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Old 11-30-2009, 07:21 PM   #1
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I was in Detroit, Michigan for the holiday and was stoked to be able to pick up a variety of beers that are not readily available near me, but I was really excited to get some Great Lakes brews, specifically their Christmas Ale...

Well I found it at only one store and they only had six-packs, and it was $11.99 for a sixer! Last year I was in Cleveland the 4-6 of December and paid 13.99 for a 12 pack! One year pricing difference, store gouging, or simply a supply/demand thing being further from "the source"?

Nevertheless, I passed... it is a good beer, but I was on a tight beer budget, and couldn't justify $12 for a six pack when there were other beers I wanted to try that I have never had...

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Old 11-30-2009, 07:24 PM   #2
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I live in ohio and have never seen 12 packs of xmas ale. I believe that 6 packs were 10.99 when I saw last.

 
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Old 11-30-2009, 07:32 PM   #3
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I had this at Chili's the other night with dinner. And much like their other stuff I found this a shallow attempt at a craft beer.

 
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Old 11-30-2009, 07:34 PM   #5
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Considering many 4 packs cost $10, that doesn't seem outrageous.
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Old 11-30-2009, 08:08 PM   #6
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I had this at Chili's the other night with dinner. And much like their other stuff I found this a shallow attempt at a craft beer.
I'm curious as to why you think their beers are shallow attempts?

In my opinion Great Lakes makes outstanding, balanced beers. None of their beers are ever going to kick you in the teeth with over the top flavor, nor do they want them to.
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Old 12-01-2009, 02:12 AM   #7
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Great Lakes makes fantastic beers. But I don't think I'd pay that for a spiced beer. They were around $10.99 for a sixer up in Chicago if I remember correctly.

 
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Old 12-01-2009, 03:06 AM   #8
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The Ale Asylum, a local micro brewery in Madison WI has a Satisfaction Jackson brew. A Double IPA, loaded with centennials.

Ale Asylum brewmaster Dean Coffey made about 400 cases of this beer, and it just hit local store shelves. Coffey's recipe calls for so much malt and hops that when he was brewing the beer he found himself on top of the brewkettle -- 13 feet up -- actually forcing the lid shut on the manway with all his weight as the hops expanded in the hot liquid. "There's a mountain of ingredients, truly a double batch, because we could only brew a half-kettle at a time," he says. All of that makes a beer with an 8.2% ABV. It sells for about $15 per six-pack.

http://www.thedailypage.com/daily/ar...d=986939810988

I picked up a six pack after having a few taps at their pub. I think its better at the tap, than the bottle. Its an awesome brew, but, at $15.99 a sixer, I'll take 2 sixers of Bells two hearted ale instead.
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Old 12-01-2009, 03:11 AM   #9
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I had this at Chili's the other night with dinner. And much like their other stuff I found this a shallow attempt at a craft beer.
Must be a Bud lite guy...lol Great Lakes make some really great beers. Why do you think that?
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Old 12-01-2009, 03:15 AM   #10
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I also agree that Great Lakes has a very solid line of beers. Though I am not a fan of the Christmas Ale like many people are. But, then again, I don't think I like a christmas spiced beers. So I am not one to judge the Christmas Ale.

 
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