KBS Bottle Release

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by UnionFederal, Jan 29, 2016.

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  1. Bung

    Bung Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2007 Michigan

    There is a problem, and it is us.
  2. HoorayMichBeer

    HoorayMichBeer Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2015 Michigan

    Have used the same card for multiple tickets three years and never have a problem. Founders has stated in the past that the card doesn't matter just that each ticket has a different name so I change the name, birthdate and cell phone number on the other tickets.
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  3. screamking

    screamking Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2013 Ohio

    Wow, guess my friend got screwed.
  4. screamking

    screamking Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2013 Ohio

    Maybe it was the number that got him???
  5. TonyLuvsBeer

    TonyLuvsBeer Pundit (816) Mar 28, 2015 Michigan

    Does founders release KBS bottles at all at the Brewery after KBS week? Is it the same price? If so, is it a shit show to get bottles?
  6. aucanuck

    aucanuck Devotee (399) Dec 18, 2010 Georgia

    Got a ticket and hotel room for tuesday. Third year in a row driving from Atlanta and totally worth it. Always hit up 18th Street and Three Floyds as well. It is a really fun trip.
  7. Donco

    Donco Maven (1,453) Aug 12, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Like every year..
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  8. Jordy777

    Jordy777 Pundit (918) Apr 19, 2013 Illinois

    I don't know the specifics, but I know that in the past Founders has rather quietly released bottles for sale at the brewery post KBS week. A buddy of mine has gotten quite a bit this way. Don't know the price, but I understand it is not a shit show.
  9. jspoon

    jspoon Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2015 Michigan

    Girlfriend got a ticket and I didn't because too many tabs open. I guess 3 4-packs will have to do :slight_smile:
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  10. the_King

    the_King Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2013 Michigan

    My Grandma was willing to spend Thanksgiving in line for Bourbon County, so I'm not worried about her going to Founders for me on a random Tuesday. Plus she knows I'll put her in a home if she doesn't.
  11. BEERschlitz

    BEERschlitz Initiate (0) Oct 13, 2013 Michigan

    Usually a secret release pops up with all the unclaimed bottles. That's how I got my KBS the last 2 years. Do have to be quick though.
  12. core42

    core42 Pooh-Bah (1,754) May 5, 2010 Michigan
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    ...but you need to be in the area. Last year I was on vacation so I was home & saw the tweet about bottles, hopped in my truck but an hour later (I live in Kzoo) they were gone
  13. NikkoE82

    NikkoE82 Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2012 Indiana

    My wife and I both selected Saturday at about the same time. Her's went into a queue, mine just kept loading until it finally said I got a ticket. Her's said unavailable. Not complaining, though. Just an odd difference in experiences.
  14. AnchorDrops

    AnchorDrops Initiate (0) May 11, 2013 Michigan

    Got Tuesday, site was really lagging and took about 20 seconds for the payment page to load after clicking on "place order".
  15. ryansako

    ryansako Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2015 Ohio

    Figured this thread needed a few pics...


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  16. spike8382

    spike8382 Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2015 Indiana

    Eventbrite tix beat the heck out of standing in line. Definitely enjoyed standing in line at Oddside for Hipster and the bottle share at 4Elf for BB Plead, but still like the occasional luck of the draw that Founder's does with KBS. I'd like to find out how much money they raised for their charity with the ticket sales.
  17. HoorayMichBeer

    HoorayMichBeer Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2015 Michigan

    "Chance favors the prepared mind"

    Did I deserve to get shutout last week when I drove 3 plus hours for Hazel Nuts, of course I did because there is no way that I'm getting up at 4 AM to go buy beer but I was prepared for this ticket sale. Even if I keep all nine that would be 1 KBS every three weeks for me and my son but we spread the wealth with friends that might never get to try KBS. I buy beer to drink and share not to trade and KBS is one of my favorites.
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  18. MadLatvian

    MadLatvian Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2015 Michigan

    Sorry to those shut out. I had one browser, one laptop, refreshed the second my Macbook hit 11am, all days came up available, selected Friday, created a new account and placed my order in less than 3 minutes. Not rubbing it in at all but was surprised how easy it was. And that really sucks for those who didn't have it as easy.
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  19. AnchorDrops

    AnchorDrops Initiate (0) May 11, 2013 Michigan

    The sense of entitlement rears its ugly head again, a particularly angry lot has decided to take their pitchforks and torches to Founders FB page. Last week it was Hazel's Nuts, this week KBS. No one got screwed, no one was entitled to a ticket, Founders owes you nothing but a thank you for buying their beer. KBS will be distributed and in the end it is just beer.
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  20. SpartanBen

