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Hop Butcher (2019)

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by ShawnoftheD3ad, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. ShawnoftheD3ad

    ShawnoftheD3ad Initiate (161) Mar 20, 2016 Illinois
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    And with a new year comes our first release from our friends at Hop Butcher, IMHO Comeback Brewery of the year.
    Neon Green Relish is a DIPA with Citra and Sabro hops. Sounds danky! Distro maybe over the weekend in a couple city spots but if not than early next week.

    FWIW, Double BO is drinking stellar right now. More orange now than when released with the vanilla in the back. Excited for the new year with these guys!
     
  2. NNN

    NNN Initiate (101) Feb 9, 2017 Illinois
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    Interesting name
     
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  3. csmakio

    csmakio Initiate (116) Nov 26, 2016 Illinois

    dudes post portillos and gene and judes on their instagram feed all the time. they actually posted some gene and judes dogs yesterday followed up by their canning run.

    it was canned yesterday, at least it got started. i would assume we would start seeing drops today or tomorrow?
     
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  4. galos11

    galos11 Disciple (355) Jan 21, 2015 Illinois
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    Their new email said to expect it Monday at the usual accounts.
     
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  5. csmakio

    csmakio Initiate (116) Nov 26, 2016 Illinois

    email!?!?! whaaaat? no idea they had a newsletter. thanks for the heads-up.
     
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  6. galos11

    galos11 Disciple (355) Jan 21, 2015 Illinois
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    I didn't either. They tweeted something out earlier in the week saying to join because they plan on sending more emails out.
     
  7. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Zealot (566) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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  8. Chris_H_2

    Chris_H_2 Aspirant (252) Jan 3, 2013 Illinois
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    LOL "South Loop Brewing Company"
     
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  9. croush

    croush Defender (699) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    What did they "comeback" from?
     
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  10. galos11

    galos11 Disciple (355) Jan 21, 2015 Illinois
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    Your bad reviews of their beer?
     
  11. KidGalaga

    KidGalaga Initiate (56) Apr 21, 2014 Illinois
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    if anything, HB ascended to the top tier of the local scene
     
  12. croush

    croush Defender (699) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    Haha...I wasn't trying to dig at HB. Just legitimately trying to figure out what caused them to be "down" prior to 2018. It seems they were on a pretty upward trajectory prior to 2018, so was curious what the OP thought made them a comeback story.
     
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  13. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Zealot (562) Nov 26, 2011 Illinois
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  14. ShawnoftheD3ad

    ShawnoftheD3ad Initiate (161) Mar 20, 2016 Illinois
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    They were. But don’t think the consistency was there until after that first drop of BO in early Feb was last year?
     
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  15. croush

    croush Defender (699) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    I don't think I'm allowed to talk about their consistency anymore around these parts. :wink:
     
  16. Jangoon24

    Jangoon24 Aspirant (252) Jul 25, 2015 Illinois
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    I can understand the Comeback Brewery of the Year thing. Think back to when b1 of Mellotron and Reply Hazy came out, and they had that off, Belgian-y taste. Or when they started taking "New England Style" off of their cans because they were getting grilled on here for consistency (b1 of I Want To Believe was labelled this way, and it was a see-through brown color). This was all prior to 2018, and I really can't think of a bad batch of anything they put out last year.
     
  17. HawksBeerFan

    HawksBeerFan Aspirant (209) Dec 24, 2011 Illinois

    Maybe also the fact that where they were brewing got shut down so they have to move elsewhere? I forget when that happened.

    It's still a super weird pick imo
     
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  18. SeanBond

    SeanBond Savant (980) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois

    Yeah, this is kind of how I took it. Not everyone agreed on every batch, but there seemed to be much more consistency in terms of all the beers at least being decent/good (depending on opinion), and their highs were really, really high (Tavern Cut, a couple of the milkshakes, etc.).
     
