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Discussion in 'New England' started by NiceBeerCans, Sep 1, 2018.
Thanks! Of course. I appreciate the update.
Went last week for first time in a while. Beer was good as always, but my favorite part of the visit was seeing Charlie, the brewery's unofficial mascot, was still around. At least I think it was him, he's definitely getting up there in age.I hope the brewery has a good picture of him so they can put it on a special bottle to honor him one day.
Did Aaron survive Saturday?
Looks like the new glasses are sold out
More on the way, per Instagram.
Glasses Good...Florence Puncheon Exceptional
I would suspect it did. I was there today and Phil announced before open that it was unlikely they would sell out of Aaron. When I made my order, I'd say they had about 50 cases left. Still listed on retail page too.
Headed up there tomorrow for the first time. Any quick tips, besides buying a can/bottle/growler of everything?
On a Wednesday, hit retail shop for cans/bottles (on the left) first. Bring back to car hopefully in one of the shade spots. Then, grab a growler ticket in the taproom. Patiently wait your turn while sampling tasters. Get growlers, bring to car, return for your two pours and enjoy the grounds.
It’s beautiful. Enjoy!
Sounds like a plan. Thanks!
Oh, is everything clearly marked and stuff? I want to look as little like a noob as possible and not wait in the wrong line for an hour, haha.
The retail shop is a separate building on the left, and the taproom is a much larger building on the right with a covered porch. As soon as you walk into the taproom, you grab a ticket for growlers just like a ticket at the deli or something. Middle/left side of the bar is where they will call your number for fills, and line for pours forms at the right.
It's honestly the best beer spot I've ever been to pretty much regardless of what they have available that day. Enjoy!
Thanks for all the help fellas!
What time will you be there?
10 of everything... you can never have enough.
Sizable retail line this morning, but Phil says plenty of Aaron for the day & limits on Florence Puncheon at least temporarily up to 6. And a few Florence Puncheon magnums!
Damn, I left right before you posted this. I got there at opening and bought tons of beer, but not too much because there's no such thing. Stayed until 4 then headed home. Great spot, definitely worth the drive. A little pokey at the retail station, but I have no problem chilling out in line.
Thanks again for the tips fellas!
I got there at about 3:45, no line at all! I was going to see if you wanted to share some bottles.
I do it the other way round but I'm usually there before opening and filling at least 12 growlers. I get myself up at the front of the line, grab my ticket and, while they're filling my growlers, I go next door for my cans and bottles. By the time I get back from the retail shop, they're usually just finishing up my fills.
That would've been cool. We probably passed each other on the way in/out.
I was thinking afterwards if that would've been the thing to do, but it took over an hour in the retail line. I wasn't going to get more than 6 growlers so I either would've missed my number or had my stuff sitting around forever. Like I said, I was OK with waiting since it was my first trip there. But if time was of the essence, it makes a little more sense to do fills first, then bottles/cans. That or show up later when it's settled down.
Oh, and props to the person who ripped off tickets 415-419 and left them on the barrel so they could get 420.
Serious question - how long do their swing top growlers seem to protect the beer? When I read about people getting 12 fills or even 6 fills, I think "Man - thats a lot of beer to drink in a few days". Just trying to gauge as I'll be hauling as much as I can home.
Glad you enjoyed ... I don't fill the 6 - 12 growlers so hence my order of things that I suggested. Also, I've found getting there at 1 avoids the lines and I've been lucky to not have missed on anything I desperately wanted (i.e. Aaron when I went last week).
Their growlers tags have a drink by date from a week out from when they are filled. I tend to abide by that, but have never had any issues if I go over by a few days or a week.
I have great faith in swing tops over twist caps in lasting power. Plus, Hill fills well - counter pressure and filled to the top. I don't think you'll run into any issues if you load up and then they set in your fridge a little longer than the consume by date.
I took 7 home last Saturday (2x2L and 5x750). A lot, yes, but not too worried if I go over the drink by date of this Saturday. Some was consumed last weekend.
I've pulled one out of my fridge after a month with limited diminishment of quality. I try my best to drink within a week, but sometimes don't make it in that timeline.
I prefer the swing tops over screw tops by a large margin for maintaining freshness (as long as the rubber seal is not damaged).
Similar to @jhavs
Have held on to HF fills for weeks yet < a month. Nonetheless, have never had a problem with deterioration. Granted, the brews mature/develop as they should (e.g. green, raw -> smooth, creamy -> sweet, malty), but certainly no issues with oxidation or corrosion.
+ the purge helps, but proper storage plays a key role
I went on Friday and there was absolutely no growler wait when I went so I waited til after retail and drinks to get ticket which was called almost immediately. Haven't gotten growlers there in a while! Strange calm Friday - then went back Saturday and that's a day to avoid like the plague . maybe cause the weather was so nice? but I can't do Saturdays there anymore in busy seasons I think. I left and went for a hike. Glad I got some glasses before they ran out though.
Hey beer lover from Boston. Me and a buddy were suppose to go up to hill this Wednesday but last minute things happened and he is no longer able to go. If someone has an extra seat in their car and willing to share it with a beer loving stranger. It would be awesome. Will gladly help pay for gas and also buy a bottle to share at hill.
Is Damon overhyped?
my vote would be no -- not overhyped. I had two from 2013 that got consumed at two shares over the past month. Consensus was the beer held up well and the barrel character was pleasantly subdued. Of course this years release sounds like a totally unique barrel treatment -- so the results could be totally different to past releases. Cheers -- hope to get a bottle this week.
I agree with Chipa, Damon has been as close to perfect as I can imagine. Exactly the right amount of barrel presence.
If this new variant is anything like Kieni, then we’re all in for an amazing beer.
This Damon version was served incognito at the Mixer the night before FOFA with a dessert pairing, and it was delicious. Not over-hyped; just never very much to go around, I guess.
Any way Damon lasts in to next week? Aaron seemed to stick around longer than I expected so holding out hope it's there when I'm up there next Friday (10/5)!
Limits confirmed 1pp, $30.
Based on 1pp, I would expect it to last into next week, but next weekend should be crazy with leaf peeper season. Wish it was 2pp like Aaron or BGaE, but since I passed on Flora Puncheon last week, I'll grab some this time around. $30 for a 375ml though...dang, better not spill any.
Not sure about how big the last BG&E batch was, but I assume it was larger than 2 barrels. The last Damon was also 2-barrels, and they opted for on-site only... and it lasted a couple weeks. I assume the to-go option will bring people out in greater numbers, but that's pure speculation.
If I had to guess, I'd say it lasts into Friday, maybe Saturday but that might be pushing it.
When you say a Friday do you mean 9/28 or10/5?
I expect sells out this week
Seems like general consensus across the interwebs is that I was wrong in my earlier post and that it will sell out before Saturday.
See you jerks in line today. I’ll be the one getting Damon.
Furthest back in line I’ve ever been before open and it’s also the earliest I’ve ever been...
How's the line?
Makes Aaron’s line look like a shelfie-only Wednesday during stick season.
(Longest I’ve ever seen.)