Top New England Beers of 2019

Discussion in 'New England' started by cmoney13, Dec 10, 2019.

  1. cmoney13

    cmoney13 Initiate (141) Sep 9, 2017 Massachusetts

    Last Year's Thread

    Only rule is it has to be local*.

    For me, didn't try a ton of new local stuff this year that stood out, so my list is limited.

    Notch, The Standard: I don't get much Notch in my neck of the woods, but made the trip in the spring. A draft of this at the brewery is one of the better beers I've had ever. Very enjoyable.

    Tree House, Beneficiaries of Chance: Had a stretch late summer/early fall where I fell back in love with Tree House, and this beer stood out. Best <5% IPA I've ever had. Ended up going back for a second purchase of this when it managed to stick around for a week+.

    Oxbow Luppolo: out of tall boy 4 packs that cost a little too much, I probably bought this one the most this year. Damn tasty beer.

    Narragansett Fest Lager: Not that I'm some authority on marzens, but honestly this was probably my favorite I tried this year, and definitely was my favorite when factoring in cost.

    *fuck that:

    Best in Show, all categories all regions: SN Celebration 2019. Good lord what a beer.
  2. Sheppard

    Sheppard Meyvn (1,264) Mar 16, 2013 Massachusetts

    Culling my list from before...

    New England Only:
    OEC Tempus #11 - just refreshing, funky, drinkable, delicious
    Hill Farmstead Double Riwaka - melony and herbal, I have never tasted anything like it
    Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #8 - I remember I got this before going to TH and thinking "wow, this is better than anything I got at TH."
    Von Trapp Natür Helles - IDK something essential here that was phenomenal

    DC Area:
    Since I am a DMV resident at the moment, my recs for you all if you visit is to check out Port City's rotating lager series or beers by Ocelot or Triple Crossing. Oh, and my mainstay and favorite beer here is Ardent Pilsner, which is distributed in NOVA, but IDK about DC. It is in my fridge 90% of the time.

    The best beer I've had this year is A&G.
  3. Resuin

    Resuin Meyvn (1,306) Jun 18, 2012 Massachusetts

    Some of the best NE beers I had that came out this year, in no particular order:

    Hill Farmstead Flora batch 8
    Hill Farmstead Poetica 3
    Trillium Permutation 109
    Trillium Galaxy DDH Fort Point
    The Alchemist DDH Heady Topper
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  4. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (1,944) Apr 16, 2015 New Hampshire
    Society Trader

    The Alchemist Rapture
    HF Double Riwaka
    HF Anne: Yellow Raspberries
    HF Samuel
    River Roost Three Piece Suit
    River Roost Soaked in Sin B2
    Lawson’s Finest Rooski
    Lawson’s Finest Homestead Haze

    My local favorites in 2019
  5. Resuin

    Resuin Meyvn (1,306) Jun 18, 2012 Massachusetts

    Ahh if I could edit my post above I’d add Anne. Maybe my favorite of the year.
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  6. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Initiate (167) Nov 6, 2010 British Indian Ocean Territory

    Challenge accepted, NE-only, new beers only. As a non-Untapped person, this is tough.

    Oxbow Native/Wild
    Allagash River Trip
    Notch Festbier
    Silvaticus Rauchbier (Beacon? Baron Von Smoke? One was superior, I just don’t recall which)
    Tributary Mott the Lesser
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  7. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (1,944) Apr 16, 2015 New Hampshire
    Society Trader

    River Trip is a great call. Loved that last summer.
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  8. DrewLS

    DrewLS Initiate (140) Oct 7, 2012 Massachusetts

    In no particular order:

    Allagash Map40
    HF Double Nelson
    Trillium Cuvee de Tetreault
    Barreled Souls Woodford BA Big Bang
    Mystic Mosaic Crush
    Bissell Sigil 4
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  9. YourDigitalGrave

    YourDigitalGrave Initiate (119) Jun 5, 2019 Massachusetts

    I have a horrible memory and I don't track with untappd or anything so here it goes...

    Long Live - DDH Black Cat (my BOTY)
    New Park - Double Cloud (did I have this last year too?)
    Foam - Experimental Jet Set
    River Roost - Glimpse
    Fox Farm - Double Burst
    Tree House - Very Green (did I have this last year too?)
    Buttonwoods - Hip Hop is Dead

    I think those were all the noteworthy ones...
    Wait! I forgot the stouts.

    Rustic - CoffeeNutt (my stout OTY)
    Tree House - Impermanence
    Long Live - Double Cup Vanilla

    I am probably forgetting something really good..

