Hop Butcher (2019)

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

  1. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Defender (683) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    I'll wait until they put out a black sour milkshake IPA....
     
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  2. beardown2489

    beardown2489 Disciple (385) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois

    What market do you live in?
     
  3. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Disciple (346) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    For those who care: no HB at the Craft Kave as of today
     
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  4. ShawnoftheD3ad

    ShawnoftheD3ad Initiate (184) Mar 20, 2016 Illinois
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    Must of sold out over the weekend?
    I hope...
     
  5. CityofWind_brew

    CityofWind_brew Disciple (398) Jan 15, 2014 Illinois
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    You’d think this stuff would stick around a bit longer considering the team is in the leagues bottom 8 in attendance... who woulda thought
     
  6. FleskBrewFan

    FleskBrewFan Initiate (105) Aug 4, 2016 Illinois
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    If it weren’t for the Kraft Kave or the Rev taproom in left, I wouldn’t have gone to any games in the last two years to watch this god awful organization.
     
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  7. KCUnited

    KCUnited Initiate (188) Nov 11, 2014 Illinois
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    Hold my Hop Butcher...
     
  8. KidGalaga

    KidGalaga Initiate (70) Apr 21, 2014 Illinois
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    in the city, usually hit up beer temple, bitter pops, and binny's LP.

    when i peruse the shelves looking for a second 4 pack outside of HB, I come away empty more often than not.
     
  9. galos11

    galos11 Disciple (373) Jan 21, 2015 Illinois
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    Looks like we can expect Skrap Metal this week.
     
  10. Vitamin_Hop

    Vitamin_Hop Initiate (134) Mar 26, 2015 Illinois
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    Ya know, like the carl sandburg poem. #fortheworld
     
  11. beardown2489

    beardown2489 Disciple (385) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois

    How do you know what’s good if you aren’t buying anything but hop butcher?
     
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  12. GuyFawkes

    GuyFawkes Poo-Bah (4,078) Apr 7, 2011 Illinois
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    Thoughts on the recent drop:

    Super Deep In The Groove: best of the bunch, and a continuation of their recent hot streak of NE DIPA's. Fruity, smooth & easy to enjoy. Not their best ever, but certainly worth a 4 pack purchase in my opinion.

    Galaxy Bowl Riff: yeah, too heavy on the passionfruit. This was OK, but was neither their best take on the milkshake style nor even close to a strong batch of Galaxy Bowl. Worth buying a single.

    All the Marbles: total drainpour for me. Anyone here who "missed out": you win. To me, this tasted like a pine cone drenched in honey with some cheap table sugar dumped on top. I barely got through 4 oz before the sink enjoyed the rest.

    Just 3 opinions from 1 idiot!
     
  13. Quilentro

    Quilentro Aspirant (282) May 12, 2017 Illinois
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    I thought All the Marbles was extreme white wine grape.
     
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  14. 4truth

    4truth Aspirant (244) Jan 30, 2015 Illinois
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    Can't disagree, it's the closest to Trillium I've had here - reminded me of Dialed In
     
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  15. KidGalaga

    KidGalaga Initiate (70) Apr 21, 2014 Illinois
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    Having tried enough of the local offerings over the years and trusting the opinions of those on here who mirror my own preferences outweighs the necessity of trying every single beer to know if it's good or not.

    if i'm missing out on a bounty of hidden gems collecting dust, then so be it. However, i think we can all admit that hype is typically not sustainable if the products are shitty.

    besides HB, i enjoy corridor, more, and maplewood, but they aren't producing cans with any sort of regularity.
     
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  16. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,051) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    I'm not saying I disagree on preference here, but I feel like our options have at least semi-objectively increased exponentially over the last year or so. We've got Noon Whistle constantly on shelves, Brickstone has some solid stuff, Hop Nawi is decent (although I'm not a huge fan of their milkshakes), PW is putting out more and more NE-style beers, Transient is showing up more and more, you could argue TG is in this mix, Phase Three is now an option, etc. Hell, Mikerphone is finally moving to cans!

    Corridor is my #1, and Hop Butcher is probably still my #2, but I can't say that I'd have a hard time finding a hazy IPA to drink if I rolled up to Binnys on a random day. I think your general point about HB is fair, but I also think there's a lot of stuff around now (and a bunch of options I'm probably not even thinking of).
     
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  17. jmk018

    jmk018 Initiate (74) Feb 14, 2016 Texas
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    Will be in Chicago for first time next weekend. Is Hop Butcher normally available at bottle shops? What are my best chances in downtown area?
     
  18. Quilentro

    Quilentro Aspirant (282) May 12, 2017 Illinois
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    It goes very quickly usually. This is a single release week, I think, and a repeat, so maybe can find one? Best bet would be to call a place, explain your situation, and see if they’ll hold one in back for you (or have a friendly BAer grab you one).
     
