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Nugget Nectar

Discussion in 'US - Mid-Atlantic' started by Kadonny, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. Has anyone heard any grumblings or whispers as to when Nugget Nectar will be released this year?

    I know the past release dates. I am specifically referring to this year and if the release will be pushed back up to when it's normally been released, mid January. For reference, 2 years ago it was released in very late December, last year it was released around the 2nd week of February (brewery location change).

    So, any insight as to when it might be released this year? I'm hoping release is back to mid January.

  2. DaGrizz

    DaGrizz Savant (260) New Jersey Feb 22, 2012

    I've heard March when I was at the brewery a few weeks ago. But that was from a bartender who prolly did not really know
  3. mark14580

    mark14580 Initiate (0) New York Jan 15, 2011

    website says February-March availability
  4. John_M

    John_M Moderator (1,100) Oregon Oct 25, 2003 Staff Member

    Huhhhh? I just looked at the website, and it indicates NN is available January through March. If they really do plan to release it in January, then there's every reason to think/hope that it might show up at a few "pre-release" events in December, just as it did several years ago.
  5. I buy very few full cases. Nugget nectar is one of those that I need a full case of. I also drink this beer every time I'm out and see it.

    One of my favorite beers ever. I hope it's released feb/march. Gets my excited for spring and summer!
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  6. mark14580

    mark14580 Initiate (0) New York Jan 15, 2011

    Just noticed this. If you go to the following page it says Feb-March:


    However, there's a click here to download PDF link on that page and when you click that it lists availability as Jan-March.
  7. John_M

    John_M Moderator (1,100) Oregon Oct 25, 2003 Staff Member

    :) maybe they haven't made up their mind yet this year about when they plan to release it.
  8. That Feb-March dating has been that way for years, I think it's just their rough dates.

    I was hoping someone from Troegs (oneraindog) would check in....let's keep hoping they do.
  9. all wholesalers should have bottles in stock by january 21 and will be distributing it based on their release calendars.

    draft will be early february - can't pinpoint dates yet as we are still producing the beer.
  10. Will bottles be available at the brewery by Jan 30th?

    I'm flying out to CA on Jan 31st and would love to bring a few bottles to share.
  11. Nice, thanks for the update!!!!!
  12. Porkhustle

    Porkhustle Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012

    one of the few hop-horses that I look forward to each year. love that orange candy flavor
  13. hhkal17

    hhkal17 Savant (495) Pennsylvania Jul 10, 2005

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  14. My all time favorite beer. Can't wait for this to become available, definitely one I would love to have available year round.
  15. Tucquan

    Tucquan Advocate (545) Pennsylvania Oct 11, 2007

    It was being bottled at the brewery when I was there this past Friday, 12/28. None for sale though.
  16. i remeber two years ago didnt come to nj till valentines day, the year before was well before as was last year
  17. Twinsdaddy

    Twinsdaddy Zealot (85) New Jersey Oct 21, 2008

    i also was there friday and i heard the very earliest release date would be 1/15
  18. jiboo22

    jiboo22 Aficionado (210) New Jersey May 24, 2005

    This is GREAT news.....I hope this year's is better than last years which, in my opinion, was a little dissappointing. It would be great if NN and Hopslam coincide with each other this year so I can just drive out to Shangy's one day and pick up both!
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  19. mark14580

    mark14580 Initiate (0) New York Jan 15, 2011

    Just got their newsletter which said mid-january for a release.
  20. Lets hope the hop harvest is a good one this year, thats why last years was different. If the harvest is fine then the beer will be fine.
  21. Sooooo excited for this years release. ;)
  22. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Champion (750) Pennsylvania Dec 11, 2008

    Came here to say the same thing.
  23. Pucker Up with Nugget Nectar [​IMG]
    With The Mad Elf entering hibernation mode, now seems a fitting time to unleash our revered mid-winter seasonal, Nugget Nectar. With a heady collection of American hops, Nugget Nectar will rekindle your romance with the succulent humulus lupulus overload you’ve come to expect from this bold Imperial Amber Ale. “Nugget Nectar was inspired by fresh new hops rolling in from the harvest,” said John Trogner. Nugget Nectar is intensified with whole flower Nugget cones added to our hopback vessel and dry-hopped with our patented HopsCyclone™ technique. Keeping freshness in mind, we are shipping Nugget Nectar as fast as it is packaged. You can expect cases, six-packs, and bombers to start appearing in Central Pennsylvania in mid-January and expanding through our eight-state distribution area over the following four weeks. Draft Nugget Nectar will be released in mid-February and into early March.
  24. January 15th release date for bottles and draft 3-4 weeks after. I was curious yesterday as well and asked them on their facebook and that's what they responded with.
  25. I fucking love Nugget Nectar.
  26. So are you saying that Troegs was the only brewery with a hop harvest issue last year?
  27. John_M

    John_M Moderator (1,100) Oregon Oct 25, 2003 Staff Member

    Maybe I just wasn't paying attention, but this is the first time I can recall anyone attributing a poor hop harvest to the way NN tasted last year. Personally, I just attributed the different taste to problems getting the recipe just right at the new facility. That seemed to make more sense, especially as I've seen other breweries having similar problems when moving to a new brewing facility (RR being the most obvious example). In any event, given Troegs' track record with NN, whatever the problem was, I have every confidence they'll get it ironed out.

