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Discussion in 'New England' started by DrWangerBanger, Oct 17, 2012.
Just in time for my birthday! Lol!
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).
No on Stout Trooper, but should find Gandhi
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.
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.
well, hell yeah!
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.
how the crap are they fitting those in there? that's amazing.
which route are you taking? it's right off 15 and I ride that all the time to and from CT/NJ
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.
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.
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.
Agreed, love Sea Hag. That and CCB Jai Alai are my favarite regular IPA's and both come in cans which is nice.
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?
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.
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!!
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.
So I guess Imperial Stout Trooper came and went then? At least in bottle form?
Best news I've heard all week!!! Cannot wait for this to happen.
They rarely have cans for sale at the brewery, and only bottles at special releases. Retail is primarily growler only.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Also had some bourbon county in the corner when i was there too
Anyone going to the brewery today or tommorow wanna post whats on tap? Pretty sure I'll be there Friday afternoon.
According to their Facebook, Elm City, 668, and Sea Hag at the moment, and they're aiming for Friday for Gandhi-Bot.
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.
(didn't they say there was going to be like... eight batches of that this year? or was that Supernaut?)
I think this is the last batch of supernaut, or maybe 2nd to last
Know this is a bit early, but anyone hear if NEBCO will be open this Memorial Day?
No on Memorial Day
Thanks for the response and info.
Similar size batch of Supernaut?
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.
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
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!
relatively enormous amount of old WW on shelves in Mass too, given that basically all other NEBCO is gone from Mass now.
That's what made me wonder if there was a lot held back for some reason. I'm sure that it tastes fantastic.