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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Massachusetts - Sightings!

Discussion in 'New England' started by wdarcy77, Oct 17, 2012.

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  1. IcemanCometh

    IcemanCometh Sep 6, 2012 Massachusetts

    Anybody heard anything about Coffee & Cherry in MA? I know I should probably be patient after how long it took for regular BCBS to appear...ugh
  2. celticfutblclub

    celticfutblclub Aug 10, 2010 Massachusetts

    The GI rep I talked to a few weeks ago told me January. But who knows..
  3. AdamsDTD

    AdamsDTD Jun 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    Cherry is pretty much everywhere else in New England. I picked up a bottle in Maine last week. They aren't expecting coffee up there for another couple weeks. Given they saw BCBS about 2 weeks before MA, maybe we see cherry sometime in the next 2-4 week? Total guess, but you have to figure it's in the warehouses.
  4. Ataraxia

    Ataraxia Sep 20, 2012 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Strangely enough, a couple of the staff at Blanchard's said the coffee / wild card variants of BCBS had came around summer. They were probably thinking of something else or last year's shipment (which still doesn't make that much sense).
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  5. AdamsDTD

    AdamsDTD Jun 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    I find that most of the time workers at big stores will say whatever is takes to get you stop asking questions. When I was calling about BCBS in early October, an employee told me he thought they had it, but it was reserved for people. However, he couldn't tell me for sure as his manager was on vacation. Turns out it was BS.
  6. Auror

    Auror Jan 1, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Coffee/Bramble came late February/March of this year, so I'd guess that's what they were thinking of. Lolita came a few months back too, and that's made of fruit? Grasping at straws.
  7. AdamsDTD

    AdamsDTD Jun 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    BTW - it wasn't Blanchards that gave me the wrong info. Another store in that general area...
  8. Ataraxia

    Ataraxia Sep 20, 2012 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    I've found a store that's willing to sell the normal BCBS by the case, they've got 7 or 8
    I'm still debating whether to cough up the dough to get a full case even though I've already amassed half a case... (I've had a '12 BCBS and tried coffee BCBS and found the latter much more desirable)
  9. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    FWIW, they plan on making BCBS a year round beer. We saw a healthy amount of 2012, and should only continue to see more of it to the point that it is soon permanently available. Point being, I don't think you need to hoard unless you really want to drink the liquid diabetes that is BCBS on a regular basis...
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  10. ActonBrewer

    ActonBrewer Apr 9, 2009 Massachusetts

    It sounds like Cherry is going to be in very limited quantities in MA, at least from my distributor. I didn't get a case count on the Coffee, however I got the impression that Coffee would be more available than the Cherry Rye. Granted, I'm making assumptions based on a phone conversation.
  11. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    Not surprised - this seems to be how it was in other areas, Chicago included. Cherry is very limited compared to Coffee.
  12. pjl44

    pjl44 Oct 3, 2008 Massachusetts

    Did they give you any ETA?
  13. ActonBrewer

    ActonBrewer Apr 9, 2009 Massachusetts

    No ETA... they never seem to give one until it's already showing up in stores. While I do love the Goose Island brand, the way AB distributors handle the product leaves much to be desired. We had 7 cases of the Belgian line jammed down our throat when we asked for our regular Bourbon County. I'm scared they may ask for a minority stake in our store when we ask for Cherry and Coffee.
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  14. IcemanCometh

    IcemanCometh Sep 6, 2012 Massachusetts

    BCBS still on tap at Saus in Faneuil Hall, although not much left in in keg (fries are awesome)
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  15. BleepBloopBlap

    BleepBloopBlap Aug 19, 2011 Massachusetts

    4 packs on the shelf at harringtons in Chelmsford. $24.99
  16. mkabull

    mkabull Nov 2, 2007 Massachusetts
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    McAloons in North Andover still had some on Wednesday. Looked like 2 cases left. They also had some of the Madame Rose.
  17. AdamsDTD

    AdamsDTD Jun 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    BCBCS hit Maine yesterday. Snagged two bottles while home for the holidays. Keep your eyes open in the Boston area - could be anytime now.
  18. Archemedies

    Archemedies Dec 8, 2011 Massachusetts

    Kappys in Falmouth got some. Only selling one bottle per person apparently.
  19. BeerBum

    BeerBum Nov 13, 2012 California

    Pemberton on Mass Ave. has a whole stand of Goose Island, including BCBS.
  20. bszern

    bszern Aug 18, 2011 Massachusetts

    Regular (and fresh-bottled in November) BCBS is at Wines and More in Mansfield, it is behind the counter. They had about a case on Wednesday.
  21. Cugabuh

