Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Saison-Brett Day

Today's the day in KC that the best beer Boulevard makes starts getting delivered to stores. Normally I write that the beer will be hitting store shelves, but Saison-Brett is a little different, it might not even hit store shelves, it might be sold straight from the box. This is the beer that beer geeks are going to be buying by the case if they're allowed because it's great to cellar and it won't stay in stores long. So you need to make a plan to get some before it's gone. To top things off Saison-Brett is limited, there's just not enough of it to go around, you've got to get it as soon as you find it, it probably won't be there the next time you go to the store.

I had a bottle over the weekend and it's the same as I remember, wonderful. I've been drinking cellared 2009 versions about every 3 months for the past year and I'm pretty happy with drinking the current version over the older. The cellared version is good, and still the best Boulevard beer you can drink, but I think it's better now. People are going to buy as much as they can to drink now and in the next couple of years so it will be sold twice as fast as regular Smokestack seasonals like Two Jokers. When you hear of a store getting their Saison-Brett and you want some Saison-Brett, get yourself to that store immediately or you're not going to get any.

After you get yours let us know in the comments where you got it, what limits are in place and what price you paid (it should be around $12-$15). You're not going to get many better beers.

Disclosure: I received a bottle of Saison-Brett free from a source interested in selling more Saison-Brett. This freebie did not influence in any way anything in this post, but you can be the judge of that.

13 comments:

  1. Will this be on tap around town? Or is it already?

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  2. Bought a couple bottles in Lawrence over the weekend $11.49. Knew I was going to be out of town the next few days, so I wanted to make sure I got a couple.

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  3. Not on tap (maybe a couple of kegs exist for special events), bottles only.

    Barleywhiner, we had the same thought, I got mine in Lawrence this weekend also.

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  4. Got mine in Lawrence yesterday, $11.49/ bottle

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  5. Rimann in Lenexa only got 4 cases and judging from what I saw purchased. They can't have but 2 or 3 cases left as of 9:45am.

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  6. Gomer's Lenexa got 7 cases. $11.49/bottle. Limit 2, hoarders.

    This being a limited release Smokestack, there is Chocolate-Ale-level supply. However, there won't be Chocolate-Ale-level demand, since the snotty girls looking for Valentine's Day gifts won't be running me down in their cars trying to find a bottle.

    I wouldn't bet on finding it into the weekend, though. If your favorite beer haven doesn't have it, try a "2nd tier" beer store that isn't under full beer geek surveillance.

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  7. It's crazy what a difference a year or two makes. Used to be you could just guess the time of year a beer would come out and find it. I got the imperial stout, and saison-brett two years running like that. Now you have to be vigilant about every beer.

    Kinda sucks...

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  8. Jason -
    I agree that it's getting old.

    Just remember that increased interest in craft beer is a 95% positive development. As more and more people are interested in good beer, we have more and more choices.

    The only real downside is having an ever-smaller window to track down limited release stuff like this. And that's when you remind yourself that it's just beer.

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  9. Just picked mine up at Gomers South, 12.92 total with tax. Worth noting they had a number of bottles of Two Jokers on the shelves too.

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  10. I'm glad I worked from home this morning so I could secure a few bottles. From the sounds of it, I may not have been able to after work. Pretty surprised considering I was able to pick up the Chocolate Ale off the shelf at the same places that were nearly sold out by noon.

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  11. Just got the last bottle at Rimann Lenexa.

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  12. Downtown Costentino's has Saison Brett U Two Jokers...no limit. I grabbed mulpiples of each tonight—there was at least a half case left of each.

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