Fox Farm (2019)

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  1. Kozaka

    Kozaka Defender (617) Apr 25, 2006 Connecticut
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    No comments since 2018?

    First, some general info from their website

    TASTING ROOM

    We really like your tasting room! Can we book it for a private event?

    Unfortunately, no. With our current permitting we’re unable to accommodate private events. Additionally, we do not reserve space during our regular business hours. If you're planning to visit in a large group, we recommend coming by before 3PM.

    Are you dog friendly?

    We certainly love dogs but state health regulations require that you leave yours outside (where we have additional seating) and we kindly ask that you leave your dog on a leash.

    Can we bring our kids along?

    Absolutely! We’re a family-friendly brewery but please do not leave your kids unattended, especially outdoors.

    Do you fill other breweries’ growlers?

    We sure do! As long as the growler is reasonably clean and fits under our taps. Dark glass is highly preferred.

    Do you offer flights?

    Not quite. It’s our feeling that most beer styles are best enjoyed in volumes a little larger than what you typically find in a flight. We’ve chosen to offer individually sold half pours (~7 oz.) and full pours (~13 oz.) for all of our beers.

    Do you sell any food?

    We don’t have any food available but folks are welcome to bring light snacks to enjoy on-site. We just ask that you be respectful of our limited seating and kindly clean up after yourself.

    Are there other alcoholic beverages available for sale?

    Sorry, but no. We occasionally offer Ashlawn Farm Coffee Nitro Cold Brew but do not sell any wine or spirits. It’s worth noting that we can’t allow outside alcohol or opening of growlers purchased from our tasting room.

    DISTRIBUTION

    Where else can we find your beer?

    We self-distribute within Connecticut but availability is a bit sporadic and limited. At the moment, some accounts with regular availability include:

    We also send regular but small shipments to Massachusetts where you can find our beer at a number of great beer establishments.

    Hours:

    THURS-FRI: 2pm - 7pm
    SAT-SUN: 11am - 5pm
     
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  2. Kozaka

    Kozaka Defender (617) Apr 25, 2006 Connecticut
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    Cans this week:

    Updated Wednesday, February 20 (8:29 PM) Tomorrow at opening we will have The Cottage Helles (10 pp), Little Brook American Blonde Ale (1o pp), Verdant India Pale (10 pp) and Graze India Pale Ale (16 pp) available in cans.


    Is this all through mobile canning or did FF lay out some capital?
     
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  3. bootdown21

    bootdown21 Disciple (362) May 14, 2009 Connecticut
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    I think it's still mobile. I haven't heard of or seen anything about them buying a canning line. I could be wrong but I don't see this as a part of their model honestly. I think they prefer to keep things on a smaller scale.
     
  4. PicoPapa

    PicoPapa Poo-Bah (2,784) Mar 6, 2009 Connecticut
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    They have a cask of Ashlawn on today with maple syrup. Worth the trip for this version alone.
     
  5. lbower860

    lbower860 Initiate (151) Jun 28, 2011 Connecticut

    One hundred percent. They don’t need to can any more beer than they have been. Fox Farm is perfect. Please don’t change. Lol
     
  6. Kozaka

    Kozaka Defender (617) Apr 25, 2006 Connecticut
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    New lager today:

    It’s with great excitement that we introduce Quiet Night, a Czech-Style Dark Lager. With a grist made up almost-entirely of Bohemian malted barley, it has a restrained (but very present) malt quality highlighted by a hint of raisin and the slightest impression of roast. Following primary fermentation it was lagered for over six weeks in one of our horizontal lager tanks. Soft and creamy but with that unmistakable, clean lager finish you’d expect - we’re thrilled to share this take on tmavé pivo.

    Soft and creamy, that will confuse the haze bois.
     
  7. wasatchback

    wasatchback Disciple (367) Jan 12, 2014 Bahamas
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    I’ll hold out for the DDH version
     
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  8. pbrian

    pbrian Defender (682) Feb 8, 2001 Connecticut

    These guys are awesome.
     
  9. Kozaka

    Kozaka Defender (617) Apr 25, 2006 Connecticut
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    We have two new single-hop offerings hitting the tasting room this week - Roam: Strata and Wile.

    Strata (formerly X-331) is a new hop out of Oregon that’s turning a lot of heads. We were blown away by our first encounters with the variety and were fortunate to land enough to give it the Roam treatment. Fresh orange, passion fruit and cannabis aromatics dominate this one - it’s truly one of the most rounded, expressive hops we’ve seen lately.

