ACBF Standout Beers

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  1. Robtobfest

    Robtobfest Disciple (367) Oct 21, 2009 Connecticut
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    Anyone who attended session 1 have any standouts?
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  2. jbart

    jbart Initiate (179) Oct 2, 2004 Massachusetts

    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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  3. dental

    dental Disciple (367) Apr 2, 2014 Massachusetts
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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

    SenorHops Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2010 Rhode Island

    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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  5. BRYeleJR

    BRYeleJR Aspirant (299) May 18, 2013 Massachusetts
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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

    Robtobfest Disciple (367) Oct 21, 2009 Connecticut
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    One that surprised me was Zero Gravity Conehead. Awesome ipa 100% Citra hopped.
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  7. rjp217

    rjp217 Meyvn (1,165) Apr 24, 2012 Massachusetts
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    From what I remember :wink: ........

    - 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
  8. followerofmen

    followerofmen Initiate (150) Sep 9, 2012 Massachusetts
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    The Night Shift/ NoDa Stop, Collaborate and Glisten was OUTRAGEOUS.
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  9. JrGtr

    JrGtr Devotee (407) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    IMO everything from Hidden Cove was off the charts. IMO they were the best brewery of the Fest.
  10. BigOldOaf

    BigOldOaf Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2011 Massachusetts

    High Horse The Business and the barrel aged version
    Night Shift Ever Weisse
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  11. SenorHops

    SenorHops Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2010 Rhode Island

    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!
  12. Robtobfest

    Robtobfest Disciple (367) Oct 21, 2009 Connecticut
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    Dark Horse was and always is awesome! All the beers were great and super cool people as well.
  13. LukeBarr

    LukeBarr Initiate (0) Jun 12, 2012 New York

    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
  14. richloma

    richloma Aspirant (230) Jul 2, 2013 California
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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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  15. bccrosley

    bccrosley Disciple (369) Oct 8, 2012 Connecticut

    Double Dry Hopped Fort Point by Trillium knocked my fucking socks beer of the night at session 3.
    Others (no particular order except maybe YAHRG being 1a to DDH FP's 1...)
    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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  16. MLaVioletteJr

    MLaVioletteJr Initiate (0) Jun 12, 2013 Massachusetts

    I got three Hop Drop n Roll, next level IPA.
  17. asaharyev

    asaharyev Initiate (0) Dec 25, 2008 Massachusetts

    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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  18. BradenMK

    BradenMK Disciple (321) Sep 24, 2012 Alaska

    Oyster IPA, huh? Absolutely bonkers.
  19. jbertsch

    jbertsch Meyvn (1,110) Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts

    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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  20. SenorHops

    SenorHops Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2010 Rhode Island

    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.
  21. Burkey145

    Burkey145 Initiate (31) May 12, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I was on the lookout for a Great Berliner Weisse and found Ithaca's Cruiser outstanding. Also, Loved their Gozer
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  22. msween21

    msween21 Aspirant (235) Jan 2, 2013 Massachusetts
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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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  23. cigarchitect

    cigarchitect Initiate (0) May 12, 2010 Massachusetts

    Grimm Double Negative. Lawsons Peril. Grimm Double Negative... and Grimm Double Negative.
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  24. meb3476

    meb3476 Initiate (192) Apr 1, 2013 Massachusetts
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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.
  25. asparkoflife

    asparkoflife Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2011 Massachusetts
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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
  26. koflaherty

    koflaherty Initiate (194) Nov 11, 2009 New Jersey
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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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  27. beergrrl

    beergrrl Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2003 New Hampshire

    Gneiss is more than nice!
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  28. kdog630

    kdog630 Aspirant (219) Mar 25, 2004 Illinois

    Enjoyed Trillium Nettle. Great aroma. Got there early, so I didn't have to wait in line for it either!
  29. kdog630

    kdog630 Aspirant (219) Mar 25, 2004 Illinois

    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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  30. BeerBeforeBeer

    BeerBeforeBeer Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2014

    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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  31. Lupulin22

    Lupulin22 Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2014 Massachusetts

    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
  32. Robtobfest

    Robtobfest Disciple (367) Oct 21, 2009 Connecticut
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    There was an ipa brewed with thyme that was awesome! Crop brewing maybe???
  33. Gouldsby

    Gouldsby Initiate (0) May 18, 2005 Ohio

    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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  34. Texasfan549

    Texasfan549 Poo-Bah (2,416) Feb 26, 2011 Texas
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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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  35. redbravo

    redbravo Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2010 Massachusetts

    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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  36. duchessedubourg

    duchessedubourg Aspirant (239) Nov 2, 2007 Vermont
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    Nope. (I poured for them. Fairly classic IPA, ingredients-wise.)
  37. asaharyev

    asaharyev Initiate (0) Dec 25, 2008 Massachusetts

    Gneiss - Obsius is the droid you're looking for.
  38. beergrrl

    beergrrl Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2003 New Hampshire

  39. robNSB

    robNSB Initiate (190) Oct 6, 2009 Massachusetts
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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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  40. Yellolab2010

    Yellolab2010 Defender (644) Jan 25, 2014 Pennsylvania
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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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