Fall Beer Sightings (2019)

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by NOAA_ALL_HAZARDS, Jul 9, 2019.


    NOAA_ALL_HAZARDS Initiate (56) Jul 13, 2017 Illinois

    With the 4th of July in our rear view mirror, we all know how beer releases are. Fall beer (usually Oktoberfest) starts trickling out onto shelves in late July and I have had my fix of my favorite spring/summer beers and am ready to crack open some of my favorite fall beers. I was just wondering if anyone has seen any fall beer on shelves yet at all. CHEERS!
  2. WadeBridgman

    WadeBridgman Aspirant (224) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois

    Cant wait for that Great Lakes Oktoberfest, the goat of fall beers
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    NOAA_ALL_HAZARDS Initiate (56) Jul 13, 2017 Illinois

    No joke was seriously just thinking about that beer when I posted this if you live in central Illinois last year the Binny’s in Bloomington had it as early as late July on shelves last year. That and the Leinenkugel Oktoberfest.
  4. laketang

    laketang Meyvn (1,083) Mar 22, 2015 Illinois

    last years hofbrau octoberfestbier was good too.
  5. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Poo-Bah (1,855) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire

    I'm pumped. I'd drink Oktoberfest beers year-round if they were available.
  6. Shanex

    Shanex Meyvn (1,313) Dec 10, 2015 France
    Moderator Society Trader

    Count me in.

    It’s never too early for Oktoberfestbier.

    I mean don’t we have Christmas ale available right in late October as well?

  7. officerbill

    officerbill Aspirant (268) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    We have lots on the shelves here.

    Oh, wait, did you meant this fall?
  8. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,498) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Not an Oktoberfest but ready for Bell's Brown Ale to hit the shelves.

    As for Oktoberfest, ready for a 4 pack La Cumbre's.
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  9. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,035) Sep 24, 2007 Montserrat

    Christ, Summer just started a few days ago, let's not rush things.
  10. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,214) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Summer started back in mid-June, man... well, technically. :wink:
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  11. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,432) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    I'm still willing to drink Maibocks if I find them. Oh wait, I still have several in my fridge. :slight_smile: My two brothers gifted me with so much hoppy beer in late May and that has been my drinking priority, so I've allowed the Maibocks to get pushed to the back. A nice problem to have.

    No, I'm not ready for Octoberfests yet, and I haven't seen them on store shelves yet.
  12. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,214) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    I had my last HB Maibock over the past weekend... it had oxidized a little. However, SN Summerfest has been on sale for a couple months now and is drinking rather nice... I can hold out for some more Autumn-like weather before I start hunting Festbier.
  13. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (2,057) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey

    I was just about to say that I am still catching up on the Maibocks in my fridge. It's going to be 90 degrees in NJ all week so I can't even start thinking about Oktoberfests yet. Who am I kidding... it's one of my favorite styles so maybe I have been thinking about them just a little. :wink:

    If I remember correctly, this year's HB Maibock was bottled in Jan or Feb. That's right in line with when I noticed a dropoff in their Oktoberfestbier, around the 6-month mark.
  14. drh88

    drh88 Zealot (539) Dec 21, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Just saw Block House Pumpkin Ale - arrived yesterday at one of my favorite beer stores. It's only July 9th, Yikes !!
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  15. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Disciple (379) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    This is the best time of the year imo. Well, Fall is actually. But, love me some Fall beers. Count me in for at least a 6 of SN Oktoberfest, a pumpkin beer or 2, and some Fresh Hop beers.
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  16. Beer_Baron87

    Beer_Baron87 Initiate (28) Feb 15, 2019 Florida

    It’s always summer in FL, so anytime I can find something tasty outside of the IPA realm I’m happy.

    Probably a couple more weeks til we start seeing them, but I’m ready.
  17. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Disciple (379) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

  18. officerbill

    officerbill Aspirant (268) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    There's a case on the shelf.
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  19. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (516) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    I can’t wait to have both SN Summerfest and Oktoberfest in my fridge at the same time. Can let the weather determine which I drink.
  20. thesherrybomber

    thesherrybomber Aspirant (266) Jun 13, 2017 California
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    I hate summers :|

    Aren't you from the Northeast?
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  21. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,035) Sep 24, 2007 Montserrat

    The Fourth Corner, Bellingham WA. Summer here starts July 5th. Lasts until early October, then it rains til July 5th.
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  22. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Poo-Bah (1,855) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire

    You shut your mouth! I'll drink Oktoberfest beer and 12% Imperial Stouts in 97 degree weather. I'll drink a winter warmer in August.

    Fight the man.
  23. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,214) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Yike. Pointed that date out to anyone (besides us)?
  24. Raime

    Raime Meyvn (1,294) Jun 4, 2012 Korea (North)

    I just want a 12% imperial stout for the upcoming Michigan heatwave. Nothing quite like it when sitting in that good ole humidity induced swamp ass while swatting mosquitoes.
  25. Scrapss

    Scrapss Champion (847) Nov 15, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Fuck yeah I am ready


    Holy schnoikies!!!!!! 20181210? Jeeeeebbbbuuuuusssss
  26. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Disciple (379) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Idk whether to be surprised or not. That beer isn't very good, but I guess it should have been taken off the shelves a few months ago.
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  27. invertalon

    invertalon Crusader (758) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio
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    I've been ready for the Oktoberfestbiers!

