Notable Releases - DC/NOVA/MD

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

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  1. nimbleprop

    nimbleprop Initiate (131) Apr 4, 2008 District of Columbia

    No question that Bluejacket has improved over the last 12 months, specifically with regards to their hoppy beers and their berliners. The barrel program however, has a ways to go and they can get there is they show a similar level of improvement over the next 12 months. But those Blue Monday bottles are probably as good now as they are going to be. It doesn't have anything that you'd want to mellow out over time (booze, vanilla/chocolate, acid). If I had to bet, it's likely to get thinner quickly if you wait and you'll likely lose what little roast is there currently. I hope they rebrew this, give the base some more body and pick the right local coffee.
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  2. TheMadKing

    TheMadKing Initiate (65) Mar 27, 2014 Maryland

    Stern but fair, guess I was hoping the fruit notes might fade a bit, but it does seem unlikely that the other flavors would stand up to aging it at all. Cheers.
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  3. nimbleprop

    nimbleprop Initiate (131) Apr 4, 2008 District of Columbia

    I'm just one knucklehead and my last name ain't Papazian, but I have a fair amount of experience with cellaring/aging and Blue Monday did not strike me as being a good candidate.
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  4. Goobawl

    Goobawl Initiate (49) Jan 24, 2015 Maryland

    Just a heads up down town crown will have BA Ten Fidy on tap Friday night if anyone is interested. Oskar Blues and Breckenridge tap take over....
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  5. SlothB77

    SlothB77 Devotee (495) Dec 28, 2012 Virginia

    Equivalent of 8 cases of bb gbs lett at tjs clarendon. No limits.
  6. jcos

    jcos Devotee (488) Nov 23, 2009 Maryland

    I've stated this before...admittedly, I only had "Alpine Alpine" a few times a few years ago. I had Hoppy Birthday on draft at the beach, bombers of Nelson and Duet, and have had 12 ounce beers from seperate six packs of Pure Hopiness. I don't know if the beers are the same, but I was happy enough with how those beers all tasted.

    I think perhaps the initial batches weren't up to par but still being sent out, and perhaps they have been improved.
  7. grover37

    grover37 Meyvn (1,289) Nov 14, 2007 District of Columbia
    Society Trader

    Besides Lost Weekend, what else is worth drinking? Honest question - I can't think of anything.
  8. sdterp

    sdterp Initiate (71) Apr 17, 2014 Maryland

    I'm coming across Woodrow Wilson into VA from MD this evening to get some BA GBS, where would be best to go?
    TW Springfield or TW/TJ's Alexandria.
  9. jayluf

    jayluf Aspirant (226) Mar 26, 2014 District of Columbia

    Forbidden planet, little golden gem, full bloom, mexican radio (cask), wedding ale, fields of friendly strife, snallygaster, BA figure 8, scarecrow just off the top of my head.
  10. grover37

    grover37 Meyvn (1,289) Nov 14, 2007 District of Columbia
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    Oops, meant to specify hoppy beers, particularly Pales and IPAs.
  11. KillerTofu

    KillerTofu Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2015 District of Columbia

    I thought clamor, their dipa, was solid.
  12. Slack

    Slack Savant (903) Feb 14, 2012 Virginia

    TW Alexandria would be your best bet but 1 pp - I am understanding TW Springfield is out and TJ never recieved any. You may want to call first. TJ Clarendon isn't that far, may be worth it if you are looking for more than 1.
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  13. mblackie

    mblackie Initiate (88) Sep 19, 2010 California

    Few cases left at TJ's Clarendon.
  14. TheMadKing

    TheMadKing Initiate (65) Mar 27, 2014 Maryland

    Xocoveza, Double Duckpin, Breckenridge 25 and Heavy Seas 20 Year Storm at Downtown Crown
  15. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (7,156) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    Bourbon GBS at Total Wine Mclean, one bottle per person.
  16. Schultz

    Schultz Initiate (113) Jan 19, 2008 Maryland

    Anybody know when Duclaw For Pete's Sake will be released for distribution?
  17. imbrue001

    imbrue001 Initiate (178) Aug 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    So apparently Shawan will not be getting any Xocoveza according to my intel. Distributor screwed them over. That's two years in a row I miss out now. :angry: They did have a few bottles of Agrestic though, $16.99 iirc.
  18. Slack

    Slack Savant (903) Feb 14, 2012 Virginia

    On a seperate Duclaw note, did they ever go forward with distro of Retribution this year - I know they were doing the whole Retrib Day but didn't know if they sold out or what...
  19. SlothB77

    SlothB77 Devotee (495) Dec 28, 2012 Virginia

    any luck? I know that Trader Joe's Clarendon was a lock. I know that Total Wine on Little River Turnpike was sold out and TJ's King Street/ Bailey's Crossroads was sold out. The status of TJ's Old Town was unknown to me or any other place over that way.
  20. MaltLickyWithTheCandy

    MaltLickyWithTheCandy Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2013 Maryland

