How much Bourbon County will you buy this fall?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by surfcaster, Jul 16, 2016.


How much Bourbon County will you buy this fall?

  1. 1. More than I purchased in 2015

    56 vote(s)
  2. 2. Similar amount to what I purchased in 2015

    217 vote(s)
  3. 3. Some but less than I purchased in 2015

    110 vote(s)
  4. 4. None but I did purchase in 2015

    59 vote(s)
  5. 5. None, I wasn't a patron to begin with

    70 vote(s)
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  1. surfcaster

    surfcaster Zealot (526) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina

    OK--if you weren't following the 40+ page thread that started as a possible BCBS infection thread and morphed into the Refunds for BCBS and Prop 15 thread, you missed the slowest trainwreck that was hard to look away from. Lots of opinions on woulda/shoulda etc.

    So, I have to ask, for those out there-- some mad, some not, let us know, are you buying this fall??

    I for one usually get a couple as gifts--might buy one in a store if I run across one but never have sought it out. Not hugely distributed down here. I do really enjoy what I get.
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  2. StoutElk_92

    StoutElk_92 Poo-Bah (3,313) Oct 30, 2015 Massachusetts

    I didn't buy any in 2015, but I might pick up a bottle this year.
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  3. JrGtr

    JrGtr Devotee (473) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    I used to just grab a couple 4-packs each year, plus whatever I can get for barleywine or variants, which is hit-or-miss.
    Still gonna try for a few bottles, plus whatever else.
    I didn't have any issues with off bottles last year, so I'm not scared off. I do believe AB-Inbev-Miller-Coors-SAB-Goose that they are committed to good quality.
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  4. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    I didn't buy any last year since I won't go through hoops to buy any beer. If I see it on a shelf I will buy a few bottles.
  5. Grupatre

    Grupatre Aspirant (241) Sep 13, 2014 Michigan

    I will never buy a Goose Island product again.....
  6. antilite

    antilite Initiate (44) Jan 1, 2012 Florida

    We all have our risk/reward tolerances. With anticipation being replaced by apprehension, I will take this year off. If it didn't take standing in line for a couple of hours for one bottle, I might feel different.
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  7. skleice

    skleice Disciple (302) Aug 6, 2015 Connecticut

    Might not be popular opinion around here, but I'll try to pick up a case of regular and a couple variants if I can (same as this year). My case was wonderful and was at a great price. Hope I can do it again.
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  8. Jraiona

    Jraiona Initiate (0) Mar 7, 2016 Kentucky

    I'm very new to the craft beer scene and am learning as well as trying a lot different styles. I'm not familiar with this beer but have heard and read a lot about it. Can someone tell me a bit about it and why all the attention it seems to attract?
  9. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (10,026) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    0. I do not buy Inbev products.
  10. Vitacca

    Vitacca Zealot (562) Sep 15, 2010 Montana

    I'm going to buy my stores allotment at cost and double my money when it comes refund time.
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  11. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey

    Same as last year-none.
    I do not buy AB/InBev
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  12. kalosjakar

    kalosjakar Initiate (0) May 5, 2014 Rhode Island

    I have never seen it in stores, but a buddy of mine was able to grab me 2 bottles last year.
    Seems very hard to get here in Rhode Island.
  13. Jaycase

    Jaycase Poo-Bah (1,917) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    Hopefully you get a chance to try it (BCBS) sometime. If you enjoy Barrel Aged stouts you'll likely enjoy it. Notwithstanding the issues Goose Island has had with '15 BCBS (& variants), BCBS is the best BA stout which is nationally distributed and widely available. I say this unequivocally and I don't think there is much of an argument here. Folks might mention Parabola but it certainly does not have the availability of BCBS. That GI is able to produce the amount of BCBS they do at this high quality is impressive imo. Again, there are issues with the 2015 bottles which are detailed in several other threads if you are interested. There will also be many other threads regarding the 2016 release as it approaches (Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving). Likely including one for Kentucky sightings in the regional thread. As widely available BCBS is, it can still be a severe PITA to buy as everyone and their mother are seeking it out. Everyone and their mother is literally true. Anyway you should try it at least once. Cheers.
  14. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,108) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    I will buy as much of whatever I am allowed to buy without waiting on a line.
  15. Geuzedad

