Hair of the Dog

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  1. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,358) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Still on tap over at the tasting room?
     
  2. SeaAle

    SeaAle Disciple (334) Jun 24, 2012 Oregon

    No, it was one of the free Zwickelmania beers. It tasted delicious even from a plastic cup.
    As of yesterday Cherry Adam is the current from the wood beer on draft. That also tasted real nice.
     
  3. crusian

    crusian Crusader (787) May 14, 2010 Oregon

    Cherry adam is the next bottle release, and its carbed.
    Also rumor mill is that cans of hotd ipa coming?
     
  4. crusian

    crusian Crusader (787) May 14, 2010 Oregon

    Cherry adam.. carbed yes... light o the cherry. Too light imo. Seems like they are trying to cut costs a bit. I miss the heavy handed cherry from years back.
     
  5. crusian

    crusian Crusader (787) May 14, 2010 Oregon

    Hey, this looks familiar! :wink:
     
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  6. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,358) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Forgot all about that (Wendy mentioned this was coming a couple months ago).

    I'll be very curious to see how well these beers are received. I don't get the impression that bottles of blue dot sell all that well any more, but maybe can sales will be different.
     
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  7. SeaAle

    SeaAle Disciple (334) Jun 24, 2012 Oregon

    The cans will at least hide the murkiness. :wink:
     
  8. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,201) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    If they could properly make Blue Dot again I'd buy the cans.

    April 1st? Weird timing...
     
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  9. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,358) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    So would I. In quantity!

    However...
     
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  10. derftron

    derftron Devotee (451) Feb 8, 2012 Oregon

    I like green dot and polka dot so I’ll buy some from time to time.

    I’ll give blue dot in a can a chance, but not holding my breath
     
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  11. Lingenbrau

    Lingenbrau Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2011 Oregon

    Enjoyed this 2013 bottle last night. Damn fine. Quite a difference between this and regular ol' Fred. Appearance and everything. Still on sale there. Might have to pick a couple more up. Cheers.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. derftron

    derftron Devotee (451) Feb 8, 2012 Oregon

    they are selling 2013 FFTW bottles to go ?? how did i miss this....
     
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  13. Lingenbrau

    Lingenbrau Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2011 Oregon

    I bought it about two weeks ago, but you know how their to-go selection can be. Last year on a random Wednesday they had some '16 Matt (I think it was '16?) and some '09 Cherry Adam From the Wood! When I got this Fred, they didn't even have regular Adam. Random.
     
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  14. derftron

    derftron Devotee (451) Feb 8, 2012 Oregon


    yep.... went yesterday and can confirm that 2013 bottles are for sale! $18.

    Actually, they had a pretty extensive to-go list.

    Also, a one-off batch of Matt was on tap (not the 2013 or 2016 that were bottled). Super tasty!
     
  15. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,358) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Hmmmm..... you don't say. It's been some time since I've seen Matt on tap over there (and I always love me some 2013 FFTW). The tasting room is just 10 minutes from my office after all... Plus I wanted to wish Wendy and Dan Bon Voyage for their upcoming France trip. Hmmm...
     
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  16. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,358) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Here now. As always, matt is very, very tasty.

    But also undeniably a bit spendy. A full glass is $15.50 today.
     
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  17. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,201) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    My neighborhood Whole Foods has batch 99 bottles of Fred and Adam right now. Has batch 100 come out yet? Seems like something fun to pick up.
     
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  18. Lingenbrau

    Lingenbrau Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2011 Oregon

    Fred 100 is out. I'm assuming Adam 100 should be any day now. And I agree, fun times. Thought they'd celebrate the occasion somehow. Hopefully will.
     
  19. guajolote

    guajolote Disciple (319) Sep 12, 2008 Oregon

    Out of curiosity, I grabbed a can of Polka Dot at my local grocery this past weekend. The beer was terrible, despite my already low expectations. There was minimal carb (shocking, I know), and I'd best describe it as syrupy. It's a 5.5% ABV IPA that drinks like an 11% triple IPA. Drainpoured it after 4-5 sips.

    I guess they just don't care? I don't know what would possess them to sell this stuff at their taproom, let alone package it. I can't think of an IPA in recent memory that I disliked more. And this is from a well-respected Portland brewing pioneer to boot. It's shameful. But it's also not surprising.
     
