Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings!

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

Firestone Walker - Velvet Merkin

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by imfrommichigan, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. mjshearer1

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2011
    Posts:
    1,035
    Likes Received:
    2,689
    Location:
    Michigan
    Stupid Firestone and their stupid beers taking all of my stupid money...
     
    Catracho5, Big_Steve23, Sasu and 46 others like this.
  2. regularjohn

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2013
    Posts:
    647
    Likes Received:
    929
    Location:
    New Jersey
    this sounds glorious :eek:
     
  3. jadoinvaoidfnva

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2012
    Posts:
    52
    Likes Received:
    26
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Seems like a stupid question...but is this getting distributed?
     
  4. jplopez21

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2012
    Posts:
    595
    Likes Received:
    509
    Location:
    Illinois
    It says barrelworks on their FB. But last I heard this is definitely being distroed.
     
  5. imfrommichigan

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2012
    Posts:
    737
    Likes Received:
    972
    Location:
    Michigan
    It better be distributed. Otherwise, why do the fancy shmancy box?
     
    Chris-MOC9 likes this.
  6. regularjohn

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2013
    Posts:
    647
    Likes Received:
    929
    Location:
    New Jersey
     
    kemoarps likes this.
  7. Skunkdrool

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2010
    Posts:
    397
    Likes Received:
    358
    Location:
    California
    It will hit distro, but the initial release is through Barrelworks, not the Paso Robles location.
    And yes, its really good. Had it several times now.
     
    kemoarps and KevSal like this.
  8. socon67

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2010
    Posts:
    774
    Likes Received:
    602
    Location:
    New York
    This beer is hype worthy.
     
  9. opwog

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2008
    Posts:
    1,460
    Likes Received:
    880
    Location:
    Minnesota
    Confused. I remember Velvet Merkin on tap around SoCal for a couple of years and then they changed the name to Velvet Merlin once they wanted to bottle it and market it. As far as I remember, these were the exact same beer. Seems odd to pull out Velvet Merlin's original name and then market it as a different beer.
     
  10. Buff0910

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2013
    Posts:
    389
    Likes Received:
    1,583
    Location:
    Alabama
    I know this awesome BA will hook me up once this is released?! Excited for this one for sure.
     
  11. RichD

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2012
    Posts:
    2,614
    Likes Received:
    18,188
    Location:
    Rhode Island
    I really really really really hope that this makes it to Rhode Island.
     
  12. Skunkdrool

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2010
    Posts:
    397
    Likes Received:
    358
    Location:
    California
    Not a problem! BTW, I have that Mash
     
  13. Number45forever

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2012
    Posts:
    666
    Likes Received:
    1,255
    Location:
    Vermont
    I can't wait until this gets to New Hampshire in like November of 2015. So excited. Firestone: come to Vermont! We have precious few beer options here, we need you. Who else will empty the rest of my wallet?
     
    VTMoondog and 4DAloveofSTOUT like this.
  14. Infinite1

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2010
    Posts:
    1,082
    Likes Received:
    584
    Location:
    Illinois
    Can't wait
     
  15. jplopez21

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2012
    Posts:
    595
    Likes Received:
    509
    Location:
    Illinois
  16. NFMSKRS

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2012
    Posts:
    5
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    California
    Velvet Merlin is their Oatmeal Stout whereas Velvet Merkin is the Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout.
     
    jmm380, corby112, Quickicks and 8 others like this.
  17. BlakeSmith

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2012
    Posts:
    119
    Likes Received:
    25
    Location:
    California
    So Velvet Merlin but better :), I'm in.
     
    Pelican5 likes this.
  18. mmikey8

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2012
    Posts:
    322
    Likes Received:
    165
    Location:
    California
    First time being bottled, right?
     
    whiskey likes this.
  19. MetalMountainMastiff

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2012
    Posts:
    809
    Likes Received:
    1,280
    Location:
    California
    One of the best beers i've had!!!
     
  20. opwog

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2008
    Posts:
    1,460
    Likes Received:
    880
    Location:
    Minnesota
    I understand that is what they are saying now, but do you remember Velvet Merkin back when it used to be available around Central and SOuthern (maybe even Northern) California for years before they started releasing Velvet Merlin? There was Velvet Merkin, which was the oatmeal stout that you would frequently find and then a barrel aged Velvet Merkin. In fact it used to be listed as an "alias" beer on here after they started to bottle it as Velvet Merlin. And with all the changes to this site, things have gotten moved around, but look up the currently active Velvet Merkin and then go to the last page of reviews and read some of the oldest reviews on this. You will see people specifically talking about it as barrel aged Velvet Merkin and not a barrel aged version of Velvet Merlin. Similarly, when you go to the last page of the Velvet Merlin reviews you will see some of those oldest ones being a jumble of both the original Velvet Merkin oatmeal stout and the barrel aged Velvet Merkin. It looks like maybe a local editor or one of the brothers went in at one point and tried to split these out again after the "alias" days of them all being on one listing. But I specifically remember that it was always Velvet Merkin and BA Velvet Merkin at anyplace that I went back 4 or 5 years ago.
     
