Alesong Thread

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by PNW_Whalez, Apr 8, 2016.

  1. distantmantra

    distantmantra Savant (994) May 23, 2011 Washington

    Chucks 85th had Mocha Rhino Suit bottles on Thursday along with Maestro.
  2. sts9fan

    sts9fan Initiate (74) Mar 7, 2015 Massachusetts

    Teku had it also on Wednesday.
  3. MattyPrize

    MattyPrize Initiate (116) Jul 7, 2011 Oregon

    We still have a few bottles of Rhino Suit floating around Bend, but haven't seen any Mocha Rhino.... I'd be interested in this for sure...
  4. Rip_City

    Rip_City Initiate (34) Jul 16, 2016 Oregon

    Just a little bit surprised it skipped the Portland market.
  5. kingsleyr

    kingsleyr Initiate (0) Jun 20, 2005 Washington

    chucks had the mocha, both draft and bottles. there were several alesong events around town last week.
  6. TaborTime

    TaborTime Disciple (324) Dec 10, 2013 Oregon

    Mocha Rhino Suit is really, really good.
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  7. Jbagel1

    Jbagel1 Initiate (0) May 25, 2015 Oregon

    16 tons in Eugene has most of the Alesong bottles.
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  8. Beerleon

    Beerleon Initiate (108) Oct 7, 2011 Washington

    First alesong bottle was mocha rhino suit tonight, I am going back for another !
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  9. AlesongMatt

    AlesongMatt Initiate (42) Apr 12, 2016 Oregon

    Hey everyone. Thanks for the compliments. I'm glad you are liking our creations!
    I want to just clear up the 'what's available' questions, and please let me know if you have further questions.
    We release all of our beer to our mailing list first (just takes a quick signup on our website: no cost to you) and we hold beers for up to 60 days if you can't make the quarterly release party. This assures you get everything you want AND will assure you get any mailing list only releases. We've only had one, Cocoa Maestro-a chocolate version of our barrel aged barleywine. there were only 96 bottles produced, and we sold out.
    Then, after the release party, we take inventory of what is left. Because we bottle more of some beers than others, and some sell at the party more than others, we have to make hard decisions on which market gets which beer. As you can imagine, we have a lot more accounts in Portland and really all of Oregon, than in Seattle. (we'd like more accounts in Seattle and WA, my northern friends. Feel free to suggest :slight_smile: ) And we don't want to just go with the procedure of: "Eugene, you get first pick of everything. Portland you are second. and Seattle-you get leftovers." That's not fair.
    So, for those of you who found Mocha Rhino Suit in Seattle (as well as Maestro), realize you don't have Cherry Parliament or Here Comes the Sun-those are sold in Oregon.
    This may not be the way you would do it, but it is the way that makes sense for us right now.
    The good news is that if you are on our mailing list, you get whatever you want, you just have to come to the brewery to pick up.
    We are kicking around the idea of having a club pickup party in Seattle someday if we can find the right venue and if it makes sense for both parties. For now, we encourage you to come down.
    BTW- Tasting room opends this summer! Come drink beer in wine country :slight_smile:

    If you've seen a lot of our bottles at your local, that's awesome. However, realize that we have released 13 beers in bottles in our three releases thus far. And I haven't mentioned that we always keep some vintage back at the brewery and sell them on Thursdays from 4-6, so if you can't find something, contact us at the brewery and we might have it.

    And finally (thanks for listening this long), our next release, which is scheduled for 5/20 will include two fairly small beers that won't likely see distro (one with plums and one spont fermented on pinot grapes) and two that we will plan to send to both OR and WA markets (Brett saison dh with mosaic and a non barrel aged strawberry sour beer (kettle soured) )
    So get signed up for our mailing list, would you!

