Your Own Personal White Whale

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by ZionsvilleBeerDork, Jun 17, 2015.

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  1. McStagger

    McStagger Crusader (777) Jun 2, 2005 California

    Kern River Citra. Which is dumb, since I'm a few hours from the brewery. Also, most of New England's hoppy stuff. Lawson's, Swish, Hill Farmstead, etc etc.
     
  2. Warren2621

    Warren2621 Zealot (579) Sep 26, 2014 Indiana
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    Founders CBS or Bells Black Note
     
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  3. pants678

    pants678 Champion (837) Jan 26, 2009 California

    I had Good Morning twice at EBF and I still want it all the m-effing time.
     
  4. Monkeyknife

    Monkeyknife Poo-Bah (3,175) Jan 8, 2007 Missouri
    Society Trader

    I know it's not a true "white whale" but I'm still looking to find a 4 Hands Madagascar from last year.
     
  5. CobraCommander9000

    CobraCommander9000 Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2015 Texas

    BISHOPS BARREL!!! #10
     
  6. GuitarIPA

    GuitarIPA Zealot (548) Mar 24, 2013 Connecticut

    The ones that drive me crazy are the locals I can't seem to get my hands on - NEBCO Locust or Storm Trooper , etc.
     
  7. AugustusRex

    AugustusRex Disciple (336) Apr 12, 2013 Canada

    1. Cask Schlenkerla
    2. Unfiltered Pilsner Urquell
    3. Rodenbach Alexander and Foederbier
    4. U Fleku
    5. Cask Landlord
    6. Fresh Westy Blonde
     
  8. jonesry09

    jonesry09 Initiate (107) Apr 29, 2015 Minnesota
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    Right now for me it's Bells black note and Mexican Cake. I'm rather new to the whole craft beer collecting, but these are two that I am wanting to try the most.
     
  9. Flip4beers

    Flip4beers Initiate (169) Feb 18, 2014 California
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    As of lately, my biggest whale yet is the Churchills finest which i dont see anybody wanting to trade.
     
  10. Chcshammonde

    Chcshammonde Devotee (499) Sep 20, 2014 California

    @MikeCross, tip for Pliny: if your family members are really looking, Pliny gets delivered to Whole Foods around the Bay Area. I'm not sure of distro to the rest of the state but I'm thinking that it probably goes to many of WF stores statewide. In San Jose, they usually get it every 2 weeks, either on Tuesday or Thursday. It gets there around midday. It's usually gone in 2-3 hours, so I always go right at lunchtime to check in. You can call ahead too and sometimes they know if it's coming, and sometimes they don't. You basically have to have a convo with the Beer guy in WF to get the lowdown. Your fam can get you some Pliny, it just requires a bit of persistence and timing.
     
  11. SonictheBeerhog

    SonictheBeerhog Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2013 New York

    Currently Stickee Monkey...
     
  12. Mehinaman

    Mehinaman Zealot (555) May 16, 2015 Washington
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    I was fortunate enough to try a lot of the beers that would have otherwise been on this list such as Prairie Bomb, Pliny, ZD, BCBS and KBS.

    Heady has still proven to be out of my reach though. Would also like to try Founders Breakfast Stout. Have two bottles of Mexican Cake coming my way though which I am really looking forward to.
     
  13. voduh

    voduh Initiate (0) Jun 19, 2015 Colorado

    Yes, yes you should.
    Me first
     
  14. HugeBulge

    HugeBulge Disciple (361) Dec 31, 2012 New York
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    bvdl aged in kbbs barrels aged in william larue barrels.
     
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  15. Caveworm

    Caveworm Savant (919) Feb 26, 2014 Ohio

    Anything from Hammerheart Brewing Co. out Minnesota aka "the guy from Panopticon". I just can't seem to track it down using online searches to see if anywhere in the state of Ohio sells it, and no luck so far :/
     
  16. Goldstar81

    Goldstar81 Initiate (139) Jul 15, 2010 California
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    Had it at the last release and it was alright. If you really want to try it make the trek to churchills and buy a bottle for onsite consumption otherwise you have to wait all night for the chance to buy a couple bottles. Not worth it.
     
