Currently on the shelves at Hill Farmstead (August 2017)

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  1. NiceBeerCans

    NiceBeerCans Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2013 New York

    Since Hill Farmstead is no longer holding official release events, please use this thread to post the bottles available on the shelves along with costs, sizes, limits, and so forth.

    It's OK to include the beers available in growlers too. Also, you can post new additions, for onsite consumption, in their tap room.

    As always, looking at the HF retail page

    or calling the brewery

    are your best sources for up-to-date information.

    ** Updated bottle release policy: This FAQ has been updated on June 11, 2016 and they will ONLY accept a credit card/debit card accompanied by a valid, legal picture ID that matches the name on the credit card (this excludes generic Visa / MasterCard gift cards). This requirement is only for all special releases and barrel-aged beers. Read the entire linked page which explains the changes.

    To see what's available to drink (and eat) in their new tap room, click on the following link:

    The 2 drink limit has been removed. Please be responsible. Everything on tap is available to sample.

    The bottle shop stops selling bottles at 5:00 pm sharp. The tap room will stay open to fill growlers for the people who are inside already before 5:00 pm and are waiting for the staff to complete their order.

    The onsite bottles, for consumption in the tap room only, are NOT to leave the tap room. Please do NOT try to steal the empty bottles. Please respect the rules. Thank you.

    High abv beer bottles (ie Double Barrel Damon bottles) have to be split for on premises consumption. This is a strict rule. Please note that it's actually pretty easy to find people to split a beer up there (if you didn't bring anybody). Just say out loud that you are looking to split a DBD and you'll find takers. Enjoy.

    Food truck

    Food truck will be around.

    Oysters are back.

    @AutumnBeerLove, HF staff member, has been nice enough to respond to questions on this thread and to provide valuable updates like the following:

    I think it is mostly safe to say our new draft onsite location in retail will stick around for the summer, if not the potential busier days. This keeps growler waits at a maximum of an hour with an average wait of under 30 minutes for a day. Along with that, it keeps two employees in retail and thus has the bottles line moving too.
  2. AutumnBeerLove

    AutumnBeerLove Initiate (0) Oct 16, 2010 Vermont

    Important Updates for This Week!
    • Tasting Room & Bottle Shop Open Weds. - Friday, 12 - 5 p.m.
    • Tasting Room CLOSED Sat., Aug. 5
    • Bottle Shop Open 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sat., Aug. 5 (No growler fills or samples)
    • Parker Pie Co. FoFA Brewers' Night! Friday, Aug. 4 (see Parker Pie's page for details and draft list)
    • Festival of Farmhouse Ales 2017 Sat., Aug. 5 (info/updates coming up on the FOFA Page)
    • Parker Pie Co. Post-FoFA Bash! Sat., Aug. 5
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  3. dmolz

    dmolz Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2014 Connecticut

    @AutumnBeerLove if we are taking the bus, do we need to email you guys that it's our dd or is that just assumed?

    and when does the beer list come out? or is it a surprise? ☺ wanna say I remember reading it last yr ahead sometime the wk of, but could be mistaken easily with so many fests these days. can't wait!
  4. QCHopper

    QCHopper Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2014 Vermont

    Pretty sure this was posted EVERYWHERE but here so here it is...
  5. dmolz

    dmolz Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2014 Connecticut

    I'm aware, they mentioned one line. didn't know if they were just watching us get off the bus and that's it, since I don't think it's officially a hf sponsored thing (though endorsed) or it was more detailed since they're being strict. a follow up email was sent after I posted this that explained we get a bracelet. but thanks for the snark response telling me what i already knew.
  6. chinabeergeek

    chinabeergeek Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2007 Massachusetts

    just out of curiosity (probably can't stay for FoFA), and trying to tiptoe around hyping anything up, do they usually release something special for takeaway bottles for that brief window of time the shop is open before the fest?
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  7. woodfinish

    woodfinish Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2005 Massachusetts

    Was traditionally Vera Mae but not this year.
    Usually what's there will be announced ahead of time. OTOH, this is the summer of silent can releases, so who knows?
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  8. pagesofphotographs

    pagesofphotographs Maven (1,498) Sep 15, 2013 Colorado

    Finally! I can say I'm planning a trip to HF! I've traded for so much HF over the years, and can't wait to sip on some from the source. Is early to mid October generally the best time to leaf peep? Are there places to stay nearby? Looked into a few Air B&B's, seems like it might be the best option. We're making a road trip out of it (have to get some lobster rolls from ME) and want to check out the fall colors.
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    EDNOSE Pundit (830) Oct 27, 2007 Connecticut

    Every year is different ... but that far north, you are probably on the cusp of leaf peeping season especially if you move closer to mid as opposed to early October.
  10. jhavs

    jhavs Grand Pooh-Bah (3,459) Apr 16, 2015 New York
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    5 Miles away:

    Should be nice peeping early to mid October, but every year is a bit different. This has been a particularly cool and wet summer at this point.

