Bruery 2015 RS/HS Allocations

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  1. Black_Rider

    Black_Rider Pooh-Bah (1,945) Mar 26, 2013 California

    by sweating balls do you mean the temperature was hot in the venue?
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  2. theJohnChamp

    theJohnChamp Zealot (528) Feb 25, 2014 California

    Pretty sure he meant his balls had sweated off. RIP balls.
  3. Buck86

    Buck86 Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2011 Washington

    2016 Schwetty Whiskey Balls Black Tuesday

    Also... good thing they have all those barrels of beer to soak up that heat right?
  4. Redgoatman

    Redgoatman Initiate (0) May 21, 2015 California

    Salty Black Tuesday Whalez
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  5. hiimrichie

    hiimrichie Initiate (0) Jul 11, 2012 California

    I imagine the growlers he brought were Bad Boy, High Kicks, and possibly HFS.

    Not fake Alpine.
  6. whiskey

    whiskey Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2012 California

    Yeah, it was hot. My petite wife that's always cold was hatin' life.
  7. SDReaper

    SDReaper Pooh-Bah (2,088) Aug 15, 2013 California
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    Yes all 3 of those and a ryder on the storm. I was shocked HFS was still available
  8. Earlycsquid

    Earlycsquid Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2013 California

    Yeah, I kinda have to agree. The pours were very very conservative. I mean, I get they don't want a bunch of white girl wasted folks there. But the 2oz pour was no way to enjoy a lot of those pours. Food was alright.

    Still bummed by no bottles of oh fudge it's tuesday.
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  9. SDReaper

    SDReaper Pooh-Bah (2,088) Aug 15, 2013 California
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    I liked the little plate of cheese, olives, a pickle, crackers, and meat over at the nitro bt section. Even moreso because it was a mini dill pickle and not a mini sweet pickle. Pumpkin pie over at the pecan pie bt was also rather tasty.

    Favorite top 3 variants were Rum BT -> Pecan Pie BT -> Macadamia BT (so much better once it warmed though).

    To echo others it was a little warm inside. Standing by the doors we got a nice breeze though so that made it tolerable but heading back towards the stations to get more fills felt like 5-7degrees warmer.

    The mostra coffee choices I think were nice (I don't like coffee but my better half was drinking one in between each BT pour she got).

    All in all, I quite enjoyed the party. A bit more airflow (because it wouldn't be beeradvocate if we didn't complain about something) is all I think would be needed.
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  10. mancallede

    mancallede Zealot (556) Mar 1, 2010 Virginia

    Nice run down. I'm looking forward to tonight. Sounds like the plan should be to eat a little before hand, wear light clothing, and prepare to pre-game and post-game! I'm most looking forward to the Macadamia Nut version. That sounds amazing.

    Were you restricted to try 7 unique tasters or could you get multiples of one and skip others?

    Also, if anyone is looking for a ticket for tonight's 5pm session, pm me. My guest can't make it and I don't think the Bruery folks will let me use both tickets and have 14 tasters!
  11. SDReaper

    SDReaper Pooh-Bah (2,088) Aug 15, 2013 California
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    Sadly it was 7 unique tasters so doubling up on a single variant would require a friend that didn't want it. Of course that also forced me to try a couple I would have skipped just to get more Rum BT.

    And yeah, I pre-gamed at Bruery and Noble prior (ppl didn't take me up on my Alpine growlers, ah well, more for me as I watch baseball), but since I did late session didn't really post-game since the 1.5hour drive back to san diego was ahead of us.
  12. Doomsayer52

    Doomsayer52 Initiate (0) Nov 29, 2014 California

    I went to the second session yesterday, too. I really enjoyed myself - they opened up the warehouse doors for the second session because they said first session got way too hot. It wasn't terrible, but it was definitely on the warm side.

    The food was good, that flatbread banh mi especially. The beer of course was tasty, I do agree with the 2oz pours being a little less than optimal but it sufficed.

