Release Sixpoint: Alpenflo Helles Lager

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by CNoj012, Dec 28, 2017.

  1. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,015) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Get your Bavarian "A" beers mixed up? :grin:
     
  2. Sixpoint

    Sixpoint Poo-Bah (1,688) Jul 25, 2004 New York
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    hah! meant to say Augustiner!
     
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  3. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (2,346) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    Only at the US locations.
     
  4. Sixpoint

    Sixpoint Poo-Bah (1,688) Jul 25, 2004 New York
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    Outside of Munich, its the best one I've had. While the import version is pretty nice, its a shadow of the version you can enjoy fresh at the Braustuberl.
     
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  5. Ranbot

    Ranbot Zealot (505) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Still no Alpenflo in PA. If available it would have arrived at my distributor yesterday and Sixpoint's beer finder shows no Alpenflo anywhere in SEPA.

    I may have been wrong... this could be a 2nd world problem. I wonder if I can move to Delaware before Alpenflo arrives in Pennsylvania. :thinking_face:
     
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  6. ecpho

    ecpho Initiate (198) Mar 28, 2011 New York

    Don't feel bad, it's barely in NY at least for off-premise sales. Maybe we'll get the next batch.
     
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  7. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,015) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    If nothing else, you can probably drive there and back to get some Alpenflo -- just keep to the speed limit and stick to the back roads. :wink:
     
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  8. Ranbot

    Ranbot Zealot (505) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    I'll steer clear of Checkpoint Charlie.
     
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  9. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,377) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    And pay in cash only. :wink:
     
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  10. Sixpoint

    Sixpoint Poo-Bah (1,688) Jul 25, 2004 New York
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    Checkpoint Charlie governs the Delaware River.

    But Toll Booth Willie governs the crossing in New England.


    I'm actually on the phone with the Sales Manager of our wholesaler right now, I have personally let him know that Mr. @ecpho is extremely frustrated by this (I don't know your first name). If you'd like, we have fresh cans down at the brewery and you are welcome to stop by anytime on Saturday...we'll reserve some for you.
     
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  11. needMIbeer

    needMIbeer Savant (941) Feb 5, 2014 Texas
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    Have been watching for this in Texas but no luck so far in the DFW area.
     
  12. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (1,838) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Got it, tried it, liked it. No, that's not correct, I really liked it.
     
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  13. Sixpoint

    Sixpoint Poo-Bah (1,688) Jul 25, 2004 New York
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    says a motivated beer trader residing in Mississippi.... :grinning:
     
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  14. Ranbot

    Ranbot Zealot (505) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Or @Squire lives near Alabama and smuggled it across the state line. :wink:
     
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  15. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (1,838) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Actually mine came from Ohio.
     
  16. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (1,838) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    A determined man will find a way.
     
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  17. meanmutt

    meanmutt Meyvn (1,008) Feb 6, 2012 Ohio
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    I picked up my third 12pk of this stuff today. Apparently I really like this beer :smiley:
     
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  18. Sixpoint

    Sixpoint Poo-Bah (1,688) Jul 25, 2004 New York
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    We're going to have to send some more to Ohio.

    Just did a scan for Alpenflo on the Sixpoint mobile app. It looks like Whole Foods has activated the SKU in their network:

    [​IMG]
     
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  19. rypkr

    rypkr Crusader (795) Nov 19, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    What sort of volume is this beer going to see? The same as your other year round beers or will just a little be sent out but on regular occasions?
     
  20. Sixpoint

    Sixpoint Poo-Bah (1,688) Jul 25, 2004 New York
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    We want to supply the market as a year-round beer without flooding the market. We like the idea of seeing this organically grow but we still need a little more time to look and see how our distributors and retailers are performing with the 12packs.
     
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  21. deanzaZZR

    deanzaZZR Initiate (177) Jan 8, 2015 California

    Has anything had this as well as Firestone (Helles style) Lager? Firestone Lager is really good but I'm not expert on Helles styled beers.
     
  22. deadwolfbones

    deadwolfbones Initiate (123) Jun 21, 2014 California

    Just wanted to say this is a phenomenal beer. Thanks @Sixpoint!
     
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  23. Sixpoint

    Sixpoint Poo-Bah (1,688) Jul 25, 2004 New York
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    Thank you for appreciating it all the way down in New Mexico. cheers
     
  24. invertalon

    invertalon Devotee (435) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio
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    Same here! So yeah, I think Ohio does need some more :wink:
     
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  25. beermeplz

    beermeplz Disciple (338) Feb 13, 2015 California

    @Sixpoint will this make it to the SF bay area soon?
     
