Costco's New Kirkland Signature Craft Beers

  
Costco has distributed their own line of Kirkland Signature Craft Beers for several years.  I recently learned that Costco is giving their private label craft beer a reboot. Their new variety pack will feature Pale Ale, dry-hopped IPA, Brown Ale, and a Blonde Ale.

Depending on where you live, you'll see "New Yorker Brewing Co." from Utica, New York or "Hopfen und Malz Brewing Co." from San Jose, California listed on the label as the brewery. TTB filings shows that New Yorker is really the F.X. Matt Brewing Co. and Hopfen un Malz is actually Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. Matt brews the Saranac line of beers. I profiled a Saranac winter beer variety pack a few years ago.

The Brown and Blonde Ale appear to be new to this incarnation of the variety pack. IPA and Pale Ale are included in the current pack, but these may be different recipes. I can't say for sure. I've reached out to Costco in the past to learn more about their beers, but they have historically declined to comment.

If you see these on Costco shelves in the future, give 'em a try and let me know what you think.


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33 comments:

  1. I'm not impressed with the new Brown and Blonde ales currently included in Costco's craft beer variety case. I much prefer the German Lager and Amber Ale that are no longer included. I won't be buying any more of this new offering.

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  2. Blonde ale is terrible

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  3. Bad bad the blonde is awful,and i have 5 more to drink......4.3% sheesh ..i will try the brown next..

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  4. Ok i am now having a Brown,not to bad...but its not a Sam Adams

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  5. Should retry...the Blonde is ok, the Pale is Good the Brown is Good and the IPA is tops.

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  6. Pale Ale tastes like mold, IPA tastes like soap.... not sure how I'm going to get thru the other 22 bottles.... should have spent the extra $13 for a different brand at Costco :(

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  7. So yeah I tried the blond ale and it was OK. Then tried the pale ale and it was OK. The brown ale was next then I realized that they all have similar tastes. The color is different but there is barely a difference in taste. The sad thing is that I have 20 of these things to drink. They should have full disclosure on these beers. I honestly think they are the same beer with different color dye.

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  8. First, and perhaps most importantly, the price is right. Despite other commenters' opinions, I think the brown is quite tasty. The IPA is good, though there are certainly better ones out there (Red Hook if you're feeling cheap, Elysian if you actually want something good). The blonde is... Fine. Better than aluminum can pisswater. The pale...is bad. Not "throw it away" bad, but right up there

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  9. Where are you guys finding this stuff? Here in Florida I have not seen any Kirkland Signature beer on my Costco shelves since they discontinued the previous iteration in like...2013 or 2014

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  10. I assumed this was available in all Costco's nationwide. Local alcohol laws differ, and may prevent the sale. I'm in Oregon, and they are in all of the Costcos around here.

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  11. All I can say is "YUM" The Brown Ale so far is so delicious and now I'm trying the Blonde Ale and it has a slight floral/tropical flavor to it which I really like, it kind of reminds me of Kona Big Wave Ale but not as floral/tropical. They're both well balanced and have the right amount of bitterness to them. Personally I love brown, blonde, amber and red ales as well as a nice crisp pilsner or lager so if your taste buds are similar to mine you'll love these beers plus the price can't be beat.

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  12. Regrettably, the only Kirkland Label beer in Nashville is the Light which is 48 cans for $20. Would love to have the Ale's back.

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  13. IMHO, the Kirkland Ale variety pack, West Coast version, is superb! All 4 styles. Blonde, Brown, Pale and IPA. Betcha if anyone actually does a blind taste test against "name" brands. Kirkland will hold its own or maybe win. Highly recommend. If the label is somehow off-putting to you, I suggest you pour into a chilled mug and enjoy!!

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  14. I enjoy them all. And yes there are better beers available in this world. But as for costco these are better then the past cases imo

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  15. Just bought a case of newer Kirkland craft brewed beers. First trying India Pale Ale. I don't dislike it....however, I wouldn't go out and buy more. Solid 5 on the 1-10 scale.

