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Discussion in 'Mid-Atlantic' started by Evan, Aug 2, 2015.
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
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.
Are their beers even that good? Haven't been too impressed with the few I've had from them.
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.
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.
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.
Hyde is probably my favorite IPA brewed in Maryland.
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.
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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"
Singlecut cans at CBC. Don't expect a deal tho they're $8 and $6.75 a can.
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?
What's the limit? Not that'd I buy many at that price...
Anyone find High Westified in Baltimore county or southern pa yet?
2 per person per beer.
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.
these came and went a few weeks ago in baltimore county
Should be getting in some SingleCut cans at work this week. Won't be that expensive, but won't be much cheaper either...
And where is work...?
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!
Bon Bon will be $6.99 per can, btw.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Lots of BGBS at Foggy Bottom Trader Joes, too.
Do you know if the Yes! near Eastern Market got some in?
Any Bourbon County Barleywine (not rediculously priced) still available?
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Oddly enough there was a bunch at Schneider's today when I was there on my lunch break. Think it was $13 a bottle.
They didn't. Hopefully next week. They are on the shelf at Yes Cleveland Park, though.
just saw a bunch at Chevy Chase Liquors on Conn Ave. Don't recall the price...sorry man.
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.
Anyone know when Hopslam or Nugget Nectar are expected to hit in NOVA or DC? I haven't heard anything.
Next week for Nugget Nectar, according to Troegs.
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.
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.
One lonely bottle of Brandy Abyss lingering at Harry's Reserve.