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Two Brothers 15 Beers for 15 Years

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by 2BDChicago, May 2, 2012.

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  1. 2BDChicago

    2BDChicago Nov 21, 2010 Illinois
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    I am trying to collect all 15. Got a behind and got #7-Brown Fox and #8-Incinerator over the weekend. Still need to get #6-Old 1713. But, I was thinking to add Hop Juice and Hop Juice Black, since they were released on top of the start of the 15-15. Just trying to make it interesting.
     
  2. stevegoz

    stevegoz May 5, 2008 Illinois
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    You might want to hunt down one of these, too.

    I'm doing the same thing as you as far as collecting them all, plus the Hop Juice. Unfortunately, my bottle of HJB exploded out in the garage while I was on a 12-day road trip. Sad face!
     
  3. 2BDChicago

    2BDChicago Nov 21, 2010 Illinois
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    Good suggestion for the Div & Lille.

    (Full disclosure, I already drank my 3-HJB's)
     
  4. Dontcounttoday

    Dontcounttoday Apr 23, 2010 Illinois
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    Just saw Philosopher's Stone on the shelves for the first time today (#9). A Black Saison! Little more pricey than the others at $7.99 but definitely intriguing.
     
  5. SlapMaster

    SlapMaster Oct 28, 2011 Illinois

    I hope they end up doing a big imperial stout, IIPA, or barely wine by the end of this thing.
     
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  6. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Feb 27, 2009 Illinois
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    They have never brewed a barleywine at least according to BA so that's out, other than northwind the only RIS was called Iditarod back in 2004, and they have a IIPA called Hop Juice. So, you might get 1 of the 3?
     
  7. Spamsammich

    Spamsammich Mar 6, 2010 Illinois

    If anyone has missed any of these R&J Liquors in Batavia had a lot of them still on the shelves. Red Eye, 1712, Pillar of Salt, the new Dopplebock... with some fresh FFF too.
     
  8. crossovert

    crossovert Mar 29, 2009 Illinois

    Haven't seen #6 & 8, looking for it in lake county
     
  9. FritterFlip

    FritterFlip Mar 9, 2010 Illinois

    Why Winter was a barleywine.
     
  10. Dontcounttoday

    Dontcounttoday Apr 23, 2010 Illinois
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    I really like this black saison, especially for the price.
     
  11. thewimperoo

    thewimperoo Oct 1, 2006 Illinois

    Just opened up a Philosopher's Stone and it smells and tastes like popcorn. Hope it's just a bad bottle as I have one more.
     
  12. SlapMaster

    SlapMaster Oct 28, 2011 Illinois

    I've noticed some quality control issues. I tried the Old Scotch Ale and it was infected. The carbonation and taste was way off. Anyone else have issues like that with any of the ones thus far?
     
  13. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Feb 27, 2009 Illinois
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    I stand corrected. Didn't see that at the very bottom of the list (and it's not archived), hmmm?
     
  14. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Feb 27, 2009 Illinois
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    I has brett along with the saison spices gave it a very different taste, but I didn't get popcorn from it.

    I haven't noticed any off flavors in any Two Brothers beer I have ever had, but I'm not saying that there hasn't been any off bottles
     
  15. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Nov 26, 2011 Illinois
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    anyone seen philosopher stone on shelves in west burbs?
     
  16. AJDePaul

    AJDePaul Jun 29, 2012 Illinois
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    There were a ton at Binny's in Naperville not long ago. There are also 10-15 at my local store in Aurora
     
  17. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Nov 26, 2011 Illinois
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    thanks for heads up ill try and see if my st Charles local has it
     
  18. pschul4

    pschul4 Jan 7, 2011 Illinois
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    I'd recommend trying another one, The 1712 was my 2nd favorite in the series after Red Eye
     
  19. AJDePaul

    AJDePaul Jun 29, 2012 Illinois
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    If they don't I can pick up a couple bottles and meet somewhere to get them to you... let me know
     
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  20. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Nov 26, 2011 Illinois
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    awesome, thanks!
     
  21. 2BDChicago

    2BDChicago Nov 21, 2010 Illinois
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    Anyone else tried the Div & Lille yet?

    Definately interesting, but wonder if it used belgian sugars, and if yes....did that fully match up w/ the hop profile. IMO the lingering taste seem slightly out of balance. But, admittedly tasted in the #6 spot of an evenings bottle sampling.
     
  22. averagejake872

    averagejake872 Apr 19, 2011 Illinois

    So I had the Pahoehoe back when they had it tap only at the tap house. Really enjoyed it back then, it was a coconut ale that, I don't know, tasted like coconut.

    I went and bought a couple bombers of it last night and it was terrible. No coconut flavor at all, and really not far off from BMC quality - drain pour.

    Not that 2 Bros has ever really been an outstanding brewery, but I don't know what's going on over there lately. It seems like there are a lot of consistency issues along with just a general downturn in quality.