    It will be beautiful either way though!
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  11. pagesofphotographs

    pagesofphotographs Maven (1,498) Sep 15, 2013 Colorado

    Thanks for the info! Just found the "Where To Stay In The Area?" button on the website!
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  12. MattOC

    MattOC Pooh-Bah (2,100) Jan 13, 2013 Massachusetts
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    FYI, for anyone planning a trip for the long weekend (from Twitter): "Hello everyone! We will be closed Saturday, September 2nd (labor day weekend). My apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause."
  13. MakersNeat

    MakersNeat Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2012 New York

    If anyone is visiting Hill today and has an update on can availability that would be much appreciated. Not sure if there is unwritten rule to keep can availability there on the DL or not.
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  14. kwijibo61

    kwijibo61 Initiate (0) Mar 9, 2008 Colorado

    Double Citra 6pk (12oz) 1pp to go
    Everett 6pk (12oz) 2pp to go
    Dharma Bum 12oz can on site
  15. MakersNeat

    MakersNeat Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2012 New York

    Thanks! Not sure how fast these go, but sure hope they have them Friday at open.
  16. chinabeergeek

    chinabeergeek Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2007 Massachusetts

    have they ever given a reason why the cans are always silent?
  17. Trio2shine

    Trio2shine Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2011 California

    Not that I've seen publicly. Perhaps to avoid the nonsense that occurs down at Treehouse and any other in demand brewery for that matter than cans their beer these days.
  18. ajthegreat

    ajthegreat Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2010 Vermont

    I really hope it stays that way to.
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  19. hopley

    hopley Pooh-Bah (2,456) Feb 24, 2010 Massachusetts
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    I think that's exactly the case - I went up last Wednesday and they weren't canning, even though they canned each weekday the prior week, and I was not a bit disappointed. I think canning is based on brewers' whims and there is no rhyme or reason to it, and it should stay that way. Other than the information on cans, limits and prices a few messages before this, which was inevitable, there has been an amazing dearth of information on HF cans. Period. This message will self-destruct right now.
  20. kwijibo61

    kwijibo61 Initiate (0) Mar 9, 2008 Colorado

    Sorry to have ruined this for this time around. Never been before. Probably won't be back for a very long time. Great trip nonetheless. Beautiful venue. Superb beers. Friendly staff and patrons. A true bucket list checkoff.
  21. ajthegreat

    ajthegreat Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2010 Vermont

    I think the way they are doing it is fine, and I have shared the can selection on here to. That's totally fine. I just don't want them announcing in advance like they do with bottles. Glad you had fun and hopefully you can make it back soon.
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  22. Apuzarne

    Apuzarne Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2011 Connecticut

    Were the cans still around up there or did it sell out already? I hope to go tomorrow.
  23. AutumnBeerLove

    AutumnBeerLove Initiate (0) Oct 16, 2010 Vermont

    Cans are still available.
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  24. ransom22

    ransom22 Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2016 Uzbekistan

    Thank for all your replies and comments in these monthly threads!
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  25. JLK7299

    JLK7299 Pooh-Bah (2,527) Apr 21, 2016 North Carolina
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    Heading up on Friday, can't wait!
  26. Msudukie

    Msudukie Pundit (908) Oct 26, 2013 New York

    I wish there was a way to keep things calm/accessible for the locals but also help those of us from a long distance away plan a trip. I know some will say "just go up and enjoy whatever they have," nice idea but not that realistic for those of us 6+ hours away. Posting ahead of time may create a crap show as well. Maybe online pre-sales? No offense to HF who seems to always try to do things the right way and adjust when things don't. Just a fanboy who dreams of HF cans.
  27. Chuckdiesel24

    Chuckdiesel24 Pooh-Bah (2,862) Jul 6, 2016 Illinois
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    As someone who has been there 3 times and has to come from a lot more further away, I couldn't disagree more. Any day at HFS is guaranteed great on site options and - at worst - very good take home options. All without a huge wait.
  28. Msudukie

    Msudukie Pundit (908) Oct 26, 2013 New York

    Lol - yes, you disagree bc whatever you get is fine - basically exactly what I stated. Appreciate that some of us like to know a bit more as we plan very rare trips away like places to HF. Why is it so wrong to want to plan a trip around what is available? I love their saisons so would rather go when several are up vs. Everett, as an example.
  29. Mikecap

