Bell's Black Note (2013)

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by mjshearer1, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. broodog

    broodog Jul 18, 2009 Illinois

    Just picked up 3 bottles of BN in the Near West Suburbs of Chicago. They were charging $9.99 per bottle. Ouch!
  2. gpawned

    gpawned Jun 5, 2012 Illinois
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  3. Timceattle

    Timceattle Nov 28, 2012 Washington

    Still lookin to trade.. I could really do anything that we get out here in the Northwest that you don't get in the Midwest..
  4. skinsfan

    skinsfan May 24, 2005 Maryland
    Beer Trader

    OK Manti Te'o...sorry, I had to use that at least once.
  5. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer May 10, 2012 Illinois

    I has 1 12 oz and one 750... but someone is gonna have to get realllll freaky for this one, not trying to be a dick.
  6. Flabbyjandro

    Flabbyjandro Jun 12, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Got a bunch, in Chicago, need some good stuff, BM me
  7. PlayaPlaya

    PlayaPlaya Sep 19, 2012 Illinois


    I saw you today.....Right after, I went a grabbed a couple 4-packs of Black Note :D :D :D

    Maybe I'll trade ya some ';)
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  8. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    Soo, you post in the Chicagoland thread that you did not enjoy Black Note, and in fact hinted at the fact you wanted to GIVE it away...yet, you went and bought "a couple more" four packs, while other BA's haven't even had the chance to buy one single bottle? Fuck yourself, Playa.
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  9. vw73182

    vw73182 Oct 6, 2007 Indiana

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  10. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    ^This...except I would edit it down to;

    "Drinking beer is very stressful. I always feel like there is something else that I should be drinking when I am drinking whatever I am drinking."
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  11. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer May 10, 2012 Illinois

    He didn't actually buy multiple four packs of it.
  12. foobula

    foobula Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

    I agree. Beer collecting (and any hobby where people are chasing rare goods) is a test of character. Can you manage to enjoy whatever it is you've got without worrying that the grass is greener somewhere else? Can you deal with the inevitable disappointment without losing your cool and your dignity? It's analogous to accepting your place in society. There will always be people better off and worse off than you, it's up to you to deal with that fact gracefully.
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  13. rsenters29

    rsenters29 Nov 19, 2012 Michigan

    Well I was able to buy a case total of the Black Note from about two different stores,so good luck to the rest of you still looking I hear it's still out there!
  14. sweatervest27

    sweatervest27 Oct 13, 2009 Ohio

    Maybe they will ;)
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  15. foobula

    foobula Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

    Thanks for the specifics! I'm quite sure your post will serve as a valuable resource for any BA's trying in vain to track it down.
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  16. bozodogbreath

    bozodogbreath Oct 19, 2006 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    NWI is getting very little of this - possibly as few a 4 cases. Stores will be lucky to get more than a 4 pack.
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  17. CanisMajor

    CanisMajor Oct 24, 2012 Indiana

    Yeah, that's what I figured. Just wondering if I didn't miss it. I have my name down at places, but haven't heard anything yet. I should have just made the trip up to Bells, oh well. Thanks man.

  18. Flabbyjandro

    Flabbyjandro Jun 12, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Bells still had it at the general store as of yesterday
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  19. foobula

    foobula Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

    Whaa? If true Bell's sure is throwing everyone for a loop with this release, including their own store employees.
  20. Andygirl

    Andygirl Jan 3, 2013 Michigan

    It's kzoo beer week. Not surprised if they hid a bunch for the weekend crowds.
  21. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew May 8, 2006 Michigan

    Staggered release is standard for Bell's. They will only put out so much at a time, this has always been by design.
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  22. drummermattie02

    drummermattie02 May 10, 2009 Texas
    Beer Trader

    It sounds like they made more of this than most people think. Any official production numbers?
  23. Foamfollower

