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2018 Beer Club Renewals

Discussion in 'Pacific' started by UnknownKoger, Sep 14, 2017.

  1. Miruguy

    Miruguy Aspirant (204) Nov 22, 2010 California
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    You'll be glad you did - I was really happy with everything I got from them but ended up not renewing last year because I wanted to try Cellador. Apparently, Libertine has some quality control issues, but I didn't experience any of that first hand.
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  2. tokimedo

    tokimedo Aspirant (228) Feb 28, 2015 California
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    they are distro'ing more to LA
    i have a ton of friends in the membership and each member release they can get extras on
    I have a few other sour memberships, so I needed to prioritize

    its a great society with great beer and you should 100% split with your buddy! all the beers are great, specially if you love pastry sours.
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  3. BeerBaron666

    BeerBaron666 Aspirant (258) May 13, 2009 California
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    dropped Bruery reserve.
    Upgraded to Theory of leisure committee
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  4. JeffTD

    JeffTD Aspirant (218) Jul 27, 2013 California

    Fair enough. I love their sour stouts/porters and the true BA sours they do; not a fan of the non-sours or kettles, so luckily the membership trends towards the latter. Their new location is worth a visit if you're nearby, and if it really ends up being terrible then Indie is right across the street to wash the taste out.
  5. R1c0rtez

    R1c0rtez Initiate (130) Oct 5, 2012 California
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    Renewing: MT League

    : Cellador (tier 1) , splitting Casa Agria
  6. BreweryRun

    BreweryRun Zealot (508) Feb 22, 2013 California
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    Moving up to Theory of Leisure. That is all.
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  7. awald

    awald Initiate (37) Aug 15, 2015 California
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    Anyone get a screenshot of the details on the Lost Abbey Sinner's Club (they took it down from their website) or information on it other than whats posted on their Instagram? Also, does anyone know how the beers will be released (ex. quarterly)? Thanks
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  8. Bum4ever

    Bum4ever Devotee (410) Jan 18, 2017 California
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    Didn't save the details, but I did sign-up.
    It will be first first beer club, but I'm splitting it.

    Also going solo on a bruery reserve stout membership.
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  9. awald

    awald Initiate (37) Aug 15, 2015 California
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    I opted in for Lost Abbey membership. First club. Pretty stoked.
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  10. PG2G

    PG2G Devotee (496) Dec 26, 2011 California
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    I don't have it but it did say quarterly
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  11. Javier2000

    Javier2000 Initiate (197) Nov 28, 2015 California
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    MT League
    H24 (Last year was a complete 180 of their previous year)

    Bruery Reserve

  12. Justinsosmart

    Justinsosmart Disciple (313) May 14, 2013 California
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    -13x 750ml Bottles including 2x each of 2018 Cable Car, 2018 24 Steps, Veritas Peach and one additional barrel-aged blend currently being worked on exclusively for the club. Also included will be Veritas Kriek, Amazing Grace, Bourbon Aged Serpent’s Stout and a new Sinner’s Blend.

    -Included in membership is first right to purchase Duck Duck Gooze in 2019.

    -Additional Bottles will also be available for purchase for each release. The quantity of additional bottles will vary depending on total cases created for each release.

    -Membership includes 10% off of any purchase in the Tasting Room or online at LostAbbey.com (with Membership Card)

    -Limited Sinner’s and Saint’s Glassware

    -First right of acceptance for 2019 Renewal

    -Option to pick-up beer at San Marcos Tasting room or shipped within the state of California (at additional cost)

    -Proxy pickups as well as a proxy shipping destination (within state of California) will be allowed.

