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TX Label Approvals

Discussion in 'US - Southwest' started by Lutter, Jun 15, 2012.

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  1. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (650) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    I find this fascinating... https://label.tabc.state.tx.us

    I'm really excited because, rolling in this month in label approvals so far has been a TON of beers from Shipyard Brewing (my favorite favorite brew to drink when I visit my family in New England) being approved this month. I see my two favorites in there: Shipyard XXXX IPA & Smashed Pumpkin amongst a dozen or so more.


    There's also some interesting Dogfish beer that has been approved this year that hasn't come out yet... that has NEVER been released in Texas. Not sure if it's even viable with their supply constraints. Also... Fort and Pangea are in there (both of which, I adore), but as far as I've heard, they are discontinued.

    SAH'TEA
    MY ANTONIA
    PANGEA
    NOBLE ROT
    BITCHES BREW
    TAH'HENKET
    OLD SCHOOL BARLEY WINE

    Someone please tell me I'm not the only crazy one who follows this stuff. :) If you go to the site you can see the labels that have been approved and the sizes. The above are all bottles, but there are kegs in there as well.

    Also, Stone Ruination Anniversary was approved late last week. Horay!
     
  2. bentwookie

    bentwookie Initiate (0) Texas Jan 13, 2008

    Bitches Brew was here in kegs. Would be nice to see some bottles for sure.
     
  3. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (650) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    Yeah. It was approved for kegs last year. I had it a few times since then 'round town. Great stuff... I'd count it among their best. It was approved for 750ml bottles in January of this year as well.
     
  4. Lutter, you will be happy to know that Shipyard will be here soon. We (Favorite Brands LLC) met with their people last week to finalize our initial order. Unfortunalty, at this point it is now just a waiting game of when the beer going to be avail for pickup and shipping. But rest assured we will be pushing it out to market the day it hits our docks!
     
  5. kevinscott

    kevinscott Savant (335) Texas Oct 21, 2008

    Which TX markets will they be available in? I've never had anything from Shipyard but I have heard good things about their pumpkin beer.
     
  6. crusian

    crusian Advocate (620) Oregon May 14, 2010

    Man, you guys are starting to tear it up with beer. congrats! now if only the salespeople would get their acts together... dont know how many stores I have been to that say the rep has not been in in weeks...
     
  7. crusian

    crusian Advocate (620) Oregon May 14, 2010

    looks like sixpoint is coming in too...
    goose island has a couple approved labels... no not BCBS.
     
  8. looks like hops and grain has a bourbon barrel barley wine coming
     
  9. Sweasty

    Sweasty Savant (275) Texas May 16, 2004

    Excited about the Sixpoint. Goose Island still confusing. There are label approvals going back to '09. Yet the only thing from Goose Island we have ever gotten has been the sodas here recently. Label approval here ain't cheap. Confused why they would get approval way back when if they weren't distributing here. Supposedly they will be here by years end.
     
  10. icetrauma

    icetrauma Savant (495) Texas Sep 7, 2004

    It's good to the Texas expansions continue to roll in. Looking forward to some good new brewery's! And which markets will Shipyard be in?
     
  11. crusian

    crusian Advocate (620) Oregon May 14, 2010

    i'm surprised you all are excited about shipyard stuff. I have never had anything that was great by them. pretty average craft beer if you ask me.
     
  12. I have some bithches brew if anyone in DFW wants to set up an IP trade for it. Im comming down to DFW the weekend of the 23rd
     
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  13. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (650) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    It's Anuheiser-Busch... I'm pretty sure they give the TABC a secret handshake and they can get all the free approvals they want. ;)
     
  14. blatherbeard

    blatherbeard Savant (430) Texas Sep 30, 2007

    Ill throw my hat into the shipyard beer love.

    being from Ne originally(but my heart is here in austin) i can say that i love that brewery.
     