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  17. wingnutter

    wingnutter Zealot (502) May 18, 2005 Florida

    Over the past few weeks I've been able to finally get a bunch that have been eluding me for a while: Julius, Heady, Double Citra, Second Fiddle, Trillium, Blind Pig, Supplication, Dinner, a few de Gardes, etc...

    Still on the hunt for these:
    Fuzzy Baby Ducks
    HF Susan (missed it by a day last week)
    King Sue
    Focal Banger
    Duck Duck Gooze
    Fuzzy
    Atrial
     
  18. MortarPestle

    MortarPestle Zealot (527) Dec 7, 2008 Indiana

    Thanks to Sun King for opening their new Tap Room and a special thanks to 3 Floyd's for tapping Zombie Dust, Permanent Funeral and Dark Lord at the Grand Opening!

    I had had Zombie Dust but was finally able to check off Permanent Funeral and Dark Lord and they were both worth the wait.
     
  19. AshevilleHomebrewer

    AshevilleHomebrewer Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2015 North Carolina

    Mine was VSB, finally drank it last night
     
  20. MikeT77

    MikeT77 Initiate (159) Jul 2, 2010 New York

    Cantillon Blabaer
     
  21. MortarPestle

    MortarPestle Zealot (527) Dec 7, 2008 Indiana

  22. Ravenacht

    Ravenacht Aspirant (222) Aug 10, 2012 Florida
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    Nice gesture, that KRE was on my whale list for a while until a great trade buddy hooked me up. I shared it with people during the '14 Huna Day beer week and it was amazing stuff.
     
  23. Snowdog

    Snowdog Initiate (137) Jul 28, 2010 Ohio
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  24. kgammell1

    kgammell1 Initiate (0) Nov 6, 2013 Maryland

    Ahhhh, I want to try KBBS so bad as well. Living in Maryland has made it really hard to get anything from Founders...
     
  25. ivegot3Dvision

    ivegot3Dvision Zealot (545) Feb 9, 2015 Oregon
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    I have all three of the Black Tuesday variants... PM me and lets work something out.

    I live like 15 minutes away from Beachwood... if they have any bottles (I'm not sure when they put this out) I can grab you a few.


    For me it is: Abraxas (barrel aged versions as well), Duck Duck Gooze, Cable Car, Dinner, Allagash Coolship Red...
     
  26. microbrewlover

    microbrewlover Initiate (0) Oct 5, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Pliny the Elder. By the way, has anyone seen Pliny the Elder for sale, or at a bar, in the King of Prussia, PA area?
     
  27. j-con1263

    j-con1263 Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2013 Ohio

    Regular HF flora... had 3 of the varients but cannot got a flora. If anyone wants to help a guy out I have the ammo to land one, idk why it can't happen !
     
  28. Pahn

    Pahn Meyvn (1,473) Dec 2, 2009 New York

    for me it's still westy 12. maybe adam from the wood.

    i've had trade bait and then some to get both, but for some reason have never bothered. partly because westy 12 i wanted to just try in belgium. adam from the wood i simply haven't bothered.

    is westy 12 still as good as it ever was? honest question, since i still hope to try it some day.

    as for the rare sours (american and belgian), i find it hard to believe they're that much better than the common or pretty-rare others. or rather, that they inherently are. i just mean i think they're equally likely to be The Best Ever for any given drinker as the pretty-rare or perfected-staple. the beers are just so varied. i have no doubt that 99% of them are outright world class, all the rare cantillons and russian rivers. but are loerik and don quijote really better than fou foune and vigneronne or like a 10 yr old lou pepe framboise? they might be, relative to your tastes.

    but really, what's better, the aforementioned lou pepe framboise, or drie fonteinen schaerbeekse kriek? cantillon gueuze 100% lambic or drie fonteinen oude gueuze? if you have enough palate (which if you've drank even a dozen of these beers you probably do), you know that these 4 don't taste very similar at all (throw in lou pepe kriek instead of framboise if you're a stickler, since i'm trying to make 2 competing points at once). what's better? they're all world class. are cantillon and drie fonteinen's one offs "better"? you'll definitely be able to tell the difference, but what's "better"?

    there's tons of amazing beer in this world. and like i say every so often, i prefer lost abbey red poppy or even a good bottle of cascade apricot to most of the sour rarities i've had. is it worth going beer hunting? hell yes, all these beers are different and amazing. are you "missing out" if you don't have this amazing beer but have that one instead? not really.
     
