Aslin Beer Co. (2020)

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  1. hoppytobehere

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

    ya gotta sip the V I B E Z, man
     
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  2. beerman2017

    beerman2017 Initiate (93) Aug 18, 2017 Virginia
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    Anyone get the 5th Anniversary bottles of Patch Cut or Bull of the Woods?
     
  3. coquet

    coquet Initiate (93) Aug 31, 2014 Virginia
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    I snagged the full allotment. My wife must never know how much that cost.
     
  4. beerman2017

    beerman2017 Initiate (93) Aug 18, 2017 Virginia
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    Haha, congrats! I just wanted the two, but a work call ran over. :slight_frown:
     
  5. Slack

    Slack Savant (943) Feb 14, 2012 Virginia
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    It sounds like the release had issues from Aslin's post on instagram and a lot of folks missed out.
     
  6. beerman2017

    beerman2017 Initiate (93) Aug 18, 2017 Virginia
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    Sounds like another unmitigated disaster in a long line of unmitigated disasters
     
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  7. Slack

    Slack Savant (943) Feb 14, 2012 Virginia
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    Yeah...Aslin online releases are definitely not the benchmark to measure by. The in person releases were a bit better...still waiting in line but they at least handled out tickets and opened the tap room so you can essentially try before you buy.
     
  8. joerooster2

    joerooster2 Initiate (11) Aug 18, 2020 District of Columbia

    Any updates on the Herndon tap room? I haven't driven by there in like 6 months but I assume they must have made some progress in that time. Maybe it will be the home of their cider and wine projects.
     
  9. TomCat11

    TomCat11 Zealot (532) Jul 21, 2012 Virginia
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    Not sure about the taproom itself, probably a ways to go, but they did open up an outdoor beer garden at the site a few months ago. Open Thurs - Sun. I believe they are just serving cans of whatever they have available. https://www.aslinbeer.com/herndon-beer-garden-info
     
  10. bkbergen

    bkbergen Initiate (154) Jan 5, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    What size are the anniversary beers? Looks like a 500 ml bottle. It not sure.
     
  11. Topease

    Topease Initiate (72) Nov 18, 2016 Maryland
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    They are all 500ml
     
  12. Hurl4bru

    Hurl4bru Initiate (85) Mar 9, 2019 Massachusetts

    Aslin still pretty good? Worth revisiting?
     
  13. Beers-es

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

    I had Orange Starfish recently for the first time in a long while and it was outstanding.
     
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  14. joerooster2

    joerooster2 Initiate (11) Aug 18, 2020 District of Columbia

    Haven't had many of their beers too recently but that's because they were not very good/worth the price. That said, if I were you, I wouldn't go out of my way for them or have them shipped to me but if you have easy access then try a couple (OS and DOS are their best IMO, not an imp. stout drinker).
     
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  15. coquet

    coquet Initiate (93) Aug 31, 2014 Virginia
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    tl;dr version: You can probably guess the answer based on the dearth of enthusiastic, positive responses to your question.

    Longer version: It really depends on what you're going for.

    If you're going for hops, I would suggest checking recent reviews of the beer(s) you're interested in before taking the plunge. Aslin is having a lot of problems with IPA consistency, even between batches of the same beer. The average rating on a beer, or opinions on the most recent prior batch of that beer, may not be reflective of the current batch, even if it's one of their original beers and one that's in their regular rotation. It pains me to say this as a guy who started making the long drive to Herndon when Aslin was just a few months old specifically for their IPAs, but they've clearly lost some of that shine. To be transparent, I offer this advice based on reviews and feedback from others (lots of others), because I stopped gambling on Aslin hops around the time they started releasing beers brewed on their larger Alexandria brewing system. The inconsistency problems predate that, but that's about the time they snowballed.

    If you're going for non-barrel-aged stouts, they've been toying with the recipe that serves as the base for most of their double-digit adjunct stouts. Several batches over the last five months have been excessively sweet and very boozy. The original recipe drew a fair number of complains over sweetness, but the recent iterations very noticeably kicked it up a notch. My preference is decidedly in favor of the original recipe.