    At least in my mind, a much greater problem last year was the beer's availability. Last year was the first time I can ever recall having a problem finding NN in local stores (and now that I live in Morgantown, I don't exactly expect the problem to get any easier). Even draft NN, it seemed like it came and went in just a few weeks. It seems like the demand for this beer has greatly increased over the past couple of years, to the point that I'm worried I won't be able to find any, unless I make an extra special effort (hopefully I can find it in and around Pittsburgh, but right now I don't know what to expect). Anyway, as always, I can't wait to try my first sip of the new batch as soon as it's released.
  28. That's why I questioned the statement since I hadn't seen a poor hop harvest reason for NN or any other beer for that matter. As far as availability, that also may have been due to the new facility. Or it may be due to your location [I feel your pain and Morgantown being a college town is probably flooded with macro beer]. Although I didn't try it again last year after the first 6 pack, I learned that subsequent batches were better. I'm hoping for a return to form this year right from the start.
  29. John_M

    John_M Moderator (1,100) Oregon Oct 25, 2003 Staff Member

    Last year I was in Baltimore during the NN release, having lived there since 2007. Up until last year, I never had a problem finding as much NN as I wanted; often times you could still find it on the shelves in May and even June. However, last year was a completely different kettle of fish. Many of the places I went to indicated that they only received a single case (whicy typically was purchased the day they got it in), and even beer bars that usually have bottles of NN through the summer ran out it in less than a month. I can only assume that Maryland's allocation was cut back, either due to a reduction in the batch size or an increase in Troegs distribution area.

    As for Morgantown, Troegs isn't distributed here (at least I've never seen it anywhere around town), so yes, I agree, finding NN around these parts will be very difficult indeed. :)
  30. Had some fresh NN at a tasting party yesterday. You guys are going to be quite happy with it this year. Grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit...
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  31. Really? Where did they get the fresh NN? Are they carrying it at the brewery now? Been clearing out the fridge in hopes of landing my first case soon...

    And what's going on with the Troegs website?
  32. Employees were able to get a case as their pay case starting last week. One of them was nice enough to bring a few to the tasting.
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  33. I hope and dream the NN of old re-appears this year. I was soooo disappointed in it last year.
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  34. does anyone know if it will be available in 1/6 kegs?
  35. Nugget Nectar is available in 12 ounce and 22 ounce bottles, as well as 1/2 and 1/6 kegs.
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  36. 22's are back?? Awesome!!!
  37. I hope you are being sarcastic. Stupid, stupid format.
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  38. Actually there was no sarcasm in there. I've always had a soft spot for the 22oz bottle (actually, I absolutely adore Sierra Nevada's 24oz bottle, in my opinion all beers <8% should have a 24oz option.)

    But I do agree that the price-per-ounce that is usually placed on 22's these days is ridiculous. Unfortunately the market has followed the soda model, where the 'convenience tax' of the format has gotten insane (i.e. Diet Coke 2 liter at Giant: $0.99 on bonus buy. 16oz diet coke at Wawa: $1.80 or whatever the hell it is these days...)

    Plus a NN bomber and matching pint glass make a real nice gift package for trading buddies.
  39. John_M

    John_M Moderator (1,100) Oregon Oct 25, 2003 Staff Member

    "But I do agree that the price-per-ounce that is usually placed on 22's these days is ridiculous"

    I think that's the primary reason why ClockworkOrange is so incensed about the 22 ounce format.

    My feeling is that Troegs should go with one or the other (not both). Given that they seem committed to the 6 pack format, it seems crazy to have 22 ounce bottles, which typically sell for half again (per ounce) more than what you pay for a 6 pack. That's despite the fact that there's less glass, less cardboard, less paper, fewer bottle tops, and I assume less labor in producing the 22 ounce bottles. Plus, I assume Troegs has to use a different bottling line (or has to modify the exiting one) in order to have a separate 22 ounce bottle format.

    Seen in that light, I think ClockworkOrange's comment is understandable. I know that typically the only time I ever buy 22 ounce bottles is when that's the only thing left on the shelf, and so I have to buy it if I still want to drink some NN.
  40. "I think that's the primary reason why ClockworkOrange is so incensed about the 22 ounce format."
    I know that. Hence my reply "But I do agree that the price-per-ounce that is usually placed on 22's these days is ridiculous"
    "Seen in that light, I think ClockworkOrange's comment is understandable"
    I also think its understandable. Hence my reply "But I do agree that the price-per-ounce that is usually placed on 22's these days is ridiculous"
    Its never a complete thread without your infinite wisdom ;)

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