Costco and Craft Beer

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

  1. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2012 Florida

    I answered for him.... the Costco in Heaven. :wink:

    P.S. I think he mentioned San Ramon or Danville earlier. Eitehr way, it's California.
  2. VitisVinifera

    VitisVinifera Initiate (94) Feb 25, 2013 California
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    I see some of those same ones at my Lodi, CA store. Do you have an opinion on Thelonious and St Stephanus? I think I'll go there next weekend to round out a home selection.

    Not that I'd buy the Kirkland beers, but is the quality on par with Gordon Biersch?

    The California Costcos are just getting better and better every time I go in. I've been shocked a few times.
  3. VictorWisc

    VictorWisc Devotee (463) Jan 2, 2013 Massachusetts

    Someone mentioned that Kirkland beers on West Coast are Gordon Biersch, so they ought to be "on par". I had the ones that came off FX Matt line and they were OK--above BMC, but not really very far into "craft" category. As for the rest, you should buy one of each (except the 9L bottles) and go back for more of the ones you like. The prices are ridiculously low.
  4. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,482) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    Ones here in Scottsdale seem to only have Belgians, and usually the more pedestrian ones.
  5. Buff0910

    Buff0910 Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2013 Alabama

    My Costco sells SN and Chimay Blue aside from the regular BMC stuff. They did recently start selling one of our local brewery's Pale Ales by the case. I'm so jelly of the California Costco's.
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  6. ImChrisBrown

    ImChrisBrown Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2011 California

    Only Stone at the Palm Desert, CA costco and no rare/exciting Stone's either.
  7. BourbonBarrelBeerBelly

    BourbonBarrelBeerBelly Initiate (71) Feb 13, 2013 Washington
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    That Labyrinth stout is AMAZING!
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    HOP_KING Initiate (170) Jan 30, 2013 Illinois

    I usually only go to Costco for Mont Blanc, Panerai, and the occasional Breitling.

    I'll check out the bomber section next time.
  9. hungryhungryhippos

    hungryhungryhippos Initiate (0) Mar 25, 2013 New York

    wish they did that here on long island. id go back to being a member just for that. well that and 5 gallons of mayo. because why not.
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  10. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2012 Florida

    Come to the Tampa area. It's a regular occurrence. Then again, we have a large Cuban population here, and they do pump out some very loud salsa music in the HiFi section.
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  11. stevegoz

    stevegoz Aspirant (279) May 5, 2008 Illinois
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    Well, Vermont *is* landlocked.... :wink:
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  12. Flashy

    Flashy Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2003 Vermont

    sorry aisles. Problem is nearest Costco is and hour and twenty from here.
  13. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,059) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    Damnit, there's a Costco set to open up here in New Orleans but, according to this and all the Florida posts, I don't think this one will have many craft options either :slight_frown:
  14. eaterfan

    eaterfan Initiate (0) Jul 10, 2013 California
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    I think Northern California has better selection than Southern California. Here in Orange County it's usually a smaller selection and a lot of Stone offerings. We have Chimay, Fin Du Monde and Brother Thelonious but I'm not as into the Belgian style as others are.
  15. Bmadd

    Bmadd Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2013 Virginia

    In my dreams
  16. sharpski

    sharpski Champion (863) Oct 11, 2010 Oregon
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    Use the comment box to express your interest in better craft options. They get read, and the more it starts popping up on the Buyer's radar, the better. This company treats member feedback pretty seriously in my experience.
  17. Spikester

    Spikester Poo-Bah (1,826) Jul 14, 2007 Oregon

    Nothing good or special at my Costco.
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  18. end_27

    end_27 Disciple (334) Sep 23, 2012 Illinois
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    If that's in the NW Burbs of IL, please someone let me know. Cause I'm making a stop after work.
  19. end_27

    end_27 Disciple (334) Sep 23, 2012 Illinois
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    Lucky 13's a very tasty brew, and a bomber that good for $5 or less. You can't beat it!
  20. jucifer1818

    jucifer1818 Initiate (0) May 15, 2011 Florida

    Wow...............other folks where right...........Florida Costco's are TERRIBLE.

    seriously. I've seen better beer selections at gas stations >....>
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  21. end_27

    end_27 Disciple (334) Sep 23, 2012 Illinois
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    I had a guy tell me a Dark Lord Day when my buddies and I cracked a Ballast Point "Victory at Sea" (which is very tasty by the way) to not bring that "gas station beer" to DLD. Was just like wow! Not all of us were lucky enough to obtain unicorns when they're released. It's all about meeting good people and sharing tasty brews.
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  22. VitisVinifera

    VitisVinifera Initiate (94) Feb 25, 2013 California
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    Lodi, CA Costco. The Deschutes and Sierra Nevada are new. Affligem obviously is common but I pick it up every timje.
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  23. FinchSCF

    FinchSCF Aspirant (286) Aug 22, 2013 Michigan

    Costco in Grand Rapids, MI off of 28th street has a small section that's had some decent brews. Rodenbach Grand Cru and Southern Tier Iniquity have been my favorite grabs so far, and I recently snagged a 750ml Matilda and a bomber of Epic Brainless Belgian.
  24. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,446) Mar 18, 2010 California

