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Barrel Aged Bigfoot

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by SeanFitzgerald, Feb 23, 2012.

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  1. SeanFitzgerald

    SeanFitzgerald Feb 23, 2012

    I'm not sure if any of you guys have talked about this. But I just found out about it. Needless to say, I'm very excited.
  2. jsilva

    jsilva Nov 10, 2009 Massachusetts

    Wonder how big of a batch it will be and if it will hit distribution.
  3. SeanFitzgerald

    SeanFitzgerald Feb 23, 2012

    According to the sell sheet I got, its scheduled to be year round.
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  4. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Aug 17, 2005 Oregon
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    Last time I spoke to my SN rep he said it was supposed to get "full distribution."
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  5. Satchboogie

    Satchboogie Oct 16, 2010 New Hampshire
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    Interesting. Very Interesting. Hopefully NH gets plenty.
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  6. steebo777

    steebo777 Jun 30, 2009 Michigan

    Exactly what I heard and year round. I cannot f-ing wait!!!
  7. Satchboogie

    Satchboogie Oct 16, 2010 New Hampshire
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  8. StPaulSuds

    StPaulSuds Oct 31, 2011 Minnesota
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    I am assuming it well be released in batches year round but not readily available all the time. Why make the barrel aged year round and not the normal BF? That's just my guess but who knows, either way I'm excited.
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  9. BrianTheBrewer30

    BrianTheBrewer30 Nov 17, 2009 Massachusetts

    Sweet. Had no idea. Cant wait to try some.
  10. Longstaff

    Longstaff May 23, 2002 Massachusetts

    Regular Bigfoot is pretty much available all the time even though its only made once a year.
  11. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Mar 18, 2010 California

    When the thread loaded I thought that was a picture of one you found.
  12. aasher

    aasher Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
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    I was told that Sierra isn't stopping at bourbon barrels. Wine barrels should he down the road....
  13. SeanFitzgerald

    SeanFitzgerald Feb 23, 2012

    Oh god, imagine.
  14. cbutova

    cbutova Oct 10, 2008 Massachusetts
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    New Bourbon Barrel Barleywines are always welcome. I wonder how this will turn out seeing how it is a pretty hoppy beer when fresh. Not sure how long they will have had it in barrels by the time it hits bottling and distro.
  15. Pahn

    Pahn Dec 2, 2009 New York
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    i want to believe this (edit: by "this" i mean "year round, 'full distribution') and get psyched up, but sierranevadabill has already posted that it's very difficult for SN to allocate space to barrels. i'm sure the distro is going to be a lot better than the average brewery's hyped up barrel aged beer release (and the beer probably will be too, but that's more debatable), but it's not going to be as easy to get and stock up on as we'd like.

    edit: re: bigfoot's hoppiness, when it ages it turns into a beautiful malt bomb.
  16. stevefinny

    stevefinny Aug 28, 2009 New Jersey
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    I'm pretty excited, i just hope there is plenty to go round.
  17. mikehblack

    mikehblack Feb 10, 2010 California
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    Anyone think this will be around the 30th/LifeLimb/Ovila distribution? I also heard somewhere they were going to start doing multiple yearly releases of regular Bigfoot.
  18. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Mar 23, 2008 California

    Can you post the rest of that sell sheet?
    I see Ovila ? packs coming in March... 4 packs I assume.
  19. Levitation

    Levitation Aug 7, 2009 California

    then i'm hoping they price it accordingly. there's no reason to charge under $15 a bottle for this if it's fairly limited, perhaps over $20 is justified.
  20. mikehblack

    mikehblack Feb 10, 2010 California
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    They're doing a spiced Quad and barrel aged Quad as well this year.
  21. aorloski

    aorloski Oct 11, 2010 Massachusetts

    I had the barrel aged Quad at EBF and it was spectacular to say the least.
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  22. SeanFitzgerald

    SeanFitzgerald Feb 23, 2012

    Yes I will. There's some good stuff coming.
  23. oreo

    oreo Jul 29, 2010 Illinois

    Well this sounds awesome. I don't really like fresh bigfoot, but I would like to try this!
  24. SeanFitzgerald

    SeanFitzgerald Feb 23, 2012

    Bigfoot aged at least two years is fantastic. 2009 Bigfoot is unbelievable. Same with 2008.
  25. BeerThursdays

