Notable Releases - DC/NOVA/MD

Discussion in 'Mid-Atlantic' started by Evan, Aug 2, 2015.

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  1. fire34fighter

    fire34fighter Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2013 Virginia

    ^Closed, disregard.
     
  2. Topease

    Topease Initiate (87) Nov 18, 2016 Maryland
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    RAR pre-release is a huge cluster. Other people's info (name, CC #, addresses) were being loaded on the confirmation screen. Amounts weren't right. I was charged ~$94 for two packs of pulp and one 1st morning bomber
     
  3. JimBrody

    JimBrody Initiate (87) Apr 12, 2015 Maryland

    Was thinking about going out for the release but don't think I will after seeing the recent facebook discussion on RAR's page. Even with 300 cases, the no limit on BA 1st Meal is going to be a cluster IMO.
     
  4. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Champion (829) Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia

    Are their beers even that good? Haven't been too impressed with the few I've had from them.
     
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  5. JimBrody

    JimBrody Initiate (87) Apr 12, 2015 Maryland

    I generally like their stuff but people have so much FOMO about their beer that the releases can be pretty comical. For instance people were lined up outside of Max's for over an hour on Saturday morning in the cold and rain for the single can release. You can walk into Max's right now and still get cans.

    RAR does a great job with the releases and they're usually a lot a fun, it's the people going that make it an unnecessary hassle sometimes.
     
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  6. b-mc-g

    b-mc-g Initiate (191) Mar 12, 2014 Maryland
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    When I tried their stuff a little over a year ago I wasn't blown away. However having come back to them recently I've been thoroughly impressed by a number of their beers. Goes to show you that every brewery should be given a couple shots. Especially since even some of the best have problems from time to time.
     
  7. fire34fighter

    fire34fighter Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2013 Virginia

    most of their stuff is decent (not mind blowing) First meal is my favorite beer of theirs (put it against MBCP any day), so I was looking forward to theirs. I'll be ISO of it, since I'll be in FL this weekend and won't be able to make the release.
     
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  8. JimBrody

    JimBrody Initiate (87) Apr 12, 2015 Maryland

    Hyde is probably my favorite IPA brewed in Maryland.
     
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  9. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Poo-Bah (3,149) Oct 15, 2011 Maryland
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    If nothing else, RAR is doing a good job of generating hype for MD's beer scene. I can't recall having anything truly jaw-dropping from them (except for one of the first batches of Habanero Nectar), but hey, plenty of people are going crazy for it all the same.

    Why is this a good thing? Try and name a beer from Maryland that could potentially land something from Trillium or Trade House that isn't a brewery-only RAR can.
     
  10. Prince_Casual

    Prince_Casual Disciple (360) Nov 3, 2012 District of Columbia
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    The neophyte asked: "Master, is that a good brewery?"

    The master replied: "Ask yourself my son- does that brewery's beer trade for Treehouse or Trillium on the FT:ISO forums of beeradvocate? Then, you will have answered your first question, my son."
     
  11. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Poo-Bah (3,149) Oct 15, 2011 Maryland
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    Trust me when I say there are other MD breweries I prefer to RAR that get a tenth of the "hype"
     
  12. MyThoughtsExactly

    MyThoughtsExactly Initiate (0) Jun 10, 2015 Virginia

    Singlecut cans at CBC. Don't expect a deal tho they're $8 and $6.75 a can.
     
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  13. BikeChef

    BikeChef Aspirant (269) Dec 27, 2007 District of Columbia

    Damn, I thought this would make their beers cheaper. Saw that that Bon-Bon cans were $16/4 pack in NY-- so is this CBC's doing then?
     
  14. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Champion (829) Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia

    What's the limit? Not that'd I buy many at that price...
     
  15. bl00

    bl00 Devotee (432) May 13, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Anyone find High Westified in Baltimore county or southern pa yet?
     
  16. starrdogg

    starrdogg Crusader (786) Jun 21, 2010 District of Columbia

    2 per person per beer.
     
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  17. starrdogg

    starrdogg Crusader (786) Jun 21, 2010 District of Columbia

    Or it could be the distributor. CBC's prices are usually pretty fair so not sure why they'd jack up the price on these of all things.
     
  18. Evb721

    Evb721 Initiate (57) Mar 13, 2016 Maryland
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    these came and went a few weeks ago in baltimore county
     
  19. dennisdrinks

    dennisdrinks Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2017 Maryland

    Should be getting in some SingleCut cans at work this week. Won't be that expensive, but won't be much cheaper either...
     
  20. Mongrel

    Mongrel Crusader (763) Feb 14, 2013 Maryland
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    And where is work...?
     
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  21. dennisdrinks

    dennisdrinks Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2017 Maryland

    Yes! Organic Market in Cleveland Park, DC.

