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Bruery Reserve Society - What's left in the year...

Discussion in 'Pacific' started by Beerontwowheels, Jun 12, 2012.


Was this useful to anybody?

  1. Yes - but you're still a tool

  2. No - I don't budget for beer, nor do I care what's to come.

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  1. Beerontwowheels

    Beerontwowheels Nov 22, 2009 Maryland

    Hey all - I was taking a look at the original Bruery 2012 Reserve Society (RS) email and wanted to see what's still coming down the pike for this year's RS.

    Below is an extract of that email with my notes to highlight what's been offered already and what's still to come. Maybe someone else will find this helpful (in terms of budgeting, ha!).

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    Reserve Society Membership

    Membership will go on sale on November 14th through store.thebruery.com and will end December 31st or when they are sold out. Membership is $295 and includes the following:

    •1 bottle 4 Calling Birds
    •1 bottle Melange #3
    •1 bottle Vitis Series: Oui Oui
    •1 bottle Chocolate Rain (upon release)
    •1 bottle Mystery Beer (upon release)
    •2 bottles 2012 Black Tuesday (upon release)
    •2 bottles Bourbon Barrel Aged 4 Calling Birds (upon release)
    2 (1) high quality pieces of exclusive Reserve Society Merchandise (Got the sweatshirt)

    We anticipate the following beers to be released to the Reserve Society in 2012:

    •Sour In The Rye
    •Kriek (Sans Pagaie)
    •Chocolate Rain
    •100% Barrel Aged Fleur
    •White Oak
    •Oude Tart
    •Oude Gueuzie
    •Black Tuesday
    •Melange #3
    •Smoking Wood
    •Barrel Aged 4 Calling Birds
    •Approximately 8 (Approximately 3 left) Provisions Series releases including some very exciting collaborations with local breweries (Chocosaurus Rye, Go Team, A Stein's Throw, Mother Funker, Tart of Darkness)

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    One beer that has been released that was not identified above is 'Otiose'. Since that beer was made available to purchase, it cannot be the mystery beer that was included in the 295$ membership fee. It's also not considered a provisions series beer, given the label doesn't specify provisions series.

    It looks like we still have 5 bottles left included in the membership fee along with 1 piece of merchandise.

    From an allocations perspective, there are about 8 (approximately 3 provisions, 5 anticipated) to go.

  2. FosterJM

    FosterJM Nov 16, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    Nice work. You gave me the choice so I called you a tool.

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  3. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Jan 28, 2011 Ohio

    Wasn't Black Tuesday released to RS members recently? Like at the end of May?
  4. DefenCorps

    DefenCorps Jan 18, 2007 Oregon
    Beer Trader

    I would say : a lot of disappointment.
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  5. Axic10

    Axic10 Mar 15, 2008 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    No it's been in October for the last three years it was released. You're thinking of their Anniversary sale, they did release some bottles of Black Tuesday (I think around 150 iirc).
  6. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Mar 17, 2010 Michigan

    Melange 3 and Black Tuesday are all that matter. Obviously.
    KevSal, afrokaze, Alpar and 1 other person like this.
  7. Beerontwowheels

    Beerontwowheels Nov 22, 2009 Maryland

    I'm most curious/excited about the mystery beer. Some variation of Black Tuesday/Chocolate Rain (Cherry Rain, S'more Tuesday) would be ideal, but I'm not counting on it.
    ZX6Chris likes this.
  8. pschul4

    pschul4 Jan 7, 2011 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    The membership "fee" includes 9 bottles of beer and 2 pieces of swag? Or are those just available for purchase to the RS members?
  9. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Jan 28, 2011 Ohio

  10. Beerontwowheels

    Beerontwowheels Nov 22, 2009 Maryland

    The fee included 9 bottles and 2 pieces of swag.
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  11. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Mar 17, 2010 Michigan

