Holy Mountain Brewing Company Update/Status

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by HolyMtn, Dec 24, 2014.

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  1. HopfenUndMalzGottErhalts

    HopfenUndMalzGottErhalts Initiate (79) Dec 25, 2015 Washington

    Covenant was an interesting taste for me last night for the first time. Very well made. I like what these guys are doing.
     
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  2. MorningDew72

    MorningDew72 Initiate (46) Aug 15, 2014 Washington
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    Holy Mountain bottles are always so well bottle conditioned. Always a nice treat opening one up. It's nice to see they are humbly expanding the oak aging program making it somewhat more readily available for those who live in the area.

    I must say I am very lucky to be able to go there regularly and drink their oak aged mixed culture beers at a very reasonable price.
     
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  3. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,065) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Totally worth waiting in the rain.

    Hearing people around me talking about hating sour beer and shipping their entire allotments out in trades made me sad, though.
     
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  4. Ninjakillzu

    Ninjakillzu Disciple (353) Oct 5, 2015 Washington

    I picked up 2 of the Guava Tables and 1 Dark Retreat. I would put Holy Mountain's sours on the level of De Garde at least, maybe even better.:rolling_eyes: I got there 20 minutes before the release, and there must have been a line of 100+ people in front of me!
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  5. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,065) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    I got there around 1240, had to wait maybe 20 minutes. Tried Dark Retreat and Guava Table. DR was good but glad I didn't buy any. Guava Table was amazing.
     
  6. Ninjakillzu

    Ninjakillzu Disciple (353) Oct 5, 2015 Washington

    If anything it will increase Holy Mountain's reputation in other parts of the country, but who's to say if that's a good or bad thing.
     
  7. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,065) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Their reputation is already crazy strong within trading groups, hence me overhearing guys buying full allotments and shipping it all out in trades. This release doesn't solidify that at all. Talking with friends who got there super early, this line was lax compared to some in the past that I waited in.
     
  8. stillill

    stillill Initiate (48) Mar 6, 2016 Washington

    I went in and had tastes first, then went out and got my bottle limit. That guava was something else.
     
  9. Ninjakillzu

    Ninjakillzu Disciple (353) Oct 5, 2015 Washington

    How good was it? I tried to have a taste, but it was out.
     
  10. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,065) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Smells like guava juice. Tastes similar. I'm a sucker for all things guava, so I'm definitely biased.
     
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  11. catscadia

    catscadia Initiate (76) Feb 25, 2016 Washington

    As good as De Garde/potentially better? Sounds like I need to stop sleeping on them and buy into the hype.
     
  12. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,065) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    They're different from de Garde as they're not relying on naturally occurring yeasts AND they do clean beers which are amazing.
     
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  13. drone

    drone Disciple (375) Jun 17, 2013 Washington
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    Yeah, as a former frequent visitor of de Garde, HM definitely fills that void for me. Anareta, and most recently Dark Retreat, are seriously fantastic brews.

    Today was my first time visiting on the day of an actual bottle release, and holy shit is it a different experience. I typically visit on Sundays or week days to avoid the crazy crowds, and I think I may maintain that schedule. Ridiculous amount of people, all buying full allotments and talking about trading them for X or Y. It's nuts. I think I was the only person to pick up a single bottle of each.

    They kicked the keg of the Guava by the time I arrived, but Dark Retreat was something special. Waiting for my bottle of the Guava to chill as we speak.
     
  14. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,065) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    I normally stop by around 3-4 during the week and just chill at the bar talking with the staff. At least three or four times a month. It's nice.

    I've been to multiple releases and it never stops being jarring in comparison.

    For reference, I bought one bottle of Guava Table.
     
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  15. Ninjakillzu

    Ninjakillzu Disciple (353) Oct 5, 2015 Washington

    The crowd at Holy Mountain was a bit startling for me, as I'm not used to seeing a huge crowd lined up for a beer release. When Silver City had special releases, there was usually a small line (>10 people usually) and I could easily get the release in 5 minutes. Then again, that was on the Kitsap Peninsula where less people live.
     
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  16. stillill

    stillill Initiate (48) Mar 6, 2016 Washington

    I personally like the offerings I have had from HM better, but I am limited in what I have had from DG.
     
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  17. Ninjakillzu

    Ninjakillzu Disciple (353) Oct 5, 2015 Washington

    I have only had two beers from De Garde, but I thought they were pretty good. It's not easy to get them here in WA. The only times I've been able to get them was by randomly wandering into Pint Defiance at the right time.
     
  18. EdwardAbbey

    EdwardAbbey Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2015 Washington

    Nicely done. Arguably the Gold Standard for such releases, especially in our present era. You did well for the local community (and yourself). :slight_smile:
     
  19. Ninjakillzu

    Ninjakillzu Disciple (353) Oct 5, 2015 Washington

    I picked up 2 Guava table, one of which is for my brother, and one Dark Retreat. So I technically got one of each, just no Grapefruit Table (I don't like grapefruit, it's too bitter). There is also this thing called "saving money". :wink:
     
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  20. stillill

    stillill Initiate (48) Mar 6, 2016 Washington

    I have had most of their offerings that have come to Seattle, and I loved their grand rouge. Still have two bottles of it and a bottle of anian. But I have also had some stuff from them that was awful. I have yet to have anything from HM that was awful. Admittedly De Garde is probably more adventurous and swinging for the fences.
     
  21. WA_Brian

    WA_Brian Disciple (380) Nov 17, 2015 Washington
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    Missed the release yesterday since I was at Pumpkin Fest instead. By 5pm the lines at every booth were so long I was wishing I stood in line at Holy Mountain instead.

