The Alchemist (September 2016)

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  1. downesadam

    downesadam Initiate (147) Jun 24, 2016 Maryland
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    I'm going to give this another try after talking to one of the Mods.

    New brewery is open in Stowe:

    Where is it?

    Our Brewery and Visitors Center is located at
    100 Cottage Club Rd in Stowe, VT.
    Stop by for a taster, beer to take home or some schwag.

    When is it open?

    Tuesday – Saturday
    11AM – 7PM

    What's for sale *now*:

    And now a few questions for those with recent experience:

    I am planning to go tomorrow morning. I could probably get there as early as 10 and I would really like to be back on the road around 11:30 with a goal of having lunch at Pro Pig en route to Stratton for the rest of the weekend. I will be with my wife and two young daughters who will be indulging me with this side trip having been bribed with Ben and Jerry's and cider donuts. My goal is to be in and out as quickly as possible with two mixed cases during that time frame. If I show up sometime between 10:30 and 11, am I likely to find a full parking lot? Am I risking missing out on any of the three beers?

    Also, semi-related, is there likely to be anywhere in the greater Waterbury/Stowe area where I can buy an additional 4-pack or two of HT (or SOS) tomorrow morning (or even late tonight, to the extent they are still open when I arrive after 9)? It seems unlikely given that no deliveries are scheduled for Fridays, but I am trying to bring as much great VT beer as I can to a large family reunion down in Stratton, and unfortunately southern VT is simply not fertile territory for that sort of thing. I plan to at least stop in a CBC in Waterbury and look for whatever is available - Tribute, Fiddlehead, Foley Bros, etc.
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  2. downesadam

    downesadam Initiate (147) Jun 24, 2016 Maryland
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    Does anyone know what their new "Harvest" beer is that they just posted about today?
  3. thedude180

    thedude180 Initiate (149) Apr 3, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Posted this in the last thread that was deleted, here is a video of John Kimmich talking about the Harvest Ale. Looks to be an amber ale, also he says it was brewed at the brewpub but was different every year.
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  4. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,495) Aug 23, 1996 California

    Note: It looks like the original thread was inadvertently nuked when cleaning up a problem user. Our bad. But what we don't need are asinine comments about moderation, demands that we explain ourselves or multiple threads being created; improperly. Thanks, and thanks to @downesadam for starting a new one; properly.
  5. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,041) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Does anyone know if Harvest is a fresh hop beer or just a harvest ale?I've heard conflicting things all over the Internet and would like to know either way. You know, for science. Thanks.
  6. bostonwolf

    bostonwolf Aspirant (224) Jan 20, 2015 Massachusetts
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    What? I always loved those posts when I moderated one of my college sports boards years ago. :slight_smile:
  7. masterofsparks

    masterofsparks Defender (659) Nov 15, 2009 Ohio

    If you watch the video directly above your post, you'll get an answer right from the horse's mouth.
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  8. lic217

    lic217 Champion (888) Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut
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    Finally got to try Crusher and Focal Banger. To me, Alchemist is my favorite hoppy beer brewery in New England. They do a great job of having tropical, citrus, pine, resin, and other flavors in their beer. Some of the other "great breweries" beers do not offer the same complexity in their hoppy offerings. Heady topper and focal banger are incredible.
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  9. Pete_Gill

    Pete_Gill Initiate (114) Oct 9, 2015 Massachusetts

    Any idea how long harvest ale lasted yesterday?
  10. FlashAK

    FlashAK Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2014 New York
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    I, too, would love to know what to expect in terms of availability from people that have visited. I plan on swinging by tomorrow hopefully between 12-1. I imagine that it gets pretty packed on Fridays. Appreciate any insight from people that have any experience buying from there.
  11. Gsulliv2

    Gsulliv2 Initiate (166) Dec 9, 2014 Massachusetts
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    get there early

    Note: sorry i have no idea how long it lasted..
  12. marcrgrenier

    marcrgrenier Initiate (143) Apr 22, 2015 New Hampshire
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    looks like per their facebook it has lasted until about 4 pm each day. Today might be a bit busier as it is friday and the last day its available.
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  13. MattOC