  15. Thank you, we are doing what we can. Please feel free to let me know which stores these are that are saying they have not seen us in weeks and we will get them covered, as we grow there will be bumps in the road but I know we will do our best to smooth it all out.
    We will have shipyard for the state (from what I have been told) so you will see it first in the DFW, Houston markets first and then expansion from there.
    With concern with shipyard being average, you know what maybe they are but I would gladly argue that 80-90% of the craft beer that is consumed on a daily basis is average. Remember average is not a bad thing, it is what drives the industry. I have had two styles from shipyard so far, the chamberlin pale and the black fin stout. The CP is a good pale but the BF stout I thought was wicked good.
     
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  16. Show

    Show Aficionado (235) Texas Jul 21, 2011

    Shipyard.. ???... love butter...
     
  17. Exiled

    Exiled Advocate (600) Texas May 30, 2009

    A Texas BA Barleywine? Right on! Is it suppose to be bottled/distributed?
     
  18. probably not, hops and grain only does cans in austin, and anything besides their two mainstays is draft only.
     
  19. SpecsBEERMAN

    SpecsBEERMAN Aficionado (180) Texas Jun 25, 2007

    I agree with Crusian...This would be Shipyard's 3rd attempt in Texas. The only beer of theirs that did well was their Pumpkinhead. We couldn't give the others away. But, in all fairness, we have not got their Imperial Series(XXX) 22oz bottles before. With the growth of craft beer in Texas, especially from local brewers, average doesn't cut it any more.
     
  20. omnigrits

    omnigrits Savant (345) Texas Jun 1, 2006

    The barley wine is one of their Greenhouse beers which they brew on a three barrel system so availability is going to be very limited indeed. It's being aged in both bourbon and wine barrels and I hear should be out in the next month or two.
     
  21. blatherbeard

    blatherbeard Savant (430) Texas Sep 30, 2007

    Wish i had known you were giving them away, id have taken em ;)
     
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  22. pwsoldier

    pwsoldier Advocate (550) Texas Apr 26, 2007

    The only Shipyard beers I've tried are Smashed Pumpkin and their barleywine, both of which were excellent. Unfortunately, a brewery has to get good sales from their core brands if they expect overall success in a given market. Big beers alone won't keep them afloat in TX.
     
  23. SpecsBEERMAN

    SpecsBEERMAN Aficionado (180) Texas Jun 25, 2007

    I would have helped you out to the car with them buddy...
     
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  24. Sweasty

    Sweasty Savant (275) Texas May 16, 2004

    That would seem logical I suppose. They have approvals going back to '09, long before AB ever acquired them. Most are dated before they sold to AB. Its just one of those things that make you go huh.
     
  25. Grendle

    Grendle Aficionado (220) Texas Apr 11, 2012

    I've never heard nor am I familiar with Shipyard. Ironically I'm in Jacksonville for business and after work got a variety 6 pack from the local Publix. In that 6 pack was a Shipyard IPA that is average. I'll keep an eye out for their other beers to try.
     
  26. Kevin_HayMerchant

    Kevin_HayMerchant Zealot (75) Feb 27, 2012

    I really like my FB rep they are always real quick with getting us stuff
     
  27. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (650) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    Notable label approvals for the last two weeks:
    Dogfish Head - Positive Contact (750mL bottles & kegs)
    Dogfish Head - 120 Minute IPA (12oz bottles) note: if you look at the actual approval, it states 15.18% ABV both claimed and tested, which I believe is a typo. It should be 18%. Label does not state ABV.
    Dogfish Head - Tweason'ale (12oz bottles & kegs)
    Jester King/Mikkeller - Weasel Rodeo (750mL bottles)
    Jester King/Mikkeller - Drinkin' in the Sunbelt (750mL bottles)

    Oh and...
    Anuheiser Busch - Margaritaville Spiked Lemonade
    Anuheiser Busch - Margaritaville Spiked Tea

    Good to see that the drought of 120 Minute in bottles since 2009 (right?) might be coming to an end. Sure, it's been available on tap, but I just love aging the bits out of it. Still got some 2011 bottles I smuggled from Florida on my shelf. :)

    Jester King/Mikkeller 'Driinkin' in the Sunbelt' has been done for a while now, so I'd expect to see that in stores either this week or next. I know I saw a bunch of cases ready to go on a brewery tour a few weekends back.
     
