Wednesday, November 28, 2012

National Distributing: Anyone Awake?

I like much of National Distributing's lineup; not surprising, considering they carry a majority of the craft beer big names available in Albuquerque. But I have to question why they are passing off old IPAs to the liquor stores- in this case, Oskar Blues Deviant Dale's IPA. The main competitor of Deviant Dale's in our area is naturally La Cumbre Elevated IPA. Dale's took the silver at GABF in the American Style IPA category behind the gold medal winning Elevated. Dale's come's in 16 oz., four-pack cans, as does Elevated. Two big differences, however: 1. Deviant Dale's costs up to $4.00 more depending on the store, and 2. Deviant Dale's is being delivered to stores (today, Nov. 28, as a matter of fact) with a canned on date of May 25. I don't think the Dale's will taste bad or give you rabies but I wonder if anyone at National realizes that there are savvy beer drinkers out there who will pass up the more expensive Deviant Dale's for much fresher, cheaper, and gold medal winninger beer...

4 comments:

Ratman said...

Any word on when Abyss will hit the area?

Kevin McAllister said...

I stopped carrying Deviant Dales at Kelly Liquors on Juan Tabo for that very reason along with Gubna and eventually G Knight for the same reason. too old. Great beers fresh but May is just too old. Same with Green Flash I have dropped all of their products..

M.T.B. Nate said...

Kevin,

I enjoy shopping at Kelly's on Juan Tabo - fresh beer from NM and everywhere else.

Do you have Santa Fe's Black IPA yet?

Kevin McAllister said...

Yes we do finally after the original launch that left them out of stock for over a week but we now have plenty.!