Bourbon County Black Friday DFW?

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  1. dson08

    dson08 Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2014 Arizona

    Does anyone know if there are any tappings during the week and if any stores are having an event like Specs did last year? I couldn't find any information anywhere. Thanks.
     
  2. Techichi

    Techichi Devotee (484) Sep 25, 2012 Texas

    There should be plenty. I believe GI posts these events and stores on their website.
     
  3. sethsticles

    sethsticles Disciple (312) May 6, 2014 California
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    I think the big event Specs Dallas did last year will be in Houston this year. eeeeeeefffffffffffffffffffffffffff:slight_frown:ffffffffff:slight_frown:ffff:slight_frown:ff.

    But I don't know for sure. @Techichi is right, just keep checking GI's page.

    edit: also remember that they are doing the new format bottles. So unless there is a HUGE event at a Specs this year then I wouldn't count on getting more than 1 bottle per store as there are no more 4-packs.
     
  4. Abbbp

    Abbbp Crusader (743) Mar 9, 2013 Texas
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    Should be a couple tapping of BCBS at least across the city- I remember GoodFriend had one last year, and then on Black Friday it was like 5 different places at least including places like Mellow Mushroom.
     
  5. Longhorn08

    Longhorn08 Aspirant (231) Feb 4, 2014 Texas
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    No more 4-packs, that sucks. What's the new bottle format? I guess I missed that.
     
  6. Maich

    Maich Initiate (128) Oct 23, 2014 Texas

    New format is 16.9 oz bottles 9.99
     
  7. Longhorn08

    Longhorn08 Aspirant (231) Feb 4, 2014 Texas
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    What a screw job!!! It used to be about $5/12oz if I'm not mistaken. What bullshit this is!
     
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  8. sethsticles

    sethsticles Disciple (312) May 6, 2014 California
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    welcome to AB InBev. while I appreciate that they have been able to bring BCBS into the state, this type of screw job was bound to happen.

    "how much more money can we make with a single bottle then spin the change as a cool new marketing scheme that will make the consumers think they are getting something really, really cool?"
     
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  9. Maich

    Maich Initiate (128) Oct 23, 2014 Texas

    Price is really in line with what it should have been before, as long as places don't jack up the price from the 9.99 you're talking about price $13.01 (equivalent) for a bomber I'd rather have BCBS than almost anything at that same price level. Maybe it will increase availability but I kind of doubt that as well.
     
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  10. Techichi

    Techichi Devotee (484) Sep 25, 2012 Texas

    It is indeed still a great price for such a good beer. I'm not so sure how limited it will be either. I expect to see quite a bit of it around. I could be wrong though.
     
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  11. erushing

    erushing Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2014 Texas

    I also expect it will be a bit easier to get in this format and this price point than it was in 4-packs last year. I'm pretty sure they're cranking out a lot more each year as well. Abyss got to the point this last year where it was mass produced enough and expensive enough where it was pretty plentiful. This might be pretty similar.

    I'm just hoping it's also a little easier to get the variants this year. I still have most of a case of regular from last year sitting around.
     
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  12. Longhorn08

    Longhorn08 Aspirant (231) Feb 4, 2014 Texas
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    I've been wrong before, but I thought BCBS was here before AB..... Not sure what this has to do with bringing it to the state. Please explain.
     
  13. sethsticles

    sethsticles Disciple (312) May 6, 2014 California
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    AB bought GI in 2011. BCBS wasn't sold in Texas until 2013.
     
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  14. Tommo

    Tommo Champion (831) Sep 25, 2014 Texas
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    I cant imagine there will be a small amount. Last year there were 4 packs at stores weeks after black friday. AB increases production and distro every year. We may not all get Rare, but there will be plenty distro'd in DFW
     
  15. caffeineTX

    caffeineTX Initiate (116) Aug 29, 2014 Texas
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    but you probably bought bomb variants for 12-15 a bottle when they had a lot of hype right?
     
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  16. Longhorn08

    Longhorn08 Aspirant (231) Feb 4, 2014 Texas
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    Not sure how your assumption has anything to do with the point I was making. GI selling the same beer, bottled differently, for more money relates to Bomb how?????
     
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  17. Techichi

    Techichi Devotee (484) Sep 25, 2012 Texas

    I think he's saying that with the new prices BCBS is ~$0.60 an oz. Prairie BA beers are practically double that. So even though GI has raised the price they're still a great deal on BA stout.
     
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  18. brock125

    brock125 Initiate (162) Apr 21, 2011 Texas
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    I'll give this a shot. I think his point was that Bourbon County was severely under-priced before (relatively speaking) and that it's still a great price at $10 for the new bottle format. He compared this to the swill (my word) that Prairie produces and sells at a much higher price that people don't seem to have much of an issue with.

    Do I wish it was priced similarly to previous years? Yes. Do I think it sucks that the price has increased so much? Yes. Will I still buy up as much as I can? Absolutely.
     
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  19. elchicodelgado

    elchicodelgado Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2008 Texas

    Really? You haven't paid that much for a bomber before? But it's ok, so long as it's not an InBev product?
     
  20. sethsticles

    sethsticles Disciple (312) May 6, 2014 California
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    Sure I have. And that's not at all what I said. My point was that this is the first move that I've noticed AB making since buying GI that (in my eyes) is directly from ABs clever marketing dudes who asked the question 'how can we get more money out of these nerds'. I don't think this is a screw job necessarily, I was just using the words used by posters before me. My sarcasm came in because I'll miss the sub $20 4-packs cause that was a hellova deal for the quality of beer you paid for.
     
