Secret Santa: Hints & Hauls plus Dear Santa letters

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  1. XmnwildX12

    XmnwildX12 Meyvn (1,430) Nov 12, 2010 Minnesota
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    Finally got home so I could open my awesome boxes from Jodan. Pretty damn stoked about what I got, lots of big beers and some nice barrel aged items. Was also surprised about the Liquid Breadfruit, haha!

    2x Bruery Snifters (Hell yeah!)
    Cigar City Snifter (Pleasant surprise)
    Bruery Bottle Stopper
    Hangar 24 glass
    Whiskey Sour Pickles (I love pickles!)

    Smaller bottles:
    Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch (Finally don't have to search for this, always buy the wrong one)
    Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin (Love this beer)
    Maui Brewing/Dogfish Head Liquid Breadfruit
    Stone Special Holiday Ale (Very interested!)
    Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws 2005 (Want)
    Russian River Pliny the Elder

    Bigger Bottles:
    Captain Lawrence Imperial Smoke from the Oak Apple Brandy (mouth is watering)
    Bear Republic Racer X (Have not had)
    Troegs Splinter Black (Had at Denver Rare and loved it, had to have one)
    Alpine McIlhenneys Irish Red
    Eagle Rock Populist
    Bootleggers Pumpkin Ale (Always love a pumpkin beer)
    The Bruery Batch 50 Grand Funk Alreroad (Should be a want, sounds insane)
    The Bruery Provisions Old Richland (Should also be a want, sounds tasty)
    Foothills Sexual Chocolate (Want)
    Pelican Mother of all Storms (Want)
    Firestone Walker 14 (Just had my first of the series in 16, stoked for this)
    Alesmith Old Numbskull (Want)

    You blew my face off with all these beers, I will be having a tasting on Christmas Eve with a buddy to polish some of these babies off!




  2. jodan

    jodan Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2008 California

    Hope ya like it all, I was surprised to see the breadfruit on your wants! Had to get one.
  3. XmnwildX12

    XmnwildX12 Meyvn (1,430) Nov 12, 2010 Minnesota
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    Dogfish Head started me on my craft beer journey, its one of the ones I haven't had. Usually get disappointed now, but im racking up the RB ratings for DFH. My buddy has had most of these beers, so he is just picking a few to taste and the rest are mine. I am starting now, chocolates are gone and pickles are opened! ITS GO TIME!
  4. slvrmon82

    slvrmon82 Devotee (470) Dec 4, 2007 Delaware
    Beer Trader

    Sorry guys,
    I had to get stitches in my thumb over the weekend and couldn't really post for a few days.

    Got a great box from MNBEARSFAN,
    Lagunitas DayTime IPA (want)
    Summit Brewing Co. Saga IPA (want)
    Founders Breakfast Stout (want)
    Founders KBS 2010 (want)
    Dark Horse Plead the Fifth (want)
    Central Waters Peruvian Morning (want)
    Central Waters Brewers Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout 2010 (want)
    Capt Lawrence Hops n Roses (huge want)
    Russian River Sanctification
    Saint Arnold Pumpkinator (want)
    Surly Smoke
    Deschuette's The Abyss (2011)
    The Bruery Oude Tart (want)

    New Glarus Serendipity (huge want)
    New Glarus Totally Naked
    New Glarus Cranbic (want)
    New Glarus Apple Ale (want)
    New Glarus Spotted Cow
    New Glarus Moon Man
    Indeed Brewing Midnight Rider (want)

    Indeed Brewing Day Tripper (want)
    Surly Furious x2 (want)
    Surly Abrasive x2 (want)
    Surly Coffee Bender (want)


    Capt Lawrence Taster
    ??? Snifter?
    Surly Hell Shirt (me)
    Surly Running Shirt (wife)
    Instead of candy I got a meat stick!

    Thanks so much man, I can't wait!!!

    Cheers, Matt
  5. Blargimus

    Blargimus Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2012 Colorado

    Glad you liked everything! Those coasters are hand-made by me, by the way. If you have any favorite labels, I'd be happy to make you some more!
  6. fortsambo

    fortsambo Initiate (130) Feb 14, 2011 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    Just got home to box #2 from freehafe, and what a box it was!

    Swag: Bells balloon glass, Two- hearted Pint, and Dark Horse Pint glass. Bell's bottle opener. (Awesome!)

    Treats: Homade cookies, caramel corn, cookies, and some A Christmas Story Ohh... FFFUDGE! (ate some cookies while I unpacked, delicious!)


    -FBS (Perma-want)
    -RIS (Perma-want)
    -Furniture City Stock Ale (Very interested to try this!)

    Dark Horse
    -Ptf '11 (Perma-want)
    -BB PtF '12 (Permapermaperma-want!)
    -One Cream Stout (new to me, sounds great!)
    -Too Cream Stout
    -BB Monster 29 (Boom! Think I'll drink this on Xmas!)

