Have the beer gods answered YOUR prayers?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by fmccormi, Jan 22, 2013.

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  1. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,336) Oct 24, 2010 California
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    Because I'm pretty sure they may have answered mine. Just saw this little nugget slip through the interwebs, and I have to admit it's gotten me pretty excited:


    Full disclosure, I love Ommegang. I may be rightly accused of being kind of a 'gang fanboy. But with all these threads going around about spring and summer seasonals recently, this one has gotten me really excited. I'm always asking, directly or indirectly, for more affordable, small-format saisons and Belgian pale ales—and especially ones that actually have some hop character—particularly for the warmer months.

    And then this came along. 6.8% ABV is not too big and definitely not too small, the 12oz / 355ml bottle size is awesome for my consumption trends, and I trust Ommegang to do well with the "Belgian" side of this, because I think they're consistently good if not great and I like their characteristic yeast strain(s).

    So I ask you, BA, at times in the past have you felt like maybe there are some beer gods out there that listen to your prayers and have answered one or two of them? And if it's never happened, what do you hope is just over the horizon?
  2. ilikebeer03

    ilikebeer03 Champion (863) Oct 17, 2012 Texas

    Goose Island will be distributed nationwide. (It's beginning to show up in Texas. Draft, anyway) Hoping to see some BCBS!
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  3. Horbar

    Horbar Zealot (560) Feb 24, 2012 Rhode Island

    Nope, I still don't live in northern Vermont.....:slight_frown:
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  4. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

    Nope, Alesmith still doesn't bottle date, or put their regular lineup in 6 packs.

    If they did both, I would buy a TON of their IPA, Nut Brown, X, and Anvil.
  5. beerborn

    beerborn Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2012 Georgia

    Beer Gods...nope, still haven't laid taste to a cherry rye or coffee unfortunately
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  6. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (154) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

  7. MADPolo

    MADPolo Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2012 Alabama

    Nope, Founders has announced distribution in FL with zero news of when and Goose Island is only distributing there mass produced beers in parts of FL with no mention of ever seeing their seasonals or bourbon county line.

    Nothing like teasing a brother!
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  8. rmalinowski4

    rmalinowski4 Disciple (329) Oct 22, 2010 Illinois
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  9. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    No IIPA from the Bruery, no BBA RIS from Russian River... nope!
  10. SeaOfShells

    SeaOfShells Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2011 California

    Sure, I suppose. I like seeing a few Jester King beers on shelves now, and I definitely won't complain about Boulevard being available. Otherwise, no. Bells still isn't in CA, so Hopslam still has to be traded for.
  11. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Poo-Bah (2,758) Oct 15, 2011 Maryland
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    Well, I was able to snag BCBCS for $12 when it seemed like the store that carried it was all out...
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  12. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,741) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Walked into a store 2day to buy a 4 pk of Abrasive and on the shelf was Black Note just sitting there
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  13. bleakies

    bleakies Disciple (389) Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    Pretty Things has brought back a few of their "Once Upon a Time" historical recreation beers and introduced a new old one, an IPA from the 1870s, but in the final analysis I'm an atheist so I don't credit this to any "Beer Gods" but rather to the mysterious actions of extraterrestrial astronauts who made contact with humans on the eve of the Neolithic era in what would become known as the Fertile Crescent.
  14. PatriotsRule

    PatriotsRule Aspirant (257) Sep 25, 2012 Massachusetts

    Harpoon Rye IPA became year round last year I think. It was a true blessing!
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  15. JulianB

    JulianB Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2012 South Carolina

    Showed up at the US Olympic T&F trials to find out that Deschutes would be doing free tastings of Abyss, Stoic, and Black Butte XXII all week.
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  16. Chrome_Dome

    Chrome_Dome Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2012 Ohio

    got an e-mail from a buddy that "State Rep. Dan Ramos, D-Lorain is about to reintroduce a bill to increase the 12% ABV cap on beer to 21% ABV" here in Ohio, which isn't quite a prayer answered yet.... but a prayer most definitely in progress..
  17. jglowe77

    jglowe77 Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    The beer gods answered my prayers the first time I drank from a can of Heady Topper (sometime this summer). Everything afterwards has been details, and minor at that.
  18. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,273) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    So in this scenario the entity normally considered the Devil * on the BA forums is working with the Beer Gods? :wink:

    *aka "AB-InBev"
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  19. jglowe77

    jglowe77 Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    I think you've watched 2001 a few too many times :stuck_out_tongue:
  20. ChanChan

    ChanChan Devotee (475) Dec 12, 2009 California
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    No, I wake up every morning hoping a bottle of rare is at my feet!!
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  21. Sarlacc83

    Sarlacc83 Crusader (752) Mar 2, 2008 Oregon
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    They have not heard me. I first offered a beer in supplication, then a Supplication, then I eventually sacrificed my neighbor's dog. Working on yelling and cutting myself.

