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Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by FBarber, Jan 3, 2018.
Does New Glarus usually have a release before or after Great Taste of the Midwest?
Yes there will be a R&D release, with details announced a week or so before.
Went to the brewery yesterday, had 12 oz bottles of Belgain red and Serendipity for the fruit beers. For the R&D's there was Gotlandic, Sour Porter, Pommier Sauvage, Champ Rouge, Vintage 2016 and 25th Anniversary. One was running pretty low but otherwise they were fully stocked.
I stumbled upon some Wild Sour at Hy-Vee East in Madison today. Happy 4th of July!
Anyone see wild sour ale in MKE area yet? Any ideas on allotments?
It's open to order but Beechwoods stock is declining rapidly. Not sure if they're getting a second drop of this. Will hit Monday.
What is the price of a 4 pack of Serendipity at the brewery?
This doesn't help but Serendipity isn't available yet.
I literally just came from the depot an hour ago and they had 4 packs of Serendipity. Also had Wild Sour with no limits at $12.50/4 pack. Gotlandic appears to have been restocked per the previous photo that was posted. Still plenty of the other R&Ds. Saw people leaving with waxed 750s of the fruits for previous posters who were asking about them. Was told Mistral (my biggest want!) Is gone for good. Raspberry Tart was also sold out.
Hope this helps someone and thanks to previous posters for keeping the info up to date!
Will be bringing a first-timer to visit the brewery this afternoon. Bummer that Mistral is gone, I really enjoyed that one especially in the weather. Will be bringing a first-timer to visit the brewery this afternoon, should be fun.
Was there for the hard hat tour on Friday and they were bottling Strawberry Rhubarb. Our tour guide thought 2 weeks until it hits the depot but it might be sooner. Also, R&Ds are limit 4 per person which I find strange since they have more than 4 available.
Also, Mistral was still on tap at least when I was there. Not sure if it lasted through the weekend though.
I think it was four per type per person. I know I walked out yesterday with more than four total.
Anyone know what the ballpark cost on the R&D bottles typically is?
The 25th Anniversary Ale was $15 per, limit 4 pp at release.
They're all $15.
I'm going to be in Waukesha County this weekend and my wish list includes Wild Sour Ale, Cran-bic, Stone Soup, Strawberry Rhubarb, Serendipity, Raspberry Tart, and Imperial Weizen (as well as Central Waters Peruvian Morning and Cassian Sunset).
Two questions: First, are any of those definitely not available at this point or will be really hard to find? Second, I'm planning to hit Discount Liquors and Woodmans in Waukesha and Sonoma Cellars in Oconomowoc - are there any other obvious places I am missing?
Total Wine, in Brookfield, is probably worth the drive.
I was at Discount Milwaukee yesterday - I don't remember seeing Cranbic or Stone Soup, but I believe they should be around. Everything else should be available, except Strawberry Rhubarb.
You won't find Strawberry Rhubarb in any populated areas now, but if you go through some small towns off the beaten path odds are you can still find it. Stop in a little grocery store or gas station and try your luck. Has worked for me many times
Has anybody seen Sour 2018 outside of the brewery store? Near Milwaukee or Brookfield?
They have a lot at the woodmans near Menomonee falls.
Also, there is a "beer finder" feature on the new Glarus website that is usually very accurate so id give that a shot.
I picked up a 4 pack of Wild Sour 2018 at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee on Monday.
I was very excited that Wile Sour was returning. I kept two bottles from 2013. I opened one a few nights ago before heading up to WI to buy the 2018. I bought a four pack to try it before committing to buy a whole bunch more. I returned to Illinois with three bottles. It is not bad, it is just not very good. It pales in comparison to the 2013 batch.
Well that bites. I am going to give one a spin tonight.
Palate memory is a fickle thing but drinking a fresh bottle reminded me pretty much of what I remember the first batch tasting like fresh; my opinion obviously. I haven’t had the aged first batch recently to comment at all on that though.
This is what i’ve been trying to figure out - is this batch really that much worse than the original, or am I simply remembering wrong?
I do feel this batch defintitely has darker malt characteristic to it at the moment than I recall from the OG. Kinda Oud Bruin-ish right now.
I was feeling the same way about this new batch. Tasted like tart prune juice... while technically still in style and didn't really have any flaws, just not my favorite. I swear the 2013 batch tasted more like RR Supplication.
2018 WSA is a nice tasting, well crafted beer. Will I buy more than one 4-pack? Probably not.
Ever since they started making the sour and fruit beers using the coolship at the Riverside, brewery, I have not been that big of a fan at all. Given that I have historically had a bad habit of buying too much of the Unplugged/Thumbprint series, I have done several verticals/side-by-sides with the old and new versions of several of these. I have preferred the 'old' pre-coolship versions every time. There's something about the new base beer that puts me off--too dry/astringent and penny tasting for my liking. The older versions were a bit sweeter and rounded that made them tastier. It's a good thing I still have a half case of the original Wild Sour to go through. I'll buy a 4-pack of the new one for sure and it'll be fun to do another side-by-side, but I have a feeling it'll be another instance of me preferring the original version.
I thought the new version of Wild Sour was good, better than most AWA's, certainly at it's price point.
The original iteration was better, as others have stated. That said, assuming the new version isn't pasteurized, it could evolve into something as special as the original.
W/R/T the coolship program as a whole - I agree with @grantcty that the pre-coolship wild/sours tended to be better. But I still think they are very good, better than most AWAs, and very competitively priced. And I think we are getting more than we got in the past. I feel like we've gotten Oud Bruin, Enigma, Cran-bic, and Wild Sour, all pretty recently, not to mention the R&D sours and what seems to be an increase in production of the fruit beers. I feel like the increased production outweighs the slight decline in quality, but that's just my opinion.
Agreed. At $2.50 per bottle, I can't think of a better sour in the world at that price point and availability.
Does anyone know if there is a new drop of Strawberry Rhubarb expected anytime soon or is my best bet to search some smaller mom and pop places and see if I can find any from the last drop still on the shelf?
Mom and Pop seem like a long shot by now. July was the word so just hold out hope...
It's supposed to ship to distributors this week. Will have more info either tomorrow or Friday.
There were still a few 4-packs at a cheese shop in Mineral Point, WI as of last Saturday.
Supposed to arrive at Beechwood today however not sure if it's shipping tomorrow or Monday. I suppose y'all will find out soon enough.
Is everyone enjoying the Oud Bruin that has a Wild Sour label on it?
This is nothing like the original, but still tasty if you enjoy the Oud Bruin.
This comparison is making me sad. I hated Oud Bruin & loved the old Wild Sour. Guess I better get to that four pack soon.
I figured we were due a side-by-side. While "oud bruin" maybe isn't our best hopes and dreams for a wild sour ale, the new compared to the old really isn't all the different. In fact, the new version is a punchier version of the old. Chalk that up to age though. Color is identical. Sip vs sip is strikingly similar. New is more tart, old is more well rounded. Overall, I (assume) this is a very similar recipe.
I like Cranbic better since it's a more blonde sour with fruit and more acidity. For a more traditional sour ale, Wild Sour is fantastic. It's not a sour bomb, but it's poundable and you get that earthy flavor that's reminiscent of a dark Belgian sour. Choose your poison.
Thanks for writing up the notes. I'd love to do this too but I crushed all of my old WSA within a few months of it coming out. I've already gone through half a case of this year's. Luckily I should be able to restock at least once..