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Discussion in 'Northwest' started by sharpski, Nov 21, 2016.
More should be hitting WA shelves today and tomorrow
I got my four pack at The Beer Authority in North Seattle Thursday afternoon and they were sold out a couple hours later. Sounds like most stores got theirs on Friday and sold out immediately.
It's on tap all over the place, though. Had some at Toronado last night.
Reading over this thread always causes a real disconnect for me. Given some of the recent posts, I feel as if I should run right out and buy a case before it's too late.
However, the beer is literally on tap all over town (PDX) at present (I even saw it on tap at the MofC beer bar on SW Barnes), and truth be told, I've only ordered it a couple of times. I think it's a pretty good IPA, but most of the time there are several other beers on the tap list that I think are better (and so I order them instead). It's nice to have it around, as I always like having a lot of good options to choose from, but I doubt I'll exactly go into mourning when it's finally gone for good.
I guess because it's still really new, that's why there's so much demand for it? Otherwise, I guess I don't understand why every place seems to be running through their allocation so quickly.
Have you checked at Reuben's? They got 70(!) cases for the release party Saturday. It was selling well but it didn't look like they were sold out when I left. I haven't been back since to check. That probably explains the low quantities at other Seattle locations.
3-Way is one of my favorite Summer releases every year, and I don't always want to have to go somewhere and drink it. That's why cans are nice. Plus they're cheaper. [shrug]
Reubens was sold out of cans when I was there on Sunday around 12:30.
Given current demand levels for the particular style of this year’s version, the interest/hype surrounding one of the very small and non-distributing breweries involved, and the (unconfirmed) possibility that they kegged a higher percentage than usual during this first run, I’m less astonished that cans have sold so quickly this first go-round—when sales are always apt to be their briskest anyway.
Nor am I worried. If the previous years are any guide, which they should be, sooner or later this ought to be a fairly widespread shelf 4-pack. And for the whole summer. Maybe I’m being too sanguine, but I’d give this whole dynamic another week or two to “normalize.”
Exactly. When you stop seeking it you shall find it aplenty.
'Twas ever thus.
Looks like everyone is getting more today. All is well with the world.
I noticed that the BevMo in Tukwila said they had 18 4-packs left on their website, so I stopped by and grabbed a couple 4-packs. As I was checking out some guy showed up and bought the other 16 4-packs. Wow.
Bummer. Due to the style of this year's version I was afraid we would see this kind of douchery with folks gobbling up literally as much as they possible can and then sending it all over the country.
I'm curious ... what would you have done if you had gotten there immediately after this guy and he had bought up every single one? I've often pondered how I would react in this sort of situation.
It's unfortunate you can't just punch these people in the face.
I would've been annoyed but left without saying anything, and then probably bitching about it online.
When I got to BevMo and walked up to the counter with the cans, the manager was all "Oh, are you the guy who called about those?" I wasn't, but that other guy probably was.
If we assume that they're nazis--and it sounds like they are--it's perfectly acceptable.
I support throat punches for Nazis and beer mules.
QFC does get Fort George though, however the one in Bellevue downtown wasn't able to get it yet. Hopefully at the least the taproom there is able to get a keg!
I picked up a couple of 4-packs from the Whole Foods on 116th after lunch that day, seems it was lucky I visited at that time.
First weekend without any. When's the next drop?
Yikes. I know this was just a joke, and I am as opposed to the concept of beer mules as anyone, but does this not cheapen language and history more than a little, like almost every other time that descriptor is invoked?
he's probably the one on BA with the highest beer karma
Another wave seems to have come through Seattle. Probably one of my favorite 3-Ways, which is high praise indeed. One of the strongest long running series of collaboration beers I can remember.
I like this years 3-way and i know it is guna be slightly different each batch but has anyone noticed a difference between the draft version and the cans? I was at the release party at Reubens and the draft version of 3-way they were pouring was glowing yellow in color and had an awesome flavor overall so i was super stoke to try the cans. When i got home later and tried the can version and poured it into a glass it looked, smelled, and tasted like a completly different beer IMO, it was hazy orange not yellow like the draft version and the cans seemed to be way more bitter than draft. I like the first batch of 3-way draft version a lot more than the cans but its still a dam good beer, GREAT NOTION!!!! Oh well, thats my rant...
I've seen variations between draft pours as well. Reuben's was yellow chicken stock while it was orange and hazy at Toronado. It all tastes the same, which is what matters. Probably the kegs settling differently.
My cans have been yellow chicken stock in appearance. They still tasted the same. Taste matters, not turbid opaqueness.
Another data point: The draft pours we had at Fort George two days after the release were as orange as orange juice, and had a most rewarding bitterness.
Grabbed the second to last 3 way pack at Bobs Liquor in Lake City.
Just had my first of the 4-pack. This is definitely in my top 5 of the IPAs for the year. So delicious and smooth. Nice work to all involved.
I'm going to disagree, but only moderately. I ordered a draft at our local alehouse this past week and almost sent it back when it was delivered. The appearance of this beer is non-appealing. It will be the only 3-Way this year that I order or buy --- more for the rest of you! After I finished it --- and I was pleasantly surprised to find a hop bitterness bite to it that I wasn't expecting --- I ordered a Fremont Lush (and another).
Now, these comments are to be qualified by admitting that I'm no fan of the NE-style hazy juice bomb fad. It irks me that I have to ask the bartender upon ordering these days if the IPA I'm considering is hazy. I've pretty much abandoned Cloudburst and Skookum at this point, but I didn't think I needed to ask about Reuben's, Stoup, Fremont, et al.
Also too, you kids stay off my lawn.
Heads up: There's a brand new canning on the shelves of Portland, dated 06/14/17. Fresh and mighty tasty.
As my friend James says, "Get you some."
Edit: My wife picked up the 4-packs at the Tanasbourne Whole Foods, which is having a 20% off sale on craft beer.
Is it all that much different from the first batch?
Nope. Just fresher. And available.
Personally I'm not all that into Three Way this year, though I expected it to blow me away. I'd much rather drink hoppy local offerings from Structures and Wander.
I haven't encountered it yet, but when I do, will buy a 4 pack. For science only, of course. I did see some Zima at Fred Meyer yesterday, so that will probably be a payday grab. For science only, of course and, a bit of nostalgia. I used to enjoy one sometimes as a change of pace "beer" during long sessions.
Did you get the grenadine to mix it with as well?
This afternoon I spotted some 3-Way with a canning date of 06/08/17 at the WinCo in Hillsboro. Rather surprising, since this WinCo doesn't usually get Fort George seasonals.
I wonder if it still tastes the same. I don't think I've had a Zima since 1993 or thereabouts.
Not to derail, but Wander just landed in Boise, and I still need to try them. This is probably the push i needed.
What Wander stuff ya seeing?
About 97-98 for me.
Not that curious myself. I absolutely hated the stuff, back in the day.
Still have my Zima Zucks T-shirt, and may start wearing it again if the new version catches on.
'93 for me as well, the only time I had it (high school seniors can't be picky).
I only added that part because I hope it makes some of you feel old.
Think I have only seen 4 bottles. Shoe Toss, Global Mutt, and can't think of these others.