2017 3-Way

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by sharpski, Nov 21, 2016.

  1. stillill

    stillill Initiate (124) Mar 6, 2016 Washington

    More should be hitting WA shelves today and tomorrow
     
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  2. distantmantra

    distantmantra Savant (979) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    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.
     
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  3. John_M

    John_M Moderator (5,493) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    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.
     
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  4. derkruk

    derkruk Initiate (141) Oct 22, 2004 Washington

    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.
     
  5. distantmantra

    distantmantra Savant (979) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    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.
     
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  6. EdwardAbbey

    EdwardAbbey Devotee (450) Jul 13, 2015 Washington
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    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.”
     
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  7. jarbroen

    jarbroen Initiate (33) Jul 21, 2014 Washington
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    Exactly. When you stop seeking it you shall find it aplenty.
     
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  8. vurt

    vurt Defender (620) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon
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    'Twas ever thus.
     
  9. distantmantra

    distantmantra Savant (979) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    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.
     
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  10. LockeNess33

    LockeNess33 Initiate (175) Feb 2, 2016 Oregon
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    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.

    :mad:
     
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  11. itracy63

    itracy63 Devotee (436) Apr 20, 2013 Washington
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    It's unfortunate you can't just punch these people in the face.
     
  12. distantmantra

    distantmantra Savant (979) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    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.
     
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  13. jpbebeau

    jpbebeau Disciple (340) Sep 11, 2011 Washington
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    If we assume that they're nazis--and it sounds like they are--it's perfectly acceptable.
     
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  14. zestd

    zestd Disciple (362) Jan 18, 2013 Idaho

    I support throat punches for Nazis and beer mules.
     
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  15. DamienI

    DamienI Defender (601) Jul 23, 2014 Washington
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    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.
     
  16. crusian

    crusian Crusader (738) May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    So....
    First weekend without any. When's the next drop?
    Getting itchy
     
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  17. EdwardAbbey

    EdwardAbbey Devotee (450) Jul 13, 2015 Washington
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    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?

    Ditto.
     
  18. jpbebeau

    jpbebeau Disciple (340) Sep 11, 2011 Washington
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    [​IMG]
     
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  19. Freshlike1980

    Freshlike1980 Initiate (117) Oct 27, 2016 Illinois
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    he's probably the one on BA with the highest beer karma
     
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  20. LiquidAmber

    LiquidAmber Poo-Bah (4,787) Feb 20, 2009 Washington

    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.
     
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  21. t4h2c0

    t4h2c0 Initiate (66) Jun 5, 2007 Washington

    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...
     
  22. distantmantra

    distantmantra Savant (979) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    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.
     
  23. vurt

    vurt Defender (620) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon
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    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.
     
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  24. ChugChugPass

    ChugChugPass Initiate (123) Jun 16, 2017 Washington
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    Grabbed the second to last 3 way pack at Bobs Liquor in Lake City.
     
  25. brandonwnw

    brandonwnw Initiate (132) May 8, 2013 Washington

    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.
     
  26. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Zealot (513) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    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.
     
  27. vurt

    vurt Defender (620) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon
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    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.
     
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  28. John_M

    John_M Moderator (5,493) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Is it all that much different from the first batch?
     
  29. vurt

    vurt Defender (620) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon
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    Nope. Just fresher. And available.
     
  30. TheBungyo

    TheBungyo Crusader (767) Dec 1, 2004 Washington

    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.
     
  31. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (4,592) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    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.
     
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  32. shnsajax

    shnsajax Disciple (354) Jul 2, 2013 Idaho
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    Did you get the grenadine to mix it with as well?
     
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  33. vurt

    vurt Defender (620) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon
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    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.
     
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  34. vurt

    vurt Defender (620) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon
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    I wonder if it still tastes the same. I don't think I've had a Zima since 1993 or thereabouts.
     
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  35. shnsajax

    shnsajax Disciple (354) Jul 2, 2013 Idaho
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    Not to derail, but Wander just landed in Boise, and I still need to try them. This is probably the push i needed.
     
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  36. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (4,592) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    What Wander stuff ya seeing?
     
  37. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (4,592) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    About 97-98 for me.
     
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  38. John_M

    John_M Moderator (5,493) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    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.
     
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  39. sharpski

    sharpski Champion (825) Oct 11, 2010 Oregon
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    '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. :D
     
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  40. shnsajax

    shnsajax Disciple (354) Jul 2, 2013 Idaho
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    Think I have only seen 4 bottles. Shoe Toss, Global Mutt, and can't think of these others.
     
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