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Title: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: Flash on February 15, 2018, 07:57:47 PM
Still in disbelief from my early December trip to the Park. To my shock and disappointment, the Lodge is no longer serving Big Bend Brewing Company, in my opinion the best beer west of the Pecos. Not having a nice draft Porter or IPA to wash down my meal made the Lodge food seem, well, mediocre at best. I did not realize how much I enjoyed that aspect until it was gone. Has anyone been to the Lodge since early December who can confirm if this travesty has persisted or better still can bring good news of the falling out having since been patched up?   :beer_chug:
Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: wrangler88 on February 15, 2018, 09:25:09 PM
That's funny. When I was there a couple weekends ago I almost drove up to the Basin for that reason and that reason only.

Looks like I made the right call. Although I didn't know it at the time. I really enjoy the hefenweizen.
Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: Hang10er on February 16, 2018, 07:51:10 AM
Wow! That's terrible news.  I don't know if the beer tasted good anywhere else...it just tasted so good there!  And at the Star Light..
Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: Talusman on February 16, 2018, 12:42:38 PM
Be up  there in 5 weeks and I'll check. Hope the Starlight does not drop it!
Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: engstrombri on February 16, 2018, 12:48:39 PM
That would be surprising. When I was there the weekend before Christmas they still had 6 packs in the basin convenience store.
Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: Flash on February 16, 2018, 01:19:29 PM
That would be surprising. When I was there the weekend before Christmas they still had 6 packs in the basin convenience store.

Let me clarify. All the stores in park and the general area were still selling BBBC. When I asked the nice lady who was tending the bar, she said she didn't want to talk about it. Best I could gather, there seemed to have been a difficulty between the distributor and Forever Resorts, perhaps in getting the beer delivered in a timely manner. I say they need to work it out and get it flowing again.  :kaos-cactus06:
Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: Talusman on February 16, 2018, 02:16:54 PM
That would be surprising. When I was there the weekend before Christmas they still had 6 packs in the basin convenience store.

6 packs do not equal a keg. Tap beer is much better
Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: mule ears on February 16, 2018, 03:11:52 PM
Seems like when we were at the starlight just before Christmas they also were at least out of Big Bend brewing beer too

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Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: Flash on February 16, 2018, 03:31:10 PM
Having that Big Bend Brewing Company beer on tap in the Lodge is a big draw in my book, excuse the pun.   :icon_smile:
Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: badknees on February 16, 2018, 05:06:17 PM
The IPA was my fave......
Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: Flash on February 16, 2018, 05:18:17 PM
The IPA was my fave......
Still is for me. My souvenirs now are 6-pack from the Cottonwood!  :celebrate:
Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: Demon Deacon on February 16, 2018, 09:34:25 PM
Plenty Big Bend Brewing choices on draft at Starlight mid-January. I seriously doubt that goes away. Did not go into the lodge though, as it is perpetually underwhelming in our experience. This only reinforces that opinion.
Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: Talusman on February 17, 2018, 08:36:18 AM
Plenty Big Bend Brewing choices on draft at Starlight mid-January. I seriously doubt that goes away. Did not go into the lodge though, as it is perpetually underwhelming in our experience. This only reinforces that opinion.

Agreed, and as Flash noted, it was the ONLY reason I liked to get in there after a hard day. I could tolerate the rest with the beer. Without it, my experiences at the bar are now tapped out.
Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: Flash on March 08, 2018, 10:09:22 PM
Is the BBBC back on tap yet in the Lodge? Inquiring minds wish to know...   :icon_confused:
Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: badknees on March 10, 2018, 05:29:30 PM
Is the BBBC back on tap yet in the Lodge? Inquiring minds wish to know...   :icon_confused:

No. The bartender told me that because the beer is now being brewed in Florida and shipped to Texas, they are no longer serving it
Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: mule ears on March 10, 2018, 06:12:25 PM
Is the BBBC back on tap yet in the Lodge? Inquiring minds wish to know...   :icon_confused:

No. The bartender told me that because the beer is now being brewed in Florida and shipped to Texas, they are no longer serving it
Harsh!  Busted

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Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: nuggetf5 on March 10, 2018, 07:38:34 PM
This news makes me very unhappy.

Couple of pints at the end of an OML mid-afternoon back in late October before checking into my room was a real highlight. I love that brew they're making and it's way, way above average in my humble opinion.

