Phase Three Brewing (2020)

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by Gambyt20, Jan 1, 2020.

  1. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Disciple (358) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Both new ones are definitely good though I’d concur that letting beers # 2-4 in the 4 pack sit in the fridge for a bit would be smart.
     
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  2. KidGalaga

    KidGalaga Initiate (75) Apr 21, 2014 Illinois
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    my interest in P3 had waned enough to skip the past few releases, but i've been liking motueka hopped beers lately.

    leaning toward picking this up, but i can't shake the feeling that it'll just be another solid, unmemorable beer
     
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  3. DragonflyJones

    DragonflyJones Initiate (61) Mar 22, 2018 Illinois

    Better than a memorable, unsolid beer!
     
  4. Shriner

    Shriner Initiate (59) Mar 29, 2017 Illinois

    Problem is, you can't pick these up :wink: They sell out immediately.
     
  5. croush

    croush Crusader (754) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    They do? Most P3 cans sit in some of the stores I frequent. There’s an initial rush for them but then they sit. I’ve seen places with 6 or so different cans available.
     
  6. ChiPez66

    ChiPez66 Initiate (117) May 21, 2018 Illinois
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    Yeah, I can wander into one of three Binny's that I frequent, and there are almost always some P3 cans still sitting.
     
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  7. Shriner

    Shriner Initiate (59) Mar 29, 2017 Illinois

    Damn Schaumburg. They go on the counter and are gone within hours.
     
  8. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Disciple (358) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Yeah that's what I see with the exceptions being Pressed and the milkshakes (except Bramble).
     
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  9. croush

    croush Crusader (754) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    I knew there was probably some exception I wasn’t thinking of!
     
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  10. beardown2489

    beardown2489 Disciple (396) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois

    Hustle on this one. Low yields apparently, so this drop won’t linger
     
  11. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Disciple (358) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    yeah the Wednesday drop was normal but it looks like something happened when canning. Hopefully it’s fixed for Chantilly haha
     
  12. KCUnited

    KCUnited Initiate (191) Nov 11, 2014 Illinois
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    Pixel Density could probably sit for a bit but is still enjoyable now. Probably my favorite P3 hoppy beer they've released. It has a ton of hop saturated flavor without the sweet muddy mess.
     
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  13. GuyFawkes

    GuyFawkes Poo-Bah (4,350) Apr 7, 2011 Illinois
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    I chatted with the manager of a local bottle shop on Saturday; since this was an off-the-cuff conversation I won't name the shop in case the info is wrong.

    He stated that Pixel Density will be a "year round" offering from Phase Three. We chuckled that it probably won't literally be "year round" since, at least at first, it will sell out every week.

    However, I hope this rumor is true, as I think it's easily one of their best IPA's yet.
     
  14. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Disciple (358) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Interesting. It’s not the identical hop bill but I guess this could essentially be Phase Three’s Dusty
     
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  15. stevegoz

    stevegoz Aspirant (292) May 5, 2008 Illinois
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    Looks like LZ will be P3's home for a while -- they're taking over LZB's lease and space! (Per an email to ambassadors.)
     
  16. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Disciple (358) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Also Chantilly is available for pre-order (2 4 packs). So it’ll be nice to not have to chase these around as long as you’re willing to drive to LZ
     
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  17. stevegoz

    stevegoz Aspirant (292) May 5, 2008 Illinois
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    I buried the lede
     
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  18. croush

    croush Crusader (754) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    Good for them getting the taproom. I definitely hoped it would be closer to the city than LZ, but oh well.

    I’ll still have no issue getting out there for my Curvature bottles, but I doubt I’ll be making it out there for IPA releases.
     
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  19. ReDNeCk98

    ReDNeCk98 Initiate (91) Jul 7, 2010 Illinois

    Seen that as well.
     
  20. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Disciple (358) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Random thoughts/questions

    -How long is the remaining lease?
    -Will the taproom become dramatically larger?
    -Will the parking lots there be able to handle large crowds?
    -Will Phase Three be able to host 500 Ambassadors there for brewery run events or will they have offsite?
    -Given how Shaun for about More’s aggressive expansion, I’d think think 2 opened locations won’t be in the plans
    -No social media posts from LZB about their status/future
    -They said they’ll be brewing more beer. Will the distro see any pullback once their taproom opens in March?

    Just some initial reactions to the news
     
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  21. FleskBrewFan

    FleskBrewFan Initiate (110) Aug 4, 2016 Illinois
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    From what I’ve heard, essentially LBZ became available after the brewer left, and P3 put in a low ball offer that was accepted even though the location and industrial park are not ideal
     
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  22. cmjohst

    cmjohst Initiate (65) Dec 19, 2017 Illinois
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    Interesting. Since you seem informed, does P3 expect this to be a long term solution or just a temporary approach.
     
