Green Flash Distributing Alpine Bottles

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by raynmoon, Oct 1, 2015.

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  1. raynmoon

    raynmoon Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado

    The passed few days I've seen numerous liquor stores in California posting that they got Hoppy Birthday, Nelson, and Duet in Green Flash bottles with Alpine labels.

    Anybody seen this yet or know if this is going national?
  2. Beerrito

    Beerrito Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2015 California

    Yes, the Green Flash Alpine bottles have already hit other states. They're about $9.99 while the bottles from Alpine are under $6. It sounds like the bottled GF Alpine is tasting better based on the latest check-ins.
  3. raynmoon

    raynmoon Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado

    10$? wow. If they were 5-6$ I'd buy a few of each, but at $10... eh.
  4. BrettHead

    BrettHead Initiate (0) Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

    Already hit IA and they were only $6.99-8.99 depending on the store and variety purchased
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  5. Beerrito

    Beerrito Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2015 California

    May be cheaper at TW... website shows $7.99 for 22oz Nelson. That's a little better.
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  6. JohnnyMc

    JohnnyMc Maven (1,477) Feb 14, 2012 Ohio

    Yep. Hitting here in about 2 weeks for Cleveland Beer Week. Hope they are better than the draft we got a few months ago.
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  7. algebeeric_topology

    algebeeric_topology Pooh-Bah (1,966) Dec 30, 2014 Florida
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    I might be dumb, and if this question is answered, I'm probably still dumb, but how do you know which is which? We get a ton of Green Flash in NYC and some Alpine (probably GF Alpine), but I'm curious to know if I can tell if the Alpine we might get is GF Alpine.
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  8. raynmoon

    raynmoon Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado

    Anybody seen them in Denver/ Fort Collins?
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  9. raynmoon

    raynmoon Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado

    If it's one of those three, duet, hoppy birthday, nelson, and it's in new york... it's green flash. Alpine only distributes in southern california and sends some kegs up to San Francisco.
  10. BrettHead

    BrettHead Initiate (0) Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

    Kegs are GF, the bottles will either list san diego (GF) or Alpine, CA (Alpine)

    That being said bottles outside of CA are definitely GF

    Alpine brewed Alpine may no longer exist now? Anyone know about that?
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  11. MarcWP

    MarcWP Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2012 Arizona

    If you get any Alpine there, it's GF Alpine. Bottle, draft, doesn't matter.

    I had my first GF bottled Nelson the other day. I can say its definitely better than the draft Alpine we've been seeing. Still not quite as good as the source. But wasn't disappointed like with draft. And yes, $8.99, ouch. I wish I went to southern Cal as frequently as I used to. Loved stopping by the brewery.
  12. algebeeric_topology

    algebeeric_topology Pooh-Bah (1,966) Dec 30, 2014 Florida
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    We've been getting Alpine over here for a while, at least including Nelson and Duet. While I was hoping for some way to know that I was getting Alpine from the source, I guess my suspicions are confirmed that this is GF doing Alpine and I can only hope for the best.
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  13. lorenwhite7

    lorenwhite7 Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2011 Virginia

    Can't speak to whether Green Flash is distributing it or not, but up until about 6 weeks ago I had never seen Alpine in Virginia and only once or twice at Churchkey events had I seen it in DC. Now it is all over the place. Something has definitely changed with their distribution...and I like it!
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  14. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Pooh-Bah (2,473) Mar 28, 2009 California

    Paper labels and the green flash on the bottle.

    #14 GetMeAnIPA, Oct 1, 2015
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  15. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Pooh-Bah (2,473) Mar 28, 2009 California

    alpine is soooooo small they could never brew enough beer to distro to NY. They can't even supply California. If you are getting kegs its GF. Now the bottles are very easy to tell because they are bottled in a GF bottle. If you've had a green flash bottle you should know what I am talking about.
  16. Soup27

    Soup27 Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2013 Delaware

    Kegs are in DE now too. Is there that much of a difference in quality?
  17. tylerstubs

    tylerstubs Initiate (0) May 14, 2015 Colorado

    How about in between?