    MattOC Aspirant (237) Jan 13, 2013 Massachusetts
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    They also said it is very likely they will have some left for sale on Saturday. They will give an update regarding availability Friday night.
  14. xanok

    xanok Disciple (369) Aug 13, 2009 Connecticut
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    I was considering making a trip to Alchemist today, but I wouldn't be able to get there until around 5. Would I still be able to get a full allotment at that time?
  15. EDNOSE

    EDNOSE Aspirant (237) Oct 27, 2007 Connecticut

    Just wanted to add that the operation could not have been smoother this week. We arrived at 10:45 on Thursday and were out the door by 11:15. Was really well organized. We were very impressed. Admittedly, it's a slow week between Labor Day and Foliage, but they seemed to have it down.
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  16. mendham_mikey

    mendham_mikey Initiate (128) Nov 11, 2014 New Jersey

    this just in:

    For the next 2 weeks we will be selling Broken Spoke instead of Crusher. This is a 6% abv American Pale Ale brewed entirely with Amarillo hops. Our purchase limits for this week will be as follows:

    Broken Spoke- 2 four-packs per person
    Heady Topper- 2 four-packs per person
    Focal Banger- 6 four-packs per person

    As always, 4-packs are $12.50 + tax/deposit

    Although Crusher will not be available for sale until October 4, we will be pouring complimentary samples throughout it's absence. We look forward to seeing you!

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  17. Jbrews

    Jbrews Aspirant (251) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire
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    I bet that stuff is terrific
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  18. mendham_mikey

    mendham_mikey Initiate (128) Nov 11, 2014 New Jersey

    ...Gonna be there this Thurs, so I'll let u know!
  19. Jbrews

    Jbrews Aspirant (251) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire
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    That's the spirit
  20. Str8fromtheGrnMtns

    Str8fromtheGrnMtns Initiate (172) Sep 8, 2014 Vermont
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    here's the video on broken spoke. gonna go pick some up today! very excited.

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  21. atticmonkey81

    atticmonkey81 Initiate (0) Dec 30, 2009 Illinois
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    Does anyone know what the rules are with bottle sharing in line? I know the line moves quick but I will be visiting next month from Illinois and was considering bringing a few beers to share but don't want to ruffle any feathers.
  22. ajthegreat

    ajthegreat Initiate (188) Nov 11, 2010 Vermont
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    You cannot bring alcohol to consume on premise. Samples only. If you are coming in a month (late October), there shouldn't really be any lines anyways.
  23. Justin42

    Justin42 Aspirant (290) Apr 3, 2013 Massachusetts
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    I realize it's probably too far out to speculate, but have any cans been available in the evenings near closing? We are going to Burlington for the weekend of Oct. 21-23. If there's a chance of cans Friday evening around 6ish, I'll try to leave Boston early and swing by there so we can avoid the roundtrip Saturday morning. Thanks!
  24. EDNOSE

    EDNOSE Aspirant (237) Oct 27, 2007 Connecticut

    I am fairly certain (but don't hold me to it) that they did not sell out of anything but Harvest last week when I was up there but I was not there late in the day (just observation of their website and facebook throughout our three days). I would think 10/21-23 would draw similar lines to what 9/15-17 period did (i.e. nothing crazy as leaf season will be over).

    As I posted above, as an example Thursday 9/15 was 2 cases plus the Harvest 4 pack and we were in and out in 30 minutes showing up at 10:45. We drove by the next day around 1 and there was no line.

    But ... as you said ... speculation at this point.
  25. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (1,644) Apr 16, 2015 New Hampshire
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    I have picked up a full allotment one time, and 4 four packs of Focal another time at around 6pm in the last month.
    Based on forums, etc. they have had Focal till close recently.
  26. Justin42

    Justin42 Aspirant (290) Apr 3, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Thank you @EDNOSE and @jhavs, much appreciated. I'll check back in on the October thread and see how things are looking then, but great to know that selling out daily hasn't been the norm.
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  27. meefmoff

    meefmoff Disciple (361) Jul 6, 2014 Massachusetts
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    Interesting that around 2:30 he says that haze is largely malt/mash driven. All the discussion/arguing about it on the main board has always focused on yeast and hops.

    And more on point, it's really cool to finally see a variety of beers start coming out of the Alchemist again. That damn flood cost the world almost a decade of beer.
  28. JonnyJuicebox

    JonnyJuicebox Initiate (130) Jun 3, 2015 Massachusetts
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    Ive really been enjoying the videos john k is doing for each "new" release from the brewery. he always seems so excited and proud in these videos.

