LA/OC Supermarket & Bottleshop Thread (Q4 2017)

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  1. Frosty11161

    Frosty11161 Aspirant (226) May 2, 2016 California

    Hey guys, making this quarterly as theres not enough foot traffic to warrant monthly threads.

    On another note, I swear people camp out at the camp in costa mesa because I swear im always two minutes late to Windsor's limited stuff haha.
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  2. dcgunman

    dcgunman Savant (930) Jul 1, 2009 California

    Yes. I believe it's Scott who's bringing some very cool stuff. It's a bit of a drive for me when I have Mr Kegs right around the block. But I have picked up some cool stuff from Windsor. The homebrew stuff is a sight for sore eyes here in the middle of OC. I can see that cooler doubling in size by year end.
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  3. Frosty11161

    Frosty11161 Aspirant (226) May 2, 2016 California

    Xocoveza is making it's rounds this week as well as Enjoy By 10/31, seems a little late for Enjoy By, typically it's about 6 weeks prior to the date right?
  4. elemenohpee1

    elemenohpee1 Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2014 California

    It says 37 days on the bottle.

  5. Frosty11161

    Frosty11161 Aspirant (226) May 2, 2016 California

    That's 5/30/16 though.
  6. dcgunman

    dcgunman Savant (930) Jul 1, 2009 California

    Most place in the OC/LA area gets enjoy by a week later after it's bottled.
  7. ScottWoerner

    ScottWoerner Initiate (61) Jan 5, 2017 California

    Curious as to what you think of Enjoy By....
  8. elemenohpee1

    elemenohpee1 Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2014 California

    All the Enjoy By bottles say "brewed to be enjoyed within 37 days" on the back. Even their official youtube video states it in the first 5 seconds of the video

    In 2012, we decided to really do something unprecedented. Enter Stone Enjoy By IPA, a beer that is brewed specifically to last only 37 days—the shortest code length in the industry by a long shot. From the moment it goes into a bottle or keg, it has 37 days to be shipped, sold and consumed. If any is left after 37 days, we’re liable to buy it back. Seriously.
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  9. dcgunman

    dcgunman Savant (930) Jul 1, 2009 California

    I enjoy it. Pretty much bought every release since its beginning. When 5gal Kegs we’re first available for purchase I bought 2 back to back. When 6pk bottles came out I went that route. Had one bad experience with 2nd unfiltered enjoy by. I haven’t bought the last 2 releases. I’ve got too many bottles/cans in my kegerator/beer fridge, including a 5gal keg of Critical Band and JO.
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  10. ScottWoerner

    ScottWoerner Initiate (61) Jan 5, 2017 California

    What was the extent of your bad experience with the unfiltered?
  11. dcgunman

    dcgunman Savant (930) Jul 1, 2009 California

    Bottom of the bottle was full of floatees. It was a bomber and I didn’t buy it day of release or when it showed up at my local. It was maybe 10 days old already. Not bad. But not good either. Doable. But first pour into glass it was so cloudy. And not in a good way. I drank half and drain poured the rest. Not sure why. I know my local always puts IPA’s in the cooler or in the back cooler. That was only my 2nd ever drain pour. I hate to waste good beer. But if it doesnt taste right.....?
  12. ScottWoerner

    ScottWoerner Initiate (61) Jan 5, 2017 California

    Bummer, never drink a beer if it isn't good.
  13. j47paco

    j47paco Initiate (114) Dec 19, 2010 California

    If it was at the bottom of the bottle, wouldn’t they be sinkees? :stuck_out_tongue:
  14. Kenny_Powers

    Kenny_Powers Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2016 California

    Mind if I ask where you obtained the 5 Gal JO?
  15. j47paco

    j47paco Initiate (114) Dec 19, 2010 California

    Picked up The Spice Must Flow at Total Wine Brea. 1 per @ $17.99
  16. HopHead89

    HopHead89 Initiate (0) Oct 20, 2016 California

    was it behind the counter, did u have to ask for it? was it by the special release section?
  17. elemenohpee1

    elemenohpee1 Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2014 California

    I grabbed one at TW HB yesterday at 5. IDK if they still have any, but it was $17.99 also
  18. Jsukys

    Jsukys Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2015 Massachusetts

    Anyone have insight into where the distro cans of Modern Times Spaceship Earth will be available? I live in New England and have been brining back NE IPAs to my mom for a few years now, and she would love to be able to show up to a normal store (not wait in line) and pick up something similar. She’s in the Pasadena area. Help a brother’s mom out? Thanks dudes
  19. j47paco

    j47paco Initiate (114) Dec 19, 2010 California

    It was behind the counter up front.