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  19. croush

    croush Defender (699) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    Not go all #DictionaryAdvocate here, but a comeback is supposed to imply a return to one's former status/accomplishments (i.e. Andrew Luck is the Comeback Player of the Year in the NFL because he was awesome, then was out for a year with an injury, and returned to his awesomeness this year).

    Maybe more of a Most Improved or Rising Star award should be given to Hop Butcher. Perhaps we should've done some Chicagoland Beer Awards for 2018 or something.
     
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  20. SeanBond

    SeanBond Savant (980) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois

    Bruh I'm gonna let you finish but GB batch 1 is still one of the greatest of all time
     
  21. croush

    croush Defender (699) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    Yeah, that was great, but that alone didn't put them anywhere near the heights that they are at now IMO.
     
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  22. SeanBond

    SeanBond Savant (980) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois

    I agree, I just meant they had some good stuff before, so maybe that's why they won this "comeback" award from whoever gave it to them. The other "awards" your proposed certainly work, though.
     
  23. croush

    croush Defender (699) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    I guess this is how exciting the beer world is right now post-holidays and post-stout season (or at least a pause in it)...we're debating hypothetical awards.
     
  24. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Zealot (566) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    Says the 2018 Beer Ambassador of the Year!
     
  25. Quilentro

    Quilentro Aspirant (230) May 12, 2017 Illinois
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    “Don’t call it a comeback”
     
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  26. flat_lander

    flat_lander Devotee (462) May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Mikerphone.
     
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  27. galos11

    galos11 Disciple (355) Jan 21, 2015 Illinois
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    I knew it. Just glad someone had the guts to say it.
     
  28. hawks10

    hawks10 Zealot (505) Nov 12, 2008 Illinois

    why am I not seeing any sign of Neon Green Relish posts on their instagram or Facebook anymore?!
     
  29. HarbaughsGrit

    HarbaughsGrit Initiate (36) Sep 9, 2017 Michigan

    What happened?
     
  30. flat_lander

    flat_lander Devotee (462) May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Bad jokes. Mostly...
     
  31. csmakio

    csmakio Initiate (116) Nov 26, 2016 Illinois

    check the instagram comments of their glassware picture. replied to some guy about distro starting monday.
     
  32. PhilBallins

    PhilBallins Initiate (199) Nov 29, 2016 Illinois

    Great jokes. The best jokes.
     
  33. galos11

    galos11 Disciple (355) Jan 21, 2015 Illinois
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    Looks like neon green has dropped at a few places.
     
  34. LongTaco15

    LongTaco15 Disciple (362) Feb 4, 2016 Illinois
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    Pretty easy to get a 4 pack this afternoon. Probably a large batch of Neon Green. Popped one in the fridge for later this evening.
     
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  35. Quilentro

    Quilentro Aspirant (230) May 12, 2017 Illinois
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    I cannot determine whether I should buy this based on your post.

    Please be a true beer advocate: shotgun one warm, and report back.

    Particularly interested in subtle transitions between front- and mid- palate.
     
  36. PhilBallins

    PhilBallins Initiate (199) Nov 29, 2016 Illinois

    I'll give you a subtle transition between front and mid palate
     
  37. Quilentro

    Quilentro Aspirant (230) May 12, 2017 Illinois
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    Is this one of those “in person trades” with a “small extra?”
     
  38. LongTaco15

    LongTaco15 Disciple (362) Feb 4, 2016 Illinois
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    It’s drinking pretty good right out of the gate. I can’t compare it to other recent HB beers because I wasn’t able to get any. Full bodied, super creamy with a touch of sweetness. There really isn’t anything that stands out. Not sure why they went with relish in the name, more of a tropical vibe going on. A little bit of a not quite ripe banana after taste. Happy I was able to get a 4 pack.

    I’ll let @PhilBallins give you the front - mid palate...
     
  39. NNN

    NNN Initiate (101) Feb 9, 2017 Illinois
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    The latest grid had banana on it too
     
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  40. PhilBallins

    PhilBallins Initiate (199) Nov 29, 2016 Illinois

    It's a perfectly average extra, thank you very much.
     
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