Hill Farmstead Growler Fills

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  1. parkingphi

    parkingphi Initiate (66) Dec 2, 2008 New York
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    Does anyone know what happens at 5PM and people are still in line for growler fills?
     
  2. BeerCosmonaut

    BeerCosmonaut Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2010 Vermont

    If you're in line you get your growlers filled
     
  3. parkingphi

    parkingphi Initiate (66) Dec 2, 2008 New York
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  4. franklinn

    franklinn Initiate (0) May 29, 2012 Vermont

    They stop letting folks join the line at 5 o'clock. Of course they still fill until the line is finished. I was last one in line on saturday (made it up after working all day) and I think we left around 5:45 after a brief chat with Phil & co.
     
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  5. parkingphi

    parkingphi Initiate (66) Dec 2, 2008 New York
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    That's great to hear. I'll be driving down from Montreal on a Saturday and wanted to avoid the craziness that is a Saturday at HF in the earlier part of the day.
     
  6. SteelersX

    SteelersX Disciple (369) Jan 30, 2011 New York
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    Whats it like during the week? Say Wednesday afternoon
     
  7. duchessedubourg

    duchessedubourg Aspirant (230) Nov 2, 2007 Vermont
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    Very quiet on Wednesdays - so far. Unless it is a release day as well - then it's busier.
     
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  8. JuliusTheCat

    JuliusTheCat Initiate (161) Aug 29, 2012 Maine
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    What about Thrursdays? I'll be making my first visit between noon & 2 this thursday. I'll be solo with my 3 year old daughter. Will be spending a week at Jay Peak, so getting a weeks worth of beer. I feel bad showing up solo with a 3 yr old, but I can't pass it up. Hopefully Sciences will be out.
     
  9. duchessedubourg

    duchessedubourg Aspirant (230) Nov 2, 2007 Vermont
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    I believe Five Sciences has been pulled off distro temporarily for inadequate carbonation. It will take more time to achieve it at a higher temp, says Shaun. Try the Convivial Suarez in the meantime - almost the same style, super-tasty (and fully carbonated.) I don't think that bringing a child along should be a problem, but at that age they shouldn't be running around the brewery while you conduct your business there. Couldn't hurt to call ahead to see what the wait is like that day, either. Standing in line outside in the cold with a small child sounds like *fun* so hope it's a quiet day for your sake.
     
  10. JuliusTheCat

    JuliusTheCat Initiate (161) Aug 29, 2012 Maine
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    Thanks for the info. She's quite well behaved, but you never know with kids. I'm ultra sensitive about that type of stuff, so I would never let her run around. I'd just assume leave empty handed if she was acting up.

    My plan was to get there as close to opening as possible, have a list made out and go from there.

    Dumb question, but are they friendly? Oddly after reading a bunch over a period of time I am sort of nervous about going there.
     
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  11. tylermains

    tylermains Initiate (0) Apr 6, 2010 Kentucky

    The whole crew is really friendly. Nobody better to fill your growlers than Phil. Don't stress about visiting, it's just beer and regular people.
     
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  12. CADMixes

    CADMixes Initiate (166) Feb 29, 2012 Massachusetts

    They are friendly.
     
  13. duchessedubourg

    duchessedubourg Aspirant (230) Nov 2, 2007 Vermont
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    No attitude - they will make your visit worthwhile.
     
  14. JuliusTheCat

    JuliusTheCat Initiate (161) Aug 29, 2012 Maine
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    Awesome. Thanks guys.
     
  15. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,509) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    I am naively hoping that when I go up there in July for a hiking trip that there will be less people on the assumption that area is more popular during ski season. o_O
     
  16. bylerteck

    bylerteck Poo-Bah (2,869) May 17, 2009 Ontario (Canada)
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    Are they fairly welcome to accepting locals as gifts. Coming from Ontario in May and was planning to bring a few beers that will probably never be available in Vermont.
     
  17. youbrewidrink

    youbrewidrink Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2009 Vermont
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    Suprisingly incorrect, when the dirt roads are dry and in better shape even locals make the trip more frequently.
    Between hiking, cycling, camping, paddling and beer Vermont really is a 4 seasons destination!
     
  18. youbrewidrink

    youbrewidrink Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2009 Vermont
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    Yes please.
     
  19. dunix

    dunix Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2011 Vermont

    This. Except I would just point out, Vermont has 6 seasons. Stick and Mud seasons aren't so great. Although good times to go to HF, if you have a vehicle with high clearance.
     
  20. duchessedubourg

    duchessedubourg Aspirant (230) Nov 2, 2007 Vermont
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    PS: Cash only - no ATM's on site, and no credit cards.
     
  21. bylerteck

    bylerteck Poo-Bah (2,869) May 17, 2009 Ontario (Canada)
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    I feel an IP trade coming along...

     
  22. JuliusTheCat

    JuliusTheCat Initiate (161) Aug 29, 2012 Maine
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    And 4WD from what I gather!

    Are there limits? I assume where it's a destination it wouldn't be within reason. Going to be at jay peak for 5 days with a bunch of family. Thinking probably 6 growlers, 2 750's & a couple btls to take home. Any must hit places to hit around Jay Peak?

