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KBS and/or Black Note In Florida

Discussion in 'US - South-Atlantic' started by Andreias21, Mar 25, 2014.

  1. Andreias21

    Andreias21 Advocate (505) Florida Feb 3, 2011

    Figured i'd start this up so we can help each other out. Any sightings / rumors yet about these guys?
  2. No rumors. According to Founders it hits all their other distribution areas, aka everyone not in Michigan, on April 1st. Idk if that means we will get it on April 1st or they are shipping it out April 1st but that is their official word.
  3. jivex5k

    jivex5k Advocate (550) Florida Apr 13, 2011

    April 1st you say?
    It will probably be Four Loko in KBS bottles.
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  4. wiltznucs

    wiltznucs Savant (450) Florida Jun 27, 2013

    My connections at ABC and TW seem clueless as to how much if any KBS will be coming...
  5. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Moderator (620) Georgia Feb 12, 2012 Staff Member

    it's usually released here in GA on the day they plan. So April 1 for the bigger stores, and probably a little leaking here and there shortly after for the smaller guys with one or two trucks a week that service them.
  6. marleyr

    marleyr Initiate (0) South Carolina Feb 25, 2014

    Come on people! It was the same thing last year. It'll be up for sale on April 1st. Most stores already have it in, but they're not allowed to sell it until the first. Cood luck!
  7. CGMLS3

    CGMLS3 Savant (400) Florida Jul 30, 2010

    Well FL distributors defy logic.
    urielxvi, landhoney, madnismo and 7 others like this.
  8. cacostaj

    cacostaj Aficionado (245) Florida Feb 15, 2013

    In SoFla this will be a shit show ala Bourbon County. It's mind-boggling to me how inefficient most stores are at providing something even remotely close to accurate information.
  9. raczkowski

    raczkowski Savant (290) Florida May 16, 2011

    The founders rep told my local shop today April first it'll start getting shipped out. Don't know what that means for distribution and stores beginning to sell it.
  10. wiltznucs

    wiltznucs Savant (450) Florida Jun 27, 2013

    Beginning to sound like Hopslam all over again. The rest of the country will be drinking it for a month before it hits the shelves in Florida.
  11. jivex5k

    jivex5k Advocate (550) Florida Apr 13, 2011

    Good thing it's not an IPA.
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  12. Andreias21

    Andreias21 Advocate (505) Florida Feb 3, 2011

    I'm not chasing these all around town. I just hope I can come across a 4 pack of each and be done with it.
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  13. My thoughts exactly, though I'm good friends with a local shop owner, so my chase might be a shorter one. We'll see if I can coerce him to lose a 4pk for me.
  14. jivex5k

    jivex5k Advocate (550) Florida Apr 13, 2011

    I'm ready to hunt for this beer.
  15. GatorLCA

    GatorLCA Savant (435) Florida Dec 29, 2012

    I heard 4/4 is was releasing. I'd rather have Black Note over KBS, however, I am curious to know how this years tastes fresh
  16. Last year we got KBS in NC on April 1. Our distributor drops it off on that day, then have at it. April 1st is the first official day for it to be sold into the distribution network, not necessarily the day its available.
    digdug1810 likes this.
  17. mxracercam

    mxracercam Aficionado (170) Florida Jan 14, 2014

    went to the total wine in sarasota and asked about both. i might as well have had eight eyeballs and a giant penis growing out of my forehead given the response i got.

    i.e. they didn't know what either of them were, and neither were in their system. this from the "manager".
    julielynndubee likes this.
  18. SkinnyT

    SkinnyT Zealot (90) Florida Oct 2, 2013

    Is black note out and/or being distributed down here yet? I have a friend that works at Brown distributing and she is saying next week for KBS. The Founders site itself says April 1st for markets outside of their local area.
  19. jloomis

    jloomis Aficionado (245) Florida Jan 6, 2010

    Sadly, this is the norm at TW. I feel there are maybe 1-2 employes their that really understand and keep up with beer releases, and if you don't get them it's the eight eyes penis forehead look for you. More often then not they have no idea what you are asking them, they just type it in their computer and then I swear they just make up some arbitrary date.

    The thing is they have to be making decent money off their craft beer sales given the amount of space they have dedicated to it, so why they don't always have a "beer" person working in the store is beyond me.
  20. chardlogic

    chardlogic Savant (280) Florida Feb 18, 2011

    I'm curious to see if any Black Note will actually make it down to South FL for a change, or will they bogart it up North once again.
  21. OPJohn

    OPJohn Aficionado (170) Florida Oct 5, 2013

    I think the only way we're going to start seeing more releases on the shelves in a timely fashion is if people in our state start buying more craft beer. I don't mean you and me or anyone else that loves craft beer, I mean the general Florida beer drinking public. I know several ABC's in our area that are stocking craft just aren't seeing the turnover in sales that they'd like. Part of the problem is that they aren't rotating out old stock (ex: finding dust covered 2011 Oak Aged Yeti on the shelves, sadly a soy sauce drain pour) and the other problem is not enough people in our area purchase and drink craft beer.

    I really want to see the FL legislature pass a law enabling the bottle shops to hold tastings on site, like they can do for wine and spirits. I'd like to see more festivals and craft beer events in every city in Florida so the public can be exposed to craft beer to a point where they like it and seek it out.

