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Hill Farmstead Bottle releases

Discussion in 'US - New England' started by mobius387, Nov 6, 2012.

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  1. BeerCosmonaut

    BeerCosmonaut Member

    Location:
    Vermont
    Shaun tweeted that they sold 3,000 liters of beer this week during the Norma release -- that's 150l/hour or 2.5l/minute

    That essentially sounds like a line the entire time they're open.
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  2. nrs207

    nrs207 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Ah yeah, the good old days. I wish I was 21 back then. Got up there a short time after, but damn. I'd have loved that line lol.
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  3. grassrootsVT

    grassrootsVT Acolyte

    Location:
    Vermont
    Doing our best to figure out solutions... I miss those days, too. Some very cool things in the works - but can't speak quite yet...
  4. nrs207

    nrs207 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Well I can't speak for everyone else, but I'll be anxiously awaiting these "cool things." Anything to make a 16 hour round trip even more worthwhile, although both times I did it last year it was 100% worthwhile to say the least.

    And always better to figure out solutions to too much growth rather than the opposite. Got BA and RB creating a massive hype machine when the beer speaks for itself just fine already; that's what you get for always putting out a top notch product I guess?
  5. nrs207

    nrs207 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    I did see that. I'm sure some of that had to do with the Norma release, but I'm sure it's still a madhouse there now compared to last spring when I was up (was there for the VIP/harvest fest too, but that was obviously going to be packed).
  6. jomobono

    jomobono Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    If the solution is a Hill Farmstead fest in my back yard, the answer is yes.
  7. thegerm87

    thegerm87 Member

    Location:
    Connecticut
    Any word on how long Norma will last? I'm considering heading up there this coming weekend and if its there, my decision will be quite a bit easier.
  8. nrs207

    nrs207 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    I'm down for that.
  9. Malzie13

    Malzie13 Member

    It was indeed crazy up there this weekend! Waited about 25 mins (which was lucky) outside, and then about an hour and a half once we got in there. Well worth the trip.
  10. Circleo12

    Circleo12 Member

    Location:
    South Carolina
    I'm hoping that, after the lottery picks are made, we actually get to hear from Shaun how many entries there were. Any guesses?
  11. Number45forever

    Number45forever Member

    Location:
    Vermont
    I'm guessing 2500 total entries. I also bet this was like 2000 more than the fine folks at HF guessed there'd be. Going to have to be one big ass hat to fit all those entries in ;)

    Good luck to all who entered, hope we have some winners here among the faithful.

    (I also missed out on Anniversary Party tickets. Sigh. Probably have to spend that weekend playing golf and drinking Heady Topper instead. The horror.)
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  12. nrs207

    nrs207 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Sounds like a horrible weekend. And yeah, hopefully it's not mostly randos that thought, "why not? More trade bait"
  13. Franch

    Franch Member

    Location:
    New York
    may the odds be ever in y'alls favor.
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  14. tacosandbeer

    tacosandbeer Member

    Location:
    Colorado
    Collected works going from possibly 150 to 50 frees up about 100 bottles ;-)
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  15. nh2032

    nh2032 Member

    Location:
    New York
    A question for someone who's visited recently. What's the current situation with growler limits? My last visit it was 8L per person per trip through line, but I think I heard they switched to 5 growlers.
  16. cfrances33

    cfrances33 Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    You are correct. 5 x 750ml growlers per trip through line.
  17. nh2032

    nh2032 Member

    Location:
    New York
    Is it handled differently for 2Ls?
  18. cfrances33

    cfrances33 Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    Not sure... My friend filled one 2L and then four 750s in his trip through line.
  19. celfan

    celfan Member

    Location:
    Vermont
    i've seen them do several more than that even when it's crowded.

    they're just trying to weed out the people who have no problem making people spend their entire Saturday afternoons on line
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  20. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    I think the sign said something like 5 growlers of any size.
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  21. ajfa531

    ajfa531 Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
    I was able to get three 2 liter growlers, one 1 liter, and a 750. I think that means any 5 growlers.