    -2 Hearted (Perma-want)
    - Eccentric Ale (new to me, sounds very intersting)

    Brooklyn Chocolate Stout '11/'12 (oerma-want)
    BCBS '12 (perma-want)
    Short's Huma Lupa Licious (had this once, loved it)
    Wake n' Bake (Favorite coffee brew)

    Jimminy Christmas! What a great way to begin my Holiday festivities! Thanks for such a great box, and Merry Christmas to all!


  7. mnbearsfan

    mnbearsfan Aspirant (245) Dec 25, 2009 Minnesota
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    The snifter should be a Life Bridge. Sucks about your thumb. Have a beer and it will feel better. Tried to get some stuff for you and the wife, hope she enjoys too!

  8. Kelp

    Kelp Defender (694) Mar 6, 2008 New Hampshire

    Got my box today and apparently it was a surprise to not only myself, but also the sender. A great haul has arrived from the California courtesy of slaphappysnark and stupac2. We will see if I am smart enough to add images (I swear I can see them).

    The beers:
    Fiftyfifty Eclipse Grand Cru? 2012
    Fiftyfifty Eclipse Brandy Barrel Blend? 2011
    Midnight Sun Arctic Devil '11
    Deschutte Abyss '11
    High Water Aphotic '11
    Alaskan Smoked Porter '12
    Russian River Blind Pig
    Surly Smoke
    The Bruery White Chocoalte
    Drake's Jolly Rodger
    Drake's Black Robusto
    Russian River Pliny the Elder

    2 Russian River stemmed glasses
    Fiftyfifty snifter

    Homemade Pecan bars, Chocolate Chip bars, Chocolate Crinkle cookies all made with stout and a cat card the wife will love.

    Thanks for the great box and Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to everyone.


  9. slaphappysnark

    slaphappysnark Initiate (0) Mar 9, 2011 California

    I'm so glad everything arrived safely. And today! Have a wonderful holiday, all!
  10. Kelp

    Kelp Defender (694) Mar 6, 2008 New Hampshire

    Not quite sure what a crinkle cookie is, but it taste great.
  11. slaphappysnark

    slaphappysnark Initiate (0) Mar 9, 2011 California

    They might be a little less crinkly looking than they did a week ago. Glad they still taste good!
  12. shrek806

    shrek806 Aspirant (222) Mar 1, 2010 New York
    Beer Trader

    Nice Box
  13. davesway10

    davesway10 Aspirant (260) Jan 23, 2010 Iowa
    Beer Trader

    Kickass box right there
  14. FTowne

    FTowne Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 Missouri

    Merry Christmas you crazy kids!
  15. Cuzco

    Cuzco Initiate (79) Mar 22, 2008 New York
    Beer Trader

    Besides my target (missed him by a day so will be shipping upon his return to the states) who did not receive a box yet?
  16. EgadBananas

    EgadBananas Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2009 Louisiana

    My target has received, been in contact with him and he'll be posting soon.
  17. brooklynbrews

    brooklynbrews Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2010 Uzbekistan

    Merry Christmas old man!


  18. usofar

    usofar Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2010 California

    As you know my targets boxes shop tomorrow because of his holiday travel schedule and me waiting until the last possible mine to include a recently released want.
  19. usofar

    usofar Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2010 California

    Also thank you for the cbs snifter and goblet. It got mixed in with the gift boxes under the tree and i didn't even know the box had arrived!
  20. brooklynbrews

    brooklynbrews Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2010 Uzbekistan

    you are welcome! glad it could be a little extra Christmas surprise. :)
  21. xraided81

    xraided81 Aspirant (285) Jan 9, 2008 California
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    According to FedEx tracking info my target should have received his box on sat, still no post...
  22. Crabbicuss

    Crabbicuss Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2011 Maryland

    Big props to EgadBananas for the twins. First box on Friday, second box on Saturday. These boxes hit MAJOR Wants and had some very sweet tickers. On to the haul...

    Large Format:

    Caldera Old Growth Imperial Stout (really looking forward to this, ticker?)
    CCB (Big time "cherry popper" as I've only had Jai Alai) Guava Grove (750 ml)
    CCB Moat Water (Big Want, mmmm, 750 ml)
    New Holland Dragons Milk BA (Yup, solid and love this one) (22oz)
    Pelican Pub and Brewery Mother of All Storms 2012 (Are you frickin kidding me??? Huge Want!!!) (22oz)
    Saint Arnold Endeavour IPA (another huge want!)

    Next in line...the 12 oz bottles:

    Green Flash Grand Cru (can't miss with this one)
    St Arnold Elissa IPA (Big Want)
    3F Zombie Dust
    Lazy Magnolia - Deep South Pale Ale
    Jeff Stout
    Southern Peach
    Gulf Porter (all tickers and looking forward to trying all of them!)
    CCB Jose Marti (should have been a want big time!!!)
    Red Brick 17th Anniversary (sounds intense)


    16 oz La Cumbre Elevated IPA (Big Want and did not disappoint)
    16 oz Tallgrass Velvet Rooster (Been wanting to try this)
    16 oz Great Crescent Bourbon Barrel Stout (Big Ticker???)
    12 oz Good People Brown (tick)
    IPA (again, tick tick?)
    12 oz Tin Room VooDoo Bengal (sounds tasty)

    As for the goodies and swag - a ton of sweets and one bad assed Surly Darkness snifter!!!

