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LCBO/Vintages - Sam Adams Utopias 2011
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GregClow



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 2:06 pm    Post subject: LCBO/Vintages - Sam Adams Utopias 2011 Reply with quote

The announcement below was released today by the LCBO.

The most important bit to note is that unlike last year's lottery distribution, this year's batch will be sold on a first come first served basis.

Good luck!

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Sam Adams Utopias is back and we are pleased to provide the following update.

∑ LCBO has purchased 210 bottles (710 mL) of 2011 Utopias for customers.

∑ Like last year, it will retail for $114.95 per 710 mL bottle.

∑ Due to the extremely limited availability of this product, and to ensure all customers have an equal opportunity to purchase it, the LCBO will be offering Utopias on a first-come, first-served basis by telephone only, not in LCBO stores or online. Payment may be made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Orders will be shipped to the LCBO store of the customerís choice at no extra charge.

Order by Telephone

∑ Sam Adams Utopias will be available to purchase by telephone beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, November 18 by calling the Vintages Sales Centre at 416 365-5767, or toll free 1-800-266-4764 (Monday Ė Friday 8:30 a.m. Ė 6:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.).

∑ Again, due to the very limited availability of this product, there will be a limit of one bottle per customer. We expect this product to sell out quickly so customers are encouraged to call early.

As you know, Sam Adams Utopias is considered by some beer collectors to be the culmination of the art of brewing. The 2011 release, which the LCBO is offering, is a blend of batches, some aged as long as 16 years in bourbon, sherry and port casks. Utopias is meant to be enjoyed more in the manner of a fine sherry, brandy or Cognac.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow, the wife would kill me.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So how many people do they have working the phones? Any Oenophiles in here have experience getting limited wines this way?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kafercrazy wrote:
wow, the wife would kill me.


As would mine* (See end note below)

I can't imagine even bothering stressing myself out that much just to buy a bottle.


* End note:
My wife puts up with a lot of beer crap - (Oh you're brewing beer now, are you?)

When I "have" to stop off at Cooper St. on the Saturdays when we're leaving the city, she gets her seven year old to go in with me.

His job is to bug me so I don't spend too long in there. He's pretty hilarious, especially when he makes suggestions. Last time he wanted me to buy a six of dead guy because it was halloween...[/i]
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Ale's What Cures Ya



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JeffPorter wrote:


His job is to bug me so I don't spend too long in there. He's pretty hilarious, especially when he makes suggestions. Last time he wanted me to buy a six of dead guy because it was halloween...[/i]


Sounds like he's got a good head on his shoulders. My five year old is quite entertaining in the LCBO, sometimes I think she has more beer knowledge than most of the staff working.

210 bottles is quite a low limit. I'm going to try to get one but I'm not too optimistic.
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TheBeeraholic



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still have a bottle and a half from the auction last year. I had 12-15 people call in for the Lottery last year and luckly three of us hit. A close buddy decided to keep the third. Enjoyed what I've had of the first bottle going to try to get another one this year, would be interesting to compare the two.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Worth every penny.
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uno99



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is this a good price for this Vs. what it typically sells for in the US?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Extremely rare that any store sells it for under $120. 2x that on the internets
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ritzkiss



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a ridiculously good price comparatively but still, hard to shell out that kind of money for some people.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I was in Buffalo this past weekend, village beer merchant had a bottle, and were asking about $220 for it if I recall correctly (and it was from this years batch)
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Noobie question but how long will this brew last once opened? I noticed once that Beer Bistro sells it by the ounce...Or I think it used to? Would need more than my regular duo to finish that bottle in a sitting...
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lyndonk wrote:
Noobie question but how long will this brew last once opened?


It's as strong as a liqueur, and not carbonated at all. So as long as you get the cap on tight after each sample, it should last for quite some time.
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RayOhm



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

definitely gonna try to get one. thanks for the heads up Greg.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GregClow wrote:
lyndonk wrote:
Noobie question but how long will this brew last once opened?


It's as strong as a liqueur, and not carbonated at all. So as long as you get the cap on tight after each sample, it should last for quite some time.


Even with a tight cap, it's still gonna be subject to oxidization though. So I probably wouldn't go more than a year with an open bottle; although I have no firsthand experience with this "beer".

If you really want to keep it pristine for years you can use this stuff:
http://www.amazon.com/Wine-Enthusiast-Private-Preserve-Preservation/dp/B001AS4NCM

Just spray it in the bottle before you cap it, and the nitrogen keeps the oxygen from contacting the liquid.
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