    Foamfollower Jul 28, 2004 Illinois

    The very good beer store that I go to in the Chicago suburbs only got one case, and were limiting to one bottle per person. It's stashed and waiting for the right moment.
  24. Foamfollower

    Foamfollower Jul 28, 2004 Illinois

    So true...but try not to make it a contest. There is SO damn much good beer out there, that you never have a reason not to be happy with what you are drinking.
  25. foobula

    foobula Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

    Yeah, I'm not surprised at the staggered release aspect, just surprised that the guy I talked to was really sure they were done selling this season's supply. Guess even the General Store employees are given release info on a need-to-know basis.
  26. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    My feeling is, the General Store employees really have no reason TO know. Sure they should be educated about the product they are selling, but from a business stand point, they don't need to know how much of a certain stock they have.
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  27. BigTomZ

    BigTomZ Apr 14, 2009 Virginia

    The way I see it, these are the ways to get limited releases with little effort:

    1. Work at a beer store

    2. Be really tight with the beer buyer at a store.

    3. Consistently spend hundreds every month at a beer store.

    * You won't be the only one trying #2 and #3 and there are no guarantees.

    If you are like the majority of us and don't fit into the above 3 categories, you will have to deal with all the nonsense that goes along with chasing limited releases. It is easy to figure out when a store gets their deliveries, but you will likely need at least one of the following to capitalize:

    1. Work evenings or nights.

    2. Have a job that allows you to come and go as you please.

    3. Have a job that is within a few minutes of a beer store.

    4. Call out of work on delivery day.

    5. Be willing to change your schedule to be at the store at the right time to catch delivery.

    * You won't be the only one trying these and there are no guarantees.

    I actually fit #1, working evening shifts. I still strike out all the time, and no longer waste my time trying.
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  28. Ri0

    Ri0 Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    Could also just go to a place that has it on tap.
  29. BigTomZ

    BigTomZ Apr 14, 2009 Virginia

    I've failed that way also. In a busy city/metro area it still depends what time you get there.
  30. mjshearer1

    mjshearer1 Dec 16, 2011 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    I fall in #2 and 3. I'm never more than 10-15 minutes from a few good shops, and I have a job where I can literally bolt for the door as soon as the announcement hits Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/etc.
  31. DrHopHead

    DrHopHead May 18, 2010 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Do you still have that Collaboration 4 pack?? Also - if you ever need anything here (like Short's, which makes awesome beer but only distributes in Mi.) let me know and I would be willing to grab stuff and swap other stuff too.
    Between Bell's, Founders, Arcadia, Dark Horse and Short's - those are 5 breweries that just make fantastic beer, but not sure what you can get out your way.
  32. DrHopHead

    DrHopHead May 18, 2010 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    I have traded (2) 4 packs and have another to trade if you have something to trade...
  33. DrHopHead

    DrHopHead May 18, 2010 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    I have 4 packs for trade...what you got?
  34. DrHopHead

    DrHopHead May 18, 2010 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Kerry - Just a suggestion, at $2/ounce let it age at least 3 months. It will even be more amazing 3 - 12 months from now if you can wait that long.
  35. DrHopHead

    DrHopHead May 18, 2010 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Tell me more...I have some to trade...
  36. DrHopHead

    DrHopHead May 18, 2010 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    I have some for trade...
  37. JohnB87

    JohnB87 Mar 14, 2011 Michigan

    ^ I think this guy has a few to trade....
  38. MikeCactusGordon

    MikeCactusGordon Feb 20, 2011 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    Question for Bell's Aficianados - I'll be at Bell's Brewery on 2/8-9 for Greensky Bluegrass...any chance it will be on tap?? I'm not familiar with this release, but I'm thinking its my only shot to get some. Thanks in advance!
  39. ChefHopMeister

    ChefHopMeister Aug 3, 2010 Virginia

    What's the going price for a Black Note 4-pak? Guessing $20-25?
  40. founder26

    founder26 Sep 9, 2009 Michigan

    Ever hear of sending a BM? Jesus
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