Ray's Growler Gallery (Milwaukee,WI)

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  1. Mitchell57

    Mitchell57 Jan 8, 2013 Wisconsin

    We all would I think, but can't find KBS on the shelf to do that instead unfortunately. Is what it is, I'll get a growler if they still have it once I'm there
     
  2. atone315

    atone315 Oct 8, 2008 Wisconsin

    I guess it pays off to stash a few bottles then.
     
  3. robear

    robear May 24, 2014 Wisconsin

    I agree. Unless you've got a buddy who has never had it and you're going to each down 16 oz that night. Then I'd say go for it. That's why I wish that keg had gone to Sugar Maple, Romans, Burnhearts, or Palm Tavern. That way you can have a few really fresh glasses and it might even stick around until the next day. Lots of folks would get to try it. Nothing against Ray's, but it's not the best way to sell BBA Stouts or Barleywines.
     
  4. robear

    robear May 24, 2014 Wisconsin

    KBS was tough this year. Landed a 4-pack by dumb luck and another single from a shop I frequent often. Could have very easily gotten none at retail.

    If anyone wants to trade a single for a BCBBW or BCBCS, I'd be game.
     
  5. atone315

    atone315 Oct 8, 2008 Wisconsin

    I consistently get 3x4pks a year. I don't even bother with checking locally, pays to have awesome trading partners.
     
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  6. robear

    robear May 24, 2014 Wisconsin

    That'll be next year for me. Two years ago I was in Cali, wasn't really trading much given that all I was drinking was IPA's. Building a decent cellar now, and sending some KBS love back to friends in CA. I don't think KBS tops CW 16 (even without coffee) or fresh Peruvian Morning (sadness). But I do like it more than BCBS, on pure drinkability.
     
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  7. robear

    robear May 24, 2014 Wisconsin

    Speaking of BCBS, if any of you are free on Saturday, Goose Island is having a great fundraiser/anniversary party featuring several BCBS variants. Just search for them on Brown Paper Tickets. Rare, Prop, Backyard Rye, etc. It's pricey. But it looks pretty great.
     
  8. hansenm72

    hansenm72 Jan 23, 2014 Texas

    I'm down for swapping a KBS for a BCBCS... would go 2:2 if you gots the coffee
     
  9. Westuh

    Westuh Oct 9, 2012 Wisconsin

    Fantastic Founders Friday!
    Friday, August 3rd
    5PM - 8PMish



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    Let's be honest...There's not much to say about this Growler Gallery Gala. Founders Brewing is coming the Gallery, and we'll be tapping some amazingly rare gems. Game on, friends.



    Here's the line-up:

    - All Day IPA
    - Red's Rye IPA
    - Backstage Series Smoked Porter

    - Sumatra Mountain Brown (the base beer of Frangelic Mountain!)

    - Cellared 2013 Backwoods Bastard (32oz fill only)

    and...

    Drum Roll Please...the one, the ONLY

    - KBS (32oz fill only)



    There are going to be many questions but the most pressing question probably is:



    Q: Growlers of KBS? Are you serious? Did I die and go to Heaven?

    A: It's not heaven, but it is Ray's Growler Gallery (which is pretty close)! And while you will be able to get a growler fill of the legendary KBS, in an attempt to spread around the beer love, KBS will be limited to ONE 32oz fill per household only. Please note, with such finite quantities available, no samples will be given of either KBS or the Cellared Backwoods Bastard.



    Q: What time will the legendary KBS be tapped?

    A: Everything from Founders will be unleashed precisely at 5PM. Please note, just as with the Growler Gallery Opening Day, ONLY 30 folks will be allowed in the Gallery at a time, so there is a small chance that you may have to wait before entering. For any folks that arrive before 5PM specifically for our Founders Takeover, we will be forming a line on the North Avenue entrance, to be as fair and equitable as possible.
     
  10. robear

    robear May 24, 2014 Wisconsin

    Ah- I meant I'd trade a KBS to get my hands on a BCBCS.
     
  11. hansenm72

    hansenm72 Jan 23, 2014 Texas

    damnit!
     
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  12. robear

    robear May 24, 2014 Wisconsin

    We did not get enough BCBCS or BCBBW this year. Damn you, Founders.
     
  13. robear

    robear May 24, 2014 Wisconsin

    Although I do have a bomber of '12 BCBCS. I'll bring it you know where if I can make the next one.
     
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  14. Vinithing

    Vinithing Feb 21, 2014 Wisconsin


    Do I win a free fill if I tell you Friday is August 1st??!
     
  15. Westuh

    Westuh Oct 9, 2012 Wisconsin

    I notified those that wrote it. Yikes! Thanks for letting us know though. Unfortunately I cannot give you one for free. SORRY! :slight_frown:
     
  16. dmbforever

    dmbforever May 8, 2013 Wisconsin
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    Gotta love my wife. Told her about the event tonight (slowly slipping it in during casual conversation). Her response "see if you can leave work early and get in line, as you know they'll be peeps there waiting". She knows the drill :slight_smile:
     
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  17. Westuh

    Westuh Oct 9, 2012 Wisconsin

    We assume there will be a line. We don't know when it will form. Employees aren't allowed to touch KBS, so hopefully enough of you guys/gals get this brew. "Good luck" - Taken Voice
     
  18. Vinithing

    Vinithing Feb 21, 2014 Wisconsin

    My wife told be I better get in line so I can score her some.
    Nice username! What a damn shame no Alpine this year. Gave me an excuse to finally hit up SPAC however.
     
