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Discussion in 'South-Atlantic' started by hoppytobehere, Jan 1, 2020.
ya gotta sip the V I B E Z, man
Anyone get the 5th Anniversary bottles of Patch Cut or Bull of the Woods?
I snagged the full allotment. My wife must never know how much that cost.
Haha, congrats! I just wanted the two, but a work call ran over.
It sounds like the release had issues from Aslin's post on instagram and a lot of folks missed out.
Sounds like another unmitigated disaster in a long line of unmitigated disasters
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.
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.
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
What size are the anniversary beers? Looks like a 500 ml bottle. It not sure.
They are all 500ml
Aslin still pretty good? Worth revisiting?
I had Orange Starfish recently for the first time in a long while and it was outstanding.
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).
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.
Thanks all. On the fence about "bothering" to swing by. May have to bring some Trillium or Tree House w/ me instead. Schucks.
If it is any consolation, they did start doing tap pours again so you can "try before you buy"
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).
They posted on IG saying they will be opening the Herndon brew pub before the New Year.
Did anyone buy the $80 bottle pairs today?
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.
Since when did tips on carryout beer become the norm? At that price, the tip is in the base price.
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.
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
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(?).
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.
Herndon location opened today....
"Come by & join us today, we’re open at Herndon from 11-8 pm today.
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.
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
Curbside pickup in Herndon will remain at the drive thru spot from Elden to Locust. Please enter from the Elden St entrance.
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!"
Kinda of surprised the town allowed them to build that hideous blue building in the historic downtown area.