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Kuhnhenn Blueberry Eisbock Release

Discussion in 'US - Great Lakes' started by Michigan, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Michigan Jan 8, 2011

    Have you ever picked fresh berries? (serious question) the amount of work it takes to yeild 20 lbs of BB is 10x the work of picking 20 lbs of Raspberries.
     
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  2. tommyz

    tommyz Advocate (510) Michigan May 28, 2007

    I grow raspberries in my back yard...I Go upnorth,kalkaska, and pick blueberries so my grandmother can make blueberry pie..So yeah, I do...I dont find it to be that more intensive labor..

    With that said, no clue on the cost this year or how the crops changed...Both raspberries and blueberries were not very vibrant last year, so...
     
  3. tommyz

    tommyz Advocate (510) Michigan May 28, 2007

    Anyway..If that is true that they probably wont make it again, im glad I got to have it..I liked it more than raspberry, which was also great..Just happy I got to try it and have a bottle of it...And im happy to have some KRE as well..Will probably trade one of those though..
     
  4. Andygirl

    Andygirl Savant (280) Michigan Jan 3, 2013

    The blueberry crop sucked last year, but so did all the fruit crops.
     
  5. tommyz

    tommyz Advocate (510) Michigan May 28, 2007

    My raspberry bush sucked..It was basically bird feed last year..lol..Got a little bit out of it, but it was the worst in the last 5 years..
     
  6. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Michigan Jan 8, 2011

    Blueberry crop was extremely strong last year, yields were way up. They grow alot like grapes, the more stress, the more they produce.
     
  7. fiver29

    fiver29 Savant (415) Ohio Sep 18, 2007

    This is a copy and paste from their FB page about the price and bottle issue:

     
  8. Andygirl

    Andygirl Savant (280) Michigan Jan 3, 2013

    It wasn't good to eat though, not in the area our farm is in (Ludington). If you wanted dried fruit, it was available on the bush. If you weren't irrigating, it was nasty. Blackberries, gooseberries, and blueberries, all yucky.
     
  9. dblab33

    dblab33 Savant (345) Michigan Dec 9, 2011

    Blueberry kicked while we were there a couple hours ago. We were told that's it. It was fucking delicious.
     
  10. tommyz

    tommyz Advocate (510) Michigan May 28, 2007

    Glad most of us that were wanting to have this, got the chance to atleast taste it...Do wish there was more of the KBE, selfishly, but both were Amazing...Its gonna be hard to sit on my 1 bottle of the blueberry..lol
     
  11. Michigan

    Michigan Initiate (0) Michigan Oct 24, 2012

    I got a pout of Raspberry first and it blew my freakin mind. The guy next to me got the 3rd pour of Blueberry off the bar and it had a THICK frothy head (that sounds weird) and looked like this
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    I got the blueberry about an hour later and it wasn't as thick but still considerably thicker than the raspberry. The raspberry had a beautiful candy apple deep crimson around the edges of the glass and looked more like this
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    Both wonderful but I was more partial to the raspberry
     
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  12. surlytheduff

    surlytheduff Savant (380) Michigan Jul 22, 2010

    The blueberry juice was not from local MI commercially grown blueberries, but wild blueberries (from Oregon). As someone who's picked wild blueberries before, harvesting those are a magnitude more difficult. Though that does explain why the flavor is so intense.
     
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  13. Michigan

    Michigan Initiate (0) Michigan Oct 24, 2012

    The blueberry used in the eisbock was a wild blueberry juice concentrate. 70# of blueberries in 1 gallon of concentrate.
     
  14. Andygirl

    Andygirl Savant (280) Michigan Jan 3, 2013

    No way would I pick wild blueberries. Tiny and bears love them. Thimbleberry eisbock would be cool.
     
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  15. Bay01

    Bay01 Savant (435) Illinois Nov 19, 2008

    Wow, that would certainly explain the high production cost. Good thing for us that the Kuhnhenn's are great brewers but terrible business people.
     
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  16. Romulux

    Romulux Initiate (0) Michigan Jan 28, 2008

    Eric told us they got it from Maine because the original ones they ordered from Nova Scotia did not come through.

    Not that it is important, I am sure you heard this from a reliable source, as well. It is just funny that there seems to be no such thing as a reliable source with Kuhnhenn! :)
     
  17. Andygirl

    Andygirl Savant (280) Michigan Jan 3, 2013

    Wherever they came from, they were good.
     
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  18. bierenutz

    bierenutz Savant (310) Michigan Jan 21, 2010

    Just finished a grand cru of raspberry and blueberry. ;) Interesting experiment for sure but rather have them separate. Cheers!
     
