Trinity Bottles in Denver

Discussion in 'Mountain' started by Domingo, Nov 13, 2012.

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  1. Domingo

    Domingo Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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  2. quirkzoo

    quirkzoo Jul 7, 2011 Colorado

    As my local spot I love em but I am just not sure if they can survive at their current price point. I have had just about every beer they have bottled once and I am glad I have but I just can't bring myself to buy more bottles. Now, their guest taps are some of the best in the Springs so that will always keep me coming back.
     
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  3. Domingo

    Domingo Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    I've actually been lucky enough to have never had to pay for them...thanks to my wife occasionally working down in the Springs. How much are most bottles?
     
  4. Ratman197

    Ratman197 Aug 11, 2007 Colorado

    $20 or more.
     
  5. ablackshear

    ablackshear Sep 17, 2010 Colorado
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    I was pleasantly surprised to see these on the shelf at a couple stores, and unpleasantly surprised to see they were $30/750ml. Good beers, but at that price or anywhere near that price I'll pass.
     
  6. Steve_0

    Steve_0 Mar 14, 2012 Colorado
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    Yeah especially $30 for an IPA. . . kind-of ridiculous.
     
  7. kwijibo61

    kwijibo61 Mar 9, 2008 Colorado
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    i am willing to pay more for their sours (brain of the turtle, old growth, the flavor). but i heard they're easing off on the sours to focus on the saisons.
     
  8. imperialbeerdude

    imperialbeerdude Feb 5, 2012 Colorado

    yeah 26 dollars for a local IIPA, no thanks,
     
  9. Steve_0

    Steve_0 Mar 14, 2012 Colorado
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    I think think the saisons and sours are way over priced, as well, considering you can get Funkwerks and crooked stave for pretty much half the price. They really need to work on their pricing.
     
  10. imperialbeerdude

    imperialbeerdude Feb 5, 2012 Colorado

    Agreed.
     
  11. arminjewell

    arminjewell Feb 12, 2009 Michigan
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    Exactly...price is way too much, even for their soured brews.
     
  12. alexipa

    alexipa Oct 7, 2011 Colorado
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    Yet another Colorado brewery charging outrageous prices... what's going on lately?
     
  13. sir-knifes-alot

    sir-knifes-alot Sep 22, 2012 Colorado

    Ouch...that's pricey! I wanted try their stuff now that its made it up here, but not at those prices!
     
  14. hopfacebrew

    hopfacebrew Jul 26, 2011 Colorado

    They've always been that expensive at the brewery :/
     
  15. quirkzoo

    quirkzoo Jul 7, 2011 Colorado

    At the brewery OH Face is $18 and the "first tier" sours (Brain of the Turtle, TPS Report...) are usually $24 as is the DIPA.
     
  16. hopfacebrew

    hopfacebrew Jul 26, 2011 Colorado

    That sounds about right. I should have said they've always been expensive at the brewery, perhaps not as expensive, but still expensive.
     
  17. Domingo

    Domingo Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Man...glad I haven't been the one to pay for those! I was thinking $12-15 a la Crooked Stave.
     
  18. skycracksopen

    skycracksopen Jul 12, 2012 Colorado

    Yeah Crooked Stave is twice as good for half the price. Not sure what the guys at Trinity are thinking.
     
  19. Domingo

    Domingo Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Not sure about twice as good (those Office Space themed sours really are pretty amazing), but those prices are crazy. I supposed that explains why my wife never seems to have any issue finding and buying them, though.
    How well do they tend to sell down there?
     
  20. mklever42

    mklever42 Apr 28, 2012 Colorado
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    The crazy thing is this: Slap yer Mammy is $19 at Trinity, but $30 at stores in town. Emma's Pumpkin is $19 at Trinity but $17 at stores around town. The Flavor that was just released is $35 but it is pretty fantastic. I buy them when people want to trade for them but at that price point, they don't move very fast by any means.
     
  21. ArrogantB

    ArrogantB Jun 9, 2006 Colorado
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    Nobody is going to buy $19 DIPA's much less $30. They must be smoking that Amendment 64.
     
  22. Steve_0

    Steve_0 Mar 14, 2012 Colorado
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    Word.
     
  23. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    ISO: Trinity Amendment 64 hIghPA...
     
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  24. kwijibo61

    kwijibo61 Mar 9, 2008 Colorado
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    3-4 years ago there was no crooked stave for sours or funkwerks for saisons. trinity is definitely going to have to restructure.
     
  25. quirkzoo

    quirkzoo Jul 7, 2011 Colorado

    Hard to tell how well they sell. Their stuff usually sells out but I think it is a function of several things.

