Hill Farmstead (2019)

Discussion in 'New England' started by Sheppard, Jan 3, 2019.

  1. DrewGingras

    DrewGingras Initiate (133) Jul 30, 2013 Vermont

    Oof... Think I'll stay away today. Thanks for the info!
     
  2. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (1,691) Apr 16, 2015 New Hampshire
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    I meant not too many new people in back of me since 2:30, but about ten people since I posted
     
  3. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Poo-Bah (1,796) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire

    I don't come to this thread often so I apologise if this is a consistent or overdone topic, but methinks it's time to seriously expand the retail area.

    There was one point of sale when I got up to the counter. One. And I understand it's a special release but I've waited a good 45 minutes before during normal days.

    Idk I have no solutions. I'm just saying it's incredibly slow getting beer at HF.
     
  4. kinopio

    kinopio Aspirant (263) Apr 30, 2009 Massachusetts

    I think the solution is to not go all the way to HF if all you are doing is buying their IPA's like you said you were. Just go to any other brewery. They all make mostly interchangeable IPAs these days. The trip to HF is obviously worth it for people who love saisons and such.
     
  5. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Poo-Bah (1,796) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire

    See I disagree there. HF makes my absolute favorite hoppy beers. S&S4 is at the top of the list.

    I also love the draft options. It's a great brewery to visit no matter what styles you enjoy. You just have to wait too damn long to get them.

    First world problems.
     
  6. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (1,691) Apr 16, 2015 New Hampshire
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    Had 3 POS going when I made it up there. Was pretty long wait. But no line to get beers in Taproom, so I just drank my beer in line.
     
  7. colby600

    colby600 Zealot (516) Mar 24, 2015 Massachusetts
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    They aren't all interchangeable, S&S #4 is ridiculous.
     
  8. MattOC

    MattOC Disciple (301) Jan 13, 2013 Massachusetts
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    I’m on board with that. S&S #4 is my favorite hoppy beer and imo the best there is.
     
  9. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Poo-Bah (1,796) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire

    Dude it's so good. I nearly fainted when I saw it was available in cans.
     
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  10. colby600

    colby600 Zealot (516) Mar 24, 2015 Massachusetts
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    I know when it's released at HF, Armsby Abbey isn't far behind. I'm waiting...
     
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  11. MattOC

    MattOC Disciple (301) Jan 13, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Now you both have me reminiscing over this beer. My last run of cans was 7/30-9/10/18 batch. But truly fond of first pours off kegs at Blackback, at Armsby when Hill got in state, and fresh growler fills of it long before cans. Special beer.
     
  12. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Poo-Bah (1,796) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire

    My first growler fill back in 2016 was a religious experience. Oddly enough I chose to get a 2 liter fill of it instead of my usual 750 ml. Best random beer decision I've ever made.
     
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  13. Sheppard

    Sheppard Savant (971) Mar 16, 2013 Virginia

    I don't think I've found anywhere that produces hoppy beers on par with Hill's best hoppy beers. I've certainly looked, but nothing is interchangeable with them. I do feel for @ScaryEd. It sounds like today was one of the worst days to go (unless you really really really really really wanted Clover).
     
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  14. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Poo-Bah (1,796) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire

    It really was.

    Although I do remember the old days of HF and going on a Saturday when they had just that small counter for growler fills and bottle purchases. You'd get there at open and would walk out 30 minutes to close. But then I knew what I was getting into.
     
  15. CTHopman

    CTHopman Initiate (127) Jul 22, 2016 Connecticut

    Did I miss the IPA reference? Also, depending on what type of PA/IPA/DIPA you are looking for, HF, Suarez and Fox Farm are exemplary. Soft, crisp and clean as opposed to overhopped "NE style" sludge.
     
  16. Shwilly_Vanilli

    Shwilly_Vanilli Initiate (149) Dec 20, 2013 Connecticut
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    Aside of the predictably slow retail line for bottles/cans, it was a pretty great day overall at HF. Weather held up for a comfortable day in Greensboro. Aaron ‘15 on draft, Flora Pear and Damon ‘17 among the on-site bottle offerings. And the pizza truck was really tasty.
     
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  17. AUtiger1209

    AUtiger1209 Initiate (18) Jul 14, 2017 Georgia

    Traveling to Burlington from Atlanta, and going to be at HF next Thursday, second day of their anniversary week.

    Anyone have experience with their anniversary week, specifically during the week (Weds or Thurs)? Is it a complete shit show?
     
  18. dropkick1977

    dropkick1977 Initiate (50) Jan 4, 2016 New Hampshire
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    Wasn't it Damon Kieni? I think I missed that by a half hour or so. But yeah, overall a fun day. Got there early, they opened early and, relatively speaking, crushed in the retail room with 5 people picking orders, at least for the initial rush.

    Sneaky underrated on-site bottle was Norma '16. I love that beer.
     
