Lawson's Finest Entering MA

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  1. juliolugo

    juliolugo Initiate (93) Jun 22, 2015 Massachusetts

     
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  2. yuppiescum

    yuppiescum Initiate (47) Jun 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    I mean, is it that much better than Whirlpool? (Identical BA scores btw, I just checked) I had an SS#2 sixer in my fridge for maybe a month or more that I got very easily on a sunday from that gas station off the highway in Waterbury. I will say that I'm a fan of the 12oz format.
     
  3. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer Defender (669) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    Jeez the hysteria doesn't equal reality here. Nice beer if you can get it at convenience at a non-extortionist price, but really nothing worth going nuts about.
     
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  4. BRYeleJR

    BRYeleJR Disciple (347) May 18, 2013 Massachusetts
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    I think this will change over time and once the rarity of it being available in MA wears off. CT has had both Sip of Sunshine and Super Session #2 for a while. It's still impossible to find Sip on the shelves, but last time I was back in CT, they had plenty of six packs of Super Session #2 just sitting in the cooler.
     
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  5. AirBob

    AirBob Crusader (713) Jul 15, 2014 Massachusetts
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    Maybe the ubiquity of NS, Brewster Jack, and other quality IPAs will help lessen the demand over time in MA as compared to CT.
     
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  6. smutty33

    smutty33 Crusader (798) Jun 12, 2009 Connecticut
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    Just my opinion, but Whirlpool is a MUCH better beer. Super session doesn't do much for me. I see it on the shelves here in CT. and pass it by. Even if it wasn't over priced, I still have no interest.
     
  7. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,943) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Not to get technical, but Whirlpool has a 4.13 average and Super Session #2 has a 4.09, roughly the same number of reviews.

    Whirlpool's weighted average on the "Top American Pale Ales" list is a 4.1 too (not sure what Super Session's is since it's listed here as an American IPA and a 4.09 isn't even close to make it on that list).

    And I also agree, Whirlpool is a MUCH better beer. Super Session #2 felt like every other thin and watery session IPA on that market, maybe with a touch more character. I'd maybe drink it again, but I'm not going out of my way to buy another six pack.

    I crank Whirlpool all the time. It's one of the few that can pull off the "session IPA" style. It's that beer, Baby Genius, Walden, and then everyone else. There's a few that get honorable mention, but those three didn't actually feel like I was drinking an "IPA Lite".

    Oh, and while I'm at it, if you're keeping score, Whirlpool is 4.5% (Baby Genius and Walden are 4%) and Super Session #2 is 4.8%. Even more sessionable too! 16 oz. can vs. 12 oz. as well if that matters to you (I actually like 12 oz. cans better).
     
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  8. lic217

    lic217 Savant (924) Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut
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    Not only do I like whirlpool more then SS2, but I also prefer two roads session IPA, little heaven. However, I do enjoy sip of sunshine. I like the mix of citrus, pine, and tropical hop flavors. I also like its balance between sweet and bitter. I think it is a very well made beer.
     
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  9. Bissel328

    Bissel328 Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2015 Massachusetts

    Bogies in Beverly has been getting it as well as Quality Liquors in Salem
     
  10. Bissel328

    Bissel328 Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2015 Massachusetts

    To be fair Baby G is White Ale not an IPA...But I totally agree with everything you said.

    Cheers!
     
  11. juliolugo

    juliolugo Initiate (93) Jun 22, 2015 Massachusetts

    I wouldn't call Baby Genius a white ale. Session IPA, blonde ale or APA, sure.
     
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  12. sosbombs

    sosbombs Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2016 Vermont

    Cases we got in Vermont were canned on 2/6. Hope this isn't just a beer being dumped.
     
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  13. BeantownBrews

    BeantownBrews Initiate (0) Jun 22, 2016 Massachusetts

    Womp womp. Let us know?

    Edit: I've done that drive in like 6.5 hours
     
  14. NiceBeerCans

    NiceBeerCans Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2013 New York

    Their cans take a long time going through the entire distribution journey. They should really just date their cans on the date they would hit the shelves. Yours cans are fresh and the latest batch. :astonished:
     
  15. BeantownBrews

    BeantownBrews Initiate (0) Jun 22, 2016 Massachusetts

    I don't think lying is the ideal solution, " canned on: 'the future' "
     
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  16. NiceBeerCans

    NiceBeerCans Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2013 New York

    Haha. It's just confusing that the freshest available can has a date that makes you think it's not the latest batch. Maybe they need to do the Alchemist thing, no dates on cans.
     
  17. BeantownBrews

    BeantownBrews Initiate (0) Jun 22, 2016 Massachusetts

    You think the current system is confusing, alchemist is a mess. I have to block my beer :rolling_eyes:
     
  18. NiceBeerCans

    NiceBeerCans Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2013 New York

    In reality, they should just list the canning dates on their website and the anticipated dates they would hit the shelves. Then people would know if they got the latest batch.
     
