Hill Farmstead hype

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by black13, Jul 21, 2012.

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  1. libbey

    libbey Initiate (0) May 18, 2008 British Indian Ocean Territory

  2. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (152) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    I have had a Saison and IPA from them and both were amazing. In my top 5 for both styles. Worth the hype imo.
  3. jaasen64

    jaasen64 Meyvn (1,130) Jan 15, 2012 Massachusetts
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    All of them haha... I'd recommend Twilight of Idols right now. $8/bottle, 2500 just released this past week as a shelf item. Shouldn't be too hard to track down and tastes absolutely awesome!
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  4. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 Indiana
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    I'm on it!
    Thx all!
  5. BreakingBad

    BreakingBad Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2012

    hype for something a little distro so it's impossible to tell. can't tell till you try it yourself
  6. davey101

    davey101 Meyvn (1,080) Apr 14, 2009 Connecticut
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    Having had Everett in the past and opening growlers of Society & Solitude 5 and Abner within the last hour, my vote would be a solid yes followed by several exclamation points and a random "1" thrown into to show my careless enthusiasm.
  7. ales4baldo

    ales4baldo Initiate (0) Jul 8, 2011 California

    Look dude if you have to ask you cant afford it....HF, FTW!
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  8. Kinsman

    Kinsman Champion (873) Aug 26, 2009 California

    Beer geeks tend to get a little excited sometimes and their not shy of a little hyperbole but HF is absolutely top notch. Don't act like it's some sort of hunt to get their beer though. Growlers of their beer are pretty easy to obtain for a local BA so you shouldn't have to trade and arm and a leg just to get it. Obviously their limited stuff (i.e. Civil Disobedience blends, barrel-aged stuff, etc...) will be tough since they usually have bottle limits but the taps for growlers are flowing 4 days a week with no limit. Their website is almost always accurate with whats currently available as well so that should help figure out what to get. For a stout/porter guy, don't miss Twilight of the Idols, their winter porter. Everett is their more year-round porter and is widely regard as one of the best in America but I heard last week that it may be awhile before that goes back on tap while they still have Twilight. If you like IPAs, Abner is a MUST try. Absolutely my favorite HF beer, and my favorite DIPA overall. Heady is great, but Abner has a certain something that just clicks with me.
  9. Reagan1984

    Reagan1984 Poo-Bah (2,161) May 15, 2008 Massachusetts
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    I would shy away from it. In fact, If I were you I'd start a campaign to ensure that nobody else tries their beer. We want to keep this a secret and not raise the competition for their rare struff.:rolling_eyes::rolling_eyes:

    Their beer is frigging awesome. I mean really really awesome. Please end this thread and lets not hype anymore. :astonished:
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  10. Centennial

    Centennial Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2009 Vermont

    I feel old reading this.
  11. stonermouse

    stonermouse Devotee (487) Aug 16, 2006 Massachusetts
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    Some facts about Hill Farmstead:

    1. The hops for Hill Farmstead's brews sprout legs when ripe, and volunteer themselves into the wort.
    2. Lance Armstrong cured his cancer by pouring Ephraim on his junk.
    3. The sun rises when Shaun Hill decides to get out of bed.
    4. When Hill Farmstead brews, cold fusion occurs.
    5. Jesus stole his neighbor Abner Hill's diary and read it to the apostles. The result was the New Testament.

    But seriously, their beer is great.
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  12. darkandhoppy

    darkandhoppy Aspirant (295) Dec 26, 2008 Connecticut

    to be sure, the rarity of HF beers might cause a little inflation (hype) to the reviews/ratings on here but make no mistake about it, having one or more HF offerings will cause a paradigm shift to your palate. HF is a game changer.
  13. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (5,070) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    :astonished: You need to get a new bunch of "beer geek" friends. - Drop 'em and expand your horizons. nh2032 more than answered that question.
  14. TheDudeRules

    TheDudeRules Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2010 Minnesota
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    A resounding fuck yes they are worth it.
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  15. Huhzubendah

    Huhzubendah Poo-Bah (4,811) Oct 29, 2007 District of Columbia
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    I've had 43 of their beers and no duds, not to mention that most of them are outstanding, if not mind blowing. The best brewery in the United States, imho.
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  16. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,431) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    I'm sure HF beers are great but... I'm also not surprised OP's beer geek group doesn't talk about them. You don't hear much about HF up here in the PNW either. Guess why.

    From what I can tell from 3,000 miles away, this brewery is about the closest thing we have in the U.S. to the Saint Sixtus Abbey.
  17. goodonezach

    goodonezach Initiate (0) Mar 24, 2011 New York

    we just got two kegs of edward in at work and it's delicious. it's one of those beers that someone will order once and then drink nothing but that for the rest of the night.
  18. mark99

    mark99 Initiate (0) Mar 10, 2010 New York

    Completely overhyped and not worth it IMO....
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  19. Jimmyp7010

    Jimmyp7010 Initiate (0) Mar 13, 2009 New York
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    I have been privileged enough to try many HF beers and i can honestly not a single one of them were ever over-hyped. Their beers are fantastic, period.
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  20. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Meyvn (1,028) Oct 24, 2009 California
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    I like stouts, especially imperials.
    I don't care for porters.
    Birth of a Tragedy is the best porter I've ever had and would prefer to drink this over most stouts.
    I live in SoCal.
  21. nrs207

    nrs207 Defender (687) Sep 8, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    I consider it the best brewery in the United States. I haven't had everything, but it's hard to imagine something better. Between the beers, the environment, and the events they're awesome. It's such a great place to go, and the beer waiting for you is always worth it. If I could sit there and drink all day out of the taps I would the majority of my days. Their single hop pales are all excellent from what I've had, Edward is a top notch beer and is my least favorite from HF. The saisons are all unique and well done. There seems to be something magical in the water up there. Shaun Hill comes up with some things I wish people could do elsewhere considering I have an 8 hour drive to get there.

