Monday, March 18

Commence Coffee Ale chaos

Thanks to the social media efforts of Boulevard, Central States and various retailers over the past few days, most of the city is well aware that Boulevard's newest Smokestack offering, Coffee Ale, will start showing up on liquor store shelves and tap handles tomorrow. The product of a collaboration with The Roasterie, I'm making an educated guess that this will cause a similar level of 'soil-your-pants' excitement and retail bottlenecking (pun intended) that Chocolate Ale has caused in the past with its Boulevard-Christopher Elbow local mass hysteria.

While I tried the beer and wasn't in love with it, it may very well tickle some people's fancies, so I thought I'd throw a post up and allow for a place that people can post where they've found it, for how much, whether there are limits, etc. Now, while last year I was able to frequently update and track Chocolate Ale tappings and store deliveries, my new day job is busier and more time consuming so I won't be able to put that level of effort into the release of Coffee Ale. Sorry guys, daddy's gotta make that paper (and not get fired). Of course, this is all assuming that there is a similar fervor, but go ahead and consider this post a 'just in case' spot in case things get crazy out there.

So if you're out and about to grab a bottle tomorrow, post a quick comment here and let people know how your chase went. I'll come back throughout the day and update a more 'official' list as I see fit so everyone can watch and try to grab a bottle of their own.

In the meantime, check out this video that Boulevard made, with some Coffee Ale tasting notes courtesy of Boulevard employees Nathan and Elizabeth:

26 comments:

  1. I found the Coffee Ale on tap at The Brick when I was there this afternoon. If you'd like to taste the draft version before you spend a week's worth of wages scouring the city for bottles tomorrow, stop by there. $5.50 a glass.

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  2. Nice, thanks for the tip HP!

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  3. Mikes liquor on Westport rd and the HyVee off i29 and 64th, up north. Hyvee has a one bottle per customer limit.

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  4. Picked two up at Hyvee at 50 & 3rd in Lee's Summit this morning. 11.99 each, didn't say anything about a limit. Should be a little easier to get than chocolate. Clerk told be they got 25 cases total, and the Hyvee across town got 23. Looks like there is much more supply

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  5. Went to Gomers in Lenexa. I had to ask for it, since it was behind the counter but it was only 7.79 a bottle. They didn't say anything about a limit.

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  6. I got a couple of bottles today. One at Gomer's North in Parkville - one per customer and you have to be a member. The other bottle I got from Bubbles on North Oak in Gladstone - also one bottle per customer.

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  7. Just picked up 2 bottles (their limit) at Tipsy's in Mission. They had 10+ cases left it looked like. $7.99 each.

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  8. Just got a bottle at Gomer's South. No angry mobs. One bottle limit. $7.99 I think.

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  9. Lukas in Martin City has them in stock. Limit 3 per person. Mike's in Westport has them in stock as well.

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  10. One bottle limit at Hy-Vee in Liberty. There was a list of 85 waiting, but the lady there said she had extra to account for walkups. Price was a little under $8. $11.99 was a ripoff.

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  11. $11.99 AT Gomer's Lee's Summit. I hate that place. #4dollarsprofit

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  12. Anyone find it on tap anywhere besides the brick? Would like to try a bottle and on tap if possible.

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  13. $8.99 at the Cellar Rat, no lists, no limits.
    -Matt

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  14. $7.99 at Lukas on 119th in OP. Limit 4. They had plenty at 5:15

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  15. Meh. Not that impressed. I love blvd but this has the same funky sweet after taste as chocolate ale, same base beer maybe?

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  16. I can confirm that the base beer recipes are completely different between Chocolate Ale and Coffee Ale. Both recipes were created with the idea of showcasing the chosen special ingredient (chocolate or coffee), but make use of different malt bills and hop schedules.

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  17. Picked up one bottle at Gomer's Northland. One per Gomer's card carrying customer. Then picked up a second bottle at HyVee on 64th. Both were under $10 out the door.

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  18. Lionsgate Wine & Spirits will be getting their shipment in Wednesday afternoon. They are taking names and will call you when they get it in. Not sure of the price or limit per person.

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  19. Mikes Liquor on Wornall and 85 had about 10 cases. Only one had been opened and a few bottles were gone. Also, Brookside Liquor on 63rd had a bunch of bottles on display and didn't look to be a dent in the supply. Seems to be plenty of this available.

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  20. Anton's has it on tap. Saucer is tapping it today.

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  21. K7 Liquors in Shawnee had bottles up front at lunchtime today. Happy with the $7.99 price, limit one.

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  22. This morning Hy-Vee at I-29/Barry Road had about six bottles tucked to the side. It was $8.99. I didn't ask about limits because I only wanted one.

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  23. Johnny's on 95th and Antioch still has it on tap.

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  24. Any stores still have it available for purchase? I know a few bars still have it on tap

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  25. Dan, Bier Station still has bottles available for purchase.

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  26. April 18th and stores are out. One would think that if a product sells, you produce more. :-(

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