Some new information, and entertaining commentary:http://blog.bobbylikesbeer.com/2010/11/ ... d-12-pack/
This blog posting poses a question that has been on my mind for a while now: what condition is this beer going to be in by the time it is finally released? The author tasted and reviewed each of the beers 2 months ago and in this posting adds his thoughts on the likelihood of the beer surviving in the 12 packs.
Part of the posting:
"...Back in April, at an OCBA meeting at the Buckeye Beer Engine, the project was conceived and brewers picked names out of a hat to decide the collaborations. The resulting beers were formulated by those brewers and produced over the next 5 months, all targeting an October release. But the packaging was not approved by the state in time, so the October release date came and went. To add insult to injury, the OCBA did a less-than stellar job communicating the delay and folks lined up outside Heinen’s Supermarkets on October 9th, waiting for the doors to open to claim their 12 pack. Over the next month, the communication didn’t get much better, as it seemed every weekend held a promise of the release and another disappointment. There were even rumors of waiting lists at Heinen’s and a general feeling of disorganization and misinformation surrounding the project (even the hard-working Heinen’s employees I talked to said they are still confused about when the pack is coming out and what happened).
During the fiasco, we kept hearing in market-friendly speak about how “this was an extraordinary collaboration – the biggest in the world” and how the Ohio Department of Liquor Control was to blame with their slow processes and draconian rules about what gets approved and what doesn’t. But, let’s be real. Sure there were problems with the State’s unexpected rejection of the term “strong ale” and the blurb about charitable beneficiaries of the sale, but the biggest problem to overcome was time. There just wasn’t enough breathing room to assure this journey into the unknown would be a successful one. The organizers of this 12 pack, despite their good intentions, hold a share of the blame because they did not hedge their bet by having a backup plan, and, most of all, foreseeing the risk associated with such an ambitious and pioneering project. So, many of us thought we would never see the project become a reality. However, last week news broke that the long-overdue package has been approved for a release sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas (no firm release date has been set as of the publishing of this article).
As a beer fan and Ohio resident, I’m ecstatic that there is a desire to do something new, even something so ambitious it had the potential to put us on the national map overnight. However, as an advocate of beer quality over anything (I support measures like freshness dating, cold-shipping, cold storage and canning beer), I’m disappointed by the decision to go ahead and release what I consider to be a compromised product without acknowledging that the beer has suffered or making a statement to the contrary. You see, the beers for this 12 pack were formulated and produced over three months ago and, quite frankly, some of the beers in this 12 pack are past their prime. And I don’t want to buy old beer unless it’s one of the few high-alcohol styles that cellar well. Do you?..."