Costco and Craft Beer

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by QuakeAttack, May 21, 2013.

  1. elkabong

    elkabong Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2014 Wisconsin

    isn't this just a Miami thing?

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  2. JoeStepOner

    JoeStepOner Initiate (0) Apr 16, 2013 Michigan

    definitely from Illinois. so it is understandable :wink:
  3. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2012 Florida

    Any price ending in .97 at Costco indicates that it has been marked down to clear out. The asterisk in the top right corner also means it will not be ordered again (the asterisk can also be used on prices that haven't been reduced, however). In this case, it's both reduced and won't be ordered again.
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  4. GoGators

    GoGators Crusader (736) Aug 5, 2010 New Jersey
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  5. sharpski

    sharpski Champion (844) Oct 11, 2010 Oregon
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    The Bend location (and I assume at least a few others in the NW region) has featured an additional 20 or so SKUs dedicated to craft 22s for the last couple of months. Elysian, Stone, Lagunitas, Cascade Lakes, Pike, etc. Even a 3 year vertical of Widmer's Brrrbon for less than $6 a bottle.
  6. slym

    slym Initiate (0) Jun 27, 2014 North Carolina

    Looks like mine only has Kirkland Signature beer... this one, to be precise:


  7. lehueve

    lehueve Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2013 Mexico

    Any Costco in San Diego Area with good selection?
  8. beeragent

    beeragent Meyvn (1,079) Aug 16, 2005 Texas

    The one I use does not, but I have been told other San Antonio area Costco's do. I hope this will catch on to all of them eventually.
  9. Donco

    Donco Devotee (481) Aug 12, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    ANOTHER reason to hate PA: No alcohol in Costco/Trader Joes, etc.:slight_frown:
  10. reverseapachemaster

    reverseapachemaster Aspirant (244) Sep 21, 2012 Texas
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    Our Costcos in the DFW area are getting a better selection. Right now the closest store has boxes of Mirror Mirror at a great price that nobody seems to want. I keep buying more bottles every time I go.
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  11. riverlen

    riverlen Initiate (0) Sep 16, 2009 Illinois

    I've never been to a Costco but I imagine they sell alcohol here, Illinois is pretty easy on retail sales. My main store is Binny's, they have a selection that goes on and on.
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  12. riverlen

    riverlen Initiate (0) Sep 16, 2009 Illinois

    Is it good?
  13. kcp85

    kcp85 Initiate (148) Sep 7, 2012 Missouri

    Recently my nearest Costco has upped their inventory. Last time I went they had SNPA 24pk for about $21 and Enjoy By for $4.99. Being in St. Louis I can't really beat that.
  14. Grodd87

    Grodd87 Devotee (419) Jul 30, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    Love costco but do to sell beer in pa sucks so bad at least I get a good deal on my workout supplements.
  15. HopsintheSack

    HopsintheSack Devotee (445) Apr 17, 2012 California
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    Temecula costco has sculpin 22s for 5.99 right now. Cheapest I've ever seen it.
  16. slym

    slym Initiate (0) Jun 27, 2014 North Carolina

    If I ever buy any, I will let you know.

  17. DougC123

    DougC123 Devotee (476) Aug 21, 2012 Connecticut

    To continue your education, it is played in a fronton. Pronounced just like it is spelled.
  18. moshea

    moshea Devotee (426) Jul 16, 2007 Michigan
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    Dang, no cheap costco or trader joe's beers?

    If I am ever frustrated with Michigan alcholo laws, I am always happy they are not as bad as PA's
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  19. Donco

    Donco Devotee (481) Aug 12, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Having grown up in Detroit and returning regularly to visit family, I will take MI over PA any day!!
  20. Drogon

    Drogon Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2014 Texas
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    Each Costco has a totally different selection of beer, I know San Antonio is terrible, and has no Belgian ales from Europe or America, basically just the run of the mill stuff like at any grocery store or worse. HEB has a better selection! But Austin has a really good selection of several craft beers from around the world. They said there corperate office decides which store gets what and even the manager can't change it! That really is bad for the customers and the store!
  21. Ursushopsius

    Ursushopsius Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2014 California

    Was lucky enough to pick up a fresh batch of a case of Lagunitas at mine!
  22. hophead86

    hophead86 Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2014 California

    they have this at my local costco in Alhambra , California .


  23. zestd

    zestd Disciple (363) Jan 18, 2013 Idaho

    Mine still has about a half pallet of Rodenbach Grand Cru that came in right before Christmas last year.
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  24. 302BeerGuy

    302BeerGuy Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2014 Delaware
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    I live in Delaware. Between DE, PA, MD, and NJ don't even get me started! I'm still used to "normal States" where you can get beer at the grocery store or 7-11!!!
  25. sharpski

    sharpski Champion (844) Oct 11, 2010 Oregon
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    Actually, each regional office has a buyer for beer and wine who makes those decisions. Sales history plays a big part, but member comments are tracked and responded to. You'd be surprised what you and some of your friends can do at the suggestion box to expand categories like craft beer selection.
  26. FFFjunkie