    Last year, my girlfriend and I both did blind taste testing of Oktoberfests... We did a traditional bracket type thing and split it up into three different days a few days in-between each tasting so we were not burned out. The winner from each of those two were then placed in a final, third bracket for the finale with a few of the runner ups.

    The winner, blind for both me and my girlfriend was Hofbrau. That beer was absolutely phenomenal last year!

    My runner up was Fat Head's, hers was Alesmith.

    The entire lineup...

    Sam Adams
    Paulaner Marzen
    Weihenstephan (I recall we had a skunky bottle, so it didn't fare well)
    Fat Heads
    Sierra Nevada
    Columbus Brewing
    Sibling Revelry
    Market Garden
    Great Lakes
    Spaten (also a little skunky)

    Looking forward to doing it again this year!
    #27 invertalon, Jul 10, 2019
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2019
  28. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,160) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    We always have fall beer on the shelves around here.
  29. Glider

    Glider Zealot (514) Nov 15, 2004 Massachusetts

    I should be ready come August. The occasional cool breeze and feel in the air remind me that fall is coming. And hopefully it won’t be hitting 90 every day. Looking to try even more Oktoberfest beers this year.
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  30. officerbill

    officerbill Aspirant (268) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    Yeah, they don't care. One of the Asst. Managers asked if I needed help while I was taking these photos yesterday. I pointed out that the beer was a year old, he chuckled and said "yeah, it's not a big seller".
    The distributor takes care of the usual suspects the rest just sits until it's sold.
    The best thing is that these are sitting one shelf up from 2 6-packs of Kellerweiss bottled last August.

    They have a whole bunch of these in the "build your own" rack if you're getting tired of summer.
  31. JoeWalsh

    JoeWalsh Initiate (156) Mar 20, 2019 Illinois

  32. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Meyvn (1,003) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Meteorological summer started June 1st. So summer is half over!

    Why do you shop there?
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  33. officerbill

    officerbill Aspirant (268) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    It's a good, convenient grocery store. I can pick up 2 month old Oberon, Sierraveza, or SNPA while grocery shopping. When I'm beer shopping I go to Wegman's or Sam the Beer Man (actual beer store).

    The problem is that a couple of years ago they decided to go after the "craft" crowd and stocked a decent sized beer section with some really good beers. Sadly, they misjudged what their customers wanted.

    As scattered 6 packs were sold the craft/import section shrank and no new stock was ordered. Now they keep selections from 8 or 10 "name brand" crafts rotating in the cooler while what were once good beers sit on a crowded shelf and over 1/3 of the cooler space is devoted to hard cider/tea/soda/seltzer which sells like crazy.

    NOAA_ALL_HAZARDS Initiate (56) Jul 13, 2017 Illinois

    Well maybe if Brewery’s would stop releasing there spring/summer seasonal’s as early as January . No joke I found NEW.. not old.. NEW fresh batches of Leinenkugel summer shandy in early January... I also found Sierra Nevadas summer variety pack and New Belgium’s Spring Variety Pack in early January.. I have had my favorite spring/summer seasonal’s since January.. I’m ready for something different.
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  35. JoeWalsh

    JoeWalsh Initiate (156) Mar 20, 2019 Illinois

    Yeah, some breweries act like they're in the clothing industry, where they always stock for next season instead of the current one.
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  36. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Meyvn (1,003) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    That's the greatest name for a liquor store ever.

    Well, second greatest. We have a local store called, "Bunghole Liquors".
  37. Lordquackingstic

    Lordquackingstic Disciple (335) Jun 14, 2011 New York

    The owners at Sam the Beer Man are assholes and have no idea what they're doing when it comes to craft beer. They make the vast majority of their sales selling kegs to local bars. I appreciate what they're trying to do, but Wegmans is doing such a good job of expanding their beer selection and getting more and more stuff that I find absolutely no reason to go to Sam the Beer Man anymore.
  38. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,041) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey

    Your avatar.....I swear, if Sierra Nevada brings Tumbler back (AGAIN) before they bring back Glissade Golden Bock I'll lose my shit and you'll be the one to blame! :rage::laughing:
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  39. eppCOS

    eppCOS Savant (931) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado

    Well, a little soon, but as someone who has their holiday lights up all year (Hey, they're solar!) - I really can't harsh on anyone's beer seasonality. So drink 'em when you find 'em!
  40. officerbill

    officerbill Aspirant (268) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    They've always been professional and courteous to me. The floor workers don't know each individual beer, but they are pretty good on styles.

    Yes, they do make most of their money selling big beer in bulk and kegs (only place I know of around here that still carries kegs). No problem special ordering, without pre-pay, and they carry varieties wegman's doesn't. Like any other beer store you do need to check dates. Other than being small, crowded, and on the opposite side of town, I don't have any real complaints about them (see my review).

    I also like wegman's, but their craft section hasn't expanded for a while and is suffering from hard seltzer & cider creep. Most of the time they have what I'm looking for and it's a much better shopping experience.

    Small, locally owned beer stores are important and I'm happy to split my business between the two.
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