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Discussion in 'Northwest' started by Mages64, Nov 26, 2013.
Anyone else excited? I'm excited!
Awesome! ALso digging some of that Bigwood list. Vanilla B-Bomb?! I'll take 6
well, looks like my saturday plans are set. been looking to try darknes and abrasive for awhile.
stoked for bigwood, but i'm out of town until Friday night. any chance berserker sticks around until the weekend?
I would say probably a decent chance. No guarantee, but would be worth looking saturday
Can't make it but would someone please kidnap Todd from Surly and hold him ransom until they agree to distribute to Washington?
Of course, I'm kidding.............................. just distribution to Seattle would be fine.
where's the big wood lineup?!
On the page linked in the first post
Alaskan Rough Trade Barrel Aged Smoked Porter
Allagash Curieux #1409
Alameda Barrel Aged RIS Nitro
Almanac Barrel Noir
American Stupid Sexy Flander
Anacortes Dubbel Bourbon Critters
Avery Samael’s Oak Aged
Ballast Point Victory at Sea Rum Barrel Aged
Ballast Point Barrel Aged Sea Monster
Big Al Jupiter’s Blood Sour
Big Sky Four Roses Barrel aged Old Bluehair.
Big Time Sour Trombipulator Belgian Tripple
Black Raven Cognac Barrel Aged Birdbrain Barleywine
Black Raven Gunsmoke Porter Nitro
Bokor Cuvee Des Jocobins
Boneyard Barrel Aged Suge Knight
Boulevard Rye on Rye
Breakside Rye Barrel Aged Fresh Hop IPA
Cascade Barrel Aged Karma Citra Cide
Cascade Sang Noir
Cascade Vlad the Imp Aler
Deschutes Black Butte XXIV.
Dogfish Head Burton Baton
Double Mountain Experiment 16 IRA
Elysian Dry Fly Aged Split Shot
Epic Big Bad Baptist
Finn River High West Rye Barrel Aged Cider
Firestone Hat Trick Sour
Flyers Barrel Aged Brouwers 8
Fort George Roses on Roses
Fremont Vanilla B Bomb
Fremont Old Bridgerider Barleywine
Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti ’12
Lost Abbey Deliverance ’12
Lost Abbey Angel's Share '13
Mad Viking Cognac Imperial Stout
Midnight Sun Berserker ‘13
Midnight Sun/Black Raven BEAK
New Belgium La Folie ’13
North Sound Sucellus BBL Porter
Pike Entite ’13
Schooner Exact Imperial Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter
Snipes Mountain Terror ’13
Sound Brewing G’Indescretion (Gin Barrel Aged)
Speakeasy Syndicate #1
Stone Vertical Epic 09.09.09 aged in Red Wine Barrels
Stone Vertical Epic 10.10.10 aged in Bourbon Barrels
The Bruery Bottleworks XII ’13
good grief.. I'm going to be hammered. Theres about 15 beers on that list that I can't live without.
I would dare say this is the BEST Big Wood line-up in years...damn..I need to move North, AGAIN
Oh man, I LOVE me some Surly. My wife is from MN and my father-in-law sent me a 2013 Darkness recently and it honestly lived up to the hype. Fucking fantastic beer. Also, Coffee Bender is my favorite low ABV coffee beer by a long shot. SO GOOD. Def going to this.
Just out of curiosity, how do distribution laws come into play when a brewery that's not distributed in a state brings its beer to that state to sell? This isn't exactly an under-the-radar event; do special arrangements need to be made? Backs scratched? Palms greased? Tails wagged?
I don't want to be a wet blanket here, just wondering how they get around the byzantine labyrinth of laws and regulations that determine what beer can and can't be sold in a given market.
I often wondered this myself.. Fuckin Brouwers.. not complaining about the kegs of fresh hop Alpine IPAs -- just curious.
I'm not sure if this is the full answer, but it looks like they have a license to accept direct shipments of wine/beer from out of state.
Good Call. Surly is a COA holder apparently. So in the event they wanted to sell Surly beer in WA they can..
Elysian had their Overrated IPA on tap during SBW 13, so there is a way...
As a Minnesota BA who is slated to be in Seattle on 12/5 I'm excited for this!
Here's a thought. Try some Washington beers you can't get in Minnesota while you're out here. You can get Surly whenever you want. Just sayin'.
Or just bring us all some surly cans!!!!
Wha-? Alpine from San Diego County? That's impressive. I couldn't even get Alpine in Los Angeles, except very rarely.
Oh don't worry, I won't be coming all the way to Seattle to drink Surly that I can get at home. I have my eye on some of those delicious Cascade Sours, Fremont B-Bomb Vanilla, Bridgerider, etc. Just seeing the name Surly in the NW thread got me to read it where I discovered the event listing...might not have made the trip from Bellevue to Brouwers otherwise simply for lack of awareness.
