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New England Brewing Co lookout thread

Discussion in 'New England' started by DrWangerBanger, Oct 17, 2012.

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  1. bigedct

    bigedct Initiate (0) Jun 23, 2011 Connecticut

    Just in time for my birthday! Lol!
     
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  2. BarrelAgedBrian

    BarrelAgedBrian Initiate (0) Mar 31, 2013 Massachusetts

    I'm driving through CT to NJ tomorrow and looking to stop at a few bottle shops along the way. Can I expect to find Imperial Stout Trooper or Gandhi Bot? Gonna check out Coastal Wine & Spirits, New England Beverage Co. and Mo's (I'm taking I-95 down).
     
  3. stearns16

    stearns16 Aspirant (234) Jan 11, 2010 Connecticut
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    No on Stout Trooper, but should find Gandhi
     
  4. AaronF

    AaronF Initiate (183) Jun 23, 2012 Connecticut
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    I found some Storm Trooper at Lake Wines and Spirits in Southbury two Saturdays ago. Stew Leonard's in Danbury had multiple cases of Gandhi yesterday. They Gandhi was bottled on 4/15. It was awesome! They are both off 84 if you are willing to divert the trip a little.
     
  5. woosterbill

    woosterbill Poo-Bah (2,616) Apr 6, 2009 Kentucky
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    Just a general suggestion: as great as Gandhi, IST, FBD, etc undoubtedly are, don't let your interest in them keep you from visiting the brewery if they're not available. I can pretty much guarantee that a visit to NEBCO when they're pouring, say, Elm City, Sea Hag, and 668 will be a better overall experience than stopping by some out-of-the-way bottle shop for a 4-pack of Bot.

    There's a lot more to NEBCO than their "greatest hits," and you'll only be doing yourself a favor to look past the hype and appreciate them for everything they are.
     
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  6. NJOssie

    NJOssie Aspirant (210) Feb 28, 2012 New Jersey

    well, hell yeah!
     
  7. BarrelAgedBrian

    BarrelAgedBrian Initiate (0) Mar 31, 2013 Massachusetts

    It's not that I don't want to visit to brewery, it's that it's out of the way relative to my trip to NJ and I need to stay on schedule.
     
  8. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    how the crap are they fitting those in there? that's amazing.
     
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  9. NJOssie

    NJOssie Aspirant (210) Feb 28, 2012 New Jersey

    which route are you taking? it's right off 15 and I ride that all the time to and from CT/NJ
     
  10. woosterbill

    woosterbill Poo-Bah (2,616) Apr 6, 2009 Kentucky
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    Sorry if it came off as though I was calling you out directly - as I said, my suggestion was a general one in response to a not uncommon occurrence. Matt has mentioned several times where someone has walked into the brewery, asked for Gandhi-Bot, and turned around and left without another word upon finding out it wasn't available at that moment. Beer nerds have asked him why they even bother to keep brewing Elm City and Sea Hag.

    Lots of people post in this ongoing thread about "where can I find [insert highly rated specialty beer]" and don't seem to care about the fact that pretty much everything NEBCO brews is top notch, especially when enjoyed fresh at the brewery.

    Cheers!
     
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  11. Pahn

    Pahn Meyvn (1,456) Dec 2, 2009 New York
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    beer nerds need to give sea hag another try. with the gradual recipe revamp it's one of the best american IPAs around if fresh.
     
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  12. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Agree. Pre-revamp, I honestly was not a fan. Now, I am hard pressed to find an regular IPA sold in 12 oz 6 packs that's better fresh.
     
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  13. TheLostGringo

    TheLostGringo Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2011 Connecticut
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    Agreed, love Sea Hag. That and CCB Jai Alai are my favarite regular IPA's and both come in cans which is nice.
     
  14. CharlatanSin

    CharlatanSin Zealot (513) May 28, 2009 Connecticut
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    If NEBCO ever installs the capacity to date their cans, I know I'll be buying WAY more Sea Hag. I think the rating on this site will skyrocket, too. It's absolutely wonderful fresh, but at the risk of sounding too BA-ish, it really does fall off after a while.

    Hopefully they can do this with the incoming canning line mentioned earlier in the thread?
     
  15. BarrelAgedBrian

    BarrelAgedBrian Initiate (0) Mar 31, 2013 Massachusetts

    Dumb question, but anyone who was recently at the brewery know which beers they are selling at their retail shop currently? I may be able to get over there next week.
     
  16. jaxon53

    jaxon53 Meyvn (1,131) Mar 1, 2006 Connecticut
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    Couldn't agree more. Elm City and Sea Hag are both phenomenal straight from the brewery. Sucked down many growlers of these! Some of the nicest people you may bump into! Skip the stores, hit the brewery!!
     
  17. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Not a dumb question - just the wrong time to ask it. It changes a lot. By next week, maybe possibly the berliner will be on? Otherwise, some mix of Sea Hag, 668, Elm City Pils, or Gandhi-Bot, with the very vague possibility of something random being dug up.
     
  18. BarrelAgedBrian

    BarrelAgedBrian Initiate (0) Mar 31, 2013 Massachusetts

    So I guess Imperial Stout Trooper came and went then? At least in bottle form?
     
