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Why no more Psuedo Craft bottle releases?

Discussion in 'Australia & New Zealand' started by sinkas, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. sinkas

    sinkas Aficionado (190) Australia Jul 9, 2008

    Do you think JS or MB will ever releases any more bottled seasonal?

    With LC and Feral and to some extent (and who would have ever though I would say this) GR providing some pretty tasty bottled special releases, I am a little surprised the other appear to have stopped, any opinions?
     
  2. Jeez mate, you had more red wine to drink tonight than me? Discuss ...
     
  3. sinkas

    sinkas Aficionado (190) Australia Jul 9, 2008

    No, Dry July here just wanting to hear peoples views
     
  4. mulder1010

    mulder1010 Initiate (0) Australia Aug 29, 2008

    Could be off the wall and say that both are rewarding venues that stock them on tap.
    Read something where Hahn said the Hop thief was not going to be bottled as it was so heavily dry hopped. That is a fair call for that type of style.
     
  5. on the JS blog I recall seeing a while back that the team were 'so busy' cranking out the JS that they had no time for Mad Brewers.

    I am not a brewer but this is not the first time I have seen this happen (e.g. Murray's flat out on supplying ever-expanding pub-list therefore less time for new bottled releases)

    Seriously folks, drink less Squire (!)
     
  6. sinkas

    sinkas Aficionado (190) Australia Jul 9, 2008

    I would imagine that the keg profit ratio it a fair bit higher too, for both retail and thier wholesale, A shop near me still has thier rasberry wheat beer in the fridge,
     
  7. last mad brewers release 'wee highlander' was one of their better releases i reckon, quizzed the bloke at GABS why it wasn't a bottle release and if i remember correctly the issue was tank space.

    last gage roads limited release that ended up at GABS was also their best beer yet.
     
  8. sinkas

    sinkas Aficionado (190) Australia Jul 9, 2008

    which gage roads one was that the Jack Tar RIS?
     
  9. Its called Aye Aye PA, a rum barrel black ipa. The Sail had it on tap at the beginning of the dark beer fest too.
     
  10. Lukie

    Lukie Savant (425) Australia Jun 16, 2007

    If that was the one I was thinking of, then it tasted like Bubblegum Ice Cream and I offended one of the brewers.
     
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  11. foles

    foles Savant (420) Australia Jan 28, 2007

    I know one thing - Matilda Bay is making some fine small batch beers (brown ales, saisons, etc) and serving them on tap over at the Port Melbourne Brewery. Was very surprised given their base range has become complete rubbish (Helga, IGP, Fat Yak, etc). Also a shame they decided to marginalise Alpha, Dog, etc and bump up the price to absurd levels.

    Mad Brewers were putting out some great beers - I also wonder when the next one might be.....
     
  12. danieelol

    danieelol Advocate (510) Australia Jun 15, 2010

    Haven't those beers always been defined by being overpriced and underavailable?
     
  13. danieelol

    danieelol Advocate (510) Australia Jun 15, 2010

    Yer the Wee Highlander wasn't bad.
     
  14. foles

    foles Savant (420) Australia Jan 28, 2007

    They (Dog, Rooftop Red, Alpha, Bohemian) used to be about $60 a carton, $18 a 6 pack and on tap all over Perth. And it was my favourite brewery probably in Aust. Very solid beers - better than most similar style examples being brewed in Australia now. And there are no Vienna lagers around (Rooftop).
    Now Dog, Alpha, Bohemian are $90 a carton, $25 a 4 pack, and barely on tap anywhere. As soon as they were rebranded this happened overnight. And then appeared the comparatively cheaper Fat Yak, then Helga and more recently the horrible IGP.
     
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  15. danieelol

    danieelol Advocate (510) Australia Jun 15, 2010

    Fair enough, I believe you must be referring to a time which preceded my craft beer drinking (so ~4 years ago)
     
  16. Yeah it would be good if they could sell the Alpha in six packs and at roughly the same price as LC Pale. Selling Alpha in this form for most likely 2-3 dollars more than Fat Yak a six pack still distinguishes the products IMO.
     

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