Alan Sprints retires, Hair of the Dog closing

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  1. DefenCorps

    DefenCorps Poo-Bah (6,367) Jan 18, 2007 Oregon
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    I'm not aware and I wish I wasn't because my liver can't take this much punishment. Is this the new /final batch?
     
  2. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,357) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    I don't know. Could be. Do you want to take that kind of chance? Just saying ...
     
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  3. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,357) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Trying a glass at tasting room now. Tasty as always, though I'm puzzled that even the draft version is still. This beer often has a very low level of carbonation, but this has none whatsoever. Odd.
     
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  4. blackcloud

    blackcloud Disciple (372) Apr 28, 2012 Alaska
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    has anyone heard a more definitive closing date? trying to decide on plans for comign down for one last go
     
  5. jbakajust1

    jbakajust1 Crusader (777) Aug 25, 2009 Oregon

    Is anyone else counting down to this weekend... or is it just me...

    any word on a taplist, beers to expect, etc? I've never been to a Fred Fest, so I have no clue what to expect.
     
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  6. shelby415

    shelby415 Meyvn (1,157) Oct 10, 2011 Oregon
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    There's a post on their Instagram. No draft list but they mention some guest breweries. Floodland, Holy Mountain, Moonlight, Side Project, & Moksa stand out as the only ones not readily available in PDX.
     
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  7. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,357) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Sounds Like it's going to be a bit different this year. In the past, you paid a flat fee, which paid for all the food and certain fest beers you wanted. Sounds like it's going to be a la carte this year. You pay as you go.

    I'm thinking I'll likely get there around 2:30 this Friday.
     
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  8. jbakajust1

    jbakajust1 Crusader (777) Aug 25, 2009 Oregon

    Wife and I will be there Saturday morning. Hoping to leave Eug in time to get there at opening. Stay overnight, and hit it again in the morning Sunday.
     
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  9. drewone

    drewone Poo-Bah (1,605) Sep 18, 2006 California
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    In the past did they also have the ‘normal’ amount of HOTD beers on tap during Fred Fest or is the selection reduced because of the guest beers?
     
  10. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,357) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    It was reduced. They had a few still on tap, but not the full compliment.

    The last Fredfest I went to, they had some special beers in the back cellar area you could try, a number of kegs in a covered area out on the street, and then various offerings on tap in the bar area. You could also still order available HOTD bottles as well.

    However, I have no idea what the format is going to be like this year. It sounds as if it's going to very different this year.
     
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  11. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,816) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    If anybody is interested in hearing Alan talking about his exit options with Hair of the Dog before making his announcement to close, give a listen to him on the Drink Beer Think Beer podcast from back in November. It's worth a listen. Jump to 38 minutes in for the relevant discussion.

    https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1248...8629/episode/ep-109-alan-sprints-of-88783388/

    @jesskidden
     
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  12. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Crusader (747) Mar 19, 2012 California

    Thanks for posting! Interesting to hear the various options. It's doesn't seem like "closing" necessarily means forever. It seems like that he is open to options moving foward which could include the brand being brewed by another brewery or full buyout. He noted that Hair of the Dog is a niche brewery and doesn't have the volume or capacity to really grab of the interest of someone who wants to expand. The interviewed joked about Ken Grossman buying them (which would be my dream). Lastly, he originally thought of passing on to his kids, but noted that they have their own lives and brewing has become more challenging in the past.

    It doesn't look like that I can make it up this summer. Labor Day weekend may be the earliest. So, hopefully, he will drag out the decision longer and I can make it up this year. Otherwise, I will have to settle for buying some bottles.
     
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  13. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,816) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    I took it that he was open to options... in the past. Keep in mind that the interview predates the closure announcement.
     
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  14. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Crusader (747) Mar 19, 2012 California

    Missed the interview timeframe. Thanks for the clarification.

    Listening to the first part of the interview. Loved the story of him selling his beer in supermarkets in Oregon when it was legal. Talked about pairing with chocolate and how kids would grab the chocolate.
     
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  15. DefenCorps

    DefenCorps Poo-Bah (6,367) Jan 18, 2007 Oregon
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    It's been a while since I've not noticed the sun setting. This Fred fest is going to be one of those times.
     
  16. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,201) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Has anything been said at FredFest about when they’ll be closing the taproom for good? I’ll be down in Portland in a few weeks for the Neko Case/Indigo Girls concert and wouldn’t mind paying my last respects.
     
