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ACBF Standout Beers

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  1. Robtobfest

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    Anyone who attended session 1 have any standouts?
     
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    So many great beers! Lawsons, Treehouse, and Trillium all brought great stuff, but I opted not to wait in those lines. The Night Shift/NoDa was my fave of the night. Other standouts in alpha order: Aeronaut, Ballast Point Indra Kunindra, Cambridge Brewing Company Olmstead's Folly, Crazy Mountain Lava Lake Wit, Enlightenment (everything), Grimm Double Negative and With Love From Grimm, Hidden Cove Jali Apricot Jalapeno, High Horse (everything), Ithaca Cayuga Cruiser Berliner and CranBretty, Jack's Abby Cherry Berliner Braun, and Stone Reason Be Damned/Passion Project.
     
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    i thought everyone brought their A-game. so many great beers, so little time. i didnt get to try everything i wanted to but everything i had was excellent. i thought harpoon's sour porter was really unique, and to think...i was initially going to skip that table haha. that night shift viva habanera is really awesome. rye beer + chiles=love. i was in line for NoDa at the end of the night but they closed shop right before i was at the table. not sure if they ran out or just wanted to get out of there. can't wait for next year's festival!
     
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  4. SenorHops

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    Maine Beer Co. Dinner stole the show for me. Other standouts for me was Newburgh's Hop Drop, Enlightenment Ales Song if Myself Pale Ale and DC Brau's Wings of Armageddon. Most unique/exteme beers, Habanero Sculpin and Daughter of Poseidon, a collaboration brew from DC Brau and Baxter Brewing which is a black ale brewed with oysters.
     
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    Agree with @SenorHops, I thought MBC's Dinner was the best of the bunch. Kicked less than a minute after I got it, probably about 2:10 p.m., but was glad they had it -- especially after thinking we were just getting in a long line for Lunch!

    Yarrrggghhh! was the other star of the show for me. Just a fantastic beer, and a great collaboration with Lawson's and Tree House Brewing. Did remind me slightly of HT, but that's probably a lazy comparison (it was a long day). Had never had Julius either, and that one didn't disappoint. I'll have to make a trip to Monson too.

    Was able to try Trillium's DDHFPPA and Mettle with friends earlier in the day, so didn't feel the need to stop by that table, but those beers are really great. A big fan of the hoppy beers from Wormtown, but was surprised how much I liked the Kola Nut Brown -- lots of nutmeg, would be a great "Christmas" beer. Wasn't going to stop at Rising Tide, but glad I did -- tried the Maine Island Trail Ale and was pleasantly surprised. Bineary from Banded Horn stood out for me too as a good DIPA.
     
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  6. Robtobfest

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    One that surprised me was Zero Gravity Conehead. Awesome ipa 100% Citra hopped.
     
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    From what I remember ;) ........

    - Newburgh Hop Drop
    - NODA Hop, Drop, Roll
    - Treehouse/Lawsons YAHHHRRRGGG
    - Lawons Peril, Spring Session
    - Lagunitas Waldo
    - Jacks Abby BA Cherry Berliner
    - Foundation Blaze
    - DC Brau OTWOA
    - Banded Horn Bineary, The Mountain
     
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    The Night Shift/ NoDa Stop, Collaborate and Glisten was OUTRAGEOUS.
     
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    IMO everything from Hidden Cove was off the charts. IMO they were the best brewery of the Fest.
     
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    High Horse The Business and the barrel aged version
    Night Shift Ever Weisse
     
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    Agreed! I also thought Hop, Drop and Roll, Waldo and YAAAHHHRRRGGG were great beers. Sadly there were so many I wanted to try but didn't have a chance to. Talk about a smashed palate!
     
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    Dark Horse was and always is awesome! All the beers were great and super cool people as well.
     
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    Yes, sir. My standouts from the 35 I tried as far as I can remember (more or less in order of awesomeness) were:

    -Cisco Cranberry Woods
    -Relic Kiwi Brett IPA
    -Bog Iron Brewing "Stung"
    -Relic Earl Grey and Lemon Saison
    -Enlightenment Song of Myself
    -Zero Gravity Organic Saison
    -Combination of Founders: All Day IPA + Rübæus
    -North Coast La Merle
    -Dogfish Head Birra Etrusca
     
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    High Horse Business & BA Business - good god were they a surprise! Treehouse double shot - holy hell I missed this at the brewery & it was IMO the best beer I had at ACBF. Great guys too - Dean was greeting people in line & it was just a good experience. Well done!
    New Holland was another standout for me. Looking forward to next year
     
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    Double Dry Hopped Fort Point by Trillium knocked my fucking socks off...best beer of the night at session 3.
    Others (no particular order except maybe YAHRG being 1a to DDH FP's 1...)
    YAHRG
    Night Shift/NoDa collab sour (can't remember name)
    Big Elm Fat Boy
    Baxter/DC Brau Daughters of Poseidon
    NoDa Hop Drop n Roll
     
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    I got three Hop Drop n Roll, next level IPA.
     