  19. Westuh

    Westuh Oct 9, 2012 Wisconsin

    Today is the day. Good luck to those hoping to get some KBS, Backwoods or any of the Backstage Series brews!
     
  20. AstraXtreme

    AstraXtreme Mar 21, 2014 Wisconsin

    Per Beermenus, a 32oz pour of KBS will be $25 (equal to paying roughly $9.50 /12 oz bottle).
    Pretty steep, but that's beer hype for ya.
     
  21. elkabong

    elkabong Apr 1, 2014 Wisconsin

    hoping to pop in but not for the Founders. will a potential crowd at the growler gallery impact ability to navigate the rest of the store?
     
  22. AstraXtreme

    AstraXtreme Mar 21, 2014 Wisconsin

    The growler gallery is on the 2nd floor of the building, so the store part will be wide open.
     
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  23. robear

    robear May 24, 2014 Wisconsin

    Do you guys have plans to sell SS swing top growlers at any point?
     
  24. Westuh

    Westuh Oct 9, 2012 Wisconsin

    Yes we do. We are looking into a bunch of different options currently.
     
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  25. ThatBeerGuyfromRays

    ThatBeerGuyfromRays Apr 2, 2014 Wisconsin

    The beautiful thing about growlers is that they are meant to be shared and enjoyed with friends and family. We will only be allowing 32oz fills to try and spread the love around that way, but it's really up to you beer lovers to get a good group together and share the goodness! Cheers!
     
  26. robear

    robear May 24, 2014 Wisconsin

    But 32oz of KBS is... so... tempting... to drink by myself. :wink:
     
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  27. Westuh

    Westuh Oct 9, 2012 Wisconsin

    Hah. I completely understand. I'd drink 64oz growler of it by myself if it was an option.
     
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  28. dmbforever

    dmbforever May 8, 2013 Wisconsin
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    In line an hour early and it looks like I won't be getting any KBS #buzzkill...only a 1\4 barrel...oh well
     
  29. robear

    robear May 24, 2014 Wisconsin

    Welcome a city whose craft beer scene has finally taken off. Gone are the days of Zombie Dust sitting on tap for multiple days!
     
  30. robear

    robear May 24, 2014 Wisconsin

    Also, an hour + in line and $25 a fill. Plus whatever else you buy- Ray's has a cash cow on their hands. At least until somebody else figures out how to do it better.
     
  31. Vinithing

    Vinithing Feb 21, 2014 Wisconsin

    Not worth it
     
  32. Mitchell57

    Mitchell57 Jan 8, 2013 Wisconsin

    Guess I'm glad I didn't go. Couldn't have waited in line for 1+ hour... and pricey
     
  33. kalvarez

    kalvarez Jul 22, 2010 Wisconsin

    Crazed lines does not mean a scene has taken off, it means we've all gone crazy. Who would be upset that zombie dust is on tap for more than a day?! That means for the most part milwaukee is filled with people who realize it's just beer,
     
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  34. robear

    robear May 24, 2014 Wisconsin

    I'm not sure what the actual wait for KBS was. I would guess the folks how got there an hour early all got some.

    And as far as crazed- a 1/6 barrel yields about 40 pints. A half barrel yields about 120. I like Milwaukee because I can get to Sugar Maple before ZD or PF or KBS kicks- maybe 20 people order it in the first two hours. But as beer education/appreciation increases, those numbers will go up. There isn't a huge difference between 20 and 40 people ordering a beer- it only takes a bit of marketing and suddenly your sixth of ZD has kicked in an hour vs. 3-4 hours, or even overnight. Beer bars are getting a bit more savvy in putting the info out there.
     
  35. kalvarez

    kalvarez Jul 22, 2010 Wisconsin

    So how does that mean the "scene" has taken off? There are plenty of MKE folk who have been drinking craft for many years who are also very knowledgable about beer. Just because we don't run out and act like maniacs for every single bottle that is released doesn't mean we didn't or don't have a scene. So 20 more people come to the bar and order ZD and now we can be recognized as "actual" craft beer drinkers? I gather from your 300 or so posts that you recently moved to the area but we've had a scene and have a scene.
     
