Highland Park: Bottle Friends & Public Releases (2018)

Discussion in 'Pacific' started by taylordane, Jan 29, 2018.

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Are you a Bottle Friend?

  1. Yes

  2. No, passed

  3. No, missed the sale, hopefully next year

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  1. deadwolfbones

    deadwolfbones Initiate (68) Jun 21, 2014 California

    I didn't, but some friends from another board did and said it was a good time all around.
     
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  2. the_trystero

    the_trystero Disciple (320) Mar 19, 2013 California

    Actually, I mislead you a little, I think the filet and batter are very similar. It's the bun and condiments that are quite different.
     
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  3. Black_Rider

    Black_Rider Devotee (497) Mar 26, 2013 California
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    holy shit, the short rib burger

    we need a separate thread for HPB/Herm food specials
     
  4. swanfungus

    swanfungus Devotee (469) Dec 23, 2014 California
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    Where is it? Herm or HPB?
     
  5. Black_Rider

    Black_Rider Devotee (497) Mar 26, 2013 California
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  6. the_trystero

    the_trystero Disciple (320) Mar 19, 2013 California

    omigerd.

    I could do without the arugula though. hahaha

    But, damn, that sounds amazing.
     
  7. annakarina

    annakarina Initiate (85) Jul 29, 2016 California

    I really wish Chinatown would keep their specials going all week. Only having them up for a day is a g’dang tease.
     
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  8. annakarina

    annakarina Initiate (85) Jul 29, 2016 California

    Dang, got hyped to drink the BA version of their barleywine before seeing it'll still be a few months.

    Would also like HPB to bring back some version of Hammered Satin!
     
  9. Black_Rider

    Black_Rider Devotee (497) Mar 26, 2013 California
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    agree. also, think they should do a beer called Hammered Satan
     
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  10. swanfungus

    swanfungus Devotee (469) Dec 23, 2014 California
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    Let's take it a step further and call it "Ham-mered Satan," and have the base be the ham porter.

    Ew. Never mind.
     
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  11. annakarina

    annakarina Initiate (85) Jul 29, 2016 California

    They have made a ham porter before, but I wasn't the biggest fan.
     
  12. Black_Rider

    Black_Rider Devotee (497) Mar 26, 2013 California
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    HPB did?
     
  13. annakarina

    annakarina Initiate (85) Jul 29, 2016 California

    Yep, looks like I had it on tap December 2014. It was one of the lo

    Description: "An American porter that is made with a whole ham in the boil. Surprisingly, this beer is incredibly drinkable with delicate smokiness, big roast, and just a hint of brininess in the finish."
     
  14. Frosty11161

    Frosty11161 Initiate (195) May 2, 2016 California
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    Surprisingly drinkable, haha.

    That totally doesn't quell my doubts about a ham beer when ordering.
     
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  15. annakarina

    annakarina Initiate (85) Jul 29, 2016 California

    one of the lower ratings I've given a HPB beer*
     
  16. swanfungus

    swanfungus Devotee (469) Dec 23, 2014 California
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    Ham porter was the first HPB beer I ever had, at Hermosillo. To be honest, my initial response was indignation, and I wrote HPB off as a nonsense brewery trying to be quirky.

    Oh, how times have changed.
     
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  17. ComradePalmer

    ComradePalmer Initiate (149) Jul 27, 2015 California

    I need a ham beer aged in rum barrels. Gimme that Rum Ham, HPB.
     
  18. Black_Rider

    Black_Rider Devotee (497) Mar 26, 2013 California
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    I think I vaguely remember that now. though I never tired it
     
  19. Black_Rider

    Black_Rider Devotee (497) Mar 26, 2013 California
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    yeah, when I first heard about Herm getting a brewing thing going in the back, I didn't have high expectations. amazing how HPB has become one of the best, if not the best, LA breweries

    on the flip side there have been so many other breweries open near me that I got excited about only to be let down (Golden Road taking the cake for biggest let down)
     
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  20. the_trystero

    the_trystero Disciple (320) Mar 19, 2013 California

    I believe it was one of Bob's annual holiday homebrews before HPB was just a glimmer in his eye. And I thought HPB did it at least two years in a row early on?
     
  21. swanfungus

    swanfungus Devotee (469) Dec 23, 2014 California
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    I don't know how to go that far back on Untappd to see what else I was drinking that night. Was the pumpkin beer on at the same time? Or was that the next year's holiday brew. All I can see on my Untappd history is that I gave Ham Porter 2 stars [insert muscle emoji].

    And yes, @Black_Rider it *is* incredible to see how far they have come. Ham porter aside, HPB has grown and evolved exactly as one would hope.
     
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  22. annakarina

    annakarina Initiate (85) Jul 29, 2016 California

    The other beers I checked in around the same time were Lazy Susan, Wake Up At Michael's, Griffith J. Griffith, Tiny-Shape, New Wave, and Special Moves. And apparently Spazz, Vacation w/ Brett, and Not Normal were a few months before.

