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Discussion in 'New England' started by OnlyTheFinest, May 21, 2016.
Strawberry and raspberries on the Seed 2016
We've been seeing small drops of cans on Thursday lately. That is subject to change though, we post to social media when it hits each time.
Quick question for you all -- will be headed up this Saturday to start a nice week vacation in Maine and will pass through Portland around 11am. As I wrote earlier, I would love to pick up some BB cans to take with me. Last year I did the same and was out of BB about 15 minutes after they opened, given the new location and the "seed" release this Saturday, should I expect much different? If there's no way to tell, then no problem! Thanks for all the help you all give on these boards...
It has been a bit of a wait now up there. This Saturday will be the first time they bring back a cans only line which should speed things up a bit. I am not sure if there will be a cash only line like Industrial way days.
Thanks so much for the response. Looks like I'll definitely stop by and see what it looks like.
heading up to BBB tomorrow (Friday). saw that they released Baby Genius yesterday, there's no chance that lasts in cans until tomorrow, right? Anyone know?
Im sure it was gone yesterday but they have some disto. I saw Mb&b had cans 2 4pack per person today.
Bissell Brothers with Josh Schlesinger and 2 others.
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Happy to announce that we have inked a distribution deal with Sleek Machine Distro and as of next Monday will no longer be self-distributed!#mainebeer
I'm curious about Sleek Machine... I think it started as their green delivery van and maybe they sold it off to be run as a separate business?
It was in fact the Green Bastard. The quote in the article by Peter makes it pretty clear they will be close partners.
From a recent BA article:
His first account? Bissell Brothers, which has now surpassed Maine’s production cap on self-distribution. Though for legal reasons a distributor needs to be a company independent of a brewery, it’s clear the brothers feel more than a little sense of ownership over Sleek Machine.
Flight was delayed this morning. Didn't get in until 1:15 and was at the brewery at 2. Was fully expecting a massive line and no cans left.
Was pleasantly surprised to find a small line and ton of Seed (Substance was sold out). Got myself a case and a couple beers. Seed is a killer of a summer beer and the color/haze is incredible.
Cheers to Bissell, love the new brewery!
OK, I have a question about these guys.
I first went to them years ago when I heard talk about the Substance while waiting in line at Hill Farmstead. They were saying it's the new Heady Topper.
I go to Maine all the time as I have family in Falmouth, so I decided to check them out.(again this was years ago). All they had was substance when I went. I thought it was good, but certainly not HT. But great for a small shop. Time goes on, people are going fucking nuts for these guys. Seeing civilians with Bissell Brothers swag at every brewery I go to. I try it a few more times and am still not totally sold. I even was there for the very last substance/swish release.(swish was pretty great, substance was just fine. Still, nothing really blew me out of the water). A few times I grabbed it on draft at various locations and really liked it.
THEN, my wife and I spent a week in Portland just this past week and Substance was everywhere on tap. I had it at the tiny tap room and was floored. It was hazy as can be, pillowy, and just amazing. I was really blown away by how good it was. Even just the appearance was different than any batch I had previously tried. Looked like quicksand. The smell was intoxicating.
I thought maybe the new brewery brought more advanced equipment, which yielded a better beer. It's no question these guys are trying to make hazy juice bombs...swish aside this was the first time I had Substance that hit that mark. I had never really tasted that intense peachy hop juice that I was getting on draft.
So I went to the brewery and bought my allotment. Brought them back to Boston, and poured one into a glass. I noticed immediately the haze was not as apparent, it was darker too. It didn't smell as pungent, and the taste wasn't there either. Certainly better than what I've had in the past, but not what I was tasting on draft. I actually have photos I'll upload in a little bit.
Do these guys suffer from consistency problems? Just to clarify, I've never once had a Bissell Brothers beer and not really enjoyed it, but the beer that I had on tap was other wordly...up there with Fort Point Pale Ale. Is this a can vs. draft thing? Should I let my cans sit a while?
Even the reviews on this site for the substance are polarizing. Some people are enamored, some people think it's just a really good IPA.(which it is on its worst day imo)
Jesus Christ I'm a spoiled beer asshole. I guess when you live 3 miles from Fort Point it's hard to not be.
On a side note, the guys that work at the brewery have been, and still are really awesome. They run big release days better than anyone else.
Also, while in Portland I managed to grab pours of Diavoletto, Nothing Gold, and Reciprocal. NOthing Gold and Reciprocal were both very nice, and Diavoletto...I would love to drink about 50 ounces of that on a sunny beach. Reminded me of Trillikini.
There have been some consistency issues, but I've never had a can that was terrible, just not as good as it can be. They also changed the yeast in Substance about a year ago, and of course some people freaked out. I also find that Substance drops off really quickly. I've been blown away by a can one day, and two days later find it to me just meh. Other factors probably play a role in that, but I don't think it holds up well beyond 10-12 days or so.