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  17. jbakajust1

    jbakajust1 Crusader (777) Aug 25, 2009 Oregon

    I overheard Alan say something to another attendee about closing on the 30th. I assume that is June 30th as I heard something something end of the month. He also tried to sell me his dry hopper.
     
  18. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,357) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Wendy told me the same thing. She expects Alan to close the tasting room the end of June
     
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  19. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Meyvn (1,408) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    Make sure he signs it.
     
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  20. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,201) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Thanks guys. I’ll be in Portland the weekend of June 18th so getting in just under the gun.
     
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  21. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,357) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    If you're there on Sunday, perhaps we can meet up for a beer.

    There's no telling what Alan may put on tap the last couple of weekends. Somehow I expect he's going to go out with a bang, rather than with a whimper.
     
  22. Reidrover

    Reidrover Poo-Bah (4,835) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon
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    Just seems so shocking that all these wonderful beers will cease to exist. I wish there was a way for some of them to continue. But I know Alan would not trust another brewery with his creations
     
  23. derftron

    derftron Devotee (451) Feb 8, 2012 Oregon

    believe me, ive told almost every HotD employee that there has to be a way to continue Adam and Fred. even just a couple batches per year....
     
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  24. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Crusader (747) Mar 19, 2012 California

    At the first SN Single, Wet, and Wild Festival in 2013, Alan and Hair of the Dog was their serving amazing beer. At the end of the festival, my wife was collecting left over glasses and I convinced Alan to let me have the Hair of the Dog poster which they had at the event.

    I may have to do a road trip to Portland in June and bring it for him to sign.
     
  25. PlinyBeMiney

    PlinyBeMiney Zealot (543) Jan 12, 2011 California
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    Is there anywhere to still get Adam? Some of my family lives in Portland, and I would love to round some up before it’s too late. Thanks in advance!
     
  26. PlinyBeMiney

    PlinyBeMiney Zealot (543) Jan 12, 2011 California
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    Speaking strictly about the standard version as I am aware Cherry and Bourbon vintages are available online.
     
  27. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,357) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Have your family check Whole Foods and Market of Choice. Last time I stopped by the Market of Choice in West Linn, they still had plenty. Good luck.
     
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  28. PlinyBeMiney

    PlinyBeMiney Zealot (543) Jan 12, 2011 California
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    Would you think it’s better to search in the suburbs vs city proper?
     
  29. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,201) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Adam is long gone up in Seattle. Good to know it’s still around in Portland.
     
  30. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,194) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Hard to accept that I'll never be able to visit again. I don't really want to spend the money but I really think I'm gonna have to order a box from them before it's gone for good
     
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  31. Reidrover

    Reidrover Poo-Bah (4,835) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon
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    Still seeing Blue and Green Dot around here..
     
  32. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,357) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Probably the suburbs would be my guess, but that's just a guess. My recommendation would be to have your family call around. In particular, places like Zupans, New seasons, Whole Foods and MofC.
     
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  33. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,201) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    :rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
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  34. DefenCorps

    DefenCorps Poo-Bah (6,367) Jan 18, 2007 Oregon
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    I've heard that another batch of Adam has been bottled and will be released soon. There was another batch of Fred as well, but a certain Portland institution bought the entire batch in kegs.
     
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  35. derftron

    derftron Devotee (451) Feb 8, 2012 Oregon

    who did that ?? lol. i would love to have 5 kegs of Adam and Fred just sitting around my house
     
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  36. DefenCorps

    DefenCorps Poo-Bah (6,367) Jan 18, 2007 Oregon
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    There's only so many institutions that have such an affinity for Fred. If you can't figure it out...
     
  37. SeaAle

    SeaAle Disciple (334) Jun 24, 2012 Oregon

    My guess would be Horse Brass.
     
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  38. derftron

    derftron Devotee (451) Feb 8, 2012 Oregon


    ahhh, makes sense. Ive only been to the Brass a few times in the last 5 years. Funny thing is I usually order a Fred when I go there but never put it together that its always there to order.

    Between them and Apex (which always has nitro Adam), im hoping we will have a good supply for a few years
     
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  39. SeaAle

    SeaAle Disciple (334) Jun 24, 2012 Oregon

    I wonder if Apex will buy as many kegs of Adam as they can get. Adam has been on there for years.
     
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  40. PatKorn

    PatKorn Aspirant (203) Aug 30, 2007 Hawaii

    Acropolis...
     
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