  19. blckout20

    blckout20 Aspirant (248) May 24, 2012 Connecticut
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    Best news I've heard all week!!! Cannot wait for this to happen.
     
  20. sandman3479

    sandman3479 Devotee (411) Dec 8, 2006 Connecticut
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    They rarely have cans for sale at the brewery, and only bottles at special releases. Retail is primarily growler only.
     
  21. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    At the brewery? There were some bottles for like, a few days in 2012. Given that it was on for growlers a month ago or so, I'd guess that was the last of it for the year, but who knows, maybe they'll find another keg.

    What that guy said. In my experience...
    • Special releases (BA IST, Attempted RedRum, the hoppy stuff, etc.) are bottle or growler, brewery only.
    • Rotating releases (Wet Willy, IST, Premeditated, etc.) are bottle and growler, and the vast majority of bottles go to distribution. They sell a small number of leftovers at the brewery, and they go really fast.
    • Regular releases (e.g. Elm City Pils, Sea Hag, 668, Gandhi-Bot) are can and growler, and I don't think it ever gets "officially" sold in cans at the brewery - I've certainly never got any. You normally need to catch them in the act, I think.
    I don't ever go to NEBCO expecting to be able to buy anything except growlers. If you want cans and don't want to go far, Amity usually has whatever's recent.
     
  22. Pahn

    Pahn Meyvn (1,456) Dec 2, 2009 New York
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    your best bet for IST is 1) trading (can do in person trades since local so not so bad), or 2) store hunting. there's surely bottles around somewhere, you just have to randomly search or mention it on BA and hope someone gives you a friendly tip.
     
  23. woosterbill

    woosterbill Poo-Bah (2,616) Apr 6, 2009 Kentucky
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    I actually saw a few bottles of 2011 IST, the last in 750s, at a store in Fairfield last week - Black Rock Wine & Spirits, iirc. A very reasonable $13.99, too, but I have no idea if they're still there.
     
  24. dortenzio1991

    dortenzio1991 Initiate (172) Aug 12, 2011 Connecticut
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    This. I go back periodically to that store and grab 2 bottles of 2011 IST. I hear they have another store that they own and doesnt move the product as quickly as Black Rock.
     
  25. dortenzio1991

    dortenzio1991 Initiate (172) Aug 12, 2011 Connecticut
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    Also had some bourbon county in the corner when i was there too
     
  26. davey101

    davey101 Meyvn (1,080) Apr 14, 2009 Connecticut
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    Anyone going to the brewery today or tommorow wanna post whats on tap? Pretty sure I'll be there Friday afternoon.
     
  27. purephase

    purephase Initiate (168) Feb 23, 2008 Connecticut
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    According to their Facebook, Elm City, 668, and Sea Hag at the moment, and they're aiming for Friday for Gandhi-Bot.
     
  28. BarrelAgedBrian

    BarrelAgedBrian Initiate (0) Mar 31, 2013 Massachusetts

    I may give Black Rock a call tomorrow before heading back up to Boston, looks like it's a convenient detour off the Merritt Parkway.
     
  29. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    MOAR GALAXY!

    (didn't they say there was going to be like... eight batches of that this year? or was that Supernaut?)
     
  30. DrWangerBanger

    DrWangerBanger Initiate (0) Sep 9, 2010 Connecticut

    I think this is the last batch of supernaut, or maybe 2nd to last
     
  31. KalH

    KalH Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 North Carolina

    Know this is a bit early, but anyone hear if NEBCO will be open this Memorial Day?
     
  32. drewj23

    drewj23 Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2005 Connecticut

    No on Memorial Day
     
  33. KalH

    KalH Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 North Carolina

    Thanks for the response and info.
     
  34. EDNOSE

    EDNOSE Aspirant (235) Oct 27, 2007 Connecticut

    Similar size batch of Supernaut?
     
  35. Sam21

    Sam21 Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2009 Connecticut

    What's the deal with Wet Willy and release dates? I've seen some 2011 on the shelves and am wondering if this was a recent re-release (last 6 months), or just old stock being moved by distributor? I've had it with age and loved it, so this is more about curiosity.
     
  36. DrWangerBanger

    DrWangerBanger Initiate (0) Sep 9, 2010 Connecticut

    Old stock not moving off the shelves. Welcome to CT, on your left you'll see 1.5 year old bottles of Ballast Point Sculpin and on your right you'll see year old cans of Torpedo
     
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  37. Sam21

    Sam21 Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2009 Connecticut

    Ha. I actually haven't seen old stock at all in the stores by me. I'm in the upper west corner, so it's a 15 mile drive to a great beer store in MA and 8 miles to a fantastic store in CT. Both have fresh stock and never seem to have out-of-date beer.

    The wet willy was just strange - good beer with 1-1.5 years on it tho!
     
  38. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    relatively enormous amount of old WW on shelves in Mass too, given that basically all other NEBCO is gone from Mass now.
     
  39. Sam21

    Sam21 Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2009 Connecticut

    That's what made me wonder if there was a lot held back for some reason. I'm sure that it tastes fantastic.
     
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