Your Trader Joe's Guide To Budget Craft Beer in Los Angeles

Discussion in 'US - West' started by Dansac, Nov 5, 2021.

  1. ChazMania

    ChazMania Aspirant (233) Jun 13, 2006 California

    I scored both from Trader Joes as well. I like them both, having the Madewest now so I should have Shaka next to note differences.
     
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  2. dcgunman

    dcgunman Meyvn (1,368) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    I’m not sure what to say about Shaka. I do know it’s all good. It’s my first PP cans in a year? Plus the word Fremont? You can’t go wrong with this one. And instead of a 4pk you get 2 extra cans. Good pick up.
     
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  3. pinballplayer

    pinballplayer Disciple (369) Jul 2, 2014 California
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    Bacon and Eggs hitting shelves at OC Trader Joe's. I'm getting huge blueberry notes from the Bird Rock Ethiopian coffee they used this year. Haven't had this much blueberry for years. So. Damn. Good. And $18 for a sixer of 16oz cans!
     
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  4. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,194) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Didn't get it at TJs, but the made west pale is an absolute gem. Even more so at $9 for a 4 pack. Stellar stuff
     
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  5. mactrail

    mactrail Poo-Bah (12,510) Mar 24, 2009 Washington
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    Well, not so hot I agree, but the WBOE surely is (look it up)
    Indian Wells Brewing
     
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  6. ChicagoJ

    ChicagoJ Poo-Bah (1,918) Feb 2, 2015 Illinois
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    Grabbed the first bottle of Trader Joe's annual Vintage Spiced Ale from the store tonight. Nice to see the price is same as last year ($5.99) for the 750 ML bottle.

    Brewed as a Belgian Strong Ale by Unibroue for Trader Joes. Worth a pickup, one of two Christmas / Year End beers I buy each year along with Anchor's Our Special Christmas Ale since discovering them a few years ago.
     
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  7. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,358) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Haven't had this in a few years (not sure about distribution in Oregon), but early vintages we're absolutely stellar. For the money, one of the best deals to be had anywhere.
     
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  8. atomicpunk5151

    atomicpunk5151 Aspirant (271) Jul 25, 2010 California
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    Up in Norcal/Sac/Roseville. Picked up a 4 pack of Altamont Brewing "Nelson Stash" West Coast IPA. Pretty good. $13.

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    Also got a 6 pack of the latest Pizza Port rotating WC IPA, Scenic Loop. Strata, Loral, Cashmere, Cryo-Pop hops. While not my favorite of the series, solid for the $ as usual.
     
  9. Jesseix

    Jesseix Initiate (38) Mar 18, 2022 California

    Found it for the first time today at my local TJ's, grabbed a couple to try.
     
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  10. vurt

    vurt Poo-Bah (1,750) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon
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    I don't need to look it up. I'm an old SoCal beer drinker, and I am well familiar with their offenses against God and fermentation.

    Jeebus. Are they still around? And if so...why?
     
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  11. mactrail

    mactrail Poo-Bah (12,510) Mar 24, 2009 Washington
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    Yes, me too. I complained to the Whole Foods in San Diego who featured several IW beers, because the Lobotomy Bock was so clearly nowhere near the 9 percent they claimed at the time (now they say it's (10.5%). And if you look at the most recent reviews, three out of four are high 4.xx ratings by people who have only reviewed that one beer!

    Fortunately, they have branched out into other fields, so their Facebook page shows:
    "Remember the Indian Wells Brewing Company is not all about beer… We have over [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] flavors of soda and lots of retro candy and silly gifts!"
     
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  12. Resistance88

    Resistance88 Defender (651) Apr 9, 2015 California
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    need more info
     
  13. Dansac

    Dansac Initiate (160) Dec 6, 2014 California
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    Jesus...
     
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  14. dcgunman

    dcgunman Meyvn (1,368) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    Oh yes IWBC is alive and survived the pandemic….so far. I stopped in for old time sakes a couple of months ago on my way up to Mammoth area for some springing and camping. I remember stopping in on my way up to Kern River for Citra bottle releases. I’m not sure if they are the worst. I think Hilo Brewing is pretty bad. IBWC is definitely an interesting place to visit. Especially during the summer.
     
