Bigfoot 2013 - What did you pay?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by jjnasty, Jan 19, 2013.

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  1. MarkJBurch

    MarkJBurch Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2012 Pennsylvania

    You guys ever try The "Herc" from Flying Bison? Great local Barleywine. Pick some up whenever I travel to Buffalo!
  2. anglagard1

    anglagard1 Aspirant (215) Nov 17, 2010 Wisconsin

    $8.99 and I'm taking a pass this year. My memory is of an overly hoppy beer for the style. Haven't tried blithering idiot yet because of the price, also $8.99, but I'll hit that before the Bigfoot. Prices have been rising on beers, but I think it's a buyer's market overall.
  3. PatriotsRule

    PatriotsRule Aspirant (257) Sep 25, 2012 Massachusetts

    8.99 a fourpak on da east coast go pats, and indeed there's no tax on alcohol in ma but the five centers will getcha!
  4. krl2112

    krl2112 Crusader (732) Nov 10, 2012 Illinois
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    I am not a fan of barleywines but I thought I would share a little nugget for people who do like Bigfoot. Archer liquors on archer ave in Chicago has some 2008 or 2009 on its shelves for around $3.40/bottle. Enjoy!
  5. pjs234

    pjs234 Zealot (544) Jun 29, 2008 Connecticut

    7.99 in CT
  6. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Poo-Bah (2,714) Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire
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    I did 09, 10, 11, 12, and 13. Loved the 09 most and 2nd was 12. All were good, but 10 and 11 weren't as tasty. So funny what a year does to this beer. 13 you would never even think was the same beer as the others.$8.99 in N.H.
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  7. Longstaff

    Longstaff Initiate (0) May 23, 2002 Massachusetts

    Where did you buy it? Cheapest I found last year was $56 and was quoted as high as $65. 15% off seems higher than the case discounts i've seen in the area.

    PTR has got to be in the mid $40 range as it was $42 two years ago.
  8. Longstaff

    Longstaff Initiate (0) May 23, 2002 Massachusetts

    Too hoppy for the style? Bigfoot IS the American Barleywine style.
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  9. NorCalYeti

    NorCalYeti Disciple (339) Dec 18, 2008 California

    my price is $9.99 a four pack...haven't seen it in cases yet. i agree...over-pricing and taking advantage of all us beer drinkers!
  10. kmello69

    kmello69 Defender (618) Nov 27, 2011 Texas
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    Still waiting on its arrival here in TX, but I'll be happy to pay $10/4
  11. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (2,572) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
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    $9.99. The cost went up for retailers, hence a higher price for less beer (per package).
  12. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,305) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey


    My receipt (above) - as noted elsewhere, the UPC/barcode is the same as Narwhal and Hoptimum, so at retailers that scan for pricing rather than use price stickers and ring up manually (they still exist?), it should be the same prices as those beers.
  13. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (1,972) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    $7.99 4 packs here in Northeastern Illinois, but not Chicago proper. Surprised when I saw the price tag.
  14. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Michigan
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    $7.99 at Zipp's, MPLS.
  15. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Meyvn (1,083) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey
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    I just did a tasting between an 11 and a 13. They were very different. The 11 now tastes more "barleywiney" while the 13 seems hoppier. Gonna pick up a six of the 12 so I can do all three years.
  16. DaveLikesAle

    DaveLikesAle Initiate (182) Jan 24, 2006 Ohio

    I saw 12 back on the shelf today. I suspect that the distributor is holding back on 13 until 12 is all gone.
  17. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (1,972) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Might be that particular retailer. I see them hold on to vintages and put them out when the new one is reintroduced. Just don't see a distro holding on to out of date beer -- then again, nothing surprises me much anymore.
  18. kirbmeist

    kirbmeist Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2012 Florida
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    I picked up a single of 11 and 12 last night couldn't find any 13. Hoping to find it soon do I can do a little vertical of them
  19. DaveLikesAle

    DaveLikesAle Initiate (182) Jan 24, 2006 Ohio

    Haven't seen any 13 in my area at all.
  20. norcalhophead

    norcalhophead Initiate (49) Jan 28, 2010 Wisconsin

    $8.99/4-pk in WI
  21. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (1,972) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    As much as I know distros can be quirky, I can't imagine one holding on to new stock (marked with the year) until old stock (again, marked with the year) is sold out. I've seen it with seasonals, but not with annuals.

