Discussion in 'Northwest' started by guajolote, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. guajolote

    guajolote Savant (445) Oregon Sep 12, 2008

    I figrured Boneyard could use its own discussion thread.

    Are they the best up-and-coming brewery in the NW? In the US? For my money, they're making some of the best hoppy beers out there right now. RPM, Hop Venom, Notorious and Armored Fist are (IMO) serious contenders for the top beers in their respective styles. And let's not forget Suge Knite, which is maybe one of the best--and most dangerously drinkable at 14%--imperial stouts available in the region.

    I don't know how well-known they are outside of Cascadia, but once they get the canning line going, they seem positioned to become the next Alchemist, Alpine or Kern River, with respect to the reverence paid to those breweries' hoppy beers.

    Thoughts? Rants? Raves? Let's hear 'em!
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  2. boMD

    boMD Savant (325) Oregon Feb 8, 2009

    My thoughts are: I agree.

    Hopefully their relationship with Three Floyds will get them exposure on the other side of the mountains.
  3. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,110) Washington Sep 18, 2010 Verified

    I have no opinion as I haven't had any Boneyard beers yet. Just a matter of time.

    But I will say, if they are on par with Alpine or Kern River, nothing could make me happier. I don't really care about respect or exposure east of the mountains or anything like that. I just want more fresh, world-class beer brewed and available locally.
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  4. teddyarrowhead

    teddyarrowhead Savant (415) Oregon Oct 23, 2009 Verified

    I completely agree. FYI, for any of you in PDX right now, Bailey's Taproom has Notorious on right now.
  5. spicelab

    spicelab Savant (450) Australia Nov 6, 2009

    I'd definitely say so.

    I did a West Coast tour in February (San Diego to Portland) and for hoppy beers, Boneyard beat everything in California with the exception of Alpine.

    I couldn't split Alpine and Boneyard. Equally brilliant, but quite different.

    I personally rated Hop Venom above Pliny the Younger, which I tried on the first day of the release.

    Unfortunately only got to have a 2 oz taster of Suge Knite but it was very smooth.

    Great people too, and super humble.
  6. honkduh

    honkduh Savant (325) Oregon Jun 2, 2011

    Suge Knite is great.
  7. djbreezy

    djbreezy Advocate (520) Washington Dec 16, 2008

    Hell yeah. They're awesome. Just had a growler of RPM this week. Bring on the cans asap! :D
  8. Mahlik

    Mahlik Savant (255) Oregon Aug 21, 2010

    Completely agree. RPM, Hop Venom and Notorious are all outstanding IPAs. And Suge Knite is pretty damn tasty. I can't wait until the canning line is up and running.
  9. Reidrover

    Reidrover Advocate (695) Oregon Jan 14, 2003

    Im not a huge fan..but maybe in July when i'm camping in the area maybe i can see.
    At the moment im all about Gilgamesh
  10. squaremile

    squaremile Savant (340) Oregon Aug 25, 2007

    With Shawn Kelso in transition, Hop Venom becomes the best hoppy beer in Oregon in my book. I REALLLLLLY hope they will start brewing Bone-a-Fide Pale Ale again someday too. Boneyard rules.
  11. Tall boys of RPM?

    Yes please!!!!
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  12. hopsbreath

    hopsbreath Savant (475) Oregon Aug 28, 2009

    I'm a fan. Easily the best IPA's in the state for my taste. Did a side by side with Notorious and PtY and it was virtually a draw for my taste. Notorious was a touch fuller than Younger but that was okay by me. I could understand if somebody preferred the drier Russian River TIPA, but I found it to be an improvement in the mouthfeel for a beer of that size. Don't sleep on RPM either. The day I can buy tall boys of that beer is probably the same day my neighbor's call the cops to my house for disorderly conduct. When they arrive, they'll need to wade through the black cans littering my front lawn.
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  13. RedMedicine

    RedMedicine Savant (350) Oregon Jun 3, 2005

    RPM is outstanding. Hop Venom and Notorious I think are a overrated around here, but still excellent. Nortorious side by side w/ Younger and it wasn't even close.
  14. beertunes

    beertunes Poobah (1,355) Washington Sep 24, 2007

    I'm a big fan. I visited the brewery a couple years ago, not long after they opened, and they weren't yet brewing anything hoppy. They had Bone-A-Fide, Black 13 and Girl Beer. I loved 'em all. Great folks, I'm really happy to see them doing well. Now if we could just get their brews up to Tha 'Ham a bit more consistently.
  15. RPM and Venom are great. I typically like my IPAs drier and piney-er but RPM is a great contrast. I find myself getting it more and more every time I see it on tap.
    Haven't has Suge Knite yet, but I can't wait.