  29. Tilley4

    Tilley4 Poo-Bah (2,213) Nov 13, 2007 Tennessee
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    Fou Foune
     
  30. Meerhund

    Meerhund Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2015 Idaho

    Gumballhead by 3 Floyds and The Chocolate Manifesto from Flying Monkeys. Outlook is very dim for me nowadays, being located on the West coast in Idaho.
     
  31. MA_hops

    MA_hops Aspirant (295) May 18, 2015 Vermont

    I can't seem to land Gandhi Bot for the life of me.....I'm heading to VT next week for a few days and hopefully will have enough beer to land a can of Gandhi via a trade.
     
  32. Pahn

    Pahn Meyvn (1,473) Dec 2, 2009 New York

    i don't know the trade landscape in the last 3 years or so, but i do know the CT beer landscape pretty well... and i'm fairly sure that the problem is simply timing. we snatch up all the gandhi we can and drink it. (p.s. it is probably growler only at the moment but don't quote me on that) i personally find it hard to believe that people would send out huge trade bait for gandhi, but also it makes sense that people don't part with it. 1) they rarely see it, 2) they love drinking it, and 3) really, how rare a beer do they think they can get with it?

    your best chance is to establish a full on trading relationship with a connecticut beer aficionado. set up a little pipeline of VT and MA goodies going back and forth, and make it clear that when they can get gandhi some of it should come your way, and when you can get (random MA thing) that they can expect some. this is BY FAR the most profitable use of trading IMO. ***

    p.s. i'm afraid i cannot be that trading partner; 1) i have a direct line right into MA and (occasionally) VT anyway, 2) I don't trade anymore, and 3) i'm in NYC 95% of the time anyway so i'm not very reliable for stuff like gandhi.

    *** well, the "trading relationship" that sends goodies regularly throughout the year is the best, but competitive is the "tasting group as trading collective". that way you have ammo at all times, and because you spread so much wealth it's almost like your tasting partners are secondary (or i guess primary) trading partners. i'm guessing this is how > 50% of the big time rarity trading gets done anyway, outside of trust fund kids.
     
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  33. offthelevel_bytheplumb

    offthelevel_bytheplumb Devotee (410) Aug 19, 2013 Illinois

    Brew a clone.
     
  34. MA_hops

    MA_hops Aspirant (295) May 18, 2015 Vermont

    thanks…to be honest I collect cans/bottles…i'd love a can of Gandhi whether it's got beer in it or not. I figure that one day (maybe this summer) i'll head to the brewery and get a growler of it. However I'd love to acquire just a can…beautiful design!
     
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  35. bowzer4birdie

    bowzer4birdie Poo-Bah (1,888) Aug 16, 2012 Illinois
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    Probably BC Rare. It's rated the highest on my current list of WANTS.
     
  36. TastyIsBeer

    TastyIsBeer Devotee (422) Dec 13, 2006 Illinois

    Plan a vacation to Austin, TX... visit Jester King, have fun, drink plenty, bring a few bombers home. My wife and I did it with our toddler and it was very pleasant. They've got a good facility, and you can reserve their special releases online before the visit.
     
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  37. wheelzntoys

    wheelzntoys Initiate (142) Nov 10, 2013 California
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    You have the ammo,
    I checked your gots.
     
  38. LeperJim

    LeperJim Meyvn (1,020) Feb 10, 2008 Ohio
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    Bourbon County Brand Stout.

    The legend that it is...still I don't think it could meet my expectations of being taken away by a Valkyrie after slowly consuming it.
     
  39. skiking70

    skiking70 Aspirant (246) Sep 23, 2014 Maryland
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    For me Hunahpu, would love to snag a bottle.
     
  40. Lobina

    Lobina Zealot (503) Sep 9, 2009 Arizona

    Elevated IPA..will cross that off my list in 10 days when i roll through New Mexico on my way to Estes Park
     
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