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  19. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (1,691) Apr 16, 2015 New Hampshire
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    Hi. I have been on either Wednesday or Thursday since they went to this format. It has not been a shit show at all in my opinion. Pretty chill, especially if the weather is nice and there is room for people to spread out on the deck/field.

    They have not had anything crazy at retail the last few years. The retail lines for extremely limited brews seem to drive the most crowds.

    I arrive typically at 230-3pm. The initial group of guests are usually gone at this time.
     
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  20. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (1,691) Apr 16, 2015 New Hampshire
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    They had M&C 9 bottles in the afternoon too.
     
  21. dubdrop

    dubdrop Zealot (566) Aug 6, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Compared to the Damon FBV release, I thought yesterday's line moved pretty quickly. Definitely more people yesterday for Clover, but the line moved faster since they had 2 registers and 3-4 people boxing orders. Hopefully this becomes the norm for these big hyped release days. Plus they were already open when I arrived at 10:30, which I'm sure helped quite a bit.
     
  22. dropkick1977

    dropkick1977 Initiate (50) Jan 4, 2016 New Hampshire
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    I thought it was MUCH better. And score one for the early crowd. I know we get some shit for getting there early, but some of us have logistics issues (kids) and need to get up there, get our shit, and get home. Opening at 9:55 or so was a pleasant surprise and I thought they crushed it in the retail room.

    Of course, I was in and out before the grandmules on canes and the gaggle of bored looking, college aged girls I saw get in line who were no doubt long time Hill Farmstead enthusiasts. That might have slowed the afternoon lines a bit.
     
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  23. AUtiger1209

    AUtiger1209 Initiate (18) Jul 14, 2017 Georgia

    Excellent! Thank you! I’ll be getting there around 2:30 as well, so hopefully this how things go this year.
     
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  24. Max_W

    Max_W Disciple (312) Jun 14, 2013 New York
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    Anyone hear yet?
     
  25. ijenkins

    ijenkins Initiate (29) Jul 7, 2005 Pennsylvania

  26. kylestearns

    kylestearns Initiate (54) Nov 12, 2011 Virginia
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    Got a FOFA email -- not sure if people here are waiting to hear back from HF.
     
  27. vtcraft

    vtcraft Initiate (155) Apr 1, 2013 Vermont
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    How were the lines today? Any predictions for Sat? I’ll be in the area for my son’s soccer game on Sat. and am thinking of stopping in around 1:30. I’ll have two kids with me who are great at entertaining themselves, but I don’t want to wait in the bottle/can line for more than 45min.
     
  28. Skwalk47

    Skwalk47 Aspirant (262) Aug 31, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Got fofa email about 6 hrs ago. Idk what time I'm in Tokyo right now...
     
  29. WoolEnthusiast

    WoolEnthusiast Initiate (86) Dec 15, 2018 Connecticut
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    Line was about 15-20 people out the door around open, and all but disappeared by 1pm. Clover hadn't run out when I left, and according to the FB group, is still available.

    Probably won't still be there, but Flora Melange and Fou '16 were available for onsite.
     
  30. Davl22

    Davl22 Aspirant (239) Sep 27, 2011 New Hampshire
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    Does anyone know the total amount of HF CW members there are compared to the total number of FOFA tickets?
     
  31. Skwalk47

    Skwalk47 Aspirant (262) Aug 31, 2010 Massachusetts
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    I don't know, but based on my sample size of one it was easier to get fofa than CW.
     
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  32. unibroue4ever

    unibroue4ever Initiate (129) Oct 20, 2010 Quebec (Canada)
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    Sorry for this question, but any chance Clover last until Saturday? I know, I know, but I had to asked! Thanks!
     
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  33. ajthegreat

    ajthegreat Initiate (144) Nov 11, 2010 Vermont

    Sure, there's a chance.
     
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  34. vtcraft

    vtcraft Initiate (155) Apr 1, 2013 Vermont
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    Sold out
     
  35. TheNinthLetter

    TheNinthLetter Initiate (86) Apr 16, 2017 New York

    Is there a separate FoFA thread for this year? I searched but only found ones for previous years. Just want to check before I started blabbering on.
     
  36. mdg164

    mdg164 Initiate (78) Mar 28, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    Still no FOFA email.

    No one I know even received a confirmation email when they registered. Did that happen to anyone else?
     
  37. Max_W

    Max_W Disciple (312) Jun 14, 2013 New York
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    No confirmation email but could see on the universe website I had successfully put in for the lottery

    Oh well, fingers crossed for next year!
     
  38. TheNinthLetter

    TheNinthLetter Initiate (86) Apr 16, 2017 New York

    I didn't receive a registration email either but I did get the "you are selected" email on Thursday. Not sure if they all went out yet or not though.
     
  39. AUtiger1209

    AUtiger1209 Initiate (18) Jul 14, 2017 Georgia

  40. Davl22

    Davl22 Aspirant (239) Sep 27, 2011 New Hampshire
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    That is an absolutely stacked list this coming week. Haven't seen Everett in bottles in quite awhile.
     
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