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    The stuff from Gneiss was surprisingly great. I have to agree with the Oyster IPA from Baxter/DC Brau, too. And the Habanero Sculpin.
     
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    Oyster IPA, huh? Absolutely bonkers.
     
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    My highlights were similar to other common mentions here, with the addition of Enlightenment’s Rite of Spring. Seriously great saison with brett. I’ll be looking for it in stores.
     
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    I would have thought the oyster thing would have been awful, but it somehow worked. It was more of a subtle salt brine note than an oyster assault on the palate. Well done.
     
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    I was on the lookout for a Great Berliner Weisse and found Ithaca's Cruiser outstanding. Also, Loved their Gozer
     
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    Trillium Double Dry Hopped Fort Point Pale was amazing. Favorite beer of the event
    Tree House Julius was a close 2nd
    Other standouts were Yahrg, Lawson's Peril, and Lagunitas Waldo's Special
     
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    Grimm Double Negative. Lawsons Peril. Grimm Double Negative... and Grimm Double Negative.
     
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    Treehouse's Double Shot was ridiculous! Lawson's Fayston Maple Stout and Duck-Rabbit's Milk Stout were 2 of my favorites as well.
     
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    for me:

    NoDa - Hop Drop n Roll
    Night Shift/NoDa - Stop, Collaborate, and Glisten
    Trillium - Lineage Rye
    Gneiss - Stout(name is skipping me)
    Stone - Passion Project
    Enlightenment - Garrison
    DC Brau/Baxter - Daughters of Poseidon
    DC Brau - Maple Syrup BA NATAS
    Banded Horn - Bineary
    Rhinegeist - Truth
    Jack's Abby - Cherre BA Berliner Braun
    Ithaca - Cayuga Cruiser
     
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    I tried to check out some new to me breweries and so had mixed results - some were great finds and some didn't do it for me across the board. Some of my highlights:

    Treehouse - YAAAHHHRRRGGG and Coffee Shot in particular
    Schilling - I really liked these guys and their Pater in particular was a well made lower alcohol Belgian style (their other beers were good as well)
    Rhinegeist - Truth. I didn't try the others but they seemed like a good outfit
    Highhorse - Business and BA Business were great and their Satisfaction was solid
    DC Brau - especially NATAS and OTWOA

    Honorable mention to Victory's Dirtwolf which I had to 'calibrate my palate' and it reminded me just how great this beer was.
     
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    Gneiss is more than nice!
     
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    Enjoyed Trillium Nettle. Great aroma. Got there early, so I didn't have to wait in line for it either!
     
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    Enjoyed Mettle from Trillium. Nice aroma and balance. Got their early, so I didn't have to stand in line either!
     
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    Jack's Abby Lager...the Humboldt Nectar..Lost Nation Gose and Rustic....Wormtown Be Hoppy..... Highlights for me. So much variety and chances to try different flavors. Love that.
     
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    No real surprises with my top three:
    1) YAAHHRRRGGG!! IPA from Tree House for me was even better than Julius
    2) Mettle DIPA from Trillium
    3) Lawson's Peril

    Really enjoyed Pioneer Brewing's Pioneer Path of the Unknown too, they called it a double brown ale. Good browns seem underrepresented at these things
     
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    There was an ipa brewed with thyme that was awesome! Crop brewing maybe???
     
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    Very much enjoyed catching up with Boston & New England breweries that I can't get my hands on in Ohio. I really liked Trillium (their saison & double dry hopped pale), Night Shift (Edel Weisse was tart and delicious and their habanero beer was spicy but tasty), Treehouse & NoDA, none of which I had tried before. Maine Beer Co & Simmer Down from Sebago were two other enjoyable brews. Such a great fest.
     
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    I thought Tennessee Tats from Wormtown was fantastic!!! Not the absolute best of the bunch, but up there for me.
     
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    I agree with a lot of the posts so far, but one that hasn't been mentioned is Finback's Starchild sour. Glad I got to try that right before the first session ended.
     
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    Nope. (I poured for them. Fairly classic IPA, ingredients-wise.)
     
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    Gneiss - Obsius is the droid you're looking for.
     
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    Awesome to hear that our NoDa Collab was amonst the favorites at the fest!

    We are releasing bottles of the beer next week and will be pouring it on draft as well! Details below:

    Taproom Launch: "Stop, Collaborate, and Glisten"
    Thursday, June 12th: tapping @ 3pm, bottles @ 5pm

    Releasing bottles ($20 each, limit 2/person) and tapping our collaboration with NC's NoDa Brewing, "Stop, Collaborate, and Glisten." A sparkling golden ale fermented in wine barrels with Sauvignon Blanc grape must and a blend of wild yeast strains, this collab debuted at the ACBF last weekend. Try it again or for the first time next Thursday! Bottle count: 500
     
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    Awesome beers all over hate to pick a few but #5 Julius #4 mettle #3 be hoppy #2 hop drop n roll #1 PERIL! With that said I thought Idletyme from crop bistro was awesome for the six man award!
     
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