I may be able to make some room in a suitcase for some MN goodness....
The Force is strong with the Matt.
Aw, that Surly night sounds cool, I'd like to try some of their beers (had a bottle of darkness in 2010, and it was a sweet sweet thing, but not bad!). I'm already committed to the evening session of the WA winter beer fest, though! C'est la vie.
Too many beer events too far away from each other...already booked a place in Tillamook for the weekend. Hopefully can make it in for a couple at Bigwood...BA Suge Night
I'm facing the same problem. I'd love to go to Bigwood again, but that's also the weekend of the Holiday Ale Fest down in PDX. I just don't think I can realistically make it to both events.
As for Surly, fortunately I'm in the twin cities for the holidays and have had more than my fair share of furious, abrasive and darkness already. The current Abrasive is a hophead's wet dream!
Brouwer's posted that there will be 57 beers on draft for Bigwood. The list they posted only has 53. Any speculation (or inside info) on what the other 4 are?
Hmmmm..... bud, miller, coors and PBR?
Speaking of big wood, the updated list (including prices and all) is up: http://www.brouwerscafe.com/bigwood.pdf
Dogfish Head Burton Baton (10%) Milton ............................................................... $9.00
Seems like a good deal.
Since no one posted the list of Surly beers, I figured I'd do it to save anyone interested time finding them:
I've had Furious a bunch thanks to it being at MSP Airport, but interested in Misanthrope, Pentagram, Abrasive and Coffee Bender.
Pentagram is absolutely delicious. Stocked up on that one when it was released. Phenomenal stuff.
Coffee Bender is straight up one of my favorite beers ever. Always buy a ton of it when I'm in MN. Such a smooth drinking and delicious coffee beer. Kind of a mix between a brown ale and a porter with tons of coffee.
Abrasive is a pretty decent imperial IPA, but I honestly prefer Furious to it. More balanced.
Don't miss out on Smoke, either. I opened a bottle from 2012 just the other day and it was just fantastic. A very unique smoked lager. Tons of flavor.
I hate smoke beers, so it's a definite pass.
I've had regular Bender at MSP before, but I've heard nothing but good things about Coffee Bender.
I hate smoked beers too but LOVED Surly Smoke. I don't recall getting a ton of smoked malt flavor. Just a super tasty Baltic porter IMO.
I get to MN regularly and have definitely had my share of Furious and Abrasive. I think Furious has fallen off over the years with the change in hops, etc.
And IMHO Abrasive is much more than a 'pretty decent imperial IPA.' A couple of friends and I did a blind DIPA tasting a couple of years ago that included among a few others fresh Abrasive, Hopslam, and Pliny and the Abrasive was the clear winner from all tasters.
Coffee bender was actually available at the OBF several years ago, which is where I got to try it. I confess I honestly do not understand the appeal, as I thought it completely sucked. To me at least, it tasted like a thin brown ale with a lot of cheap coffee added. I liked regular bender a lot more than coffee bender.
Maybe it's just me, as I confess I wasn't all that impressed with the cacao bender either that I tried over the holidays. It was better than the coffee bender by a wide margin, but still... I just thought it tasted like a chocolate flavored thin brown ale.
That being said, of course you should try it. Maybe you'll like it, as apparently plenty of others do. Good luck!
Couldn't agree more on both counts. I've been a big fan of furious over the years, but I tried it at several locations over the holidays, including on cask at the Republic. While OK, I just wasn't wild about it. I had it side by side with the Steel Toe Size 7 at Republic, and much to my shock, I preferred the Size 7 by a wide margin.
I also had Abrasive at the tap room and a couple other places around town, and I've had it out of the can as well. I'd probably pick hopslam and pliny over it, but IMHO, there's no doubt that Abrasive is in the same class with those beers. My palate just happens to prefer hopslam and pliny, but tasting fresh Abrasive is always a treat (unfortuantely, I could only get one 4 pack into my suitcase!).
I kinda felt the same way about Surly Wet. I thought it was a very poor fresh hop. But then again, we are spoiled with incredible WA fresh hops.
I didn't get to try it this year, but everyone I spoke to in the twin cities over the holidays told me it was a pretty weak effort this year. I don't think I met one person who had anything good to say about it this year.
I think Darkness is often hit or miss a lot of the time as well. I thought the current version was excellent, but a lot of people told me they didn't care for the 2012 version, that it was just a sweet hot mess. I actually got to try the 2012 on tap at a black friday event, and I had to agree that it was not one of Surly's beter efforts. It wasn't something I wanted to admit, as I still have several bottles I'm sitting on. Hopefully there'll be another PDX bottle share soon where I can unload them. :-)
This year's Surly Wet was a total mess. Tasted awful, nothing like I've had the past three years. Similar to Chasin' Freshies but not even that good --- and I hated Chasin' Freshies.