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  36. robear

    robear May 24, 2014 Wisconsin

    I grew up here, but really spent my 20's in San Diego. The scene out there is unreal. World Class beers in literally every neighborhood. Nano-breweries growing into Micros growing into breweries like Stone, Ballast Point, Coronado, Alpine, etc. There are way more people out there, so the beer goes faster. But Milwaukee is only just beginning to explore what it can deliver to the beer world. Brenner's has been awesome, Biloba has been awesome. MKE and Lakefront are anchors but could use some time developing styles that they haven't been allowed to develop (by the market demand- these guys need to stay in business!)- only recently have Milwaukee brewers been allowed to experiment more liberally with hops, barrel-aging and sours. So outside breweries (TG, Surly, Alesmith, and soon Ballast Point) have been needed to fill the demand for beers that our brewers are still figuring out how to produce. Central Waters, Black Husky and New Glarus are notable exceptions, along with some great stuff out of Tyranena and Lazy Monk. But notice that none of these are Milwaukee breweries. I have great hopes for D14 & Brenner, but we need more breweries to fill the demand that is only going to rise rapidly over the next 3-4 years. Milwaukee's "scene" has been Lakefront, MKE, and Sprecher for way too long.
     
  37. robear

    robear May 24, 2014 Wisconsin

    Look at Chicago- most of their truly impactful craft brewers are less than five years old. That's AMAZING. I think Milwaukee will follow suit- in five years our brewing landscape will look nothing like it does today.

    I'm passionate about beer and about how beer can impact a local community and economy. I don't mean to come across as an asshole expat who knows everything about beer. I don't. I love Milwaukee and I think that beer can help this city reclaim it's modest greatness- it's part of who we are and where we come from. But it can help our communities even more than it already does. Imagine breweries that are able to restore pride in neighborhoods- build a park, sponsor a little league team, etc.

    I just don't think there is any excuse for putting out crappy beer (Horny Goat, Big Bay, Chameleon) and making a buck off of hard-working people. Make them hard-working beer, at least. That's all I've got to say.
     
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  38. smurfbeer

    smurfbeer Jan 3, 2008 Wisconsin

    I agree Milwaukee breweries have room for improvement in the development of styles many of us enjoy and breweries outside of Milwaukee are needed to fill in the gaps, but it's not Surly, Alesmith or Ballast Point. Surly is a great brewery and I look forward to their arrival, but none of their regular offerings are jaw dropping. Alesmith is following the path of Stone's brief history in WI, an average overpriced option that sits on the shelves. Alesmith is here and Ballast Point is coming not because they offer something we don't already get from other breweries. Rather they're coming here, because we consume a lot of beer, not just macro offerings. I truly hope Alesmith and Ballast Point succeed here and I'm disappointed Stone left, but there already are many great beers we have access to from others that are just as good and priced lower.

    Breweries like New Glarus, Three Floyds, Central Waters, Black Husky, Ale Asylum and Tyranena are the ones in demand that are delivering what we can't find from a local brewery.

    The good news is the Milwaukee breweries are headed in the right direction. Johnson from Lakefront was a home run in my opinion and I hope to see more of the same in the very near future.
     
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  39. kalvarez

    kalvarez Jul 22, 2010 Wisconsin

    I don't think more breweries necessarily means greater beer culture. I think our market is already over saturated where several excellent brews just sit on shelves. (In before you quote freshness of Alesmith bottles). I wouldn't say the SD brews are filling a glaring hole in the beer landscape, but simply adding another option to an already heavy IPA selection. I'd say its unfair to classify this as WI being unwilling/unable to create a style. You quote young chicago breweries as an excellent example. While great brews, half acres twelve different pale ales and pipeworks seven different varieties of the same base IPA hardly seem to be cutting edge impactful ideas. It seems to me (through your examples given) that you think MKE is lacking mostly in the IPA/Pale ale dept, and are confusing that with beer culture here being stagnant. We don't have to emulate other cities and their brewery models because we simply aren't the same type of city or the same type of beer drinkers.
     
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  40. robear

    robear May 24, 2014 Wisconsin

    Milwaukee's craft brewers (since Lakefront started, really) have had to do commercial battle with big beer, namely American adjunct lagers. It's taken 20+ years to break that stranglehold on our city, but breweries are finally able to make payroll by brewing and releasing beers other than Lagers and Pale Ales. Riverwest Stein is an awesome beer, and it has paved the way for Lakefront to finally break out of the box w/ the My Turn series. But you gotta admit, there is a learning curve involved when 99% of their product has been brewed to sell in a market dominated by AAL's. For years, New Glarus was the most experimental brewery in Wisconsin because they had figured out how to capture $'s w/ Spotted Cow and had developed their fruit beers to perfection, capturing an entirely different demographic of beer drinkers. Granted, Dan Carey started NG with more brewing education than the Klisch brothers at Lakefront. So Dan had a leg up (also brilliant to keep distribution local- allowed him to focus on quality and freshness v. satisfying nation-wide distribution) from the start.

    I'm excited for breweries like Biloba, Brenner's, and D14- although I haven't tasted a D14 beer yet. It takes 2-3 years of brewing on the same equipment for a new brewer to really hit their stride (Lake Louie is a great example of this), so as MKE adds breweries over the next few years watch for a snowball effect of brand new breweries being "helped out" by the breweries that were established a few years earlier. I don't see any reason why Milwaukee won't have 30 good craft breweries (of varying size) 5-7 years from now.

    Now if we could just get rid of Horny Goat...
     
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