    I didn't know SN did bombers of the Beer Camp beers. Which one is it?
  25. Iamstryker

    Iamstryker Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2012 New Jersey
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    Wayne NJ now has Yards cases (4x6 different 6 packs), Magic hat, Magic hat seasonal, DFH 60 min (seems like always there), and "beers of Oktoberfest" 18 pack of 3 different Oktoberfest, from memory it was Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, can't remember the other.
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  26. VitisVinifera

    VitisVinifera Initiate (94) Feb 25, 2013 California
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    Imperial Red Ale. Can't wait to try it, the reviews on this site make it sound incredible. From the looks of a site search, the Fresh Squeezed has some credentials.
  27. mctizzz

    mctizzz Devotee (488) Dec 23, 2010 California
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    Do you need a membership to purchase beer at costco?
  28. VitisVinifera

    VitisVinifera Initiate (94) Feb 25, 2013 California
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    There's a California state law that alcohol can be bought from a club store w/o a membership. This may vary by state.
  29. Highbrow

    Highbrow Devotee (476) Jan 7, 2011 California
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    no - you do NOT need a membership to buy alcohol. they aren't overly helpful about the exemption. also note, it's entirely possible the clerk you get isn't aware of the law or exemption. if that happens, stay calm, ask for the front end clerk or supervisor who should know. doubt this applies but may as well cover all bases - i've witnessed more than once non-members go in get a bunch of alcohol & think that means they can get party supplies that accompany (cups plates napkins lighters etc.) - all that *other* stuff requires a paid membership. another tip that i believe is still available but will take up at least 5 minutes of your time - you can apply for a free "one time" entrance that will allow you to shop for members only goods too.
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  30. utopiajane

    utopiajane Poo-Bah (2,444) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    Why isn't there a craft co . . . er . . . costco in Ithaca. Wow. So much beer. Who cares what the price is.
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  31. Zimbo

    Zimbo Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2010 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Holy crap. OK, so they don't offer Pliny, Heady Topper or Cantillon but its still light years better than what we get here in Costco. I was in the Edinburgh branch only last week and the beer choice was nothing less than embarrassing.
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  32. Jmitchell3

    Jmitchell3 Initiate (0) Apr 2, 2013 Arizona

    I've found Kirklan's signature beer to be quite good for the price. I don't prefer all of the brews that come in the variety pack, but for a party with non-"beer snobs" its a great compromise to avoid enriching the BMC establishment :slight_smile:
  33. Highbrow

    Highbrow Devotee (476) Jan 7, 2011 California
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    nothing major, this is about the only (new) stuff this week. first time i've seen GF iterations in Costco up this way:

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  34. shutyourface

    shutyourface Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2010 New York

    Costco's in NYC suck ass, old Sierra Nevada is about all you get.
  35. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,446) Mar 18, 2010 California

    I was surprised to see 750 ml bottles of Chimay Grande Reserve at my local Costco today.
  36. SteveB24

    SteveB24 Champion (883) Aug 29, 2013 New York
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    are any of you from new york??? the best beer my local costco ever has is the best of belgium case, one time it had three philosophers on sale but that seemed to be a one time thing, its usually heavy on coors and heiniken.
  37. The_Feebler_Elf

    The_Feebler_Elf Initiate (0) Sep 13, 2013 California

    Fresh Squeezed is damn tasty. My local Costco's (Fresno and Visalia) have them, and I should probably go get some soon. I'm not sure if anybody answered your question about St. Stephanus, but I thought it was pretty bland and one-dimensional for a Belgian.
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  38. RichardMNixon

    RichardMNixon Zealot (515) Jun 24, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Stopped at the one in Newark/Wilmington today - they just had macros plus Kirkland (Matt), 60 min, Magic Hat, Yards, and Paulaner.
  39. FinchSCF

    FinchSCF Aspirant (286) Aug 22, 2013 Michigan

    Since I just stopped there today I figured I'd relay all of what's at the 28th street Grand Rapids, MI location while its still fresh in my head:

    - Rogue Mom hefeweizen and Dead Guy bombers
    -Goose Island Sofie and Matilda 750Ml
    -Chimay Red and Blue
    -Lealaunau Brewing bombers
    - Duvel
    -Southern Tier Iniquity and Unearthly
    -Delerium Nocturnum
    -Ommegang Three Philosophers and Abbey Ale
    -Humdinger Over the Piles
    -right Brain CEO Stout
    -24 packs of SN Torpedo, Magic Hat seasonal, Paulaner Oktoberfest, Bell's Two Hearted and Founders Centennial IPA

    There's probably some I missed but that's the bulk of it. Best prices in town for the stuff that's there (ie the goose island bombers for $6).
  40. Giovannilucano

    Giovannilucano Devotee (452) Feb 24, 2011 New Jersey

    In your previous pictures, I was very happy to see Hitachino! While I love the Italian stuff, I also REALLy love Hitachino!