Hopslam Sightings 2017

Discussion in 'US - Midwest' started by stretch80, Jan 2, 2017.

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  1. MaltheadWeirdo

    MaltheadWeirdo Initiate (67) Nov 18, 2015 Pennsylvania

    Ditto on that. It would be $12 if it were in a 4-pack -- I've bought lots of 4-packs from other breweries, some of them year-round releases or at least several month windows, that were at least that much.
     
  2. Angerhaus

    Angerhaus Crusader (736) Oct 1, 2015 Rhode Island
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    You should just say Hopslam on this one. Bell's does this pricing on a lot of their "once a year" releases. The Oracle, Expedition, Java Stout, and probably others that I'm not considering are all in that price range.
     
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  3. Mattmc1973

    Mattmc1973 Initiate (120) Jun 4, 2008 Michigan

    Price per ounce, it'd be a $5.50 bomber. Would anyone think a $5.50 bomber of Hopslam is exorbitant?
     
  4. CB_Michigan

    CB_Michigan Zealot (522) Sep 4, 2014 Illinois
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    Oh no, not another bomber vs. bottle price argument. Can we have one GL thread that doesn't get into this? :slight_smile:

    Back on topic, I look forward to this every year. It's no longer the mind-blowing, greatest-beer-in-the-world that I once thought it was, but it's still very good and there's just something comforting about it. Opening that first bottle brings me back to times when this hobby was simpler. This will be my first year trying to get it in IL, so I'm not quite sure what to expect but I'm guessing that I'll miss just strolling into D&W and seeing stacks of it sitting on the floor.
     
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  5. croush

    croush Champion (805) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    It was all over the city last year, but not sure if you're in city or suburbs. Lincoln Park Binny's had it so long after release that I wasn't comfortable buying it anymore.
     
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  6. prior2two

    prior2two Devotee (400) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois
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    The first week in IL, people will go nuts and it will sell out. Then the next week, a new shipment get delivered to all accounts, and it will then sit on shelves for 4 months.

    You'll be able to get it no problem.
     
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  7. PrestigeWorldwide

    PrestigeWorldwide Defender (634) Sep 22, 2015 Michigan
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    The last few years I have had my first hopslam at Crunchy's in East Lansing on MLK Day with a burger and fries. The experience transcends the beer alone.

    There is just something about hopslam being released in Michigan in January during peak "stout season". Just kind of a refreshing tradition. Like you said, simpler times...
     
  8. AstraXtreme

    AstraXtreme Initiate (137) Mar 21, 2014 Wisconsin

    I don't think the price itself is what people have a problem with. The problem is that the IPA game has boomed and there are plenty of cheaper and arguably better options out there. People now have the taste for fresh piney and tropical IPAs. Hopslam is boozy and malty and it doesn't age well since it's already malty. I'd be more inclined to buy it if it was in a bomber or a 4-pack because I just don't want 6 cans of a malty beer.

    I'll continue to buy a single can or have one on tap in hopes that they changed the recipe, but that's as far as I'm willing to go. Just my $0.02, of course.
     
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  9. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,727) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    Bell's posted on Instagram that HopSlam is on the canning line today. Yaaay!
     
  10. croush

    croush Champion (805) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    Oh, so the flavors have already fallen off. :wink::grimacing::flushed:
     
  11. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Meyvn (1,408) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    Did you crunch the numbers? Flavor= (Hype^2)- (3xFreshness)
     
  12. ja1022

    ja1022 Initiate (159) Sep 27, 2009 Indiana
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    I remember when The Oracle was impossible to find in northwest Indiana and the Chicago area. Now I can find five month old 4 pack all over the place.
     
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  13. craigo19

    craigo19 Initiate (194) Oct 12, 2009 Michigan

    Bells just posted that it's available at the General Store 3 case limit.
     
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  14. Jmorey

    Jmorey Initiate (0) Feb 10, 2015 Michigan

    I hope no one needs 3 cases of hopslam for themselves :slight_smile:
     
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  15. croush

    croush Champion (805) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    I bought 2 cases a couple years ago, and that was difficult to actually get through. I really enjoy Hopslam, but that was too much for me. I think I went down to a case last year, and will probably go further down to 6 or 12 this year due to my storage/inventory/purchasing issues.
     
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  16. craigo19

    craigo19 Initiate (194) Oct 12, 2009 Michigan

    I know the feeling, glad that they aren't doing mini-kegs this year. I will still buy my case and maybe mule some back for my friends. A group of us had a kill the mini-keg party where we killed 3 of them. It took a few days to recover from that one.
     
  17. jdoncbus

    jdoncbus Disciple (374) Jun 17, 2006 Ohio

    I guess we have different opinion of "amazing." To each their own.
     