    I was pretty inconsistent with checking in new beers and checking in beers I'd already tried before though. Now I pretty much only check in stuff I'm trying for the first time.

    This was probably not helpful at answering your question.
     
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  23. the_trystero

    the_trystero Disciple (320) Mar 19, 2013 California

    But it shows that HPB was banging from the start excluding the Ham Porter. Base Spazz is one of my favorite beers ever, the Wake Up variants were bad ass, and we all know how good Lazy Susan and GJG are.
     
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  24. skelliott

    skelliott Initiate (93) Jul 2, 2013 California

    I seem to recall Ham Porter sticking around well into 2015, but I don't think it came back after that.

    In addition to the other early beers mentioned, I really liked Nebraska.

    and just because...

     
  25. annakarina

    annakarina Initiate (85) Jul 29, 2016 California

    To follow the nostalgia route, a select list of some of my favorite HPB brews, some new, some old, all tasty as hell:

    Hello, LA (first IPA I tried, still probably my favorite)
    Fun Juice
    Woodshop 10th Anniversary
    People Pleaser
    For Crazy
    Irresponsible
    Griffith J Griffith w/ Coconut and Chilis
    Cherry Spazz
    Nebraska w/ Brett
    Please Forgive Me
    Huge
    Not Normal
    BA Hammered Satin
    Coco Noche
    Spazz
    Wake Up Michael's On Fire
    7 to 5
    No Stress
    Losing Control
    World Champ
     
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  26. the_trystero

    the_trystero Disciple (320) Mar 19, 2013 California

    Haha, shit, I don't remember half those.
     
  27. swanfungus

    swanfungus Devotee (469) Dec 23, 2014 California
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    According to Untappd, my personal top 10 of the (apparently) 129 (?) HPB beers I've tried:

    BA Hammered Satin
    Coco Noche
    Woodshop 10th Anniversary
    GJG w/ Coconut & Chili
    1UP
    Bonkers
    Fun Juice
    Cherry Spazz
    Big No No
    BA Gloom
     
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  28. annakarina

    annakarina Initiate (85) Jul 29, 2016 California

    I'm apparently at 192. I wonder what my 200th HPB is gonna be. :no_mouth:
     
  29. the_trystero

    the_trystero Disciple (320) Mar 19, 2013 California

    I've got 177 checked in but the sort function isn't working well at the moment since it's only showing a handful of beers at 4.5 or better. And I've rated many more HPB beers that high including GJG which isn't showing up.
     
  30. OTB

    OTB Devotee (402) Sep 2, 2011 California


    Enough with the freekin runny egg on hamburgers, want to kill the taste of a perfectly grilled high quality piece of meet?, yea, drench it in egg, this culinary disasterous fad should have died back in 2001.

    Cheers,
     
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  31. swanfungus

    swanfungus Devotee (469) Dec 23, 2014 California
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    Mine actually says I'm at 199, but I guess 129 are unique and/or batch variants. Shame on me.
     
  32. the_trystero

    the_trystero Disciple (320) Mar 19, 2013 California

    Egg ain't no fad. It's been at Fatburger forever. And egg affects the meat less than every single other thing people put on Burgers.
     
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  33. grilledsquid

    grilledsquid Devotee (469) Jul 10, 2009 California
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    That’s true. Egg is pretty neutral compared to some other favorites like bacon and onions. I’ve seen some burger abominations that feature all manner of outrageous toppings that take away from the patty. I’ll take a fried egg over pineapples any day.
     
  34. the_trystero

    the_trystero Disciple (320) Mar 19, 2013 California

    How about
    Hahahah

    How about pickled beets? Dug them in New Zealand years ago.
     
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  35. grilledsquid

    grilledsquid Devotee (469) Jul 10, 2009 California
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    I like pickled beets. I've never had them on a burger but I think they can be a substitute for dill pickles, especially if they're julienned.
     
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  36. cquiroga

    cquiroga Initiate (159) Oct 14, 2004 California

    No Pleasant Pils, no care.

    Off the top of my head... I'd probably also have to have these in the Top 10 mix:

    1UP
    Sun-soaked
    Spazz
    Occupied Space B1
    Timbo Pils
    Neon
    Hammered Satin
     
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  37. dcgunman

    dcgunman Crusader (732) Jul 1, 2009 California

    Agree. The first time I tried this was at Slater’s 50/50. Why? Curious. Hated it. I’ll stick with a good burger. With a pint of ipa.
     
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  38. Vanlingleipa

    Vanlingleipa Devotee (424) May 19, 2011 California
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    Just kick the damn chicken off your burger. And if it gets near your IPA, pull out a gun.
     
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  39. OTB

    OTB Devotee (402) Sep 2, 2011 California

    Then why put it on your burger ?

    Cheers

    Cheers
     
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  40. the_trystero

    the_trystero Disciple (320) Mar 19, 2013 California

    Mouthfeel.
     
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