Thrilllist published an article imploring people not to wait on line for rare limited-release craft beer. (Link to article) Their argument was based on a few points:
1. They believe that only critical things in life should warrant waiting.
2· Lines create the notion that limited beer is better beer.
3· Lines scare people into buying other beer made by macro breweries.
4· They say equally good beer is available on local shelves.
5· The idea of glorifying rare beer builds snob culture.
However, they do concede that acquiring rare beer as bargaining chips is a different story all together. The notion that the line is a meeting place to talk to others with the same interests was also given a half-hearted pass.
After reading the article, I assessed my own experience so far. Of my top 100 beers on my list, only two are available regularly. Sculpin and Stone’s Double Bastard. Double Bastard most likely because I’m probably alone in my praise of this beer. Most of the others fall into three categories (quantity from list):
1. I bought a beer that is available seasonally or one-time in state (26).
2. I have acquired because it was held for me (8).
3. A beer not available in my market but I bought off a shelf out of state (15).
4. From breweries that I or friends have visited (34).
5. Traded for with an out of state partner (16).
There are only three instances where I’ve waited on line for beer in the last year. Twice this year at Tree House, also once last year in Vermont.
I agree on just a couple points. First, nothing is that important. Second, I hate waiting on lines but sometimes it’s a means to an end. Last but not least, if you wait on line for the camaraderie, you’ll see the worst of snobs. You’ll have to watch your toes with all the name dropping of their trophy beers left and right. I’ll step down from my soap box before I hurt myself.
Categorize these two beers under #4. Both beers came by way of someone else’s line waiting. This time the legend of all lines – Other Half. Oh, the horror stories of four hours in the rain with ever-dwindling allotments. Finally, arriving at the crack of dawn only to find that people must have slept in the street.
Tasting: July 28, 2016
Style: American Double IPA
Beer #: 984
Magic Green Nuggets
I’m hit with a barrage of bitterness out of the gate. The “Kazzam” printed on the bottom of the can sums it up. It took some time to get my tastebuds around any of the nuances but they were few. Syrupy and surprisingly boozy. Bitterness is herbal earthy, grassy over some honeydew melon. Good but a let down for Other Half. I wasn’t a big fan and glad I didn’t wait on line for this one. In conclusion – Magic Green Nuggets earns 87 points. Now onto All Citra Everything.
Tasting: July 29, 2016
Style: American Double IPA
Beer #: 985
All Citra Everything
Of the releases last weekend, this one peaked my interest the most. There’s All Green Everything and I’ll assume that All Citra Everything is its lighter ABV cousin. Comes across as a clean very drinkable IPA. Wonderful transition from citrus, tropical sweetness, grassy hop and a rolling and receding bitterness. Nice – 92 points.