    -Cost - $399 +tax (Non-Refundable)
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  13. awald

    awald Initiate (37) Aug 15, 2015 California
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    Thank you!
  14. wolf13

    wolf13 Aspirant (206) Dec 11, 2014 California
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    I joined up this year after skipping last year. So far the customer service has been head and shoulders above when I was last a member... mainly that they returned two of my emails within a reasonable amount of time!
    FrogOut69 and Yabu like this.
  15. biggied

    biggied Aspirant (227) Sep 12, 2008 California
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    Keeping: Hoarders (Split), MT Theory, Casa Agria, Rare Barrel
    Dropping: Mikkeller
    Adding: Wild Barrel, Lost Abbey
  16. DaltonCastle

    DaltonCastle Initiate (167) Apr 24, 2016 California
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    Joining- Modern Times League

    Leaving- Bruery Reserve Society
  17. SoCalBeerIdiot

    SoCalBeerIdiot Defender (629) Mar 10, 2013 California
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    (Still) Leaving: Rare Barrel

    Keeping: None

    Joined: Casa Agria, Cellador, MT League (all shared) and HPB Beer Friends

    2018 is going to be epic(ally expensive af)
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    UKFANNPACNW Initiate (127) Dec 5, 2016 Idaho
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    Joined: MT League
    Joining: Bombastic Brewing

    Looking forward to lots of good beers!
  19. sgudino

    sgudino Initiate (143) Apr 15, 2015 California
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    I have to ask..is Casa Agria worth it coming from San Diego?

    I was in the (MT) League for this past year, but found myself burning out on their BA stouts.

    I wouldn't mind driving up to Casa, but are their beers (including canned IPAs) worth it? I know they allow shipping, but for some reason, I dont like that idea.. and would rather drive
  20. Rbarnes4381

    Rbarnes4381 Initiate (190) Oct 29, 2013 California
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    I live 25 mins from casa, I love their beers but wouldn’t drive 4 hours to get them. I wouldn’t make monthly trips for their ipas even though they are great, but there also isn’t any beer I would drive 4 hours for, but that’s just me.
  21. Hype_Train

    Hype_Train Initiate (167) Feb 8, 2017 California

    Renewing: Bruery RS (split)
    Dropped: None

    Nothing else really catches my eye or specifically my wallet thats worth dropping a dime on..maybe HpB one day might do a membership, just maybe... le sighh :no_mouth:
  22. Frosty11161

    Frosty11161 Aspirant (227) May 2, 2016 California
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    I'm completely content with current format for HPB haha
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  23. micahburns

    micahburns Initiate (165) Oct 2, 2008 California
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    Anyone have any Bottlecraft Lock and Key reviews? Seems interesting, but haven’t heard any info on whether it’s worth it or not.
  24. IPA_Lush

    IPA_Lush Initiate (128) May 28, 2015 California
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    I had it last year and just re-upped for next year. I like it. Last year it was $200 and this year it is $225. You get an allotment of beer each quarter. I always felt that if I get roughly $50 bucks of good beer each time, I'm fine with it. And that has happened. I have received Bottle Logic, Russian River, Jester King, Beachwood and other bottles that I have been happy with.

    The other perks are just icing on the cake. 10% off on drafts has saved me maybe $25-$30 this year. The special members only taps are terrific (we had FO on tap for several days before it was opened to the public). And the members only store has put very solid beers in my hands for little effort.

    My only small gripe was I wish that they would have had a members only type event this year for us to meet/socialize with our fellow club enthusiasts. Maybe some special taps, etc. So hopefully that will occur next year.
  25. micahburns

    micahburns Initiate (165) Oct 2, 2008 California
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    Sounds good. Thanks
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  26. KevSal

    KevSal Savant (955) Oct 17, 2010 California
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    left: hoarders

    added to the waitlist of lost abbey 2019, and still hoping for hta sra invite (going on 4 years now)

    im really impressed by the amount of folks that mentioned cellador here, haven't had any of their beers, seems to me i need to check it out
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  27. allroy

    allroy Initiate (134) Nov 11, 2010 California
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    Keeping: Cellador (up to tier 4)
    Leaving: Bruery Reserve Society
    Joining: MT League
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  28. tokimedo

    tokimedo Aspirant (228) Feb 28, 2015 California
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    yes you absolutely need to.
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  29. Black_Rider