    If you're going for the barrel-aged stouts, those are still excellent, but be prepared to open up the pocket book. To-go bottles, which are pre-sold through their website weeks in advance, retail for ultra-premium prices, and the bottles they set aside for on-site consumption (if they're even doing on-site with BA bottles at this point) sell at secondary pricing. Some of the most high-demand bottles have gone for $100+ on-site.
     
  16. Hurl4bru

    Hurl4bru Initiate (85) Mar 9, 2019 Massachusetts

    Thanks all. On the fence about "bothering" to swing by. May have to bring some Trillium or Tree House w/ me instead. Schucks.
     
  17. Slack

    Slack Savant (943) Feb 14, 2012 Virginia
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    If it is any consolation, they did start doing tap pours again so you can "try before you buy"
     
  18. Topease

    Topease Initiate (72) Nov 18, 2016 Maryland
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    I thought the most recent batch of Juan was terrible, way too sweet. Doesn't give me much hope for Belly Shirts (favorite Aslin stout).
     
  19. joerooster2

    joerooster2 Initiate (11) Aug 18, 2020 District of Columbia

    They posted on IG saying they will be opening the Herndon brew pub before the New Year.
     
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  20. beerman2017

    beerman2017 Initiate (93) Aug 18, 2017 Virginia
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    Did anyone buy the $80 bottle pairs today?
     
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  21. joerooster2

    joerooster2 Initiate (11) Aug 18, 2020 District of Columbia

    I'm guessing not as many people as they were hoping, looks like they may still be available. Cool (??) concept but how many people actually want a shoe box, shoe laces and a shoe horn with the beer? Also, $80 plus tax and tip, so pushing $100 per set.
     
  22. RKP1967

    RKP1967 Aspirant (289) Sep 26, 2010 Virginia

    Since when did tips on carryout beer become the norm? At that price, the tip is in the base price.
     
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  23. joerooster2

    joerooster2 Initiate (11) Aug 18, 2020 District of Columbia

    I don't tip on carryout (beer or food) but if you've ever ordered from their site, (unless they've made changes) they prompt for tips on each item you add to your cart and ask you again to tip when you go to your cart. My guess is that many people leave some sort of tip after being guilted into it.
     
  24. beerman2017

    beerman2017 Initiate (93) Aug 18, 2017 Virginia
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    I'll throw a few bucks for the guys/gals that have to hustle the packages together and deal with the ever present issue of COVID. I wouldn't tip 20% on an $80 package though.
    No interest in the packaging and "extras" for this latest money grab - even the guy I trade with said it was too rich for his blood...lol
     
  25. LanguedocRocks

    LanguedocRocks Initiate (170) Aug 21, 2014 Virginia
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    Do they use Square? That software always defaults to 20%. Happens at the bottle shops that use them as well, unless they are able to change the settings(?).
     
  26. joerooster2

    joerooster2 Initiate (11) Aug 18, 2020 District of Columbia

    Idk, it's the website, not the POS system at the brewery. There is no default but they prompt you to tip multiple times when you order online.
     
  27. TomCat11

    TomCat11 Zealot (532) Jul 21, 2012 Virginia
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    Herndon location opened today....
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    "Come by & join us today, we’re open at Herndon from 11-8 pm today.
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    Please feel free to bring outside food in Herndon, we’re looking forward to having food trucks on location very soon. During COVID measures, the taproom is 21+ only. Dogs are welcome in the adjacent Beer Garden (open tomorrow weather permitting). We ask that you wear a mask except when seated, & respect 6 ft of distance. Park in the gravel lot on the corner of Center & Locust St., the parking directly behind the Taproom does not belong to us & DOES tow cars! Check our stories for a map of parking.
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    Our hours in the Herndon Taproom will be the same as ALX:
    M-Th: 11-8 pm
    Fri-Sat: 11-9 pm
    Sun: 11-6 pm
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    Curbside pickup in Herndon will remain at the drive thru spot from Elden to Locust. Please enter from the Elden St entrance.
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    We’ve waited almost 4 long years to share a Herndon taproom with you and we couldn’t be more excited and proud! Thank you all SO MUCH for your patience and support over the years and we hope you love it as much as we do! We’ll see ya there!"
     
  28. joerooster2

    joerooster2 Initiate (11) Aug 18, 2020 District of Columbia

    Kinda of surprised the town allowed them to build that hideous blue building in the historic downtown area.
     
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