    Hill Farmstead - Double Galaxy

    A lot of doubles (even in the name). I guess I have a type. I am such a cliche.
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  10. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Initiate (167) Nov 6, 2010 British Indian Ocean Territory

    I could likely fill this thread with Allagash/Oxbow newbies. I try to try a few new beers — on tap or take home — per trip and usually end up loving at least one.
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  11. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (1,944) Apr 16, 2015 New Hampshire
    Society Trader

    Yep, all usually way above average. I went with my usual haunts, but the Portland options are catching up quickly
  12. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Initiate (167) Nov 6, 2010 British Indian Ocean Territory

    HF is my 2020 goal. I’ve been before, obviously, but I think 12/17 was my last visit. Might have been January ‘18. Needless to say, too long (but it’s so far ... “why are HF and Suarez so far,” the adult baby cried).
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  13. Sheppard

    Sheppard Meyvn (1,264) Mar 16, 2013 Massachusetts

    River Trip is so good (as was Hoppy Table Beer before it). It's my go to approachable Belgian style when I'm buying beer for a party.
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  14. thedaveofbeer

    thedaveofbeer Aspirant (244) Mar 25, 2016 Massachusetts

    Here a a few I really enjoyed:

    Drifter by Freak Folk
    Double Shot VB by Tree House
    Stony Hill Smoked Porter by Lawson's
    Fear and Trembling by Hill Farmstead
    Very GGG by Tree House
    The Standard by Notch
    Memoria by HF

    My beer realization this year is that I like smoked porters more than I ever thought I would.
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  15. lic217

    lic217 Champion (876) Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut

    Allagash white
    Von Trapp Vienna
    Von Trap Helles
    Hill Farmstead Anna
    Back East Porter
    Black Hog Granola Brown
    Counter Weight Headway
    Alchemist Headway
    Mystic Table Beer
    NEBCO Wudgudator and their Festbier
    Zero Gravity Green State
    Maine Brewing Company
    Hills Farmstead Mary
  16. yllib

    yllib Aspirant (267) Feb 16, 2014 Massachusetts

    Oxbow pils n love
    HF 3 magic letters, BA Everett, cd23
    Notch the standard
    TH very gggreen, c57
    Bissell baby genius
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  17. PicoPapa

    PicoPapa Poo-Bah (2,784) Mar 6, 2009 Connecticut

    Fox Farm Witch Meadow Black 2019
    Fox Farm Wile
    New Park Double Wavelength
    New Park Cloudscape
    Fox Farm Votive No.1
    Little House/Tox Brewing Chips and Dip
    Alvarium BA Kosmonaut
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  18. randytrevor

    randytrevor Initiate (69) Nov 11, 2014 Massachusetts

    Notch was outstanding, and the only other beer than really stood out for me was "Surf Casting".
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  19. seakayak

    seakayak Defender (694) May 20, 2007 Massachusetts

    Fort Hill Fresh Pick can't be beat at $8.99 a 6-pack.

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  20. Newport_beerguy

    Newport_beerguy Zealot (586) Feb 24, 2011 Rhode Island

    New to me this year, listing in order from what Untappd is telling me for top 10 but really these are all around the same rating:

    Barreled Souls - Make Me A Stout, Clown
    Long Live - Marriage Material
    Tree House - Doubleganger
    Long Live - All Seeing Eye Extra
    Trillium - BA Vanilla Truffle
    Castle Island - Suit Parade
    Trillium - Insert Hip Hop Reference Everywhere
    Tree House - Very Green
    Proclamation - Trope v1.0
    Tilted Barn - DDH Chosen One

    Looking at the consensus ratings, it appears only Suit Parade and Trope significantly vary from the popular opinion.
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  21. LakesideBrewing

    LakesideBrewing Initiate (101) Dec 1, 2013 Massachusetts

    Von Trapp Natür Helles
    Hill Farmstead Marie
    Allagash Nancy
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  22. dubdrop

    dubdrop Disciple (323) Aug 6, 2012 Massachusetts

    In 2019, I cut back on drinking by a lot, but I refused to give up HF:slight_smile: All new to me in 2019:

    HF Anne
    HF Residency 1
    HF CD23
    HF Flora b8
    HF Poetica 1
    HF BGE april release
    TH King JJJuliusss
    TH 7
    TH Very GGGreennn
    Trillium DDH Vicinity
  23. kinopio

    kinopio Aspirant (274) Apr 30, 2009 Massachusetts

    HF Civil Disobedience 25
    HF Poetica 3
    Cambridge Brewing what we do in shadows
    Trillium BA nanaimo
    Jacks Abby graham cracker framinghammer
    OEC vindemia noveau
    Barreled Souls celestial person
    Allagash anything Coolship
    Oxbow Native/wild
    Foam chasing trane
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  24. meefmoff

    meefmoff Devotee (468) Jul 6, 2014 Massachusetts

    As some others have mentioned I'm terrible at remembering and generally don't take notes, but here's what I can come up with at the moment that was new to me this year:

    Idle Hands Brunhilda: might be recency bias since I just had it, but this is just a crazy flavorful dunkel.

