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JAB Jul 6, 2013 08:49 PM

I had mentioned Costco carrying some beer from independent breweries in a previous thread. I've previously picked up cases of Stone IPA & Trumer Pils. Today, I picked up a mixed case from Mendocino Brewing Co. Called Cast of Hawks.

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    cwdonald Jul 8, 2013 12:30 PM

    What state? Not all Costco's carry wine/beer/liquor.

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      JAB Jul 8, 2013 12:49 PM


    2. Insidious Rex Jul 9, 2013 10:40 AM

      Yeah wish they had that selection in MD/DC/VA. Here most of the year you get maybe some Sam Adams lagers and mixed cases. Guinness. The occasional Flying Dog mixer. And it tends to go downhill from there. Although I have seen double packs of Chimay on occasion (not the summer) and in the fall they sell cases of Haufbrau Marzen and Paulener Oktoberfest gift packs (oversized can and a dimpled mug).

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        Jim Dorsch Jul 9, 2013 08:57 PM

        The Paulaner packs are the Weisen (however you spell it), which one might think is weizen, but is actually the pale lager that is most often found at O'Fest these days.

        If I recall (from a story I was involved with long ago), Costco and other such stores can be tricky for brewers because they may suddenly want a huge quantity of product, perhaps a special package at a low price, sort of stressful for the brewery, but possibly a good way to hoist the flag in front of a lot of shoppers.

      2. MOREKASHA Jul 9, 2013 01:29 PM

        In Italian Harlem they sell beer.

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          JAB Jul 9, 2013 01:30 PM

          What's available?

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            MOREKASHA Jul 9, 2013 07:01 PM

            AS usual w/costco it always changes. Haven't been there in a while but I've seen sierra, chimay, duvel.

        2. JAB Jul 18, 2013 12:53 PM

          I have to say that this mixed case from Mendocino has been a disappointment. I've tried 3 of the 4 so far and have not been impressed.

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            MOREKASHA Jul 18, 2013 02:55 PM

            They were very good when brewed solely in Cali. But the stuff made in NY ain't so good.

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              Jim Dorsch Jul 18, 2013 06:16 PM

              I don't think they use the same yeast in NY

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                JAB Jul 18, 2013 09:14 PM

                NY City? (salsa commercial)

                1. re: MOREKASHA
                  RB Hound Jul 19, 2013 09:51 AM

                  Perhaps, but your tastes may have changed as well.

                2. re: JAB
                  Insidious Rex Jul 19, 2013 09:31 AM

                  Honestly, I had a sampler at the brewery in Ukiah 3 or 4 years ago and I wasnt very impressed. Have always liked the hawk theme though.

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                    JAB Jul 19, 2013 10:04 AM

                    Time for a party to finish off that case and move on. LOL

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