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Barrel Aged Bigfoot

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

  1. woosterbill

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    Thanks for the insight - sounds likely to me, although I don't see why they couldn't have a separately-priced line of "premium" sixpacks separate from the Ruthless/Summerfest/Celebration/etc seasonals. Regardless, I hope they don't raise the price per case/bottle just because they're switching to a different # of bottles per pack.
     
  2. maltmaster420

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    Probably because there's a strange "price ceiling" effect that happens in the minds of most consumers once you crack the $10 price point. For some reason, people seem to be alright with spending $10 on a 4pk of big beer, but there's a resistance that sets in when they see a $15 six pack, even though it works out to be the same amount per bottle. You can see a perfect example of this phenomenon if you look at the "Bigfoot price check" thread on Ratebeer where a few people are threatening to boycott the beer because it went up to $14/6pk in their market, despite the fact that it's still an awesome price for a such a beefy beer.

    A similar thing happens with bottle sizes. Many people will scoff at $2.79 for a 12oz bottle of Green Flash West Coast IPA, but if you offered them the same beer at $5.99 for a bomber they'd be happy to buy it, despite the fact that it costs more per ounce in that format.

    tl;dr: people are weirdly sensitive to different price points.
     
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  3. woosterbill

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    Again, I agree with what you're saying, and I would have no problem seeing Bigfoot move to a 4-pack (I would still buy it by the case;)), but it's been a disturbing trend lately (you mention the most notorious culprit yourself, Green Flash WCIPA) to see a beer move from 6-pack to 4-pack while keeping precisely the same price. Right now Bigfoot seems to be around $12-14 per 6-pack, so I hope that it would be $8-9 as a 4-pack. If that's the case, more power to them. I think it would be great to see SN have their 6-pack lineup and 4-pack lineup priced identically - i.e., $8/6 SNPA, $8/4 Bigfoot. I don't think anyone would complain about this. I worry, though, that we'll go from this year's $13 Bigfoot sixer directly to next year's $13 Bigfoot fourpack.
     
  4. maltmaster420

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    I suspect that this is exactly what we'll see, much like Widmer pricing their 4pk series (Pitch Black, Nelson, etc) so they hit the shelves at the same price as their main line 6pks.

    That's definitely a concern, but I have a feeling they are well aware of the outpouring of complaints they'd receive if they did that. Hopefully someone at SN has read a few of those "WTF Green FLASH prices!!!" posts that have popped up here.
     
  5. siege06nd

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    Oh man am I glad to see this...
     
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    I like them a lot also. I own the domain "iheartbarleywines.com". not activated yet, but in my name. I should get around to that sometime.
     
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    Are you at liberty to say whose barrels? I'm not picky, just curious.
     
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    Yeah, I've definitely noticed this bias (even in myself). For example, I won't bat an eye spending $10 on a 750ml of something really nice. Translate that into around $20 for a four-pack for the same thing, and I'll find myself wanting to pass. Weird!
     
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    I wouldnt pay 11$ for a 4 pack of bigfoot. Its a good beer that i buy by the case but the price has allot to do with that.
     
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    I love that video on how they make Big foot, just bought a case of it. The Regular BF that is.
     
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    ummmm ISO BA Bigfoot. One of my all time favorite beers and since they are releasing a BA version. Count me in.
     
  12. dennis3951

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    How many 750's are there ia a Bbl.?
     
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    "We have about 100Bbl's (just over 1000 cases worth)."

    Typically, that would be 12 bottles/case, so a total of 12k bottles, give or take.
     
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    I emailed S.N. years back and asked when they would produce a corked and caged version of Bigfoot .
    Guess the time is NOW !!!
    Hopefully Celebration is next !!
     
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    any more news on this? release date?
     
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    Bigfoot is my favorite barleywine! So I'm definitely looking forward to bourbon BA version.
     
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    I'm really looking forward to this! Love Bigfoot!
     
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    Yup, very excited about this since I'm a huge fan of Bigfoot. It will be interesting to see who gets what in terms of distro.
     
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    See also: Matilda, Rayon Vert
     
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    Check beernews.org
    BA Bigfoot is delayed untill next year
     
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    WOO-HOO!!! I'll be watching for this one! (love the regular Bigfoot)
     
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    Sad news. :(
     
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    So now that it's being delayed even further, what would SN do with the beer? Do they let it continue to sit in the barrel or do they bottle it? If it isn't ready for the volume they want, won't the final product be a blend of different ages of Bigfoot? Seems like it would be frustrating for a brewery to hold onto it, especially running at max capacity like SN.
     
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    -beerpulse.com

    Sierra Nevada’s Ovila Dubbel 4-pks arrive, Barrel-Aged Bigfoot delayed until next year

    Just confirmed with Sierra Nevada Product Development Manager, Bill Manley…
    The beer simply isn’t ready in the volumes we need to go to market this year. It’s been bumped from our release calendar until next year, which we realized was the 30th anniversary of Bigfoot. As for the Ovila Dubbel 4-pack…It started shipping about three weeks ago and should be making its way into the market as we speak.​
     
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    Sadly this is true, we're going to have to push back the release until 2013. Sorry for the sad news, but barrel-aged beer take on a life of their own. They tell US when they're ready.

    -B
     
  26. FosterJM

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    :eek::mad:

    I have so many emotions right now.
    Makes me sad......

    Cheers!
     
  27. stupac2

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    Was it delayed because of volume issues, or QC? I'm hoping it might show up at The Bistro (or something) like the BA Fritz and Ken's.
     
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    Not QC, (infection) but flavor development... We used some single-malt Scotch barrels which we thought would add better character but ended up tasting pretty flat... we're being pretty picky about flavor profiles from each barrel so we dumped some, salvaged others, and were coming up-short from a volume point of view. We purchased a boatload of new (used) barrels and will be saving what we can and aging some new-make for a final blend to release in 2013. Coincidentally, it is also the 30 year anniversary of Bigfoot the beer, so it's working out better for a debut then anyway.

    As for some limited release... We actually ave quite a few draught-only barrel-aged beers that will be popping-up over the next year or so. Vic from the Bistro is typically pretty good about gleaning some of the good stuff!

    -B
     
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    Where is that unlike button when you need it.
     
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    people are upset about this? im glad to wait for this if flavor profiles are off. thanks bill.
     
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    so some of the beer in the final blend will be over a year old... I'm ok with this.
     
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    Getting straight talk direct from the source on this forum is something I remember when I pull Yet Another pack of SN off the shelf. Thanks!
     
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    I would rather wait myself...
     
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    What's not to like about a brewery that makes sure they're putting great products on the shelf over a brewery that knowingly sells a mediocre barrel-aged product just because they invested so much time and money into it?

    I'll wait as long as it takes as long as a great product is released.
     
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    I didn't say I wouldn't rather wait, and I did read the article, I was just wishing they would of had enough for a excellent batch.. I would rather wait than get a mediocre batch of any beer..
     
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    Lemme guess, you liked -bal barleywines before they were cool?
     
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    Did you hear about the hipster who burned his mouth with pizza?
    He ate it before it was cool.
     
  38. Keffa

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    Ba-dum-tss.
     
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    A BA Bigfoot? Yea buddy.
     
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