    I think I have a pretty decent beer selection here and tend to get in sought after stuff (SingleCut, Prairie, Off Color, etc)

    Since not many people know that we sell beer (thanks to the liquor store directly next to us) I don't turn it over as nearly as fast as I would like. I've had SingleCut ERIC More Cowbell! just sitting here for almost 2 weeks because our regular customers don't know what it is.

    I'm actually getting transferred to another one of our locations in the coming weeks, with a lot more buying power (as far as the distributors are concerned) so I should be able to pull in even more "rare" releases.

    People don't think of our stores as a destination for beer (rightly so, as the section flat out stinks at some of them - due to us buying on a store by store basis) so things don't fly out of here, and I would add my store as a good place to pick stuff up if you're in and around DC.

    I say this as an employee, who obviously has his sales monitored, but more so as a beer geek who just wants to sell more beer so he can bring in more cool stuff! Can't bring in more stuff when my shelves are full!
     
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  22. dennisdrinks

    dennisdrinks Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2017 Maryland

    Bon Bon will be $6.99 per can, btw.
     
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  23. starrdogg

    starrdogg Crusader (786) Jun 21, 2010 District of Columbia

    So I came across Scotch BA Abyss in Arlington and Brandy Abyss in DC, but I was curious if anyone ever saw any Brandy in VA or Scotch in DC. The Scotch Abyss was incredible and I'd love to find another bottle if they're around!
     
  24. Cpmitchno1

    Cpmitchno1 Crusader (774) Jan 7, 2015 Virginia

    Christmas Morning at Whole Foods P Street if you haven't been able to locate it yet. Probably another 8 bottles or so. It rang up at $10.99 a bottle also, so a pretty good bargain.
     
  25. scottDC

    scottDC Aspirant (261) Jul 3, 2013 District of Columbia

    This seems to happen every year. I always go crazy trying to find Bourbon GBS and Christmas Morning in the weeks leading up to Christmas, then after New Years it's everywhere but i'm not really in the mood for it anymore.
     
  26. starrdogg

    starrdogg Crusader (786) Jun 21, 2010 District of Columbia

    They have both Christmas Morning and Bourbon GBS at Schneider's right now too. Looked like several bottles of each. I totally hear you, btw. I had extra of both of those beers left over from two years ago that I still haven't gotten around to drinking!
     
  27. scottDC

    scottDC Aspirant (261) Jul 3, 2013 District of Columbia

    Lots of BGBS at Foggy Bottom Trader Joes, too.
     
  28. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Champion (829) Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia

    Do you know if the Yes! near Eastern Market got some in?
     
  29. Slack

    Slack Savant (953) Feb 14, 2012 Virginia
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    Any Bourbon County Barleywine (not rediculously priced) still available?
     
  30. DCgolfpro

    DCgolfpro Initiate (0) Oct 26, 2011 Maryland

    We trust you. You're going to win bigly. You're going to do so much winning. Gonna get rid of the fake news. - Bad People
     
  31. DCgolfpro

    DCgolfpro Initiate (0) Oct 26, 2011 Maryland

    Some previous years available for trade in my closet.
     
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  32. starrdogg

    starrdogg Crusader (786) Jun 21, 2010 District of Columbia

    Oddly enough there was a bunch at Schneider's today when I was there on my lunch break. Think it was $13 a bottle.
     
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  33. dennisdrinks

    dennisdrinks Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2017 Maryland

    They didn't. Hopefully next week. They are on the shelf at Yes Cleveland Park, though.
     
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  34. budmanbrando

    budmanbrando Initiate (124) Nov 2, 2014 Maryland
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    just saw a bunch at Chevy Chase Liquors on Conn Ave. Don't recall the price...sorry man.
     
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  35. jmasher85

    jmasher85 Zealot (575) Mar 27, 2015 Maryland
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    Nice to see a fellow grocery store's beer buyer on here! Let us know where you end up after your transfer and keep us posted for cool releases. :slight_smile:
     
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  36. Cpmitchno1

    Cpmitchno1 Crusader (774) Jan 7, 2015 Virginia

    Anyone know when Hopslam or Nugget Nectar are expected to hit in NOVA or DC? I haven't heard anything.
     
  37. scottDC

    scottDC Aspirant (261) Jul 3, 2013 District of Columbia

    Next week for Nugget Nectar, according to Troegs.
     
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  38. MaltLickyWithTheCandy

    MaltLickyWithTheCandy Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2013 Maryland

    I have noticed an improvement in RAR quality over the last year or so. However, the whole can release thing, every week now it seems, is kind of unnecessary IMO. Would be nice if they up'd their keg distro so we could see more of their draft options locally, instead of having to drive to the brewery for nearly every release.
     
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  39. jacewg

    jacewg Defender (602) Jan 7, 2012 District of Columbia

    Much, more cost effective to release cans at the brewery than send draft to distro. For beers with high ingredient cost, can be the difference between making and losing money.
     
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  40. coquet

    coquet Initiate (109) Aug 31, 2014 Virginia
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    One lonely bottle of Brandy Abyss lingering at Harry's Reserve.
     
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