    Cugabuh Dec 6, 2012 Massachusetts

    This will be available real soon or perhaps even now if you try hard enough. My store got a small shipment in, but we are waiting on a slight pricing change before it hits the shelves.
  22. jglowe77

    jglowe77 Jan 24, 2011 Massachusetts

  23. Ataraxia

    Ataraxia Sep 20, 2012 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    We might want to differentiate between where there's still BCBS on shelves, and where the variants (coffee and cherry) have finally surfaced in MA.
  24. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    I'd suggest just starting a new thread for the variants, but practically speaking, the variants aren't even going to hit shelves, as stock will be tiny and reserved/hidden/backroomed. And even if they do hit shelves, by the time they are announced on BA they will be gone before you can get to the store.
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  25. Ataraxia

    Ataraxia Sep 20, 2012 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    No need for another thread. Just that when someone posts about a few bottles left in Location A, it might be helpful to know which ones those are.
  26. PackieMcHopHead

    PackieMcHopHead Oct 1, 2009 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    On tap at Prezo in Milford, Mass. last night.
  27. ActonBrewer

    ActonBrewer Apr 9, 2009 Massachusetts

    Judging by the reports I have heard from distributors, I would call your favorite beer guy and ask to be put on the list. Better to be proactive than complaining on the boards a few weeks later.
  28. pagodayea

    pagodayea Aug 7, 2005 Massachusetts

    Grabbed a coffee bomber last week at Pop's in Easton, $14.99, as well as a Night Stalker for $11.99. There was one or two more each, couldn't tell you if they lasted. Also was a Bolt Cutter for $25 (yikes!) that's been there a couple weeks.
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  29. Psychmusic

    Psychmusic Jun 22, 2012 Connecticut
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    Liquor world in franklin had quite a bit of regular bcbs and what looked like a case of coffee at 13.99/bomber (not sure about the regular).. No cherry though
  30. WeymouthMike

    WeymouthMike Jun 22, 2004 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Old Colony in Quincy has a about 20 bottles of the bcbs in the shelves, for sale by the single for about $7
  31. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    At that price just drive to RI...
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  32. BobZ

    BobZ Jun 24, 2009 Massachusetts

    Honestly, this is the biggest "Cloak and Dagger" release of beer I've seen since getting involved in the hobby.

    Julio's still has received none (talking BCBCS) and they don't expect to get much at all. Meanwhile small stores (and some large ones) have the Coffee Stout popping up across the south shore. When it does appear (as you would guess) it's gone rather quickly and no-one seems to be seeing more than a case.

    Meanwhile the regular BCBS continues to re-appear across the South Shore too (Wines & More Mansfield).

    Supposedly, Coffee is hitting Boston proper this week.

    If the coffee stout has been this much of a fiasco, I can't imagine what the Cherry Rye will be like (now rumored to be end of January)

    I know the "grassy knoll" crowd and the "evil corporation" crowds will screech "ABInBev!! Man, they're hiding under my bed!! but there has to be more to the story than that. Especially, given how much of this beer landed everywhere else (like Maine as a small market and New York as a large one).

    Anyway, landed a bottle of coffee to drink eventually, god knows if I'll see the Cherry Rye! Oh, well it's just beer, bring on the KBS games after all they're just around the corner and Goose Island will make that release look easy!:D
  33. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Liquor World in Cambridge also got BCBCS last week (I assume a case) and burned through it in about 4 hours. Plenty of Night Stalker as well. Only place in Boston area proper I know that's gotten any yet.
  34. IcemanCometh

    IcemanCometh Sep 6, 2012 Massachusetts

    Yeah ugh I missed it by about 10 minutes. Stupid Boston traffic.
  35. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    went in at like 6 and it was all gone. of course, my friend goes at about 9 pm, asks the dude, and turns out they had been mistakenly holding the last one for someone, so they sold it to him. some people have all the luck!
  36. Kwaz

    Kwaz Mar 31, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Any place in the Boston area still with regular BCBS on shelves?
  37. GoOSU

    GoOSU Oct 6, 2006 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Try giving Liquor Land on Mass Ave a call, 617-445-0560. They had some last Friday.
  38. LiquidCourage

    LiquidCourage Nov 1, 2012 Rhode Island
    Beer Trader

    Any places in MA or RI still have regular BCBS available?
  39. rowingbrewer

    rowingbrewer May 28, 2010 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Harringtons had 3 4 packs on the shelf last time I was there
  40. rowingbrewer

    rowingbrewer May 28, 2010 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Honestly there is no reason to gO crazy to get it. This will be year round very soon. AB has seen the $$ and will invest heavily in GI to maximize profits. Hence the plan to grow them from like 100k barrels to 1MM barrels over several years, distribute them nationwide, and make those hard to get releases year round. I will admit that goose island would have had a tough time to do it on their own, but what they did up until the sellout was down out of passion, what is down now will be done for profit
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