Kirkland Variety Pack

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by KingBiscuit, Apr 25, 2013.

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  1. KingBiscuit

    KingBiscuit Disciple (373) May 30, 2005 Illinois

    A great deal ($19 +/- for a case) and they are drinkable but surely a notch or three below mainstream craft. (can I say mainstream craft? well you know what I mean...). They all remind me of fair to good homebrews, nothing earthshattering. Actually if these were my homebrews I would probably like them a bit more as I would have had a labor of love involved and would have been happy with a drinkable beer, no infections blah blah blah. But homebrew would have cost more:)
    Not sure there is a question here, just my opinion. Might still buy the case if money is tight any given week. Anyone agree?
    Cheers
     
  2. JDizzle

    JDizzle Zealot (538) Aug 24, 2010 Indiana

    Not a big fan. All were average.
     
  3. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poo-Bah (6,643) Aug 15, 2010 New York
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    I thought they were very passable for the price. That said, there was a staggering lack of variety for a variety pack. They all tasted very similar - rather malt-emphatic.

    I wouldn't get it again, even if I were on the hunt for cheap brews. Trader Joe's scratches that itch.
     
  4. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 Illinois

    I heard on the internets that Gordon Biersch makes them.
     
  5. dwagner003

    dwagner003 Poo-Bah (1,585) Jan 4, 2013 California
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    I'm pretty sure it's Karl Strauss.
     
  6. MisterBisco

    MisterBisco Disciple (383) Feb 18, 2009 New York
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    Y'all are pretty bad at the google.

    Matt Brewing - Wiki page.
     
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  7. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 Illinois

    Well I guess that explains why they are mediocre, cheap beers.
     
  8. Stevicus

    Stevicus Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2009 California

    Depends on where you bought them. Very good chance those were made out in the Midwest somewhere. Here in Norcal, they are definitely made by GB, and sold along side the GB sampler pack. I believe Mission brewing does a lot of Socal contract brewing. You never can tell. Unibroue does Trader Joe's Vintage beer every year, but all of Joe's other beers are made by GB and Mission.
     
  9. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Savant (971) Sep 4, 2010 California
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    Not entirely true. Trader Joes Mission St. is brewed by Firestone Walker, the Joseph Brau stuff is brewed by GB and Trader Jose is by Tecate.
     
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  10. Stevicus

    Stevicus Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2009 California

    I guess I got my Mission St mixed with my Mission B. But to the point, a lot of people dismiss these brands without realizing who makes them.
     
  11. beerme411

    beerme411 Initiate (0) Sep 28, 2010 California

    And that is why Mission St pale ale and IPA are good value.
     
  12. StuartCarter

    StuartCarter Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2006 Alabama

    look at it this way... for not much more than the price of 24 empty bottles and 6 pack holders you also get 24 beers. Win/win!
     
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  13. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,183) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Shipyard, using their Kennebunkport 'dba' brews some TJ brands. Minhas brews the "Boatswain" line of beers for TJ, and also does their cheap canned brands (Simple Times, Red Oval). Schell and Goose Island in the past has also brewed some of their private labels.
     
  14. rossco28

    rossco28 Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2007 California

    Gordon Biersch brews and bottles the Kirkland brand on the west coast.

    ~Ryan
    Karl Strauss Brewing Co.
     
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