Aslin Beer Co. (2019)

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  1. Slack

    Slack Savant (942) Feb 14, 2012 Virginia
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  2. joerooster

    joerooster Initiate (0) May 15, 2018 Virginia

    What are the odds they open a taproom in 2019? Going on year 3 without one, would be nice if they would sell singles or put some more kegs in local distribution until they can open a taproom.
     
  3. Slack

    Slack Savant (942) Feb 14, 2012 Virginia
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    Last I asked (2 weeks ago), the staff was stating this year at which point mug club membership would open up again.
     
  4. Topease

    Topease Initiate (72) Nov 18, 2016 Maryland
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    Heard that barrel aged Bale is coming this weekend. Anyone have any insight?
     
  5. Sage954

    Sage954 Initiate (36) Jul 8, 2016 Maryland

    It’s called El Rio. They were bottling it this week. I’m not sure when it will be released though.
     
  6. coquet

    coquet Initiate (93) Aug 31, 2014 Virginia
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    I asked about the Alexandria taproom during today's El Rio release. They said they're looking at a mid-summer opening, and everything is apparently proceeding on schedule.

    I know this is probably stating the obvious, but Alexandria>Herndon.
     
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  7. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Champion (818) Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia

    I would be pleasantly surprised if Alexandria opens mid-Summer

    oh and $30 for a 500ml bottle? LOL
     
  8. joerooster

    joerooster Initiate (0) May 15, 2018 Virginia

    Probably true for a lot of people but for people in Loudoun and western Fairfax, Alexandria is a hike.

    I’m predicting an early 2020 opening.
     
  9. joerooster

    joerooster Initiate (0) May 15, 2018 Virginia

    So is the 'Next Beer Due' series one and done? They way I understood it, the next beer in the series was set to release on 3/8.
     
  10. Sheppard

    Sheppard Meyvn (1,355) Mar 16, 2013 Virginia
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    Instagram says the new one is out today.
     
  11. Slack

    Slack Savant (942) Feb 14, 2012 Virginia
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    Anyone have info on the members only bottles popping up?
     
  12. coquet

    coquet Initiate (93) Aug 31, 2014 Virginia
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    My understanding is that Aslin gave Mug Club members the opportunity to pitch in like $5,000 and choose as many as four adjuncts for their own barrel aged beer. Not sure if Aslin is still offering that or if it was open to anyone outside Mug Club.
     
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  13. Beers-es

    Beers-es Champion (895) Oct 30, 2015 Virginia

    I'd pay $5000 for a beer without freaking adjuncts.
     
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  14. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Champion (818) Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia

    What the fucking hell
     
  15. mig100

    mig100 Meyvn (1,266) Aug 3, 2014 Texas
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    If this is true, it appears they took a cue from Prairie Artisan Ales membership club - Prairie Dawgz. They offer a similar thing to members.
     
  16. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Poo-Bah (3,501) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    Does anyone know when the last batch of Beer Drinking Is Not A Crime was released? Was there a January release? Also, do Aslin usually date their cans? I could not find a date on the can, but this wouldn't be the first time that I found a canning date actually scratched off from the bottom of the can...
     
  17. Dark_Scarecrow

    Dark_Scarecrow Devotee (401) Jul 19, 2018 Virginia
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    The last release I have a record of is 1-29-19. Also, Aslin does not date their cans.
    Hope that helps.
     
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  18. coquet

    coquet Initiate (93) Aug 31, 2014 Virginia
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    They did can dating back when they outsourced their canning process to a third party, but they lost that when they brought the function in-house. Their shoebox of a facility apparently isn't big enough to house the date stamping equipment. Hopefully they go back to dating when they get the Alexandria site running.
     
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  19. Sage954

    Sage954 Initiate (36) Jul 8, 2016 Maryland

    I’m with you. Less adjuncts for me please. Have you had Colchester? It’s fantastic. Only a hint of maple from the barrel.
     
  20. LanguedocRocks

    LanguedocRocks Initiate (170) Aug 21, 2014 Virginia
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    Correct. It was $5K. I am not Mug Club, but the dude I got the bottles from is. He offered up a certain number of the bottles on FB, so a large group of us basically just split the cost of it. 1 spot got you 3 bottles.

    Our beer was "The Gang Buys a Barrel" (coconut & vanilla). I'm a whore for coconut, so I figured why not. I thought it turned out pretty good, and this is coming from someone that isn't a huge fan of Aslin's stouts. They made great use of the coconut. Doesn't have that sunscreen taste to it like some other coconut beers I've had.
     
