2019 Hopslam

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by KEA, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. KEA

    KEA Initiate (30) Jan 10, 2019 District of Columbia

    I know it is still a little early with the release at Churchkey and Rustico coming next weekend, but I wanted to start a thread on where to find Hopslam in cans this year. Looking forward to it again this year.
  2. prior2two

    prior2two Disciple (371) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois

    You’ll be able to find it everywhere. Grocery stores, liquor stores, corner stores.

    It’s anwonderful beer, but there will be zero issue getting it.
  3. Hezy

    Hezy Initiate (63) Feb 24, 2014 Michigan

    Any sightings at costco and how much?
    Please post sku/item # or pic.
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  4. KEA

    KEA Initiate (30) Jan 10, 2019 District of Columbia

    And just to clarify, I am in the DC area of the Mid-Atlantic.
  5. croush

    croush Defender (676) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois

    If you want to find it in that area, you might want to move this thread to that regional forum. Here in the Great Lakes area, it is literally everywhere...I guess we assumed it's like that in most places Bell's distributes.
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  6. flat_lander

    flat_lander Devotee (446) May 11, 2016 Illinois
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  7. prior2two

    prior2two Disciple (371) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois

    You’d probably be better off posting in that regional forum then.
  8. ja1022

    ja1022 Initiate (128) Sep 27, 2009 Indiana

    Time for the obligatory "the hops are already fading" post. And while I'm at it "last years batch was better" too.
  9. Junior

    Junior Disciple (343) May 23, 2015 Michigan

    Not in Michigan.
  10. darktronica

    darktronica Poo-Bah (1,902) Aug 29, 2014 Indiana
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    Dunno how its distribution is where you live, but on the plus side, you're in DC and get to drink at Churchkey any time you like. I only get to go there a couple times a year when I'm traveling for work. :stuck_out_tongue:
  11. Number1Framer

    Number1Framer Initiate (118) Mar 13, 2016 Wisconsin

    "Yea, it's basically a barleywine at this point."
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  12. flat_lander

    flat_lander Devotee (446) May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Really? Every store I walk into by me gets a giant pile of it, some places literally a pallet of it sits on the floor. The whole city is just flooded with it. I'll still see it in April or May even. By then...

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  13. jdoncbus

    jdoncbus Disciple (368) Jun 17, 2006 Ohio

    With the way styles have gone over the past decade, the barleywine comparison isn’t that outlandish. Hell, it could be listed as a strong ale.
  14. TheeWarPig

    TheeWarPig Initiate (68) Sep 30, 2015 Michigan

    I like this year's batch more personally. That being said, I've also only had two thus far.
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  15. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Zealot (551) Nov 26, 2011 Illinois

    FYI local store just posted they have hopslam in as of today
  16. Jplachy

    Jplachy Disciple (301) Feb 12, 2012 Illinois

    Yeah, I'm seeing pics of it pop up on beer store Instagram.
  17. DragonflyJones

    DragonflyJones Initiate (49) Mar 22, 2018 Illinois

    Any place selling singles? I wasn't a big fan of last 2 years, so don't want to commit to a full sixer anymore.
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  18. JodiB

    JodiB Initiate (33) Dec 20, 2018 Michigan

    Kroger by me had six pack on sale, with my Kroger card, for $15.99. It looked as though 75% of the original display was purchased.
  19. kendrid

    kendrid Initiate (142) Jan 31, 2009 Illinois

    Woodmans in Carpentersville IL had it yesterday. $16 and change.
  20. VinHalen54

    VinHalen54 Initiate (111) Jun 4, 2014 Illinois

    @KEA - HYPESLAM does not need it's own thread.
  21. prior2two

    prior2two Disciple (371) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois

    In regards to locating it, no, but it’s still fun to talk about.
  22. GreatGazoo

    GreatGazoo Disciple (372) Feb 12, 2014 Illinois

    Big stack at Binny's. Dated 1/8
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  23. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,244) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois

    No one can complain about freshness. Nicely done, Bell's.
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  24. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Zealot (528) May 3, 2016 Illinois

    It should be fairly easy to get Hopslam in DC with the government shutdown since the people not getting paid are probably more concerned with feeding their family and not losing their homes than grabbing the hot beer release...kind of the exact opposite of Chicago.
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  25. sellout49

    sellout49 Initiate (79) Aug 21, 2007 Illinois

    Costco in Oakbrook has a pallet of it. I think it was 13.99
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  26. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,244) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois

    Wow, that's a fantastic price for Hopslam.
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  27. CB_Michigan

    CB_Michigan Initiate (138) Sep 4, 2014 Illinois

    Same price at N Riverside Costco, canned 1/7, I think. Looking forward to cracking one later tonight.
  28. Gunslinger711

    Gunslinger711 Initiate (167) Apr 16, 2010 Indiana

    Cans and Mini-kegs sighted in Indy the other day.
  29. ChWRoCk

    ChWRoCk Initiate (55) Dec 9, 2013 Illinois

    Same with schaumburg, just left. Plenty left.
  30. CB_Michigan

    CB_Michigan Initiate (138) Sep 4, 2014 Illinois

    Not loving this year's version. Reminds me of last year, but maybe with the sweetness dialed down a bit. Just less bright overall than I remember from '15 and '17. It's still a decent beer, but there's a lot of local competition for "decent."
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  31. zebra6331

    zebra6331 Initiate (30) Wednesday Indiana

    I bought for $13.99 at Costco in Merrilville, IN.
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  32. BCB1908

    BCB1908 Initiate (63) Dec 4, 2012 Illinois

    Stopped by one of my local places yesterday. Owner said they wouldn't be getting any because of the games being played by Bell's and/or the distributor. Seems they were only allocated 3 cases last year, and most went to grocery stores. They used to get 10+ cases in the past. Had to pick up old beer from grocery stores when it didn't sell.

    Now the reps are trying to convince them that Hopslam is "super rare" and playing games on allocations. Not sure if they're pushing him to buy other Bell's products just to carry Hopslam or what. Didn't see much from Bell's on the shelves when I was browsing, though I wasn't looking for it specifically.
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  33. schweezly

    schweezly Initiate (20) Nov 25, 2017 Illinois

    I’ll buy it if I find single cans around, but I don’t need a 6 pack. Guess my palate has changed
  34. Big_Jack

    Big_Jack Initiate (21) Nov 4, 2018 Indiana

    But it was...This year is lacking in malt/honey. Still good though.

    Bought at Wise Guys in Merrillville IN. They have tons and one of those small kegs as of tonight.
  35. Big_Jack

    Big_Jack Initiate (21) Nov 4, 2018 Indiana

    Dang, went across the street to Wise Guys and paid $19 out the door.