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Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by Michigan, Jan 28, 2013.
The blueberry crop sucked last year, but so did all the fruit crops.
My raspberry bush sucked..It was basically bird feed last year..lol..Got a little bit out of it, but it was the worst in the last 5 years..
Blueberry crop was extremely strong last year, yields were way up. They grow alot like grapes, the more stress, the more they produce.
This is a copy and paste from their FB page about the price and bottle issue:
It wasn't good to eat though, not in the area our farm is in (Ludington). If you wanted dried fruit, it was available on the bush. If you weren't irrigating, it was nasty. Blackberries, gooseberries, and blueberries, all yucky.
Blueberry kicked while we were there a couple hours ago. We were told that's it. It was fucking delicious.
Glad most of us that were wanting to have this, got the chance to atleast taste it...Do wish there was more of the KBE, selfishly, but both were Amazing...Its gonna be hard to sit on my 1 bottle of the blueberry..lol
I got a pout of Raspberry first and it blew my freakin mind. The guy next to me got the 3rd pour of Blueberry off the bar and it had a THICK frothy head (that sounds weird) and looked like this
I got the blueberry about an hour later and it wasn't as thick but still considerably thicker than the raspberry. The raspberry had a beautiful candy apple deep crimson around the edges of the glass and looked more like this
Both wonderful but I was more partial to the raspberry
The blueberry juice was not from local MI commercially grown blueberries, but wild blueberries (from Oregon). As someone who's picked wild blueberries before, harvesting those are a magnitude more difficult. Though that does explain why the flavor is so intense.
The blueberry used in the eisbock was a wild blueberry juice concentrate. 70# of blueberries in 1 gallon of concentrate.
No way would I pick wild blueberries. Tiny and bears love them. Thimbleberry eisbock would be cool.
Wow, that would certainly explain the high production cost. Good thing for us that the Kuhnhenn's are great brewers but terrible business people.
Eric told us they got it from Maine because the original ones they ordered from Nova Scotia did not come through.
Not that it is important, I am sure you heard this from a reliable source, as well. It is just funny that there seems to be no such thing as a reliable source with Kuhnhenn!
Wherever they came from, they were good.
Just finished a grand cru of raspberry and blueberry. Interesting experiment for sure but rather have them separate. Cheers!
I had some blueberry in mud, it was good.
Well you have 10 more bottles of each so you will get to try them many more times sir.
You know me so well my friend
Anybody looking for some MN stuff that wants to trade off some eisbock?
Blueberry is still on tap and tasting great!
Home of the greatest Blueberries in the world.
But in all seriousness: Commercial Blueberries are raked and definitely not picked by hand. That's a cute notion though.
Hmmm... it went off around 3:00 when I was there and supposedly "that was it"...
Glad to know it is back on, I would like another pour...
I wonder if the Line froze again..They had that problem saturday and had to take it off for a bit..Then put it back on...Very well could be why the thickness of this varied too...
Yah, I got pours on Saturday just after they started poring them and the raspberry and blueberry looked to be almost the same consistency. Was there yesterday around 1:30 and the blueberry had the same consistency it did when I had it on Saturday. I sure hope the flavor was the same because it was amazing.
You're probably right, Maine makes more sense. Most likely some form of Portland OR/Portland ME confusion.
Any knowledge of bottle availability today for Mud and Gold Rush?
Couldn't make it out on the weekend but will pop in today if they have something I can take home.
Can someone confirm whether or not there are pours left of the eisbocks? I didn't think so, but some posts are confusing me (not hard to do).
As of last night, both were still on tap. I'm sure they have plenty of mud and the barley wine still.
I'd try a half pour of the barley wine before dropping 9 bucks on a bottle.
Did you not like it? It tasted like a Scotch Ale to me, but I liked it.
I heard the Gold rush is getting a bourbon barrel treatment....anyone have anymore info on that?
Sipping raspberry eisbock right now. Not on the board but its still pouring. Blueberry is on the board. Bottles of mud and fgbw still around.
No, I didn't like it - I found the finish/aftertaste unpleasant, and the initial taste just allright.
Plus, it runs the same prices as a bottle of BB 4D (same goes for Mud), which is a bit ridic.
This. Absolutely ridiculous prices for bottles that shouldn't be anywhere near that price.
OR! they pulled one over on everybody that bought this stuff and made it with regular old grape juice. Which would make them awesome buisness people because they got people to buy a $30 bottle of beer!
I'll be there soon enough. Damn work.
Its now Wednesday, any word on whats pouring?
I was in Monday aft and was able to have a pour of KRE and KBE as well as score a bottle of KRE. They only had 1 1/2 cases left (approx 18 bottles). Definitely surprised they still had some. Maybe some late waxxing?
I went in first thing yesterday morning. At least one of them was still on the board as available for pours. Can't remember which one. I was told bottles were gone. I even asked a second person and was told the same thing.
wish I could get another bottle of blueberry..
Just wait until they "find" more in the back, then you can get another bottle.
Depending on who is your server..lol..
Any impressions on the other beers released that day? I had Michigan Mud at the summer solstice and remember it being a fudgy delight.