    Planning to take the long way home & hit Alchemist on Monday & maybe call the warren store to see if there is any Lawson's.
     
  23. youbrewidrink

    youbrewidrink Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2009 Vermont
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    Not likely to be any Lawson's left in Warren on a Monday.
     
  24. JuliusTheCat

    JuliusTheCat Initiate (161) Aug 29, 2012 Maine
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    That's what I assumed but thought I'd at least call. Is Thursday a better option? That's when they deliver, right? But if they deliver pm then it won't work. Going to have some time to kill before the rest of the family gets there but not sure I want to make the drive.
     
  25. Massbmx

    Massbmx Devotee (408) Apr 5, 2011 Massachusetts
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    There were limits before, not sure if they're still in places or what they are, but pretty sure if you hop back in line you can fill more. Also jay peak and hill farmstead, can you adopt me into your family?
     
  26. sandman3479

    sandman3479 Devotee (409) Dec 8, 2006 Connecticut
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    Limit 5 growlers total with each trip through the line. The lines can be 2+ hours...

    Bottle limits if any, are stated on the site.
     
  27. sandman3479

    sandman3479 Devotee (409) Dec 8, 2006 Connecticut
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    Lawson's get delived Thursday to the Warren store, usually before noon.
     
  28. JuliusTheCat

    JuliusTheCat Initiate (161) Aug 29, 2012 Maine
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    If you like insanity. c'mon over. The more the merrier.

    Anyone been there early on a thurs? Will there definitely be a line before noon?
     
  29. chuckycheese

    chuckycheese Initiate (0) Feb 18, 2010 Maine

    My 2 cents....There are no certainties to speak of at HF, you just show up and roll with it. Can be busy/slow depending on many variables.
     
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  30. bahnfire

    bahnfire Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2011 Vermont
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    Yeah bottle limits (if any) are listed on on their retail page.

    Far as growler fills go, they do have a sign up that says 5/per trip through the line, but it has been a little unclear if the 5/per limit is just on 2L fills or if it just means 5 bottles (comination of 5 2L or 750ml). I've seen folks recently get 7+ 750's plus a 2L or two at a time with no problem. But I have not seen someone try to get more than 5 2L fills, so I guess I can't be sure if they would need to go to the end of the line or not.
     
  31. sandman3479

    sandman3479 Devotee (409) Dec 8, 2006 Connecticut
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    Every time I have been up and it was busy, it has been made clear that it's 5 containers, no matter what size...
     
  32. Auror

    Auror Defender (634) Jan 1, 2010 Massachusetts
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    [quote="bahnfire, post: 1099736, member: 554125] I've seen folks recently get 7+ 750's plus a 2L or two at a time with no problem. But I have not seen someone try to get more than 5 2L fills, so I guess I can't be sure if they would need to go to the end of the line or not.[/quote]

    The limit is not always enforced when it isn't crazy busy.
     
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  33. jhb138

    jhb138 Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Can you bring your own growlers, or do you have to buy/bring theirs?
     
  34. MarkF150

    MarkF150 Aspirant (270) Feb 9, 2009 Massachusetts
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    They will fill any growlers as long as they arent clear glass. Also, if you have screw top growlers, be sure to bring the tops as they do not have any.
     
  35. BeerCosmonaut

    BeerCosmonaut Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2010 Vermont

    There won't be a "line", but there's always a handful of people lining up between 11:30 and noon. The problem is those people are more likely to fill a large amount of growlers, so that creates a +/- 30 minute wait right off the bat. There will not be a two hour line on a non-holiday Thursday with no extremely high demand bottles, so honestly I think you would probably find the line shorter at 2 than at noon. Of course, these things can be unpredictable...
     
  36. StylzMC

    StylzMC Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2012 Yukon (Canada)

    we just went over all of this.
     
  37. JuliusTheCat

    JuliusTheCat Initiate (161) Aug 29, 2012 Maine
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    Thanks for this info.

    I've decided I'm just going to go for it. I've convinced my dad to leave w/ me & my daughter. We'll hit waterbury around 11, then get to The Warren Store between 12-1. Then get to Hill Farmstead by mid afternoon. Get to Jay's whenever I get there. Hopefully it'll all come together. Rest of the family is 't getting there until between 5-7, so I'll still beat them. Gonna be fun.
     
  38. BeerMeFitz

    BeerMeFitz Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2011 Illinois

    Whatever you do ....do not bring them New Glarus!!!!! :)
    For some strange reason they have a shit load of it in the cooler!
    Shaun would rather have a bottle of your home brew than have you spend crazy money on some super rare beer. I was there in the Summer and again in Dec and he said he gets a ton of beer gifts from all the great visitors that come to HF so don't take offense if he says no thankyou when you try to give him some.beer....he just gets so much beer and he would rather you share it with someone who has never tried it. I am heading back to HF in May and am pretty excited to spend time and money in an area of our country that is so beautiful and filled with great people and great beer! Cheers!
     
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  39. jomobono

    jomobono Disciple (348) Mar 12, 2012 Massachusetts
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    I was told they like coffee, whole beans
     
  40. Patrick

    Patrick Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    What about Green Mountain Coffee K cups?
     
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