Wow! A can that drops off that fast? Maybe some serious oxygen issues.
Did Seed cans sellout Sat?
I don't want to sound like I'm bad mouthing Bissell, by any means. I love their beers, and I don't think they all drop off that fast. I just think Substance falls off faster than a lot of beers. And again, there are always a lot of factors that affect why a beer may blow me away one day and not seem as amazing a couple days later.
Public drinking is one thing but if a state agent hears about it, things could get ugly on many levels. Can't understand why people can't wait, why jeopardize a breweries way of doing business / suspension or loss of license in a worst case scenario.
Doubt it is oxygen issues however when you package beer that has soooooo much junk in it anything can happen. I want to see what happens to a beer like this when it is left warm for a few months ... ;-)
Fairly certain they did.
Lol, way to blatantly skirt Maine's self-distribution laws by "selling" your own in-house distro fleet to you own employee, textbook shell game move. Clearly they will still be in entire control of their own distro.
Good point. I have not had the beer, but if it has a lot of stuff in it, then I can imagine flavor stability and consistency could be major issues...
Had a seven month old lux last year, was absolutely amazing when my bro and I finally drank it. Wasn't as good as day one but much better than most fresh beer's from fairly well hyped up brewers. Did the same with a swish and also was amazing. Did the same with a substance though and it didn't hold as well. All were refrigerated the whole time.
Haven't been to bissell this year yet but going this next Saturday for what looks to be the last lux release of the summer. Haven't even gotten substance since the new yeast last year, struck out on it every time I've been since. Definitely skipping the dinner release the same day, great beer but not worth the four hour wait.
You can in CT. OEC has some pretty good shares during their big releases (ei experimentalis)
It seems like you've had some inconsistent experiences while travelling from time to time from Massachusetts. Sorry to hear that. I would say for the last 10 months, the beer has been very consistently "what it is" . We did change from Cal to our new yeast last July, but no hop or grain schedules changed on Substance. Something to remember for non-locals is that we are not just a can storefront, we service 65-75 draft accounts weekly throughout the great state of Maine. Maine's beer-producing reputation speaks for itself, and our local pubs and their huge demand are a unforgiving judge on consistency and product quality. They taste every single batch, every week, as do we. We are very happy with our consistency, I am sorry you have had a different experience tasting our beers a handful of times apart from one another. It's a very subject thing, drinking a beer, right? Thanks so much for visiting and trying us out.
Glad you're enjoying our stuff. Just a reminder, LUX is year-round, not seasonal. We'll keep pumpin' it out for ya!
Was driving by today so stopped at 1:45 and all cans were gone.
We're stopping in Portland for lunch on Saturday (8.27) en route to Bar Harbor. I know it's impossible to predict with certainty, but generally speaking are we better off getting to Bissell right at noon open or after lunch around 1:30ish?
RIGHT at noon. The Substance sells out fast
Get there for open with the Nothing Gold release that day it will be pretty crazy for the first few hours of opening.
Last Nothing Gold release the line was past the length of the building and into the adjacent parking lot at noon.
Thank you @OnlyTheFinest and @Hammerhead79 for the info, much appreciated. Do they do a cash-only lines for Nothing Gold releases? Any (rough) sense of how fast the line moves? I'd love to grab some cans, but our priority it getting up to Bar Harbor and starting a long weekend, so not looking to blow 2 hours in line for cans. Thank you!
Seed release they tried a different set up with 3 all transaction PoS 1 Draft only Pos and 1 Cans only Pos. no Idea if they plan that again and I was not there for Seed to see how it went.
last release I went to was Reciprocal I got there at 10:30 and was 13 or 14 in line.
I'll be up at bissell on a Saturday in mid September won't arrive until 230 would I be good for cans?
Depends what is released but in my experience cans go quick
I wonder when BB will post the fall release schedule
If I'm going to be in town this Sunday and could get there prior to noon, what's the likelihood there will be any cans left? If slim, any good bets for cans in Portland?
Chances are slim to none there will be cans left at the brewery on Sunday given the long holiday weekend. They will likely have a number of beers on tap for pours, however.
I'll defer to the locals as to your best shot for cans (other than maybe an IP trade), but Bier Cellar is the name I see referenced on here over and over.
Not sure but I saw first Swish release will be 10/22
Substance will sell out in the first hour on Saturday.
Dangol MIGHT last until the first hour of Sunday, that is.... if it doesn't sell out on Saturday.
Likely the middle of next week.
Prep your calendars for Swish day, it will be MASSIVE this year. Swish sold out in the first hour last October on it's first release day last season.
Swish is my personal #1 beer. Believe it or not but I finished my last two cans a month ago from the last release day (April?) and they tasted just as good as a can I had on that release day.
Seriously, Mark your calendars!
We get our drops on Thursdays typically, usually gone in a few hours. Unfortunately the retailers will be dry on a Sunday.