    Cinnamostra BT > Pecan Pie > Macadamia were my top three. Cinnamostra tastes amazing after it warms up and you get notes of all three adjuncts (Chocolate, Cinnamon, Coffee). The Key Lime was interesting but I didn't really care for how the flavors meshed together. Reserve and Pistachio were tasting pretty great, too. The only thing I must have missed was the Wine II pours, where were those at?
  13. mayorQuimby

    mayorQuimby Zealot (621) Jun 5, 2009 Tennessee

    I know @JoshBeerNow was still looking for a ticket as of a couple days ago...
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  14. SDReaper

    SDReaper Pooh-Bah (2,088) Aug 15, 2013 California
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    One of the Bruery employees was walking around with a pitcher of Wine2. I never had Wine2 fresh, or like at least a couple months ago but this was very very very wine forward at this point. I can't compare it to what it was previously but I was not a fan.
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  15. grze

    grze Maven (1,460) Apr 17, 2012 Virginia

    + Mostra station was amazing. It stole the show and was the best part of the event for me.
    + I enjoyed the venue in terms of setup, decor, service, everything was smooth and put together nicely.
    + Food was ok, nowhere near Firestone events unfortunately, but enjoyable... Plus for the non alcoholic drinks, tea.

    - Glass. Still don't like it. It is nowhere near as nice as any previous bt glasses.
    - The pours were an insult. The first 3 beer pours I had were so tiny that I barely picked up the taste. I'm not sure what Bruery was going on for with that decision, but if you don't want drunk people and you want to achieve that by serving 1oz tasters, then don't do it at all. It's pointless. After I got home I checked how much exactly is 2oz of liquid in that glass and it turned out that I only received full 2oz pour ONCE, at the macadamia bt station. All the other ones were in the 1-1.5oz range. To those who didn't attend it may sound like an alcoholic talking, but there is no way to actually enjoy or compare those variants with tasters smaller than at any festival I've ever been to.

    Favorite variant: 2015 BT. Second time in a row the base beer is the best. Macadamia was tasty, although very similar to GM, nitro BT was pretty tasty. Pecan pie was good too. Cinnamostra was a little weird. I liked the cinnamon, but the whole blend watered down the texture of the beer.
  16. TNeedles

    TNeedles Initiate (0) May 11, 2013 California

    Spot On
  17. EB1

    EB1 Savant (1,078) Aug 18, 2013 California

    I felt fresh it was very wine forward (have not had Wine 1 yet).

    You should have kept going north to LA and I would've taken those growlers off your hands.
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  18. Xul

    Xul Pooh-Bah (2,065) May 18, 2008 California
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    Yeah, Wine2 was considerably more wine forward. I'm expecting it to swing back towards BT for Wine3 based on this year's ABV.
  19. xraided81

    xraided81 Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2008 California

    Thanks for the heads up on them skimping the pours .I will make sure to measure the 2 oz mark and tape my glass. I agree if they are doing 2 oz pours they might as well let us taste all the variants. Or perhaps limit the amount of tickets so we can enjoy at least a 4 oz pour which would slightly amount to everyone being served roughly equivalent to a 750ml which wouldn't be too much to ask for given the $50 price tag on the event .

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  20. Mantis

    Mantis Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2015 California

    I will be there at the later event tonight. I hope they keep the A/C on. That coffee sounds great. Did they serve Jardinier as palate cleansers?
  21. grze

    grze Maven (1,460) Apr 17, 2012 Virginia

    Yes, it's sort of hidden between Nitro and Macadamia stations (definitely near nitro).
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  22. tokimedo

    tokimedo Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2015 California

    went to late session last night (if anybody saw me, i was wearing a 9:30 club shirt), and going to late session again tonight.

    anybody going to late tonight from here?
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  23. SDReaper

    SDReaper Pooh-Bah (2,088) Aug 15, 2013 California
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    Was fun chatting with you last night. =)
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  24. Drocz

    Drocz Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2015 California

    Completely agree with your summary @grze. I am not a coffee drinker at all but I was putting down the tasters of Mo-Chata. I had the 2015 BT at the TR before the late session, so that I didn't use one of the 7 tasters available for the 8 beers. Although it didn't seem like they were checking if you were maxed out before they marked you and filled your taster.
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  25. pdmoore714

    pdmoore714 Pundit (858) Dec 26, 2013 California

    Am I alone in thinking Chai Tea was one of the better ones last night? Was balanced all around and had some body that the nut blends were missing.
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  26. mancallede

    mancallede Zealot (556) Mar 1, 2010 Virginia

    9:30 Club! Nice. So many good memories from that place.
  27. modernvista

    modernvista Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2013 California

    was at first session last night -
    BT Reserve was my fave, followed by BT Macadamia. BT 2015 was delicious as well, and my wife and i loved the aroma and flavor of the chai tea, but it didnt follow up on it. I think it's an interesting variant, and deserves more experimentation.
    CinneMonstra was fine. i did a better blend with some of their coffee and various versions myself ;-p

    it was hot, but it was a cool space and i liked the lighting. very fun and festive. they seriously need a background band or something though..nothing cranking, but something to fit the occasion.
  28. Paramecium

