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Discussion in 'New England' started by Ken_P, Feb 17, 2015.

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  1. Ken_P

    Ken_P Disciple (371) Dec 31, 2013 Massachusetts
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  2. seanwhite

    seanwhite Disciple (368) Jan 31, 2008 Massachusetts

    Seems pretty odd since they are barely available outside of San Diego. I only know if them being in a handful of San Francisco bars on draft only due to the Green Flash Acquisition/Merger.

    I wonder if Boston is the first market outside of CA?
     
  3. markdrinksbeer

    markdrinksbeer Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2013 Massachusetts

    perhaps just some "tap takeover" thing, but not actual "distribution"?
     
  4. GonzoHomebrewer

    GonzoHomebrewer Devotee (456) Sep 15, 2012 Massachusetts
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    No bottles, draft only. I do know some Hoppy Birthday kegs are on the first delivery, in addition to some Duet and Nelson I believe, pretty cool no matter what makes it out here, fantastic brewery.
     
  5. Ken_P

    Ken_P Disciple (371) Dec 31, 2013 Massachusetts
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    I'm sure it has something to do with Green Flash acquisition. There was a thread on here about Alpine coming to CT http://www.beeradvocate.com/community/threads/alpine-to-ct.253173/

    Guess it was draft only.
     
  6. Ken_P

    Ken_P Disciple (371) Dec 31, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Wow that's awesome thanks for the confirmation. Hopefully will be popping up in more places. Don't think I can make it to Meadhall tomorrow night.
     
  7. seanwhite

    seanwhite Disciple (368) Jan 31, 2008 Massachusetts

    Looks like GF/Alpine is expanding draft distro to east coast. On the Green flash events site, it lists a number of Alpine releases for Virginia and NY. I assume they are doing the same for MA, but maybe the GF rep for MA just didnt plug them into the GF site?

    http://www.greenflashbrew.com/events/category/beer-releases/

    Either way - this is great. I have had Green Flash brewed Alpine beers in San Francisco (2 weeks ago and months ago), as well as regular Alpine brewed Alpine, and they are both really great.

    Good to see Boston is one of their first East Coast markets......
     
  8. KBrennan1000

    KBrennan1000 Initiate (0) Sep 20, 2010 Massachusetts

    My understanding is that there will be bottles coming later this year though availability will be pretty spotty for a while.
     
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  9. bring

    bring Initiate (83) Aug 17, 2005 Massachusetts
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    Looks like Hobo is doing an alpine event on Thursday.
     
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  10. Mojua

    Mojua Initiate (196) Sep 24, 2014 Massachusetts

    Does anyone have the details for this Alpine thing at Meadhall? They don't have a website or Instagram, and their Facebook and twitter haven't been updated in more than a week...
     
  11. MattOC

    MattOC Aspirant (295) Jan 13, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Per Craft Brewers Mass (@CraftMass) at 12:35 PM today:

    "Tonight @meadhall welcomes Alpine Beer Co. to #Boston w draft Duet, Hoppy BDay, Irish Red, Captain Stout. #craftbeer"
     
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  12. Mojua

    Mojua Initiate (196) Sep 24, 2014 Massachusetts

    Just called...they have 6 Alpine beers on tap. Already tapped them all an hour ago. Hoppy Birthday, Nelson, Alpine, Duet, some red ale, and Captain Stout. Sounds sweet!!
     
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  13. huuvola

    huuvola Initiate (131) Oct 29, 2005 Massachusetts

  14. Justin42

    Justin42 Aspirant (210) Apr 3, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Nice. Hope this makes it across the river to Boston! As much as I love Lord Hobo, that's too far to venture in this weather.
     
  15. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (514) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    Didn't they start distributing to NY this month too?
     