    How often do you get the opportunity to hear insight from one of the worlds top brewers?
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  29. Str8fromtheGrnMtns

    Str8fromtheGrnMtns Initiate (172) Sep 8, 2014 Vermont
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    agreed, i found that interesting as well. as a fairly inexperienced homebrewer, i can't expand on that topic to much.

    i'm so happy he's able to bring back recipes. like @JonnyJuicebox he always seems so proud to deliver these beers he used to brew, rightfully so.

    anyway, broken spoke is... delicious. it is a very light, crisp pale ale. nice clean, soft stone fruit when you first sip and then slight bitterness in the middle and leaving a earthy and slightly spicy aftertaste, almost as if they put a small amount of rye in the malt bill. showcases amarillo very well. i love seeing a not over the top hoppy pale ale coming from the alchemist. it's well balanced. pic of it, it's hard to tell, but it's quite a clear beer:
  30. OnlyTheFinest

    OnlyTheFinest Aspirant (253) Feb 5, 2016 Massachusetts
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    Sorry everyone but I missed the timing of this post....

    How is Harvest Ale tasting?!
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  31. CharlatanSin

    CharlatanSin Zealot (513) May 28, 2009 Connecticut
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    Finally making the pilgrimage this Saturday. What can I expect? Is it a "get there before opening" spot these days?
  32. Phreeballing

    Phreeballing Aspirant (211) Sep 19, 2015 New York
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    Is broken spoke going to be a semi regular offering?
  33. JonnyJuicebox

    JonnyJuicebox Initiate (130) Jun 3, 2015 Massachusetts
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    Actually went to the new brewery for the first time today. Got there at 2, waited maybe 5 minutes. Could have gotten a case of focal, and 2 four packs of heady and broken.

    I imagine right now is a slow period between summer and leaf season.
  34. mendonjoebeer

    mendonjoebeer Aspirant (261) Nov 9, 2010 New York

    Went yesterday, Friday, in at 12:30, out by 12:20, very friendly and efficient. Went today, Saturday , arrived at 2:10, was out by 2:35, still very friendly and efficient, but ran out of heady about 15 people in front of me. They did a good job of warning people when they were running low on heady. Still got limit of focal.

    Life is good.
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  35. Str8fromtheGrnMtns

    Str8fromtheGrnMtns Initiate (172) Sep 8, 2014 Vermont
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    how have i never noticed time travels backwards when in the brewery? :wink::stuck_out_tongue: glad you scored!
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  36. mendonjoebeer

    mendonjoebeer Aspirant (261) Nov 9, 2010 New York

    OOPS! Out by 12:45, the samples made time go backwards
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  37. Minipork

    Minipork Initiate (193) Dec 11, 2010 Illinois
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    I went made the trip from Chicago this past week. I turned 40 (damn that's wierd to type) on 9/21. I got there 5 minutes before closing on 9/20. My wife and I got a the limit. We did the same on 9/21 around 11AM. Both times no wait. I drove around Stowe and got about another case each of heady and SOS. Glad I finally made it. I left Stowe with close to 9 cases of Alchemist and 1 of Sip. I have plenty to drink and share. Glad I dont have to trade for a while.
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  38. headyhunter526

    headyhunter526 Initiate (148) Nov 24, 2015 New Jersey
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    It was nice to see that Farmhouse Tap and Grill got a small alottment of focal this past weekend. 2 cases, one for Friday and one for Saturday. Must've been a nice surprise for locals in Burlington and anyone staying there these past couple days or those who were in from SIP fest.
  39. Dil_thebeerdrinking_do

    Dil_thebeerdrinking_do Disciple (365) Jan 21, 2014 Georgia
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    Quick question for the locals who have heady all the time. My folks brought me Some. Kept it cool to cold. Drove it all the way back to Atlanta chilled to cold. Purchased at the brewery 9/17. Have had it plenty of times... It just taste off or different to me. Am I crazy, does it not like long car rides or what?
  40. WolfsburgVW

    WolfsburgVW Disciple (334) May 21, 2013 Maine
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    I've had it months out. I've also had it where it's been warmed to room temperature and back to cold and never had any issues. What did you have to eat or drink prior? A lot of things that can effect the taste of a beer.
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