Blasphomet wrote:Collective Arts used to be a staple in my fridge, but for whatever reason these past many months, I feel their quality is really slipping while the prices are rising. I buy much, much less CA product now.
I think I'd rather drink a fresh Clutch than any CA IPA these days.
Ditto for the most part. It's a shame I can't find Clutch that's super fresh at the LCBO though; or at least as fresh as GLB stuff. I also don't think I've ever seen Clutch refrigerated either. Still a great beer though. If only Air Ride was available at the LCBO too!
Collective seems to be a little all-over-the-map lately. IPA number 6 was gross. IPA number 7 was unimpressive and the dollar price hike was not ideal. I don't think it's a stretch to think it hasn't exactly been flying off the shelf. There's simply too many better IPA options for over a dollar less.
From what I can glean from Collective's web presence lately, seems like they're really starting to really branch out. They've been bringing their stuff across the border a lot more lately. Perhaps with all the expansion (not to mention all the cultural stuff they're involved with - music, festivals, et all) they're losing a bit of perspective. Hope this is a bump in the road and they figure it out.
On the bright side, GLB is still knocking it out of the park. Rainhart has released a couple of their great beers in can form. Same with Left Field. Fairweather is arguably already making better beer than CA, and Nicklebrook is doing great stuff lately. I'm in love with the Lost in Orbit session IPA.
This is still the best time ever to be a craft beer drinker in Ontario.