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Palate Wrecker in the South Bay?

Discussion in 'Pacific' started by Stevicus, Feb 14, 2013.

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  1. Stevicus

    Stevicus Jul 1, 2009 California

    Any sitings would be appreciated. I am talking about below Palo Alto. The Whole Foods in Los Altos does not have any. They do have about 40 cases of Lagunitas Sucks for people looking though.
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Hopmother

    Hopmother Jun 22, 2012 California

    I was at Mr. k's near the bruery they got it in 4 pack and 22 oz bottle.
     
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  3. 01Ryan10

    01Ryan10 Sep 10, 2011 California

    Mr. K's is about 400 miles south of Los Altos. lol
     
  4. Beerdy

    Beerdy Nov 28, 2010 Heard & McDonald Islands

    Whole Foods in San Jose has 4-packs and bombers. They are also getting Pliny tomorrow.
     
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  5. Stevicus

    Stevicus Jul 1, 2009 California

    That is reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllllllllllllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy South Bay!
     
  6. Hopmother

    Hopmother Jun 22, 2012 California

    OC gets their beer very late. If they have this beer i am sure its all over the place.
     
  7. grilledsquid

    grilledsquid Jul 10, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    Do you shop at any other stores besides Mr. K's?
     
  8. dcgunman

    dcgunman Jul 1, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    Check your local Total Wine n More. The HB store got there's in last week. 4 packs and bombers. Picked up a couple of 4 packs with coupon minus $2 for 7.99. Bombers are 8.99. Deal. Mr Keg had it in as well. But not Whole Foods. . . .yet.
     
  9. rrryanc

    rrryanc May 19, 2006 California
    Beer Trader

    Wow, you guys really missed the location on this one. From his user profile, OP is from San Jose, CA. So South Bay refers to South Bay Area in Nor Cal. Further reinforced by his mentions of Los Altos and Palo Alto.

    On topic: I haven't shopped south of Palo Alto in a while OP, sorry.
     
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  10. AptosBeerDrinker

    AptosBeerDrinker Aug 9, 2011 California

    It made it to Santa Cruz, so I'm assuming it's hit SJ area as well.
     
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  11. burgundysmoke

    burgundysmoke Sep 11, 2012 California
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    where in santa cruz?! i guess i havent checked bevmo in the last week..
     
  12. AptosBeerDrinker

    AptosBeerDrinker Aug 9, 2011 California

  13. burgundysmoke

    burgundysmoke Sep 11, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    haha I had my friend stop by for me yesterday for a sucaba. gotta get there myself. thanks!
     
  14. Hopmother

    Hopmother Jun 22, 2012 California

    i do but i stop by there most of the time cuz its near the bruery.
     
  15. AptosBeerDrinker

    AptosBeerDrinker Aug 9, 2011 California

    Do people enjoy this beer? If so, I'd like to hear why.
     
  16. Stevicus

    Stevicus Jul 1, 2009 California

    I enjoy this enormously. Main reason I am looking. Big hops and not as sweet as other beers in its class. Bevmo is super hit or miss with beers like this. WF in the S. Bay is off the beaten path for me, but so is everywhere else anymore. And I have noticed a trend in distribution in San Jose, it sucks. They sit on seasonals until they feel the last season has passed. I have seen spring and summer beers in winter because they did not sell and they do not understand want to accept they did not sell these beers. It is horrible.
     
  17. rrryanc

    rrryanc May 19, 2006 California
    Beer Trader

    I had it a few years back at Hamiltons when it was still their anniversary beer, and it was an amazing beer. The stuff in the bottles has unfortunately not matched up, whether due to rose/beer colored glasses to the first few times I had it, or because they're several weeks to months older when I get them, or because it's just not as good as it used to be. Too bad too, because it was delicious.
     
  18. AptosBeerDrinker

    AptosBeerDrinker Aug 9, 2011 California

    Since Green Flash doesn't appear to bottle date, is this just hitting distribution now or was it brewed a while ago?
     
  19. Stevicus

    Stevicus Jul 1, 2009 California

    They date now! Since I think June of last year. I did not know this, and bought a PW from last year without knowing it. I am hearing of bottle dates as recently as 1/31/13, and 2/1/13. Date is in yellow below the front label.
     
  20. AptosBeerDrinker

    AptosBeerDrinker Aug 9, 2011 California

    On the paper itself or the glass?
     
  21. mattdbh

    mattdbh Feb 21, 2009 California
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  22. HoppySuds

    HoppySuds Aug 6, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    I think the problem with the request is that pretty much every city in CA has a "South Bay" area. Perhaps you should be more specific with cities or counties in which you are looking.

