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Toppling Goliath (TG) Assassin 2014...

Discussion in 'Midwest' started by shawnp, Feb 9, 2014.

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  1. shawnp

    shawnp Advocate (525) Minnesota Jan 15, 2010 Verified

  2. BarrelAgedBarry

    BarrelAgedBarry Savant (345) Minnesota Feb 27, 2012 Verified

    Me too!! I hope the release isn't a shit show.
  3. williamjbauer

    williamjbauer Champion (830) Colorado Jan 17, 2012 Verified

    Woot! This is sexy beer news.
  4. copslovebeer

    copslovebeer Savant (255) Minnesota Mar 26, 2012

    Made my weekend.
  5. Cyclone8

    Cyclone8 Advocate (510) Minnesota Oct 19, 2011 Verified

    Realistically, it's time to buy a large plastic parka.
    Rob-P, rxeight and maximum12 like this.
  6. elliott1184

    elliott1184 Advocate (570) Minnesota Mar 31, 2011 Verified

    Can't wait! TG releases are a great time. I do sincerely hope they utilize an online ticketing service like Eventbrite for folks to reserve bottles. Knowing that there's no chance of being shut out when you're traveling for beer makes it all the more fun, at least for me. :)
  7. MNBeerGeek

    MNBeerGeek Advocate (660) Minnesota Jun 25, 2013 Verified

    For real, I hope they take note of this comment! I will happily go, but it's nice to have that assurance.
    ToadiesForCody likes this.
  8. MNPikey

    MNPikey Advocate (600) Minnesota Feb 27, 2011 Verified

    I'm sure they will lower the bottle allowances from last year from 12 to 6 (hopefully).
    McRyan and BarrelAgedBarry like this.
  9. Seefeldt

    Seefeldt Savant (365) Minnesota May 15, 2008

    Never been to a TG release, how does it generally go down? Rochester guys, we should plan a trip me thinks...
  10. cacostaj

    cacostaj Savant (340) Florida Feb 15, 2013 Verified

    ^^THIS!!! Coming in hot from Miami so stricking out simply is not an option!
  11. shawnp

    shawnp Advocate (525) Minnesota Jan 15, 2010 Verified

    Do I have to bring up 'suck it' to all of you out of staters?? Those of you familiar with 'suck it' need not reply as you know how this game is played.
    gueuzedreg likes this.
  12. aliving1

    aliving1 Savant (295) Minnesota Aug 3, 2011

    We should keep this on the low-low, otherwise it will be a shit show this year. I'm hoping the TG guys do something to prevent a total cluster. Their name and reputation are spreading fast which is good, but bad for such a limited release. I'd be cool with a 6 bottle limit. Hell, I only bought 4 last year. Kicking myself for not getting more though, it was that good.
  13. williamjbauer

    williamjbauer Champion (830) Colorado Jan 17, 2012 Verified

    It's too late for this. TG's cat is out of the bag. Chicagoland will descend upon Iowa...
  14. mnbuffalo

    mnbuffalo Savant (315) Michigan Jul 26, 2012 Verified

    I've got two comp days that need to be burned by June 1st, live within 3 hrs of Decorah, and have the cash to make it happen. That said.....I'm thinking my odds could be as low as 1 and 4 of seeing a bottle this time. I don't think a Saturday morning show up and get in line is going to get it done anymore for TG and could create a South American soccer riot. The Craigslist, *, hoarders who auction on BA, etc bottom feeder crowd smells blood on this one, so do the trophy hunters in CA, NJ, and FL.

    I'm a realist and understand that while I was with my family on Thanksgiving night, people were driving 6 hours to jump in the Chicago Bourbon County line. I'm going to give it a try, but will be following the hype regardless if I'm successful, just out of curiosity to gauge how competitive it gets. This release is going to be a real barometer in regards to measuring if the craze has peaked or if it is still growing.
  15. MNPikey

    MNPikey Advocate (600) Minnesota Feb 27, 2011 Verified

    As long as its not the weekend of April 26th I'll be there! And as MNbuffalo said, I'm sure an overnight campout is going to be required. :-(
    funhog likes this.
  16. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Advocate (635) Minnesota Feb 15, 2005

    This is still a niche stout...BCBS was all over the news, everyone was out to get some, not just super geeks and traders. Hopefully it won't be as bad as that. @tgchief - any chance of tickets for reservations?
    Mnmaverick likes this.
  17. mnbuffalo

    mnbuffalo Savant (315) Michigan Jul 26, 2012 Verified

    I hope you're right. I think TG is white hot and the biggest emerging star of the past year.
    McRyan likes this.
  18. williamjbauer

    williamjbauer Champion (830) Colorado Jan 17, 2012 Verified

    Of my 1500-2000 tics, morning delight was a top 10 for me and Assassin is definitely awesome as well. Really hope I can make it to one of the releases this year.
    redblacks75 likes this.
  19. Really hope they do some ticket for this. Otherwise I fear a shitshow the likes that we may have not seen with lots of people getting shut out.
  20. HawkeyeNation