    SpartanBen Initiate (0) Aug 21, 2012 Michigan

    Used the Eventbrite app on iPhone. Re-freshed at 11, CC info was loaded from last year. Done and done for day #2
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  21. caber2615

    caber2615 Initiate (0) Oct 7, 2011 Michigan

    ^This...not sure why it was so difficult for some?? Maybe internet speeds? 4 friends and I all got our tickets for Friday without issue.
  22. AnchorDrops

    AnchorDrops Initiate (0) May 11, 2013 Michigan

    Maybe trying to run a half dozen devices to hedge one's bets slows down someone's WiFi network?
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  23. Nhens0016

    Nhens0016 Initiate (0) Aug 23, 2013 Louisiana

    Is there a bottle share during the week at all? First time going and got a ticket for Saturday.
  24. Pete811

    Pete811 Initiate (0) May 13, 2013 Michigan

    Thought for sure it was one ticket for 2 four packs this year.. I dunno why. Is it for 3 four packs.?
  25. Jaycase

    Jaycase Grand Pooh-Bah (3,302) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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  26. Dmarsh71

    Dmarsh71 Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2015 Illinois

    @HoorayMichBeer I can't replay to your post b/c I use the app. Legend!

    If anyone has bought ticket event before, your login info and CC are saved easy checkout process. For those who haven't, you had over a week to create an account. Yes they sold quick, but checkout was simple. Myself and 4 friends (all who I knew tried) got Saturday tickets no issues. One person was even at breakfast with his lady friend and just did it on his phone NOT using wifi.
  27. kgncfl

    kgncfl Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2013 Washington

    Missed this year but since I live here in Grand Rapids I'll drink plenty looking at it as an opportunity to drink down my cellar.
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  28. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2012 Nebraska

    These ticketed releases are a good reminder that there simply is no good way to release these highly sought after beers. Breweries are in a tough spot because choosing a given strategy is really just a choice between which types of issues consumers will have to deal with.

    A ticketed release is nice in that people who get shut out ultimately only waste a few minutes. No lining up for hours after driving (sometimes) long distances only to get nothing. Of course the lower level of risk also increases the number of people who are willing to roll the dice and reduces a given individual's odds of being successful. A brewery release theoretically gives the most motivated people the best chance of success. It eliminates the fact that with an online ticket release you're basically playing the lottery and there is no way to ensure yourself tickets, no matter what tricks people think they have worked out--I missed out on mobile with no wifi but I have an Eventbrite account. There are simply no guarantees when you have a huge group of people all trying to get a small quantity of items simultaneously.

    But I'm not saying one way is better than the other. They are just different. And while it stinks to strike out, I know for a fact that I've succeeded where others have struck out on other releases, so it's no big deal; it's part of the game. That's the reality of craft beer in 2016.

    Guess I'll be scavenging in AA in a month or so...

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  29. bassfishingguy

    bassfishingguy Initiate (0) Apr 19, 2014 Michigan

    I live in the middle of nothing (see: Middleville), and don't have access to any type of broadband internet (nearest lines end 1000ft from our property). We use 'wireless' high-speed - have a dish on our roof pointed at the closest cell tower... Peak speeds are around 6mbps (still much faster than dial-up I guess). Point being, last year my Wife and I were able to get one ticket; this year we were both able to get a ticket (albeit I got hers around 11:10).

    It doesn't really bother me when I hear people expressing being bummed on missing out (much like I did regarding Hazel's release...). It DOES, however, really grind my gears (Peter Griffin voice) to see people acting like a bunch of little children with the sense of entitlement. I'd love to meet some of those bitching in person (about how unfair this was, or how unfair Hazel's release was, etc...), so I could give you a big FUCK OFF!

    Sorry for being less than polite, but act like fucking adults when things don't work out for you already. If it causes you SO much pain / anguish for missing out, then find another fucking hobby... Jesus Christ!

    @BEERschlitz hit the nail on the head too... There will be PLENTY of this to go around in Michigan even if you did miss out on the tickets. When gas stations in West Michigan got it last year, I was a bit surprised....But it'll be around if you care to look for it.

