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Hardywood Gingerbread Stout 2013 release. Who's going?

Discussion in 'South-Atlantic' started by nihiloexnihil, Nov 4, 2013.

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  1. nihiloexnihil

    nihiloexnihil Jan 2, 2011 Maryland
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    I've never been to a special beer release, so this will be a first. I and a few friends are headed down to Richmond on the 16th for the official GBS release. Who else is going? How has it been in past years? Huge line/bottle sharing/party starting at 1am?

    I'm excited. Should be a great time.
     
  2. ncaudle

    ncaudle May 28, 2010 Virginia
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    no bottle share in line (it's illegal here and the VA ABC control office is like 2 blocks away!)

    this year will be a little different compared to the past as there is a big marathon the morning of the 16th which is blocking almost every road surrounding the brewery so Hardywood is doing a bottle sale the night before starting at like 9 or 10, then the main party at 2pm (they're hoping the streets will be open by then) on the 16th where you can get bottles and draft, etc.

    no need to line up hours early.
     
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  3. mikeburd1128

    mikeburd1128 Oct 28, 2011 New Jersey

    Sounds like they chose a great date for this one.
     
  4. ArlVABeerGuy

    ArlVABeerGuy Feb 23, 2012 Virginia

    How quickly does it sell out at the brewery and around RVA? I'm hoping to make it down for the BBGBS release in Dec. and was wondering if GBS will still be around.
     
  5. ncaudle

    ncaudle May 28, 2010 Virginia
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    I don't know how much they brewed this year compared to the past, but if it's like the last 2 years, it won't last a month. last year barely lasted 2 weeks. it's likely that Hardywood and bars/restaurants will have kegs of it still at that point
     
  6. nihiloexnihil

    nihiloexnihil Jan 2, 2011 Maryland
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    The website says GBS will be available for 32oz and 64oz growler fills. Does anyone know if Hardywood will fill other growlers (i.e., should I bring my empties) or will I have to buy theirs to fill?
     
  7. Shilt

    Shilt Dec 26, 2011 Virginia
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    They will fill others, as long as they have the government label on them. However, in the past they have sold pre-filled growlers, as the growler line usually gets insane during the release.
     
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  8. mocktm

    mocktm Jan 3, 2011 Virginia
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    Pre-filled growlers are the way to go...
     
  9. HighRedTide

    HighRedTide Nov 20, 2012 Virginia
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    So you guys think that bottles will still be available on Sunday or that following Wednesday at the brewery? I can't make Saturday but Sunday or Wednesday might be an option for me.
     
  10. cmmcdonn

    cmmcdonn Jun 21, 2009 Virginia

    I will be down that way Saturday visiting some friends and will probably stop by at some point to pick up a couple bottles. I'm trusting the BA reviews on this one. I dropped damn near $50 on some of their other reserve series and was very "disappoint".
     
  11. Prince_Casual

    Prince_Casual Nov 3, 2012 District of Columbia
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    I'm considering hitting pre-release...
    What's the approximate retail on a gingerbread stout +/- $5 ??
     
  12. reidjoshua

    reidjoshua May 3, 2013 California
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    Are any of you planning on going down Fri night and hitting my bottle share on sat? Or anyone willing to grab me a bottle or two? Since I'm doing the share on sat the gf wants to hang Fri night :eek:
     
  13. reidjoshua

    reidjoshua May 3, 2013 California
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    Which did you have? I loved their barrel aged ipa and quad. Have a sidamo barrel aged in my fridge
     
  14. musicman7070

    musicman7070 Aug 26, 2012 New Jersey
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    From the info I've gathered...it's $9 a bottle.
     
  15. musicman7070

    musicman7070 Aug 26, 2012 New Jersey
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    When will your bottle share be on Saturday? Can I get more information on this? I'm heading down on Friday by the way and hitting up Mekong Restaurant.
     
  16. cmmcdonn

    cmmcdonn Jun 21, 2009 Virginia

    Aside from what they offer in the flights, I purchased 2 blackberry, a chocolate heat, and a pumpkin. Nothing barrel aged was available.

    The only negative thing I have to say about chocolate heat is that there was ZERO heat. The beer was fantastic otherwise.

    The farmhouse pumpkin is just not my style and blackberry was my 4th drainpour ever. I don't know what to do with the last bottle.

    I'll still support them whenever I can (they don't make it up to NOVA), but I won't be dropping $14 on any future bombers from them unless I see "World Class" ranking on BA.
     
  17. reidjoshua

    reidjoshua May 3, 2013 California
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    Their single and something else is up in Nova now. I didn't try any of those you had though but yea the bombers were expensive
     
  18. pmarlowe

    pmarlowe Nov 27, 2010 District of Columbia
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    Anyone know from past experience how many people are likely to show up at the Fri night pre-release? And how efficient the crowds are handled?

    There are 280 people signed up to go on the FB group as of today, which sounds like quite a lot for a smallish brewery like Hardywood.
     
