Jack's Abby appreciation thread

Discussion in 'New England' started by paulman1813, Aug 5, 2015.

  1. paulman1813

    paulman1813 Initiate (0) Jul 27, 2008 Massachusetts

    As a Massachusetts resident on the border of Rhode Island, I generally have access to some of the best new breweries in the country within an hour drive. Now there's the darlings, Trillium, Tree House, Beer'd and Grey Sail, all of them amazing, each offering an incredible beer of the year candidate. I can honestly say I've never been let down visiting any of them, however of all of them, the tasting room I go to every time for a growler fill? Jack's Abby. Every beer they make is excellent and they ALWAYS offer 2-3 Brewery/draft only beers that makes your visit special. From Excess to Smoke and Machete, they are always creative, and unlike a lot of breweries who try to be creative, ever one of fun and delicious. So essentially what I'm saying is. Give the Tasting Room at Jack's a chance, it's one of the best in the world.
  2. NotAlcoholicJustAHobby

    NotAlcoholicJustAHobby Champion (814) Jun 13, 2015 Vermont

    The Saxonator Doppelbock was very good. I'm planning on getting down there at some point to sample some of their other brews.
  3. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (2,361) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    I have had some great beers from Beer'd, Grey Sail, and Trillium, but Jack's is my favorite from that area. So far... The few Trillium beers I had were righteous!
  4. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,526) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Love JA brews, everything I've ever had has been stellar. They don't need to apologize to anyone, wish I could get them fresh.
  5. Mark740

    Mark740 Initiate (12) Jan 30, 2013 Massachusetts

    They are a top 5 favorite of mine, love me some Jack's!
  6. beergorrilla

    beergorrilla Meyvn (1,150) Feb 21, 2012 Michigan
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    Cant hate on op's statement. Havnt had a bad ja beer, love the beers they put out
  7. paulman1813

    paulman1813 Initiate (0) Jul 27, 2008 Massachusetts

    I just feel like they get a bad rap for being accessible? None of my beer geek friends are ever looking for a growler of a specialty from JA, but they fawn over anything from Tree House or Trillium. JA is just so good I thought they needed special recognition.
  8. butters_mcgee

    butters_mcgee Zealot (562) Feb 26, 2014 New York
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    love me some Jack's Abby, this colab w/ Otter Creek is great!
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  9. lic217

    lic217 Champion (887) Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut
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    Just had bride maker last night. WOW was it a special brew. Kiwi rising is top notch as well, and their tasting room is great...
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  10. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,323) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    This is why I don't have any beer geek friends (present company excepted, of course) :grinning:.
  11. paulman1813

    paulman1813 Initiate (0) Jul 27, 2008 Massachusetts

    HA that's what I'm saying! They deserve the Tourist line that they have! I'm sorry if this was a lame post but i just love their beer so much.
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  12. Yargamo

    Yargamo Initiate (0) Jun 9, 2015 New York

    I am a fan. Mass Rising, Smoke & Dagger, Kiwi Rising... Love them
  13. TheHopBrewKid

    TheHopBrewKid Initiate (183) Sep 11, 2013 New Jersey
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    Much like everyone else, I didn't think they need defending, but fair enough, OP. And since they've become so readily available, I get what you're saying.

    With that said, all of their BA Framminghammer's are beyond awesome and Lager Ness Monster was simply the smoothest 15% ABV beer I've ever come across. How they hid the alcohol as well as they did is incredible. I've also enjoyed their Berliners as well, especially the cherry if I remember correctly.
  14. PatrickCT

    PatrickCT Poo-Bah (1,649) Feb 18, 2015 Connecticut
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    I love Jack's Abby. And part of my appreciation for them is because I can get it.
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  15. Justin82

    Justin82 Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2015 Massachusetts
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    I'm from the south coast of mass and have loved Jacks Abby for years. Never heard much about their tap room though. Thanks for the info. Have wanted to go up there for a long time. I want to even more now
  16. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Jack's Abby needs no defense, as Jack's Abby should not be attacked, by anyone, anywhere, for any reason. They are phenomenal brewers and I would gladly take their lineup as the only lineup I could ever buy.
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  17. mungbeans

    mungbeans Initiate (154) May 27, 2007 Massachusetts

    Agreed. It's my favorite tap room to head to. The combination of short (mostly non-existent) lines, laid back atmosphere and world class beers is a combination almost impossible to find these days.
  18. MattyB203

    MattyB203 Aspirant (252) Apr 20, 2015 Connecticut
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    Wish JA traded for more :slight_frown:

    WCKDVBZ Savant (961) May 9, 2014 South Carolina
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    Is Jack's Abby distributed in CT?
  20. MattyB203

    MattyB203 Aspirant (252) Apr 20, 2015 Connecticut
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    Yeah, there's distro in CT. But if you're going to Tree House and Trillium, it's a logical stop along the way and all of their great brewery only beers are made in huge quantities and are not too tough to get, but no one outside of the Northeast seems to ever want to trade for them. Alas.
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  21. brunop

    brunop Aspirant (248) Jun 21, 2006 Massachusetts

    jacks abby is world class. def.
    i just wish they'd brew more cascadian.
  22. N17shelfside

    N17shelfside Initiate (0) Jun 26, 2013 California
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    I recently asked a friend to get me some beer from some of those other more popular MA breweries, ended up with a 32 oz. of Smoke and Machete. It was truly great.
  23. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,269) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    And let's not forget this, kids....

