these bottles right there by the giant glass windows in the front of the store......" Oh, someone at Specs, thats right.
  13. icetrauma

    icetrauma Savant (485) Texas Sep 7, 2004

    Well if they are, I'm screwed. Hopefully, they will not be to bad.
  14. DanzBorin

    DanzBorin Initiate (0) Texas Apr 11, 2012

    Since other specs have recently gotten OG Black Metal (some stores got 3+ cases), the Austin cases may be in there, but I don't think that accounts for all of it.
  15. HopAG

    HopAG Savant (475) Texas Sep 22, 2012

    I've surprisingly found more OG Black Metal in Houston recently than the Farmhouse version. I should probably start picking more up for aging and later use.

    Good trade bait?
  16. DanzBorin

    DanzBorin Initiate (0) Texas Apr 11, 2012

    I just saw at least 2 more cases worth today.

    I send it out as extras in trades quite often and folks love it. Farmhouse, not so much.

    I buy a bottle every time I see a new wave and usually 2-3 more before they go away again.
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  17. jbeezification

    jbeezification Savant (405) Texas Jun 6, 2012

    Extras? Seriously I have had trades that centered around the OG
  18. icetrauma

    icetrauma Savant (485) Texas Sep 7, 2004

    Yet, they don't make more.
  19. HopAG

    HopAG Savant (475) Texas Sep 22, 2012


    Soooo Thank Funk Metal still there?
  20. icetrauma

    icetrauma Savant (485) Texas Sep 7, 2004

    Don't know. I will not be back in Katy till next Thursday and I'll def. check to see.
  21. millah

    millah Aficionado (130) Minnesota Nov 22, 2008

    Nope...hopeful MN BA checked about 4pm and the cupboard was bare (even behind the Wytchmaker). Both shelves. OG Black Metal still at Specs, however.
  22. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (650) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    Minnesota is coming for our Jester King. Crap.
  23. HopAG

    HopAG Savant (475) Texas Sep 22, 2012

    Jesus everyone wants our stuff
  24. DanzBorin

    DanzBorin Initiate (0) Texas Apr 11, 2012

    Depends on the trade and the trader. In some trades it's the anchor, others an extra. Everyone likes it though.
  25. LarryK

    LarryK Aficionado (225) Texas Jul 13, 2012

    Hey all,

    I was at the Spec's on Mason this past weekend (visiting family in Katy) and much to my horror I saw four-packs of Pro-Am on the shelf, which the store manager confirmed were at least five months old.

    Manager, seeing me examining the cans for an expiration date: Oh yeah, those are five months old. The flavors may have mellowed out a bit.
    Me, in almost total disbelief: Thanks (all the while thinking to myself YA THINK?)

    As if this wasn't bad enough, they also had two six-packs of Modus Hoperandi with enjoy by dates of JANUARY 1. Not only are these six-packs THREE MONTHS PAST DUE, but they were probably canned half a year ago! Now I get that the Spec's in Katy likely has substantially less turnover than, say, the Spec's in Downtown Houston, but they really need to get that under control. The poor fool who actually buys that old Modus could end up getting turned off craft forever due to one bad experience. I've been to the Mason Road store several times during the past year, and I've come across old beer nearly every single time. Here's hoping they get their act together, although I'm not expecting much.
  26. bccocx

    bccocx Advocate (685) Texas Jan 13, 2007

    This is a common problem at bottle shops all over the state. There are still plenty of shops in Austin with Pro-Am. I actually bought some a couple weeks ago and it was still pretty tasty.
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  27. LarryK

    LarryK Aficionado (225) Texas Jul 13, 2012

    Adding to the previous post, I know there's always a lot of excitement on these boards for when new out-of-state stuff gets the greenlight for distribution in Texas, but I gotta say, I would proceed with caution in some instances, at least when it comes to buying bottles or cans. The out-of-state stuff is really only as good as the distributor, who will hopefully bust ass to get the product on the shelves, as well as the beer manager of a given store. Given my recent experiences with Spec's I'll likely continue to favor drinking local when buying packaged beer in Houston or Austin, which is great for me since some of the local stuff is as good as anything you can get on the national scene.

