Unfortunately I have not been lucky enough to see either of these in New England, but I know both beers make it out here in the bottle. I may have to check around to try and special order them both.
Five-liter mini kegs coming soon from Widmer
Oregon Brew Crew member and friend of the brewery, Robert Luehrs alerted me to this last month, and Widmer brand manager Steve Krajczynski just sent along the image of finished package and sent this:
It will start shipping from our brewery by 4/10, so it will start popping up on retail shelves by 4/20. Suggested retail price is $19.99 -$21.99. Safeway, Albertsons, and Fred Meyer have all authorized it to go into their shelf sets. Then a lot of the local independents (New Seasons, Zupans, Whole Foods, etc) are interested and have authorized it, but these will be more store by store as some store layouts can accommodate and others cannot. Best thing to do if people can not find it is ask their store to stock it.
Rogue Yellow Snow IPA 5L Mini Keg
Style and Glass: IPA; tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.2% in 5 liters estimated at 1,000,000 C
Purchased at: Bensalem Beer and Soda for $34.59
Aroma: mellow, sour, grassy. Hops come through nicely.
Visuals: The 5L can is impressive, unique, and a great way to draw beer. Fun, inventive packaging for craft brew. A bit hazy, golden to amber in color, with a long lasting white head that thins but does not disappear. Lace is phenomenal.
Taste: Very well balanced, with a malty, sweet start and a bitter hoppy finish. All the classic flavors you’d expect: pine, grapefruit, and resin. Dark malty finish is delicious. Flavor is deep, strong, and lasting.
Palate: Fresh, clean, and crisp, but lingers nicely on the front and back of the tongue. Tingles throughout the mouth.
Overall: A special treat from a great brewer. As close to the tap as I’ll have at home. I’d love to have it again, but I doubt I’ll ever see it again, after I slowly enjoy these 14 glasses. Delicious.