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  23. Vitamin_Hop

    Vitamin_Hop Initiate (135) Mar 26, 2015 Illinois
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    Where’d the brewer go?
     
  24. FleskBrewFan

    FleskBrewFan Initiate (110) Aug 4, 2016 Illinois
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    I’m not that informed, but I was told they were buying it. Email also says “lease and purchase agreement,” so I assume long term.

    That I don’t know. Seems like a huge gamble these days to open a brewery and not in fact be the brewer.
     
  25. thewimperoo

    thewimperoo Zealot (557) Oct 1, 2006 Illinois
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    So Lake Zurich Brewing is out of business?
     
  26. FleskBrewFan

    FleskBrewFan Initiate (110) Aug 4, 2016 Illinois
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    That was my understanding of the situation
     
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  27. Shriner

    Shriner Initiate (59) Mar 29, 2017 Illinois

    Interesting! There are definitely enough people around there to make it work...look at Tighthead. As every brewery owner has told me, the money is in the tap rooms. Hope they do a great job with the space, it could use a make-over, in my opinion.
     
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  28. Vitamin_Hop

    Vitamin_Hop Initiate (135) Mar 26, 2015 Illinois
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    That poor taproom was abysmal and cold. It reminded me of s doctors office. There is so much money to be made in the taproom that it needs a substantial investment that should pay dividends. Especially with the high desire to drink fresh P3 on site.

    I always felt bad when I’d go to LZB and everyone was asking about p3 beer instead of their own. Oh well that’s life.
     
  29. beardown2489

    beardown2489 Disciple (396) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois

    maybe it’s a roll reversal, and lake Zurich is contract brewing under P3 now ‍♂️
     
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  30. mayorQuimby

    mayorQuimby Devotee (457) Jun 5, 2009 Tennessee
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    Just finished off my last Vanilla Backbox from the 4-pk my parents brought down for Xmas. A fabulous beer, wish I had more...that is all.
     
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  31. ktr5010

    ktr5010 Devotee (415) Dec 12, 2014 Illinois
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    I didn't mind the taproom but it certainly left A LOT to be desired. I assume there is more space behind the longer wall where they could expand considering that is a warehouse. I think they mentioned when they first got started they didn't expect to have a taproom for 3 years so this seems convenient and ahead of schedule.
     
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  32. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Disciple (358) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    my recollection (and I could be wrong) from the Average Joe’s podcast was that 12–18 months was the plan. This would be 12 so still on the early side of the window either way
     
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  33. stevegoz

    stevegoz Aspirant (292) May 5, 2008 Illinois
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    Yeah, I just looked up my copious notes from that podcast. They'd said late 2020. Obviously at the time they had something different in mind.

    As I PMd Shaun last night, I thought HB or StE would beat them to doing this! (Taking over their host brewery, that is.)
     
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  34. GuyFawkes

    GuyFawkes Poo-Bah (4,350) Apr 7, 2011 Illinois
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    So...I assume this Chantilly will hit distro and ISN'T exclusive to members, right? I'd rather pick this up in the city if than head to Lake Zurich if possible...
     
  35. Gambyt20

    Gambyt20 Champion (821) Jan 14, 2016 Illinois
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    Excited for
    That's my understanding that there will still be regular distro on Chantilly.
     
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  36. Shriner

    Shriner Initiate (59) Mar 29, 2017 Illinois

    With how difficult it is to get approval from towns/villages/cities for these brewpubs/breweries, this is a great move in order to save time and money. We have already seen that you can put these almost anywhere and they will succeed if the atmosphere and beer is good.
     
  37. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Disciple (358) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    The end of the Josh Noel story indicates that Phase Three wants to open a 2nd location closer to Chicago in the next couple of years. So my guess related to expansion was wrong
     
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  38. Gambyt20

    Gambyt20 Champion (821) Jan 14, 2016 Illinois
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    Chicago taproom and pickup location would be awesome!! Sure that would save many members a lot of time from driving out to LZ.
     
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  39. Vitamin_Hop

    Vitamin_Hop Initiate (135) Mar 26, 2015 Illinois
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    Those poor Chicagoans. If only they had some options closer to home. :rolling_eyes::grin:
     
  40. ShawnoftheD3ad

    ShawnoftheD3ad Initiate (196) Mar 20, 2016 Illinois
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    No shit. I hope he stays here and relocates down the street.