Maine Beer Co/Lawson's Finest Liquids "Collaboration Time 1"

Discussion in 'New England' started by sk8man121, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. HevvyMetalHippie

    HevvyMetalHippie Nov 16, 2010 Massachusetts
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    I just got back from Kittery Maine, and The Black Birch had it on tap. They actually had a sick beer list there, Mikkeller, Evil Twin, MBC/Lawson's, Oxbow Pale Ale, Oxbow Black Saison, and all kinds of other stuff. Everything about this restaurant owns, and the MBC/Lawson's was phenomenal. Really well crafted, excellently balanced, and a thing of beauty... I had to have it 2x
     
  2. makomakoman

    makomakoman Apr 6, 2011 Maine

    good stuff

    relatively cheap in Maine

    Just picked up 5 bottles. :)
     
  3. Drazzamatazz

    Drazzamatazz Sep 8, 2009 Maine

    There are cases at MBC still, go figure.
     
  4. HevvyMetalHippie

    HevvyMetalHippie Nov 16, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Will this even make it to Boston?
     
  5. Brez07

    Brez07 Sep 29, 2009 Maine

    As are there at Whole Foods
     
  6. iwantmorehops

    iwantmorehops Sep 25, 2010 Vermont
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    I was told its not making it outside VT and Maine, but I'm sure some entrepreneuring liqueur store owners will smuggle some down and mark it up to $15

    If anyone missed out and is craving this delicious brew, the Warren Store should get cases on the next two fridays (and still had some left yesterday).
     
  7. DevilsCups

    DevilsCups Mar 3, 2010 New York

    Up here visiting in VT. Grabbed a few bottles and it's a great, great beer. Think of MBC Zoe with a roasty backbone.

    Definitely bringing some home.
     
  8. slentz

    slentz Mar 20, 2010 Pennsylvania

    anyone know if the allagash gueze is still available?
     
  9. rudzud

    rudzud Apr 28, 2010 Massachusetts
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    I'm kicking myself for not having bought more than one bottle last weekend. There were cases where I was...its so freaking tasty.
     
  10. mathematizer

    mathematizer Aug 3, 2006 Maine

    I'd expect so. I picked up my two bottles of coolship this past Saturday and they seemed to have a bunch left.
    I noticed the bottling date was last year, which surprised me.

    If you get shut out, BM me - I've got one left that I was planning on drinking this weekend. :)
     
  11. Brez07

    Brez07 Sep 29, 2009 Maine

    Usually tends to last a little while since it's a silent release, but just call the shop and they can tell you
     
  12. slentz

    slentz Mar 20, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Cool, thanks guys !
     
  13. slentz

    slentz Mar 20, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I was able to grab some resurgam while I was at Allagash seems like they had quite a few bottles left.
     
  14. mmtroop1218

    mmtroop1218 Mar 21, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Anyone know if these are still available, looking for collab time and didn't know if anyone knew somewhere that had it before I
    Made the drive up...any help would be great, would trade for it also if someone was willing

    Cheers
     
  15. brownswisscow

    brownswisscow Feb 9, 2012 Vermont

    collab time is still around montpelier and burlington, so I'd presume it is elsewhere in the state also.
     
  16. DevilsCups

    DevilsCups Mar 3, 2010 New York

    I got mine at Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier. Call them up and see if they have any more. They had a few cases when I was there last weekend.
     
  17. polarbear14

    polarbear14 May 11, 2012 Vermont

    FWIW Terrill Street Discount in Rutland still has bottles of this in the cooler for$6.99.
     
  18. Lukaduke

    Lukaduke May 22, 2012 Maine

    Hwo much do they have... isn't there a date like drink by 9-19-12? I know they didn't bottle it that long ago but I applaud the fact that they dated best by one month.
     
  19. fubar71478

    fubar71478 Sep 11, 2005 Massachusetts

    Shit I got I in the fridge, best by 9/15/12..guess I'll be drinkin it tonight.
     
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  20. polarbear14

    polarbear14 May 11, 2012 Vermont

    The rack in the cooler looked full, so probably a 10-12 at least. Definitely nice to have the drink by date on the bottle.
     
  21. sandman3479

    sandman3479 Dec 8, 2006 Connecticut
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    I saw that too. Was kinda shocked.
     