    Thanks for enjoying our beers. I'll monitor this thread as I can and answer anymore questions you have.
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  10. drone

    drone Disciple (357) Jun 17, 2013 Washington

    Love the pickup/reservation concept; hope you find a Seattle venue soon!
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  11. dphi

    dphi Initiate (96) Apr 14, 2013 Oregon

    Good to hear the tap room will be opening up soon!
  12. AlesongMatt

    AlesongMatt Initiate (42) Apr 12, 2016 Oregon

    Oh, the other thing we need is a critical mass of Washingtonians who order to make it viable to head up with a bunch of beer. Tell your friends, and we'll see if we can swing it in the future.
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  13. EdwardAbbey

    EdwardAbbey Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2015 Washington

    Although I bumped this thread with some hesitation for fear that I didn't want too many people to know too quickly about a relatively limited product, this would be a nice unexpected reward.:slight_smile:

    The environmentalist in me cannot justify trips from Seattle to Eugene just to pick up beer or else I'd be on that mailing list, but a consolidated drop done in reverse would change the equation entirely.

    How about my local PCC?:slight_smile:
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  14. WA_Brian

    WA_Brian Initiate (57) Nov 17, 2015 Washington

    I would order, but it's hard to justify a 10+ hour round-trip to pick up beer every quarter. That said, if you extend shipping to WA or go with a local pick-up option, I'd be all over it.

    My lack of ordering does not mean lack of interest. I check every release hoping you've extended shipping to WA.
  15. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,215) Sep 24, 2007 Washington

    The Downtown location of the Food Co-Op in Bellingham. Michael is the beer buyer there, and will take good care of you.
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  16. EdwardAbbey

    EdwardAbbey Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2015 Washington

    And Terry is the principal beer consumer there. He will take good care of you, too.:slight_smile:
  17. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,215) Sep 24, 2007 Washington

    This is not an Alternative Fact.
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  18. JonnyBeers

    JonnyBeers Disciple (339) Oct 24, 2012 British Columbia (Canada)

    Plenty of crazy Canadians who will drive to the 'Ham for Alesong. I think all of us combined almost match what Terry consumes.
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  19. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,215) Sep 24, 2007 Washington

    "Almost" being the key word.
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  20. drone

    drone Disciple (357) Jun 17, 2013 Washington

  21. WA_Brian

    WA_Brian Initiate (57) Nov 17, 2015 Washington

    Very happy to see Alesong now ships to WA. The setup with Tavour currently has some issues, but I expect those to be worked out over time and enough emails to support.

    Looking forward to the Pinot Spontanée.
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  22. drone

    drone Disciple (357) Jun 17, 2013 Washington

    It's possible I'm blind, but where are you seeing the info about Tavour shipping?
  23. WA_Brian

    WA_Brian Initiate (57) Nov 17, 2015 Washington

    Are you on their email list? It's part of the email titled "Summer Release Open & Shipping to 17 States!".

    It takes you here to order, but this is missing some of the FAQs from the email.
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  24. distantmantra

    distantmantra Savant (994) May 23, 2011 Washington

    That's really cool, too bad there isn't an option to pick them up at Tavour's office.
  25. jason_nwx

    jason_nwx Disciple (362) Sep 12, 2012 Oregon

  26. distantmantra

    distantmantra Savant (994) May 23, 2011 Washington

    Yeah, I know they do pick up. It just doesn't give that option with the pre-set bundles and a $15 shipping fee.

    These bottles will probably be pretty easy to pick up on store shelves here, too.
  27. AlesongMatt

    AlesongMatt Initiate (42) Apr 12, 2016 Oregon

    Hey Washington folk- I'm glad you are liking the ability to get beer shipped to you. While that $15 flat fee is pretty great, we'll check to see if we can add a "pick up at Tavour" option and save you that money to buy another great beer :slight_smile:
    Also, for everyone hoping they can get our beers on the shelf, I just delivered Kind of Blue and Oregon Honey to SEA and Tacoma, but we sold out of French 75, Bailey's Joy, and Pinot Spontanee. Feel free to pre-order and make sure you get anything you want. No membership fee and no obligation to buy anything. Cheers! -Matt
  28. JasonJYoung

    JasonJYoung Initiate (85) Jan 7, 2015 Washington

    Big fan of Alesong. Over the summer, I purchased a case of Strawberry Symphony. It was fabulous to say the least. Throw in the case discount and each bottle averaged around $8 per! In my personally opinion, this was one of the easiest drinking Sour-Goses around.

