Hair of the Dog Tasting - June 24-26

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  1. DIM

    DIM Poo-Bah (3,421) Sep 28, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    Hair of the Dog is closing for good on June 26th. Most of us can't be there to help celebrate Alan Sprints' contributions towards making craft beer what it is today. But we can open up one or more of his creations, share our thoughts on the beer, and talk about HotD's remarkable 29 year run.

    15 or so years ago when I was just beginning to learn about better beer year I got a mixed pack from my sister for Christmas. She had asked a knowledgeable friend to pick out some things he thought everyone should try. That was how I met Adam and Fred. For a long time those two and Doggie Claws were all I could find. Then I found out last year that they ship to PA. 3 orders later, I'm very glad I got to explore some of their unique barrel aged offerings. The online store will be open for some time after the brewery shutters if anyone is interested. There is a great deal on a mixed pack of 6 each Doggie Claws and Cherry Adam right now!

    Hope to see a lot of you here starting on Friday the 24th. I'm ready!

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    Bonus points to anyone who opens a Dave!:whale::whale:
     
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  2. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (5,270) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Love it. I ordered a sampler a while back and still have probably half of the bottles. I'll open up one or two and toast with you all.
     
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  3. beergoot

    beergoot Poo-Bah (8,382) Oct 11, 2010 Colorado
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    ...great idea...!!!...

    ...I've got a number of them left and another assorted 12-pack coming within a week or so...
     
  4. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (6,164) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Awesome idea @DIM! Looking forward to this.
     
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  5. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,742) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Great idea. It's probably been years since I've had any of their beers. There's an antique store... whoops, I meant beer store, by me that has some old bottles. If I have a chance to go there before the 24th, I'll pick one or two up. Does HotD date their bottles?
     
  6. DIM

    DIM Poo-Bah (3,421) Sep 28, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    Adam and Fred have batch numbers which you can use to research bottling dates, the barrel aged stuff and Doggie Claws have the year printed on the label, and I'm not sure about their IPAs. Hope you find something good!
     
  7. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,190) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    I haven't checked a can of blue dot in a while, but my recollection is that they do have a canning date on them. Unfortunately, all too frequently freshness is an issue when it comes cans of the green dot, blue dot and polka dot.

    Freshness really shouldn't be an issue for their ba stuff. Typically, those beers only get better with age (up to a point). The only reason it's important to know the vintage of a particular ba HOTD beer relates to carbonation. Several vintages of Matt and Cherry Adam, for example, are still (uncarbonated). Both batches of Don are also still.
     
  8. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,482) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Can anyone be so kind as to ship me a bottle of Adam so that I can participate?
     
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  9. sulldaddy

    sulldaddy Poo-Bah (4,430) Apr 6, 2003 Connecticut
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    Online HOTD store ships to CT.
    Ive got about 6 bottles left from my order last year
     
  10. DIM

    DIM Poo-Bah (3,421) Sep 28, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    Is Don going to make an appearance??
     
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  11. sulldaddy

    sulldaddy Poo-Bah (4,430) Apr 6, 2003 Connecticut
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    It seems the appropriate time, doesnt it?
     
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  12. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,190) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    I wish. Assuming we're talking about Don Younger, nothing would give us here in the NW greater happiness.
     
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  13. Resistance88

    Resistance88 Disciple (386) Apr 9, 2015 California
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    Maybe ill drink one of the 2015 Putins i bought last week. I was gonna wait till 2025 but life is uncertain
     
  14. DIM

    DIM Poo-Bah (3,421) Sep 28, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    I should have chosen my words better when mentioning a beer memorializing someone. I apologize.
     
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  15. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,439) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Maybe it's a good excuse to finally open this, a beer that whenever I rearrange the cellar and find it tucked inside a blue plastic bag (doesn't fit in any of my cellar beer boxes - that's it behind the wooden box of King & Barnes Millennium Ale), I think to myself, "When am I ever going to open this?"

    That's right before I think, "Why did I ever buy this - 50 ounces of 10% golden ale - why haven't I drank it yet, and now I wonder what it cost and where I found it..."
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    Circa early 2000s is the best I can recall (I guess there's a chart somewhere?) and beside knowing HotD's rep and having corresponded with Fred Eckhardt and subscribed to (and even wrote one article for) his publications, I guess the novelty of find the beer on a NJ (I think?) shelf was enough. It'd probably be considered a bargain today.
     
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  16. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,742) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Will there ever be a better time? All you’ll need is a simple wine bottle stopper to space it out over a few days… but with HotD’s carbonation idiosyncrasies, you might not even need that.
     
  17. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,742) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    @jesskidden - Unless you are planning on hosting a beer tasting or bringing it to a party… but you’ve had 20ish years to do so with this beer and haven’t yet. :slight_smile:
     
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  18. ZebulonXZogg

    ZebulonXZogg Meyvn (1,006) May 5, 2015 Illinois
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    I'll pass, unless they start distributing it here!
     
