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EBF 2014's biggest sleeper?

Discussion in 'BeerAdvocate Fests' started by BCarder, Mar 23, 2014.

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  1. In my opinion, the 4 beers offered by Raleigh's Trophy Brewing. Not only were they all fantastic, they were excellent people to chat with and the line was never long.

    In your opinion, what was your sleeper(s)?
  2. rjp217

    rjp217 Champion (930) Massachusetts Apr 24, 2012 Verified

    For me it was Revolution and specifically, Straight Jacket. That's one badass BW
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  3. jlordi12

    jlordi12 Advocate (560) Massachusetts Jun 8, 2011 Verified

    cask sojo was incredible
  4. MattVC

    MattVC Aficionado (135) Massachusetts Aug 21, 2012 Verified

    I really liked 4 Hands' Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout.
  5. tobelerone

    tobelerone Champion (985) New Jersey Dec 1, 2010 Verified

    Incredible indeed, loved that one.
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  6. BostonPhilly

    BostonPhilly Savant (390) Massachusetts Apr 11, 2012 Verified

    Roxy's grilled cheese, jk. Throwback had one hell of a Jalapeño Pilsner if that's your type of thing.
    Aaron58, tkdchampxi and jtdolla911 like this.
  7. Where the Wild Things Macerate Raspberries.
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  8. huddyball

    huddyball Advocate (615) New Hampshire Apr 3, 2013 Verified

    Two stand out: Funky Buddha French Toast and Cascade Figaro.

    French toast was like cinnamon fresh toast in a glass and Figaro was a fantastic sour.
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  9. HighLowJack

    HighLowJack Advocate (525) Massachusetts Jun 5, 2013 Verified

    not sure how sleeper is defined. I'll say that on "line length" compared to "beer quality" Cascade was my winner, pretty easily
  10. NuclearRich

    NuclearRich Savant (415) Connecticut Apr 10, 2009 Verified

    Captain lawrence. Rosso e Marrone is awesome, and their new "triple ipa" seeking alpha was really nice.
    UncleJimbo likes this.
  11. papat444

    papat444 Poobah (1,530) Quebec (Canada) Dec 28, 2006 Verified

    Loved Due South Orange Maple caramel, carton killed it, Loved their imperial pumpkin
  12. catboy

    catboy Aficionado (175) Virginia Jul 15, 2012

    I'll second Carton Brewing. Regular Coffee was awesome.
    leaversuch, Zimm, SadMachine and 6 others like this.
  13. TonyVT

    TonyVT Aficionado (155) Vermont Sep 15, 2012

    My favorite was Carton's Regular Coffee.
    leaversuch, Zimm, SadMachine and 2 others like this.
  14. dcisco44

    dcisco44 Savant (360) Massachusetts Sep 22, 2013 Verified

    Everything by Crooked Stave. Apparently they ran out of beer in the first 15 minutes Friday evening so I'm still waiting to try them. If you detect notes of sarcasm and disdain you're getting my point.
  15. While I loved regular coffee, I think Cartons boat beer was fantastic. I could drink that everyday for the rest of my life
  16. RandomBattle

    RandomBattle Savant (310) New York Jun 25, 2010 Verified

    Regular coffee. Probably drank that more then anything else there.
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  17. JrGtr

    JrGtr Savant (450) Massachusetts Apr 13, 2006 Verified

    Hear hear... proof that extreme doesn';t have to be double digit ABV or everything but the kitchen sink in there.
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  18. fossage78

    fossage78 Savant (495) Massachusetts Sep 9, 2012 Verified

    While I had my list going in advance and was able to accomplish most of them, my biggest surprise of the night (much like everyone else's was Regular Coffee). I even broke my rule of going up for seconds. What took me the most by surprise was that it wasn't the typical dark color that every other coffee beer had. My buddy and I also thought Dinos'mores was pretty good too. I almost missed out as it was hard to find the Off Color booth
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  19. papat444

    papat444 Poobah (1,530) Quebec (Canada) Dec 28, 2006 Verified

    Same here on the regular coffee, did a double take at the color. Also, I knew where Off Color was but failed to go in time :(
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  20. I thought Hardywood Park's Bourbon Gingerbread Stout was damn good
  21. barroomhero1977

    barroomhero1977 Savant (310) Rhode Island Nov 2, 2010 Verified

    My sleeper was the Coconut Bay Breeze by Due South. Nose on it was nothing special, but the taste.... oh the taste! What an amazing beer that would be fantastic to drink all summer long.
    BCarder, codasnap52 and Auror like this.
  22. Thought Half Acre beers were solid! Never heard of them before, also the Bourbon root beer float from Dark Horse rocked!
  23. Robtobfest

    Robtobfest Savant (465) Connecticut Oct 21, 2009 Verified

    Kane night to end all dawns
    Tree House double shot
    due south orange maple
    Due south coconut bay breeze
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  24. tkdchampxi

    tkdchampxi Champion (825) New Jersey Oct 19, 2010 Verified

    Hard to say because sleeper is tough to define.