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  19. Gambyt20

    Gambyt20 Crusader (772) Jan 14, 2016 Illinois
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    HB usually distro into the city at the end of the week after canning earlier in the week. Skrap Metal is this week but odds are they will be gone in most downtown stores by next weekend. If ya arriving on Thursday or Friday next week then ya have a pretty good chance to pick up next week's cans. Depending where ya staying downtown there should be a store nearby that they deliver to.
     
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  20. BLA1R

    BLA1R Initiate (57) Sep 1, 2015 Illinois

    I remember last summer they made so much Skrap metal it was sitting on my Binnys floor for a while.
     
  21. CaptainFleeker

    CaptainFleeker Defender (696) Aug 27, 2012 Illinois
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    Definitely follow them on social media as they are pretty timely about which stores they are dropping off at and when. Specifically their Instagram and Twitter pages. If you look at their historical posts (and the comments in the posts as well) it will give you an idea of what days they hit certain stores so you can plan accordingly.
     
  22. Bburns87

    Bburns87 Initiate (129) Jun 11, 2013 Illinois
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    Depending on the release you can probably find some in some shops still during the weekend. If you come up empty handed shoot me a message and I can maybe set you up with a few cans as I'll be in the city Saturday for a late lunch.
     
  23. galos11

    galos11 Disciple (373) Jan 21, 2015 Illinois
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    I Want to Believe is back this week and a new one.

    [​IMG]
     
  24. ravens_wood

    ravens_wood Initiate (47) Dec 21, 2017 Illinois

    that is some kick ass art
     
  25. ShawnoftheD3ad

    ShawnoftheD3ad Initiate (184) Mar 20, 2016 Illinois
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    Them and Half Acre. Best can art in the city.
     
  26. Chris_H_2

    Chris_H_2 Zealot (520) Jan 3, 2013 Illinois
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    that entire phrasal adjective should be hyphenated ("shooting-star-like lights").

    just sayin' . . .
     
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  27. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Defender (683) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    I guess I'll pass then. If a brewer let's the can name slip by with grammatical errors then who knows what they are missing on the brewing side...lactose?
     
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  28. Chris_H_2

    Chris_H_2 Zealot (520) Jan 3, 2013 Illinois
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    this post is either unintentionally or intentionally ironic. i can't tell which it is.
     
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  29. croush

    croush Crusader (742) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    Lets just forget about it.
     
  30. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Defender (683) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    Lettuce indeed....
     
  31. flat_lander

    flat_lander Zealot (574) May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    I prefer the route where people firmly land on 2 sides of the debate and argue it ad nauseam for no real good reason until everyone is ready to gouge their eyeballs out.
     
  32. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Defender (683) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    ^That actually sounds like something HB would name a beer....
     
  33. CaptainFleeker

    CaptainFleeker Defender (696) Aug 27, 2012 Illinois
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    New HB beers at Binnys Grand. Only 2 cases of I Want To Believe. Super limited amount of the new glass.
     
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  34. Jangoon24

    Jangoon24 Disciple (305) Jul 25, 2015 Illinois
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    I miss when IWTB wasn't a hazy NE-style. The first time it dropped with Destination Moon, it was a fantastic, West coast-y IPA. They said on Twitter that the recipe hasn't changed, but c'mon
     
  35. beardown2489

    beardown2489 Disciple (385) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois

    i think you misunderstood. It was hazy in '18. So when they said "no adjustment this year" they were not lying. The adjustment would have been between b1 and b2. We are on b3 or b4 now. I think this is batch 3, because i'm guessing its a once a year beer.
     
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  36. Jangoon24

    Jangoon24 Disciple (305) Jul 25, 2015 Illinois
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    That's fair.

    I just wish it was still a beer that kicked your teeth in with hops and didn't feel like you ate a meal after a can.
     
  37. beardown2489

    beardown2489 Disciple (385) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois

    we aren't in dispute over that. All of my favorite hop butcher beers are clear or sub 6%
     
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  38. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Aspirant (204) Jul 28, 2009 Illinois

    Wow I thought I was the only one.

    Hows the blue can taste anyone?
     
  39. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Defender (683) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    I'm a fan. Probably tastes like every 6% NEIPA out there, but it's good
     
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  40. miniditka77

    miniditka77 Initiate (192) May 21, 2015 Illinois
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    B2 was hazy, but it was also pretty bitter for a hazy IPA. Not as bitter as B1 though. I really liked both B1 and B2. Pretty sure this is B3, which I haven't gotten to try yet.

    Regardless of hazy/not hazy, IWTB is my favorite can of all time.
     
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