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Magic Hat in WA?

Discussion in 'US - Northwest' started by beertunes, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. beertunes

    beertunes Poobah (1,120) Washington Sep 24, 2007

    My local shop/fillstation (Elizabeth Station) just posted their most recent new brews. Included were bottles of MH#9. When did they start distroing to us? Are they being distro'd by the "big" houses?
     
  2. Lazerlobe

    Lazerlobe Savant (305) Washington Mar 1, 2010

    It's been circulating around the area for a week or two. Ridiculously cheap at ~$5.50 a sixer, but not my jam. Not sure who is handling them at the moment.
     
  3. dirtylou

    dirtylou Champion (785) Washington May 12, 2005

    Send it back, send it back...
     
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  4. I hope Georgetown Brewing sues them.
     
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  5. It also in BC but at $17 a six no thanks
     
  6. John_M

    John_M Moderator (1,110) Oregon Oct 25, 2003 Staff Member

  7. hopsbreath

    hopsbreath Savant (475) Oregon Aug 28, 2009

    It's not rare, so yeah it's in Washington.
     
  8. beertunes

    beertunes Poobah (1,120) Washington Sep 24, 2007

    Yeah, I thought about that, but like you say it's been a long time, why now? Whatever, I was just surprised is all. Just like the random Genesee sightings I've been seeing around Bham.
     
  9. BillHilly

    BillHilly Savant (400) Washington Oct 17, 2010

    Looking at the median reviews, not jumping up and down over them...unless I am clueless?
     
  10. Tempted to buy a 6-pack of #9 and pour it into the drain outside Georgetown Brewing Co.
     
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  11. BillHilly

    BillHilly Savant (400) Washington Oct 17, 2010

    2nd reference to GBC...what am I missing?
     
  12. honkduh

    honkduh Savant (315) Oregon Jun 2, 2011

  13. BillHilly

    BillHilly Savant (400) Washington Oct 17, 2010

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  14. We have a keg of it at Chucks Hop Shop. From what I understand it's mostly good for nostalgic purposes but not much of a drink.
     
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  15. John_M

    John_M Moderator (1,110) Oregon Oct 25, 2003 Staff Member

    No, I think it's fair to say that there's really no reason to get excited about Magic Hat beers. IMHO, it made complete sense for them to merge with Pyramid, as both breweries make pretty similar beers from a quality standpoint. From time to time Pyramid will make something that surprises me (something that I actually like), but it's pretty rare. Unfortunately, it's even more rare for Magic Hat to make something that I really like.
     
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  16. dirtylou

    dirtylou Champion (785) Washington May 12, 2005

    Definitely nostalgic circa like 12 years ago, drinking underage in an east-coast Phish lot. Dear God, how things have changed.
     
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  17. KiMiRaiK

    KiMiRaiK Initiate (0) Washington Dec 24, 2012

    Just passed on Magic Hat because of this thread. F*** those guys. I've heard Georgetown 9lb is amazing and im pissed they let the big guys walk all over them.
     
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  18. boMD

    boMD Savant (315) Oregon Feb 8, 2009

    I drank this beer underage too. Probably more than any other beer.

    Like others have said. It'll have a nostalgic appeal.
     
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  19. BeerBaronPDX

    BeerBaronPDX Zealot (95) Oregon Dec 26, 2008

    A rep from Magic Hat was handing out samples of #9 at Uptown Market last week. If you thought it tasted bad by itself, try drinking it between sips of Boneyard RPM.
     
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  20. Magic Hat...Pyramid...Genny all pretty meh beers IMHO
    Got some of ALL here in Rachacha but I will pass...
    Except for Genny Bock of course.. That's a beer from my youth !!
     
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  21. John_M

    John_M Moderator (1,110) Oregon Oct 25, 2003 Staff Member

    That's too awful to even imaginen. Yuuuccccckkkkkk!!!!!
     
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  23. NWer

    NWer Advocate (660) Washington Mar 10, 2009

    Anderson Valley? Douchebags? Didn't know that. What's the story?
     
  24. AV is the reason Fremont Summer Ale is no longer called Fremont Summer Solstice Ale. AV sent them a cease and desist letter, despite the fact that EVERYONE knows the Fremont beer is named after the world-renowned Summer Solstice Parade in the Center of the Universe.
     
  25. AV makes MEH beer at best too !!
    Never had one I really wanted another of .
     
  26. NWer

    NWer Advocate (660) Washington Mar 10, 2009

    I don't understand the selective animus by some brewers. Doing a random search of beer names reveals several beers of the exact same name by different brewers with no problems. Go figure. Oh well, AV should know not to mess with the power of the Universe. It will catch up to them.
     