    Maybe BF just hasn't hit your area -- time to call in SierraNevadaBill.
  22. BillManley

    BillManley Aspirant (246) Jul 2, 2008 California

    Huh, I've heard of retailers holding beers and then putting them out a year later, but not distributors. Though, I suppose it is possible. Typically, distributors like to move through inventory quickly and have it out of their warehouses and with a beer like Bigfoot, they can usually find someone who will take anything that may be lingering.

    My guess is that Bigfoot may just be a little late getting out near you (although, it should be most everywhere by now.) Let me know where you're at and what you local store is in a BM and I'll see if I can figure it out.

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  23. Andygirl

    Andygirl Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 Michigan

    10, but only one store had it, and it's gone.
  24. BourbonDork

    BourbonDork Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2010 Virginia

    VA Total Wine was $9.99. I picked up three.
  25. mulder1010

    mulder1010 Meyvn (1,019) Aug 29, 2008 Australia

    how much was the BA version?
  26. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Disciple (335) Sep 14, 2011 Missouri

    Interesting. I thought they had said that the price was going to stay the same as the 6-packs due to material costs and BF being a loser for them financially.
  27. Lerxst

    Lerxst Defender (617) Jun 17, 2005 Florida

    $7.99\4 pack. Letting it chill now, try this years vintage in about 2 hours.
  28. bobarc

    bobarc Initiate (162) Jul 23, 2005 North Carolina

    $9.99 in Davidson NC. Might have been able to find for less, but wanted to get some before it was gone.
  29. mateuszekxxpl

    mateuszekxxpl Initiate (172) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois
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  30. maxk

    maxk Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2008 Massachusetts

    $10 in Waltham, MA. Also found a six pack of 2012 for $15.
  31. atone315

    atone315 Savant (933) Oct 8, 2008 Wisconsin
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    $9.49/ 4pk
  32. joedevivre

    joedevivre Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2010 Illinois

    $6.49/ 4 pk in Wisconsin (Kenosha)
  33. jasonmason

    jasonmason Initiate (171) Oct 6, 2004 California

    $10 here in Sacramento. Seems kind of ridiculous that it's 3.50 cheaper 2000 miles further away from the brewery.

    Still hoping for an explanation from someone as to how having the same sku for multiple beers is somehow more efficient. Not being snarky here, I just cannot legitimately figure out the advantage.
  34. JackStrawWichita

    JackStrawWichita Aspirant (240) Jan 4, 2003 Maine

    $8.69 for a 4X + sales tax + deposit @ RSVP in Portland on Friday.
  35. Matt7781

    Matt7781 Initiate (153) May 24, 2005 New Jersey

    $7.99/4-pk. Only seen it at one place so far this year but seemed pretty reasonable.

    Edit: NJ
  36. Auslander

    Auslander Disciple (308) Sep 12, 2008 Ohio
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    $9.99/ 4 pack in Sandusky, Ohio.
  37. Longstaff

    Longstaff Initiate (0) May 23, 2002 Massachusetts

    Happens a lot with Ofest beers from Germany around here. This year it was Spaten 12 packs - it was one of the first to hit my local stores (not just one retailer, so I assume it was the distributor who was holding onto them) and offered at a discount. A few weeks later, the current year showed up. I bit even though I knew they were last year's - they weren't bad, but current year was better.
  38. NickMunford

    NickMunford Savant (978) Oct 2, 2006 Wyoming

    $9.99/4-pack at BevMo in San Diego area.
  39. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (1,972) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Spaten hit early here too, but I checked the date codes and found it to be the new stuff.

    If what you're getting is over a year old, the distro ought to be taken to task -- discount or not.

    But with Bigfoot, the year is printed plain as day. If the distro is trying to pass that off before he shelves the new stuff he ought to be called out too.
  40. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Aspirant (295) Aug 17, 2005 Oregon
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    It's mainly because of the chain stores. The distributors/breweries work with the buying team at places like Krogers and Wegmans to get approval for each SKU. If the seasonal beers all have the same UPC code and pricing, the distributor can simply send in Bigfoot when Narwhal runs out rather than having to get approval for a new SKU. Competition for shelf space is brutal, and many places only do "resets" on their coolers every quarter, so any delay in getting your new product to the retailer could potentially mean that you're SOL until they do the next quarterly review.

    This is also one of the big reasons for the "seasonal creep" that everyone bitches about. The retailers loathe empty shelf placements, so if there's a gap between Celebration and Ruthless there's a chance that some other distributor will come along and offer to fill that empty spot with one of their products instead. When you factor in the short demand window for certain seasonal styles (like pumpkin beers and okctoberfests) you can see why most breweries would rather get the stuff out early.
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