Costco and Craft Beer

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

  1. Highbrow

    Highbrow Devotee (473) Jan 7, 2011 California
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  2. teraflx

    teraflx Zealot (551) Feb 4, 2013 Arizona

    Wow mine has nothing like that.
  3. Boonedog

    Boonedog Initiate (0) Apr 10, 2013 Illinois

    I would rather buy from Costco than anyplace else given a chance. They pay and treat their employees well. Even the part time employees are guaranteed 24 hours a week. EVEN part time employees are given quality, affordable health insurance.
  4. Pitmonkey

    Pitmonkey Initiate (180) Oct 2, 2007 Minnesota

    In Minnesota at least:
    Yes on the Tillemook Sharp Cheddar.
    No on the bombers.
  5. Highbrow

    Highbrow Devotee (473) Jan 7, 2011 California
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    correct. in my earlier days, as a youth counselor, i actually helped a few inner city kids coming upon adulthood, gain employment through Costco. some of those kids they took a chance on... i will always remember the deed that was done. i was simply pointing out how illogical it is that they auto reimburse the full value of their membership fees. those salaries & benefits you speak of are reliant upon membership fee collection.
  6. Rainier

    Rainier Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2012 California

    Are you serious?
  7. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Devotee (445) Mar 19, 2012 California

    Actually, I was at the Costco in Mountain View...
  8. Highbrow

    Highbrow Devotee (473) Jan 7, 2011 California
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    i think it was the Santa Maria costco to be exact that we heard had Parabola immediately at that price. no surprise on the Wookey J - the store here must have had 100 cases, i avoided those. although i must say, because i was repeatedly hitting their Stone Espresso Imperial Stout bottles hard ($4.99 ea), i did notice the Wookey Jack stack flew downward in a 10 day period & was pretty much depleted in 2 weeks.
  9. AndrewM661

    AndrewM661 Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2012 California

    Went today hoping for bombers... was heartbroken only sam adams and new belgium cases... So went to the local bottle shop to brighten up my day!
  10. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poo-Bah (1,760) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    BOXES of bombers? Dammit, Costco.
  11. olfolxholme

    olfolxholme Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2011 California

    About 6 months ago I started noticing several Bay Area Costco's carrying a really nice selection of large format bottles. Like others, I tend to only buy beers that would age well at room temperature. But, either way, it's really cool to see it at Costco.

    The Novato location is the one I go to most often, they have had Rodenbach 2010, Espresso IRS, Fuller's Vintage Ale, BP Victory at Sea, Wookey Jack, etc, etc.

    They also tend to have cases of seasonal SN and Deschutes beers, mixed cases from FW, etc, but that has been the case for quite some time. The large bottles are what's new. And awesome.
  12. olekern

    olekern Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2010 California

    Yes, it is up to the buyer, preferences for individual stores and what the distributor is willing to sell them. Often, highly allocated items will not be available. If the distributor has enough stock available of certain craft items (i.e. not counting the 24LS cases such as Lag IPA that was created for Costco), then they will sell to Costco at the same price as everyone else (per California ABC law). Since typically works on 8-11% margin (or something similar), the consumer gets a great price on theses craft items. Stock available while it lasts, so seize the opportunity.
  13. DougC123

    DougC123 Devotee (477) Aug 21, 2012 Connecticut

    How Southwestern do you need to be? There is a liquor store at the Costco in Brookfield. I've never been in so I can't comment on the selection, but it looks like it is a pretty good sized space.
  14. heresy22

    heresy22 Devotee (435) Apr 9, 2007 California

    The Costco stores in San Diego County vary widely. I was in the Santee store last night: Ballast Point bomber variety pack, Sam Adams variety pack, and cases of Stone Pale Ale, IPA, and Paulaner Hefe. In the past, that store has had Stone bomber variety packs, 500 ml singles of a gluten-free beer, and Green Flash bomber singles. Other locations almost always have the Stone bomber variety pack. Some stores had Vertical Epic singles.
  15. DougC123

    DougC123 Devotee (477) Aug 21, 2012 Connecticut

    Which location is that?
  16. Beerandraiderfan

    Beerandraiderfan Initiate (0) Apr 14, 2009 Nevada

    Northern Nevada Costcos be sellin 8 month old Sculpin.