    I guess that about covers it.
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  22. jakeaustin

    jakeaustin Aspirant (260) Dec 23, 2007 Maine
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    Said no one ever. Well, one person I guess.

    I love their stuff, but only live a few hours away and go to VT every year anyways. That combined with friends that go out there means I can enjoy HF pretty regularly. Not sure how I'd feel if I lived thousands of miles away. Probably the same as I do about tiny breweries on the west coast. I'm sure they make amazing stuff but not going to any lengths to procure their beers. It's local first for me, then regional.
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  23. brewbetter

    brewbetter Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2012 Nauru

    Haven't tried, but likely as over-hyped as that other Vermont beer...
  24. Centennial

    Centennial Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2009 Vermont

    I hope that was meant with sarcasm, if not what VT. breweries have you tried?
  25. brewbetter

    brewbetter Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2012 Nauru

    I think it's clear that I was referring to a specific over-hyped beer from Vermont. No sarcasm.
  26. Stormfield

    Stormfield Initiate (171) Feb 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    Of course, taste is subjective, but HF is much more than merely "decent". There is reason for the "hype" (an overused term if ever there was one).

    That being said, if you have to move heaven and earth to get your hands on any beer, you are setting yourself up to be disappointed when you actually taste it. I remember how eager I was to try Maine Beer Company's Lunch IPA for the first time. As good as it was, I still remember thinking that I wanted something ridiculously unbelievable to happen as I tasted it...like my head was literally supposed to blow off my shoulders or someting.
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  27. Stormfield

    Stormfield Initiate (171) Feb 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    Seriously dude? What exactly constitutes a great beer in your opinion?
  28. cpjtr9559

    cpjtr9559 Initiate (0) Nov 30, 2007 New York

    i agree
  29. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,431) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    If I had to guess, probably these two.
  30. oldp0rt

    oldp0rt Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2011 Quebec (Canada)

    Never dissapointed with any of their offerings so far. Plus amazing festivals
  31. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,474) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    I've considered selling my house and packing up my family to move to VT just so I could try some.
  32. franklinn

    franklinn Initiate (0) May 29, 2012 Vermont

    I'd highly recommend that as a life choice :slight_smile:
  33. Stormfield

    Stormfield Initiate (171) Feb 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    Yeah, I've heard of both. Never had either. I'm sure they are terrific. But watch out, someone is bound to tell you that they are overhyped.
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  34. ncaudle

    ncaudle Defender (602) May 28, 2010 Virginia
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    I wasn't aware Magic Hat #9 was that hyped...
  35. mrhartounian

    mrhartounian Aspirant (206) Nov 23, 2009 Massachusetts

    Why would you assume such a thing? Just because they are both in Vermont? Makes no sense.
  36. dsal89

    dsal89 Disciple (331) Jul 6, 2008 Indiana
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    Ive only had Edward and it blew me away!

    If i had actual trade ammo for HF I totally would trade for some. But me thinks FFF stuff isnt enough
  37. franklinn

    franklinn Initiate (0) May 29, 2012 Vermont

    I've traded HF growlers for FFF multiple times before. Once for IPA bombers and once for Zombie Dust. I think most people on the east coast who go up to HF would be interested in grabbing some FFF. Limited releases are obviously going to be a little tougher, but I don't think FFF for HF would be too difficult.
  38. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,431) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    I've had Old Rasputin XIV and it was very good. But it's not one of those beers that gets much "hype" at all. I'd llove to try Beatification someday, I've had pretty much all of the other RR beers that see any kind of distribution and never been disappointed.

    I can only assume brewbetter was talking about Alchemist/Heady Topper, and based on the one can of this beer that I've ever tasted I'd have to agree. It's certainly a very good beer but nothing extraordinary, and I think it gets a lot more praise than other beers in the same echelon. If anyone wants to send me a few more cans I'm willing to revisit my assessment. :wink:
  39. dsal89

    dsal89 Disciple (331) Jul 6, 2008 Indiana
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    Hmm, ill have to keep that in mind. Try and workout a big trade HF stuff.
  40. brewbetter

    brewbetter Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2012 Nauru

    I have nothing against HF, HT, or VT in general, but any time you get these crazy hyped beers, it's hard for the beer to live up to it. Heady and Pliny don't really live up to the hype and Westy definitely doesn't. All fine beers in their own right as HF is I'm sure.

    That's really just my stance on crazy-hyped beers in general.
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