    Paramecium Initiate (0) Jun 23, 2010 California

    it's just totally not fair.
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  29. grze

    grze Maven (1,460) Apr 17, 2012 Virginia

    Trolling much?
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  30. Paramecium

    Paramecium Initiate (0) Jun 23, 2010 California

    When I made the first post about how it should be the motto of the beer community I was just messing around. After really reading some posts though I think I may really be on to something so I'm rolling with it.
  31. Xul

    Xul Pooh-Bah (2,065) May 18, 2008 California
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    There's a lot of senseless bitching around beer, but underpouring at a ticketed event of this nature is an entirely valid complaint.

    @grze - Did 2oz correspond to any marking on the glass or were all of the pours just based on the bartender eyeballing it? Seems like a no-brainer to put a volume marking on the glass, even if it's discreet/integrated into the design.
  32. grze

    grze Maven (1,460) Apr 17, 2012 Virginia

    Picture of the 2oz pour: (as far as I can tell there are no marks on the glass corresponding with any volume)

    Most of the pours at the event during our session were way below the print on the glass. Same thing for everyone in our group.

    I wouldn't bother spending so much time normally, if it's a 16oz pour and you get 14oz, whatever...It's not about monetary value or just picking on Bruery or whatever. My post was only about how a Black Tuesday event became a coffee event for me, because there was not enough beer to taste (not to even mention enjoy) the beers. One could argue that 2oz pours are already super small, but to actually cut them in half or by 30%?
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  33. Justinsosmart

    Justinsosmart Initiate (0) May 14, 2013 California

    Honestly I'm with @grze, 2oz pour is hard to eyeball. Really wish there was some kind of marker. I had fun and it was a cool event, but I question the value for $60 when pours aren't accurate.
  34. furthurgone

    furthurgone Initiate (0) Jun 7, 2011 California

    Half my pours were 1-1.5 oz. I understand they can't have a drunken shitshow but I thought I remembered it being advertised at 2-3 oz pours. $60 is a lot for what we got, especially if you compare it to something like the anniversary parties. I barely had 2 sips on some of my pours with no ability to go back and try more. It's a business but these events used to be a celebration not just a cash grab.
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  35. Rbarnes4381

    Rbarnes4381 Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2013 California

    Maybe I am an alcoholic, but the reason I didn't attend was because it was $60 for 7 tiny tasters. I put no value in the glass and wouldn't pay $3 for it. I have enough glasses that I don't use. I don't put much value in the food either. I would rather spend $60 at the tasting room.
    Also, when you compare this event to something like the anniversary party it was a joke.
    Having said all that I can't blame the bruery, the event sold out quickly so many people must have thought it was worth the price. Since it is a business their goal is to maximize profits, and I would imagine they succeeded
  36. furthurgone

    furthurgone Initiate (0) Jun 7, 2011 California

    Overall it was an enjoyable event, I was just slightly bitter because my favorite pour of the night was my smallest
  37. Miruguy

    Miruguy Zealot (619) Nov 22, 2010 California

    Fun last night (late session). BT Reserve was my favorite, followed by macadamia and Chai Tea. Pour sizes were fine (I didn't even get through all 8). Mostra cold brew was a highlight.
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  38. PG2G

    PG2G Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2011 California

    I have to admit, I don't get the whole cold brew thing. Tastes like coffee water. Admittedly, I'm not a coffee person though
  39. thetastywort

    thetastywort Zealot (519) Jun 2, 2011 California

    The Cinnamostra BT variant might have been one of my favorites of the night. Everything was great, but it started to get a little too sweet (Key Lime BT excluded), so Cinnamostra was a great balance.
  40. darkwing1

    darkwing1 Zealot (550) May 13, 2013 Illinois

    Cold brew is a way to get coffee flavor without extracting the acidity from the coffee bean as you would in the normal "hot" coffee brewing process.
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