Fox Farm Brewery, CT (2018)

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  1. Kozaka

    Kozaka Defender (617) Apr 25, 2006 Connecticut
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    I complained about the can prices but kicking myself for passing on Gather. Stopped by yesterday for first visit in months and forgot how much I like this spicy Pils. Will not miss next run.

    That shaded picnic area is a nice addition.
     
  2. bootdown21

    bootdown21 Disciple (362) May 14, 2009 Connecticut
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    More cans from Fox Farm this week.... I can get used to this.

    Little Brook 6pp
    Burst 10pp
     
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  3. PicoPapa

    PicoPapa Poo-Bah (2,784) Mar 6, 2009 Connecticut
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    Shhh.
     
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  4. bootdown21

    bootdown21 Disciple (362) May 14, 2009 Connecticut
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    Last release lasted the entire weekend into next Thursday at least. Hoping it stays chill...
     
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  5. PicoPapa

    PicoPapa Poo-Bah (2,784) Mar 6, 2009 Connecticut
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    Yeah it was surprisingly easy. I’m guessing over time it will be much more difficult.
     
  6. CTHopman

    CTHopman Initiate (159) Jul 22, 2016 Connecticut

    Unfortunately, this is close to blowing up.
     
  7. Kozaka

    Kozaka Defender (617) Apr 25, 2006 Connecticut
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    The can FOMO on FB seems like you’re correct.
     
  8. pbrian

    pbrian Defender (682) Feb 8, 2001 Connecticut

    Guys, not sure what all they hype is about, the place sucks. Dirty filthy old barn, pretentious clowns running the place, infected poorly made beer. Do not go, it's horrible.


    (ok, that's not going to work, is it)
     
  9. bootdown21

    bootdown21 Disciple (362) May 14, 2009 Connecticut
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    Stopped by on my way home around 5:30... 1 person in line for cans and about 20 people or so just enjoying the Fox Farm life. So chill, it's hard to beat.

    Oh and Little Brook is one of my all time favorite blonde ales.
     
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  10. BababooeyHTJ

    BababooeyHTJ Initiate (85) Mar 3, 2016 Connecticut

    These burst cans are fantastic. One of the best batches that I've had.

    Stopped by around 1 today. It was a little busier than normal. I'm assuming due to the weather. Still, no wait and the same chill atmosphere.
     
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  11. CTHopman

    CTHopman Initiate (159) Jul 22, 2016 Connecticut

    I only hope to keep it this way. The fact it is a bit off the beaten path bodes well but Tilted Barn used to be mellow until every neckbeard in New England began showing up (myself included).
     
  12. lbower860

    lbower860 Initiate (151) Jun 28, 2011 Connecticut

    Stopped by today and got some little brook and burst cans. Burst in the can is one of the best ipas I’ve had in a really long time, little brook very mice as well. Hate to sound like a broken record, but these guys are awesome. Their beer is as good or better than any out there, and as a place to hang out it’s unrivaled in my opinion.
     
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  13. rdecker679

    rdecker679 Initiate (37) Oct 8, 2015 Massachusetts
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    On a Friday afternoon/evening, after the cans are gone, Tilted Barn is delightfully low key and relaxing.

    Cans might eventually bring temporary crowds to sleepy Music Vale Rd, but I think at it's worst, Fox Farm will continue to be the quiet hangout it usually is after the traders are out of the way with their cans.
     
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  14. Kozaka

    Kozaka Defender (617) Apr 25, 2006 Connecticut
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    Did cans sell out yesterday?
     
  15. purephase

    purephase Initiate (149) Feb 23, 2008 Connecticut
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    They were still selling them at close yesterday. Little Brook is a really enjoyable can beer.
     
  16. woodchipper

    woodchipper Meyvn (1,224) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut
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    I was there yesterday also. Pour lines way too long. Left with both beers that were canned and yes they are excellent.
    This place needs more employees for pours on busy days. They're pretty efficient at it, but still can't handle the lines.
     
  17. lbower860

    lbower860 Initiate (151) Jun 28, 2011 Connecticut

    Interesting. Ive been there several times (always Saturday) and have never waited more than a few minutes for a pour.
     
  18. IGaveYouPower

    IGaveYouPower Initiate (186) Dec 2, 2010 New York

    Going this Sunday. Have never had any of their beer so I am pumped. Gonna be a warm, sunny day, gonna sit outside and drink what is apparently some of the best that CT has to offer.
     
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  19. woodchipper

    woodchipper Meyvn (1,224) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut
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    We showed up at about 3:15. Felt lucky to get a parking spot near the door quite frankly.
    When we left the pour line wrapped in a big "J" from the order point to out the side door (not the double front door). Probably 3 customers standing in line on the patio.
     
  20. lbower860

    lbower860 Initiate (151) Jun 28, 2011 Connecticut

    Sounds like a great plan. They are awesome, enjoy!
     
  21. smutty33

    smutty33 Crusader (742) Jun 12, 2009 Connecticut
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    Enjoyed this past Saturday at the brewery with @seplo @purephase @HOP-E-DAYZ @PrimeBeer

    Little Brook and Burst cans were tasting phenomenal.

    Large growler of Roam - Citra and Ekuanot impressed as well.

    Little Brook is my new favorite low abv. brew!
     
  22. thedaveofbeer

    thedaveofbeer Aspirant (244) Mar 25, 2016 Massachusetts
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    Does Fox Farm fill any growler or just their own? Also, do they limit growler purchases? I am heading down tomorrow for the first time and given all the praise here, I am very much looking forward to it!
     
