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Discussion in 'Mid-Atlantic' started by Sabtos, Jan 1, 2020.
Strata is banging. I filled up mini growler last week. Accidentally killed it the same day
I wasn't a fan of strata.
I liked Strata, but not one of the best Strata only beers I've had thus far. I ended up getting a fill of Whitehall as my GF and I both liked that better
I enjoyed strata I thought it had a very good balance..
hows the line so far
I am wondering if 2/3 being cognac barrel aged will scare some people off?
I am wondering if prior BA SB not being better than the normal beer will scare some people off. Honestly if I could walk in with no crowd and get a set maybe I would, but I wouldn't wait for this after my honest opinions on the last one. Hopefully there will be extras or singles in the fridge in the coming weeks b/c I will be out of town this weekend too.
Cognac and coffee tend to go quite well together in hefty barrel aged beers. The best French Vanilla Militia was aged in Armagnac barrels.
I think ultimately it just depends on how pronounced the barrel is in any of the variants. If they were confident in the new results and had a little tasting party prior to and everyone walked away raving about the barrel character in this years new BA SBs, turnout would be bonkers guaranteed. But I'm with the others in that who knows what the turn out will be. Could be low due to experience with prior years non-ba being the preferred versions, or high because of the new look/new barrel set.
weather could play a big factor too...expecting rain.
also OH anniversary is saturday at 10am.. i wonder where the hazebois and pastryladies decide to go
Also have asbury beerfest. . . Not sure how much cross over there will be but i am sure there will be some.
FWIW, this isn't the actual anniversary release for OH. They're doing two weeks of collab rebrews beforehand I believe.
@Feaor got me here.
anyone wanna take a stab at the line details? They're selling at 10. thinking i might get over there at 8:30. think it'll be crazy by then? i've seen huge lines and lines that didn't pick up til 45 minutes before doors, so i never know.
Are you on a tight schedule? It's hard to imagine having to wait in line more than an hour and a half no matter what time you get there, so I'm not sure I understand the rationale behind getting there at 8:30 if you're trying to minimize time waiting in line...
i don't know, if i'm going, i like to be one of the first. plus i'm picking up 2 sets for friends so i don't want them to cut it to 2per or something while i'm on line. if i get there that early, i'll post a line update in the thread.
Early indications are that it will be a shit show, especially with parking. The weather may play a part though with 1-2” of rain expected. I preferred the event brite releases because I’m not a fan of lines, especially if it’s going to be 90 minutes plus.
I have heard from a good amount of people they are passing on this release.
seems like a combination of potential bad weather, pricing, and unsure how the cognac barrel will interact with the beer.
personally I’ll be a last minute decision and hope bottles last into the day but i am not optimistic
Kane is also very slow at dealing with lines, at least from the times I've been and there has been a line. Holy nights there was only like 80-100 people maybe less and it took me an hour and fifteen to get to my bottles, one person ringing up is all I've ever seen there.
I do think bottles will last the day and into the next probably. But anyone's guess is as good as the next.
Same as you. If they sell out early, not going to shed a tear. If it lasts into the day, I'll swing by later. After the debacle of waiting in the nor'easter for morning bell a few years ago, have no desire to stand in a long line in the rain EVER again.
This is short sighted IMO, while I think some people won't drudge out there with the weather and also the Other half releases, there will people who line up before opening. If you get there any time b4 10, you are adding that time to your wait, Kane does not generally sell earlier than their posted times on social media. So say you get there at 9AM thats 1 Hour alone, plus any time for the line itself, which could be 10 deep at 9am or 50 deep, and Kane is notorious for slow moving lines. If you want to guarantee yourself the full allotment for yourself/friends the only way to do so is to get there at least an hour before they open, or see if anyone has posted an update early in the AM. Otherwise there's no way to know how long you are going to wait from 10am when they open. I am not sure where @Conz is coming from, so that adds a layer, if they are close enough they could potentially drive there if its mellow, go back home and come back later, but really within 30 mins it could go from nothing to shit show. I think it won't be terribly bad, but if you NEED to guarantee your self 2+ sets, you can't make an assumption its going to be easy to show up at 10 and be guaranteed a quick trip or a full amount of beer.