    All this just to get Boneyard to finally start canning.
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  22. Giovannilucano

    Giovannilucano Devotee (452) Feb 24, 2011 New Jersey

    I finally had my first Three Philosophers and you are RIGHT on with 'Gang! Very excellent and a great experience!
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  23. Giovannilucano

    Giovannilucano Devotee (452) Feb 24, 2011 New Jersey

    Well maybe just maybe I would like to see more Italian beers at affordable prices for many to try! I am really trying to start something special in spreading this joy!
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  24. brewsader

    brewsader Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2012 New York
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    yup. i was visiting VT, and in addition to scoring a case of HT and 4 growlers and a handful of bottles of HF, i was able to get my hands on six bottles of lawson's. the store we went to only allowed four per person, but on our way back, we tried our luck at a shop we passed on the way there. turns out, they had gotten a delivery of paradise pale no more than five minutes prior and let me walk out with two more bottles. i haven't opened any yet so i have no idea if my excitement is justified, but the beer hunt itself was a success.
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  25. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Meyvn (1,461) Dec 11, 2006 California
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    Yes. I will be driving up to Russian River in early February to drink endless amounts of Younger, and I will also bring home an abundance of goodies.
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  26. dglgmut

    dglgmut Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2012 New Jersey
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    One of my best customers brought me in a can of Heady Topper the other day, I nearly pooped myself. So I wouldn't really consider him a God, more of a saint.
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  27. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,547) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    I made a goal to drink as many Beers of Fame as possible in 2012 and I'm at 73 drank and 20 more waiting to be drank so sure. I didn't any Westy or FW 16th anniversary so no.
  28. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,061) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    I got to try Pliny and Blind Pig for the first time the other day, so one prayer has been answered.
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  29. Bitter_Echo

    Bitter_Echo Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2012 Michigan

    Not yet, mine is a revised modern Reinheitsgebot that leads to every IPA/DIPA with a bottled on, and not a 'best before,' date. I generally do well sniffing out the stale ones (what tales dust can tell), but I STILL get had from time to time, and even with the date, sometimes I still get burned. I missed the smallest little date on the bottle when I threw some money on a small upstart brewing just yesterday (just cause, in principle, you gotta help the little guys out sometime), only to find later that it was pushing six months old. It wasn't a pour so OK for this example, but when this is STD issue for DIPA's and IPA's then the beer gods will have honored my hopes. (I'm lucky that many of my favorite, go to, session-like IPA's already adhere to the 21st century's new Reinheitsgebot, some maybe they are gearing up for a more industry-wide approach).
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  30. ESeab

    ESeab Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 New Jersey

    Last week my friend called and said he found BCBCS (neither of us have had it) and asked if I wanted one, of course I said yes. When he returned from his trip I asked him how much the store had, he said the case was full and that NJ only got 4 cases. I called the next day and they said they had 7 left, when I got there, there were 6 left. The guys behind the counter thought I was crazy when I grabbed all of them. Glad I did, we split one Sunday night and it was fantastic.

    Also, I just want to try me some Heady, Zombie Dust,and Pliny. Beer Gods answer, Russian River will be distributed to NJ soon!
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  31. stealth

    stealth Zealot (508) Dec 16, 2011 Minnesota
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    Yes. Surly is making Five an annual release, with the first bottling coming out next month.
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  32. mellowmark

    mellowmark Aspirant (263) Mar 31, 2010 Minnesota
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    What store?
  33. lokieman

    lokieman Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2011 Oklahoma

    Firestone Walker, Goose Island, Ballast Point all expanded/ing to Texas this year. Founders most likely by the end of the year and Odell a good possibility too. There's never been a more exciting time for craft beer in Texas...loving 2013 so far.
  34. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,793) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    The beer gods have answered my prayers many times but.....I still end up paying for the beers. Where's the justice in that?:rolling_eyes:
  35. StylzMC

    StylzMC Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2012 Yukon (Canada)

    General store?
  36. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,741) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    it was 4Firkins 2 bottle limit and the Abrasive was canned on 1/17
  37. franklinn

    franklinn Initiate (0) May 29, 2012 Vermont

    the general store (warren) is the one with the 4 bottle limit.

    I'm curious as well...
  38. Andygirl

    Andygirl Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 Michigan

    Backwoods Bastard, a husband that travels all over and brings back beer, a dedicated beer fridge, and a cellar. All my prayers answered.
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  39. StylzMC

    StylzMC Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2012 Yukon (Canada)

    True... now I'm wondering which one they passed by.
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  40. Tballz420

    Tballz420 Meyvn (1,187) Mar 4, 2003 Minnesota

    I wasn't necessarily praying for it, but one of my local readers hooked me up with a heady topper to review last week. Was definitely happy about that
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