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  21. bgrzywa2

    bgrzywa2 Initiate (139) Nov 8, 2011 Illinois
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    So you have some bottles, you say....
     
  22. LanguedocRocks

    LanguedocRocks Initiate (170) Aug 21, 2014 Virginia
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    Haha I unfortunately do not. I drank one already, I'm saving one for when my son is born in a couple months, and traded the other one. They bottled a lot of it, so I'm sure there is a ton of trades available out there.
     
  23. bgrzywa2

    bgrzywa2 Initiate (139) Nov 8, 2011 Illinois
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    haha for sure. was gonna PM
     
  24. Slack

    Slack Savant (942) Feb 14, 2012 Virginia
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    Thoughts on Bale B1 versus B2?
     
  25. coquet

    coquet Initiate (93) Aug 31, 2014 Virginia
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    I thought B1 and B2 tasted pretty identical. Haven't tried B3 (this past weekend's release) yet.
     
  26. Slack

    Slack Savant (942) Feb 14, 2012 Virginia
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    Was B3 this past weekend? I thought it was B2, my mistake!

    Let me rephrase- thoughts on Bale B2 vs B3?
     
  27. joerooster

    joerooster Initiate (0) May 15, 2018 Virginia

    Surprise bottle drop right now
     
  28. Topease

    Topease Initiate (72) Nov 18, 2016 Maryland
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    Sold out
     
  29. coquet

    coquet Initiate (93) Aug 31, 2014 Virginia
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    I asked about the Alexandria site during today's Philadelphia release. They still think they're on track for a July opening. Fingers crossed!
     
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  30. joerooster

    joerooster Initiate (0) May 15, 2018 Virginia

    Any idea if they still plan to move all can sales to Alexandria when it opens? I recall that was the plan at one point.
     
  31. coquet

    coquet Initiate (93) Aug 31, 2014 Virginia
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    My recollection is that they planned to keep both sites open for can sales.
     
  32. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Champion (818) Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia

    July? That would be great, but I am highly skeptical
     
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  33. coquet

    coquet Initiate (93) Aug 31, 2014 Virginia
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    Their staff has consistently given me the impression that everything is coming along swimmingly, but who knows how much info they're actually getting from the brewery owners.
     
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  34. damasta414

    damasta414 Initiate (0) Mar 7, 2017 Wisconsin

    Does Aslin actually have a taproom?
     
  35. coquet

    coquet Initiate (93) Aug 31, 2014 Virginia
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    Not currently. They used to have a taproom at their original (and still-current) site, but their popularity meant a frequently packed parking lot. That pissed off some of their neighbors, one or more of whom had enough sway with the fire marshal to get Aslin's maximum occupancy reduced to basically just their employees. They've been trying to open a new taproom about a mile away from their current spot for something like two years, but, to put it mildly, the city of Herndon has not been particularly cooperative, and it looks like it's going to be a while before that building is fit for use. They're also now working on a taproom in Alexandria, and, if we're all lucky, it'll open sometime this summer.
     
  36. joerooster

    joerooster Initiate (0) May 15, 2018 Virginia

    Any idea what the Town is doing/has done to prevent them from opening the Herndon taproom? I had thought the issue with the Town had to do with Aslin wanting to increase their production above what is currently allowed, the Town declined their request but maybe there are more issues beyond that.
     
  37. RKP1967

    RKP1967 Aspirant (289) Sep 26, 2010 Virginia


    I don't know the details but in terms of that second location it would seem, based on visual inspection, like the issue is more with them buying a shithole building than Herndon city cooperation.
     
  38. coquet

    coquet Initiate (93) Aug 31, 2014 Virginia
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    I probably should have cautioned that some of my post was based on discussion from the Facebook fan page for Aslin rather than firsthand knowledge. Apologies if I misstated or overstated anything.
     
  39. coquet

    coquet Initiate (93) Aug 31, 2014 Virginia
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    Based on the owners' recent Instagram posts, specifically those of aslinkai and aslin_andrew, the July timeframe is looking increasingly realistic.
     
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  40. joerooster

    joerooster Initiate (0) May 15, 2018 Virginia

    I just checked out Kai's photos, there is a picture of a couple tanks (not sure exactly what they are, not a brewer or into brewing) on a truck and the caption says 'Bye bye Herndon'. So sounds like they are leaving Herndon for good or maybe it's just those tanks are being moved from Herndon.
     
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