    I've already had to tell 2 different BA's that no, Sculpin doesn't suck/hasn't changed, you just suck at understanding the difference between "born on" and "best before" on the label.
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  17. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,010) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    I've seen Widmer and Ninkasi bombers in Seattle area Costcos over the last three or four years, but that's it.
  18. Mersh

    Mersh Zealot (531) Mar 10, 2013 Connecticut
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    I'm in Norwalk and the Costco here has nothing like that. CT seems to be crappy with a lot of its liquor stores in my opinion. Would love to see great brews at Costco, my wallet wouldn't. Lol.
  19. TCMike

    TCMike Devotee (437) Sep 30, 2010 Minnesota

    No bombers, and the best stuff they have is Sam Adams :slight_frown:
  20. danmcg62

    danmcg62 Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2006 Massachusetts

    Mine used to, but they don't anymore. However, I was there over the weekend and noticed they had cases of Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA so, there's that.
  21. BeastLU

    BeastLU Disciple (326) Dec 20, 2012 Virginia

    I hope they continue to step up their craft game. They know how to make money selling alcohol, they are the biggest wine sellers in the US.
  22. sharpski

    sharpski Champion (852) Oct 11, 2010 Oregon
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    Buyers purchase for one department to stock all stores in a region, rather than an individual Buyer for each store buying everything. Those Buyers can definitely target individual locations for specific SKU's, but it's the same Buyer for San Ramon's beer/wine as it is for all of Northern California. Since the Bay Area office is in Livermore, maybe the Buyer uses San Ramon as his guinea pig store?
  23. JDD419

    JDD419 Aspirant (235) Apr 14, 2013 Ohio
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    The Costco in Toledo doesn't have anything like what is being described. It has (3) bombers of Duvel, sampler of Great Lakes, BMC, SNPA, and Yuengling.
  24. Sparty2014

    Sparty2014 Initiate (0) Mar 30, 2013 Michigan

    My liver is happy that your Costco is 2000 miles away.
  25. DougC123

    DougC123 Devotee (477) Aug 21, 2012 Connecticut

    We are due for a stocking run on the regular stuff, I will have to check out the liquor store in Brookfield.
  26. olekern

    olekern Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2010 California

    Close, but the Richmond store is actually the bigger craft buyer (I know). Yes, we often have specific skus going there.
  27. olfolxholme

    olfolxholme Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2011 California

  28. Boonedog

    Boonedog Initiate (0) Apr 10, 2013 Illinois

    Not necessarily true. We have 3 Costco stores pretty close and they have different selections of beers. For instance the closest one to me has an abundance of Polish beers. Obviously to accommodate our local Polish community.
  29. bladerR

    bladerR Initiate (0) Dec 5, 2012 California

    I was able to pick up a bottle of White Oak at the Concord location but have not seen this at all in Richmond.
  30. Omer4176

    Omer4176 Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2011 California

    Would this be the Signal Hill location?

  31. Omer4176

    Omer4176 Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2011 California

    I would assume this also true for Sams Club?

  32. FTowne

    FTowne Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 Missouri

    I was just getting ready to type this myself. I have a Sam's Club right down the street from work. If I don't need a membership I might pop in there on my lunch break.
  33. Omer4176

    Omer4176 Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2011 California

    Yea I'm gonna try the one by my house after work. Let me know how yours goes.

  34. yoitsarch

    yoitsarch Disciple (301) Nov 13, 2012 California
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    It should be the same at sams club too. its illegal to charge a membership fee to purchase alcohol.
  35. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,317) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

  36. Gkitt

    Gkitt Initiate (0) May 2, 2013 Pennsylvania

    You can only buy beer in PA at Beer Distributors, Bars & Restaurants. Giant Eagle grocery stores sells beer, but only because they have a specific area separate from the grocery store that is an individually licensed "Cafe", but you can only purchase 144 oz. per visit (carry out).
  37. BeerBum

    BeerBum Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2012 California

    Mine has Double Jack, Wookey Jack, and these

  38. FTowne

    FTowne Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 Missouri

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  39. robconoclast

    robconoclast Initiate (0) Jun 22, 2012 Ohio

    As well as Chimay, Ommengang, and Dogfish Head. They also have GLBC variety packs now.
  40. sajaffe1

    sajaffe1 Aspirant (274) Feb 16, 2013 Utah

    Unlikely. I am originally from PA and state law only allows alcohol sales in devoted stores or other stores such as Wegman's if the beer section is walled off from everything else. Few get the permits needed.
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