    That said, none of this applies to draft. It's not like the fantastic beer bars in Houston would serve me old beer even if they tried. The painstaking attention to detail, devotion to their trade and heightened levels of awareness of the proprietors -- not to mention turnover -- of places like Hay Merchant, Petrol, Cottonwood, etc., are as good a freshness seal as one could hope for.
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  28. tjmodica

    tjmodica Savant (325) Texas Oct 2, 2007

    On the upside they will age Ten Fidy for you also
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  29. Smithrob9999

    Smithrob9999 Savant (390) Texas Aug 3, 2011

    So can we talk Jester King into brewing the OG again ?
  30. mrkmrk

    mrkmrk Aficionado (240) Texas Jun 25, 2011


    There was a response about it in the old Everything Jester King thread. IIRC (and I may not, so please don't crucify me), there are no plans whatsoever to make it a regular beer again. However, it might get a special release on an anniversary, or the brewery might hold a homebrewing workshop where they show how to make it, or something to that effect.

    EDIT: Thanks to Heretic for finding the original post! Glad that my memory isn't completely terrible.
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  31. Heretic42

    Heretic42 Savant (410) Texas Aug 31, 2011

    Pretty much. For reference: http://beeradvocate.com/community/threads/everything-jester-king.35800/page-66#post-1131466
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  32. icetrauma

    icetrauma Savant (485) Texas Sep 7, 2004

    We wish. See above.
  33. TomHouTX

    TomHouTX Aficionado (140) Texas Dec 7, 2012

    they released the recipe to Austin Homebrew Supply.:
    http://jesterkingbrewery.com/jester-king-homebrew-recipes-now-available
  34. TomHouTX

    TomHouTX Aficionado (140) Texas Dec 7, 2012

    And this:
    http://forum.palebrewers.org/index.php?topic=134.0

    Topic: Jester King Black Metal Imperial Stout-Original Recipe

    The guys at Jester King are homebrewer friendly and I emailed them and not only did they send me the recipe for their current farmhouse version of Black Metal, I pushed back and asked for the original higher ABV Black Metal and they sent it back, so this is for the bigger one. If anyone wants the farmhouse, let me know.

    Jester King Black Metal Imperial Stout Recipe
    Batch Size (Gal): 5.00
    Total Grain (Lbs): 16.60
    Anticipated OG: 1.108 Plato: 25.46
    Anticipated SRM: 69.5
    Anticipated IBU: 63.7
    Brewhouse Efficiency: 85 %
    Wort Boil Time: 90 Minutes
    Grain/Extract/Sugar
    % Amount Name Origin Potential SRM
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    64.7 10.7 lbs. Maris Otter UK 79.77 4
    14.5 2.4 lbs. Dextrose Generic 99.55 0
    6.0 1.0 lbs. Roasted Barley Great Britain 67.93 550
    4.0 0.7 lbs. Chocolate Great Britain 65.07 458
    4.0 0.7 lbs. Black Malt Great Britain 67.09 500
    2.0 0.3 lbs. Brown Malt Great Britain 73.47 65
    2.0 0.3 lbs. Caramalt UK 67.84 37
    2.0 0.3 lbs. Dark Crystal UK 67.84 75
    0.8 0.1 lbs. Carafa III Special Germany 73.09 525
    Hops
    Amount Name Form Alpha IBU Boil Time
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    1.00 oz. Magnum Pellet 14.10 59.2 90 min.
    1.00 oz. Goldings - E.K. Pellet 7.00 4.5 Whirlpool
    Yeast
    -----
    WLP007
    Notes
    Mash at 154F
    Ferment at 70F
    Start dosing in dextrose approximately four days into fermentation
  35. blatherbeard

    blatherbeard Savant (420) Texas Sep 30, 2007

    Good thing i hate ipa's, my beers age rather well, so buying them pre aged works for me ;)

    I believe on the shipping to other stores front, that they can and do ship to other stores but cannot ship out of county. Such is why elgin and bastrop specs, if they get anything special, it stays there til bought.

    From what ive gathered anyway.

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