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Discussion in 'New England' started by Dmbphoenix, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. Dmbphoenix

    Dmbphoenix May 17, 2012 New York

    So with a drive up north tomorrow, Alchemist is pretty much a snowball's chance in hell that I 'll find anyhting at the cannery and on the way to Jeffersonville.

    And I WAS going ot instead stop at HF yesterday but luckily a colleague of mine told me forget it, its a 2 hours growler fill line! So HF is out tomorrow too.

    Never had HF but will gladly stop for lunch at one of their listed serving vendors for a few drinks.

    We're driving back Weds and I was initially going to backtrack the same way and hit the Alchemist on the way home.

    So now I'm debating getting to HF on Wednesday at noon. What could I expect there? I'd like to just get in and out real quick. Is that realistic?
     
  2. dunix

    dunix Jan 26, 2011 Vermont

    Alchemist just posted they are sold out of cans @ the cannery for the weekend. If you do go back by Wednesday, make sure to check Facebook/Twitter to verify they haven't run out.

    The few times I've gone to HF on Wednesday it was pretty empty. With Norma possibly lasting till next week, you might see a larger amount than normal. Will probably be hit or miss either way.
     
  3. Franch

    Franch Mar 22, 2011 District of Columbia
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    Just get there tomorrow at like 11.
     
  4. jglowe77

    jglowe77 Jan 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    If you just buy bottles (non-growler fills) you can skip the line. Otherwise, wait. I promise you that the beer is worth it.
     
  5. Fujii13

    Fujii13 Apr 27, 2011 New York
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    Good luck with skipping the line when there are two limited release bottles on the shelf, one of which they're sure to run out of today.
     
  6. POTABLE83

    POTABLE83 Jun 21, 2012 New York
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    It's possible - when i was there on Thursday, two people (probably 15 people behind me) who were just getting bottles, were allowed to skip the line and buy their bottles on the spot. Obviously with Norma probably running out today, who knows if HF will allow that..
     
  7. vonnegut21

    vonnegut21 Apr 27, 2012 New York
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    The Alchemist is canning on Wednesdays now, so you should be fine there. I was there this past Wednesday and there was plenty. If you go to Hill Farmstead on Wednesday, it will really depend. If there's still Norma available, there's going to be a line. Don't fear the line. It's worth it. Pick up a growler of Society and Solitude #6 and a growler of Harlan, get some bottles and enjoy the experience.
     
  8. NYCBUCKEYE

    NYCBUCKEYE Jan 21, 2013 New York
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    If you were only getting bottles, you were allowed to skip the line. Opened early too!!
     
  9. Franch

    Franch Mar 22, 2011 District of Columbia
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    You were there?
     
  10. Dmbphoenix

    Dmbphoenix May 17, 2012 New York

    Had some today at the worthy burger. Definitely worth it!!

    As it turns out, my bro is up this weekend w us. So he'll hit alchemist on Monday and I'll hit HF on weds!

    Worthy burger, had the solitute#6. Wow
     
  11. millerbuffoon

    millerbuffoon Oct 18, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    They did open early today. No samples before noon, but I got there around 11:10, and walked right in. Phil said he saw the line and opened early to cut some time off the end of his day. They really do a great job there...doing their best to accomodate everyone with the increased volume...
     
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  12. Jwale73

    Jwale73 Aug 15, 2007 Rhode Island
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    Alchemist sold out on Friday around 5pm. I don't think they will put anything out until Wednesday, but I am not 100% sure. Check the forums re: the Cannery though, I could be mistaken.
     
  13. BeerCosmonaut

    BeerCosmonaut Dec 13, 2010 Vermont

    They can Monday and Wednesday now
     
  14. celfan

    celfan Jul 4, 2004 Vermont
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    Wednesday? Not Thursday?
     
  15. BeerCosmonaut

    BeerCosmonaut Dec 13, 2010 Vermont

    They changed canning days after the latest expansion a couple weeks ago
     
  16. NYCBUCKEYE

    NYCBUCKEYE Jan 21, 2013 New York
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    Yeah! My wife and I made the trip. We stopped by HF about 11:40 on Saturday and got through quickly then headed to Lawsons. Worked out pretty well.

    Obviously you also made the trip. How was your weekend? Did you end up hanging out around Waterbury or Montpelier? Seems like some good bars in the area.
     
  17. Franch

    Franch Mar 22, 2011 District of Columbia
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    we did the same thing but were at HF at like 10:40. funny. three penny taproom for double sunshine cask at 3pm saturday, pro pig/blackback in waterbury saturday night.
     
  18. NYCBUCKEYE

    NYCBUCKEYE Jan 21, 2013 New York
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    Sounds like a fun weekend - too bad we missed you guys. We ended up doing a bit of skiing after grabbing beers then went out in Burlington on Saturday nights. We are probably going to try and stop by Torst on Friday.
     
  19. Onizilla

    Onizilla Apr 25, 2009 New York
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    I looked for the adorable dog at the Double Sunshine cask tapping and didn't see a single one, The milkbones in my pocket were wasted!
     
  20. celfan

    celfan Jul 4, 2004 Vermont
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    thanks.

    that's going to make weekend Heady a tough find.
     
  21. Dmbphoenix

    Dmbphoenix May 17, 2012 New York

    Thanks. Alchemist worked out well today.

    Leaving jeffersonville on weds @ 10, so will be at HF early, hopin the might open a few moments early.

    Much appeciate the info, all.

    Able to secure a few cases of HT for myself and a friend. Luckily he'll be back up this way in the summer and will cover my summer fix
     
  22. Dmbphoenix

    Dmbphoenix May 17, 2012 New York

    Heading home from the brewery now.