    That's fair. I like to keep my expectations low, so I've already assumed it's going to be a sour that I'll probably like, but won't enjoy as much as BT and M3. If it's Grey Monday, I might shit my pants.
  12. pschul4

    pschul4 Jan 7, 2011 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    That basically talked me into buying the 2013 RS membership :)

    Follow up question: What's the easiest way to set up a trustee?
  13. coreyfmcdonald

    coreyfmcdonald Nov 13, 2008 Georgia
    Beer Trader

    Though I know they haven't done it on a small scale like they have with the two you mentioned, some variation with coffee would be interesting - that beer needs some roasty bitterness.
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  14. BdubleEdubleRUN

    BdubleEdubleRUN Jul 28, 2009 California

    Contact any past trading partners that live in Southern California. Or any friends or trading partners that are already in the RS and can hook you up with their trustee.
    pschul4 likes this.
  15. Beerontwowheels

    Beerontwowheels Nov 22, 2009 Maryland

    I'd also LOVE a BA variation of Fruet, similar to what they did with Papier. I say this without having actually tried Fruet yet...
  16. Domeshot14

    Domeshot14 Jul 10, 2011 California

    Isn't Fruet 100% BA already?
  17. Beerontwowheels

    Beerontwowheels Nov 22, 2009 Maryland

    It is, but they did different barrel treatments (bourbon, brandy & rye whiskey) for Papier. That's what I'm talking about.
  18. Domeshot14

    Domeshot14 Jul 10, 2011 California

  19. nanobrew

    nanobrew Dec 31, 2008 California

    talk to a regular trading partner or causally mention you are looking for one in a thread after you sign up next year. Usually you should not have a problem finding one. Be prepared to spend a good amount of money. Not only is there the cost of other beer you buy (if you so choose to), but then getting a box to your trustee or paying for a shipper, then shipping to you (nearly $40 for a full 12 bottle shipper), then some thank you beers to your trustee (or whatever situation you line up).

    Also, it is uncertain what the membership will look like next year. That is whether it will exist (they were going to change it last year) or add more people, they already went from something like 750 in 2011 to nearly 1500 in 2012.
  20. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Mar 17, 2010 Michigan

    I thought it was closer to 1000... but I could certainly be wrong. Have they ever actually posted the number anywhere?
  21. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Mar 17, 2010 Michigan

    You can't have Brett though, HE'S MINE! ;)
  22. pschul4

    pschul4 Jan 7, 2011 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Theoretically what could change about the RS?
  23. nanobrew

    nanobrew Dec 31, 2008 California

    You might be right, I haven't seen an official number. IIRD they opened it up to 1000, then it sold out in a day and people moaned a lot so they reopened it to 1500, but didn't sell out.
  24. nanobrew

    nanobrew Dec 31, 2008 California

    well for 2012 the original plan was to essentially get rid of it. The membership would only be to previous members, it would be free, you would only have to buy 1 beer a year to stay in the society. No gifts, no included beer, still have first dibs on parties and events.

    So for 2013 they could be going a head with that plan, or keeping it as is. If keeping as is who knows if they will increase the size or just let people fill in the spots of people who do not rejoin.
  25. FosterJM

    FosterJM Nov 16, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    Just ask me. I trustee for 5 BA's now. We have a great system worked out. BM if you want details.

  26. thagr81us

    thagr81us Apr 28, 2010 South Carolina

    Thanks for posting this as I forgot what we got for free... You're still a tool though. :p
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  27. pschul4

    pschul4 Jan 7, 2011 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    This was an email I received in February (so things could change since then) but it read:

    "Hi Peter,
    We stopped selling memberships on December 31st. The membership does include some
    special beers that are just sold to RS members. Check back in November to join our 2013 Reserve Society.

    The Bruery"
  28. Retsinis

    Retsinis Sep 25, 2009 California

    Yes, they have. As stated by Benjamin Weiss, March 28 2012, on the Bruery RS Forum. "This forum is amusing. Where does all of this information come from if not from The Bruery? 1) There are 1,350 people in the 2012 Reserve Society."


