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Why does Houston get zero mind blowing Imperial Stouts?

Discussion in 'US - Southwest' started by Daemose, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. Daemose

    Daemose Savant (480) Texas Oct 3, 2011

    It seems like every AMAZING Imperial Stout I've ever had that isn't a seasonal or limited release is not available here in Houston, I've had to trade for it.

    The Great Divide Yeti line is nice, but I've had one too many of those.
    Weasel Rodeo is expensive as hell.
    Black Metal isn't just a RIS anymore, but a farmhouse.
    Pumpkinator? Seasonal.
    Rogue: Bleh
    Clown Shoes is alright but too Hoppy.
    Abyss? You're lucky to even find one.
    No Southern Tier, I've had several great Stouts from them.
    No Founders, I'd kill for even just Breakfast Stout
    No Three Floyds or Surly, lol.
    No Terrapin, I've heard Moohoo is good. I know that it is a Milk Stout, but we are in short supply of those as well.
    Etc.

    I may be missing a few, but you get the point.

    I guess Houston just isn't a place where you need an Imperial Stout to keep warm.
     
  2. jring626

    jring626 Aficionado (205) Texas Mar 31, 2007

    Not to be too critical of your post b/c I agree with you that it would be fantastic to receive ANY beers from Southern Tier, Founders, Three Floyds or Surly but I must disagree with your assessment.

    First off, The Abyss (#13 on BA 100) is world class and we are actually one of the lucky states to get some distribution. But on top of that, you forgot about:

    Southern Star Buried Hatchet
    Stone Imperial Russian Stout
    Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (or the more rare but still available in Houston Brooklyn Black Ops)
    Victory Storm King (and I think we even got Dark Intrigue this year)
    Avery Mephistopholes & Uncle Jacobs

    I know I'm overlooking some but there are at least quite a few suggestions for locally available stouts.

    Happy Hunting!
     
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  3. starkmarvelo

    starkmarvelo Advocate (510) Nevada Jan 20, 2010

    ...because the rest of Texas doesn't get them either. Pumpkinator is one of my favorites. But I would kill to get my hands on a Southern Tier Creme Brûlée.

    Seriously, I'd kill.
     
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  4. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) California Jan 27, 2012

    I just split a Creme Brulee with the wife, 11oz in her glass, 11 in mine. About 1oz later, I dumped hers and mine into a 22oz CBS snifter and gave it to her. It was gross.
     
  5. All over around here, I'd trade with ya.
     
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  6. starkmarvelo

    starkmarvelo Advocate (510) Nevada Jan 20, 2010

    But I love sweet beers.
     
  7. Show

    Show Aficionado (235) Texas Jul 21, 2011

    texas doesn't get any good beer!!!!!

    maybe if i whine a bit here, things will change.....?
     
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  8. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Advocate (505) Texas Apr 13, 2010

    Buried Hatchet and Ten FIDY are all you need.
     
  9. icetrauma

    icetrauma Savant (495) Texas Sep 7, 2004

    Agreed on Ten Fiddy
     
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  10. Daemose

    Daemose Savant (480) Texas Oct 3, 2011

    Heh, wow, you are witty. You deserve an award. The award for being the person who contributed the least releveant post in this thread, now and forever after.
     
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  11. Daemose

    Daemose Savant (480) Texas Oct 3, 2011

    Buried hatchet tastes like burnt toast and Ten Fidy is ridiculous for a 4 pack and tastes similar.
     
  12. DanE

    DanE Savant (430) Connecticut Feb 24, 2012

    Seriously though... Ten Fidy is great. But if you don't like a hoppy brew, drink Ovaltine?
     
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  13. lokieman

    lokieman Savant (475) Oklahoma Jan 20, 2011

    You mentioned Weasel Rodeo and Black Metal but I think (along with a lot of other people) that Whiskey Barrel Rodeo is easily the best stout in JK's lineup. It's super tasty and yes it is expensive but several of the bottles you listed as wants will cost you as much if not more. I've lived in 5 states in the south and midwest and Texas is miles ahead of any of them in my opinion....
     
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  14. starkmarvelo

    starkmarvelo Advocate (510) Nevada Jan 20, 2010

    We'll probably be getting Sierra Nevada Narwhal.
     
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  15. champ103

    champ103 Champion (870) Texas Sep 3, 2007

    Good God. Yes Texas gets no good beer, and TABC is the root of all Texas beer distribution issues. I could go on a long rant, but :rolleyes:
     
  16. Buy a ton of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout and come back a year later to it and you wont be disappointed.

    I just received a Pumpkinator in a trade and hot damn was that a good beer. It had a year on it but it was still top notch. Not that I would want it all year it's good to know it will hold up for a long time if you wanted to stock up.
     
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  17. starkmarvelo

    starkmarvelo Advocate (510) Nevada Jan 20, 2010

    We get great beer. And we make great beer. Sorry we can't have every single beer produced in the World.
     
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  18. WickedSluggy

    WickedSluggy Savant (435) Texas Nov 21, 2008

    There is no beer better than GD Yeti.
     