  27. NWer

    NWer Advocate (660) Washington Mar 10, 2009

    Come to think of it, didn't Ravenswood get into it with Black Raven? As if anyone could ever be confused by Ravenswood the wine with Black Raven beers. Pretty ridiculous. Whatever became of that?
     
  28. beertunes

    beertunes Poobah (1,120) Washington Sep 24, 2007

    Let alone that there are 2 breweries (at least) with the same name. One is actually located in an alpine setting, the other in a town called Alpine, in Socal. They seem to be playing well together.
     
  29. skivtjerry

    skivtjerry Advocate (540) Vermont Mar 10, 2006

    I'm sorry you were exposed to #9. Shower in Heady Topper immediately.

    And that is far from MH's worst beer. I had a couple of their 'IPA's' last year and the diacetyl was stronger than the hop aroma. Sad, because they were good 10-12 years ago.
     
  30. John_M

    John_M Moderator (1,110) Oregon Oct 25, 2003 Staff Member

    "And that is far from MH's worst beer"

    Very sorry to say that in my experience, this is a completely accurate statement.
     
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  31. Apparently Four Peaks in Arizona is barred from WA because they have a beer called Kilt Lifter. They can't just release their other beers and leave that one at home, nope, Pike has them blocked completely. Hop Knot is pretty good IPA, too.
     
  32. NWer

    NWer Advocate (660) Washington Mar 10, 2009

    So you're saying an agency charged with protecting the public interest is primarily concerned with doing the bidding of a particular company? Is there a regulation specifically forbidding an out of state brewer from having the same name for a brew as a local brewer? Interesting.
     
  33. Don't know the exact details, that's just what one of the guys at 99 Bottles told me on Untappd the other day.
     
  34. John_M

    John_M Moderator (1,110) Oregon Oct 25, 2003 Staff Member

    On a somewhat related topic, it's always puzzled me a bit, just how rabid some brewers/owners become over what they perceive to be a proprietary interest in the name of their beer (while others don't seem to be the least bit bothered by this). I remember when Lagunitas came out with their 9, which if memory serves, was made to commemorate their 9th anniversity. Anyway, this was back when Lagunitas was into writing fairly lengthy, whimsical musings on the side of their bottles. They indicated on bottles of 9 (subsequently called 10) that unfortunately they felt compelled to change the name of the beer, after receiving a phone call from a very upset, emotionally distraught, brewery representative from some place back East (which they didn't name on the bottle). They noted that the individual seemed like a very nice guy otherwise, albeit he apparently suggested he planned to sue Lagunitas for copyright infringement (or something to that effect) if they continued to call their beer 9. Lagunitas mentioned, I believe, that their own attorneys had suggested that the rep back East was a windbag, that Lagunitas had nothing to fear if they continued to call their beer 9. Nevertheless, in the interest of maintaining harmony and not unnecessarrily upsetting this brewery rep, they indicated that they were going to change the name of their beer.

    Mind you, this was long before Lagunitas beers became available anywhere back East, and long before the um, ahem, brewery back east started selling their beers to lucky recipients here on the West Coast.
     
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  35. NWer

    NWer Advocate (660) Washington Mar 10, 2009

    Thanks John. Very interesting narrative. Makes me wonder if the BA community at large has any influence over douche baggery behavior or if the fact their beer is so pedestrian it will fly under the radar anyway.
     
  36. The East Coast is just a different beast.
     
  37. John_M

    John_M Moderator (1,110) Oregon Oct 25, 2003 Staff Member

    If I had to hazard a guess, I'd guess the latter. I'm assuming the merger with Pyramid helped them out somewhat, opening up new markets, but the fact is, their beer is just not very good (and hasn't been for a while now). There also doesn't seem to be a lot of innovation or creativity there either. Pretty much everyone and their brother is making a barrel aged something, a sour something, or a brett infused something these days... but magic hat seemed to be practically the last one to come to the party, and their efforts so far have been anything but impressive (I used to try some of their sours and barrel aged beers in Baltimore, but the one's I tried were all so lame, I've pretty much stopped even buying sampler glasses of the stuff.) They do manage to keep the price down on their beers, which I assume is the only reason they're still around at this point.
     
  38. whiskey

    whiskey Savant (350) California Feb 25, 2012

    I just read the following on facebook from my local Total Wine:

    "Jeff from our Spokane store has exciting news:
    Coming soon to the Brewery District: Magic Hat No. 9!"

    Looked it up on BA and saw the "meh" reviews and then did a forum search and found this. Not sure why all the hype for this beer on tap, but not a peep about Abyss when it was on tap at the same TW.
     
  39. NWer

    NWer Advocate (660) Washington Mar 10, 2009

    Simple. Abyss doesn't need hype MH9 does. Avoid like the plague.
     
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