    If there are any Boneyard people reading this, could you provide a ball park estimate on when the cans will be released? I am hoping they will be available before I go hunting.
  16. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,110) Washington Sep 18, 2010 Verified

    And MADhombrewer could you let us know where you plan to be hunting? I'd like to avoid the area as you'll be all hopped up on RPM and Venom and carrying a deadly weapon...;) And I'd rather keep Boneyard as a figurative term.
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  17. m4ttj0nes

    m4ttj0nes Aficionado (245) Oregon Feb 21, 2012

    If they start canning, the police are going to leave hopsbreath's house and head over to mine to arrest me next.
  18. beertunes

    beertunes Poobah (1,355) Washington Sep 24, 2007

    Please, no. Please can we have 12oz cans? If I want that much, I'll just drink 2 12s. Please all brewers, smaller formats.
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  19. hopsbreath

    hopsbreath Savant (475) Oregon Aug 28, 2009

    Hopefully the cops will let us keep our smart phones in the backseat of the squad car so we can beligerently post on BA about how RPM>PTE.
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  20. Ya ive heard the hype. I just need to try all of them. Some dude at a Pliny the Younger tasting said Notorious better than the younger. Did a side by side tasting of each. Child please. Not even close. Pliny reigns. But notarious wasnt bad though, good ipa for abv. But where in pdx can i get i get bottles?
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  21. Draft only at the moment my friend
  22. NWer

    NWer Advocate (720) Washington Mar 10, 2009 Verified

    Agreed! Even w/all the great IPA's out there and even though PtY seemed to fall off a little this year for whatever reason, PtY is still number one!
  23. m4ttj0nes

    m4ttj0nes Aficionado (245) Oregon Feb 21, 2012

    For me, it goes like this

    blind pig > rpm
    venom > elder
    notorious > younger

    After having heady topper out of the can, i'm convinced IPAs should be served in cans.
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  24. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Advocate (600) Washington Mar 9, 2008 Verified

    Instead of the endless and tiring comparisons of Boneyard IPAs to established and excellent IPAs like PtE and PtY, let us just be thankful Boneyard exists in our own backyard. We are blessed --- Boneyard Hop Venom, Black Raven Wisdom Seeker, Elysian Hubris, Fremont The Brother, etc. --- Let us not forget.
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  25. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,110) Washington Sep 18, 2010 Verified

    You just named four beers I've never had. Damn I need more free time.
  26. kevwcamp

    kevwcamp Savant (355) Washington May 13, 2010 Verified

    I'm a big fan of Wisdom Seeker. Huge. I have not been fortunate to get any bottles, but the three times I've had it on tap were all outstanding.
  27. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Advocate (600) Washington Mar 9, 2008 Verified

    How old are your kids? My oldest is 13 and will soon be 14. Our social life changed significantly for the better when he got older.
  28. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,110) Washington Sep 18, 2010 Verified

    We have a five-year-old. Enough said. Things are already a lot easier, I just picked the wrong time to get serious about beer. Then again, I think I appreciate it that much more because it's not always easy or convenient.
  29. FYI we just tapped a 1/6 barrel of the notorious at the Eastside Tavern in Olympia but I would be shocked if it makes it past the weekend.

  30. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,110) Washington Sep 18, 2010 Verified

    I agree. I'd be happy if everything was packaged in 12oz and/or 16oz cans and bottles. The 500mL bottle is the perfect size, in my opinion - although I also like the little stubby 12oz bottles (SN, Lagunitas, Founders) because they fit on the bottom shelf of my beer fridge.
  31. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Savant (465) Oregon Aug 17, 2005

    When I was in Bend a couple months ago I asked Tony about the cans, and the short answer was "not until the new brewery is complete because we can't keep up with the demand for kegs as it is." If we're lucky we'll see them by fall, but I wouldn't be surprised if they get pushed back until after the holidays.
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  32. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Washington Dec 16, 2011

    I had my first boneyard beer last night, backbone, chocolate espresso stout, I was extremely surprised, this beer was awesome, now I really want to try some of their ipas.
  33. Their IPA's dominate.
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  34. boralyl

    boralyl Savant (365) Oregon Apr 17, 2008

    I've been extremely impressed with their hoppy offerings: RPM, Armored Fist, Hop Venom, and Notorious. Right now Hop Venom is one of my favorite hoppy beers, really amazing. I also recently tried their Suge Knite and was equally impressed, couldn't taste the alcohol at all.

    I personally can't wait until they come in cans. Boneyard is doing great things and will be highly sought after in the near future (by individuals who don't have access to draft now).
  35. honkduh

    honkduh Savant (325) Oregon Jun 2, 2011

    Pine box on Capitol Hill just put Hop Venom on tap, Go!
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  36. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Washington Dec 16, 2011

    I just had two glasses of hop venom over in ballard....OUTSTANDING!!! It's honestly my new favorite DIPA, it's so damn good.
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  37. Great problem to have for a realativly new brewery to have but I can't wait till they start canning to blow some of my trading partners away with their beer.

    Patience is a virtue......
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  38. m4ttj0nes

    m4ttj0nes Aficionado (245) Oregon Feb 21, 2012

    tell me about it, going to bend and buying that shit by the truckload. after boneyard stuff hits heady topper levels in trading equity i'm going to be using it to fill my cellar to the brim.
  39. I cannot wait for Boneyard to start sending kegs to CA. While I was living in Oregon a few months ago I was lucky enough to have several RPM IPAs on tap at Bier One, in Newport. I actually prefer the style of IPA they are producing; fuller body, slightly sweeter, and rich mouthfeel. RPM, in my opinion, is better than Pliny (Dont get me wrong I really enjoy Pliny as well, but I prefer slightly sweeter and citrusy IPAs) , but that is to say I prefer those style of IPAs. I wish could of tried Notorious, Hop Venom, and Suge Knite. If Boneyard starts canning I will be putting my order in for at least a case, if not more. Boneyard is definitely awesome!
  40. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Washington Dec 16, 2011

    I loved hop venom so much last night that now I'm heading back over to the noble fir to fill my growler....I wanna try suge knight so bad.