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  15. pinballplayer

    pinballplayer Disciple (369) Jul 2, 2014 California
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    Anyone know who is brewing TJ's new house beer Winter Ride Double Bock? They are described in the Fearless Flyer as "a West Coast craft brewery that had an affinity for traditional fermentation techniques." Could it possibly be Enegren?!? I know TJs has been carrying to their beer as of late!

    Will look to pick up a sixer of 12oz cans for the advertised price of $6.99 when I see them.
     
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  16. pinballplayer

    pinballplayer Disciple (369) Jul 2, 2014 California
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    I've been meaning to stop at IWBC on my way to the Eastern Sierras but by the time I reach Indian Wells I'm in no mood to stop. It seems they have a selection of sodas, candies etc. that the kids might enjoy. My expectation of the beer is quite low so will not be easy to disappoint.
     
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  17. jason_nwx

    jason_nwx Meyvn (1,224) Sep 12, 2012 Oregon
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    Oregon doesn't get them because of something having to do with a self-distribution license TJ's refuses to get (since this, I think, is one of/the only beer that actually says Trader Joe's on it). TJ's has essentially decided Oregon isn't worth the bother, so the only way we Oregonians can get it is go up to Vancouver.
     
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  18. Jesseix

    Jesseix Initiate (38) Mar 18, 2022 California

    I grabbed a couple today to try, not surprisingly there's not much info on the can. Listed at 7.5% which looks like what it was in previous years.

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  19. pinballplayer

    pinballplayer Disciple (369) Jul 2, 2014 California
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    I'm fairly certain it's Gordon Biersch. I also picked some up today and it's okay for the price, a little too sweet for the style imo, and an aftertaste I could do without. I wish there were more doppelbocks available...
     
  20. Seanvino

    Seanvino Initiate (114) Jan 5, 2009 California

    Bingo! It is brewed by GB who also brew the TJ's Joseph Brau line and Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from the original Goose Island recipe.
     
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  21. Dansac

    Dansac Initiate (160) Dec 6, 2014 California
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    Honestly, that Stockyard Oatmeal stout is one of the best deals in beer out there. Very balanced, rich, flavorful... cheap.
     
  22. Dansac

    Dansac Initiate (160) Dec 6, 2014 California
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    Breaking Trail by Pizza Port is very strange. Has this cactus-like dankness I'm not really digging. Shame. Santa Little Helper is nice, but I'm a bit over the hazelnut thing.

    Enegren Christmas Bock is awesome.
     
  23. Resistance88

    Resistance88 Defender (651) Apr 9, 2015 California
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    Enegren anything is awesome.
    Was lucky enough to visit the taproom the otherday and Enegrens Caber Tosser is a must try for anyone within a 45 minute drive there. ( its an hour for me) .
     
  24. bring

    bring Initiate (87) Aug 17, 2005 Greenland
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    I get unpleasant (for me) levels of diacetyl in this beer. Anyone else, or just me?

    Ringwood-ish.
     
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  25. VitisVinifera

    VitisVinifera Initiate (158) Feb 25, 2013 California

    TJ in Elk Grove CA has 4x16 oz of Old Rasputin for around $12
     
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  26. HopHead84

    HopHead84 Poo-Bah (3,802) Nov 29, 2006 California
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    I'll look for this the next time I'm there. A $3 pint of Old Rasputin is hard to pass up.
     
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  27. Dansac

    Dansac Initiate (160) Dec 6, 2014 California
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    You know what's good. Their hazy is also stellar for the price, and when fresh competes with beers more than twice the price.

    I also like their Standard.
     
  28. augustgarage

    augustgarage Poo-Bah (2,368) May 20, 2007 California
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    Not my bag, but I noticed a couple Drekker offerings (a NE IPA and a fruited sour) at the NoHo location a little while ago...
     
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  29. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,194) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    I'll definitely grab more of their stuff next time I see it
     
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