  22. Archemedies

    Archemedies Dec 8, 2011 Massachusetts

    What a shame. They should have expanded to distro to at least one other state. They would have found good homes.
     
  23. sandman3479

    sandman3479 Dec 8, 2006 Connecticut
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    All the other spots in the state that I had seen them in the past are gone, so I think this store may have been an anomaly
     
  24. Lukaduke

    Lukaduke May 22, 2012 Maine

    Well most of it didn't make it out of Maine... and what stayed in Maine sold out in a week or two ! Hope to see more collaborations from Maine Beer Co.

    Side Note: Pretty sure they have a porter being release soon called Titus !
     
  25. DevilsCups

    DevilsCups Mar 3, 2010 New York

    I think "King Titus" is a standard MBC released upcoming beer. Looks like a 6.5% porter from the label.

    I kinda hope they do an imperial stout collaboration. Lawsons are nearly unottainable, and Maine's is good but pretty tame. A maple style stout would be cool, kinda like Lawsons.
     
  26. Lukaduke

    Lukaduke May 22, 2012 Maine

    Yeah the Titus is not a collaboration... but Im looking forward to drinking it. I here you about an imperial, I enjoy Old Tom but its got a bit to much vanilla for me to visit for anything other than dessert.
     
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  27. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    holy eff. anyone else tried a Titus yet? this stuff is amazing. i really didn't like Mean Old Tom - this is everything i wanted in an MBC porter/stout. this is almost an imperial.
     
  28. Auror

    Auror Jan 1, 2010 Massachusetts
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    It just hit the Boston area. I was in the same boat as you with Mean Old Tom. After this, I'm really looking forward to this one. Now if I can just ditch this cold so I can taste things.
     
  29. Trevdawg

    Trevdawg Feb 9, 2012 New Hampshire

    Just picked up 4 bottles of King Titus. Super excited to try it.
     
  30. CADMixes

    CADMixes Feb 29, 2012 Massachusetts

    Titus is a nice beer for sure; unquestionably a hell of a lot better than Mean Old Tom.
     
  31. dasenebler

    dasenebler Jan 26, 2008 Maine

    Has anyone had the new Tom? It has around 30 percent more vanilla bean in it, and while it's not my favorite beer, I think it's a big improvement over previous batches. The vanilla character is now obvious compared to barely perceptible, which is how the beer was before. I think they need to bump up the roast a little bit and tone down the vanilla to somewhere between current and previous levels. I do like how they're tweaking things. There's always room for improvement.

    Looking forward to trying this King Titus sometime soon, it sounds great. Cheers
     
  32. Brez07

    Brez07 Sep 29, 2009 Maine

    I think the biggest improvement they made was making the beer fuller, so to speak. Original batch was so thin it was like a brown ale posing as a porter/stout. Am glad they bumped up the vanilla a bit too though

    That being said, with Titus now available, not sure I'll be picking up too many more MOTs
     
  33. JAXSON

    JAXSON Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    If you're talking about the Maine Brewing bottle, the date that is stamped on is the bottling date, not the best-by date. Other breweries should start doing this, and should forever abandon the idea of a best-by date as they all use different rationale and different dates.
     
  34. Archemedies

    Archemedies Dec 8, 2011 Massachusetts

    The Collab 1 had a best by date on them.
     
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  35. JAXSON

    JAXSON Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Crap, I thought this was a new thread. Nevermind. I figured this was just released. Not ISO anymore.
     
  36. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    when was this change made? i had Batch 1 Mean Old Tom, didn't like it. tried again on tap in like... February? still didn't like it. had a bottle in maybe August or so, still didn't like it (still the old labels at that point). most of the MBC beers seem to vary a bit batch to batch (peeper and zoe less so) - but it sounds like this was a more defined change, as you quoted that 30% number.

    just picked up a couple bottles of it with the new labels for trades... should i drink one instead?
     
  37. dasenebler

    dasenebler Jan 26, 2008 Maine

    I agree that the old Mean Old Tom was underwhelming. It was thin, and really didn't pack much flavor. The "new" Tom is much better in my opinion.

    By the way, the decision to increase the amount of vanilla bean was made sometime in July/August 2012. I know one of the brewers. Cheers
     
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