White Castle gets its own beer (a Kölsch) thanks to Weyerbacher

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,979) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    https://www.brewbound.com/news/weye...s-part-of-post-bankruptcy-reorganization-plan

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddr...-of-weyerbacher-brewing/ar-AAHJlcT?li=BBnb7Kw
     
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  2. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,267) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    White Castles and beer. I never would've thought of that. :grin:
     
  3. drunkenmess

    drunkenmess Meyvn (1,017) Mar 27, 2015 Michigan
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    :thinking_face:
    Im actually quite torn about this news.
    One. I respect Weyerbacher and the beers they've made. Sad to hear of their financial situation.
    Two. Being a White Castle employee at their Michigan/Detroit regional warehouse for almost 17 years and seeing what lousy finacial descions this company has made in the last 10 years, especially the descion to shut down our reginal office and putting alot of hard working dedicated people out of work, so it seems fitting to me that they can spend their money else where instead of paying us. You know "minimize costs to ensure the companies future"

    I wish the best for Weyerbacher. Hope the beer is somewhat decent. Will definitely give it a try if I come across it. Just for the sake of respecting craft beer, that is. Not the money hungry Ingram family. :beers: :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:
     
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  4. BrewsOverHoes

    BrewsOverHoes Crusader (795) Nov 17, 2013 Georgia
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    Waiting on the Dogfish Head + Krystal collaboration. A Sahti brewed with sautéed burger onions.
     
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  5. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,827) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    ", as well as for package at grocery stores in which frozen White Castle products are sold."

    How the heck does that work? I know I've seen frozen White Castle in Casper. Still the 13 state footprint I presume?
     
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  6. Ffenski

    Ffenski Devotee (400) Apr 24, 2008 Ohio
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    They steam their burgers, I thought Anchor would be a better collaboration.
     
  7. BeardedWalrus

    BeardedWalrus Disciple (326) Jun 5, 2018 North Carolina
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    Then Wicked Weed can collab with Cookout on a hushpuppy infused sour that sells for $13 a bottle.
     
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  8. drunkenmess

    drunkenmess Meyvn (1,017) Mar 27, 2015 Michigan
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    Actually their packaged frozen burgers make more money than their restaurants do, sadly.
     
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  9. BrewsOverHoes

    BrewsOverHoes Crusader (795) Nov 17, 2013 Georgia
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    Now, a Cook Out blueberry cheesecake milkshake stout I’d be all about.
     
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  10. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,306) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    I like their frozen burgers which go well with Hamms.
     
  11. mambossa

    mambossa Disciple (388) Jun 30, 2015 Ohio
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    I think the saddest part is that Weyerbacher generally makes very great beer. Maybe that’s just me. Tiny is easily one of my top 3 stouts. Double Simcoe was tremendous. They do Belgians very well. If the plug ever gets pulled on Weyerbacher, I’m sourcing all the Tiny possible and hoarding that shit.
     
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  12. Roguer

    Roguer Poo-Bah (4,343) Mar 25, 2013 Georgia
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    I've paired White Castle burgers and beer for the last three days straight. Not sure I need beer on draught at White Castle, since .... well, I always buy them in the frozen section. Not even sure where the nearest White Castle is!

    Still, if this helps out Weyerbacher post-bankruptcy, then I'm all for it.
     
  13. drunkenmess

    drunkenmess Meyvn (1,017) Mar 27, 2015 Michigan
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    Really enjoy their Blasphemy. Also when it was around, Heresy. Tiny really is a great beer. As well as Insanity. Quite the portfolio
     
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  14. mambossa

    mambossa Disciple (388) Jun 30, 2015 Ohio
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    Jeez yeah. How could I forget their barrel program, which is better than many regional breweries. It’s a shame things went sour for them.
     
  15. Brillo

    Brillo Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2019

    I worked for White Castle back in the 70's and 80's, before the kids took over. It was a great company to work for back then, best of all the fast foods in my opinion.
     
  16. Brillo

    Brillo Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2019

    Somehow I just can't see White Castle being able to get license to serve beer in a lot of their locations.
     
  17. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,267) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    It'd be awesome if the beer was being distributed through White Castle Systems instead of through normal distribution channels. That's the only way we'll get it.
    I wish I'd said this. :beers:
     
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  18. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,267) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Here's a vote for "Ratbürger." :beers:
     
  19. DoubleJ

    DoubleJ Poo-Bah (5,452) Oct 13, 2007 Wisconsin

    A kölsch-style beer at a White Castle would be one of the best marriages between food and beer. I'm not talking about burgers and beer per se, but how White Castle sells little tiny burgers, and the optics with a beer style where it's poured into tiny 200 ml glassware in Cologne would be amazing. Imagine ordering five burgers with five kölschs,and each tiny pour of beer matching the small size of the burgers.
     
  20. drunkenmess

    drunkenmess Meyvn (1,017) Mar 27, 2015 Michigan
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    They already serve beer at certain locations. Actually they are a combination of 2 fast food chains. Blaze (a bbq joint) & White Castle. Kind of like Taco Bell and Pizza Hut combo restaurants.
     
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  21. rgordon

    rgordon Savant (973) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Weyerbacher was way ahead of the market. Pioneers really.
     
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  22. officerbill

    officerbill Disciple (347) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    A kölsch? Really?

    The fast food chain's first foray into selling beer and they choose a style the majority of their customers have never heard of, let alone tasted, and is rarely done well by an American brewer.
     
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  23. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,979) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Three Weavers in Inglewood, CA (now part of CANarchy) has a flagship Kölsch called Seafarer. Last I heard it was roughly 40% of their sales.
     
  24. officerbill

    officerbill Disciple (347) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    I agree that some breweries do it well, but I've drank far more bad or “called, but not really” kölsches than good ones.

    It's an uncommon style and one that's difficult to get right. Weyerbacher doesn't currently brew a kölsch, but they do have several APA's; to me it would have made more sense to go with one of those.
     
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  25. Amendm

    Amendm Zealot (575) Jun 7, 2018 Rhode Island
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    Interesting that White Castle intends to sell packaged beer at stores that also sell their frozen burgers, shoehorning that Kolsch onto the shelves.

    Kolsch does go well with charcoal grilled burgers and likely most other foods (maybe not steak pizzaiola, beef bourguignon etc) and is a perfect pick for summer.
     
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  26. Maugan-Ra

    Maugan-Ra Initiate (58) Dec 19, 2014 New Jersey

    Pretty sure the NJ White Castles (of Harold and Kumar fame) won't get this, or rather, they won't get a mob issued liquor license to be allowed to sell it here.
     
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  27. JohnnyHopps

    JohnnyHopps Poo-Bah (2,135) Jun 15, 2010 Indiana
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    I can’t wait to see a collaboration with Arby’s.
     
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  28. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,048) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    A Kolsch, even if done poorly, is light enough to appeal to the masses. A Pale Ale would be too hoppy for some.
     
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  29. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Devotee (498) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia
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    ISO Horsey Sauce Stout
     
  30. JohnnyHopps

    JohnnyHopps Poo-Bah (2,135) Jun 15, 2010 Indiana
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    I was thinking of a Beef’n Cheddar kettle sour.
     
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