    Wile is whirlpool and dry-hopped exclusively with the now-classic Citra. We were thrilled with our initial draft-only batch and are pleased to give this one the can treatment.


    I had the first batch of Wile and thought it was fantastic. And I typically keep away from Citra.
     
  10. pbrian

    pbrian Defender (682) Feb 8, 2001 Connecticut

    We're no longer friends.
     
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  11. Kozaka

    Kozaka Defender (617) Apr 25, 2006 Connecticut
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    Haha, I know, I’m the rare BA who struggles with Citra. But I did enjoy my can of Wile last night.

    The new Roam is unique. I want to have another can or two before a review. Seems to be more of an earthy strawberry aroma but definitely got the MJ characteristics in the taste.
     
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  12. lbower860

    lbower860 Initiate (151) Jun 28, 2011 Connecticut

    I was there on Saturday and noticed the 2pp pour limit sign for the first time. Has this always been there? I ended up getting 4 full pours without any issues, but that would kind of suck if they really enforced this. Has anyone had any issues with this? for how out of the way it is seems like people should be able to have more than two pours if they want.
     
  13. bootdown21

    bootdown21 Disciple (362) May 14, 2009 Connecticut
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    It has been there since day 1 and I personally have never seen it enforced. I have gotten over the limit on a few occasions without issue but this is out of the 20+ times I have gone.
     
  14. msiegel04

    msiegel04 Initiate (52) Oct 5, 2017 Connecticut
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    During my first visit the bartender verbally told me there was a limit of 2pp or I could do four half pours if I wanted. Don’t recall seeing signage though.
     
  15. epoole3

    epoole3 Aspirant (210) Aug 28, 2005 Massachusetts

    It’s always been there, but FF doesn’t require tickets or sharpie x’s on people’s hands to police drinkers.
     
  16. TreeHouse_Erection

    TreeHouse_Erection Aspirant (214) Aug 7, 2018 Connecticut

    Would have been a funny April fools troll against Tree House.

    Someone at work brought me in a Wile and a Roam. I wanted to go with him Saturday but they close at 5 which made it not possible. I really wish they could open until at least 8 on Saturday of all days
     
  17. CTHopman

    CTHopman Initiate (159) Jul 22, 2016 Connecticut

    You could always go to a later AA meeting on Sat. evening.
     
  18. Jwale73

    Jwale73 Poo-Bah (4,702) Aug 15, 2007 Rhode Island
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    Said the same to me last time I was there which was when Copestone came out. Might depend on how busy it is and the ability to keep track.
     
  19. TreeHouse_Erection

    TreeHouse_Erection Aspirant (214) Aug 7, 2018 Connecticut

    Not wanting to drink before 5 is the opposite of needing an AA meeting :sunglasses:
     
  20. beanoboy7

    beanoboy7 Initiate (186) Jun 22, 2014 Connecticut


    The signage is right behind the bar regarding the 2pp limit on pours. Always has been.
     
  21. lbower860

    lbower860 Initiate (151) Jun 28, 2011 Connecticut

    Do people find that they actually enforce this though
     
  22. pbrian

    pbrian Defender (682) Feb 8, 2001 Connecticut

    2 pp pours might be a "rule" for insurance/liability reasons.

    Insurance co: "So, what policies do you have in place to prevent over serving your patrons"?
    FF: "All our servers are TIPS certified and we have a 2 pour pp limit. See the sign?"
    Insurance co: "Oh, that's great."
    moves on to next question
     
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  23. CTHopman

    CTHopman Initiate (159) Jul 22, 2016 Connecticut

    You forgot...Insurance Co Rep then orders 4 drafts!
     
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  24. msiegel04

    msiegel04 Initiate (52) Oct 5, 2017 Connecticut
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    This is actually exactly it. Coming from a guy who works for an insurance company who insurers bars and breweries. That “rule” and signage could be the difference between having a large insurance company as your carrier or having to go to some speciality market and likely paying a lot more money. Insurance companies want to insure “breweries” but they’re not as crazy about insuring “bars.” There is a distinction and the 2pp limit certainly helps create the perception that it’s truly a brewery and not just a bar.
     
