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Old 12-12-2009, 07:31 PM   #1
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Default Cheap bottles at Costco, with beer inside!

I was at Costco in Austin the other day, and in the beer aisle I spotted a case of Kirkland Signature "Handcrafted Lagers and Ales". (Kirkland is Costco's store brand.) The whole case was only $18.99, so I thought, "How bad could it be?" Turns out the answer is "not bad at all!"



The box contains a six-pack each of German-style Lager, Hefeweizen, Amber Ale, and Pale Ale. All four beers are a bit malty but pretty well balanced. They're more like each other than different, though all of them are pretty good. The side of the box says "Brewed and bottled by New Yorker Brewing Co., Utica, New York."





The bottles are nice and relatively thick, with a nice lip for capping. And as you can see, it comes with four plain-white carriers, too. The way I figure it, buying a case of new brown bottles at Austin Homebrew Supply would cost me $15, with another $4 for the carriers, so I'm basically getting the beer for just the cost of an OxyClean soak.



I know this is being sold in Austin, but I have no idea about any other cities. If you pick up some in your area, let us know!

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Old 12-12-2009, 07:35 PM   #2
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Around here those beers are made by Gordon Biersch as a contract brew.

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That is pretty awesome. Although, I would laugh so hard if I opened my buddy's fridge and it was jammed with Kirkland brew...haha.

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I buy cases of Deschutes brew at our Costco and reuse the bottles. It is maybe a few bucks more than the Kirkland Signature, but it's great brew and the bottles are awesome.

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I buy cases of Deschutes brew at our Costco and reuse the bottles. It is maybe a few bucks more than the Kirkland Signature, but it's great brew and the bottles are awesome.
Yeah, Deschutes are keepers. Those and New Belgium are my workhorse bottles. And Costco sells 24's of both.
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That's about the same price as a case for new 12oz empties at the LHBS here. Not a bad find since the beer is drinkable

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I'm thinking that brewery in Utica sells their beer to be packaged under different brands. My carryout close by sells four cheap beers made by NY brewing under catchy pyramid-like names. Can't remember what their called. My LHBS sells cases of bottles for fifteen bucks. So that's a great deal if your in the market for bottles.

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Yeah, Deschutes are keepers. Those and New Belgium are my workhorse bottles. And Costco sells 24's of both.
Yep. Exactly the same for me. Although, the New Belgiums are shorter and it drives me insane when I don't group them by Deschutes/New Belgium because then I am adjusting my capper each bottle. Thankfully, I do not bottle often.
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Deschutes at CosCo? Thats awesome, I miss Deschutes so much...Cant get it here in the Mid West Damnit

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Do the labels come off easily?

If so, this sounds like quite the deal!

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