Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Free State Eccentricity #3 release

Free State Brewing Co. has announced on Facebook and Twitter that tomorrow, they'll begin selling the first release from their vault of bottled, barrel-aged limited release beers.

They describe Eccentricity #3 as "two big beers (which I found out were a quad and an English strong ale), blended, barrel aged for 10 months, with secondary fermentation in the bottle" and note that you'll find flavors similar to Port and Madeira wine and mild acidity. I've enjoyed many of the bigger beers that Free State has brewed for in-house purposes at the Lawrence brewpub (C4, Invigorator Doppelbock and of course, Old Backus Barley Wine), so I'm excited to see them exploring the world of big, barrel-aged beers in bottles.

If you're interested in grabbing a bottle of Eccentricity #3, it will go on sale tomorrow, 12/12 at 12:12pm at the Lawrence, KS brewpub. 750 ml bottles will be available for $14.50 plus tax. I've seen it mentioned online that there are only 200 bottles available, but I am waiting on official confirmation of that. I received official word from the head brewer at Free State that only 72 bottles will be available for sale, likely with a two bottle/person purchase limit.

Anyone planning on heading to Free State to grab a bottle? (and on that note, anyone want to grab me one?)


9 comments:

  1. Rye on Rye is out today!

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  2. This is less then a limited release. Even worse, the limit per person was 4 bottles! My brother tried to grab some but to no avail. He said he didn't see a single person with less than 4 bottles, so it's very possible that only 18 people walked away happy. This is so frustrating that I wish I hadn't even heard about it at all.

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  3. @Anonymous, I agree, I think it's really strange that they let people buy up to 4 bottles given how few they had overall. If I were them, I would have kept it at one, but what do I know.

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  4. Westvleteren trappist is out too...apparently not in MO or KS though.

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  5. There was a two bottle limit. I was there. Way more than 18 people got some.

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  6. There was initially a 4 bottle limit until they "sold out". Then they determined they would bring a small reserve over from the brewing facility and they lowered the limit to 2 for those remaining bottles. They made a list for the remaining bottles while it was en route and called names once it arrived. Some people left after initial "sold out" call, so us loiterers lucked out.

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  7. Yeah, it sounds like this release was just messy/unorganized. People getting told different bottle limit numbers, people getting told it was sold out when it wasn't. Hopefully when the next release comes out, they'll refine the process a bit.

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  8. I'm a big fan of Free State, but this was disappointing. If the batch was that small why didn't they sell it by the glass in the restaurant? They could have had 10x as many happy customers AND made more money!

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