Any reason a bunch of us can't lodge a formal complaint with someone in the bar management there?
Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: Flash on March 10, 2018, 08:09:20 PM
Is the BBBC back on tap yet in the Lodge? Inquiring minds wish to know...   :icon_confused:

No. The bartender told me that because the beer is now being brewed in Florida and shipped to Texas, they are no longer serving it
That does not even make sense. There must be more to the story...
Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: fartymarty on March 12, 2018, 01:07:58 PM
Is the BBBC back on tap yet in the Lodge? Inquiring minds wish to know...   :icon_confused:

No. The bartender told me that because the beer is now being brewed in Florida and shipped to Texas, they are no longer serving it
That does not even make sense. There must be more to the story...

Perhaps someone that really likes beer (not me) should contact them directly to get the answers. Their web site says nothing about Florida, just San Antonio.

http://bigbendbrewing.com/brewery#contact
Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: Homer Wilson on March 12, 2018, 01:51:25 PM
I feel ripped off. What was I drinking at their brewery in alpine??
Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: Talusman on March 12, 2018, 02:13:02 PM
Is the BBBC back on tap yet in the Lodge? Inquiring minds wish to know...   :icon_confused:

No. The bartender told me that because the beer is now being brewed in Florida and shipped to Texas, they are no longer serving it
That does not even make sense. There must be more to the story...

Perhaps someone that really likes beer (not me) should contact them directly to get the answers. Their web site says nothing about Florida, just San Antonio.

http://bigbendbrewing.com/brewery#contact

The brewery on your link is the one in Alpine. That's the only one I have ever been to, bought glasses and T shirts, and got a tour and tasting from the back. Florida? Flash is correct, that does not make sense
Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: Flash on March 12, 2018, 02:19:59 PM
Need to ask the maintenance guy or one of the cashiers at the station. They often know the scoop...

---> Sent from Flash's phone

Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: Hang10er on March 12, 2018, 03:14:59 PM
I like the Terlingua Gold.  First time I had it was at the Starlight, on tap, with the chicken fried hog steak. 

One day while back at home I was at a big box liquor store and I looked hard for Terlingua Gold and couldn't find it.   Then one time I was up in San Antonio with a friend who drinks beer and we looked for it.  Found another style that the Big Bend Brewing Company makes but not Terlingua Gold. 

A few days later a smile came across my face and I was ok with it.  I don't want to drive to the big box liquor store when I feel like a Terlingua Gold. 

I want to drive to Big Bend.
Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: Homer Wilson on March 12, 2018, 03:27:52 PM
I nominate Talusman to get to the bottom of this when he's in the park this month.  He knows his beer and has a history of pulling intel from the Lodge staff (the infamous cattail falls oath)
Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: presidio on March 12, 2018, 03:38:49 PM
I feel ripped off. What was I drinking at their brewery in alpine??

Beer.

If it tastes good, who cares where it was brewed?
Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: Talusman on March 12, 2018, 03:55:37 PM
Is the BBBC back on tap yet in the Lodge? Inquiring minds wish to know...   :icon_confused:

No. The bartender told me that because the beer is now being brewed in Florida and shipped to Texas, they are no longer serving it

I just called the Brewery in Alpine. They are still there and still brewing. Got the new tap room hours as well. Florida is a BS story.
Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: badknees on March 16, 2018, 10:18:35 PM
Is the BBBC back on tap yet in the Lodge? Inquiring minds wish to know...   :icon_confused:

No. The bartender told me that because the beer is now being brewed in Florida and shipped to Texas, they are no longer serving it

I just called the Brewery in Alpine. They are still there and still brewing. Got the new tap room hours as well. Florida is a BS story.

Haaa! Sounds like Forever resorts and BBBC got into a disagreement maybe. Probably about money.
Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: Flash on April 26, 2018, 06:06:58 PM
Best I can figure so far, the issue is with the distributor, not the brewer. Story goes (if true) the Bud distributor is the bad guy and couldn't be relied upon to make timely deliveries... so they (the Lodge that is) dumped them.

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Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: Flash on May 03, 2018, 08:53:19 PM
Oh, another tidbit I learned was the four stores and the Lodge each do their own beer ordering, so two of the stores still carry BBBC (Basin and RGV?) and the other two supposedly no longer do.

Asked a waiter at the Lodge why they no longer carried BBBC? He said, "They started brewing it in Austin, so we no longer carry it." In a friendly manner, I let him know that I wasn't buying that story, so he just shrugged and brought me my bottle of Guinness. I believe the distributor switch story, the rest seems to be smoke and mirrors to me.
Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: alan in shreveport on May 03, 2018, 09:23:53 PM
Nothing wrong with a Guiness !!
Title: Re: What? Big Bend Brewing Company no longer on tap at the Lodge?
Post by: Repoman73 on November 04, 2018, 08:12:28 AM
Anyone know what they have on tap now?  Got a trip planned next week.