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Title: Celebration
Post by: jeffy on November 03, 2018, 01:14:45 AM
The new batch is in stores now and I am really enjoying it.
One of my favorites.  Every year.
Title: Re: Celebration
Post by: blatz on November 03, 2018, 01:43:52 AM
The new batch is in stores now and I am really enjoying it.
One of my favorites.  Every year.

Indeed it’s excellent.  I just finished my first bottle of Northern Hemisphere also and I must say, it’s as magical as the first time I had it in ‘06, and I’ve been disappointed in that one in recent years.

Both are outstanding.

Capping off with my Marzen.  Cheers!


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Title: Re: Celebration
Post by: denny on November 03, 2018, 02:52:15 PM
Not as good as last year's...... ;D
Title: Re: Celebration
Post by: blatz on November 03, 2018, 02:53:13 PM
Not as good as last year's...... ;D

LMFAO


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Title: Re: Celebration
Post by: denny on November 03, 2018, 03:56:31 PM
Not as good as last year's...... ;D

LMFAO


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Glad somebody got it!
Title: Re: Celebration
Post by: blatz on November 03, 2018, 04:22:40 PM
Not as good as last year's...... ;D

LMFAO


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Glad somebody got it!

They changed the recipe


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Title: Re: Celebration
Post by: denny on November 03, 2018, 04:59:09 PM
Not as good as last year's...... ;D

LMFAO


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Glad somebody got it!

They changed the recipe


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Well played, sir!   :-*
Title: Re: Celebration
Post by: narcout on November 30, 2018, 12:34:34 AM
The new batch is in stores now and I am really enjoying it.
One of my favorites.  Every year.

Me too; I look forward to it every fall. 
Title: Re: Celebration
Post by: ethinson on December 01, 2018, 02:27:54 AM
I tried it at the Asheville brewery when I was back east for the holidays.  It's really delicious.  I haven't had it before, so I can't compare vintages but I'll certainly be looking for it again in the future.
Title: Re: Celebration
Post by: Robert on December 01, 2018, 03:13:43 AM
Just into my first of the year.  I always look forward to this one.   As a guy who by far prefers "beer flavored beer," I think we could use less spice and more seasonals in the traditional Burton ale/ winter warmer mold (I know they call it IPA, they're just using words the kids understand.)  Luscious beer.  Again.

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Title: Re: Celebration
Post by: BrewingRover on December 11, 2018, 02:59:35 AM
I was reading Stan Hieronymus's blog today and he commented on how SN doesn't label where their beer is brewed. They do, but not clearly: there's a date code which has a C for Chico or M for Mills River. It's easy to see on the carrier but pretty much impossible on the bottle. I checked tonight and I've got it from Mills River this year and it tastes just as great as the Chico beers I've had in the past. They obviusly put a lot of time into replicating conditions at the NC brewery.
Title: Re: Celebration
Post by: Robert on December 11, 2018, 03:19:32 AM
I was reading Stan Hieronymus's blog today and he commented on how SN doesn't label where their beer is brewed. They do, but not clearly: there's a date code which has a C for Chico or M for Mills River. It's easy to see on the carrier but pretty much impossible on the bottle. I checked tonight and I've got it from Mills River this year and it tastes just as great as the Chico beers I've had in the past. They obviusly put a lot of time into replicating conditions at the NC brewery.
I've just assumed that, being in the East, my SN beers all come from Mills River.   Thanks for the tip!
Title: Re: Celebration
Post by: hopfenundmalz on December 11, 2018, 04:24:23 AM
I was reading Stan Hieronymus's blog today and he commented on how SN doesn't label where their beer is brewed. They do, but not clearly: there's a date code which has a C for Chico or M for Mills River. It's easy to see on the carrier but pretty much impossible on the bottle. I checked tonight and I've got it from Mills River this year and it tastes just as great as the Chico beers I've had in the past. They obviusly put a lot of time into replicating conditions at the NC brewery.
I've just assumed that, being in the East, my SN beers all come from Mills River.   Thanks for the tip!