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  20. derftron

    derftron Devotee (451) Feb 8, 2012 Oregon

    Huh, ive had it on tap a few times and thought it was fine... Nothing spectacular but certainly not the mess you described. wonder if its much worse out of the can???
     
  21. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,201) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    The cans are available in Seattle but I'm afraid to try them. Blue Dot has been terrible on draft and in bottle lately, so I can't imagine what an even worse version would be like.
     
  22. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,358) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    I was wondering the same thing. Minimal carbonation and syrupy doesn't sound like the beer I tried in the tasting room, and makes wonder if there was some sort of storage problem.

    IMHO, it's not a particularly outstanding ipa, but I didn't find it to be a syrupy, boozy mess either.
     
  23. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,358) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    This is my reaction as well. The last batch I had of blue dot on draft in the tasting room was actually pretty decent, but over the past few years I've found it to be consistently mediocre. Never did care for polka dot, and found green dot pretty lack luster as well.

    Can't imagine why anyone would be buying cans of this stuff.
     
  24. crusian

    crusian Crusader (787) May 14, 2010 Oregon

    I tried all 3... I didnt really care for them either...
     
  25. walterfredo

    walterfredo Aspirant (203) Nov 22, 2011 California
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    Nostalgia and respect
     
  26. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,201) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    It's hard to respect a product that the owner doesn't seem to respect himself.
     
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  27. sharpski

    sharpski Meyvn (1,277) Oct 11, 2010 Oregon
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    Both get lost pretty quickly, though, when that first purchase in a while doesn't live up to one's memory.

    Speaking of memories, I like to recall the time Alan replied to a thread suggesting I might not know how to pour (his) beer into a glass correctly. I continue to practice with other breweries' beer, but I'm not sure when I'll feel confident enough to attempt the feat with a HoTD bottle/can again.
     
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  28. vurt

    vurt Poo-Bah (1,750) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon
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    Is this where we get to remind him that "Beer is more than glassware"?
     
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  29. derftron

    derftron Devotee (451) Feb 8, 2012 Oregon

    anybody go to Fred fest?? Looks like a 2011 AFTW was tapped and that sounds a lot better now that its not 90 degrees
     
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  30. crusian

    crusian Crusader (787) May 14, 2010 Oregon

    It's back on tap now.
    2011 adam aging in a barrel for 8 years. Its amazing!
     
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  31. derftron

    derftron Devotee (451) Feb 8, 2012 Oregon

    Yep. Had a small pour today. Wow! Fantastic beer.
     
  32. vurt

    vurt Poo-Bah (1,750) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon
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    Looks like Golden Sabbath is on tap at Apex.

    Good news/bad news, eh @John_M ? :slight_smile:
     
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  33. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,358) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Lol! You're right if course. Pretty sure I tried this previously, and it was quite good.

    That being said, I probably won't go over to try it again. Tempting, but probably won't do it. It's Ardbeg day over at highland stillhouse tomorrow, and there's the usual panoply of great beer options in town this weekend. Don't see the Apex being part of the equation.
     
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  34. seanunreal

    seanunreal Initiate (135) Jul 23, 2009 Massachusetts

    Website's stopped listing to-go beers, anyone know what might be available this week? Coming from Mass for a min-honeymoon and can't wait to visit HOTD.
     
  35. jpbebeau

    jpbebeau Aspirant (252) Sep 11, 2011 Washington

    I'm not nearby, but I'd assume at the very least, Maja should be available. Probably along with a couple other ftW bottles.
     
  36. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,358) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    It really tends to vary from week to week, so it's best to just call the tasting room. I would also add that you can still find things like Maja in various stores around town, as well as recent vintages of Cherry Adam, AFTW and Doggie Claws (for example).

    Have fun.
     
  37. DefenCorps

    DefenCorps Poo-Bah (6,368) Jan 18, 2007 Oregon
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    Was there a new batch of Maja released? Or is this still the first batch?
     
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  38. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,358) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    First batch I'm pretty sure. I think there's only been the one version.
     
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  39. crusian

    crusian Crusader (787) May 14, 2010 Oregon

    They just released the second batch
     
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  40. Lingenbrau

    Lingenbrau Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2011 Oregon

    Yup. New batch released this year.

    Also, they released Adam Batch 100. Really thought they'd have some kind of celebration for this but alas, nothing.

    Also, also, Beerweek Smoked Marzen is friggin amazing!

    Cheers
     
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