    FFFjunkie Devotee (446) Aug 26, 2014 Illinois
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    Last time I went to Costco by me the had variety packs from magic hat and two brothers.
  27. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Meyvn (1,172) Sep 3, 2008 California

    Cases of week old Stone IPA in Norcal for $27. I know...its not fresh enough :wink:
  28. Kylo76

    Kylo76 Disciple (359) Aug 29, 2014 Arizona
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    No it is not good
  29. itracy63

    itracy63 Devotee (439) Apr 20, 2013 Washington
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    Scored a Beer Camp case at Costco today, definitely didn't expect to see that there!
  30. Simplykind

    Simplykind Initiate (0) Aug 22, 2014 Illinois

    Last year I was getting 3 packs off Ommegang for $9.97 each. Picked up 10 of them
  31. ChuckHardslab

    ChuckHardslab Disciple (384) Jan 25, 2012 Texas

    They finally put a decent little bomber section in the NW Austin Costco a few months back. The prices are excellent compared to HEB or Specs. The HEB by my house actually has a really decent selection though, far larger than the selection at Costco.
  32. Drogon

    Drogon Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2014 Texas
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    Thanks for the advice, I asked the liquor Dept. Manager and he just gave me lame answer. "We can't order what we want to" I asked if we can make suggestions and he said no! How lame can you get. I go to the Austin South store right next to Whole Foods which also has a great selection, and the have all the popular large Corked Belgian bottles. So what's the point of complianing when I can just get it at another store which is closer anyway. But think about what you said. Sales plays a big part. If they don't even offer any Belgian Ales how can they judge sales in that store? Nothing they sell now even comes close to those. They don't even sell Sierra Nevada.
  33. DocHo11idaze

    DocHo11idaze Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2013 California

    Costco locations on Orange County now have valiant brewing bombers. Reasonably priced from what I saw posted. Also, I saw on my iPads add placements those golden road IPA mix packs, def going to have to send some of those to my accounts. Wolf among weeds and heal the bay are the bees knees
  34. RobinLee

    RobinLee Zealot (587) Feb 15, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Hasn't been great recently, neither in terms of price nor selection. Wines are doing pretty well, though.
  35. ssam

    ssam Disciple (310) Dec 2, 2008 California

    I don't think its half bad. I recently shared 2 cases of the variety pack of kirkland's signature beers for an inexpensive and beer filled source of bottles to reuse for homebrewing. In the pack was this amber, pale ale, ipa, pilsner, and maybe a stout I didn't try. The amber was definitely the best of the group. The pilsner sucked, the ipa was not good, and the pale ale was meh. The amber was fine. Not top shelf, but definitely drinkable. Not saying go get a case, but if you're at a party and the choice is this or BMC, I think you'd be presently surprised.

    Nice, sturdy bottles with easily removable labels. Good for homebrew recycles.
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  36. kleinstadt

    kleinstadt Initiate (0) Apr 10, 2007 Illinois

    My usual Costco in Chicago (on Clyborn) has a bomber section where I can usually get Tripel Karmeleit, Green Flash Imperial IPA, and locals like Revolution Double Hero or Cout de E'tat.

    They'll have cases of Fat Tire in cans or a New Belgium mixed pack (12 Fat Tire, 6 Ranger, 6 Helles) intermittently. Stone IPA cases (never looked at the born-on-date), mixed of Magic Hat intermittently as well. Reliably SN Celebration around Christmas. Two years ago around Lent Paulaner Salvator Doppelbock was my friend, for (I think) $24, but not seen since.

    But, when I was in Grand Rapids, MI this last weekend, I noticed there was a Costco right down the street from the hotel. I decided to stop in, as the Costcos in the midwest tend to stock local beers.

    They had a case of Two Hearted for $36 (sold). They had a selection of 8-10 bombers that I can't remember, because I was blown away by the price of Boon Framboise, $10 for a 0.75.

    That's such a good price I'm inclined to believe it's a bad batch or really old or something. Regardless, I bought three.
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  37. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Poo-Bah (1,647) Aug 10, 2013 California
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    This past week I saw Ballast Point Sculpin 22 oz. bottles for $5.49, Saint Archer IPA 22 oz. bottles $2.99, and a few others for really low prices. I picked up 5 bottles of Sculpin and one Saint Archer but I would love to see Costco's prices on six-pack but not likely to happen.
  38. bluehende

    bluehende Poo-Bah (1,973) Dec 10, 2010 Delaware

    In delaware I am pretty sure it is Saranac. Not a bad beer at all. I bought it for 18 dollars instead of buying a 12 dollar case of empty bottles for homebrewing. An outstanding 6 dollar case of beer.
  39. benbking

    benbking Disciple (305) Dec 11, 2009 Rhode Island
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    I joined Costco basically to check out the beer selection, oh and buy baby things in bulk. Will report on what is available in Danvers MA soon.
  40. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (847) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois
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    Have not had time to read through the local costco sucks for beer (Algonquin). Are there any around Chicagoland that are worth checking out? I work near the one at I-94/Rt 60 (lake forest?).
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