  16. emannths

    emannths Aspirant (225) Sep 21, 2007 Massachusetts

    Don't worry, their website is "coming soon." :wink:
     
  17. Dicers

    Dicers Poo-Bah (1,718) Sep 2, 2012 Colorado
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  18. bassface

    bassface Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2015 Massachusetts

    Lord Hobo Cambridge will be tapping 6 beers tonight.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/656790877766635/
     
  19. pavement714

    pavement714 Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2010 Massachusetts

    Had the Nelson, Duet, and Hoppy Birthday yesterday at Meadhall. In my humble opinion, Nelson is the clear winner. Pretty awesome beer. Others were sort of underwhelming. I don't know if I'd go out of my way to find it if it ends up being scarce, but if it has Dirtwolf-type availability on draft I'm all for it.
     
  20. MVP09

    MVP09 Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2012 Massachusetts

    With so many superb East Coast breweries is this really worth any excitement?
     
  21. HighLowJack

    HighLowJack Disciple (371) Jun 5, 2013 Massachusetts
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    if they can actually distribute enough beer that is ends on in bars and in stores, then yeah. if not, then no
     
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  22. Ken_P

    Ken_P Disciple (371) Dec 31, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Not that exciting. Just cool to be able to tick Duet and Nelson without having to trade.

    Anyone go to Lord Hobo last night? How was it? Any idea if they will still be on tap tonight?
     
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  23. Rekrule

    Rekrule Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    With so many bad and mediocre East Coast breweries how isn't it exciting to get a potentially top tier option in to town?
     
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  24. GiantCogs

    GiantCogs Initiate (102) Oct 25, 2012 Massachusetts

    I went last night and it was packed. All the Alpine beers were very good, except maybe the Irish red, but I almost never like Irish Red. Nelson kicked while I was there. I would imagine some to be available today.

    Hoppy Birthday/Nelson > Alpine Ale > Stout > Duet > Irish Red The best top two reminded me a lot of Trillium.
     
  25. HighLowJack

    HighLowJack Disciple (371) Jun 5, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Hoppy Birthday was my favorite, a good bit better than Duet.
     
  26. Justin42

    Justin42 Aspirant (210) Apr 3, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Nice, hoping this shows up in Boston soon
     
  27. MVP09

    MVP09 Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2012 Massachusetts

    Tree House
    Trillium
    Wormtown
    Bissell
    Allagash
    MBC
    Alchemist
    Fiddle Head
    Lawson's
    Stoneface
    NEBCO

    Not really considered bad to mediocre.
     
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  28. Horbar

    Horbar Zealot (508) Feb 24, 2012 Rhode Island

    I don't think he had those in mind. lol
     
  29. Rekrule

    Rekrule Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    So you name some of the best to somehow try to debunk my statement? There is more mediocre/bad craft locally in NE than there is good. And less truly top tier breweries than any of the other categories. Adding in beer shipped into NE, the equation remains the same and probably skews even further to the bad end.
     
  30. Horbar

    Horbar Zealot (508) Feb 24, 2012 Rhode Island

    Alright, who's going to make the bad list?
     
  31. Rekrule

    Rekrule Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    I've done it plenty of times.
     
  32. Justin42

    Justin42 Aspirant (210) Apr 3, 2013 Massachusetts
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  33. MVP09

    MVP09 Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2012 Massachusetts

    No bad beers, just better.
     
  34. Rekrule

    Rekrule Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    lol
     
  35. Justin42

    Justin42 Aspirant (210) Apr 3, 2013 Massachusetts
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    These are all awesome, but with the exceptions of Trillium, Wormtown, Allagash, and MBC, none of these are on draft in MA. I can't say I'm as excited about Alpine coming to MA today as I would have been 18 months ago, but that's mostly on account of the world-class IPAs/DIPAs that are coming out of Trillium every single week.
     
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  36. bassface

    bassface Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2015 Massachusetts

    Lord Hobo still has all but Nelson on tonight. There are back up kegs of many of them to keep it flowing through the weekend.
     
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  37. cincysig

    cincysig Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2010 Connecticut

    Meadhall is pouring Duet, Hoppy Birthday and others. Nelson kicked.
     
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  38. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Savant (931) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Anyone know if any Alpine is still pouring at Lord Hobo/Meadhall today?
     
  39. bassface

    bassface Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2015 Massachusetts

    Hobo is still running strong with Duet, Alpine Ale, Captain Stout, and the Irish Red
     
  40. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Savant (931) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Thanks, heading there this afternoon!
     
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