    Like others have mentioned, Alesong is not too difficult to find in various areas of Oregon/Washington. That being said, I've had a difficult time locating bottles of their Blueberry release (Kind of Blue).
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  29. jpbebeau

    jpbebeau Aspirant (283) Sep 11, 2011 Washington

    I heard Kind of Blue was hitting WA right around now. I think some of the bottles released at the same time sold out before they could even make it up to WA.
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  30. LockeNess33

    LockeNess33 Initiate (104) Feb 2, 2016 Oregon

    For what it's worth, at least one of the bottles released during this same round sold out before the pre-order was even over. The word is out on these guy. Plus the shipping option allowed a whole lot more folks to participate this time around I think.
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  31. ivegot3Dvision

    ivegot3Dvision Zealot (510) Feb 9, 2015 Oregon

    For what it's worth, I've seen multiple releases at Market of Choice. So glad I got into Alesong early, I have my one bottle of Cocoa Maestro which I am debating opening.
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  32. derftron

    derftron Aspirant (295) Feb 8, 2012 Oregon

    Has the Alesong Guava Berliner Weisse at the BeerMongers killer Matt event. Probably the best Berliner Weiss I have had. Soft, smooth, tart, sour, and a guava nose that was outstanding. Well done Alesong
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  33. dphi

    dphi Initiate (96) Apr 14, 2013 Oregon

    Placed an order over the weekend for some of their new releases - some good looking barrel aged beers that I'm looking forward to trying. I was down in Eugene on Saturday but the release was on Sunday so I'm having them shipped instead. Hoping to check out their pub at some point, anyone here been?
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  34. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,215) Sep 24, 2007 Washington

    Been a couple responses on the "Visiting Eugene" thread.
  35. LockeNess33

    LockeNess33 Initiate (104) Feb 2, 2016 Oregon

    This was one of their better releases, in my opinion, with regard to the quality of the beers released. Kentucky Kilt was my surprise favorite of the day, but I enjoyed all of the others as well.

    I always enjoy their taproom, though it is a bit out of the way. However, that's part of its charm (very relaxing to drink beer on their patio and enjoy the quite, peaceful scenery). Would definitely recommend a visit and would say it's worth the drive.
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  36. dphi

    dphi Initiate (96) Apr 14, 2013 Oregon

    Good to hear. I doubled up on Kentucky Kilt and Rackhouse Reserve as those were the two I was most interested in.
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  37. ppilot

    ppilot Initiate (76) Jul 17, 2009 Oregon

    Matt wanted to have a beer drinking experience that was more like wine, hence the the very wine tasting room vibe (and it doesn't hurt that King Estate is literally right next door).
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  38. sharpski

    sharpski Champion (806) Oct 11, 2010 Oregon

    Matt is responsible for one of the OG white whales, Wooden Hell, during his time at Flossmoor Station. If he wasn’t one of the sweetest, smartest, most generous people on the planet, the pedigree alone should make you pay attention to him. Try his beer and form your own opinions, but know that Alesong’s bottles are worth your consideration. If you visit the taproom and don’t get to hang with him a bit, you missed a bit of what makes Alesong special. Can’t say enough good things about Matt and the Coombs brothers.
  39. Sound_Explorer

    Sound_Explorer Meyvn (1,266) Dec 29, 2013 Washington

    There is a tasting for alesong tonight (2/14/18) at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA if anyone is interested. They posted on their website (the store that is) what beers will be there. Not an employee of either but frequent the store. Enjoy if you can!
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  40. Hoppedelic

    Hoppedelic Devotee (414) Dec 6, 2010 California
    Premium Trader

    Heard about these guys for the first time tonight when I found bottles of their Rackhouse Reserve at a bottle shop here in NorCal. I really hope this beer is good. I love barrel aged beers and am always looking for breweries that will produce world class barrel aged beers and ship them directly to me in CA. I signed up for the interest list and have high hopes for this beer I'll be drinking tomorrow. If it's good I'm all in!
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