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  19. DIM

    DIM Poo-Bah (3,421) Sep 28, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    I don't like your odds at this point...
     
  20. thebeers

    thebeers Poo-Bah (4,024) Sep 10, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    I'm hosting a share next Friday and was just thinking about how I don't have any large-format HoTD. Beer mail me for details. :wink:
     
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  21. LarryV

    LarryV Poo-Bah (3,007) Jun 13, 2001 Massachusetts
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    No can do - have never, ever seen a HOTD beer in this area. Enjoy.
     
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  22. DIM

    DIM Poo-Bah (3,421) Sep 28, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    You almost certainly won't get it in time for the tasting, but they do ship. Well worth it in my opinion.
     
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  23. WCKDVBZ

    WCKDVBZ Meyvn (1,424) May 9, 2014 South Carolina

    Even if you're not aware, all you have to do is read the very first sentence: "Hair of the Dog is closing for good on June 26th." :thinking_face:
     
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  24. micada

    micada Meyvn (1,279) Jul 13, 2015 New York
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    If someone wants to trade me something so I can participate…hook me up!
     
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  25. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,439) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    You been readin' my mail...:slight_frown:
     
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  26. IrishMASMS

    IrishMASMS Aspirant (227) Oct 6, 2019 California
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    I found some HOTD at Target in San Fransisco a couple of years ago, a complete fluke. Fred, Adam, Doggie Claws - did not like any of them.

    Enjoy!

    Sorry to hear they are closing though. Any insights as to why?
     
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  27. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,439) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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  28. Tucquan

    Tucquan Poo-Bah (3,334) Oct 11, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    I've been to the brew pub twice and peeked in the windows of the previous brewery location when I couldn't find a time to meet Alan there (although he was willing) with my work schedule. I'm from PA but was in Portland off-and-on over the years to help at our plant there. Blue Dot was revolutionary for me and I first got it at a gas station(!) down the street from my work location. Definitely a favorite brewer. I've got some Fred, Adam and 2 different Doggie Claw years in my fridge. Sorry to see Alan retire but he's doing it in style. Glad to participate in this event.
     
  29. cg123

    cg123 Initiate (108) Feb 27, 2012 Ohio

    I just placed an order for a sampler 12 pack and 12 bottles of Adam. It was seemless and I got 10% off for over $100, but christ on a cracker was shipping expensive! Good thing for my wallet this is literally the last time I will be able to do this.
     
  30. DIM

    DIM Poo-Bah (3,421) Sep 28, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    I hit the 20% threshold with my last order and that made me feel better about the shipping cost. Completely irrational I know...
     
  31. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,190) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Will probably stop by the tasting room one last time on Saturday and Sunday. I'm assuming the place will be packed (it was last weekend).

    Alan has been there in the tasting room quite a bit of late. I'm assuming he'll be there on Saturday and Sunday as well.
     
  32. Resistance88

    Resistance88 Disciple (386) Apr 9, 2015 California
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    I couldn't bring myself to do it because of the shipping price. I stared at my cart from yesterday until today..i had Adam once and it was ok but not something i would pay 30 dollars to to me.

    That being said i am excited to crack this 2015 Putin i have on one of the tasting days. I grabbed two so i hope it was worth the price tag ( 21.99 plus CA tax [ 9.5%] )
     
  33. eppCOS

    eppCOS Poo-Bah (1,978) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado
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    Sorry to miss this HotD tasting - really enjoyed my last visit there (ok, years ago!) and sad to see it won't be around. But I'll be on the road with no options to participate. Enjoy, people!
     
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  34. jdense

    jdense Poo-Bah (1,853) Sep 5, 2007 Oregon
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    I will be there Sunday when the doors close. Hope you will join me John!
     
  35. sulldaddy

    sulldaddy Poo-Bah (4,430) Apr 6, 2003 Connecticut
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    I enjoyed my Putin same vintage.

    https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/173/184275/?ba=sulldaddy#lists
     
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  36. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,190) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    You can count on it Jeff. What time are you planning to arrive?
     
  37. DIM

    DIM Poo-Bah (3,421) Sep 28, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    Alright, this kicks off tomorrow. If anyone over does it tonight and needs a little Hair of the Dog tomorrow morning, be sure to post here! I'll be chiming in later in the day.
     
  38. Spade

    Spade Aspirant (280) Mar 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Found 2 bottles today so I'm looking forward to this.
     
  39. DIM

    DIM Poo-Bah (3,421) Sep 28, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    Let me guess, Fred and Doggie Claws right? I think you'll like 'em.
     
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  40. Spade

    Spade Aspirant (280) Mar 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    You win a rubber cigar. Fred and Blue Dot. With vintage dust!
     
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