    It's really simple to pick up a phone and make a few phone calls to ask shops to save a bottle or 4 pack for you. What's the worst they'll say? No? I guess those with said sense of entitlement don't like hearing that word either though. Personally, I'll be making a few phone calls myself (even though we are already guaranteed a case), because I enjoy drinking this one (and sharing it with my non-craft friends who constantly ask about KBS). I was pretty surprised, however, when I checked out my current KBS stash today, and found some 2013, some 2014, and some 2015. Pretty excited about doing a 4 year vertical this year (hopefully all those with butt hurt can handle this last paragraph) :grinning:.
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  30. Nhens0016

    Nhens0016 Initiate (0) Aug 23, 2013 Louisiana

    I won't quote it but to this guy above me^^^^^^^^ the sentiment is the same. People everywhere feel entitled to everything in this day and age. I wasn't picked for a certain job? How DARE THEY! I DESERVE IT! Life isn't perfect as I saw my mom who is 60 come down with pancreatic cancer this week, and she is the sweetest lady you will meet! Life is all about ups and downs. I wouldn't change my life for anything. I live it for every moment I can get. I was lucky to get tickets for this event and super excited to go up on Saturday.

    To those wondering about my mom. She has been fortunate that her cancer is in one area and has not spread at all. She is getting the best care possible and has an awesome super network. She will battle and conquer it :slight_smile:.

    Anyway, just my two cents.
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  31. Jordan3292

    Jordan3292 Initiate (0) May 26, 2015 Illinois

    I was on before 11 and got kicked out for having multiple tabs. Pretty bummed I didn't get tickets but I'm also not entitled to them. Still going to make the trip up there as Founders and Grand Rapids are awesome. I also locked in a swap for some 2016 KBS so it works out in the end.
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  32. Breaking_Beard

    Breaking_Beard Initiate (0) Oct 17, 2014 Michigan

    Blackhawk fans are automatically locked out, this is pretty common knowledge.
  33. AnchorDrops

    AnchorDrops Initiate (0) May 11, 2013 Michigan

    Not just Blackhawks fans, FIB's in general. IP's are blocked. It's the same reason the Hazels Nuts release started so early, so they showed up late and got shut out. :wink:
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  34. bassfishingguy

    bassfishingguy Initiate (0) Apr 19, 2014 Michigan


    Hopefully you can come across more than what I can offer while you're up here. Happy to be able to get some into your hands though. Still waiting for that BM brother :slight_smile:.

    But yeah... Not a fan of the Blackhawks hah. Go Wings!
  35. Jordan3292

    Jordan3292 Initiate (0) May 26, 2015 Illinois

    I'll send it hang on brother
  36. wramshaw

    wramshaw Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2010 Canada (ON)

    Nhens0016 best wishes to your Mom.

    I was lucky enough to get a ticket for Saturday. I have been very lucky with KBS and highly unlucky with Dark Lord.

    This year I will not even try for Dark Lord as I will be in the Netherlands on Dark Lord Day.

    But I would like to suggest the KBSweek model of the last two years is a good way to go. There are sixteen opportunities to have KBS over the week. 15 bars 3 per night and the Saturday at the Taproom. Some of the participating bars last year also had CBS on tap. The taproom did for sure.

    I will have a 1000km round trip to pickup 12 bottles and I might have still gone even if I was unsuccessful today. I have always enjoyed my visits to Grand Rapids, and Founders Taproom. However a brewery decides to control the chances to buy their releases. It is always a good thing when they spread the chances to try it.

    Case in point. The week after Surly's Darkness Day(2015), their taproom had Darkness on tap, some Bars in the Twin cities had it and the release to distribution was the next week, with a number of chances to buy Darkness.


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  37. Breaking_Beard

    Breaking_Beard Initiate (0) Oct 17, 2014 Michigan

    What is FIB?
  38. Jordan3292

    Jordan3292 Initiate (0) May 26, 2015 Illinois

    That's ok better hockey the past 7-8 years and damn fine beer down here
  39. Breaking_Beard

    Breaking_Beard Initiate (0) Oct 17, 2014 Michigan

    8 years ago we won the Stanley Cup LOL
  40. bassfishingguy

    bassfishingguy Initiate (0) Apr 19, 2014 Michigan

    I believe it's an acronym for Fucking Illinois Bastards if I'm not mistaken. While there were quite a few FIBs at the Hazel's release, @Jordan3292 doesn't quite fit that mold. He's a pretty good guy (as anybody who knows him will likely agree).
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