    It's a shame considering I live so close to the brewery. I want to like 2 Bros so much, buuuuut....
     
  23. dvelcich

    dvelcich Feb 6, 2008 Illinois

    I felt the same way about the Red Eye. I remembered a lot more coffee flavor. :(
     
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  24. BrewmasterNate

    BrewmasterNate Dec 6, 2010 Illinois

    I feel the same way. Being so close in proximity has simply been a let down. They refuse to truly venture out and continue to make styles for the masses, even for beers on tap only at the brewery and/or round house. Other than Cane & Ebel, Hop Juice (and HJB), and RedEye Coffee Porter nothing has been that impressive. Even the few sours they've made have been OK but nothing I've wanted to buy more than 1 bottle of.
     
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  25. pudgym29

    pudgym29 Mar 14, 2009 Illinois

    Northwind is the non-infringing name for what was Iditarod. o_O
     
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  26. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Feb 27, 2009 Illinois
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    Good to know. Thanks
     
  27. Dontcounttoday

    Dontcounttoday Apr 23, 2010 Illinois
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    Not sure when it hit the shelves, but I found #10 today. Pahoehoe, a coconut ale. This beer is already listed on BA but it appears this batch was made a little stronger, at 7.1% vs the listed 5%. Gonna have to open this tonight
     
  28. greggers

    greggers Apr 27, 2012 Illinois

    If I may ask, where did you find the Pahoehoe? From what I gathered on Two Brother's FB page, they released it on the 6th of August but it's been scarce all over Chicagoland because of an error in Windy City Distribution's "system"...whatever that means. I've had issues finding it anywhere and am hoping to grab one. Thanks for anyone's help!
     
  29. Dontcounttoday

    Dontcounttoday Apr 23, 2010 Illinois
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    Only place I've seen it is Binny's Lincoln Park
     
  30. gpawned

    gpawned Jun 5, 2012 Illinois
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    I got to try Pahoehoe at the brewery when I was in town a couple weeks ago but struck out picking up a bottle of it. If anyone would be willing to hook me up/trade me their empty bottle for my collection of the 15, I'd really appreciate it.
     
  31. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Feb 27, 2009 Illinois
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    I know Binny's DG was supposed to get it last week and it didn't show.
     
  32. Vav

    Vav Jul 27, 2008 Illinois

    Windy City indeed had their entire system go down for 14 days, which is an absolute nightmare to deal with. It just went back online yesterday afternoon, so i'd imagine things will start making their way out and about this week and next, like Pahoehoe, Sixpoint's Brownstone, etc. Bear with them, they'll get it all out.
     
  33. FlssmrBrewAlum

    FlssmrBrewAlum Feb 25, 2009 Illinois
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    They brewed Paradise Stout too.. or was that just BA Northwind??

    That along with the best mistake ever, Imperial Cane n Ebel, are two beers I imagine won't make this series.

    Sounds like Heliocentric is coming though.. and I've had.a tough time finding Incinerator.
     
  34. Bay01

    Bay01 Nov 19, 2008 Illinois

    [quote="Even the few sours they've made have been OK but nothing I've wanted to buy more than 1 bottle of.[/quote]


    I thought Askew was damn good, I'd buy a few more of those
     
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  35. Dontcounttoday

    Dontcounttoday Apr 23, 2010 Illinois
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    BM me. I can pick you up a couple of full bottles if you'd like
     
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  36. danimalarkey

    danimalarkey Mar 3, 2008 Illinois

    What do you think about Victor's Memoriale being in the series? That was one of the first non-hoppy craft beers I fell in love with. I'd love to see it again, but I can appreciate that the personal history behind it and understand why they wouldn't make it again.

    I saw 6-packs of Atom Smasher at Trader Joes (River North) today. I don't think I've seen that anywhere else. Was last year's version (in 22oz. bottles, right?) aged in their foudres? And.... reading over reviews, I guess it was. Well, anyway, 6-packs are out there!
     
  37. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Feb 27, 2009 Illinois
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    2 years ago was in bombers and last year went to 6-packs, I believe.
     
  38. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Nov 26, 2011 Illinois
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    Part of the variety pack is atoms sizer at Costco.
     
  39. FlssmrBrewAlum

    FlssmrBrewAlum Feb 25, 2009 Illinois
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    I never got a chance to try Victor's Memoriale.

    I'd love a chance to try it again. 7.8% ABV is pretty big though.

    I've really been more impressed with the smaller darker offerings in the series, tbh (Dark Mild, Brown Fox)
     
  40. stevegoz

    stevegoz May 5, 2008 Illinois
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    Atom Smasher switched to six packs last year. Including some infected ones. (See reviews for examples; I myself got stuck with two sixers of soured Marzen that soured me on the Brothers. Still made for an okay beer brat, though.)
     
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