  25. DrinkingThe413

    DrinkingThe413 Initiate (46) Jan 29, 2019 Massachusetts
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    Who doesn't drink before 5pm on Saturdays??
     
  26. Lupin

    Lupin Aspirant (298) Jun 4, 2006 Connecticut
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    Went last Friday (3/29) and thought the Roam Strata was unique and well-crafted but not an instant favorite, sorta like the way Nelson stands out for me in some beers. The Wile Citra on the other hand was quite wonderful.
     
  27. pbrian

    pbrian Defender (682) Feb 8, 2001 Connecticut

    Yeah, I'm also having a hard time trying to adapt to some of these new hop varieties.
     
  28. Grimpus

    Grimpus Initiate (37) May 28, 2017 Connecticut

    A coworker of mine asked them about the 2pp limit and the bartender said the reason for it was to have faster customer turnover to improve the parking situation. They have a small lot and if they let people sit around all day drinking then other customers wouldn't be able to find parking spots.

    Now I'm not sure if that's the main driver of having the 2pp limit, but apparently that's what they're telling people.
     
  29. j-rad

    j-rad Initiate (26) Dec 27, 2017 Connecticut
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    Anyone have the scoop on what fruit the next Avalonia bottle will be?
     
  30. TreeHouse_Erection

    TreeHouse_Erection Aspirant (214) Aug 7, 2018 Connecticut

    What are the crowds like on Saturdays? I'm guessing it will be pretty packed if the weather is nice but how has it been lately?

    Do they ever have food trucks?
     
  31. CTHopman

    CTHopman Initiate (159) Jul 22, 2016 Connecticut

    No food trucks but hit 2 Brothers Pizza which is a 2 minute drive. Superb tap list (have at least one FF dedicated tap) and great food. They are closed on Sunday. The owner, Nik, is a beer geek, childhood friend of mine and a great dude.
     
  32. TreeHouse_Erection

    TreeHouse_Erection Aspirant (214) Aug 7, 2018 Connecticut

    Thanks, hoping to go with a friend for our first time.
     
  33. rdecker679

    rdecker679 Initiate (37) Oct 8, 2015 Massachusetts
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    Plum Tomato is pretty great, and is right there at the four corners too, in case one pizza place recommendation wasn't enough.
     
  34. bootdown21

    bootdown21 Disciple (362) May 14, 2009 Connecticut
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    Also Salem Prime Cuts if your into to go grinder options.
     
  35. GeoffreyWolken

    GeoffreyWolken Initiate (41) Jul 22, 2017 Connecticut
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    How crazy do the bottle releases get? Will they last until the weekend and will there be a line at open tomorrow?
     
  36. mountaindewORcrabjuice

    mountaindewORcrabjuice Initiate (84) Sep 6, 2017 Connecticut
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    Had the Votive No. 1 at Stoutfest and, in my humble opinion, it was absolutely fantastic. Probably my favorite BA stout I've had this year.

    Also, in the spirit of VIBES, I'd take a day at Fox Farm over a week at any other brewery in New England or NY (though I've never been to Hill Farmstead).
     
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  37. jamshard2mash

    jamshard2mash Initiate (117) May 4, 2017 California
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    Was the barrel character better than last batch of witch meadow? Had high hopes for the witch but it tasted like straight hairspray.

    Also, any ideas when that port barrel copestone is being released?
     
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  38. mountaindewORcrabjuice

    mountaindewORcrabjuice Initiate (84) Sep 6, 2017 Connecticut
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    Yes. Definitely way better. The barrel notes were probably my favorite aspect of the beer. Complex but still subtle enough to enjoy the base. Loved the melding of the maple syrup, Port + bourbon barrels with the port coming through a bit more prominently on the finish for me. Felt like Mr Holland's Opus was orchestrating in my mouth.

    Was not a huge fan of that batch of Witch Meadow either. Really abrasive sip for me. Comparing it to Votive No. 1 in terms of enjoyability + drinkability is night and day.
     
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  39. sulldaddy

    sulldaddy Poo-Bah (3,707) Apr 6, 2003 Connecticut
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    Most bottle releases have lasted several days. I havent been at open but dont think they usually have a line.
    "Fox Farm, the way brewery visits should be."
     
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  40. Kozaka

    Kozaka Defender (617) Apr 25, 2006 Connecticut
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    Bière de Garde is lovely. Damn ugly, though.

    Gather is back next week.
     
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