Bay Area Supermarket & Bottleshop Thread (Q2 2018)

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  1. Frosty11161

    Frosty11161 Aspirant (233) May 2, 2016 California
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    New quarter, new thread
     
  2. Beerbom

    Beerbom Crusader (778) Dec 20, 2014 California
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    Why do you guys suppose our bay area supermarket/bottleshop thread has so much less activity than the LA supermarket/bottle shop thread?
     
  3. TTC

    TTC Initiate (71) Jul 16, 2013 California

    Harder for people (SF-based) to get around and people more protective of their honeyholes?
     
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  4. anvindr

    anvindr Initiate (137) Jan 6, 2016 California

    less exciting releases in bottleshops around here compared to the bottle logic and cellador of LA?
     
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  5. impending

    impending Meyvn (1,326) Mar 12, 2010 California

    22,000,000 vs 7,000,000
     
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  6. CommanderOfAwesome

    CommanderOfAwesome Initiate (0) Aug 30, 2012 California

    BC in the Bay Area we still truck chase for a flippin IPA that is the same as the other ipa just uses Hop #57680 this time where last time used #78934
     
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  7. BayAreaJoe

    BayAreaJoe Savant (955) Nov 23, 2017 California
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  8. grilledsquid

    grilledsquid Zealot (573) Jul 10, 2009 California
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    Disagree. Based on the years I lived in the LA area, I would say there’s much more truck chasing there compared to the Bay. Craft beer consumers seem to be more motivated to seek limited releases there despite the larger geographic area. Perhaps is due to the years of lacking good breweries that consumers had no choice but to seek shelf offerings. Here in the bay, beers like Abraxas that would be sold out in an instant in LA end up turding on shelves.
     
  9. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Crusader (747) Mar 19, 2012 California

    Picked up Waldo's Special Ale at Hoppy's Food Mart in Sunnyvale.
     
  10. raynmoon

    raynmoon Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado

    Beer on shelves just isn't good. Abraxas is now on shelves? Turd.
     
  11. thuey

    thuey Defender (639) Nov 13, 2015 California
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    When I tried Abraxas on tap at Beer Rev's 7th Anniversary, I thought it was gross. So there's that.
     
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  12. thuey

    thuey Defender (639) Nov 13, 2015 California
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    For the first year I can remember, BCBS is shelf-turding pretty hard. I see it at a lot of stores I've visited, although I feel like a lot of it is because of how they raised prices so much this year. BevMo has stacks of it for $15 (although it's on "sale" for $13 now)

    Also saw Waldo and KBS (4-packs) at Bayshore BevMo today. I picked up Firestone Lager there, since not many places are carrying it.
     
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  13. grilledsquid

    grilledsquid Zealot (573) Jul 10, 2009 California
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    I can see that. How do you feel about other spiced stouts like Stone Xocoveza, Prairie Bomb, or Huna?
     
  14. thuey

    thuey Defender (639) Nov 13, 2015 California
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    Xocoveza may be my favorite stout of all time. There's something about the balance that's really well done, and is infinitely drinkable.

    Bomb! is a little strange - sometimes I really enjoy it, and other times, it falls flat. I've mostly only had it on tap, though. I take issue with a $10 bottle of non-BA 12oz beer. Pirate Bomb has been my favorite iteration though.

    Haven't tried Huna.

    From what I remember of Abraxas, it had this syrupy sweetness that was really off-putting. I didn't even finish my glass.
     
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  15. M-14

    M-14 Initiate (137) Feb 5, 2014 California

    KBS bombers at Costco Santa Cruz for $15.88.

    Then I found this at Trader Joe's in Los Gatos:

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  16. anvindr

    anvindr Initiate (137) Jan 6, 2016 California

    HIGHLY ACCLAIMEd
     
  17. BayAreaJoe

    BayAreaJoe Savant (955) Nov 23, 2017 California
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    TJ's is THE SPOT for beer value, break open any pack with no marking up on singles. Saw these at Berkeley Bowl West but of course they were way more expensive with the singles markup as well.
     
  18. grilledsquid

    grilledsquid Zealot (573) Jul 10, 2009 California
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    I popped open a bottle of this year's KBS and found it very enjoyable especially when compared to some of the previous vintages I've had.
     
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  19. JayORear

    JayORear Meyvn (1,487) Feb 22, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Me too . . . it's actually the first year I've really enjoyed it.
     
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  20. grilledsquid

    grilledsquid Zealot (573) Jul 10, 2009 California
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    I've given the whole pastry stout craze a try and I think I've just about given up on them. Most end up being too busy. I prefer stouts with, at most, one or two adjuncts so I'm pretty happy that KBS came out good since it's affordable.
     