    There might be more rapid response from Champion and other distributors on new releases if there were more sales and orders for new beers coming in. I know for certain they held back beers like Lagunitas Sucks because they wanted to see more bottles of Brown Shugga sell first. I think we were the last people in the distribution area to see hopslam.
  22. bushycook

    bushycook Aficionado (215) Virginia Jan 31, 2011

    The distributors might have it in, but they won't deliver until at least April 1st. So whenever your store gets deliveries from the distro, that's when they'll get it.
  23. scotti561

    scotti561 Zealot (90) Florida Feb 2, 2013

    Any one know the price of a 4-pack of KBS? My brother sent a bottle last year from Chicago but I couldn't find any in FL.

    I saw a keg of Black Note last year at a place called Barrel and Grain in WPB. The keg didn't kick for a couple of weeks! They also had a keg of hopslam at the same time and it kicked in a few days. I think I read that they closed a month ago though.
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  24. jivex5k

    jivex5k Advocate (550) Florida Apr 13, 2011

    I'd imagine it stuck around due to the price. These are the guys who were charging 50 bucks for a bottle of zhukov. They are out of business now though, good riddance.
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  25. CGMLS3

    CGMLS3 Savant (400) Florida Jul 30, 2010

    Should be $20 per 4pk.
  26. mxracercam

    mxracercam Aficionado (170) Florida Jan 14, 2014

    KBS was $19.99 at founders. Who knows locally.

    My friend in GR told me Black Note was $25/4 pack
  27. scotti561

    scotti561 Zealot (90) Florida Feb 2, 2013

    Yeah. I went during happy hour and they gave me half price on the drafts.

    Thanks for the price check.
  28. ASuarez

    ASuarez Aficionado (185) Florida Jun 13, 2011

    It might just be me being selfish, but we do not need anymore craft beer drinkers. As it is, Black Note and KBS will probably disappear as soon as it comes through the door at most places. What the distributors need to start getting better at is gauging the the demand for most beers. Like maybe they should have someone that searches beer advocate or other social media to see what people want. The local reps should also know what stores do well with craft beer. I'm sure there's certain parts of town that like craft beer more than others. Give the good stuff to those guys.
  29. jivex5k

    jivex5k Advocate (550) Florida Apr 13, 2011

    I'm on the edge about this. Huna day would have been way better without a fuckload of people there, but it was still a good time.

    Funky Buddha Anniversary Parties get way too crowded at the lounge, but I always have a good time regardless.
    Even better since I became an imperial snifter member and got in early.

    The oakland park location gets way too busy though, and I don't have a good time, no love from the bartenders like at the lounge. Understandable, I don't go enough to be a regular so why should they treat me like one? But the number of people that go there just turns me off.

    They handled the MBCP release well, but god damn if there werent way too many people around.

    But you know, these people are funding an industry I enjoy, so I realize it's necessary. Luckily the lounge on most days isn't crowded and I can enjoy some peace and quiet with great beer.

    I just hate crowds really, hell, when I go to Pollo Tropical at lunch and see a line of 8 cars barely fitting in the parking lot I think to myself: "Fuck every single one of you fucking fucks for being at my lunch spot."

    That's a pretty childish reaction, but it's one that is deeply embedded and requires a conscience effort to eliminate for whatever reason. In reality it's probably adding what, 10 - 15 minutes of wait time? Definitely not enough to warrant a torrent of curses upon strangers, but damned if I don't feel it deep in my gut.
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  30. jmm380

    jmm380 Savant (290) Florida Jul 8, 2013

    I was told a couple days ago by a Brown Rep that it was going to be 24.99 a 4 pack and if they sell only singles it would be $7 per. KBS is already here for release on normail delivery days next week.
  31. FrankenMiller

    FrankenMiller Zealot (90) Florida Mar 5, 2014

    My buddy is a beer mgr at an ABC. They usually have no clue what is comming in for special releases. They see it on the order list, they order it and hope it comes in. It is up to the distributer to allocate it. Hell he says he always orders at least one of every CCB on the list. Bottle, Can or Keg and basically gets what they decide to send him.

    For BCBS they knew they were getting some but not how much. For this he knows he will get at least a case of KBS but not sure on Black Note.

    I would assume the TW is the same.
  32. Thanks for starting the thread, I was hoping for this. Im in the Tampa area but havent heard anything as of yet...
  33. i'll be in daytona beach sunday...Anywhere to stop in to try and snag some while i'm there(black note since KBS isn't supposed to hit untiil Apr 1st)? Also any reccomendations on beers to try and pick up and shops to stop at? Won't have too much time unfortunately so anything right by the air port..
  34. ryman546

    ryman546 Zealot (85) Florida Dec 21, 2013

    Havent seen anything yet locally
  35. I'm really just curious about how much black note will be showing up here, and how impossible will it be to get ahold of...
  36. We should make a co-op, buy it all and split it. Why compete with ourselves???
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  37. It's been dropped and selling out already in TX.
  38. madnismo

    madnismo Savant (325) Florida Jan 30, 2011

    KBS will be hitting the Shelves all week next week. Most small stores that sell a good amount of Founders will get 1cs, larger stores that sell mass amounts will get 2 or more, I heard TW on Dale Mabry will get around 10cs? As for Bells BN, out of the top 10 stores in FL maybe 4 will get it. Bells bases how much to send based on the amount of core brands sold in FL.
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  39. RayUF07

    RayUF07 Advocate (600) Florida Sep 22, 2012

    There are way too many other great beers around to bother with chasing KBS.

    Black Note, maybe. But it's still probably not worth it.
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  40. wiltznucs

    wiltznucs Savant (450) Florida Jun 27, 2013

    Talked to someone at ABC yesterday who confirmed KBS will be coming next week. Also said to expect a 1-2 bottles per person limit and not all stores will be getting it.
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