    Geuzedad Disciple (385) Nov 14, 2010 Arizona

    Both my Barley wine and coffee were infected. The regular BCBS was very good although I did not like the rebottling and the subsequent price increase. Still have not opened the reserve or the Heaven Hill Barrel aged. But from my dates and the information put out by Goose Island, mine should be fine. I will probably pick up a bottle each of what's available again this year but I wont go out of my way.
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  16. Ninjakillzu

    Ninjakillzu Initiate (0) Oct 5, 2015 Washington

    None. I bought a couple from last year to at least get some, but that was a one time thing (and I got them with no trouble/lines/massive hype, but then again, it's Washington...:sunglasses:)
  17. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Poo-Bah (2,057) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

    If I happen to see any on the shelves and I have some extra money in my pocket I would probably pull the trigger.

    The reason I may come off as lacking empathy for those who purchased Bourbon County is because it's a joke. The people that line up hours in advance, cross state lines and bring mules to buy it kill it for me. I had fun responding to cocky Beer Advocates from Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, New York and bumblefuck Pennsylvania talking about getting in line at places I would consider local. I feel like they are Vultures, they laugh at you when their beer is trading high and cry foul when it tastes sour.
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  18. johnInLA

    johnInLA Savant (984) Jun 12, 2005 California
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    I'll buy it if I see it, but won't go out of my way for it, nor will I stand on a long line for it ( which I have done in the past )
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  19. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Me too, it's too good. I could care less about In Bev, make a good beer I'll buy, make a bad one I won't. They're corporate so what? It's a free market economy.
  20. Jraiona

    Jraiona Initiate (0) Mar 7, 2016 Kentucky

    Thank you Jay. I have not as yet tried any BA stouts but it is certainly on the list. I do so appreciate the info.
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  21. 98green

    98green Meyvn (1,087) Jun 13, 2014 Michigan

    Same here. Which has amounted to zero bottles for my career.
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  22. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Poo-Bah (2,057) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

    you should just hunt bottles in Goose Isand's "new" markets. They flood the states they just started recently distributing to and ween off established markets.
  23. shamrock8387

    shamrock8387 Initiate (65) Mar 14, 2015 Michigan

    I might buy a bottle or two and definitely no variants. There is enough variety right now of beer that I don't have to stand in line, or hunt for.
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  24. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    We never get a lot here, maybe you get 4 maybe you won't. It's usually gone asap, I'm say under an hour being generous. Then never to be seen till next year.
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  25. Number1Framer

    Number1Framer Initiate (171) Mar 13, 2016 Wisconsin

    I will definitely go out and get some. But the main draw for me is other rare beers that a certain store in my town pulls out of the cellar for sale the days of Black Friday and Saturday. Last year I was happy to get 2 2012 Blacknotes and a Terra Incognita along with my 2 BCBS and 2 BCBBW. If it was just the BCBS we were talking about, I'd probably prefer to stay home and sleep in that day.

    As an related side question, I've always wondered how people are able to score entire cases of BCBS on release day. Is it just connections? Or stores that don't care about allocations? Or posers with empty boxes? My guess would be all of the above.
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  26. StoutElk_92

    StoutElk_92 Poo-Bah (3,313) Oct 30, 2015 Massachusetts

    The shop in my town, that I hardly ever go to because they have a smaller selection than a lot of other places, had BCBS in cases sitting in the spring. They said they got sent a lot of it. I still didn't buy any because it was $15.99 for 16.9 oz., and I had just had the cheaper 2014 version on tap twice in the late summer before the Nov. release. I'm not sure if they still have any, but I would consider getting a bottle since I've only had it on tap and I really liked it. When I have some extra money to blow maybe I can grab it. I do wish they would revert back to 4 packs or at least lower the price a little bit. There are so many other great beers for less than half the price. I don't see how people can line up at 5am in the cold for that price...
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  27. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Poo-Bah (3,265) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire

