Samuel Adams Octoberfest now available for fall 2013 season.

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by Hornet2003, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. Hornet2003

    Hornet2003 Jan 26, 2006 British Columbia (Canada)

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  2. MilkManX

    MilkManX Jul 10, 2012 Arizona

    Awesome. That is my favorite SA brew so I will take it!
     
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  3. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    It is not even August 21st yet for goodness sake.

    Boo-Hiss!:(
     
  4. steveh

    steveh Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

  5. mjshearer1

    mjshearer1 Dec 16, 2011 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Awesome! This is my favorite Sam Adams beer. I have no problems storing this in the fridge until such time that I deem it to be weather appropriate.
     
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  6. JCapazzi

    JCapazzi Aug 8, 2012 Connecticut

    Excellent, I have no issue buying this beer now. It's my favorite type of beer (Octoberfest and Pumpkin Beer) so I'll be stocking up soon.
     
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  7. beerfinder

    beerfinder Jan 17, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Do we really need to think about drinking Octoberfets in July? I"m still enjoying the summer saisions and Heffs.
     
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  8. sicilian

    sicilian Sep 30, 2008 Florida

    Love it.. But yes, Too Early
     
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  9. TNGabe

    TNGabe Feb 6, 2012 Tennessee

    Great, it will probably be gone by the time college football season starts. Now what am I going to drink at chilibee's?
     
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  10. steveh

    steveh Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    See an awful lot of the Summer Ale in my area... which means I'll have Gabe's allotment about the beginning of October! ;)
     
  11. olekern

    olekern Sep 25, 2010 California

    Not that many here may care, but the Blue Moon Fall variety pak is already in some stores near where I live. I work for a distributor in another territory though, and we will still be on Summer through most of August.
     
  12. steveh

    steveh Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    That's pretty refreshing to hear! Spread that mindset!
     
  13. StraightSipper

    StraightSipper Jul 23, 2013

    I've been looking forward to this release since may. So over all the pumpkin beers already.
     
  14. somenerd

    somenerd Jan 16, 2009 Massachusetts

    Celebrating Octoberfest in October is a total cliché, anyway. I for one enjoy my seasonals a full season ahead of their seasons!
    /snark

    In all seriousness though I do hope other breweries resist the urge to "follow the leader" this year... it's just waaaay too early, Sam.
     
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  15. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    I know BMC drinkers who start drinking SA Octoberfest as soon as they see it on tap.
     
  16. Andrew041180

    Andrew041180 Mar 15, 2013 Massachusetts

    Isn't this a good thing?
     
  17. BuckTuckian

    BuckTuckian Dec 19, 2012 Kentucky
    Beer Trader

    New on the shelf today......
    [​IMG]
     
  18. Thads324

    Thads324 Jan 21, 2010 Connecticut

    breweries need to stop ruining my months. I don't want marzen now, i want brooklyn summer. I don't want brooklyn summer in march when there is still snow on the ground. for some reason, summer and fall are the worst with this and it pisses me off more and more every year.
     
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  19. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    There is an article in the July 2013 Philly Beerscene magazine entitled: Not the Time of the Season (Why Seasonal Beers Come so Freaking Early). That article states:

    “It has to do with the limited amount of shelf space and taps available, which more brewers than ever are before are vying for. Shelf space is very finite and the market has only so much capacity to handle it,” explains Philadelphia Brewing Co. founder Bill Barton. Most bars will keep just one pumpkin beer on tap. If a brewery isn’t first, second or even third in line to release their pumpkin, they could lose that tap. And if a bar isn’t the first to tap it, people will go to the bar where it’s available (re: bragging rights).”

    So, the above seems to indicate that the beer market compels breweries to continually get their seasonal beers earlier and earlier to market to ‘beat out’ the other guys. Geez!:(

    Cheers!
     
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  20. dangle47

    dangle47 May 16, 2007 New York
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    I always thought that Sam Adams should make this a year rounder. Follow in the foot steps of Paulaner and make a different version of it for the actual Octoberfest season. Anyway, yeah it's way to f'in early for Fall brews.
     