    They were nice enough to let a few stragglers in for sales of bottles prior to noon.





    The door was left a few inches open prior to noon.

    By noon, they were 4 people standing outside the door. Then at 12:00 noon, right on the nose, the first lady on line reached for the door handle and door got shut and locked on her. Quite inappropriate to say the least and uncalled for....


    Then they let everyone in at 12:04.

    They had a growler filling process going in a pretty efficient way. Left with about 20 assorted bottles in 30mins.

    We'll enjoy the beers but honestly, if that's how they treat people lining up at the door, their patrons and fans, they could stand to do better.
     
  23. celfan

    celfan Jul 4, 2004 Vermont
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    I was right behind you and thought the same thing. I was pretty surprised.

    But I noticed when we got inside they had tape over the latch on the door so it wouldn't close (don't know why they did this). Anyway the door stayed open several inches the entire time I was inside. I wouldn't be surprised if someone saw the the door was open and tried to close it as she reached for it - without knowing she was trying to get in. The door wouldn't stay closed unless you locked it because of the taped latch and this may explain why they locked it. I tried shutting the door a couple times when I was in there but it wouldn't close and kept blowing open.

    Shaun was pretty friendly when he opened the door to let us in and I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt on this one. I've complained in the past about some things, but I've been there dozens of times and I've never seen anyone disrespected.
     
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  24. ShawDeuce22

    ShawDeuce22 Mar 17, 2009 Massachusetts
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    I can't remember the last time I've seen this happen.

    I'm going to have to agree with celfan's assessment of the situation you are describing with the door being shut and locked. I'm guessing it was unintentional, maybe you didn't see the tape over the latch?
     
  25. celfan

    celfan Jul 4, 2004 Vermont
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    I actually caught myself locking the door to keep it shut, then realized I'd be locking out customers.
     
  26. ShawDeuce22

    ShawDeuce22 Mar 17, 2009 Massachusetts
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    IT WAS YOU!!!!!! (kidding)

    I would assume the tape is for when they are bringing cases of beer into the brewery so they dont have to stuggle to open the door and without opening the garage door.
     
  27. Dmbphoenix

    Dmbphoenix May 17, 2012 New York

    That wasn't you with they rectangular shaped glasses behind you, was it?

    I gotta be honest, I hope you guys are right. Believe me, I found it very odd, especially in light of the fact that they did let people in before noon to buy bottles. And they got me out in a very expeditious manner.

    Hopefully they will see this and realize that it's not the action, but the perception of what happened. As a business owner myself, I would hate for my clientele to be left with poor perception of my establishment over something so trivial!

    A doorlatch of some kind sounds a simple fix ;)
     
  28. celfan

    celfan Jul 4, 2004 Vermont
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    yes, that was me
     
  29. cj8311

    cj8311 Nov 12, 2008 Maryland

    Thanks for this. Trying to plan a "get in / get out" visit to HF in September.

    If I arrive early on a Wednesday, even if they don't open up until noon, is it safe bet I can make a 5:15 flight out of Burlington?
     
  30. Number45forever

    Number45forever Jan 6, 2012 Vermont
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    Yes. I'd arrive by 11:30 to be sure you're either at the front of the line, or very near the front. The first 3-5 people in line can be in and out of HF in 15 minutes. Anything longer than that and the wait grows (growler fills take time).
     
  31. celfan

    celfan Jul 4, 2004 Vermont
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    Well if they released a bottle on that Wednesday it would be worse. But generally Thursdays are the best day - and then Wed. I got a growler yesterday at the opening and was back in Burlington around 2:15.
     
  32. cj8311

    cj8311 Nov 12, 2008 Maryland

    Thanks. plan is stay in Waterbury Tuesday night, so I should be able to get their "whenever," barring a wicked hangover.
     
  33. brikelly

    brikelly Apr 11, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Oooof, I'd avoid staying in Waterbury then. The Pig and Blackpack have very strong siren calls :)
     
  34. tbeckett

    tbeckett May 17, 2009 Ontario (Canada)
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    Planning a trip in early May. Was gonna drive from Ottawa early in the morning, hit up Heady Topper for 11 or 12, then jet over to HF and load up as much as possible. Will there be a giant line up and wait at 2pm on a Friday?
     
  35. brikelly

    brikelly Apr 11, 2010 Massachusetts
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    On a Friday my guess is you'll be in and out of HF in max 1 hour. Less if there is crappy weather.
     
  36. tbeckett

    tbeckett May 17, 2009 Ontario (Canada)
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    Very cool. Need to get back to Waterbury in time to begin mass consumption as early as possible.
     
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  37. RichardMNixon

    RichardMNixon Jun 24, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Is that because there will be less available? Would there still be enough delicious beer to be worth going on a Friday or do they run dry of just about everything?
     
  38. brikelly

    brikelly Apr 11, 2010 Massachusetts
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    It's because Fridays are workdays for most beer geeks around New England and the line will be minimal, maybe 4 or 5 people I'd guess. The crowds will be way more likely to drive up on Saturdays instead. Also, HF only really "runs out" of limited bottle releases. I've never seen a keg kick for growler fills (thankfully).
     
  39. tbeckett

    tbeckett May 17, 2009 Ontario (Canada)
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    I'm not too concerned about limited releases. Just want to grab 2-3 bottles and a growler or two. Can you bring your own growlers to fill?
     
  40. celfan

    celfan Jul 4, 2004 Vermont
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    yep, just no clear glass.
     
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