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Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by phooky, Aug 29, 2013.
Wow! This year is going by so fast.
I've never had a Firestone Anniversary. I want one so bad. Hopefully this will be the year
Any word on what the exact blend is yet?
Excited for this!!
I have an extra 16th if you wanna trade. Don't know what you have in MA, but BM me if you're interested in a trade...
Not sure what the final blend is but they posted some great photos from the blending session on Facebook.
That looks like a fun tasting group.
try Granite Liquors in Weymouth. They have a great selection and tend to get the hard to find beers.
Ever year the Anniversary beers put a hurting on my wallet & FedEx account. Sixteen was the best fresh since Thirteen IMHO, hope this one keeps that up!
This will be my first year trying to find Anniversary. Definitely excited to try this and add it to the cellar.
I'm sure that would have been a fun experiment to be involved in!
sometimes i wish i had facebook for things like this, sometimes
I need to make sure to get my big 3
1 to drink.
1 to cellar
and 1 share
Never had last years Better hunting this year I hope. The are so good at Barrel Aging. I will be sipping 15 this Saturday.
Is there a more accurate ETA on XVII or are we still going off of the usual late November tip? Looking forward to this one for sure, XVI was one of my favorites in recent years.
Is anniversary beer the new seasonal beer?
I saw them at BWE, didn't pull the trigger, then tried Firestone 16 at a fest. I had regrets over not purchasing. I suspect if you want 17 bad enough, you'll track it down when it comes out.
it's not hard to find in Boston, I've nailed down each year's since FW entered our market (edit: without the crazed KBS-style hunt, or a hunt at all, really). 2 caveats though: (1) just from my own observations the releases have become progressively more scarce, and (2) you'll be looking at somewhere in the neighborhood of $18-22/22oz. not something I look to load up on but absolutely treat myself to a bottle, maybe 2.
14.5%? Thats the highest a FW Anny has seen.
15 - sold out in 7 months
16 - sold out in 7 days
17 - sell out in 7 minutes?
Sold out where? I saw cases of 16 in New Jersey last month.
There is plenty of FW 16 still around
Care to share where you have seen it? I am just outside DC and would like to stock up since I only have 1 bottle.
Good to see people who know how to buy beer!
Interesting, I didn't see a single 16 in my area last year but saw several 15's still on shelves from the past year. Not sure if they just didn't send as much or it sold quicker. For the record I loved 15 and if anyone wants to send me a 16 for some MA locals I'm sure we could work something out. XVII will be good I'm sure, interested in seeing what the components are.
This is what makes me sad about how stupid distribution is. Here the Anni beers, Parabola, Sucaba, DDBA etc sell out in a day with one bottle limits while some markets swim in the stuff. I mean how hard is it to track sales and allocate stock accordingly?
(yes I understand there are different distributors in different areas but I still hate the system)
Unfortunately it wasn't around here
...and a fun exercise in math for the guy with the calculator. ;D
Still got 15's up there?
Max's got a few bottles for Rare & Obscure, but sold out of it in the first few hours. Did you all prefer 16 on tap or in the bottle (for those that have had it both ways)? I've only had it on tap, but I know where a bottle is.
I'm sure I'll be able to grab one if I pay attention. I just happened to miss the boat in the past. Still kinda disheartening to hear that it's sitting on shelves in some markets
I've got 15th and 16th, so I guess I need 17th.
Not sure about exact blend but I did see "Belgian Quad" written on their dry erase board in one pic.Very interesting.
I haven't seen it recently around here although one (very overpriced) store might still have a couple.
yeah I hear you. funny they entered our market with 14 and its availability was practically year-round... 15 likewise sat forever. then I noticed a significantly lesser amount last year with 16, so I guess we'll have to see how 17 plays.
tell you what though, easily one of the yearly releases I most look forward to.
First thing I noticed was the ABV. Wow. Then I looked at the white board in the blending event facebook gallery that FW posted and noted that there is only one beer on that list that has an abv of over 14.5% and that is parabola. In order to reach their goal of 220 bbls they couldn't reach that ABV given the available bbls.
91 bbl parabola @ 15% + 129 bbl of a combination of the 14%ers would result in a blend with an ABV of only 14.41%
I suppose they could be making less than 220 bbls, but it does seem like the final blend will need to be parabola heavy to get their high abv.
What is interesting about that is it seems to be tied to Sticky Monkey which has always been called an English Barleywine, but does have additions of Turbinado Sugar which they say gives flavors reminiscent of Belgian Candi Sugar on their website description of Stickee Monkee, wonder if so much so they decided to change what they consider it....for what it's worth I wish it was the one true "Belgian Quad" type beer they made, Saucerful of Secrets that was on that board as that is one of my all time favorite FW beers
Planning for potential future releases of Sticky Monkey and Helldorado, it also makes sense to classify Monkey as a Quad. Sucaba covers the English Barleywine style already.
Earlier this week my usual beer store put out two bottles of 16 that they were saving...
They were both gone in a couple hours.
I totally should have bought one.