I happend to be on the way down towards kane when the announced MB that day, so I drove over and got in line, I had no jacket or umbrella, that was miserable, thankfully some nice people gave me a poncho and umbrella when it started to rain. What an awful idea!
I did this as well, got there early with a friend and we were miserable and soaked... this stood out as my never again moment...and tbh morning bell and ba morning bell may be 2 of my top 3 kane bottles
Agreed about the other factors that could increase a wait if one gets there at 8:30, I was trying to be as generous as possible. 1.5hr+ would have been more accurate, you're right. My point was simply that I highly doubt you're going to be waiting for 1.5hr+ if you get there, say, at anytime beyond 10:30 (reasonable?).. so why would you necessarily add that wait time? I think he answered it with a simple "I like to be first" which is pretty confounding to me, but hey... you do you lol.
And let's be honest, theres zero chance that someone getting there at 11 won't get this, right? Unless Kane seriously screwed up the counts (possible I guess, given how wonky this release looks).
I agree with everything you are saying and if he wants to be first to be in and out once they open and guarantee his stuff, more power lol. I just think as it stands, from prior experience, even with weather included. Getting there at 1030/11, we really have no clue how deep of a line ther emight be. If the line stretches to around 70-100 near 10/1030, youre def waiting a while, b/c it will be a slow moving line, an hour min I would say from past experience, although they should have all hands on deck since no pouring at that time. You should still get everything, unless they have grossly screwed up the counts, but it wouldnt be the first time it happened right? Either way, cheers to those in line, hopefully I can grab some next Thur haha. I will be venturing out to OH (from my GFs in BK) at some point after the loonies are gone!
Yup, agree with this as well. The absolute worst move -again, if you're aiming to minimize your time standing in the rain, waiting for beer, as I usually am- would be to get there at 10/10:30. The second worst move would be to get there at 8:30. The best move would be to get there at like 11:00. #LineScience
haha great hashtag. Best move is to roll in at 230pm with no line and grab a set!
830am. Obnoxious line already, fyi.
Obnoxious as in 75-100 or 250?
Kind of shocking, thanks for the update. I was curious how it would turn out.
Already wrapped into parking lot
I’m not shocked at all. We’ve seen that lines have started going away, but some releases at some breweries still have people coming out hours early (even in horrible weather!). I look forward to the day no one feels the need to do this. IMO it will be better for all us craft beer fans when we can stroll into any brewery on any day and get whatever we want. We’re close, but not quite there yet.
Just add more fuel to the fire
I do think kane lives for the hype these days. Not a bad thing but they’ve definitely embraced that mentality if that makes sense. The IG pictures for one, remember the simple white kane labels and it was just a four pack picture. All about the look these days it seems. Their beer talks for itself, why jazz it all up? Your post just made me have that sort of thought @bryantc3
if you've spent any amount of time on BA over the last year or two; you'll see plenty of people crying about labels for various brands. Hell Kane caught some slack for their label changes from the Old MB/SB/MB to the new labels. People like to complain; Kane got a designer.
This. I still love Kane, but totally agree. The fact that they don’t put a release on draft until after it sells out. Buying a release blind has been a little more of a gamble the past couple of years imo.
Got there at 10:45. 10 min car to car. Kane did a damn good job with this one.
it moved very quickly once i got inside. definitely seemed faster than usual
I'm guessing Kane releases were a nightmare in the beginning? I base this on users saying this was going to be a shitshow days before today. My first Kane release ever and it was super smooth sailing. I got there about 20 minutes after they opened just so the line would be underway and I would be able to find parking. Could not have worked out better. Glad Kane figured out how to properly handle a release, again, an assumption based on comments.
Their past few releases have went well. They also must be producing more beer which helps too.
I don't understand why they do that. If you release a beer, it should be on tap during the release. Nobody else does this shit.
I wouldn't have purchased Gravitational Partywaves if I had it on tap beforehand. After that, I'm weary about getting hype stuff now. That was a disappointment.
It seems like you answered your own question.