Fremont expansion and information/news about Fremont Brewing

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  1. Moose90

    Moose90 Meyvn (1,404) Nov 25, 2012 Washington

    Any chance that B1000 is making it to distribution? I doubt it, but seeing how there is still plenty of CCBBOMB to go around, I am just wondering. . .
     
  2. ballardbeer

    ballardbeer Initiate (167) Nov 10, 2013 Washington

    from page 25, yes.
     
  3. lordofthelambics

    lordofthelambics Initiate (73) Feb 14, 2014 Washington

    YMMV, obviously, and that's the great thing about talking/exploring beers. I only had a small sample of the beer since I was in a hurry and that was my initial impression. The sweetness was overwhelming, and I thought that gave the beer a false sense of having a bigger body than it actually did. Possibly in the minority, but definitely not a knock on Fremont, and certainly didn't stop me from picking up bottles to see where this one goes. Cheers!
     
  4. itracy63

    itracy63 Devotee (406) Apr 20, 2013 Washington

    Jesus, I was hoping it would at least last until the weekend.
     
  5. fsck

    fsck Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2013 Washington

    Rusty was sold (2 per person I think) at Pinebox when it opened and sold out there in a couple hours before the keg was tapped at 5:00. At Fremont it lasted at least the first day, I'm pretty sure I went back on my lunch break the next day to get a second.
     
  6. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,056) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    I remember Rusty being a strict 1 per person at the brewery. I had people ask me if the same people were still working the bar, in the hopes they could go back and buy one from someone who didn't remember them.
     
  7. fsck

    fsck Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2013 Washington

    Right, I think it might have been two per person at the Pinebox when it originally went on sale (I didn't actually get there in time, just remember people having two).
     
  8. sanford_and_son

    sanford_and_son Aspirant (250) Jul 23, 2012 Washington

    Couldn't get there til 8:30 last night due to work stuff, was shocked that it was gone. Had a pour, at least. Really good. I know it's a barleywine but for some reason it reminded me of how Abyss used to taste in like 09/10. Weird, I know.
     
  9. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,461) Sep 18, 2010 Washington

    I'm having another Cowiche after a long day and I just have to say, I think Fremont has outdone themselves this year. Really great stuff. I'll be looking for more soon...
     
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  10. jpbebeau

    jpbebeau Aspirant (267) Sep 11, 2011 Washington

    I asked today and I believe they sold through 60 cases yesterday.
    Well, there's KDS in a week anyway...
     
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  11. EdwardAbbey

    EdwardAbbey Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2015 Washington

    Yes, and then KDS variants a month or so later, and then B-Bomb and its variant(s). Also, in the midst of all this, somewhere Rusty Nail will return. In short, not all is lost.
     
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  12. NWer

    NWer Crusader (779) Mar 10, 2009 Washington

    I never met a barleywine that didn't age well. I plan to put at least a year on mine and string them out from there.
     
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  13. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,461) Sep 18, 2010 Washington

    I though OBR was better fresh. Still good after a couple years but I felt that it lost something with age.
     
  14. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,056) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Seattle Beer Week 5 says hi. The people at Fremont would back me up on that.
     
  15. NWer

    NWer Crusader (779) Mar 10, 2009 Washington

    I still have an OBR. Will have to try it. For science.
     
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  16. jpbebeau

    jpbebeau Aspirant (267) Sep 11, 2011 Washington

    Totally agreed. Had a bottle last fall and a small pour a few weeks ago. Didn't love either. But I remember really liking it at release.
     
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  17. itracy63

    itracy63 Devotee (406) Apr 20, 2013 Washington

    Pint Defiance had some as of 4 pm today, but I'm new here, so how that correlates to distro in and around Seattle would be better answered by someone else.
     
  18. chinochino

    chinochino Initiate (99) Jul 29, 2013 Washington

    Distro 101: King County first, Pierce County next, followed by the rest of the counties, if they get it at all. Like a pebble's ripple on the water.

    Pint Defiance is solid. so is Tacoma boys. I hit one or both often.

    In Kitsap we got Cowiche yesterday. Most likely will not get 1000 at all. I spend a lot of time on the I-5 corridor. I carry growlers in the car at all time. Carpe beerem.
     
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  19. NathanA

    NathanA Initiate (57) Sep 26, 2015 Idaho
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    Long time listener, first time caller.

    There have been hints of this scattered throughout this thread, but can anyone tell me definitively whether any inventory of last year's BA Fremont beers (KDS + both varieties, BBomb + CCBBomb) is still to be found in certain western WA bottle shops (and if so, where?), or have they been depleted for a while now? I am a little concerned that we are not specifically guaranteed to see the return of CCBBomb or Spice Wars (although the few rumors I've heard are encouraging), and so want to stock up for the holidays if possible and plan my next visit to the area accordingly.

    Thanks!

    -- Nathan
     
  20. Robomunky

    Robomunky Devotee (400) May 14, 2015 Washington
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    The only thing I've seen for at least a couple of months now is regular BBomb. Saw it at Beer Authority just yesterday, on Lake City Way.
     
