Chicago Stout Releases

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by HawksBeerFan, Dec 2, 2016.

  1. PhilBallins

    PhilBallins Initiate (183) Nov 29, 2016 Illinois

    Are the bottles still available?
     
  2. prior2two

    prior2two Disciple (365) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois
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    Yes. Everything is available.
     
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  3. croush

    croush Defender (661) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    I'm skipping it as well, but I'm blaming it on Mikerphone.
     
  4. Wowzors

    Wowzors Initiate (81) Feb 19, 2015 Illinois
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    Has BA Ten Fidy hit the chicagoland area yet? I was in Nebraska last week and picked two up for 11.99 a pop, kinda wish I picked up more as I really like it.
     
  5. eppie82

    eppie82 Meyvn (1,080) Apr 19, 2015 Illinois
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    and! AND! their pricing structure. Remember, just because Mikerphone came after many of the breweries charging high prices, they are still to blame. Call it retroactive blaming.

    Abraxas price/per ounce divided by bottle format multiplied by enjoyment factor and then taken square root of waiting in line time plus searching for a bottle just doesn't make sense. It's basically garbage.
     
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  6. Quilentro

    Quilentro Aspirant (201) May 12, 2017 Illinois
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    All excellent points. However, I will remind you that this very forum decided a year or so ago that Abraxas is definitively superior to BA Abraxas.
     
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  7. kodt

    kodt Zealot (572) Mar 6, 2013 Illinois

    To be fair, Mikerphone is in the middle of nowhere industrial park suburbs and charging downtown Chicago bar prices on draft pours. But hey, they can get away with it...
     
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  8. Shriner

    Shriner Initiate (24) Mar 29, 2017 Illinois

    Found Hailstorm Lumberjack Breakfast Stout at Binny's today, quite the awesome surprise, especially considering the price. May be the highest ABV 4pack 16oz. cans around the area (13%)? I can't think of anything higher?
     
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  9. Coons

    Coons Initiate (74) Mar 23, 2016 Illinois
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    ah but searching for a bottle time to the power of having never had said beer before generally approaches infinity and the square root and waiting in line becomes negligible. enjoyment factor has never deviated from the avg 7 as one wise man had said,

    " its beer, guy"
    -one wise man

    and then it was.
     
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  10. prior2two

    prior2two Disciple (365) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois
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    I’m not gonna disagree. (Even if I could do the math without my head exploding)

    Abraxas is amazeballs, but for $30+ after tax i just can’t do it. I’d rather buy a killer bottle of wine or a bunch of BCS.
     
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  11. Chuckdiesel24

    Chuckdiesel24 Savant (910) Jul 6, 2016 Illinois
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    I love that beer from when it last came out, which was two years ago - but don’t know if I can justify more stouts. Even in a great format.
     
  12. NNN

    NNN Initiate (84) Feb 9, 2017 Illinois
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    Abraxas is overrated. $30 for a non ba cinnamon stout? Pass.
     
  13. kodt

    kodt Zealot (572) Mar 6, 2013 Illinois

    Who is charging $30? I saw it for $23
     
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  14. ChiPez66

    ChiPez66 Initiate (63) May 21, 2018 Illinois
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    $30 in what universe? I'm pretty sure I paid $24 and change out the door at Binny's the other day, and it's a 750mL.
     
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  15. NNN

    NNN Initiate (84) Feb 9, 2017 Illinois
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    Regardless, it’s the most overrated stout people line up for in these parts.
     
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  16. ChiPez66

    ChiPez66 Initiate (63) May 21, 2018 Illinois
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    I don't think anyone is lining up for it, though. I walked in Binny's, grabbed it, and walked out.
     
  17. NNN

    NNN Initiate (84) Feb 9, 2017 Illinois
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    Binnys and BT had lines last year
     
  18. ChiPez66

    ChiPez66 Initiate (63) May 21, 2018 Illinois
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    This year isn't last year. :wink:
     
  19. KidGalaga

    KidGalaga Initiate (52) Apr 21, 2014 Illinois
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    there are cases at binny's LP, 23.99.

    while that number is an affront to the traditional pricing model for non-BA stouts, at the end of the day, it's a very good beer.

    we're lucky to have an amazing selection of stouts to choose from, but there are plenty of cheaper BA beers that pale in comparison to Abraxas.
     
  20. SeanBond

    SeanBond Savant (948) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois

    That's true, but for what it is, I'd just go with Xocoveza or Malevolence instead. Hell, BA Xoco is like $20 a bottle (I think they're slightly smaller than bombers, though), and I like that beer way more than Abraxas.

    It's a great beer, but like Darkness, it's getting hard for me to justify that sort of price on a non-BA bomber.
     
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  21. Jplachy

    Jplachy Aspirant (289) Feb 12, 2012 Illinois

    Abraxas is one of my favorite stouts. Gladly pay $25 for it.
     