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  21. cal_golden_beer

    cal_golden_beer Initiate (34) Feb 27, 2014 California
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    Has Sucaba come and gone? Anybody know where I can get some in SF, Oakland or Berkeley?
     
  22. BayAreaJoe

    BayAreaJoe Savant (955) Nov 23, 2017 California
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    Well if you feel like making the trek out to Total Wine in Pleasant Hill, they still had a ton of them there last week. It's a 15 min. walk from the PH Bart station. Coupon posted above.
     
  23. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Crusader (747) Mar 19, 2012 California

    Anyway seen Parabola yet?
     
  24. CommanderOfAwesome

    CommanderOfAwesome Initiate (0) Aug 30, 2012 California

    I havent even seen Sucaba yet.
     
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  25. m34josh

    m34josh Initiate (76) Oct 19, 2009 California
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    Hit a bunch of South Bay stores today
     
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  26. M-14

    M-14 Initiate (137) Feb 5, 2014 California

    Plenty of Sucaba and Parabola at BevMo on Camden yesterday. $10.99 ea.
     
  27. BayAreaJoe

    BayAreaJoe Savant (955) Nov 23, 2017 California
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    Berkeley Bowl West now gets cans from Altamont - had a few Juice Above The Clouds when I stopped in there.
     
  28. Highbrow

    Highbrow Devotee (470) Jan 7, 2011 California
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  29. crico925

    crico925 Initiate (112) Jul 8, 2015 Colorado
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    There a two noteworthy events going on in the East Bay tonight. Ol in Walnut Creek is doing a sour fest and they some rare stuff on tap - JK Spon Blueberry Pitaya and a '07 vintage of Cantillon Iris. They also said they would have some rare bottles for sale.

    The other event is at The Good Hop in Oakland. There are a couple of East Coast breweries do a tap takeover - Magnify, Dancing Gnome, and Triple Crossing.

    I'll be at Ol, and hoping that some of the stuff at Good Hop sticks around until tomorrow.
     
  30. DJturnstile

    DJturnstile Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2015 California
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    I think it's because there's basically only Total wine/ K & L/ City beer store/ Twitter / Good hop / Beer rev and a few other shops scattered around the Bay, and they all sell the same thing 90% of the time. Since we're all already kind of "in the know", there isn't much to report.

    In places like LA or NYC with a million crafty liquor stores and bar/bottleshop combos you never know when a Fou foune or a Casey or some unannounced thing might show up.

    I happen to think Berkeley bowl west is a a goldmine for random rarities that regularly surprise me.
     
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  31. beermeplz

    beermeplz Aspirant (286) Feb 13, 2015 California

    Anybody try the altamont cans from the latest release? How about the seven stills/new world ales collabs?
     
  32. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Poo-Bah (2,866) Sep 3, 2008 California
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    End of March Altamont cans, or more recent?
     
  33. beermeplz

    beermeplz Aspirant (286) Feb 13, 2015 California


    Was thinking about these 4 - apparently just released today:

     
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  34. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Poo-Bah (2,866) Sep 3, 2008 California
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    Sorry can't help, cheers
     
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  35. BayAreaJoe

    BayAreaJoe Savant (955) Nov 23, 2017 California
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    Had the Maui Waui and Dank Row. Maui Waui was a good, solid tropical IPA, surprisingly light and thin but drinks really easy and quick. Dank Row was a great effort at a weed-tasting IPA, I thought it was better than Revision's Leafy Greens, but it's not too fruity. Nice to try for 4/20 but not something I'd seek out.

    Will try the other two this week and hope for better.
     
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  36. TboneRN

    TboneRN Defender (636) Mar 30, 2014 Minnesota

    Hey guys, in town for a conference with the wife who is pregnant. Wife doesn’t enjoy sitting at a bar with me since she can’t drink so I’m looking for cans of peach blunt to drink at the hotel. Staying at the Mark intercontinental, does anyone have any intel on a liquor store near there that still might have cans? Just hit up city beer and they had eight pounds but no peach blunt. Thanks in advance for any help
    Cheers
     
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  37. TboneRN

    TboneRN Defender (636) Mar 30, 2014 Minnesota

    Also eight pounds is good but missing a little bitterness
     
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  38. thuey

    thuey Defender (639) Nov 13, 2015 California
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    I think Peach Blunt sold out really quickly, even at the brewery as per their IG:



    There's not a whole lot of distribution though, outside of the brewery, so if you didn't find it at CBS or K&L (PB is sold out there too), there's not too many options.
     
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  39. TboneRN

    TboneRN Defender (636) Mar 30, 2014 Minnesota

    Ok thanks for the prompt response! Maybe I’ll just have to go to cellarmaker and get a growler then. Thanks for the intel!
     
  40. HoudiniRN

    HoudiniRN Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2014 Minnesota

    If in MN I recommend Forager or Barrel Theory. Hope this helps.
     
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