    Black_Rider Zealot (509) Mar 26, 2013 California
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    can you elaborate on that a bit? what is better now?
  30. Javier2000

    Javier2000 Initiate (197) Nov 28, 2015 California
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    It was infinitely better. First off lets talk about the plastic cup-ware. GONE. Almost every-time I visited there were good to great options for Member only selections in-house. The Bottles this year that weren't Pugachev or variants were better than the previous year. Communication between the Brewer and Member was also vastly improved and often very easy to deal with and a very quick turnaround. Just in general an overall better experience and something that kept me for next year and probably years to come. Can't say the same about Bruery and if MT LA fails to deliver - I will probably drop them next year.
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  31. StoutSnob40

    StoutSnob40 Poo-Bah (1,724) Jan 4, 2013 California
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    Wild Barrel
    Lost Abbey

  32. jwacky

    jwacky Initiate (114) Apr 13, 2017 California

    I think the dust has settled.

    Joined: MT League, Bottlecraft Lock and Key, Lost Abbey

    Considered but couldn't quite pull the trigger: CASA

    Considered very briefly but decided against, even though it's not even open: Abnormal

    Most likely dropping: Mikkeller Viking (may split it when renewals come around).
  33. Javier2000

    Javier2000 Initiate (197) Nov 28, 2015 California
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    What is the reason for considering dropping Viking? Was it not worth the price or the membership itself not very good or organized well?
  34. jwacky

    jwacky Initiate (114) Apr 13, 2017 California

    Well, the main reason is because I've now signed up for these three other clubs. Only so much beer money to go around. I see myself spending quite a bit at MT with their exclusive fills and at Bottlecraft with early access to stuff.

    As for the club itself - it got off to a pretty rocky start this year, IMO, although it has really turned around lately at least with regards to communication. The two things that are keeping me from considering renewing at this point: 1) the member bottles 2) the lack of any exclusivity

    1) The bottles haven't been anything crazy, IMO. Not that everything will appeal to everyone, but I wouldn't be feeling like I was "missing out" on any of them so far.

    2) There is really no sense of exclusivity. Yes, they claim member only crowler fills, but so far ones designated as such are only members only for a few days, maybe a week. After that, open to everyone. Early pick up of cans have been nice and they've recently opened web shop up to in-store pick ups (albeit VERY short pickup window), but almost all of the more sought after releases have lasted well in to the weekend. Maybe it's just burnout from the weekly releases, but it's been a month or so since I've purchased any of their IPAs. Going back to Bottlecraft early access (and locker storage, so I can pick up at my convenience), I see myself spending even less at Mikkeller.

    Hope that helps. It's really not a bad deal at $200 because you get 15% off every purchase, so it could literally pay for itself if you shop there enough. I will most likely end up splitting it with others for the discount.
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  35. awald

    awald Initiate (37) Aug 15, 2015 California
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  36. Thomascarroll

    Thomascarroll Initiate (112) Mar 18, 2015 California

    Keeping: rare barrel (like many have said they need to step it up in 2018)
    Bruery Reserve (moving to a split membership this year though)

    Joining: modern times (they’re making all the right moves IMO)
  37. PG2G

    PG2G Devotee (496) Dec 26, 2011 California
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    I thought rare barrel really stepped it up in 2017. The beer has been much better than 2016.
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  38. Frosty11161

    Frosty11161 Aspirant (227) May 2, 2016 California
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    Last year was the year of the recycle, between blends of ensorcelled, MOTM introduction, and second use barrels.
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  39. kdub15

    kdub15 Initiate (105) Thursday California

    Joined: Modern Times, Cellador (Tier 2)
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  40. caseyoharaa

    caseyoharaa Disciple (341) Nov 15, 2009 California
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    Ok. I'll play along.

    Keeping: Superstition Guild

    Joined: De Garde Keepers
    Four Fires Family
    Lost Abbey(splitting)

    Dropped: Good Beer Company Stable
    Modern Times League
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