Earlier this week I was at our local BevMo collecting a few different examples of hard ciders (we’re just starting to get into those) and one of the salespeople was stocking the shelves.
“Can I help you find anything?”
“Um… Do you have any great imperial stouts?” (I love getting personal recs from people)
His eyes lit up, and with a tone akin to a child asking if Santa was bringing him the BB gun he wanted “Do you like Bourbon barrel aged stouts!?!”
My eyes lit up, and with a tone akin to a child finding out that Santa was bringing him the BB gun he wanted “Heck YES I like Bourbon barrel aged stouts!!!”
He ran into the back. I trembled with anticipation. When he returned, he informed me that they had JUST gotten them in an hour earlier, and that there were none on the shelves and that “it’s awesome.” I happily took it, finished my shopping, and got out to my car, where I looked it up on beeradvocate, where people tend to be pretentious and take beer snobbery very seriously. It’s rated a 96/100, which is pretty much unheard of. Plus, well, it’s called Velvet Merkin. Come on, that’s funny. In case you aren’t aware, a merkin is a pubic toupee.
As you may have noticed, our bottle is marked No. 001. It looks like the distribution on the beer is only a few hundred cases, so I assume it’s the case number. Their promo photo the Firestone Walker website shows a bottle with a 001 marking, but the box says 002. Who knows. Either way, since it’s so highly rated, I’d say it’s unlikely we won’t love it, and I will probably be heading back to BevMo again today to grab another couple bottles if they still have them.