    Hazels got it today.
  18. Andonato

    Andonato Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2012 Michigan

    anyone know if Michigan will see these?
  19. beermeplz

    beermeplz Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2015 California

    these hit the SF bay area today too...gonna have to give em a try soon
  20. MarshallBirdhouse

    MarshallBirdhouse Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2013 Kentucky

    Any sightings in Kentucky?
  21. WillQC4Beer

    WillQC4Beer Initiate (0) May 1, 2014 Vermont

    Wonder if this will reach VT we do get GF distro...
  22. papat444

    papat444 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2006 Canada (QC)

    Keep us posted, i'd make a beer run for a few bottles.
  23. TheWiltChamberlainofipas

    TheWiltChamberlainofipas Initiate (0) Apr 7, 2015 Oregon

    Bottles in Portland $7.99 definitely on the highest end of what it should cost.
  24. WillQC4Beer

    WillQC4Beer Initiate (0) May 1, 2014 Vermont

    If I see it I will mention it for the northern BAs!
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  25. amsguitarist

    amsguitarist Initiate (0) Sep 20, 2014 California

    These are in 22 oz bottles? I was hoping for reasonably priced 4 packs.
  26. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Pooh-Bah (2,325) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia
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    They've hit Grape+Gourmet in VA Beach (proly wiped out) and TW on 21st in Norfolk (saw them where the special stash is, I passed on them)
  27. montman

    montman Maven (1,278) Mar 10, 2009 Virginia

    These are all over the Hampton Roads area (SE VA), saw them in a few other spots as well. Interested to compare- in my mind at least - with Alpine-Alpine bottles which I had a few weeks ago.
  28. Cook82

    Cook82 Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2014 Maryland

    I just did a pre-order this week for the store I manage here in MD. Only kegs were available in August now they are offering 22's and kegs for another release looks like early November.
  29. dynajack1

    dynajack1 Devotee (355) Jul 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    Hoping these land in MA
  30. South2NW

    South2NW Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2013 Oregon

    Belmont Station in Portland got them last week.
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  31. PSU_Mike

    PSU_Mike Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2013 Pennsylvania

    That means $13-15 in PA.

  32. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
    Pooh-Bah Society

    Below is something I posted a few days ago discussing my personal experiences in drinking draft Alpine beers in SEPA:

    "I had another draft pint of Alpine beer this past weekend (this was my fourth or fifth pint in the past few months). I will not be buying Alpine beer again. I gave it the old ‘college try’ and these beers are simply disappointing; little to no hop aroma on the hoppy beers (Hoppy Birthday, Duet)."

    Maybe you will have better luck with your Delaware kegs!?!

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  33. InsuranceGuy

    InsuranceGuy Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2011 Delaware

    Where are these Delaware kegs you speak of, @Soup27?
  34. Brent212

    Brent212 Pundit (868) Jan 13, 2014 California

    anyone notice that the new bottles call hoppy birthday a session ipa? it's always been labeled a pale ale as far as I know. although, probably the reason it's been possibly my favorite pale of all time is because it basically tastes like an ipa, like the rest of the pales on the short list of ones I like. More hoppy than a lot of actual IPAs.
  35. BltByKrmn

    BltByKrmn Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2013 New York

    I had what I'm assuming was GF brewed Hoppy Birthday on tap at a NY bar over the winter, it was fantastic. I usually hate GF beers so I was definitely excited that I liked this one.
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  36. nicholasofcusa

    nicholasofcusa Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2006 Florida

    Odd and disappointing that it costs more than Green Flash's own beer.
  37. JoshVelez

    JoshVelez Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2015 New York

    yeah all alpine in nyc is brewed by green flash
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  38. StoutSnob40

    StoutSnob40 Grand Pooh-Bah (4,455) Jan 4, 2013 California
    Pooh-Bah Society Trader

    Green Flash's new slogan:

    "Turning rarity into revenue!"
  39. tylerstravis

    tylerstravis Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2014 Colorado

    I have an idea how :wink:
  40. tylerstravis

    tylerstravis Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2014 Colorado

    I'll buy plenty of Nelson, but I have no need to ever drink Hoppy Birthday or Duet again.
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