    HawkeyeNation Savant (490) Iowa Jun 18, 2013 Verified

    Seconded, thirded, fourthed, whatever for ticketing system.
  21. williamjbauer

    williamjbauer Champion (830) Colorado Jan 17, 2012 Verified

    I and others in my area would be happy to pay for a ticket to admission for an event or promised bottles.
  22. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (700) Iowa Jan 12, 2013 Verified

    Yep...at ticketing system will almost be a necessity this year or this release could become a shit show. I really, really hope that happens!
    McRyan and BeersAndBears like this.
  23. I wholeheartedly agree
  24. Eventbrite this release please!
    ToadiesForCody likes this.
  25. SipIt

    SipIt Savant (300) Minnesota Jul 18, 2013 Verified

    Oh hell yes, there's no way I'm missing this one.
  26. I'm in. But then, you knew that.
  27. cmannes

    cmannes Savant (450) Minnesota Mar 15, 2009 Verified

    Went last year, want more this year. Fingers crossed.
  28. mnbearsfan

    mnbearsfan Advocate (500) Minnesota Dec 25, 2009 Verified

    Alesmit does something kind of cool for releases...you buy tickets for your bottles and only you can get them in an alotted time. It keeps the beer local and stops the shit show for them. My brother gets bottles, he lives out there. But if I want some more, I have to get them. No proxies
  29. striker2160

    striker2160 Advocate (555) Minnesota May 5, 2013 Verified

    Part of the problem is it is such a small Taphouse. My wife and i waited in line for over an hour for a beer.
  30. MNPikey

    MNPikey Advocate (600) Minnesota Feb 27, 2011 Verified

    Yes, and hopefully tickets will be sold in the taproom only and will be sold with names on them just like 3 Floyds did to prevent scalping.
  31. I'm in favor of anything that prevents scalpers and proxy's but still in involves a ticketing process.
  32. MNBeerGeek

    MNBeerGeek Advocate (660) Minnesota Jun 25, 2013 Verified

    I did really like the way lift bridge handled the BA Silhouette release. I wasn't there, but I appreciated being able to buy the bottles and then go get them within a couple weeks. For those of us with less flexible schedules, it's very nice and still guarantees that you come into the tap room to collect your bottles.
  33. HawkeyeNation

    HawkeyeNation Savant (490) Iowa Jun 18, 2013 Verified

    Not sure I would agree with tickets being sold at taproom only. I don't want to drive two hours just to buy a ticket. I do agree with names however. I believe that can be achieved without having to buy in person.
    Seefeldt, SipIt, BeerGoogler and 4 others like this.
  34. Pintofbrown

    Pintofbrown Advocate (550) Texas Jun 25, 2011

    Those that have been to TG, I just don't see how you could do any kind of overnight line or shanty town tent set up at that taproom / area. Especially if it is going to be a ton of people, which everyone in this thread seems to be convinced it will be.

    The first year of Assassin they did a pre-sale for tickets, and then you went back when the beer was ready and picked it up. The bottle limit was six bombers. I wasn't able to go last year, so if anyone is willing to comment on how last year went down (number of people present, how they sold it, bottle limit, etc...) that would be awesome.

    I love rampant speculation as much as the next guy, but sometimes facts are just as nice.
  35. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Champion (820) Illinois Nov 28, 2008 Verified

    That really is a nice way to do a release; allowing for more time than one day to pick up bottles. I bet the line was a lot more manageable as well.
    MNBeerGeek likes this.
  36. striker2160

    striker2160 Advocate (555) Minnesota May 5, 2013 Verified

    Assassin went pretty smooth 12 bottle limit and 2 bottles of MD. I got there at 10:15 am and received #10.
    KBBS just 2 months later I got there at 8:15 and received #147 and waited for more than an hour for a beer because they went in number order. When we got in the beer line they were calling numbers in the 70's so more than an hour to serve 70 beers. I think they need to try something else. I would assume there will be lot more people this year. I must admit I do love what they are doing down there in Decorah. Great beer Clark
  37. iowapat

    iowapat Aficionado (100) Iowa Aug 9, 2009

    I thought the initial release ran smoother than last year...I got there around 11:15 and was still able to get a few bottles...

    That being said, I think that members of TG's Mug Club should (such as myself) should be given the chance to pick up their allotment prior to it being released to the public...
  38. Steasy66

    Steasy66 Savant (415) Minnesota Feb 23, 2012 Verified

    This thread is solid gold. Everyone just chill and let @tgchief do his thing. I can't come up with any instance where TG screwed something up.
  39. iowapat

    iowapat Aficionado (100) Iowa Aug 9, 2009

    Ditto...in fact, @tgchief held on to a sticker for me until I could get there...
  40. maximum12

    maximum12 Champion (910) Minnesota Jan 21, 2008 Verified

    I admire your faith my friend. However, there's a long line of breweries who "underestimated demand" & wound up with poo all over their show, so the concern is warranted. I hope TG gets it right!
    BeerGoogler, McRyan and mnbearsfan like this.
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