    Sorry for the lousy pic's but the SLR is on the fritz thus the ole mobile phone camera had to suffice. Pretty sure I covered everything and can't wait to sample the goods.

    Thanks a ton to EgadBananas for the awesome boxes. Everything arrived well in time for Christmas and 100% damage free. Can't wait to try all these new brews and finally take my shot at some long awaited wants.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all, this was an awesome BIF (Thanks a million for running this one Cuzco!).

  23. FTowne

    FTowne Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 Missouri

    Glad to see that you were hooked up! Makes me feel better! Cheers!
  24. runner440

    runner440 Aspirant (230) Jan 8, 2011 Maryland
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    Check posts # 955 and 957 on page 24 :D. Again, thanks so much for a killer box. I am absolutely loving all of the beer, swag, and sweets you sent. Merry Christmas, everyone!
  25. xraided81

    xraided81 Aspirant (285) Jan 9, 2008 California
    Beer Trader

    Thanks for the heads up dont know how i missed it, I'm glad you enjoyed the box , wasn't sure about the beers other than the alpines,
  26. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (719) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    Today box 1 of 2 landed. The highest compliment one can give somebody in the world of beer trading is often a simple "Dude... WTF?". So let me just go ahead and give usofar a hearty "Dude... WTF?".

    Ridiculous haul. 9 of 12 (mostly HUGE) wants, and the other 3 look awesome.

    750ml Barrel Aged Speedway Stout
    750ml Cascade Blueberry
    750ml Bruery Hottenroth
    22oz 2012 Fifty Fifty Eclipse Black Wax (Evan Williams)
    22oz 2012 Fifty Fifty Eclipse Red Wax (Rebel Yell)
    22oz 2010 Fifty Fifty Eclipse Red Wax (Four Roses)
    22oz Fifty Fifty Barrel Aged Really Tasty (BART)
    22oz Epic Brewing and Crooked Stave Collab Elder Brett
    22oz Drake's Denogginizer DIPA
    22oz Knee Deep Hop Shortage DIPA
    22oz Ninkasi Sleighr
    12oz New Glarus Enigma

    I hope box 2 is just the swag, because this haul is already perfect. Well worth the extra wait, plus it is great fun to open my last Christmas present in January. :)

    Thank you!


  27. cfh64

    cfh64 Devotee (482) Aug 16, 2005 Texas
    Beer Trader

    Hot damn, thats one hell of a box! Verrrrrrrry impressive usofar.
  28. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (719) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    nm, ninja edits :eek:
  29. usofar

    usofar Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2010 California

    Merry Christmas man sorry it was late but waiting on the cascade shipment would have had it land the 26 and you were out of town. There's one more beer in the second box but it's mostly swag. What's lacking in Christmas snacks i hope i made up with in fityfiftyfiftyfifty. Cheers and happy new year!
  30. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (719) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    Timing doesn't matter on a box like that. And yes, Fifty Fifty > Russell Stover. :)

    Thanks again!
  31. FTowne

    FTowne Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 Missouri

    Received the "trailer box" from Crabbicuss last night. I half-jokingly mentioned that my son wanted to steal the sweet hat that he sent me. So what does Al do? He send me (us) ANOTHER hat AND another T-Shirt for my son. Unreal! Thanks again buddy!
  32. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    Nice hoppy goodness as well!
  33. FTowne

    FTowne Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 Missouri

    Oh yeah! Zombie Dust and Heady are perma-wants. The DC Brau is bad ass as well. Drank one last night...pre-chilled thanks to UPS!
  34. Crabbicuss

    Crabbicuss Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2011 Maryland

    Glad you liked the Brau and already knew you'd take care of the ZD and HT. Hope your son doesn't outgrow that shirt by summertime, sounds like he's bulking up Hulk style.

  35. Duffman929

    Duffman929 Aspirant (279) Nov 27, 2010 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Mine should be landing on Tuesday or Weds of next week! Will post pics when it does!
  36. brooklynbrews

    brooklynbrews Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2010 Uzbekistan

    That's awesome! Whaddaguy!

    Love the shirt, DC Brau getting creative with the branding.
  37. jebsinger

    jebsinger Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2012 Minnesota

    Holy shit brandon... I understand why you did not make the trek to the pig the next day and chose instead to sit it out and wait for this box
  38. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (719) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    Box #2 arrived today.

    Awesome Alpine hoodie for my gift!




    And a matching 22oz bottle of Alpine Nelson! Also some candy and a Hangar 24 taster glass:


    FANTASTIC haul! Thank you very much usofar!!!
  39. Crabbicuss

    Crabbicuss Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2011 Maryland

    IMHO Thats a Murders Row of Palate Wrecking Hop Lovin Madness. One of the best "small boxes" I ever sent!!! Hope FTownes tongue is tied:eek:
  40. Cuzco

    Cuzco Initiate (79) Mar 22, 2008 New York
    Beer Trader

    Santa told me the 8th!
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