The OFFICIAL Kuhnhenn Winter Solstice thread

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by LiquidTable, Nov 7, 2013.

  1. beerhan

    beerhan Apr 28, 2010 Ohio
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    Although it did run out at the party they did keep bottling it and it was available for some time after the solstice. My memory of the exact dates is a bit foggy but I do know for certain I got some a couple times at later dates.
  2. sarcastro

    sarcastro Sep 20, 2006 Michigan
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    Yes, a month or so later, but that was not much comfort for people who traveled for the event. There were lots of people pissed they released more later after they got shut out at the party.

    My point is, don't assume anything with Kuhnhenn as far as availability based on previous experiences. I have been going to the winter solstice for 6 or so years, and every year has been different.
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  3. steebo777

    steebo777 Jun 30, 2009 Michigan

    This so hard.
  4. chrisbokmuller

    chrisbokmuller Sep 11, 2011 Michigan
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    Last year BB4D ran out early the same day, but they had a bunch that they hadn't bottled. It was on draft into Feb. and bottles were available for quite a while after the party, they just didn't have them until weeks after.
    It will depend a lot on how much they decide to bottle for the release and what the limits are.

    Edit: others beat me to this.
  5. wysiwyg

    wysiwyg Sep 3, 2013

    Last year they had BB Solar Eclipse, American Imperial Stout among others for weeks after the Solstice. BB4D was bottled a few times last year. You may not get everything you want but you should be able to get something.

    Then again, with Kuhnhenns, who knows.
  6. adamant1912

    adamant1912 Jan 10, 2010 Michigan
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    Had an opportunity to try this and it's very good.
    #86 adamant1912, Dec 5, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2013
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  7. jaheussner

    jaheussner Dec 25, 2008 District of Columbia
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    How does it compare to DRIPA?
  8. Corbet

    Corbet Nov 7, 2010 Michigan
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    The allocations were way too high for the amount of BB4D - half a case per person but only the first 60 or so people got bottles. They really should have made it a 4-pack limit or something.
  9. steebo777

    steebo777 Jun 30, 2009 Michigan

    A couple line jumpers really pissed us off too. Luckily I had the line police with me, too bad the jumpers didn't move.
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  10. derekb_25

    derekb_25 Mar 6, 2012 South Carolina
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    I'm hoping some Eisbocks get released. Looks like there were some last year.
  11. Marti403

    Marti403 Jul 23, 2011 Michigan
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    The eisbocks were released at a later date, not at Winter Solstice.
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  12. 33nickadams

    33nickadams Apr 12, 2010 Michigan

    Looking forward to having a BBBW on X-mas eve!
  13. liamt07

    liamt07 Jul 26, 2009 Ontario (Canada)
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    Any thoughts or guesses as to tap list? Especially Friday night...?
  14. Tony412

    Tony412 Jan 26, 2012 Michigan
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    If I remember correctly, the first few dozen people in line were offered the chance to buy a vintage raspberry eisbock (187ml). I'll stand corrected if this is not an accurate statement.
  15. hubsluvsbeer

    hubsluvsbeer Feb 12, 2013 Michigan

    I was about 30 in line and I did not see anything
  16. steebo777

    steebo777 Jun 30, 2009 Michigan

    This definitely did not happen.
  17. JohnB87

    JohnB87 Mar 14, 2011 Michigan

    CHOO CHOOO! Nothing like getting that hype train rolling.
  18. Tony412

    Tony412 Jan 26, 2012 Michigan
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  19. liamt07

    liamt07 Jul 26, 2009 Ontario (Canada)
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  20. sarcastro

    sarcastro Sep 20, 2006 Michigan
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    I hear the first 5 people in line this year get a free bottle of blueberry eisbock.

    Sorry, couldn't resist.
  21. Tony412

    Tony412 Jan 26, 2012 Michigan
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    I am well aware of that and I never made a claim that the new batch of KRE (375 ml) were sold, I said that I remeber hearing that the vintage 187ml bottles were sold in a small quantity. I just posted the link to last years thread where people said that they were able to buy bottles. Thats it, nothing more. Again, I never said that 375's of KRE were sold (and certainly nothing about KBE being available this year). Good grief.
  22. liamt07

    liamt07 Jul 26, 2009 Ontario (Canada)
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    And all I'm saying is that you heard incorrectly. End of conversation.
    #102 liamt07, Dec 6, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2013
  23. Tony412

    Tony412 Jan 26, 2012 Michigan
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    I really do not care one way or the other, just quote me correctly please. I brought up content that I remembered reading from last years event thread where people claimed they were sold 187ml bottles. It is what is, this can be the End of Conversation or whatever you feel like calling it.
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  24. iceatalamo

    iceatalamo Dec 13, 2011 Michigan
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    Man, just remembering how good that BB Solar Eclipse was last year. Yum!
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  25. tommyz

    tommyz May 28, 2007 Michigan
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    That beer was amazing...
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  26. buzze40

    buzze40 Mar 9, 2010 Illinois

    No eisbock listed but you never know. Last year eisbock wasnt ready because it was too warm in Nov Dec. They actually use abmient outdoor temps to eis the bock and it wasnt cold enough.
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  27. kkulacki

    kkulacki Jan 19, 2007 Massachusetts
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    It all sounds too good to miss. Let's hope the weather holds up to allow an overnight drive from MA on the 20th in time to hit KBrew first thing in the morning.
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  28. buzze40

    buzze40 Mar 9, 2010 Illinois

  29. pest

    pest Sep 2, 2007 Ohio
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    Little blue bird told me one might show up on draught Friday.
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  30. buzze40

    buzze40 Mar 9, 2010 Illinois

    Like at Summer Solstace.... nice....
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  31. buzze40

    buzze40 Mar 9, 2010 Illinois

    Depends on where you have to be at noon. Assuming they run it like last time, the doors open at 11, you fill out your order, turn it in and skeedaddle. Come back after 1 and pick up your order.
  32. eclosson22

    eclosson22 Jan 15, 2011 Illinois
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    Definitely not going to be able to make it out there...If anyone would be willing to hook up a trade for the Rye Barrel French Toast, I would be greatly appreciative! Just tried a previous year, and damn I need more of that!
  33. MichiBrew

    MichiBrew Nov 26, 2010 Michigan

    I bought several bottles of BB4D the very next day on Sunday...they had most everything still
  34. GR_Beer_Nut

    GR_Beer_Nut Nov 18, 2012 Michigan
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    I 100% agree! That's why I'm glad I still have two bottle left... I may crack one this weekend
  35. andjriz

    andjriz Jan 31, 2011 Georgia
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    So, a question to people who have actually been to Winter Solstice before -- is there bottle sharing/beer drinking in the line? Like, when people start lining up at 7am (or earlier) Saturday morning, do people share bottles?
  36. sarcastro

    sarcastro Sep 20, 2006 Michigan
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  37. tommyz

    tommyz May 28, 2007 Michigan
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    No, they do not allow bottle shares..
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  38. HopHeadHerman

    HopHeadHerman Feb 9, 2009 Michigan

    This is the one brewery I really wish I lived closer to...
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  39. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    I reaaaally wish I didn't have a family Christmas party that same day... only been to Kuhnhenn once so far, but it's almost sort of basically a religious experience. DRIPA, Raspberry Eisbock, and 4D (Preferred to BB4D... sorry) are absolutely ridiculous beers.
  40. imfrommichigan

    imfrommichigan Jul 12, 2012 Michigan
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    Like times eight bajillion/10. I don't go to Detroit without stopping there.
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