    Mikecap Pooh-Bah (1,990) May 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    You're not making sense. Saisons are always posted. Silent can thing is beautiful IMO.
  30. Msudukie

    Msudukie Pundit (908) Oct 26, 2013 New York

    Very constructive, thanks for the input (sarcasm). The point of mentioning saisons vs. stouts was just to state that not everybody wants to make the trip just regardless of what they have is fine. Having the bottles posted is great and helps me to make that decision. Having silent can releases makes it difficult to make that decision if I would really like to get cans. I don't think I was stating anything in a confrontational way, maybe people's responses can be a bit less douchey, just an idea.
  31. juliolugo

    juliolugo Crusader (499) Jun 22, 2015 Massachusetts

    I'm with you, man. The Northeast Kingdom is a hike from here and since my main objective when going to Hill Farmstead is to bring back beer to drink at home, I only make the trip when I see several things on their bottle/growler lists that I'm eager to get. Yes, it's a pretty area, onsite bottles are great (but pricey), and it's a scenic drive. That said, I think anyone who drives all the way to Hill Farmstead irrespective of what's available to-go is crazy, but to each their own (I'm sure I do plenty of things that seem strange to others as well).

    For my purposes, the more information available, the better. But if they need to keep the can releases silent to keep the place from getting mobbed, I get it.
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  32. celfan

    celfan Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2004 Vermont

    We might have to fight back with fake news can releases.
  33. Trio2shine

    Trio2shine Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2011 California

    For what it's worth all canned beers have been available for growler fills as well. So if your concern is getting to try the beer as well as take some home you're all set.
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  34. pintsandtrainers

    pintsandtrainers Initiate (0) Jun 9, 2016 New Hampshire

    Just call them tell them your making a super special trip and your beer has to be in cans and it can't be in growlers. I'm sure they'll understand and make an exception.
  35. Mikecap

    Mikecap Pooh-Bah (1,990) May 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    The entitlement is real.
  36. Msudukie

    Msudukie Pundit (908) Oct 26, 2013 New York

    Always been interesting to be on BA. Raise a question, provide some views, etc. and people jump all over you. I stated in my first post how much I love HF and how great their customer service is. Not sure how much more non-judgmental I could have been regarding their approach. I thought this was a forum, not a vehicle for people to jump all over others trying to have a discussion. Would you speak like that to me if I met you in a bar and raised the same points? Probably, which makes you the cool guys that you are. Cheers.
  37. pintsandtrainers

    pintsandtrainers Initiate (0) Jun 9, 2016 New Hampshire

    It's a can, the can options are available in growlers. You basing your trip on getting "cans" is absurd because all the beers are still there and it's never a dull day at HF. Between the staff, the beer and the atmosphere I think you should settle for being able to be within driving distances to experience it. They also just started canning, so let them figure it out and you'll eventually land a can of HF its that important. Patience is virtue.
  38. juliolugo

    juliolugo Crusader (499) Jun 22, 2015 Massachusetts

    I think the criticism of your posts is unwarranted. I'm sure to some, just the experience of being at Hill Farmstead is enough to make the trip for them worth it. For me, I go to Hill Farmstead so I can buy a very tasty way to get a buzz on for the next 2-3 weeks (plus maybe a few bottles to be enjoyed over the next few months). The staff are pleasant but my interactions with them are brief, the onsite beer is delicious but I'm always driving myself so I limit myself to just a couple, and the area is beautiful but in the end it's almost always just a day trip.

    There's a lot I can do with 9 hours on a Saturday (7 of which is spent in the car), that I try to time my trips when I've got the most reason to go. Namely, beers I want in formats I prefer. Having to use my growlers isn't a dealbreaker, but I'll always take a can over a growler. All this just helps me decide whether to head north or do something else that day. Saying it would help you if they announced can releases doesn't sound like entitlement to me. It just sounds like a reasonable desire to aid in making plans.
    #38 juliolugo, Aug 13, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2017
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  39. Chuckdiesel24

    Chuckdiesel24 Pooh-Bah (2,862) Jul 6, 2016 Illinois
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    I think this is likely why they do things the way they do - they don't want it ending up anywhere close to the way Treehouse is now. It seems like they're going for the experience of being at HFS to be as much importance as the to-go offerings.

    Said another way - they probably don't want 200 people from NYC and Boston waiting to pounce on the first canning of Abner, double galaxy, etc.
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  40. BibsBrewing

    BibsBrewing Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2012 Connecticut

    For the love of god, no can announcements please. Don't ruin our favorite brewery.
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