Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Gnarly Wine and Hairy Eyeball

The new Lagunitas is here! The new Lagunitas is here! Hairy Eyeball and Gnarly Wine are hitting store shelves in KC this morning. Hairy Eyeball is a nice winter warmer that kind of set me on my way to loving everything Lagunitas. Eyeball is also, like most Lagunitas brews, high in the ABV at 8.7%. But, it's nothing compared to the 22 oz. bomb Gnarly Wine which is in the 10-12% range. Priced at $3.50-$4 a better value can not be had (unless it sucks).

I haven't had the Gnarly Wine since it didn't reach these parts last year. I'm not a fan of most barley wines, but, I'm going to try this one tonight and skip Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot (also hitting or has hit store shelves by now) yet another year.

The arrival of these 2 Lagunitas seasonals signals the departure of Brown Shugga'. It will be missed, you should pick it up if you see it. And, as always, if you go to a liquor store without Lagunitas or Lagunitas seasonals, ask for it. The liquor stores often don't know what's good and Lagunitas needs us.

20 comments:

  1. That's good news. I'm curious about the Gnarly Wine, as I do enjoy the occasional "bomb".

    As of two weeks ago, Tipsy's still had about seven cases of Brown Shugga in the walk-in.

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  2. Well, now I know where to get more Brown Shugga, excellent. I'm anxious to try the Gnarleywine also, hopefully someone helpful will specify where it lands, as the KS side is a bit of a trek today to turn up empty handed.

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  3. Jack's Discount Liquor (95th and Monrovia) did not have either one, or even know they were supposed to be coming in.

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  4. Wallace, Tipsy's didn't have it yet either, but their Central States delivery hadn't arrived yet. I imagine Jack's has the same story. I know that it was on the delivery trucks in KS this morning.

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  5. I think I saw some Brown Shugga at Red X last week, but not much. I wish they'd brew more Cappuccino Stout.

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  6. KC Lukas still had like 2 cases of the Cappuchino Stout as of last Thursday.

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  7. Update - tipsy's has both. $3.99/ bomber for gnarlywine, $9.49/ sixer for eyeball. Down to 3 cases of shugga. Other new stuff - Bridgeport imp. Red (one of my favorite styles), Bridgeport and big sky both have coffee porters out, Arcadia is now in ks (they have 3 varieties), and they still have a few bottles of SN hoptimum.

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  8. JJS, I must have just missed you over there.

    I wasn't expecting that Hoptimum to be there, they're down to 2 bottles now. They also have Bigfoot for those interested in that.

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  9. Also, since Jeff mentioned it above, the beer guy at tipsy's said MO isn't getting any Gnarlywine this year. Ah, the vagaries of beer distribution.

    I have to say, I am more impressed with tipsy's every time I'm in there. Plus, to borrow from a previous thread, almost ALL of their beer is refrigerated.

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  10. Red X has both of these. In true Red X fashion, the Gnarly Wine is sitting in a box on the floor in front of a display of various bombers.

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  11. Is Martin City Lukas considered KS? Because I was able to snag a case of the Gnarlywine today there. Excellent stuff!!

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  12. Checked MDL today. They had nothing, and were unaware either was out. They do have a few cases of Brown Shugga on the floor though.

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  13. Martin City is definitely not KS, so the guy at Tipsy's was misinformed.

    MDL is weird - it's like they have a great selection but are six months behind everyone else. Coming soon: Blvd Nutcracker Ale!

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  14. JJS, I think the guy at Tipsy's may have gotten his bad information from misinterpreting something I told him. I told him that the distributor didn't have Gnarly Wine for MO yet the day before Tipsy's got it. It's conceivable to me that I didn't make it clear that "yet" didn't mean "never". I'm pretty sure his misconception is my fault.

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  15. And Wallace, MDL still has Two Jokers on their shelves. Never go there for something new.

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  16. Right on. I wasn't trying to sound jerky, I sincerely didn't know it was considered KS or not. Just wanted to let folks know that they may be able to get it on the MO side as well. Spreading the love of Lagunitas!

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  17. Lukas is having a taste event this afternoon in MC

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  18. What did you think of the Gnarly Wine? I thought it was horrible, the aftertaste was not plesant at all! Bigfoot Ale was way better, and Old Ruffian is in a different atmosphere! Interested to see what you thought since you love Lagunitas...

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  19. N8 of the Nasty, I was confused by the Gnarly Wine the first time. I couldn't decide what I thought of it and took almost all evening to drink the whole bottle. But, last night I had one and absolutely loved it. Gnarly Wine would still only be about my 6th or 7th favorite Lagunitas, but I don't really like barleywines.

    I wouldn't hold it against you if you deemed my opinion of Gnarly Wine in very low regard. My opinion of any barleywine should be read with my disdain for barleywines in mind.

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  20. Fair enough, I am definitely a fan of Lagunitas myself, and I have noticed that you are quite fond of their ales. I have only begun to explore barley wines and figured I'd see what you thought about it! Cheers!

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