Tuesday, July 12, 2011

White IPAle Day

But not yet have we solved the incantation of this whiteness, and learned why it appeals with such power to the soul; and more strange and far more portentous – why, as we have seen, it is at once the most meaning symbol of spiritual things, nay, the very veil of the Christian’s Deity; and yet should be as it is, the intensifying agent in things the most appalling to mankind. 
Is it that by its indefiniteness it shadows forth the heartless voids and immensities of the universe, and thus stabs us from behind with the thought of annihilation, when beholding the white depths of the milky way? Or is it, that as in essence whiteness is not so much a colour as the visible absence of colour; and at the same time the concrete of all colours; is it for these reasons that there is such a dumb blankness, full of meaning, in a wide landscape of snows – a colourless, all-colour of atheism from which we shrink?
Like Ishmael, today we too, can contemplate all the intricacies of whiteness, from awe to fear.  The Boulevard/Deschutes Collaboration White IPA is going to be hitting store shelves all across KC today. I had a test batch of White IPA a couple of months ago and liked it a lot. But I didn't get much IPA from it, more Belgian Wit. They've tweaked it since, so it will be interesting to see how much it changed. No matter what, I believe it will be well worth your time and money to seek it out.

White IPA is a one time deal, once it's gone, it's gone. It should go pretty fast, but not Chocolate Ale fast, it will be much easier to find that a white whale. If you see it and want it, get it and get as much as you're going to want. If you want to be cautious buy one today and drink it to find out if you want more. When Deschutes is finally available in Missouri in September or so they'll presumably be bringing their own version of White IPA so you'll probably want to keep at least one bottle to compare to the Deschutes version.

Captain Ahab himself, Steven Pauwels, will be signing bottles of White IPA at Lukas in Overland Park from 3:30 - 5. You can discuss his journey searching for the white IPA and what it means to him. I'm sure there will be plenty of White IPA for that if you can't find it anywhere else, though you should be able to. As always, leave a comment telling us where you got yours, limits that store has and how much you paid.


  1. I wouldn't count on Deschutes holding back IPA at the brewery for months for distribution to Missouri which may or may not happen in the Fall.

    If you want the Deschutes version, buy it online or trade for it while you can.

    Or be like Kansas City's number one beer troll and go to Portland in a few weeks.

  2. John is correct, it depends on how quickly Deschutes gets into Missouri and how well the Deschutes version sells in its other markets. But, I think they will have a couple cases to sell as some sort of Deschutes kickoff. But, that's just my opinion, not based on any facts.

  3. Lenexa Gomers: $11.49, limit 3. They had 18 cases on the floor.

  4. Oh, I wouldn't be surprised if we get some, I just wouldn't count on it.

    Carpe Diem and all that. It is exceedingly easy to buy beer online if you have a Missouri address to ship to (your own or a friend's).

  5. John - speaking of, what's the place in California you mentioned a while back that ships beer back this way?

  6. I tend to use South Bay Drugs, which hasn't been doing shipping for a while during an expansion. I imagine that is what I mentioned.

    There are dozens of places though that ship. And since it is Deshutes, it's not like it has to be from California, basically any store West of here that ships (look for the list of states that have reciprocal agreements with Missouri).

  7. Lukas OP - $11.99 (Limit 6 as of noon)

  8. Bubbles in the Northland had several cases (probably 7-8 at least) around lunchtime. 11.99/per, limit 2.

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  10. There is actually in increasing number of online retailers shipping beer to KS addresses.

  11. Berbiglia on westport road will be getting 12 cases on friday. not sure of price or limits yet. 10 cases for main street and 7 cases for belleview.