  21. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,461) Sep 18, 2010 Washington

    Saw some BBomb at Chuck's Greenwood this morning. Haven't seen any of the others on that list in a while.
     
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  22. kevinrivers

    kevinrivers Initiate (32) Nov 16, 2014 Washington

    99 Bottles in Federal Way is pulling some cellar items out today, including a vert of Bbomb and KDS sets from last year (with Coffee and Spice). Won't last long I imagine.
     
  23. Jaap

    Jaap Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Washington

    Spice Wars on tap at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham today. A few bottles of bbomb left but all the KDS and variants are long gone.
     
  24. Robomunky

    Robomunky Devotee (400) May 14, 2015 Washington
    Society

    For sure no variants at the event on Thursday, right? I'm working but would leave early for variants.
     
  25. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,056) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    From what I've heard, they're still tweaking coffee KDS.
     
  26. Anaxagoris

    Anaxagoris Initiate (0) Sep 14, 2014 Washington

    Coffe has definitely been tweeked. Had a little taste and there's way more coffee this time round. Chucks greenwood has regular BBADS for sale as of right now!!
     
  27. itsThatBoyE

    itsThatBoyE Aspirant (276) Feb 10, 2015 Washington
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    Ok, I don't want to freak everyone out, but this year's KDS weighs in 14.5%. :open_mouth: :slight_smile:
     
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  28. EdwardAbbey

    EdwardAbbey Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2015 Washington

    Do you know what they did differently this time around to account for such a difference from the previous years?
     
  29. itsThatBoyE

    itsThatBoyE Aspirant (276) Feb 10, 2015 Washington
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    Not sure. It is interesting that the last two BA bottles they've released (Brew 1000, KDS '15) have been the two highest ABV they've ever released... Maybe a change in their process? I sure hope KDS has that mouthfeel that the 1000 has (but perhaps not as much sweetness).
     
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  30. EdwardAbbey

    EdwardAbbey Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2015 Washington

    I can easily see why BB Brew 1000 was a big one, being a barley-wine aged 15 months in bourbon barrels. But the changes to KDS must have been significant if it is indeed 14.5% this year, while "only" being in the 11% (or less?) range since its initial release. Maybe a higher percentage of the blend saw extended ageing, or they just started off with a bigger version of Dark Star? Whatever they did differently, I'm sure, knowing and trusting Fremont, it won't be disappointing.
     
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  31. Texwild

    Texwild Initiate (77) May 1, 2008 Washington
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    The "change" in our barrel-aged ABVs is due to our amazing lab, run by Robert the Wizard, and not due to a recipe change....turns out we are picking up about 3+ % ABV whilst we age in these 15 year old barrels. All hail The Lab!
     
  32. EdwardAbbey

    EdwardAbbey Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2015 Washington

    I will lift my next Fremont goblet to white lab coats, safety goggles, petri dishes, and microscopes.
     
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  33. jag21

    jag21 Initiate (0) Apr 21, 2010 Washington

    Does this mean that prior years were likely higher than 11% as well?
     
  34. Strangestbrewer

    Strangestbrewer Initiate (105) Oct 17, 2014 Oregon

    I don't think so, I think this meant that they were able to squeeze some extra whisk(e)y out of the barrels this go around. TTB regulations require breweries to be within +/- .3(I think? Maybe .03... I know wine is .5) and I doubt a brewery of Fremonts size is going to make that big of a risk.
     
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  35. TheBronze

    TheBronze Disciple (356) Apr 16, 2009 Washington
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    Congrats on BA Brew 1000. Outstanding beer. Exciting to hear about the evolution of your lab and barrel program, and what it means for KDS and BBomb. Fun times!
     
  36. dirtylou

    dirtylou Poo-Bah (3,379) May 12, 2005 District of Columbia
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    I am acting under the assumption that I will show up at the UBG at 6pm-ish tomorrow night and there will be no KDS available. Prove me wrong beer-tools.
     
  37. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,056) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    I'm guessing they made way more of it than they did Brew 1000. All I know is that I'll be stopping in around 3pm on my way home from work.

    It was $15 last year, right? $17 this year.
     
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  38. dirtylou

    dirtylou Poo-Bah (3,379) May 12, 2005 District of Columbia
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    Perhaps in the future the 'heron hunting club' could include the right to purchase guaranteed allocations since we're quickly sliding down the slope into suburban Chicago....

    Probably shouldn't have poured a bunch of bottles for those Colorado hippies at WTF!? last week either :slight_smile: (just kidding, was glad to try Batch 1000 there)
     
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  39. EdwardAbbey

    EdwardAbbey Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2015 Washington

    I will be there earlier in the day than you, but I promise to operate by my usual code: buying less than the allowable allotment, no mules, no returning the next day (let alone later on the same day!), no telling anyone else (aside from confirming information already publicly available), and no mechanical conveyance of any kind. I think your fears, in this case, will be overblown.
     
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  40. EdwardAbbey

    EdwardAbbey Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2015 Washington

    Right. But, if you account for inflation, and the fact that they have markedly increased the ABV through work in their lab, the extra $2 is a small price to pay. It's not an arbitrary or avaricious increase, at any rate.
     
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