  22. TigerDriver91

    TigerDriver91 Initiate (116) Jan 17, 2017 Illinois

    Odd Side Rye Hipster Brunch Stout on the shelf at Binny's Grand. Limit of 1 per person.
    Sadly no Abraxas yet, Maybe today.
     
  23. BegyleBrewing

    BegyleBrewing Initiate (47) Jul 6, 2014 Illinois

    We're releasing 2 different bottles of our barrel-aged Snooze Button (Russian imperial stout) tomorrow, 12/7! One aged in Buffalo Trace rye whiskey barrels and one aged in Buffalo Trace/Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. There will also be some single barrel draft only options (including Koval 4-grain whiskey barrel-aged) in the taproom.

    Limited bottles, but not "wait-in-line-in-the-cold-and-spend-your-whole-paycheck" limited. :grin:
     
  24. FFFjunkie

    FFFjunkie Defender (674) Aug 26, 2014 Illinois
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    Absolutely!
     
  25. HawksBeerFan

    HawksBeerFan Initiate (193) Dec 24, 2011 Texas

    If Abraxas came out in like July, then I'd probably pull the trigger. With the volume of releases now, I can't justify it.
     
  26. jmk

    jmk Initiate (78) May 8, 2008 Illinois

    Benthic is on at Ironside.
     
  27. NNN

    NNN Initiate (84) Feb 9, 2017 Illinois
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    Ok so $23.99 + local/federal taxes = ~$27.60. That's closer to $30 than $25. Point stands.
     
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  28. KidGalaga

    KidGalaga Initiate (52) Apr 21, 2014 Illinois
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    you seem fun
     
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  29. DryHoppedUrMom

    DryHoppedUrMom Initiate (46) Aug 15, 2015 Illinois

    I bought it at Binny's Bolingbrook yesterday and it was $25.63 with tax. I've never had it before, so I'm glad not everyone was chasing after it this year. I finally get to try it.
     
  30. ChiPez66

    ChiPez66 Initiate (63) May 21, 2018 Illinois
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    10 cents closer.(maybe in Cook County) You win.

    If you don't want to spend 27.60 on a bottle of beer don't. But why criticize others for it?
     
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  31. ChiPez66

    ChiPez66 Initiate (63) May 21, 2018 Illinois
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    Same place I got mine.
     
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  32. ravens_wood

    ravens_wood Initiate (33) Dec 21, 2017 Illinois

    Is BA Xocoveza different than Xocoveza Charred? I just bought a bottle of Xocoveza Charred as I was curious how it'll be different than the normal version. Xocoveza is one of my favorite low-key stouts. If Stone went with the scarcity model and banged up the price it'd have so much more hype (luckily it doesn't! :grimacing:)
     
  33. HawksBeerFan

    HawksBeerFan Initiate (193) Dec 24, 2011 Texas

    Pretty sure they are the same

    Unfortunately charred didn't do much for me
     
  34. P739397

    P739397 Initiate (51) Feb 13, 2017 Illinois
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    Agreed. I haven't been in stores as much lately and was struck by what was just sitting on shelves. Benthic, Abraxas, Darkness, Dino Smores, Cafe Deth, all the Baptists, Dosvidanya. Pick what you want and how much you want to spend, there seems to be all kinds of options.
     
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  35. ravens_wood

    ravens_wood Initiate (33) Dec 21, 2017 Illinois

    rats. i'll keep an open mind but if it's no different than standard stuff at least it was *only* 14.99 at binny's grand rather than 20.
     
  36. HawksBeerFan

    HawksBeerFan Initiate (193) Dec 24, 2011 Texas

    I actually like non-charred more but I know others love charred. Hopefully you like it!
     
  37. SeanBond

    SeanBond Savant (948) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois

    My bad, yeah, Ba Xoco = Charred here (I think they did a Cali-only BA version at one point, but I have no idea). It's a more subtle barrel than a lot, but I think it's really tasty. Then again, I don't like peppers in my stouts, so any barrel-aging that will drive down the presence of that sort of thing is very welcome.

    Regular Xocoveza is excellent as well.
     
  38. bgrzywa2

    bgrzywa2 Initiate (137) Nov 8, 2011 Illinois
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    Ironside on my way to Bub City sounds like the move after work now
     
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  39. cmjohst

    cmjohst Initiate (35) Dec 19, 2017 Illinois
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    Thanks for the tip, grabbed Rye Hipster and Im drinking it now. Im admittedly a sucker for maple but it is a very solid beer.
     
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  40. Juicer

    Juicer Initiate (129) Apr 1, 2013 Illinois
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    Prairie Bomb is not too shabby either. I prefer it to Abraxas, readily available, slightly better price point per oz. Different strokes
     
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