  18. Lazhal

    Lazhal Devotee (479) Mar 13, 2011 Michigan
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    After years and years of this being my staple IPA, NE style IPAs have just ruined me.

    This year I hope I can get a single can at a reasonable price and call it a day.
     
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  19. ClarkstonMark

    ClarkstonMark Initiate (103) Feb 21, 2016 Michigan
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    Is this typically available at the Store for a couple weeks?
    Just debating on driving over from SE MI today to get a case vs waiting to see if I can get a case locally first. So if I get shut out next week, will it be available at the Store in a week or so?
     
  20. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Poo-Bah (1,911) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan
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    I toured the Comstock brewery before Christmas. The guide said they used 292 drums of honey last year. One of those 55 gallon drums weighs about 600 lbs.

    That is a lot of honey.
     
  21. Junior

    Junior Champion (853) May 23, 2015 Michigan
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    That would be 171,000 12-oz cans of honey or over 7,000 cases.
     
  22. prior2two

    prior2two Devotee (400) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois
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    You'll be fine.

    It was available in the store for a long while, and sat on grocery store shelves for months.
     
  23. ClarkstonMark

    ClarkstonMark Initiate (103) Feb 21, 2016 Michigan
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    Thank, that helps. It may have sat on shelves in Illinois, but I don't recall that in SE Michigan
     
  24. croush

    croush Champion (805) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    I actually seem to recall it running out at the general store last year kind of quick. I know that I had a trip back to Detroit a week or two after the release, and when I called them before leaving they said they were out. I ended up stopping somewhere else in SW MI and was able to get a ton of it, though, as well as finding plenty on the shelves in Chicago afterwards.

    You guys in SE MI have a whole different game to play with what hits your shelves though. As much as I talk with my wife about moving back "home" to that area, beer availability comes into my mind a lot!
     
  25. prior2two

    prior2two Devotee (400) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois
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    Hmmm. maybe I'm thinking of the year before.

    I know I was there in march last year and it was all over the grocery stores though. Worst case, it should be super easy to find via beer menus if you're willing to drive.
     
  26. PrestigeWorldwide

    PrestigeWorldwide Defender (634) Sep 22, 2015 Michigan
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    I think last year hopslam went quicker than expected at the general store because:

    a) people were excited about the new can format
    b) mini-kegs were available (and distro of those was going to be pretty limited)
     
  27. craigo19

    craigo19 Initiate (194) Oct 12, 2009 Michigan

    Merchant's in Dearborn is releasing tonight at 6PM, limit 2 6-packs per person. A friend of mine went to Kalamazoo today and hooked me up with a case.
     
  28. Wolfhead

    Wolfhead Initiate (0) Sep 1, 2009 Illinois

    I'm doing exactly this in my Hopslam clone now
    Anxious to compare
     
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  29. Blutz

    Blutz Initiate (99) Mar 25, 2014 Michigan
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    Meijer in Brighton has what appears to be a couple hundred 6-packs on the floor already. And no, I'm not exaggerating. Should be plenty to go around!
     
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  30. RedMedicine

    RedMedicine Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2005 Oregon

    Anyone seen this in Ann Arbor today?
     
  31. Nosnum

    Nosnum Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2007 Michigan

    Busches on Plymouth Road in AA has a pile of it.
     
  32. vette-ss

    vette-ss Initiate (190) Nov 5, 2014 Michigan
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    Saw a picture posted today from Whole Foods I believe. It was in Meijer yesterday or day before. I assume it will be all over Ann Arbor by now.
     
  33. RedMedicine

    RedMedicine Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2005 Oregon

    Yeah, it's everywhere. Thanks. Bought some at Meijer and cashier said that a few hours earlier someone bought three shopping carts worth to the tune of $2,000+ :astonished:
     
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  34. Bbear

    Bbear Initiate (168) Oct 26, 2016 Illinois
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    LOL. This has to be the funniest thing I've read in months on BA.
     
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  35. Brianw508

    Brianw508 Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2013 Michigan

    If anyone is interested we (BoatWorks) will have it Monday afternoon at 5.
     
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  36. jmich24

    jmich24 Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2010 Michigan

    Probably going to get resold at Pine Knob Wine Shoppe. :astonished:
     
  37. Mikecd234

    Mikecd234 Initiate (148) Jun 24, 2015 Michigan

    Thanks for the tip, getting some cold now.
     
  38. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Meyvn (1,408) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    Do you have any shopping cart limits?
     
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  39. A2HB

    A2HB Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2013 Michigan

    Just picked up a sixer from my local in A2. 16.99

    I have to get at least one every year, this beer is sublime when fresh.

    Can says packaged on 1/3/17, so yeah, get it now BA's!
     
  40. sculls65

    sculls65 Aspirant (260) Dec 15, 2008 Michigan

    3 days from the canning line to my mouth. No complaints here.
     
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