  23. lbower860

    lbower860 Initiate (151) Jun 28, 2011 Connecticut

    They will fill any growler. There's a limit in CT on how much growler beer you can get, but its more than I've ever needed. Its like 6 or 8 liters or something?
     
  24. papposilenus

    papposilenus Meyvn (1,268) Jun 21, 2014 New Hampshire

    I just did this a few weeks ago. The limit is 9 liters which, handily, happens to equal twelve of my Hill Farmstead, Foam, Deciduous, etc. 750ml swing-top growlers.
     
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  25. HOP-E-DAYZ

    HOP-E-DAYZ Initiate (100) May 11, 2014 Connecticut
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    While I haven’t had a fox farm beer I did not like. That being said..Little brook should be in everyone’s rotation this summer..perfect beer imo.
    Hearthbound might be the best porter I have tasted since HF Everett..
    Cheers!
     
  26. Kozaka

    Kozaka Defender (617) Apr 25, 2006 Connecticut
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    Love all their product (well, I'm split on the Saisons) but dislike growlers. Tried capped and swing top but never got good shelf life on an unopened growler. Not looking long term, just 7-10 days. I may have to revisit with some new glass.
     
  27. CTHopman

    CTHopman Initiate (159) Jul 22, 2016 Connecticut

    Their little 32 oz. HF style jugs have a decent shelf life. Just be sure to tighten immediately after they give you your fills.
     
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  28. Kozaka

    Kozaka Defender (617) Apr 25, 2006 Connecticut
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    Allora (10) and Quiet Life (6) cans this week. Making the splurge this time. Hopefully one being a Pils will bring mellow vibes.
     
  29. purephase

    purephase Initiate (149) Feb 23, 2008 Connecticut
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    Quiet Life in cans is great news. I actually prefer it a fair bit over Gather.

    I also like how they've been pairing low ABV non-IPAs with IPAs for these releases: Gather/Graze, Little Brook/Burst, and now Quiet Life/Allora. It's nice to be able to have a canned option outside of hops and it also may keep the place from becoming too crazy for too long.
     
  30. Rub_This_BBQ

    Rub_This_BBQ Devotee (459) Jul 8, 2013 Massachusetts
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    I was able to hit last Thursday around 3 and grabbed cans of burst and little brook and a growler of gather, all were great beers...

    Wish I could go this week for cans of Quiet life, if any goes would love to trade for a couple cans, Have burst left or palatine pils (can expand shoot me DM)
     
  31. lbower860

    lbower860 Initiate (151) Jun 28, 2011 Connecticut

    Quiet Life is so good. Amazing Czech style pilsner. Bummed I wont be able to make it this weekend.
     
  32. BababooeyHTJ

    BababooeyHTJ Initiate (85) Mar 3, 2016 Connecticut

    I'm loving these fox farm cans. Allora is fantastic! The batch of burst that they canned is one of the best beers that I've ever had and allora isn't all that far behind.

    I scoffed at the fox farm being better than fox farm comments. But I very well may prefer fox farms single ipas. With that style their second to none. Hearthbound is unmatched for what it is too.

    Their doubles on the other hand I feel are a step down. I don't get the love for daylily and just cracked a growler of tangle. It's just good, not great like most of their offerings between 6-7% imo.
     
  33. cmoney13

    cmoney13 Initiate (141) Sep 9, 2017 Massachusetts

    My friend just got 2 singles from a friend of his: 1 Allora 1 Quiet Life.

    He split the can of Allora with me. Not being dramatic it's one of the worst NEIPAs I've tried, especially from such a hyped place. Flat as all hell and a bizarre aftertaste. I took 3 or 4 sips and poured the rest.

    Cautiously optimistic on the pilsner, assuming I get to try it.
     
  34. rdecker679

    rdecker679 Initiate (37) Oct 8, 2015 Massachusetts
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    Is it possible the friend gave it to a friend who gave it to you, all because it was stored in a washing machine outside on a hot day? Haven't tried it from cans, but have had Allora on draft at the brewery as well as at bars, and from growlers a few days after filled, and it's never been anything but delightful.
     
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  35. PenningtonNY10

    PenningtonNY10 Initiate (170) Nov 20, 2009 Connecticut

    Weird about Allora. Something had to gone wrong there, because it's a fantastic beer on tap.
     
  36. Celtics76

    Celtics76 Crusader (713) Sep 5, 2011 Rhode Island

    Do cans generally last until Fri? I'm going on the 17th right when they open.
     
  37. cmoney13

    cmoney13 Initiate (141) Sep 9, 2017 Massachusetts

    def possible it was just an off can or whatever, don't know. But it was a fresh can from 8/1/18, so short of it being left in a hot trunk parked in the sun 24/7, it should be fine. And it wouldn't explain how flat it was.
     
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  38. bootdown21

    bootdown21 Disciple (362) May 14, 2009 Connecticut
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    Yes, every release so far has lasted at least until Sunday if not the next week.
     
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  39. Celtics76

    Celtics76 Crusader (713) Sep 5, 2011 Rhode Island

    Good to know. Thanks. Fox Farm then Mohegan next week!
     
  40. purephase

    purephase Initiate (149) Feb 23, 2008 Connecticut
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    Daylily and Roam: Nelson available at 8 pp each this week.
     
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