Mid Review Post - My Latest Haul

So, basically, because this week has been hell, and my energy and focus are somewhere else. I still wanted to post something between my next review. I figured, what better than a haul post?!

So, my neighborhood Stop & Shop (or Giant, as I've discovered) has spent the last few months re-modeling to look and feel like all these new, fancy looking grocery stores, a la Wegmans or Stu Leonards or something along those lines. I suppose along with that, they decided "hey, lets start a bad ass "build-your-own" craft beer 6 pack." Cool, I can totally get down with that. And for $9.99? HELL YES PLEASE!

There is also a shelf they keep their 22oz bottles on. That's where I got my Smashed Blueberry!

Anyway, here is the haul!

I either need to get a light box, build a light box, or steal my girlfriends. What is this, amateur photo hour?

Ok, So right to left we have:

Pyramid Thunderhead IPA
Blue Point Spring Fling Ale
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon
Kona Longboard Island Lager
Goose Island Honkers Ale
City Steam Blonde on Blonde

The best part of this mixer? I have never tried a single one of these beers. I have had a City Steam, Heavy Seas and Blue Point before, but never one of these styles. I'm excited!

And last...

Now...I've had nothing but good luck with Harpoons 100 Barrel Series. And honestly, I'm not a huge fan of any of their regular flagship brews. I had read a rather disparaging review from my friends over at Beer411 and my heart sank a bit. I had actually seen this bottle a few weeks prior and opted for Stone Vertical Epic instead. After reading their review on it, I did a bit more research and they all drew the same "meh" conclusions. But....it was $5. Also, I just have to try it. I can not begin to explain, I just need to.

All in all, I am very impressed that Stop & Shop has really stepped their game up!

Thus ends my first haul post. I think I might do this more often, because while I'm not going to review every beer I drink, I think sharing what gets purchased has the potential to be fun and educational!


  1. +1 on the haul, Jake. Very cool... And nice work getting the Heavy Seas Loose Cannon. Heavy Seas has been one of my favorites for a few years now. They also have a GREAT bomber series called Mutiny Fleet. Be on the lookout for their "Great Pumpkin" in a few months.

    Another factor not talked about that much is price... $5 for the Harpoon bomber, you almost can't go wrong. If you're into IPAs, try and find Lagunitas Hop Stoopid. Usually comes in at $4, sometimes $3... solid every time I get it. Another great one for the price is Peak Organic Oak Aged Mocha Stout. Can't beat the price.

    ...And thanks for the referral!

    1. No problem man, you've been one of few whos shown me a lot of support! one of these days, our path will have to cross and we can share a beer together. Well, we can each have our own, but drink it in each others company.

      I've had the Laguintas, and it was VERY good! Especially for the price! Im going to have to start keeping a wishlist for all the beer recommendations that sound delicious.

    2. You can't go wrong with Goose Island! Their winter ale was my fav out of our 12 weeks of xmas series last year. I have been in love with their offereing laterly -

      I also agree with my co-blogger, $5 on a bomber is totally worth it. Interested to know your thoughts on it. Cheers!

    3. One of these days I'll drink it and when I do, I will give you the play by play haha