    Not much more official then that.

    Edit note: if your not in the RS, or registered with that site, you might not see it from that link, but anyone that can, will.
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  29. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Mar 17, 2010 Michigan

    Damn, I haven't been on that site since like January... I should probably keep an eye on it every once in a while, huh?
  30. Retsinis

    Retsinis Sep 25, 2009 California

    You haven't missed too much, it's not that active, sadly, (as compared to say BA) but I do check it from time to time.
  31. Corbet

    Corbet Nov 7, 2010 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    While I love being a member of the RS, I don't think locals really benefit anymore except for the limited RS beers that have been offered (Chocolate Rain, Filmishmish, BBA Smoking Wood). My trustee doesn't even bother reserving his allocations because he can walk into Provisions and buy every release easily.

    I really thing they should retool it so locals benefit more.
    cocoapuph likes this.
  32. vacax

    vacax Jun 3, 2008 California
    Beer Trader

    I think that Oude Geuzie is Mother Funker. Just a feeling though. Seeing as how the year is only half over, I also expect the current pace of releases will continue, so we should end up with more releases than anticipated. Also note that anticipated does not mean guaranteed.
  33. stupac2

    stupac2 Feb 22, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    Locals do benefit more, the discount is so much more useful to them. Plus they can try a single bottle of something before they decide how much to get.
    mrkrispy and pmarlowe like this.
  34. Beerontwowheels

    Beerontwowheels Nov 22, 2009 Maryland

    Oude Geuzie might be Mother Funker, but they did list it separately from the Provisions series, so who knows. The Bruery also never acknowledges that Mother Funker is a blend of different vintage lambics, but now I am definitely reading into the their use of 'Gueuzie'. Maybe Patrick or another Bruery employee can weigh in here... ::crosses fingers::

    Agreed that they are on track to release more than anticipated. No complaints here.
  35. vacax

    vacax Jun 3, 2008 California
    Beer Trader

    Well that is based on how Mother Funker didn't turn out exactly the way it were intended.
  36. Cinderbike

    Cinderbike Jan 16, 2011 Nevada

    Bottling CCR for RS members would make up for any misgivings I have had so far this year. Especially if BT hits distribution (which, judging from how many barrels of it I saw at the warehouse, is possible).

    Yeah, I'm pretty sure that Mother Funker was a sour gone wrong, given how aggresively tart it is and how cheap it was. But, they may have held some back for blending (or perhaps it was always meant for blending, and they bottled and sold the extra) so Old Gueuzie may still come out.

    @Beerontwowheels, Tart of Darkness wasn't a Provisions release this year, so it doesn't count toward those 8 beers, FYI.
  37. Beerontwowheels

    Beerontwowheels Nov 22, 2009 Maryland

    Good catch. While I'd still appreciate having first dibs on stuff like black tuesday/chocolate rain, if they decide to go out for distribution with that caliber stuff, they have to step up the reserve soceity. Or end it. I was really surprised by the decision to release 100% BBA Fruet to the masses this year. I've said it elsewhere, but that beer was half the reason I signed up for the RS.
  38. Cinderbike

    Cinderbike Jan 16, 2011 Nevada

    Totally agree. Honestly, I was a bit surprised that they didn't decide to offer a Brandy or Rye Fruet to RS members this year. We'll see what the rest of the year has in store.
  39. nanobrew

    nanobrew Dec 31, 2008 California

    well to be fair, they technically did try to do that, but brought it back due to popular demand.
  40. domtronzero

    domtronzero Aug 18, 2007 California

    When I talked with Patrick Rue at an event a few months ago we discussed future BT distribution. He said it was not going to happen because he likes the idea of having an event for the release of it (ala Dark Lord Day). Its a special beer with a special release, and he doesn't see that changing in the future. So don't hold your breath waiting for BT to be distributed...
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