  21. phooky

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2010
    Posts:
    551
    Likes Received:
    687
    Location:
    New York
    Just make sure not to put "merkin" into Google Image Search
     
  22. westcoastbeerlvr

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2010
    Posts:
    484
    Likes Received:
    349
    Location:
    California
    It is confusing, and I asked David Walker and his wife about it. Here's what I could gather: Velvet Merken was the name of their oatmeal stout that they used to brew. It was draft only, and they played around with the recipe quite a bit. Sometimes they would blend some portion of the barrel aged beer back into it, so it would be partially barrel aged. Sometimes a fully barrel aged keg would show up at some fests. Once they decided to bottle it, they had to get label approval and standardize things, plus they had issues initially with getting the word, "merkin" through the ABC. The Velvet Merlin is completely non-barrel aged and comes in six-packs of 12 oz bottles. The Velvet Merkin did eventually get approval and has become the name of the fully barrel-aged version that is being released in 22 oz bottles for the first time this year.
     
  23. ChanChan

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2009
    Posts:
    1,253
    Likes Received:
    1,836
    Location:
    California
    I like the triangular Merkin symbol on the box. Genius!! I can't wait to have this caressing my palate!!
     
    JohnnyMc, bushycook, dianimal and 3 others like this.
  24. musicman7070

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2012
    Posts:
    749
    Likes Received:
    961
    Location:
    New Jersey

    It is very, very glorious. Had it on tap in Philly this past March. Definitely in my top 3 for favorite imperial stouts. So. Much. Vanilla. Mmmm.
     
    regularjohn likes this.
  25. BeerMeInStl

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2013
    Posts:
    898
    Likes Received:
    6,018
    Location:
    Missouri
    Really hoping that I'll be able to find a bottle or two of this.
     
  26. opwog

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2008
    Posts:
    1,460
    Likes Received:
    880
    Location:
    Minnesota
    This
    Makes total sense, because I do recall variations in the abv, as well.
     
    KevSal likes this.
  27. KrokodilDundee

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2011
    Posts:
    28
    Likes Received:
    14
    Location:
    Texas
    Everytime I read the name of this beer I just think to myself how sublime a velvet merkin would really feel.
     
    misterid and BeastLU like this.
  28. Skunkdrool

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2010
    Posts:
    397
    Likes Received:
    358
    Location:
    California
    This is correct. I remember when they were going through all of the hooplah of "merkin". It was on tap here and there at the tap room, always as "merkin". A lot of us locals were not happy about the change in name. But, alas, here she is!
     
  29. regularjohn

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2013
    Posts:
    647
    Likes Received:
    929
    Location:
    New Jersey
    seriously firestone is just killing it right now, parabola and sucaba are fantastic so i think this one is definitely going to deliver without a doubt
     
    charlzm likes this.
  30. pcstuck

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2013
    Posts:
    60
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    Illinois
    Get in my belly. Barrel aged oatmeal stout sounds great
     
  31. Mandark

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2008
    Posts:
    327
    Likes Received:
    229
    Location:
    Illinois
    Csuck it, Cthulhu.
     
    bushycook and mjshearer1 like this.
  32. rather

    Joined:
    May 31, 2013
    Posts:
    1,012
    Likes Received:
    1,043
    Location:
    California
    whole foods tustin should get bottles next week!
     
  33. c64person

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2010
    Posts:
    1,086
    Likes Received:
    1,199
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Want this sooo bad.... wish Firestone distro'ed to Michigan :(
     
    dmhurdle likes this.
  34. bsnone

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2012
    Posts:
    69
    Likes Received:
    47
    Location:
    Arizona
    Can't wait for this to find its way to Arizona. :)
     
    highdesertdrinker and teraflx like this.
  35. Lutter

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2010
    Posts:
    5,321
    Likes Received:
    5,425
    Location:
    Texas
    Hopefully this will be as easy to score as this years' Parabola in ATX.

    Love the box. And I can't believe it, but it's already label approved here (they've had it on draft here in a few places for special tappings), so apparently the TABC has no problem with the word "Merkin", lol.
     
    UT-Alex likes this.
  36. TTC

    TTC
    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2013
    Posts:
    321
    Likes Received:
    210
    Location:
    California
    Facebook says September? What's your source?
     
    KevSal likes this.
  37. weakness33

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2011
    Posts:
    100
    Likes Received:
    31
    Location:
    Illinois

    Damn, fell for it... ugh. Don't do it.
     
  38. HeavySpeedway

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2013
    Posts:
    1,974
    Likes Received:
    1,675
    Location:
    California
    I just saw a picture of Maynard James Keenan!
     
  39. Pelican5

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2012
    Posts:
    237
    Likes Received:
    305
    Location:
    California
    Can. Not. Wait.

    One of my favorite beers ever.
     
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe