Vlad Release

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by Shmeal, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Shmeal

    Shmeal Nov 9, 2009 Oregon
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    Taken from Cascade's Facebook:

    "Vlad the Imp Aler 2011 will be released in bottles this Saturday, Feb. 2nd from Noon to 6pm at the Cascade Brewing Barrel House on the production side and in the Den at the Raccoon Lodge & Brew Pub. Price is $30 per 750ml bottle"

    Time to commence chortling.
  2. LoPo87

    LoPo87 Mar 9, 2012 Oregon
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    $30 a bottle is bananas
  3. eyeenjoybeer

    eyeenjoybeer Feb 18, 2011 Seychelles

  4. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Aug 17, 2005 Oregon
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    That price tag is fucking ridiculous.
  5. jag21

    jag21 Apr 21, 2010 Washington
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    I am interested to see what Bourbonic will sell for. . .
  6. Shmeal

    Shmeal Nov 9, 2009 Oregon
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    2 case limit for the first 200 cases sold and 1 case limit after that.

    Raise your hand if you're going to spend $720 on Vlad!
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  7. honkduh

    honkduh Jun 2, 2011 Oregon
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    Sign me up!
  8. kscaldef

    kscaldef Jun 11, 2010 Oregon
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    Aside: considering the online sales, shouldn't this go in the main Beer Releases forum?
  9. slinkie

    slinkie Mar 4, 2011 Washington

    $30. Ouch. I'll probably still buy a couple bottles online though.
  10. Dogfishipas

    Dogfishipas May 3, 2008 Washington

    Usually a 2 bottle minimum and $20 to ship to my area. $80 for two bottles, pass ugh.
  11. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    $30 a bottle. No thanks.
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  12. DimensionX

    DimensionX Oct 1, 2010 Oregon

    well at least they won't sell out of it right away o_O
  13. guajolote

    guajolote Sep 12, 2008 Oregon

    The last release was "only" $22 if I recall correctly, and it was around for months. Although, I'm not sure they did online sales for that release. And I guess there's the increased awarness factor this time around...
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  14. KiMiRaiK

    KiMiRaiK Dec 24, 2012 Washington

  15. hopsbreath

    hopsbreath Aug 28, 2009 Oregon

    Suddenly Ale Apothecary sounds like a good deal.
  16. oregone

    oregone Jul 2, 2008 Oregon

    Somebody had to test the water. Unfortunately.
    Not that HotD hasn't...
    I suspect it'll sell, even if it takes awhile. If that holds true, look forward to more high priced 'limited' releases.
  17. m4ttj0nes

    m4ttj0nes Feb 21, 2012 Oregon
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    fuck vlad give me diesel.
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  18. Sarlacc83

    Sarlacc83 Mar 2, 2008 Oregon

    Cascade has on skis and the Great White is in the water.

    There's no way I'm going to pay that price. Maybe a stop in to the Barrel House to get an overpriced draft, complain about how it's all lactic acid, and then onto better things. Maybe if this was half as good as 3F Oude Gueuze it'd be worth 10 dollars more, but I doubt it.
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  19. digita7693

    digita7693 Jan 19, 2010 Germany
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    This, sadly this
  20. ggfunk

    ggfunk Mar 29, 2010 Oregon

    30 dollars. Tee hee.
  21. oregone

    oregone Jul 2, 2008 Oregon

    In all fairness, they did have to import it across the room.
    Belgium. Humph.
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  22. KiMiRaiK

    KiMiRaiK Dec 24, 2012 Washington

    Do I sense a revolution a'brewin? I keep me pitchfork in me trunk for just such an occasion.
  23. podunkparte

    podunkparte Nov 14, 2009 Washington

    I was underwhelmed by the only bottle of Vlad I've tried. Add that to the fact that I can drive 2 miles down the street and buy 750's of Tilquin Gueuze for $20 = No $40 Vlad's for me (including shipping)
  24. Prufrockstar

    Prufrockstar Jan 15, 2013 Washington

    I imagine this has been discussed before, so please forgive my naive question here but: aside from the probable ability to (eventually) sell out at this price, is there anything specific about this that makes the price point so high? I imagine that the cost of production is a factor? This is a sincere question from me, so if anybody has insight I'd be interested in hearing it.

    Don't get me wrong -- I love me some Cascade sours, and on my last trip to Portland, Cascade really was the highlight. But that was also the first time I'd ever had any of their offerings, because for the first six months they were on my radar the price of anything I'd see around Seattle was (and I guess remains) a huge deterrent.
  25. KiMiRaiK

    KiMiRaiK Dec 24, 2012 Washington

    Was actually planning on buying Tilquin thursday. Better then Vlad? I was also planning on picking up The Bruerys Rueuze. Has anyone tried this?
  26. podunkparte

    podunkparte Nov 14, 2009 Washington

    Don't waste your time and money with Rueze IMO, especially if it's between Rueze and Tilquin.

    As far as I know Vlad and Tilquin are different styles. I don't think Cascade's going for a gueuze with Vlad, so while I say yes, Tilquin's better than Vlad, they're different styles of sour.
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  27. boMD

    boMD Feb 8, 2009 Oregon

    Cascade is over [insert Fred Armisen]
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  28. Spaceloaf

    Spaceloaf Nov 27, 2008 Oregon

    It's been a while, but the last time I bought Vlad it was $22 (and Bourbonic was $25). So they've definitely jacked up the price from a few years ago. Cost of production may have changed, but I highly doubt it changed that much. I think this is mostly just Cascade realizing that they can get away with charging more. Anyway, I'm not biting at $30 (that's high even for Bourbonic).
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  29. hopsbreath

    hopsbreath Aug 28, 2009 Oregon

    IMO, it was over when Ron grew a beard. Chin beards are over.
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  30. HuskyinPDX

    HuskyinPDX Jan 23, 2011 Washington
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    I will pass on bottles at this price. I will try a glass at the Barrel house and be done with it.
  31. brewbetter

    brewbetter Jun 2, 2012 Nauru

    I'm surprised people think $30 for this is so crazy. Their normal releases are $20 and this is is a limited release. What makes you guys think they will release this online?
  32. nate321

    nate321 Nov 8, 2011 Washington

    From their FB page:
    Finally! The much-anticipated release is here! Vlad the Imp Aler 2011 will be released in bottles this Saturday, Feb. 2nd from Noon to 6pm at the Cascade Brewing Barrel House on the production side and in the Den at the Raccoon Lodge & Brew Pub. Price is $30 per 750ml bottle. Online sales also start at Noon on Saturday, Feb. 2nd. Note, we will not hold orders until the release of Bourbonic - if you want Vlad, you need to order now.
  33. waltersrj

    waltersrj Dec 16, 2010 Washington

    I thought it was ALMOST ridiculous when they released Vlad for $22 last time. I'd probably buy one bottle at $22 but $30?!? Like Brian said earlier, I'd rather buy Tilquin all day long...for less than $30/bottle. Plus, all their sours have the same underlying acidic taste.
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  34. kscaldef

    kscaldef Jun 11, 2010 Oregon
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    Their normal releases are $17. Until recently, their limited releases were $20-22. There's been a huge and rapid run-up in their prices in the last 6 months.

    We think they will release it online because they said so in 3 different places (email, Facebook, twitter).
  35. Sarlacc83

    Sarlacc83 Mar 2, 2008 Oregon

    As mentioned previously in the thread, it took over a year for the last run to sell out at 22 dollars a bottle, and that was with online sales. So they clearly found the price point between mad rush and won't ever sell out. I can see this being available until the next run.

    Also, the beer isn't terribly special anymore since it tastes like just about every other sour Cascade creates. The overuse of back-fermented lactic acid is grating, and it's a pain they refuse to do anything different. This coming from a former fan-boy. (I postulate that the barrel house was a bad thing for them because it's my opinion they're letting their beers sit too long in barrels.)
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  36. maximum12

    maximum12 Jan 21, 2008 Minnesota
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    This is just smart marketing (or smart gouging, depending on your viewpoint). By jacking up the price AND releasing it on-line, they'll guarantee that people across the country who haven't had a chance to try it will be snapping it up to have it shipped to them. Clearly they've been taking notes from FiftyFifty (which I say without prejudice, since I order Eclipse from them every year).

    I'd wager it'll be gone the day of the release.
  37. maximum12

    maximum12 Jan 21, 2008 Minnesota
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    Ha! Funny we posted exactly the opposite thing at the same time.

    But I've been continually underestimating the exponential increase in demand for good beers over the past year or two. Would be nice to be wrong for a change.
  38. Sarlacc83

    Sarlacc83 Mar 2, 2008 Oregon

    Guess we'll find out. But with the vast majority of Portlanders headed to Corvallis, and after the wallet burning month of January (Fantasia/Peche 'N Brett), it's only going to sell out if there are enough online sales, and I doubt that, since Vlad carries a pretty low trade value.
  39. maximum12

    maximum12 Jan 21, 2008 Minnesota
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    While I was typing my response I rec'd a conversation from a good trading buddy saying he was going to order some on-line & asking if I wanted one. I'm amused for the day.
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  40. kscaldef

    kscaldef Jun 11, 2010 Oregon
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    They've sold everything they've released recently online, except Figaro. Blueberry, Cerise Nouveau, and Noyeax have all been available for months. Which is to say, I'll take that bet.

    Seriously, I actually wouldn't complain about slightly more hype around Portland releases, but I wish it were going to more deserving breweries.
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