  28. omnigrits

    omnigrits Savant (345) Texas Jun 1, 2006

    ABV on 120 Minute can vary by batch. We had a little scare with a keg of it last year. I looked around for an ABV to put on a cheat sheet for servers and I came up with 15% - 20% (DFH website) and 18% (BA page) so I went with 18% but then realised our licence (BG) only allows us to sell beer and wine up to 17%. I spoke to someone at DFH who told me the batch we were selling was between 15% and 16% (can't recall the exact figure).

    I'm very glad to see we're getting bottles again.
     
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  29. H0rnedFr0gs

    H0rnedFr0gs Savant (425) Texas Mar 12, 2012

    This thread is beer porn for us Texan's.
     
  30. starkmarvelo

    starkmarvelo Advocate (500) Nevada Jan 20, 2010

    I would like to try Noble Rot.
     
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  31. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (650) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    Notable Label approvals for this week:
    -Stone Smoked Porter w/ Chipotle Peppers (bottles)
    -Stone Smoked Porter w/ Vanilla Bean (bottles)
    -Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA (bottles & kegs)
    -Abita 25th Anniversary Vanilla Double Dog (kegs)
    -Tons of Hops & Grain 'Greenhouse' series (Enlargement Pilz, Volumes of Oak 1,2,4,5 [3&6 were previously approved] (kegs)

    Oh and...
    Michelob Ultra Light Beer (16oz cans)
     
  32. H0rnedFr0gs

    H0rnedFr0gs Savant (425) Texas Mar 12, 2012

    Cue the Darth Vader music...
     
  33. H0rnedFr0gs

    H0rnedFr0gs Savant (425) Texas Mar 12, 2012

    Nice to see Brux is going to make it. (that sucking sound on my wallet is slightly ominous)
     
  34. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Advocate (505) Texas Apr 13, 2010

    Oh, man, that Vanilla Smoked Porter is some mighty tasty beverage!
     
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  35. thirdeye11

    thirdeye11 Savant (445) Texas Feb 3, 2009


    Not a typo. Dogfish Head has been known to overstate their ABV by around 3%. Most states don't require testing, but since Texas does now, that sounds like the real ABV to me.
     
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  36. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (650) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    This week's update is going to be rather boring.

    NO LABEL APPROVALS.

    Not for malt beverages, nor liquor, nor wine. Either they're not updating the site or someone took a vacation. :) Hopefully more next week!

    Macrobrew Fact of the Week: Budweiser & Clamato is available in 12oz bottles, 16oz & 24oz aluminum cans in Texas, carrying an ABV of 5%.
     
  37. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (650) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    This week's update...

    Boulevard - 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer (12oz bottles)
    Brouwerij The Musketeers - Troubadour Westkust Black IPA (750ml bottles) [new brewery to Texas]
    Rogness - Bella Belgian-Style Golden (22oz bombers)
    Rogness - Yogi Spiced Amber (22oz bombers)
    Rogness - Rattler Pale Ale (kegs)
    Sixpoint - The Spice of Life Series Ale (kegs)

    and some winter beers are showing up...
    Redhook - Winter Hook #28 (12oz bottles & 22oz bombers)
    Widmer - BRRRR Winter Ale (12oz bottles)

    Good to see more more Rogness getting bottled! I dig Yogi on tap.

    Macrobrew Fact of the Week: Redhook & Widmer are owned respectively at 34% and 40% by one Anheuser-Busch inBev.
     
  38. nickss

    nickss Savant (380) Texas Jun 17, 2005

    Sixpoint IPAs.... drooooool.
     
  39. jl28r1

    jl28r1 Savant (490) Texas Jan 10, 2011

     
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  40. Wait sixpoint is coming to Texas? If so, that rules, LOVE their toasted lager.
     
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