  21. Jovial_Libations

    Jovial_Libations Initiate (194) Jan 30, 2015 Texas

    GI sells a 16.9 oz bottle for $10 and people bitch like crazy. JesterKing or Prairie sells their stuff for even more and that just the economies of the market.
     
  22. brock125

    brock125 Initiate (162) Apr 21, 2011 Texas
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    THIS cannot receive enough likes!
     
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  23. Maich

    Maich Initiate (128) Oct 23, 2014 Texas

    But GI isn't a bunch of artisans using free range barley and naturally occurring awesomeness.....
     
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  24. TheGentleman

    TheGentleman Initiate (43) May 6, 2007 Texas

    This is correct. Smith Street is the flagship release for GI Bourbon County for Spec's in TX. The format has changed this year, in addition to the package format mentioned.

    As I understand things, each major market (DFW, Austin/San Antonio and Houston) will have a "flagship" release for one of the major chains complete with all of the variants (including Rare). I'm not sure who's got the other markets this year.
     
  25. tx_beer_man

    tx_beer_man Initiate (185) Jan 22, 2013 Texas
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    Dang dang dang...decisions decisions....To line up or not to line up
     
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  26. Perdue125

    Perdue125 Initiate (99) Jan 29, 2006 South Carolina

    I expect it will be worse this year, the people in line at Specs in Dallas were pretty cool but that whole set up was not ideal IMHO. Why does Specs get the lions share? Other states seem to get the variants pretty well spread out across non-chain stores.
     
  27. TheGentleman

    TheGentleman Initiate (43) May 6, 2007 Texas

    As mentioned, Spec's is only one of the chains getting this sort of treatment. That is not to say other stores, Specs or not, in these markets will not also see product.

    The "Lion's Share" argument is a valid concern. A lot of these allocation numbers come from distributors based on sales. The larger the store/chain the larger the allocation because of the volume sold. But, this does not neglect smaller stores/bars. I couldn't speak to specifics, because I don't have/know them, but distributors can/do use these items to build relationships with smaller/niche customers.

    I will be the first to admit, the system is less than ideal. I would also say that I can't think of a better system of rewarding those who do the work all year and justify the product while also kicking the occasional favor out to someone who hasn't.
     
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  28. TheGentleman

    TheGentleman Initiate (43) May 6, 2007 Texas

    I've already been told there will be campers parked in wait...

    Last year the line started at midnight the night before and we weren't the "official" release location.
     
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  29. Maich

    Maich Initiate (128) Oct 23, 2014 Texas

    Looking for someone to share a tent with, forever alone......:slight_frown:
     
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  30. NDogg44

    NDogg44 Initiate (125) Oct 21, 2015 Texas
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    Is it really worth it to camp out all that time just for a couple of beers? I would imagine they place a limit on the amount each person can purchase.
     
  31. sethsticles

    sethsticles Disciple (312) May 6, 2014 California
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    Depends on why you're waiting. Is it just for the beer? Then probably not worth it. Is it to hang out with your drinking buddies early and drink coffee while shooting to bull to be rewarded with tasty beer at the end? Yeah, that is worth it. To me at least.

    And they do place limits. That particular Specs usually does double limits for the first N people in line though. It's known to have a line for many releases.
     
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  32. Techichi

    Techichi Devotee (484) Sep 25, 2012 Texas

    I no longer wait in line for any beer. There are too many options out there these days. Last year I walked in to my store and got the regular, coffee, and vanilla with no wait. If something like that doesn't happen this year...fuck it I'll buy some Clown Shoes, or BA Legion.
     
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  33. TheGentleman

    TheGentleman Initiate (43) May 6, 2007 Texas

    Our buyers have approached this release with the intention of this being the biggest, stupidest release we've done. There will be a handful of things offered that you've not likely had or even known you could have in package.

    I don't entertain the idea of waiting in line for beer, but this will be worth it.
     
  34. NDogg44

    NDogg44 Initiate (125) Oct 21, 2015 Texas
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    Which store are you referring to? The Spec's in Houston? Any Dallas area stores doing something like this?
     
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  35. TheGentleman

    TheGentleman Initiate (43) May 6, 2007 Texas

    Smith St. in Houston. Dallas likely getting BCBS, but nothing like Houston. Information in a previous post as to why.
     
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  36. Techichi

    Techichi Devotee (484) Sep 25, 2012 Texas

    No offense, but that's always the hook for these kind of events. "You've never had it." I'm over that. I understand it sells beer, and that's great. I've just always been dissapointed with that attitude towards releases.
     
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  37. TheGentleman

    TheGentleman Initiate (43) May 6, 2007 Texas

    No offense taken. I want to make sure and put as much information as I have out there for you to make your decisions one way or the other.
     
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  38. Maich

    Maich Initiate (128) Oct 23, 2014 Texas

    Any idea when Smith St. will release event specifics?
     
  39. TheGentleman

    TheGentleman Initiate (43) May 6, 2007 Texas

    That's the current conversation in the office. Working on it.
     
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  40. H0rnedFr0gs

    H0rnedFr0gs Initiate (0) Mar 12, 2012 Texas

    DFW will see a solid list of beers. Going to be an expensive day
     
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