    Jack's Abby Keller series: I can't remember which was which, but overall this was a great group of beers

    Banded Brewing Veridian: Great price, great IPA. I wish it was more reliably available but I bought it whenever I saw it.

    Lawson's Double Sunshine: I didn't do a blind taste test to see how different it really is from Sip, but drinking it outside at their new brewery on a cool fall night was brilliant. Craggy Mountain Pilsner was no slouch either.

    Allaghash Everything: I can't even remember the specifics of what I had, but my second ever trip to the brewery way back in March was again filled with unique and amazing treats from top to bottom.
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  25. Takeanotherswing

    Takeanotherswing Initiate (133) Jan 14, 2011 New York

    HF CD 25
    Freak Folk Bier- Cabin bier
    HF Memoria / Rhetorica
    HF Double Riwaka
    HF Samuel
    HF Flora Rasp/Cherry/Kiwi
    HF Rum aged Genealogy of Morals: Akmel
    HF Double Barrel Damon (2018)
    Wunderkammer: Vol 18 Ghost Pipes
    NEBCO Peach Fuzz
    NEBCO Hollow Bunny
    Von Trapp Double IPL
    #25 Takeanotherswing, Dec 11, 2019
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2019
  26. Sheppard

    Sheppard Meyvn (1,264) Mar 16, 2013 Massachusetts

    May I also add that I am very grateful that Oxbow started canning. Grizacca in cans is a true delight.
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  27. jimmyfausto

    jimmyfausto Initiate (50) Jul 28, 2014 Massachusetts

    New-to-me favorites of 2019. Excluded some beers that everyone already talks about all the time.

    Oxbow - Sap Haus
    Idle Hands - Zeroth
    Tree House - Seven
    Tilted Barn - Summit
    Notch - Psychocandy
    OEC - Coolship Lager
    Hill Farmstead - Memoria
    Vitamin Sea - Kettle Charge
    Foam Brewers - The Fruit That Ate Itself
    Long Live Beerworks - The All Seeing Eye
  28. mhull

    mhull Initiate (117) Apr 11, 2008 Massachusetts

    These are my top 5 in terms of rating beers I've had this year

    Le Sarrasin (low key flex)
    Triple Shot
    Domain b2
    Society & Solitude 4
    The All Seeing Eye DDH
  29. YourDigitalGrave

    YourDigitalGrave Initiate (119) Jun 5, 2019 Massachusetts

    I'm glad to see some Long Live love. Their stuff is so good.

    As for Trope, I think it was too polarizing.
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  30. jbarletto

    jbarletto Disciple (328) May 18, 2013 Massachusetts

    Best new to me 2019, NE only

    HF Poetica 1
    HF Poetica 2
    HF Poetica 3
    HF What Is Enlightenment
    HF BA Everett
    HF Double Riwaka
    Alchemist Rapture
    Oxbow Luppolo
    Oxbow Harvest
    Fox Farm Burst
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  31. TommyKittens

    TommyKittens Initiate (17) Oct 24, 2016 Massachusetts

    Also adjusting my previous list to only include New England, with a few additions

    Hill Farmstead Poetica
    Hill Farmstead Anna
    Wunderkammer Volume Sixteen: Ordinary Diadems
    Treehouse Double Shot (6th Anniversary)
    Treehouse Perfect Storm
    Treehouse Super Treat
    Trillium Every Trillion Ever
    Maine Beer Co Second Dinner
    OEC Exilis: Blue Monday
    River Roost Object M31
    Schilling / Fox Farm Konfluenz Nord
    Fox Farm Varonna
    Mystic Ventus
    Allagash Peche
    Nightshift Kolsch Encounter
    Honest Weight Lightworks
    Oxbox Principesca
    Vitamin Sea Ramble & Roam Citra/Galaxy
    Boothbay Thirsty Botanist
    Orono Tubular
    Burlington Beer Co Uncanny Valley
    Idle Hands Hills 2 Hands
    Upper Pass Hip 2 The Hops
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  32. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,552) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Maine Beer Co. in general, or a specific beer?