    • extremely limited production (bottle counts at ~500 which tells me about 2 barrels for the usual run)
    • very slow refresh cycle (most sours are only bottled once a year)
    • only brewery in Colorado Springs that produces this stuff (as others mentioned funkwerks and crooked stave availability is relatively new)
    • how many bottles are purchased simply for trading? (probably accounts for at least half, if not more of my purchases)
    Trinity's prices (beer, food and otherwise) have always been on the high end for what they offer so I am not sure that I see that changing anytime soon.
     
  26. Domingo

    Domingo Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Interesting. Guess I've learned a lot about Trinity over the last couple of days. All of that said (those prices are bananas) - I have still enjoyed their beers and I hope their supposed expansion or some increased competition will bring those prices down. I don't think I'd be willing to pay more than $7-8 for an IPA with the best examples on the planet going for less than that in most cases. I've really only had 4-5 of their sour beers, a couple growler fills of Awaken stout, and "Stop Making Sense," their pretty tasty eisbock.
    Brain of the Turtle might be the most sour beer I've had in my life.
     
  27. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    I actually enjoyed the hell out of their saison man. I had a couple the last time I was there with the sliders. Great food, great brew, and it was not really expensive. Even their growler fills were pretty cheap. I think it was 16$ for a growler of awaken, elk mountain in parker charges 18$ for their growlers and can't hold a candle to trinity. I only wish they were closer to Castle Rock.
     
  28. Knownfactor

    Knownfactor Feb 20, 2010 Colorado

    I don't really care that funkwerks and crooked stave are newer and trinity has been around longer. 2+ years ago cantillon, Fantôme, and drie fonteinen used to sit on the shelves at a lower price point and waaaaay better than any trinity sour/Saison. Their prices are way way to high and ill probably never buy their beer because I'd rather spend $25 or way less on Fantôme/drie/cantillon. I can also buy 3 Avery sours for the cost of 1 of theirs. Just can't justify it. Hopefully they stop raping people
     
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  29. quirkzoo

    quirkzoo Jul 7, 2011 Colorado

    While I agree somewhat, the recent Avery sours have been $10.99 here in the springs on shelves so really 2 of their 12 oz bottles is roughly equivalent to paying $24 for a Trinity sour. Not sure there is a huge difference here.
     
  30. Prospero

    Prospero Jul 27, 2010 Colorado
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    72 cents difference in fact (for 25.4oz) if you did it by price per oz.
     
  31. ssteigerwald

    ssteigerwald Mar 4, 2010 Colorado
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    ISO: 1 Trinity sour
    FT: 2 Avery sours and 72 cents
     
  32. joshclauss

    joshclauss Oct 31, 2010 Colorado
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    If I could re-do college, my dissertation would 100% be on the economics of beer consumption.
     
  33. coreymcafee

    coreymcafee May 30, 2006 Colorado
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    Let me know if you need an assistant or any test subjects.
     
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  34. Tolann

    Tolann Jul 9, 2007 Colorado

    My sister lives in MN, and she wrote quite a few reports and studies around Surly. LOL
     
  35. Knownfactor

    Knownfactor Feb 20, 2010 Colorado

    Wasn't brain of the turtle $30 and TPS report is $30 on the shelf here in denver right now
     
  36. HRCam

    HRCam Oct 14, 2008 Colorado

    I am not sure if I would pay for Fantôme over Trinity anymore. I know both the brewers are pretty good friends and have shared techniques. In fact I had a saison on tap there one time that was made with sweet potato and pear. It rivaled anything that I have had from Fantôme, plus it was not that expensive at all.

    That being said their bombers are really expensive for sure. The food there on the other hand, IMO, is worth every penny. Especially the buffalo mac and cheese. Dish is ridiculous.
     
  37. Knownfactor

    Knownfactor Feb 20, 2010 Colorado

    Yea I'm not talking about their food or draft at their location an hour from me, I'm only referring to bomber prices. From my understanding their draft pricing is actually spot on at the taproom and selling to on premise accounts, and I've heard good things about the food.
     
  38. sir-knifes-alot

    sir-knifes-alot Sep 22, 2012 Colorado

    TPS Report and Oh Face are both $28 at Mr. B's. Needless to say, I passed on both while I was there yesterday
     
  39. quirkzoo

    quirkzoo Jul 7, 2011 Colorado

    Yeah, the $24 price is at the brewery. Brain of the Turtle was definitely $24 at the brewery, I bought several for a friend.
     
  40. scray24

    scray24 Mar 12, 2008 Colorado
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    The anniversary party pricing was the best i've seen - Old Growth/BotT glasses (full - 12-14oz) were running about 8$.

    I'm not intimately familiar with the distribution pricing schema but would guess that Trinity is selling at very near (85-90%) the same price they sell at the pub to the liquor stores so the stores are marking up in normal (40%?) fashion which is driving the $30 bottles of a DIPA. I like Slap yer Mammy but sure as hell not $30/750ml, want to say its around $8 for about an 8-10oz pour.
     
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