Bottles have a code printed on the shoulder, low contrast to the brown glass but it should be there. An M is Mills River. Most of their beers east of the Mississippi come from there.
Title: Re: Celebration
Post by: MDixon on December 22, 2018, 04:09:48 PM
I'm just not loving the 12 pack I purchased. Seems overly bitter. The Packaging date was 10/30. It's good, just not as good as it has been in the past.
Title: Re: Celebration
Post by: denny on December 22, 2018, 04:55:34 PM
I'm just not loving the 12 pack I purchased. Seems overly bitter. The Packaging date was 10/30. It's good, just not as good as it has been in the past.


HAHAHAHA!
Title: Re: Celebration
Post by: Phil_M on December 23, 2018, 02:55:47 AM
Oddly, I haven't seen it in my area...but I found some fresh SNPA, so I've got that going for me...
Title: Re: Celebration
Post by: Robert on December 23, 2018, 03:01:01 AM
Oddly, I haven't seen it in my area...but I found some fresh SNPA, so I've got that going for me...
Wait, Phil -- you found FRESH BEER?  I'm marking my calendar.... ;D

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Title: Re: Celebration
Post by: Phil_M on January 11, 2019, 01:32:55 AM
Well when I went back the following week, all the SNPA they had was brewed in May '18. Oh well, at least I got the fresh stuff when I did.

Oh, and they had a single 12-pack of Celebration, which I bought. Still the only one I've seen around...

Today I scored a suitcase of Yuengling that was 23 days old today though. That's not going to last long, as tasty as it is that fresh...
Title: Re: Celebration
Post by: Robert on January 11, 2019, 01:45:59 AM
Well when I went back the following week, all the SNPA they had was brewed in May '18. Oh well, at least I got the fresh stuff when I did.

Oh, and they had a single 12-pack of Celebration, which I bought. Still the only one I've seen around...

Today I scored a suitcase of Yuengling that was 23 days old today though. That's not going to last long, as tasty as it is that fresh...
Bummer.  Hey, I haven't had one in a while, don't recall if I've ever looked close, but clue me in to the date code on Yuengling.   Is it one of those self-evident Julian codes, like where today would have the sequence 19010 somewhere in it, 10th day of '19?

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Title: Re: Celebration
Post by: Phil_M on January 11, 2019, 02:23:04 AM
There's a code printed on one of the ends of the package. First two digits are year, next three are day of year.
Title: Re: Celebration
Post by: Robert on January 11, 2019, 11:57:55 PM
So I looked at the Yuengling at my local supermarket today.  Some was just over 3 months old,  but most was almost 6 months old.   I'll have to look at another store, but I presume this is a distributor issue and not just lack of turnover in the  market.

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Title: Re: Celebration
Post by: Phil_M on January 16, 2019, 10:51:40 PM
Something I've come to realize via checking dates is how seasonal some beers are here.

Yuengling cans sell like made through the summer and fall, then kinda trail off some through the winter/spring. Still sells enough to be available reasonably fresh though. Bottles are just about always fresh.

Sam Adams Boston Lager sells really well through the fall/winter, stale stock usually is all there is to be had spring/summer.

SNPA is decidedly a spring/summer beer here. Those packs canned in May? They'll likely be on shelves till March/April. Must be a popular cookout beer, because outside of summer good luck finding it fresh.

Guinness Draft, of course, is easiest to find fresh about middle January through the end of March.

What I've been universally unable to find fresh lately is anything from Dogfish Head, Bells, Victory, Firestone, Sweetwater, Hofbrau, Weihenstephaner, Stone, Fat Tire, and the list goes on. Seems to all prove that the fresh beer goes to the area around DC, and that distributors are pulling old stock off the shelves there an selling it here.

I get it, it's not like this area is known for it's taste in good beer. Budweiser is still so popular here that we're the only place that gets it in 10oz. cans. (Which is a brilliant idea, but I digress) But there's still enough interest in craft beer that we deserve fresh stuff.