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Firestone Walker - Velvet Merkin

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

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  1. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Jul 7, 2012 California
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    3500 cases of velvet merkin are being released the same number as Parabola so good luck to you
    im going to the release at the brewery and pre-paid for my bottles with the ticket WOOHOO no chasing trucks for me
     
  2. bnelson997

    bnelson997 Jun 4, 2013 California
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    I've got my tix for the release as well! Hope to see some of you BAs there.
     
  3. Cam1221

    Cam1221 Apr 28, 2013 Illinois
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    Glad to see this will be in Chicago. I'm really looking forward to trying this.
     
  4. time4lunch

    time4lunch Aug 10, 2012 New Hampshire
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    All you gotta do is convince Shaun Hill to do a collab and get the brewery approved for the state haha
     
  5. regularjohn

    regularjohn Feb 7, 2013 New Jersey

    is it september yet? GIMME VELVET NOWWWWWWWWW :eek:
     
  6. gillagorilla

    gillagorilla Feb 27, 2013 Maryland
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    Glad to say I live in MD right now.
     
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  7. MCain04

    MCain04 Jan 3, 2013 Texas
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    Happy birthday, Velvet Merkin! One day closer to you being in my belly. Ironically.
     
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  8. Nevermore

    Nevermore Feb 14, 2013 Colorado
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    As a fellow Marylander I would agree with you. We are not in any of the big beer mecca states like some others here but occasionally we get something nice(or head up to Philly/down to DC when they do instead).
     
  9. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Haven't I seen you at meetings?
    Who's your sponsor?
     
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  10. hitter114

    hitter114 Apr 30, 2011 Colorado
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    this sounds amazing, i want some
     
  11. JTDay

    JTDay Jan 28, 2013 Georgia
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    ISO. FT: Slave services
     
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  12. RRtransvestification

    RRtransvestification Dec 21, 2012 New York
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    I wonder when ny will get it
     
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  13. neverenoughhops

    neverenoughhops Oct 22, 2009 California
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    bad news: spoke to some firestone guys yesterday and they said this beer would be out in two months rather than mid-sept
     
  14. Rau71

    Rau71 Dec 12, 2011 California
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    I heard they cancelled the release completely, and are never making a barrel aged beer again, so don't seek them out anymore.
     
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  15. bnelson997

    bnelson997 Jun 4, 2013 California
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    The two month estimate is probably for distro, they will have it available at the brewery and Barrellworks.
     
  16. HeavySpeedway

    HeavySpeedway Jul 8, 2013 California


    Or maybe the person was completely lying about having heard that for self-serving purposes.
     
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  17. neverenoughhops

    neverenoughhops Oct 22, 2009 California
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    right, because my post has such a high chance of creating additional supply at the two to three bottle shops i visit :)
     
  18. Rau71

    Rau71 Dec 12, 2011 California
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    If they pushed this out tickets for the release wouldn't still be for sale.
     
  19. Cubatobaco

    Cubatobaco Jan 27, 2013 Virginia
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    Glad to see this is on the list for VA.
     
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  20. nick1257

    nick1257 Mar 8, 2012 Massachusetts

    Has anyone seen this in ma. I'm guessing early sep?
     
  21. RWNay

    RWNay Oct 7, 2010 Illinois
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    I'd say more like October
     
  22. Rau71

    Rau71 Dec 12, 2011 California
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    The Offical release is Sept. 14th. So I don't think anyone has seen it yet.
     
  23. misterid

    misterid Apr 3, 2009 Wisconsin

    you know how i know you don't have a girlfriend/wife?
     
  24. JimmyRustle

    JimmyRustle Aug 26, 2013 California

    I'm really glad to see this is going to be such a wide release! Hopefully I'll be able to grab a few.
     
  25. bnelson997

    bnelson997 Jun 4, 2013 California
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    Any BAs going to this release?
     
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  26. frankthetank86

    frankthetank86 Dec 24, 2012 New York

    i really hope merkin won't be as disturbing as the parabola release. a few store owners that i talk to said FW reps were hand delivering 3 bottles to a few stores on LI. shit was insane!
     
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  27. RRtransvestification

    RRtransvestification Dec 21, 2012 New York
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    I picked up one bottle on LI and then realized that all the trouble it took me to get that one I could simply trade and get plenty since its so easy to get in Cali, haha.
     
  28. JesseLara

    JesseLara Nov 4, 2012 California
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    Got my ticket the day the went on sale, stoked to go check it out!
     
  29. HoppyLuckyGoGo

    HoppyLuckyGoGo Apr 2, 2012 California
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    Velvet Merlin is the non BA version
     
  30. Stevedore

    Stevedore Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    to those of you who have had it on tap- how does it compare to Parabola?
     
  31. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Mar 18, 2010 California

    Not nearly as good. Just my opinion.
     
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  32. GuinnessAtRogerWilco

    GuinnessAtRogerWilco Mar 20, 2013 New Jersey

    I e-mailed my craft contact at the FW distributor within the last 2 weeks and was told they had no info from FW about Merkin yet (they also had no idea when they'd be getting more Union Jack, which has been selling well lately). So I am glad to see that the amount is the same as Parabola and Sucaba, which means I should get a case at my store. Good to hear, indeed.
     
  33. DropDead

    DropDead Feb 6, 2013 Illinois

    I haven't had Parabola but your post has bummed me out a bit. The non BA version (Velvet Merlin) is good stuff
     
  34. HeavySpeedway

    HeavySpeedway Jul 8, 2013 California


    I had some on tap last year at a Firestone Walker tap takeover. I concur that it isn't as good as Parabola, but it isn't a knock on the Merkin. Parabola is simply that good.
     
  35. Rau71

    Rau71 Dec 12, 2011 California
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    I will be there. Looking forward to it. And also saying something isn't as good as parabola isn't that big of a diss. But that being said it is a lot "smaller" than parabola as it is an oatmeal stout, but I like the lighter ABV, but the flavor does lag behind parabola.
     
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  36. Stevedore

    Stevedore Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    I just ask because I had a bunch of Parabola this year, and while I thought it was a very good beer, it wasn't a great one. Its the kind of very good beer I'd get one bottle of each year, but no more. So I'm just trying to get a gauge on where Velvet Merkin stands.
     
  37. bnelson997

    bnelson997 Jun 4, 2013 California
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    Definitely a different flavor profile than Parabola. I had Merkin on tap last year, and it could be best described as Parabola Light. It has a smooth milk chocolate and coffee flavor that should lend well to some aging.
     
  38. masterhoa

    masterhoa Jun 15, 2011 California
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    Agree. I like to consider it a "sessionable" Parabola. For those mid-week days when you come home and ~12% ABV can't do, but you want a Parabola dammit!
     
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  39. Stevedore

    Stevedore Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    That sounds pretty appealing. We'll have to see if I can snag a bottle down in Illinois (no FSW distribution in Wisconsin :()

    Haha thats what bottle stoppers are for. The last Parabola I opened, I used a stopper and drank it over 5 days (Saturday-Wednesday). 4oz a day when I come home from work. On the last day it tasted the same as it did the first day! :) Kind of like sipping on some whiskey on a school night...
     
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  40. masterhoa

    masterhoa Jun 15, 2011 California
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    Ain't nobody got time for 4 oz Parabola pours!
     
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