    - Joe
  22. thegerm87

    thegerm87 Member

    Location:
    Connecticut
    Anybody have an idea if Norma is going to last until the weekend?
  23. Number45forever

    Number45forever Member

    Location:
    Vermont
    The sign says 5 growlers per person, does not specify size of the growlers. If its slow (unlikely) they'd do more. Perhaps on like a Thursday afternoon you could do more. Otherwise, 5 each.
  24. phishfoolme

    phishfoolme Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    They did 7 750s for me a few Thursdays ago. It was not too crowded though.
  25. Auror

    Auror Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Generally if the line isn't out the door they don't enforce the limit.
  26. Etan

    Etan Member

    Location:
    Wisconsin
    Just noticed that Madness and Civilization is on the horizon. Maybe people will finally start recognizing my avatar around here :D
  27. mklisz

    mklisz Member

    Location:
    New Hampshire
    From the website:

    Our First Bottle Release of the Year will include the following three releases. Stay tuned for dates. It will be on a Sunday from 12pm to 2pm. Early to Mid June... ?
      • Hill Farmstead: Elaborative #1: Tart Brown Ale brewed with Ohio Walnuts. Aged 18 months in a variety of oak barrels... in friendship with Brad at Jackie O's and Chad at Crooked Stave. 375ml. 10$

    • Flander's (style) Red: Aged in Wine and Port barrels. Collaboration with Will Meyers from Cambridge Brewing Company. Brewed in April of 2011. 375ml. 12$.

    • Spontaneously Fermented Ale. 20$ 375ml.

    Interesting that they'll be doing it on a Sunday. I would expect just bottles, no growlers, given that timeframe.
  28. Number45forever

    Number45forever Member

    Location:
    Vermont
    They all sound absolutely fantastic, and I'm a fan of the Sunday releases. Part of me hopes it is just bottles on Sunday release days, it'll be so much faster in and out. Cheers to HF, can't wait to try these beers, each with so much time put into them.
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  29. sandman3479

    sandman3479 Member

    Location:
    Connecticut
    I actually feel the same way. Love to get some growlers too, but no growlers will make the line infinately more bearable.
  30. Number45forever

    Number45forever Member

    Location:
    Vermont
    Exactly. And if they, for example, have bottles of Everett and Anna available the same day then it's really a good idea to have no growler fills. Based on their fb post today, Anna could be ready by the time of this release!

    I'm just worried that the late spring is going to delay Vera Mae so much that it isn't ready for Anniversary Party, that would be sad.
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  31. POTABLE83

    POTABLE83 Member

    Location:
    New York
    Anna could be ready by mid june? That would be amazing but would definitely be surprising. I asked that question maybe three weeks ago, and i was told that Anna will be brewed "many many weeks from now" and that it'll be ready "7 weeks after it's brewed". So obviously who knows what "many many weeks" actually is but even if that was right now, that would still be cutting it close to these bottle releases. I hope i'm wrong though!

    What did the FB message say?
  32. mklisz

    mklisz Member

    Location:
    New Hampshire
    Anna is being brewed tomorrow.
  33. POTABLE83

    POTABLE83 Member

    Location:
    New York
    Fantastic news - thanks!
  34. jomobono

    jomobono Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Anna bottles ready in mid June...
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  35. grassrootsVT

    grassrootsVT Acolyte

    Location:
    Vermont
    Vera Mae has always been brewed the day before the the Anniversary Party (which also happens to be my birthday...). Never ready until August.
    Sunday release will be when the shop is closed. Expedited. On a day when people can travel. And we can over small pours/tasters.
    Release is going to be........ May 26th. The day after the Anniversary Party. And a 3 day weekend...
    Will get to posting details later tonight or tomorrow.
  36. celfan

    celfan Member

    Location:
    Vermont
    I think the Anna/Arthur/Art/E. release was when all hell broke loose
  37. grassrootsVT

    grassrootsVT Acolyte

    Location:
    Vermont
    Offer. Not over.... man.

    Anyway - we'll update things shortly. Something like 2pm on Sunday May 26th. 3 barrel aged beers. 3 stainless beers. We will still have our festival permit from the anniversary party so... if we wanted to... we could sell glasses of beer... AND Brad from Jackie O's will be here. Which is a bonus.
  38. jomobono

    jomobono Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    I have tickets to the Anniversary Party so this pretty much sums up how I feel:
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  39. Number45forever

    Number45forever Member

    Location:
    Vermont
    Ah, thanks for the correction on Vera Mae. That beer so haunts my dreams, I was confused. Cheers!
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  40. Franch

    Franch Member

    Location:
    New York
    you should have half the number of bottles as you do anniversary tickets and stage a hunger games-style battle for spots in line on sunday.
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