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  19. Andygirl

    Andygirl Savant (280) Michigan Jan 3, 2013

    I had some blueberry in mud, it was good.
     
  20. semibaked

    semibaked Advocate (610) Kentucky Mar 27, 2007

    Well you have 10 more bottles of each so you will get to try them many more times sir.:p
     
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  21. bierenutz

    bierenutz Savant (310) Michigan Jan 21, 2010

    You know me so well my friend ;)
     
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  22. Anybody looking for some MN stuff that wants to trade off some eisbock?
     
  23. Blueberry is still on tap and tasting great!
     
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  24. Home of the greatest Blueberries in the world.

    But in all seriousness: Commercial Blueberries are raked and definitely not picked by hand. That's a cute notion though.
     
  25. dblab33

    dblab33 Savant (345) Michigan Dec 9, 2011

    Hmmm... it went off around 3:00 when I was there and supposedly "that was it"...

    Glad to know it is back on, I would like another pour...
     
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  26. tommyz

    tommyz Advocate (510) Michigan May 28, 2007

    I wonder if the Line froze again..They had that problem saturday and had to take it off for a bit..Then put it back on...Very well could be why the thickness of this varied too...
     
  27. Marti403

    Marti403 Savant (470) Michigan Jul 23, 2011

    Yah, I got pours on Saturday just after they started poring them and the raspberry and blueberry looked to be almost the same consistency. Was there yesterday around 1:30 and the blueberry had the same consistency it did when I had it on Saturday. I sure hope the flavor was the same because it was amazing.
     
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  28. surlytheduff

    surlytheduff Savant (380) Michigan Jul 22, 2010

    You're probably right, Maine makes more sense. Most likely some form of Portland OR/Portland ME confusion.
     
  29. FEUO

    FEUO Initiate (0) Ontario (Canada) Jul 24, 2012

    Any knowledge of bottle availability today for Mud and Gold Rush?
    Couldn't make it out on the weekend but will pop in today if they have something I can take home.

    Can someone confirm whether or not there are pours left of the eisbocks? I didn't think so, but some posts are confusing me (not hard to do).:confused:
     
  30. surlytheduff

    surlytheduff Savant (380) Michigan Jul 22, 2010

    As of last night, both were still on tap. I'm sure they have plenty of mud and the barley wine still.

    I'd try a half pour of the barley wine before dropping 9 bucks on a bottle.
     
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  31. Andygirl

    Andygirl Savant (280) Michigan Jan 3, 2013

    Did you not like it? It tasted like a Scotch Ale to me, but I liked it.
     
  32. I heard the Gold rush is getting a bourbon barrel treatment....anyone have anymore info on that?
     
  33. elephantrider

    elephantrider Savant (265) Michigan Mar 25, 2011


    Sipping raspberry eisbock right now. Not on the board but its still pouring. Blueberry is on the board. Bottles of mud and fgbw still around.
     
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  34. surlytheduff

    surlytheduff Savant (380) Michigan Jul 22, 2010

    No, I didn't like it - I found the finish/aftertaste unpleasant, and the initial taste just allright.

    Plus, it runs the same prices as a bottle of BB 4D (same goes for Mud), which is a bit ridic.
     
  35. steebo777

    steebo777 Advocate (535) Michigan Jun 30, 2009

    This. Absolutely ridiculous prices for bottles that shouldn't be anywhere near that price.
     
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  36. Jose2412

    Jose2412 Aficionado (240) Michigan Feb 25, 2012

    OR! they pulled one over on everybody that bought this stuff and made it with regular old grape juice. Which would make them awesome buisness people because they got people to buy a $30 bottle of beer!
     
  37. FEUO

    FEUO Initiate (0) Ontario (Canada) Jul 24, 2012

    Big thanks.
    I'll be there soon enough. Damn work.
     
  38. FEUO

    FEUO Initiate (0) Ontario (Canada) Jul 24, 2012

    Its now Wednesday, any word on whats pouring?
    I was in Monday aft and was able to have a pour of KRE and KBE as well as score a bottle of KRE. They only had 1 1/2 cases left (approx 18 bottles). Definitely surprised they still had some. Maybe some late waxxing?
     
  39. Steimie

    Steimie Initiate (0) Michigan Jan 7, 2012

    I went in first thing yesterday morning. At least one of them was still on the board as available for pours. Can't remember which one. I was told bottles were gone. I even asked a second person and was told the same thing.
     
  40. tommyz

    tommyz Advocate (510) Michigan May 28, 2007

    wish I could get another bottle of blueberry..
     
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