    I'll buy a case and then file a lawsuit against GI when I get an infected bottle.
  28. 1959lespaul

    1959lespaul Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2016 New York

    Being that I work in a beer store and I am always reserved one, I always take the one at least. Sometimes it's two, but that's the extent of it.
  29. Chcshammonde

    Chcshammonde Initiate (0) Sep 20, 2014 California

    I'll get 1-2 each of the variants and 5-6 of reg. I really enjoy this series.

    I feel bad for people who recieved infected bottles though. Lucky for me my coffee, barleywine and regular were awesome.
  30. The_Snow_Bird

    The_Snow_Bird Poo-Bah (1,846) May 7, 2015 Florida
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    I'll get a couple of whatever store I go to
  31. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (14,963) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    I will buy as much Surly Darkness, KBS, BCBS, and Prairie Pirate Bomb as I can get my hands on - but won't resort to extreme hunting. I got three BCBS, five KBS, and three Pirate BOMB's with little or no effort this last year. This year I have a lead on where to go for BCBS, and hope to land 6-12 bottles. It's not highly available around here, so buying cases is not in the cards. Many liquor stores get one case or less of regular, with no variants here at all.
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  32. babaracas

    babaracas Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2008 Florida

    Zero. Haven't bothered for a couple of years. The whole faux one-time-release thing followed 2 months later by a glut of overpriced bottles... lame to begin with, then add a multinational with a massively cynical approach to craft beer, a pedio contamination, ...what shitty thing will they do next?
  33. Premo88

    Premo88 Poo-Bah (2,150) Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    my vote = none, wasn't a patron

    With BBH swimming around my area like tadpoles in a spring pond, I'm good. In fact, there's been so much good big stout on the shelves in my part of Texas for so long now that I'm all fulled up for the winter.
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  34. taplebr

    taplebr Aspirant (263) Apr 7, 2015 Arkansas

    Based on all these respones, maybe I'll actually score a variant this year... who am I kidding, I doubt Arkansas will receive any variants. Seriously though, the odds they screw up 2016 are slim to none so I'll buy whatever I can without standing in ridiculous lines.
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  35. Sweatshirt

    Sweatshirt Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2014 New Hampshire

    Same as this past year. One bottle regular. Drink it the day I buy it.

    I loved it for a long time but the price increase a couple years back (bought none)and the root beer style single bottles after trending in the correct 4 pack direction killed the whole thing for me. So I will buy my one $8ish dollar bottle and spend the rest of my beer money on breweries who trend towards being consumer friendly.
  36. LongBallLarry

    LongBallLarry Initiate (25) Feb 7, 2016 California

    1 bottle if I can pick it up at Whole Foods like last year. There's no urgency however because I prefer dozens of other stouts over BCBS.
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  37. Czarkazm

    Czarkazm Initiate (0) Mar 4, 2015 New York

    I'm still on strike since the change in format and price increase last year. Present it to me in the 4 pack again or ~$7/16.9oz. bottle, I'm game. Until then, I'll have to enjoy the few 12 ouncers I still have on hand
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  38. Invinciblejets

    Invinciblejets Devotee (477) Sep 29, 2014 South Carolina

    I only bought two bottles last year. Now that I'm more into stouts and barrel aged stuff I will for sure be picking up more.
  39. CMiesen

    CMiesen Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2015 California

    I will drink it on tap when it is on tap at my favorite beer place in town won't bother buying a bottle. I don't go through the trouble of waiting in lines and hunting down beers.
  40. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (14,963) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Good point - turned out to be several opportunities to have BCBS on tap over the winter, which removes some of the urgency in finding bottles. I'll get some if I can easily get them, but won't hunt. I ended up not opening the bottles until there were reports of infection.
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