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  16. I tried the Kirkland beers several years ago, and wasn't impressed. I bought a case today (I'm in Oregon), and the selections are Pale Ale, IPA, Session IPA and Summer Ale. They all kinda taste the same... average at best. Can't beat the price, but it really makes me want some Ninkasi Total Domination or a McMenamins Hammerhead Ale. I guess I'm a bit of an idiot for buying this when there are so many great local beers to choose from.

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  17. I hated all the selection. I can taste sodium in all of them. Is there sodium added to these beers?

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  18. i really like them all. In Arizona we get a summer bonus They leave out the Blond and Brown and add Sessions IPA and Summer Ale. I like the Sessions for their strong hop flavor and the Summer is ok but one of my friends really like it. I like the consistency and the fact I can get 4 ales I like in one place. I think the people who dislike Kirkland are probably Bud Light drinkers or kids.

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  19. In Nevada I also got the Sessions IPA and Summer Ale. All the beers were good, Summer being my least favorite and I thought the IPA was really good.
    I agree that the people that don't like these probably don't like Ales in general.

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  20. Do a blind taste test, all you armchair experts. All else just hot air.

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  21. Bought a case at Costco yesterday including Double Bock, Pale Ale, IPA, and Brown Ale. They're evidently contract-brewed by Gordon-Biersch in San Jose. Been drinking craft beer since about 1982, and home brewing since 1993. I'm not a Ciscero, but I know good beer. The Double Bock was pretty solid, true to style but not as sweet as German bocks. I'd give it an 8.5/10. Drinking the Brown Ale now and it's clean, malty, and crisp. It's a 7.8/10. I'm a big hop head so will be curious how the IPA fares.

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  22. I also recently picked up a case as my pipeline of home craft brewed nectar took a serious hit during the holidays....Double Bock is the best while the. Brown e is the worst...My beer is better but for $20 it's hard to go wrong.

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  23. Just tried the brown. I must say not bad at all. I did a google search to see if it was a well known brand with the Costco label on it. I guess not. It's good. I like it.

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  24. This is a great case of beer for $20. All of it is good. Might not win any awards but Jesus for $5 a 6 pack this is some very good shit.

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  25. So far so good! Started with the Brown Ale.

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  26. Worst beer I have ever tasted. Truly horrid. This is the Craft Beer pack that is supposed to look like a crate. The IPA and Pale Ale taste infected. Just awful. I would return it but I drank a couple bottles. Poured one Pale Ale down the sink. Didn't even finish it.

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  27. Hey Folks - you should say which one you have - East Coast (New Yorker) or West Coast (Hoppen und Malz). Here on the west coast the "Hoppen und Malz" is actually made by Gorden Beirch in San Jose - and it's really very good.
    The Brown Ale is nicely malty, the IPA has a hint of spice, and the Bock Beer (no Blond Ale out here...) is quite authentic. Sorry East coasters... but the Costso beer out west is a great deal for $20/case.

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  28. Just bought a case here in Kansas City and it was neither brewer you mentioned above. The label on the case says brewed by Bricks and Barley Brewing Co out of Stevens Point, WI. Putting the in the fridge to try tomorrow...

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  29. I just bought the craft beer pack in Denver, specifically because it listed a double bock as one of it's offerings. I love Spaten Optimator and Celebrator Doppelbock along with Sam Adams double bock of course. After one of those and an IPA, I have no complaints of the quality of the beer vs the cost. Researching the brewer is how I came across this list. Haven't had the pale or brown yet but so far, ok, IPA isn't my thing anyway. If they keep putting double bock in the box, I'll keep it in the roatation in the fridge.

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  30. I'm in Atlanta. Got the variety pack. Like the Pale Ale and Double Bock. IPA is on par with others I've had - good if you're into IPAs. Brown Ale is ok, not my style though. Happy customer. Great price. Another win for Costco.

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  31. I'm in Knoxville and the case I got was from Bricks and Barley Brewing Co. The PA isn't to bad, it could use a little more body. My flavor combo is the same as the above post. Will try out the other ones later, when colder. For the price, at least for right now, they seem ok.

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  32. Bought a 24 bottle case, of the Bricks and Barley labeled Kirkland Craft Brewed in Mobile Al. I like all four flavours, especially at the price of $20.00.

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  33. They are all awful. Just had some at an office party went online to find out who I can blame for these monstrosities. (I'm in Seattle.)

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