    Cheers
     
  23. Stevicus

    Stevicus Jul 1, 2009 California

    I used to be afraid Bay Area would be confused with Wisconsin, et al. I had that happen before. I had never heard anyone in SoCal refer to any area down there as South Bay.
     
  24. rrryanc

    rrryanc May 19, 2006 California
    Beer Trader

    Again, he did mention Palo Alto and Los Altos in the OP, and his profile location is San Jose. I think he was pretty specific with the location.
     
  25. MontereyBay831

    MontereyBay831 Dec 15, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    Hell ya aptos. i was just there last night at AJ's. picked up some goodies.
     
  26. stodbrew

    stodbrew Jan 2, 2004 California

    Zanotto's on Foxworthy had some when I was there last, a few days ago.
     
  27. Stevicus

    Stevicus Jul 1, 2009 California

    Thanks. Bevmo fails again.
     
  28. afrokaze

    afrokaze Jun 12, 2009 Arizona
    Beer Trader

    It's on tap at Original Gravity, for now.
     
  29. brabuse430

    brabuse430 Jul 24, 2009 California

    Socal has their own South Bay - It's considered PV, Torrance, Redondo, Hermosa, Manhattan, Carson, etc.
     
  30. JohnQ

    JohnQ Jul 7, 2012 California

    I had forgotten about Zannotto's.Used to live near one off of The Alameda.

    And honestly,at the risk of again bashing Bevmo,I just am at the point I don't get mad.Just disappointed.Good thing is I'm spending less money on brew.I'm about due for a TW Arden trip.

    And I noticed that Bevmo also seems to have a lot of (obviously) overstocked Holiday ale.Still at regular prices IIRC.
     
  31. Stevicus

    Stevicus Jul 1, 2009 California

    Bevmo is seriously guilty of insider trading. ANYTHING that is supremely good, in most locations, will not make it to the floor, event though the majority of stocking is done by the distributors. Too many times to count, but here is my favorite one: Bear Republic Racer X, bottled for SF beer week last year for the first time ever. Sitting in BR pub the week after beer week. Pick up literally the last bottle they have in Healdsburg. Bartender says why bother, 80% of the bottled run was set for Bay Area distribution, PRIMARY retailer being Bevmo. How much hit the shelf? None. Inside story was the beer orderers(?) were already making deals with the San Diego branches to let them order it all for personal kick backs. I have still never seen a Racer X in a Bevmo. Have got it from other places.
    The Zanotto's near the Alameda was getting a good supply going. Still missed on some crucial runs, but I remember picking up a 6er of Double Dog for the 4 pack price.
     
  32. JohnQ

    JohnQ Jul 7, 2012 California

    Think I've gotten Racer X at Bevmo once or twice.Not a special release though.IIRC Zanotto's had a decent selection but high prices.I haven't lived down there since 99 though.

    At this point nothing would surprise me about Bevmo.I like it a lot but like I said continue to be disappointed when searching for special things.And I think I have a decent relationship with the guys in my store.
     
  33. Seanvino

    Seanvino Jan 5, 2009 California

    FWIW I picked up Racer X at Bevmo in Sunnyvale and wasn't even looking for it.
     
  34. Hatzilla

    Hatzilla Jul 25, 2008 California

     
  35. Hatzilla

    Hatzilla Jul 25, 2008 California

    Go to the Van Ness Bevmo in San Francisco. They have 8 cases rotting in the back (at room temperature of course).
     
  36. skunkpuddle

    skunkpuddle Feb 14, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    So cal has an actual true South Bay. Not your bullshit up north. I.b. baby
     
  37. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Mar 18, 2010 California

    FYI - That's a fairly old bottle unless they released a new batch.
     
  38. Seanvino

    Seanvino Jan 5, 2009 California

    Sorry I wasn't clear, this was last year.
     
  39. JohnQ

    JohnQ Jul 7, 2012 California

    So I made it over to TW Arden.I actually overheard a customer asking a salesperson about Pliney.I mentioned to them I had seen it in a shop in W SAC but nobody bit.

    Anyway I found some Palate Wrecker but it was dated 12/18/12 ? Against my better judgement I got 2 bombers only because I don't know if I will ever see any again.In the fridge now to drink tomorrow.

    So I can't help but wonder what's worse.Bevmo not having it and saying it isn't available until early Feb for beer week.Or TW having it on the shelf but it's 2 months old ?
     
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