    Any chance bottles are still around? You guys are selling me on the Guava.
     
  22. Ninjakillzu

    Ninjakillzu Disciple (353) Oct 5, 2015 Washington

    Funnily enough, both the De Gardes I have had were the Grand Rogue and the Anain. The Anain was amazing. Holy Mountain's Dark Retreat kind of reminded me of the Grand Rogue.
     
  23. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,065) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    The only de Garde beers I haven't liked are the dark sours/Oude bruins. Too brown sugar/malt vinegary for me.

    Still, I have a hard time comparing de Garde to Holy Mountain. Sure they both do sour beers, but HM also does great clean hoppy beers.
     
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  24. DamienI

    DamienI Crusader (704) Jul 23, 2014 Washington
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    Dropped by this afternoon, apparently Guava was gone before 4PM yesterday. Only thing left was Grapefruit.
     
  25. HolyMtn

    HolyMtn Initiate (68) Mar 26, 2013 Washington

    We really appreciate you guys who came out and braved the rain, and were patient while our printer broke.

    We also really appreciate guys like @distantmantra and @MorningDew72 (sorry,those are the only guys I can recognize in person off the forum) who have been supporting us since the beginning, and regularly visit the tap room.

    A lot of places call what they do in oak, their barrel program or project. We just call it our brewery.It's part of day to day, every day. The first beer ever made here went into puncheons. We now have over 250 barrels, 40 puncheons, and 6 oak tanks. Our focus has been on that from the beginning, and not just an afterthought or something that sounds like fun. After a couple of years, we are seeing consistency with the cultures we have grown up, and blended together. Some are years old from the homebrewing days, some are Brett strains we found from different barrels and liked so much we built them up into our own.

    We have an awesome process dialed in for brewing clean beers as well. That's something very important to us, and to make the two sides co-exist, is pretty awesome and we're really proud of it.

    We're extremely excited for the next run of beers that are coming up, including collaborations with our friend Ron from Jolly Pumpkin, Henry from Monkish, Sebastian from Freitgeist, and the Other Half crew.
     
  26. RevoltingBlob

    RevoltingBlob Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2014 California

    girlfriend will be in seattle this weekend and convinced her to stop by holy mountain. any chance there will be bottles to go that she can bring back (with little to no line waiting; i've already pissed her off enough with beer lines in the past). :slight_smile:
    thanks!
     
  27. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,065) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Witchfinder bottles are available. No lines.
     
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  28. Texwild

    Texwild Initiate (77) May 1, 2008 Washington
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    We are all better for the dedication and quality that is resonant with HM's beer. It's not an easy task to translate a vision to a business and not treat that idea as a 'project' or a 'program', but a passion...especially these days when 'craft' is cool.

    If we nurture our community, the PNW will be a strong voice for terroir and a leader in advocating for our farmers to be featured in our beers and that's a win for all of us.

    In the meantime, more Guava, please.
     
  29. Cibola

    Cibola Initiate (56) Nov 30, 2012 Washington

    Just opened up a bottle of Guava Table and I think its possibly better than what was on tap which was already incredible. Thanks for consistently putting out great beers.
     
  30. sanford_and_son

    sanford_and_son Aspirant (250) Jul 23, 2012 Washington

    Bit of a rando thought but I was looking at bottles today at DeLaurenti and it struck how quickly the Seattle/greater Washington beer market adjusted to the presence and rapid ascent of Holy Mountain. Three Magnets just put out a whole series of saisons/fruit beers. Wander Brewing just put out a foudre aged beer. Did any other brewery of note do foudre beers before HM and I'm guessing E9? I know Urban Family have been focused on their sours for quite a while so I won't lump them in with the newer ones.

    Anyways, just kinda wild to see the market shift ever so slightly away from putting out 6 different IPAs per brewery to offering a handful more of weird beer styles in about a year and a half's worth of time.
     
  31. ballardbeer

    ballardbeer Initiate (176) Nov 10, 2013 Washington

    elysian has had two foeders since 2014.
     
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  32. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,496) Sep 24, 2007 Saint Martin
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    The foudre were in Wanders mind since the beginning, but it was the type of thing that had to wait until they were established a bit.
     
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  33. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,065) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    One thing to note is that Holy Mountain and E9 are aging hops in a similar fashion to Lambic makers in Belgium. That's cool.
     
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  34. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,496) Sep 24, 2007 Saint Martin
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    Funny you mention that. A brewery I'm familiar with here in Bellingham just bought some aged hops from one of the hop processors, perhaps to go into a wild or sour thing.
     
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  35. Raj

    Raj Aspirant (293) Jun 25, 2014 Illinois
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    Bumping this thread to see if anyone is at the clarette / corpse reviver release today. I'm hoping to drop by to get bottles this evening, not sure if they will last until then
     
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  36. ballardbeer

    ballardbeer Initiate (176) Nov 10, 2013 Washington

    out of bottles and draft of clarette
     
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  37. Raj

    Raj Aspirant (293) Jun 25, 2014 Illinois
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    Thanks for the heads up.
     
  38. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,065) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    If Corpse Reviver is still on tap, you should go. That beer is phenomenal.
     
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  39. Raj

    Raj Aspirant (293) Jun 25, 2014 Illinois
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    Good looking out on the corpse reviver. I'm having a pour now and it's great. Still available in bottles and on draft.
     
  40. ballardbeer

    ballardbeer Initiate (176) Nov 10, 2013 Washington

    Mmhm, here now and it's great. Still plenty of bottles, should last through until tomorrow.
     
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