  19. dumptruck81

    dumptruck81 Savant (390) Texas Dec 28, 2011

    It's not very often that a beer blows my mind. That's including all the beers I trade for also. Last time I can remember a beer that really wowed me was a bcbs with 2 years on it. Once you really get into beer you just don't really find much that's mindblowing anymore.

    As for really good imperial stouts people have already mentioned quite a few that we do get. One I was surprised by not too long ago was deep ellum darkest hour. I can easily sow how it's not for everyone but I really enjoyed it.
     
  20. Daemose

    Daemose Savant (480) Texas Oct 3, 2011

    Chocolate Yeti is the tits.
     
  21. Correct me if I'm wrong, but won't Goose Island be available pretty much everywhere by year's end? Not sure if that means their entire lineup, but hopefully. Also, doesn't Texas get the New Belgium Lips of Faith series? I believe they have an Imperial Chocolate Coffee Stout coming out soon.

    Thanks,
    Kevin
     
  22. starkmarvelo

    starkmarvelo Advocate (510) Nevada Jan 20, 2010

    I dont think we'll get the whole Goose Island lineup yet. Oh, one can hope (about Lips of Faith)
     
  23. Grendle

    Grendle Aficionado (230) Texas Apr 11, 2012

    Drinking a Ten FIDY as I watch the Dallas Cowboys. Cheers!
     
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  24. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Advocate (505) Texas Apr 13, 2010

    Please, go on. ;)
     
  25. jbeezification

    jbeezification Savant (415) Texas Jun 6, 2012

    No please don't. We have all heard it already and its getting tired.

    Houston as well as the rest of most of Texas gets plenty of fine Imperial Stouts. Stop crying and go look.
     
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  26. jbeezification

    jbeezification Savant (415) Texas Jun 6, 2012

    This whole post is not relevant. Go shopping at a real bottle shop and stop worrying about Founders not being in Texas. It has never been distributed to Texas.
     
  27. starkmarvelo

    starkmarvelo Advocate (510) Nevada Jan 20, 2010

    If its not relevant then why are you participating?
     

  28. WAHHHH!!! WAHHHHH!!! We don't get every beer distributed in the states. Big f'ing whoop. You obviously don't understand how capacity and satisfying local markets works.
     
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  29. jbeezification

    jbeezification Savant (415) Texas Jun 6, 2012

    Pride in my hometown. Annoyance of seeing people crying about not being able to find good beers. If I can find em, so can you.
     
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  30. WickedSluggy

    WickedSluggy Savant (435) Texas Nov 21, 2008

    WTF? Are you 12?
     
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  31. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Advocate (505) Texas Apr 13, 2010

    His info says he's 25.
     
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  32. kmello69

    kmello69 Advocate (535) Texas Nov 27, 2011

    This whole thread is making my head start to hurt. I'm going to go to my beer fridge and get one of the awesome stouts in there.....
     
  33. Daemose

    Daemose Savant (480) Texas Oct 3, 2011

    Ahahaha. Well the rumors are true. I come in here just trying to have an intelligent discussion, and in the end there's a whole bunch of butthurt and high horse going around.
     
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  34. kmello69

    kmello69 Advocate (535) Texas Nov 27, 2011

    You made a statement, which is open to interpretation and discussion by others. If you're mad that everyone doesnt agree with you, then you're the only one who seems to be butthurt.

    I thought you made a rather generic statement that was easily dismantled by all of the examples other people offered, but perhaps you just don't like a lot of the stouts available here. Personally, while we dont get everything I'd like, I think we have lots of good choices.
     
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  35. Just seemed like a useless thread, so I thought I'd contribute a useless response. We obviously cannot get every great stout here in Texas, but others have given examples of good ones that can be found here. This is just another thread stating the obvious (not everything you want gets distributed here) and it sounds like an entitled whine.
     
  36. Grendle

    Grendle Aficionado (230) Texas Apr 11, 2012

    Exactly what I did as I lurk... Southern Tier 2X Stout for the 2nd half of the Cowboys game.:p
     
  37. Daemose

    Daemose Savant (480) Texas Oct 3, 2011

    True. We do get a lot of good stuff. I guess I'm just jealous of some of the things we don't get. The grass is always greener on the other side, as they say.

    I'd like to see No Label and Karbach delve into porter/stout territory, Hellfighter was delicious and I've heard good things about Elda M. Saint Arnold Winter Stout should be available year round, its delicious and creamy.
     
  38. icetrauma

    icetrauma Savant (495) Texas Sep 7, 2004

    The thing is we don't get every beer brewed. What you can about is, why does brewery x only send there main brews here and not the limited releases. That's the beauty of the craft beer scene. Of everyone got everything, then trades would be obsolete. Small breweries = small distribution. Large breweries = well, you get the picture.
     
  39. Daemose

    Daemose Savant (480) Texas Oct 3, 2011

    Yeah. Quality over Quantity. I know. I think I posted this thread because I was sad I just downed my last FBS, heh. I guess I'll have do another trade now.
     
  40. BeanBone

    BeanBone Savant (445) Texas Oct 12, 2006

    Just think about how much better we have it today than we did 6-7 years ago. Remember the days when we were excited to see any Imperial Stout? My God, in comparison we're living in beer Shangri-La!
     
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