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Odell Elephunk available in limited supplies
My beer rep approached me last week (I own a bar called Ben’s in Yankton) about Odell Elephunk. It’s described as Imperial Wild Ale and she told me that Yankton was only allotted twelve 12oz bottles. I was able to snag six of them and they quickly sold out to some of our beer geeks. I nabbed one of them and Elephunk didn’t disappoint.
The cost for a 12oz bottle is high… My price from the distributor was $6.88 per bottle and we sold bottles for $9.75 (includes about 70 cents of sales tax). It clocks in at 9.9% ABV with 33IBU and it’s a sour / wild ale like I haven’t tried. As my friend Perry Volden (formerly of Gandy Dancer) said, “Greatly enjoyed the beer! Don’t know that I could drink a bunch of them but this was great!” It tasted a bit more pungent and woody than most sours to me, but if you can find a bottle, grab it. As I said, we’re already sold out down here.