    BeerThursdays Feb 28, 2010 Delaware
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    That's the first I've seen of that too. Looks like the smaller RR bottles. It'll be fun to see those little bottles around.
  26. aasher

    aasher Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
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    Sierra will also be doing a collaboration with Russian River this year. I think we all win with that one.
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  27. xnicknj

    xnicknj May 25, 2009 Pennsylvania

    the bourbon barrel one was delicious, i wasnt so into the brandy treatment though
  28. stevefinny

    stevefinny Aug 28, 2009 New Jersey
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    Ive never been more excited about a collaboration!!!
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  29. BeerThursdays

    BeerThursdays Feb 28, 2010 Delaware
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    Super Psyched about this too. Brett Belgian Pale, on the shelf every day? Yes please!
  30. ChadQuest

    ChadQuest Mar 4, 2009 Illinois

    -Bal Barleywines are such a fad these days.
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  31. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    If Dark Intrigue has taught me anything, it is not to get too excited for barrel aged versions of an already fantastic beer. I certainly welcome this, but I'll refrain from getting giddy until I try it. SN really doesn't have a lot of experience with barrels, especially on a mass market level.
  32. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

    I'm excited for this one! However, I had heard rumors of regular Bigfoot being released year-round, so I emailed the brewery. This is the response I was given.


    The rumor mill is at it again! And as always there is a grain of truth in there somewhere. Bigfoot will not be a year-round offering. However, beginning in 2013 – it will be available a bit longer in the beginning of each year. It will be part of our ‘high altitude’ series along with Hoptimum and an Imperial Stout. Hope this answers your question.

    Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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  33. harrymel

    harrymel Dec 15, 2010 Washington

    I am excited to put this inside me.
  34. FosterJM

    FosterJM Nov 16, 2009 California
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    If its a fad then I am a hipster about this damn style. Just grabbed my Artic Devil last night too.... Cheers!
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  35. FeerBart

    FeerBart Aug 21, 2011 Colorado

    I can't wait. Love Bigfoot
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  36. sierranevadabill

    sierranevadabill Jul 2, 2008 California

    Sorry for the delay in jumping in here...I've been traveling and dropping the ball when it comes to my beloved BA.

    We have about 100Bbl's (just over 1000 cases worth) of Bigfoot aging in bourbon and single-malt scotch barrels at the moment. Once those barrels move out of the warehouse and into a bottle will get some more barrels and fill 'em up and release the beer again. We're planning on several releases within the year (hence the year-round status) but only limited amounts in each release because of the volume constraints in our barrel program.

    We don't have a release date yet, sadly...it probably won't be in May as previously reported on the sales calendar due to other projects derailing the release. I'll be sure to let the forums know what's what well before the actual release.

    The annual release of classic Bigfoot will not be affected by the barrel-aged version. Bigfoot will be in 6-packs this year and the barrel-aged version will be in 750's. Next year Bigfoot will be a larger release (more production) and the beer may move into a 4-pack to accommodate.

    Hope this helps!

  37. xnicknj

    xnicknj May 25, 2009 Pennsylvania

    good point, although i thought some of the barrel treatments at fests have been really delicious. not mass market, but enough to get me interested for sure.
  38. woosterbill

    woosterbill Apr 6, 2009 Kentucky
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    Thanks, as always, for the info; I have to ask, though, why would moving to 4-packs be in any way related to expanding capacity? If anything, I would expect ramped-up production to facilitate keeping this great beer in the great 6-pack format.

    I know I for one would be sad to see SN follow the "reduce volume by 33% while keeping the price unchanged" strategy that so many brewers have employed when switching to 4-packs. As long as the per-bottle price remains relatively unchanged, of course, there will be no cause for complaint.
  39. JoEBoBpr

    JoEBoBpr Feb 26, 2004 Missouri

    Cant wait for this release.

    Seems like even though it will be limited at release there will be several opportunities for people to get some.
  40. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Aug 17, 2005 Oregon
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    If I had to guess, I'd say it's because of the constraints put on breweries by the large chain stores. The reason many breweries use one single UPC code for their seasonals is that they don't have to fight for placement/approval when one seasonal runs out; as long as they're the same price they just ship the next one in, it goes on the shelf space vacated by the last seasonal, and it scans without any work on the part of the chain store employees. In a competitive environment like large-scale retail, they'll give you a week "out of stock" (give or take), and if you don't refill your designated slot they'll often give it to someone else, so having to wait even a few days to get a new beer approved can be a costly delay.

    Since Bill mentioned the Hoptimum and a Stout, I'm guessing they'll have a single "line price" for the new 4pk series, and all of them will share a common UPC code. Thus, when Bigfoot runs out, the distributor can simply send in the next beer in the series without a delay or loss of shelf placements.
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