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Unexpected Draft Finds

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by TychoNDC, Mar 27, 2013.

  1. TychoNDC

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    So I was in Chicago this weekend for a bachelor party for some friends of mine who happen to each be getting married soon. We had a blast with a variety of events, and at every juncture in our adventures I was impressed with the beer availability in and around the city. (Seriously the midwest does beer right.) Late Saturday night we decided to hit up Rivers Casino near the airport and it was here that I was truly shocked. At a tiny beer stand on the casino floor they had BCBS and BCBS Cherry Rye on tap for $8 apiece (8oz pours, but still tremendous value for a casino). Unfortunately, I went from thrilled to disappointed when I was informed that they had just recently finished the CR. Nonetheless, I opted for the BCBS and had the best plastic cupful of beer of my life while chilling and watching my friends lose hundreds of dollars.

    I have been to many of the Vegas casinos (both on the strip and Old Vegas) as well as several Atlantic City casinos and so I was truly surprised to see beers of this quality and potency being sold on the floor, even given the location and the prominence of GI beers at bars throughout the Windy City.

    Does anyone else have any stories of fun draft finds or unexpected pours? Cantillon at a Hooters? Black Note at a Gentlemen's Club? etc etc.
     
  2. BottleCaps80

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    Hopslam on the 2013 release day on tap at an Old Chicago in Ankeny, IA was sure a surprise.
     
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    Three days after a Bell's tap takeover at a local bar, Black Note was still available. Normally the Black Note is gone within twenty minutes of tapping at these types of events. I sat down and had three.
     
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    Hopslam at Green Dot in Detroit ... 12oz glass for $5. Nothing wrong with that. Even better than I remember it being from the bottle...

    And to think some people thought this year's Hopslam wasn't very good... HAH.
     
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    Found black note on tap at a place that doesn't really advertise their craft beer. Guy said it was on for about a week at that point.
     
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    Nothing really. Finding Sculpin on tap was a treat, but it only surprised me because I didn't know that Ballast Point was in South Florida at the time. Very good beer.
     
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    Mama's Little Yella Pils at a shitty dive bar in Long Beach was a great find. Bartenders had no idea what it was, I literally had to point and say "just give me the yellow tap with the can on it"
     
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    nothing really at restaurants.....was suprised to see two-hearted on at a 4 tap dive bar locally..kinda
     
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    Brute at a college bar
     
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    Local Irish pub had pints of Hopslam for 3.75 for the superbowl. Only place in my whole town that got a keg.
     
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    120 minute IPA
     
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    Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge at an Ethiopian restaurant.
     
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    Marshal Zhukov ccb at a local restaraunt
    I was like wtf
     
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    KBS at $6/12oz pour when I randomly walked into a Northampton bar a few months ago. Whaaaaat?!
     
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    I found a local IPA, F-5 on tap at a local joint. Fresh as could be. Would put it up against Pliny, Sculpin or any other ale I've had.
     
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    Walk into a local bottle shop in February 2011, and learn that they just tapped a keg of Pliny The Younger.
    Walk into the same local bottle shop in February 2012, just off a plane from San Diego, and learn that they just tapped a keg of Pliny The Younger.
    Walk into the same local bottle shop in February 2013... psych. Russian River has pulled out of Washington.
     
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    Finding bourbon barrel aged old Rasputin on draft at the soft opening of a new gastropub in west palm called barrel and grain on Saturday night, only keg in Florida I've been told.
     
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    What bar?
     
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    Damn I can't remember. Only thing I can remember is it wasn't one of the bars on 2nd St. It was on 4th.
     
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    This fairly fratty bar in Lubbock, right across from the margarita place actually had the best selection in town, which doesn't sound like much but they had probably about 20 taps on top of the BMC stuff. I usually had the Old Guardian, and it was the only place in town that had any porters/stouts on tap (which I appreciated)
     
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    If you're looking for unexpected...

    The bar where I work aged a Vieux Carre (it's a cocktail, google it) in a bourbon barrel, emptied it, and then Yards filled it with some Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce. Completely different beer than the original. On tap now at Lemon Hill in the Fairmont neighborhood in Philly.
     
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    Note to self : go to more brewers confrences, the land where distribution means nothing.
     
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    That's DC in general. The Wild Wild East of distributing. Basically, if you can physically acquire it, you can sell it.
     
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    Couple years back I had just walked a round of golf at a very tough course in Northern MN. Walked into the clubhouse towards the four tap bar completely parched and expecting at best a Boston Lager or a Honey Weiss. Very surprised when I saw the tap handle for Two-Hearted. It was totally fresh, awesome and perfectly complimented the golf course roller dog on a stale bun.
     
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    Fresh Bells Two Hearted on tap at PF Changs - I was surprised and delighted.
     
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    I found BCBS on tap at a brewpub that usually only poured their own beers (Davidson's in Glens Falls, NY)
     
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    Bcbs at rattle n hum in NYC when I was there around Christmas time. Also habanero sculpin somewhere in Philly.
     
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