  21. MCain04

    MCain04 Jan 3, 2013 Texas
    Beer Trader

    Agree with all, too early, but can't blame them. Better to be out there sooner than later, and rack up some of the early market while the other breweries are still brewing their fall seasonals. And in all honesty, as long as they don't stop producing this on Oct 7th or something, don't complain about beer being available, when the opposite would be worse IMO
     
  22. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    I would say yes.
     
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  23. opothecary

    opothecary Apr 24, 2009 New York


    Drinking beer when its most fresh, those mouth breathers!
     
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  24. tzieser

    tzieser Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey

    Here comes the bitching and moaning of people who cant drink beer unless the season is appropriate.


    What an awesome life you must live if its only beer that ruins your month
     
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  25. Genuine

    Genuine May 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Not my favorite Oktoberfest but one that I look forward to each year. Sweet that it's out, however I'll be waiting till the warm summer nights turn into cool autumn evenings before enjoying.
     
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  26. Uniobrew31

    Uniobrew31 Jan 16, 2012 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    Brewers need to have a meeting and agree on a date, stop releasing beer early. Summer is summer, fall is fall, winter is winter and spring is spring!!! Get with the seasons. The beers are released in season for a good reason. That's when they taste the best. Case in point, review a porter or stout after you mow the lawn, then re-review it six months later in front of the fireplace. Which review for the same beer would be better. This "we went through the summer beer faster than expected" bs is not the consumers problem! It's ok to not have a seasonal available for a month or two. I will understand. We will just have to hit our go-to beers during the wait which will ultimately make the release of the seasonal that much better and more exciting.
     
  27. fatsnowman22

    fatsnowman22 Feb 2, 2011 Nevada
    Beer Trader

    If people buy it it, you might as well sell it. I bet you we will see Christmas decorations after Labor day this year too.
     
  28. duluoz

    duluoz Aug 11, 2007 California

    My new personal rule to balance out this kind of absurdity is that any seasonal beer I see on the shelves or taps way before its appropriate time, is a beer I will not be buying that year, period. If that means I never drink another Sam Oktoberfest, I'll live.

    There are breweries out there that have indicated they won't be engaging in this kind of seasonal race, and their beers are the ones I'll buy.
     
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  29. HeelsandEers

    HeelsandEers Jun 8, 2013 West Virginia

    Just bought the Harvest collection LOL I'm gonna enjoy them, give the new one a try, and probably won't drink Octoberfest or Harvest Pumpkin again until the Fall.

    In my defense, it was literally the only beer in the store that I wasn't sick of/haven't drank in a while. I bought it along with a sixer of Kellerweis.
     
  30. BlueRogue

    BlueRogue May 1, 2011 Maine

    What's in the Harvest Collection this year? Boston Lager, Octoberfest, Harvest Pumpkin and...?
     
  31. surfcaster

    surfcaster Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    Not before College Game day begins. They make so much if this it will be around.
     
  32. PABSTMASTER

    PABSTMASTER Feb 23, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Had my first of the "season" last night. Love this beer.
     
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  33. bkov33

    bkov33 Dec 5, 2007 New Jersey


    just curious, what are some of those fall beers that dont hit the shelves before the appropriate time? cant be any pumpkin beer
     
  34. Feel_the_Darkness

    Feel_the_Darkness Oct 17, 2012 Virginia

    Yes. This. Sam Adams Wiesn. Year round. FUCKING DROOL. GIVE THIS TO ME.
     
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  35. bobhits

    bobhits Oct 31, 2006 Kentucky

    More importantly Great Lakes Oktoberfest is out! However most likely it won't be around come the actual month.
     
  36. mcmeador

    mcmeador Sep 2, 2012 Mississippi

    Apparently the other three are Latitude 48, Ruby Mild, and Hazel Brown.
     
  37. steveh

    steveh Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    ?? You got the inside track to something new? Or just suggesting?
     
  38. DoubleJ

    DoubleJ Oct 13, 2007 California
    Beer Trader

    Octoberfest? More like Summerfest to me.
     
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  39. BlueRogue

    BlueRogue May 1, 2011 Maine

    Thanks!
     
  40. TheNightwatchman

    TheNightwatchman Mar 28, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Whatever. Decent beer, but I'll looking for Great Lakes instead.
     
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