  19. colby600

    colby600 Crusader (797) Mar 24, 2015 Connecticut
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    I don't care if it's the latest batch, I'd just like to know when it was canned.
     
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  20. BeantownBrews

    BeantownBrews Initiate (0) Jun 22, 2016 Massachusetts

    My feelings exactly!
     
  21. jamvt

    jamvt Devotee (400) Aug 5, 2005 Massachusetts
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    Please explain the "entire" distribution journey besides the truck leaving ct and going to vt and then shipping to stores.
     
  22. RuckIt

    RuckIt Aspirant (211) Apr 29, 2008 Massachusetts
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    Burlington Wine & Spirits posted 3 cases arrived at 2:10ish, one 4pk pp... sold out just after 3pm.
     
  23. marcrgrenier

    marcrgrenier Initiate (68) Apr 22, 2015 New Hampshire
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    Seems to me that they only can it twice a month. I got some on 2/28, it was canned on 2/21. Guessing the 2/21 cans hit the shelves with maybe the 2/24 delivery, so if you bought it prior to that you got the last canning run which sounds like it was on 2/6.
     
  24. sosbombs

    sosbombs Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2016 Vermont

    No they are not. Compared to The Alchemist or Treehouse? These beers are three weeks old already on the date of purchase (not a deal breaker, but they can do better).
     
  25. sosbombs

    sosbombs Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2016 Vermont

    Will check the dates on the next delivery before buying and let you know.
     
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  26. mtrovato328

    mtrovato328 Initiate (36) Dec 8, 2015 California

    In town for a week... anyone know where I can get some in the Cambridge/Somerville or revere area??

    Thanks!
     
  27. BRYeleJR

    BRYeleJR Disciple (347) May 18, 2013 Massachusetts
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    If you're open to simply having it at a bar, use the "Find It" feature on Untappd, and you have a good chance of finding it on tap somewhere.

    I think Porter's -- a bar by the Garden in Boston -- posted they may be tapping a keg pf Sip of Sunshine this weekend, so I'd stay tuned to that.

    As far as cans? Most places sell out within an hour of tweeting or posting on Facebook that they have it. Really is right place at the right time.
     
  28. mtrovato328

    mtrovato328 Initiate (36) Dec 8, 2015 California

    Cool thanks! I thought the initial hype may have died down a little...

    If anyone else has seen any, the help is appreciated!
     
  29. BRYeleJR

    BRYeleJR Disciple (347) May 18, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Not just yet. The hype is still real. It did drop in Burlington at a liquor store yesterday -- or the day before -- and three cases at 1 four-pack per sold out in under a couple hours.
     
  30. RuckIt

    RuckIt Aspirant (211) Apr 29, 2008 Massachusetts
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    I got one of the last 4-packs at 3:05.
     
  31. mtrovato328

    mtrovato328 Initiate (36) Dec 8, 2015 California

    Got 4 total... Salem and Swampscott

    When they said 2pp, I assumed 2 4pk's... nope... 2 beers!
     
  32. vtcraft

    vtcraft Initiate (187) Apr 1, 2013 Vermont
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    The cans I got from last Wednesday's deliveries in Burlington vt were 2/20 or 2/21 the week before were the 2/6 batch. I brought some of each batch down to Florida for a share, I purposely said nothing about the date difference and a couple guys noticed a difference in taste. Interestingly Frost Lush stole the show over: Sip, prospect, And heady.
     
  33. BRYeleJR

    BRYeleJR Disciple (347) May 18, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Hopster's Alley in the Boston Public Market is putting it out at 5:30 today for anyone who's interested.
     
  34. Trull

    Trull Disciple (388) Dec 24, 2016 Massachusetts

    Brewer's Tap and Table in Waltham have it currently on draft.
     
  35. soheadyithurts

    soheadyithurts Initiate (122) Jan 4, 2013 Massachusetts

    Also the Gaff up the street put a keg on last night.
     
  36. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer Defender (669) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    $8.50 for 14 oz (surely precious) pour. Not too bad for this beer I guess, but still pretty $$ .
     
  37. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,943) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Five Horses Tavern in Davis Square (Somerville) has it listed on tap currently on their website. It's typically up to date. Although something like Sip of Sunshine may kick sooner rather than later.

    I think it lasted a day or two at Redbones (also in Davis Square) a couple weeks back when I had it on draft there.
     
  38. jlordi12

    jlordi12 Devotee (470) Jun 8, 2011 Massachusetts

    I can't believe this thread is still going strong with all the local IPAs/IIPAs that are just as good and readily available
     
  39. nolanz14

    nolanz14 Initiate (195) Aug 31, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Agreed. Nice beer but not worth the rat race required to obtain it.
     
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  40. BAMF

    BAMF Initiate (0) Jul 11, 2007 Massachusetts

    That's not bad, Lower Depths had it on for $8 for a 9 oz pour last Friday.
     
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