    I don't think they distro'd this year. I think they did the brewery only release thing, because i haven't heard of anything about this beer yet. Trying to turn a shelf turd into something hyped it seems.....
  21. sdterp

    sdterp Initiate (71) Apr 17, 2014 Maryland

    I went to Total Wine in Alexandria and it was 1 pp but they had at least 3 cases as of about 8:30pm last night.
    Before I left I called TW Springfield and TJ in Old Town and they both said they were sold out.
  22. SlothB77

    SlothB77 Devotee (495) Dec 28, 2012 Virginia

    My mistake. Yes, TW Alexandria wasn't sold out.
  23. _RL_

    _RL_ Disciple (350) Oct 2, 2013 Maryland

    They're just doing the releases at the various Duclaw locations today and yesterday, so I think it would be soon.
  24. sulli520

    sulli520 Initiate (173) Feb 26, 2014 District of Columbia

    Calvert Woodley has Abraxas.
  25. jonesy77

    jonesy77 Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2009 District of Columbia

    Abraxas is on the shelf at WF Foggy Bottom.
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  26. Slack

    Slack Savant (903) Feb 14, 2012 Virginia

    Appreciate it - was looking to compare a '13 languishing in my fridge to the most current batch.
  27. kingholmes

    kingholmes Initiate (74) Jun 10, 2015 Virginia

    TW Sterling has 3 or 4 Abraxas left and at least a case of BBGBS.
  28. Drew031482

    Drew031482 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2014 District of Columbia

    Whole Foods Clarendon has 5 or 6 cases of BB GBS. They aren't on the shelf yet, though. I bought two though I'm not sure if there is a bottle limit (I saw them in the back and couldn't get anyone to help so I just grabbed em).
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  29. dukieox

    dukieox Initiate (76) Apr 27, 2011 Virginia

    Dominion Wine and Beer in MoCo has For Pete's Sake now.
  30. MyThoughtsExactly

    MyThoughtsExactly Initiate (0) Jun 10, 2015 Virginia

    WF Alexandria has BB GBS in a box next to the beer bar.
  31. Dirtyhands

    Dirtyhands Defender (657) Jul 3, 2014 Maryland

    In what sense? Very common with a beer of this quality & rarity. Unless you're talking about your own financial issues, it's not so scary.

    It's legal and it's not BS. Any idea how many years it takes a store owner to finally get 12 measly bottles of Abraxas? 2 years. 2 years worth of buying Regalia, Vermilion, etc so that he may present his customers with Abraxas. Perennial does that "BS" to store owners in every state. Maybe your issue should be with Perennial. If Old Line had not created that prerequisite, I would have missed out on that bottle.

    Had they asked you to buy a 30 rack of Coors, I'd be inclined to agree with your assessment of "BS". Maybe gain some distributional perspective so you don't across as so entitled, or don't.
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  32. kts

    kts Initiate (0) Dec 30, 2013 Maryland

    I never said it wasn't legal. In my opinion it's a BS business practice.

    I've bought plenty of hard-to-find beers from various stores over the years and none of them required other purchases to get a bottle of something. In fact I've bought a number of hard-to-find things from Old Line over the years and they didn't require me to buy anything else at the same time previously. It's a new practice and I'm not a fan of it.

    I get that Perennial (like many brewers) and their distributors allocate their most highly desired beer to stores that sell more of their other year-round/core beers like Regalia and Vermillion and that requiring someone to buy 2 of Perennial's other beers helps ensure that a store will sell more Perennial so they'll continue to get Abraxas down the road. I don't agree with it but I get it. A store is free to run their business however they want as it's a free market. I'm free to take my business elsewhere.

    I'm glad you were able to snag a bottle of Abraxas and I hope you enjoy it, it's a great beer.

    Keeping this on topic, Old Line still had a bottle of Abraxas on the shelf when I was there earlier today, $29.99 + 2 other Perennial beers as Evan mentioned earlier in this thread.
  33. SlothB77

    SlothB77 Devotee (495) Dec 28, 2012 Virginia

    Has anyone seen Victory Java Cask in VA yet?
  34. nimbleprop

    nimbleprop Initiate (131) Apr 4, 2008 District of Columbia

    How was the Blue Monday line at Bluejacket for the release? Did it move? Trying to decide what time to pop over there tomorrow, if at all.
  35. dingalls8

    dingalls8 Initiate (75) Jul 18, 2014 Virginia

    Does anyone know if Project PAM is still available at Arrowine (or anywhere in Arlington?). Thanks!
  36. ArlVABeerGuy

    ArlVABeerGuy Disciple (372) Feb 23, 2012 Virginia
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    I think there's still some at Westover and Lost Dog across the street.

    FLASHMSTRC Initiate (0) Apr 10, 2015 Virginia

    I saw cases of Project Pam at Total Wine in Springfield earlier this week. Could be worth calling to see if they still have any.
  38. Sludgeman

    Sludgeman Poo-Bah (2,077) Aug 17, 2012 District of Columbia

    It was there last night about 6pm. 5 to 10 bottles on the shelf.
  39. TheMadKing

    TheMadKing Initiate (65) Mar 27, 2014 Maryland

    Whole Foods Clarendon had it as well... bottom shelf on the right.
  40. ipas-for-life

    ipas-for-life Aspirant (260) Feb 28, 2012 Virginia

    I got there at 12pm there was around 10 people in front of me in line.
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