  19. ncaudle

    ncaudle May 28, 2010 Virginia
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    that's cheaper than they've ever sold Gingerbread. I would say closer to $11-12
     
  20. ncaudle

    ncaudle May 28, 2010 Virginia
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    when were you there as it's unusual no BA beers were available. they must have finished selling the last of them shortly before you were there.
    Chocolate Heat was pretty bad - there's a reason why those bottles are STILL available at the brewery and it came out back in february.
    Blackberry is just ok but I'm not a fan of fruited witts. just be thankful they didnt brew the Strawberry one again.
    I actually really like the Farmhouse Pumpkin as it's not your normal run-of-the-mill pumpkin ale that everyone else does. I think it really plays well with the saison base.

    this years Gingerbread is a bit different from last years as they listened to complaints about it being too thin. they increased the oat component and raised the mash temp resulting in a more creamy mouthfeel. that said, it's probably closer to a imperial "porter" than the stout (yeah, I'm well aware of the porter v stouts threads lately...) as the advance bottles I've had over the past few weeks are more a translucent dark-brown.
     
  21. ncaudle

    ncaudle May 28, 2010 Virginia
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    friday night should be relatively easy as it's bottles only. of course, no one knows how many people will be there for the bottle sales. I'm probably going to get there around 8 or so to get a beer or 2 then stay for the bottle sale.
     
  22. ipas-for-life

    ipas-for-life Feb 28, 2012 Virginia
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    Last year the pre release was in the morning. I got there 20 minutes early and there were at least 50 people in front of me. They had 4 or 5 ipads to check people out so it moved fairly quick. I was out of there in 20 minutes. When I was leaving there were probably about 100-150 people in line. It always a good idea to bring cash just in case they have a cash only line.
     
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  23. ncaudle

    ncaudle May 28, 2010 Virginia
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    actually, I'm thinking of Bourbon GBS. the regular GBS is closer to $9-10
     
  24. mayorQuimby

    mayorQuimby Jun 5, 2009 Indiana
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    Thinking of driving down Saturday night; had this beer at DLD this year and was pleasantly surprised. Wife and I took a trip down to Richmond in the spring and were greatly disappointed with their beers. At the time they had bottles of and were pouring Sidamo, Bourbon Sidamo, and Chocolate Heat.

    Sidamo was lacking, Bourbon version was nothing special to say the least, and Chocolate Heat (my main reason for wanting to visit as I love chile beers) was disgusting! The beer looks like someone dropped a nasty shit in your glass and the taste wasn't that far off. Watched a poor guy who bought a pitcher of Chocolate Heat pour his first glass, take one sip and grimace, and he just left what basically amounted to a full pitcher sitting on the ground in the parking lot. All this said, GBS is legit.
     
  25. ncaudle

    ncaudle May 28, 2010 Virginia
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    regarding Sidamo, I think most people are expecting a classic coffee stout and the Sidamo bean has nothing like a classic coffee taste: it's almost a fruity tasting bean
     
  26. Hubarooski

    Hubarooski May 15, 2013 Florida

    The regular and BA versions sound perfect for this time of yr. Definitely ISO!!!!
     
  27. BeastLU

    BeastLU Dec 20, 2012 Virginia

    1000 cases went out to distro, plus draft, plus whatever is held back at the brewery it self. Should stick around town for a bit. Don't know about a month though.
     
  28. Caitlinjanell

    Caitlinjanell Feb 19, 2013 Florida

    I will be there with my boyfriend! Not sure if we are going friday or saturday but we are bringing CCB goodies to share!
     
  29. RedneckBeerz

    RedneckBeerz Sep 17, 2011 Massachusetts

    Not sure where houses going to share, but per Virginia ABC law, no outside brews can be consumed on Hardywood property ( but I'd be willing if anyone knows an off property location??)
     
  30. Shilt

    Shilt Dec 26, 2011 Virginia
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    This is correct. Plus ABC headquarters is literally blocks away from Hardywood. I usually host a share for this, but given the fiance is running in the half marathon that day, I will be unable to do so.
     
  31. Caitlinjanell

    Caitlinjanell Feb 19, 2013 Florida

    I have a friend in va so we are trying to get something together. Are you allowed to share at bars there?
     
  32. ncaudle

    ncaudle May 28, 2010 Virginia
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    touchy subject lately with crackdowns by ABC...
    according to the letter of the law, yes, but only if in a private room or after the bar has closed. however, there have been a few disgruntled people, and over-zealous ABC agents, researching "violations" lately so places that were normally open to bottle shares are being extra careful.
     
  33. cmmcdonn

    cmmcdonn Jun 21, 2009 Virginia

    If there were a BA version this year, would it released the same day or in the future b/c it's not ready yet?
     
  34. BeastLU

    BeastLU Dec 20, 2012 Virginia

    It's scheduled for dec already.
     
  35. FLBeerGuy

    FLBeerGuy Feb 6, 2007 Florida
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    When in December?
     
  36. Shilt

    Shilt Dec 26, 2011 Virginia
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    The 7th.
     
  37. PGH_Penguins

    PGH_Penguins May 26, 2013 North Carolina
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    Per Alex,
    $10 per bottle and a 4 bottle limit per person. We will do growler fills beginning at 2pm on Saturday, November 16th. 32oz growler fills will be $11 each and 64oz fills will be $19 each. We will have an allotted amount set for each day so as to guarantee the availability of bottles for the Saturday release as well.

    Cheers,

    Alex Fuqua
    Tasting Room Manager
    Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
     
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  38. Cubatobaco

    Cubatobaco Jan 27, 2013 Virginia
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    I'll be there tonight. There's no way I was going to try and drive through Richmond during the marathon. That was a nightmare the last time. Maybe I'll meet some of you tonight.
     
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  39. ncaudle

    ncaudle May 28, 2010 Virginia
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    $10 for 25.4oz, $11 for 32oz or $19 for 64oz... yeah, growler fills are expensive ;)
     
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