    Jacks Abby Expansion

    Sort of embarrassing, at my age, to admit I have pretty much become a fanboy.
  24. VetsPackage

    VetsPackage Aspirant (226) Jun 29, 2015 Massachusetts
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    I feel guilty overlooking them of late with how much I've gone out to Treehouse and Trillium but I'm super proud of having them in my store and how well they manage distribution. There's something to appreciate about every single thing they make whether it be purity to style, pulling off adventurous adjuncts (like pb&jellyhammer), or it's contribution to the community. Can't think of anyone on their scale that can put out a not-for-profit 12 pack for cheaper than BMC - $11.99 for a 12 pack of Framingham Lager at my store, absolutely brilliant.
  25. PatrickCT

    PatrickCT Poo-Bah (1,649) Feb 18, 2015 Connecticut
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    What @MattyB203 said.
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  26. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,491) Aug 23, 1996 California

    I changed the horribly misleading title. Carry on.
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  27. slengteng

    slengteng Initiate (159) Apr 9, 2014 Massachusetts

    I always buy Mass Rising when I see it fresh. It's a favorite for sure.
  28. Sheppard

    Sheppard Champion (891) Mar 16, 2013 Massachusetts
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    There was an article a couple of days ago in the MetroWest Daily News with updates on the new brewery. To summarize, it's on schedule and we're looking at a mid to late September opening for the Beer Hall. It will take a bit longer to get the brewery part of it up and running. As we've seen with other new breweries (Hobo, Trillium, etc), these things take time and don't just pop up overnight.
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  29. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,269) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Wow - hadn't seen the plans for the restaurant. That could be a really good time. Wonder about parking though. Well, I guess it can't be worse than Morton Street!
  30. MVP09

    MVP09 Devotee (417) Oct 19, 2012 Massachusetts
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    JA is my favorite MA brewery based off convinence, accessibility, price, selection, and quality. Great people too, always friendly. With the new beer hall they will only get better. Also seems like they are on target to open by Sept. I think? Two words "canned hoponious" and hoping canned Mass Rising! Still have not tried 3x Dry Hopped Hoponious but I its on tap or is it gone or still on the way? Joint Custody was solid nothing over the top. Nice easy drinking medium hopped juicy beer.
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  31. Sheppard

    Sheppard Champion (891) Mar 16, 2013 Massachusetts
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  32. ommegoodness

    ommegoodness Initiate (170) Apr 21, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Game-changing news (for me) at the end of that piece:

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  33. JrGtr

    JrGtr Devotee (408) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    Like others, I didn't know they needed defending from anything.
    I live in the same town as them, and it's TOO convenient to get there.
    I am looking forward to when they open their new place, with restaurant and all.
  34. MVP09

    MVP09 Devotee (417) Oct 19, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Totally forgot about TrIPL. One of my favorites from them.
  35. Capt_Quint

    Capt_Quint Initiate (190) May 29, 2015 Massachusetts
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    I'm interested to know what the original title was, haha
  36. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,269) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    I believe it was "In Defense of Jack's Abby" or so close it doesn't matter...

    BTW... Great avatar/handle - classic , all-time great character right there.
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  37. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,269) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Some day I'm gonna load 45 miles of hose into my truck...
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  38. Horbar

    Horbar Zealot (560) Feb 24, 2012 Rhode Island

    Love Jack's Abby!!! Hate their distributor. Finding fresh Mass Rising and Hop Union is a struggle. At one store I go to, newly delivered cases had 3 weeks on them already. Just gotta go to Framingham I guess.
  39. emannths

    emannths Aspirant (203) Sep 21, 2007 Massachusetts

    I think something got lost in translation. I hope they're not planning on finishing the Wiener schnitzel in the oven. :astonished:
  40. KevTurnersBootburn

    KevTurnersBootburn Initiate (135) Jan 19, 2014 Massachusetts

    I think this is the reason I significantly slowed down buying their beers. It is great that it is readily available even at some pretty crappy cornerstores but I got burned so many times buying "pre-date stamp" or unclearly dated bottles that I stopped buying their beer altogether. I have started grabbing a few things here and there again but I still am pretty hesitant even though they now clearly date.