    I'll have to think a bit on what my favorites were...that being said, I think we should have this be a "Top 5" favorites to avoid lengthy lists. We all drink a lot of beer throughout the course of an entire year :wink:.
  33. cmoney13

    cmoney13 Initiate (141) Sep 9, 2017 Massachusetts

    yeah don't know how anyone can really claim 20 beers as "top". I left a few off because I wanted to keep it tight, and if forced to choose between two similar beers, I went with the higher option.

    Really only two examples for me:
    loved Super Typhoon from TH, but BoC edged it out.
    loved Zero Gravity Green State Lager, but Luppolo edged it out.
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  34. dubdrop

    dubdrop Disciple (323) Aug 6, 2012 Massachusetts

    One I forgot to put on my list was Cabin Beer from Freak Folk. Surprisingly mature for a brewery's first release.
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  35. lic217

    lic217 Champion (876) Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut

    Dinner(only Maine beer I had this year)
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  36. BRoweski30

    BRoweski30 Initiate (80) Sep 10, 2016 Massachusetts

    I got married this year and went to a couple weddings with some serious beers cracked. This will probably be my best beer year ever...favorites below.

    Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus
    Cantillon LPF
    3F Hommage Bio Frambozen
    Hill Farmstead Barrel Aged Dorothy
    Tree House Haze w/ Peach
  37. rightcoast7

    rightcoast7 Disciple (354) Apr 2, 2011 Maine

    Looking though my Untappd feed, which actually has a pretty handy sorting feature that allowed me to select a date range, states, and sort by highest rating, here are the new beers I ended up with:

    HF Genealogy of Morals (technically 2018 release but it was fucking awesome, so I’m counting it)
    HF Memoria
    Battery Steele Flume^3
    HF Civil Disobedience 26
    HF Genealogy San Fermin
    Fox Farm Copestone
    Goodfire Maximum
    Oxbow Black & Blau
    Trillium BA Cinnamon Bun
    Trillium BA Nanaimo
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  38. DucRacer900

    DucRacer900 Initiate (99) Aug 13, 2013 Massachusetts

    Favorites, for me, meant I had them repeatedly if I could.
    Definitely lots more lagers/pilsners this year.
    I don't take notes or keep track but I do sticker my fridge!

    Also, agree with @meefmoff , the JA Keller Bier series was just fantastic.....

    New England favorites for 2019 (in no particular order)

    HF Double Galaxy
    Notch/Trillium collaboration Concoction Method Table IPA
    Notch Fest Bier
    Notch Experimental Jet Set
    TH SSSappp
    TH Beneficiaries of Chance
    TH Ma
    TH Juliussss
    Trillium Patersbier
    JA Modern Hell
    JA Franconian Kraft
    JA Private Rye
    Schilling Alexander 10º
    Schilling Konstantin
    Von Trapp Octoberfest
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  39. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,552) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    You could probably include both because Luppolo is different enough being considered an “Italian Pilsner”.
  40. WunderLlama

    WunderLlama Poo-Bah (2,457) Dec 27, 2010 Massachusetts
    Society Trader

    2019 top beers for me include the following:


    Very Hazy - Tree House 4.78
    Double Shot - Tree House 4.68
    Gggreennn!!! - Tree House 4.63
    Dinner - Maine Beer 4.6
    Hold on to Sunshine - Tree House 4.6
    Impermanence - TreeHouse 4.6
    Daily Serving Raspberry - Trillium 4.58
    Mikes to Go Before I Sleep - Tree House 4.56
    Society & Solitude #6 - Hill Farmstead 4.54
    Autumn - Tree House 4.53
    I will Not Be Afraid - Tree House 4.53
    Super TreaT - Tree House 4.52
    Curiosity 80 - Tree House 4.52


    Triple Mylar Daydream -Other Half 4.68
    Morning Wood - Funky Buddha 4.65
    Mc2 - Equilibrium 4.63
    Master of Karate - Aslin 4.61
    King Sue - Toppling Goliath 4.55
    DDH Double Mosaic Dream - Other Half 4.53
    Oude Gueze Cuvée Armand & Gaston - Drei Fontinen 4.52
    Abraxas - Perenial Artisan Ales 4.51
    Death by Caribbean Chocolate Cake - Siren 4.51
    Triple Space Diamonds - Other Half 4.51