    Picked some up at Total Wine in Brea. Looks like all the local Total Wine locations are getting it.
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  20. Saxmusik45

    Saxmusik45 Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2011 California

    Three stores I would check out in the Pasadena area would be Whole Foods Arroyo, Vinotera on Lake, and Craft Beer Cellar Eagle Rock. They all get MT Distro. Also, if it's still on shelves, Critical Band was a pretty nice hazy offering at a great price so keep an eye out for that.
  21. jnance88

    jnance88 Initiate (121) Jun 10, 2014 California

    Not Pasadena area, but Total Wine Redondo has had a few cases for the last few days. In the back, near the cooler.
  22. dcgunman

    dcgunman Savant (930) Jul 1, 2009 California

    FYI > the spaceship has landed at Mr Kegs.
  23. UnknownKoger

    UnknownKoger Zealot (567) Jul 9, 2010 California

    Grabbed a four pack of Spaceship at Lazy Acres
  24. dcgunman

    dcgunman Savant (930) Jul 1, 2009 California

    Maybe you should of grabbed another 4pk? I got me 2 4's and should of grabbed one more. I'm really liking this spaceship pale ale. Pairs well next to Critical Band.
  25. MLucky

    MLucky Initiate (0) Jul 31, 2010 California

    One of my favorite beers. But I'm a little ticked off about my most recent purchase. Bought a sixer and didn't release till I got home that most of the bottles were improperly filled. In three of them, the beer level barely reached the bottom of the neck. Kind of annoying to get short-changed like that, especially on a beer that's about $18 for six 12 ozers. Also annoying is the fact that I reported this (politely, mind you) to Stone via their website and have not received so much as a "thanks for letting us know" reply.
  26. HopHead89

    HopHead89 Initiate (0) Oct 20, 2016 California

    the last three enjoy by have been fails IMO too sweet & malty for my palate
  27. MissionWoodlandHills

    MissionWoodlandHills Initiate (28) Jul 2, 2010 California

    Hey all hope you are all having a very spooky Friday the 13th! Plenty of new beers around this week, here's some stuff around town right now:

    Brand Launches

    Captain Fatty's has debuted in LA! Vortex IPA, Blue IPA, Calypso Cucumber Sour, and Beach Pilsner are canned and out in the wild.

    LA Beer (Los Angeles Brewers Guild Members Only)

    Brouwerij West Dig My Earth DIPA is back-- best canned LA hazy thus far?

    Concrete Jungle Joe Friday Unfiltered IPA, It's 5:00 Somewhere Lager, and The Broom of the System Nitro Chocolate Stout. If you are a fan of dark chocolate, don't even blink on the Broom of the System. Extremely recommended.

    Beachwood Careful with that Passionfruit, Eugene returns for the year.

    ***BEACHWOOD AMALGAMATOR IS BEING DISCONTINUED IN IT'S CURRENT FORMAT*** If you see bottles around, enjoy them in this package while you can!

    Arts District Traction IPA is now available in larger distribution

    Phantom Carriage Muis returns, dry-hopped with Mosaic and Citra. Midnight Hour is a new one from them, aged in merlot barrels with black currants. Umm, yes!

    Eagle Rock Solidarity is back! I know some of you know the glory of this one!

    Other beers

    Bear Republic Racer X DIPA is back, and in 6 packs!
    Blank Brewing A Round on the House Imperial Milk Stout
    Bruery Terruex and Jester King Bouffon sour
    Hop Concept Hop Freshener Tropical and Juicy
    Iron Maiden Hallowed Belgian-style pale
    Mother Earth Hop Diggity IPA
    Lagunitas Brown Shugga'
    Lagunitas Eroica
    Saint Archer Tusk n Grain Coconut Stout
    Sixpoint Kold Shauer Kolsch
    Uinta Barrel-aged Dubhe


    I brought in ALL the GABF winners I could bring in that were up for distribution this week. Less than 4% of beers that entered took home a medal. They had a better chance of getting into Harvard! That acceptance rate makes this year the most prestigious medal in some time, so these are really some distinguished beers, folks.

    GOLD: American-Style Strong Pale Ale: Melvin Hubert MPA
    GOLD: Gluten-free Beer: Ground Breaker Dark Ale

    SILVER: German-Style Koelsch: Three Weavers Seafarer Kolsch
    SILVER: English-Style India Pale Ale: Figueroa Mountain Hoppy Poppy IPA
    SILVER: Imperial India Pale Ale: Knee Deep Lupulin River IPA
    SILVER: Fresh or Wet Hop Ale: Fremont Field to Ferment Amarillo Pale Ale
    SILVER: American-Style Amber Lager: Shiner Bock

    BRONZE: English-Style India Pale Ale: Claremont Jacaranda Rye IPA

    Brewery Group and Brewery Group Brewer of the Year: Melvin Brewing! These guys seriously deserved this one you have to check 'em out if you haven't. Presently I have: IPA, 2x4, Citradamus, Asterisk, Hubert, Killer Bees, and Heyzeus.