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  26. Sixpoint

    Sixpoint Poo-Bah (1,688) Jul 25, 2004 New York
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    already did...they blew out of the draft lightning fast, and the cases are about 2/3 gone at this point. If you'd like any help tracking it down you can send us a PM, cheers
     
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  27. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Crusader (703) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Ok, so I finally snagged this bad boy, last 12 pack at the store (or maybe the only one, it was a small fridge).

    I've had four so far, but I can't comment with too much confidence as I'm getting over a sinus infection. I definitely get the "Helles/Pilsner" hybrid comments, but I'm going to save my true judgement until I get over the sinus infection.

    Love the cans though. Love the fact that they're 12 oz. even more.

    My only gripe about the cans is the box is kind of wide and takes up more room in my fridge. Of course, I could also remove the cans from the box, in which case they'll take up minimal space due to the design. There's also a part of me that doesn't give a Helles.

    [​IMG]
     
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  28. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,451) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    What are your initial thoughts here?

    Please report again once you are feeling better.

    Cheers!
     
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  29. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Crusader (703) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Initial thoughts are that I did like it, but it didn't have that classic Helles-taste to it. I did go to a cask ale festival this weekend as well, and I could definitely pick up enough flavors to make a snap judgement.

    For example, Jack's Abby had their Dinkel Herb on cask, and it was wonderful. So I could pick up enough flavors to know I enjoyed the heck out of that lager. I also had Founder's Solid Gold on draft that day, and that was actually quite good for an adjunct lager.

    But the flavors from Pils malt can really become muddled for me as my palate becomes fried. So trying to judge a Helles after drinking other beers and/or having a sinus infection isn't fair to the beer.
     
  30. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (2,311) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    When you revisit the beer, I'll be curious to hear your thoughts on it.
     
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  31. RandyRanderson

    RandyRanderson Initiate (55) Jun 24, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    None showing in Pittsburgh either. Though we just started getting Sixpoint a few months ago so maybe we won’t get. The app doesn’t show any Sixpoint in the Pittsburgh area but I know that isn’t true.

    Guess I’ll have to settle for more Crisp and Righteous Rye.
     
  32. Sixpoint

    Sixpoint Poo-Bah (1,688) Jul 25, 2004 New York
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    Hi Randy,

    I saw your post and immediately called the GM of our wholesaler.

    Actually, the Alpenflo in Pittsburgh sold out very quickly. All of the full-size kegs are gone, and there are only a couple of the 1/6 bbls left. The 12-packs are also nearly sold out.

    I have put in a request for an account listing and as soon as he shares that with me, I will post it. Apologies on the BeerFinder, but our PGH wholesaler is one that does not report the data so it does not populate the database. I'll have to retrieve the info manually.

    cheers
     
  33. Tucquan

    Tucquan Poo-Bah (2,641) Oct 11, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Is the web based beer finder disabled? I can't find a link to it anymore; just a link to download the app.
     
  34. Sixpoint

    Sixpoint Poo-Bah (1,688) Jul 25, 2004 New York
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    I inquired with our tech team - here was the response,

    "Yeah....its down for clean up and wanted to see if it pushed app downloads...will be finishing maintenance soon and reactivating!"
     
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  35. Tucquan

    Tucquan Poo-Bah (2,641) Oct 11, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Thanks. I have the app but prefer the greater flexibility and look/feel of the web interface.
     
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  36. deadwolfbones

    deadwolfbones Initiate (123) Jun 21, 2014 California

    I'm actually out in LA for the moment, but cheers indeed.
     
  37. RandyRanderson

    RandyRanderson Initiate (55) Jun 24, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    Thank you! Very impressive how much time and energy you put into tracking down beer for us.

    That does not surprise me about the PA wholesalers though.
     
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  38. ecpho

    ecpho Initiate (198) Mar 28, 2011 New York

    I actually dug around recently looking for the beer finder but it was quite difficult to find. I'm not downloading an app to find beer when a website should work just fine. BTW still no Alpenflo for off premeise near me but I do see 6 packs of core beers. I am a bit concerned by the pilsner like feedback I'm reading here.
     
  39. jrnyc

    jrnyc Meyvn (1,271) Mar 21, 2010 New York
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    Don't want to be rude here, but you are well known for disliking the local scene of IPAs, now there is by all accounts a world-class beer in an under-hyped, under appreciated style being made by a local brewery and you are still doing a lot of complaining. Feels like there is no pleasing you. The level of customer service displayed in this thread is pretty extraordinary. Maybe someone from Sixpoint can deliver right to your door and pour it in the glass for you.
     
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  40. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Champion (828) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    FWIW, I had no problem finding it. Still have a couple cans left in the fridge.
     
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