Firestone Walker XVII Anniversary (Seventeenth Anniversary)

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  1. phooky

    phooky Aspirant (208) Jan 23, 2010 New York

  2. edproctor

    edproctor Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2011 California
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    Wow! This year is going by so fast.
     
  3. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    I've never had a Firestone Anniversary. I want one so bad. Hopefully this will be the year
     
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  4. Jonada

    Jonada Champion (831) May 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    Any word on what the exact blend is yet?
     
  5. sukwonee

    sukwonee Crusader (740) Dec 13, 2011 Washington
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    wow already?
     
  6. Kreko7

    Kreko7 Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2013 California

    Excited for this!!
     
  7. MadDogMD

    MadDogMD Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2013 Arizona
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    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...
     
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  8. pisano

    pisano Zealot (512) Sep 18, 2007 Massachusetts
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    Not sure what the final blend is but they posted some great photos from the blending session on Facebook.
     
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  9. UtisTheLaw

    UtisTheLaw Aspirant (276) Jul 26, 2012 Arizona
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    That looks like a fun tasting group.
     
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  10. Mulder531

    Mulder531 Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2013 Massachusetts

    try Granite Liquors in Weymouth. They have a great selection and tend to get the hard to find beers.
     
  11. maximum12

    maximum12 Poo-Bah (3,318) Jan 21, 2008 Minnesota
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    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!
     
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  12. Cubatobaco

    Cubatobaco Crusader (711) Jan 27, 2013 Virginia
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    This will be my first year trying to find Anniversary. Definitely excited to try this and add it to the cellar. :)
     
  13. Cubatobaco

    Cubatobaco Crusader (711) Jan 27, 2013 Virginia
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    I'm sure that would have been a fun experiment to be involved in!
     
  14. DogfishJoe

    DogfishJoe Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2010 Ohio
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    sometimes i wish i had facebook for things like this, sometimes
     
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  15. Infinite1

    Infinite1 Aspirant (273) Jul 2, 2010 Illinois
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    I need to make sure to get my big 3
    1 to drink.
    1 to cellar
    and 1 share
     
  16. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Poo-Bah (2,056) Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire
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    Never had last years:( Better hunting this year I hope. The are so good at Barrel Aging. I will be sipping 15 this Saturday.
     
  17. FeiJai

    FeiJai Initiate (0) Jul 10, 2013 California

    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.
     
  18. cookiequiz

    cookiequiz Initiate (0) Apr 15, 2013 California

    Is anniversary beer the new seasonal beer?
     
  19. benbking

    benbking Disciple (304) Dec 11, 2009 Rhode Island
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    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.
     
  20. BostonHops

    BostonHops Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2011 Massachusetts


    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.
     
  21. Skunkdrool

    Skunkdrool Devotee (438) Jul 31, 2010 California
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    14.5%? Thats the highest a FW Anny has seen.
     
  22. rxeight

    rxeight Aspirant (287) Feb 5, 2012 Illinois

    15 - sold out in 7 months
    16 - sold out in 7 days
    17 - sell out in 7 minutes?
     
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  23. BorisKarloff

    BorisKarloff Aspirant (200) Apr 29, 2013 Ohio
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    Sold out where? I saw cases of 16 in New Jersey last month.
     
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  24. 1up

    1up Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2013 District of Columbia

    There is plenty of FW 16 still around
     
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  25. wardenclyffe

    wardenclyffe Initiate (0) Sep 10, 2010 Virginia
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    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.
     
  26. offthelevel_bytheplumb

    offthelevel_bytheplumb Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2013 Illinois

    Good to see people who know how to buy beer!
     
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  27. Massbmx

    Massbmx Devotee (407) Apr 5, 2011 Massachusetts
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    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.
     
  28. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    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)
     
  29. 1up

    1up Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2013 District of Columbia

    Unfortunately it wasn't around here :(
     
  30. pisano

    pisano Zealot (512) Sep 18, 2007 Massachusetts
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    ...and a fun exercise in math for the guy with the calculator. ;D
     
  31. gillagorilla

    gillagorilla Meyvn (1,250) Feb 27, 2013 Maryland
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    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.
     
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  32. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    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
     
  33. LeeMarvin

    LeeMarvin Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2005 Massachusetts

    I've got 15th and 16th, so I guess I need 17th.
     
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  34. StlHopHead77

    StlHopHead77 Defender (618) May 30, 2010 Illinois

    Not sure about exact blend but I did see "Belgian Quad" written on their dry erase board in one pic.Very interesting.
     
  35. Massbmx

    Massbmx Devotee (407) Apr 5, 2011 Massachusetts
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    I haven't seen it recently around here although one (very overpriced) store might still have a couple.
     
  36. BostonHops

    BostonHops Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2011 Massachusetts


    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.
     
  37. MisterKilderkin

    MisterKilderkin Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2011 California
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    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.

    [​IMG]
     
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  38. rhertan

    rhertan Initiate (159) Jan 22, 2008 California

    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
     
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  39. JasonFromLA

    JasonFromLA Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2013 California

    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.
     
  40. Hastur23

    Hastur23 Initiate (110) Mar 3, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    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.
     
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