    Oh man, that's a lot of beers. Well, if you are interested in some of 'em or all of 'em and want to make sure you can find 'em all in a one-stop-shop... hey come and visit me! We are in the heart of the West Valley and have been here for nearly 50 years. That's older than craft beer! Anyways, hope you all have a great weekend, see y'all in a week!
  28. StonedRaider

    StonedRaider Initiate (146) Oct 25, 2007 California

    I hope this means that it's going into 16oz cans!
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  29. dcgunman

    dcgunman Savant (930) Jul 1, 2009 California

    I like the way @GreenJug gets his...or her weekly supplies out to us here. It's good to see other brewery's beers out there that I've never heard of or have heard of and never tried yet. I had a can of Melvin 2x4 that I thought was way to sweet for my taste. The other cans listed here in Jugs post looks interesting. I'm going to have to see if my local stocks some of these. And Amalg bottles are on the way "out"! That only means the new 16oz cans will be next after BW's sexy new CitraHolic cans. And yes the new/old CitraHolic taste great too. And only 12.99 per 4pk! Get the fuk out man.
    It would be nice to see some of our locals get on board with g-jugs and post a weekly (or biweekly) list of their latest stock.
  30. Frosty11161

    Frosty11161 Aspirant (226) May 2, 2016 California

    I agree, bummer GreenJug on the wrong side of LA for me haha.
  31. Rbarnes4381

    Rbarnes4381 Initiate (159) Oct 29, 2013 California

    Green Jug is a regular spot for me, but I don't go as often as I should because I get a lot of my beer from the breweries directly, and with growler fills, online sales, and beer memberships it keeps me pretty well stocked.
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  32. JayORear

    JayORear Meyvn (1,232) Feb 22, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Anyone seeing Citraholic cans in NE L.A./Pasadena area?
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  33. MissionWoodlandHills

    MissionWoodlandHills Initiate (28) Jul 2, 2010 California

    Pretty decent week for new releases; a smaller amount of beers all told, but some real hits coming your way! Here's some stuff you might be finding around town now:

    Iron Triangle Powerbomb IPA in cans. Pretty great job on this one for a first-time canning.

    El Segundo Clear A.F. is a firm-footed retort to the haze craze, this one pour clear unlike...

    Indie Found that Juicy Double, a hazy DIPA. Love these guys' stuff, I'm already sold out on this one.

    Santa Monica PCH Golden Porter. A pale stout/porter is really nice to see in package out of taprooms, looks like people are digging this one.

    Other Beer
    Lagunitas Born Yesterday was bottled Monday!
    Sam Adams Winter Lager is out, as well as the other Christmas classic...
    Sierra Nevada Celebration, the "original" fresh hop IPA!
    Green Cheek/Sierra Nevada Impossible Germany, a barrel-aged festbier
    Fremont Bonfire Brown is their winter seasonal.
    Oskar Blues Death by Coconut
    Oskar Blues Ten Fidy
    Boulevard Whiskey Barrel Stout in 4pks
    Epic New England IPA w/ Citra
    Grimm Double Negative
    Avery Rumpkin

    Christmas Beer as of this week
    Sierra Nevada Celebration
    Samuel Adams Winter Lager
    New Belgium Accumulation
    Lagunitas Brown Shugga'
    Ridgeway Santa's Butt, Reindeer Droppings, Bad Elf, and Lump of Coal
    Mikkeller Hoppy Lovin' Christmas
    Mikkeller To/From/VIA Mikkeller

    Isn't funny how this time five years ago, it'd be so much more browns/porters/stouts than all these IPAs out now?! Well light, dark, hoppy or malty, if you see something you like on this list, or just want to find it all under one roof, you can always come and visit me! Please buy my Christmas beer. Have a good weekend all, beat the heat!
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  34. pdmoore714

    pdmoore714 Aspirant (219) Dec 26, 2013 California

    Vinotera posted it on Instagram a couple days ago. Worth calling them to see if it such around.
  35. dcgunman

    dcgunman Savant (930) Jul 1, 2009 California

    Any KRBC River Buddy cans sightings in the HB/north OC area. My local mr kegs was suppose to get some in this week. Promised by the Stone delivery boy/kid. He failed again. I spoke with him at Total Wine on Weds and he promised he was going to deliver on Thursday. Fail. I need my Buddy fix.
  36. Cdog2cool4u

    Cdog2cool4u Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2015 Illinois

    Hi there,

    From Chicago and New to the LA area (I live in DTLA). I was wondering what the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Release scene is like here. Are there a lot of places that get variants? Do they typically release on Black Friday? Just trying to gauge/prepare for my hometown favorite.

  37. J-loco

    J-loco Aspirant (200) Jan 23, 2015 California

    Typically yes on black Friday not all stores get the variants which are the first to go. But it seems the stores with the most GI sales throughout the year get the variants.
  38. dcgunman

    dcgunman Savant (930) Jul 1, 2009 California

  39. wolf13

    wolf13 Initiate (139) Dec 11, 2014 California

    The past couple of years we've gotten quite a bit of BCBS, with last year having a couple of "waves" of it being release.

    There have been SOME Coffee and Barelywine available, but usually only to a handful of stores and usually only a case or so at most, with a 1 bottle per person limit. I think a couple of places might've had a Rare or two last year.

    I've not seen any other variants for sale in store the last few years.

    Who knows what we will get with the other 3 variants this year, but probably not much, if any of those.
  40. windycityone

    windycityone Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2017 California

    Regarding the other 3 variants:

    Proprietors: Like every year's Proprietors, this one is distributed exclusively in the Chicagoland area
    Reserve: This variant will only be available in Illinois and Kentucky (
    Northwoods: This will see limited National distribution (
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