    Funky Buddha doesn't count as a sleeper, but their Maple Bacon was truly excellent.

    As a Jersey guy, I knew Carton would be great, but I'm happy to hear the consensus on it (Regular Coffee especially)

    Kane Sea Change was also a fantastic session ale, and loved the wine barrel quad

    I loved everything from Tree House (how good was Double Shot)

    Never heard of Due South before, but I loved their Peppermint Paddy and the fiancee loved the Maple Orange

    And then Sixpoint... @Sixpoint do you guys make anything that's bad? 3Beans is as perfect an imperial stout as I can imagine. Glad I have a 4-pk in the cellar.

    Other shout-outs include:
    Against the Grain, Brett the Hitman Hop
    Half Acre, everything
    Night Shift, Viva Habanera
    Throwback, Spicy Bohemian
    Trophy, Wine Spektator
    Toppling Goliath (probably not a sleeper)
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  25. cestlavie

    cestlavie Advocate (525) New York Oct 27, 2011

    Due South- Maple Orange Imperial Caramel Cream Ale
    Two Roads- Urban Funk and Crazy Pucker
    Funky Buddha- Veruca
    Tree House- Double Shot
    Harpoon- UNCLE FESTER!!
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  26. dar482

    dar482 Champion (780) New York Mar 9, 2007 Verified

    I'll say it now, Toppling Goliath was a sleeper for Session C.

    Funky Buddha at times had 100~ people waiting on line. Tree House for some reason was lined up the whole night, whereas TG did not have a line for large portions of the night.

    Went back for multiple helpings of their beer with no wait. Very confused.
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  27. MenardMa

    MenardMa Savant (490) Connecticut Feb 6, 2011 Verified

    Anyone else try that porter with pig parts? That...that was somethin'.
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  28. facesnorth

    facesnorth Advocate (545) Pennsylvania May 4, 2009 Verified

    Veruca? That was getting poured at EBF? Aw man that's reason enough right there to regret not going.....
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  29. Half Acre edged out several runner-ups for me (most notably TG). Someone at that brewery must've sold their soul.
  30. Tschnab

    Tschnab Savant (420) New York Aug 21, 2010

    I was really surprised by the NERAX Jacks Abby Glazed Over and Blue Point Mosaic.
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  31. papat444

    papat444 Poobah (1,530) Quebec (Canada) Dec 28, 2006 Verified

    Yes, forgot about the Glazed Over, man was that good!
  32. MyIronLung

    MyIronLung Savant (265) Massachusetts Oct 28, 2011 Verified

    I thought the Uncured Pepperoni sticks at Vermont Smoke and Cure was the sleeper of session B for me.
  33. spicoli00

    spicoli00 Champion (770) Indiana Jul 6, 2005

    Revolution has been turning out some excellent barrel aged beers since they started doing them a few years back. Their other beers aren't too bad either;)

    Half Acre is one of the things I miss most about moving from Chicago:( i would highly recommend trading for their beers.
  34. rjp217

    rjp217 Champion (930) Massachusetts Apr 24, 2012 Verified

    The "sleeper" term is a bit tough to answer at a fest this awesome but for me I wasn't too familiar with Revolution. Now I am :)
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  35. SebD

    SebD Advocate (740) Ontario (Canada) Nov 24, 2010 Verified

    Cascade had some awesome Sours, definitely the highlight for me.
  36. SadMachine

    SadMachine Champion (765) New Jersey Mar 14, 2011 Verified

    While it wasn't a sleeper for me because I had sampled it before, Kane's A Night To End All Dawns Vanilla Bean was straight up one of the best beers at the festival! I can't wait for the bottles of this and the Coffee variant to be released (which will be very soon)!
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  37. ChrisMQ

    ChrisMQ Savant (330) New York Jun 30, 2010 Verified

    Allagash Avance' was fantastic---the strawberries were very well pronounced
  38. I had not heard of Hardywood before and their whole lineup was top notch. The Bourbon Gingerbread Stout was delicious. I also enjoyed the Gin Barrel Aged Pony Pilsner from Half Acre.
  39. tkdchampxi

    tkdchampxi Champion (825) New Jersey Oct 19, 2010 Verified

  40. jiggad369

    jiggad369 Savant (300) New Jersey Aug 11, 2011 Verified

    French Toast...oh lord.
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