Tree House Brewing Company (2020)

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  1. cmoney13

    cmoney13 Initiate (153) Sep 9, 2017 Massachusetts
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    Have zero problem with people stocking up to distribute among friends.
     
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  2. thedaveofbeer

    thedaveofbeer Aspirant (293) Mar 25, 2016 Massachusetts
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    Well, I live an hour away and I wouldn't make the drive these days for less than a case, and I am guessing the minimum drive from PA is about 4 hours, so 5 cases seems like the conservative side of reasonable to me.
     
  3. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Poo-Bah (3,156) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire
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    I've personally driven to Aslin Brewing (roughly a 18 hour round trip) for a case of their beer. Granted, they had sold out of the beer I really wanted an hour before I got there but I'm still completely insane.

    To my credit, I have a thing for road trips. I love to drive and listen to music for hours and hours. I often do it with no destination in mind.
     
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  4. Sheppard

    Sheppard Poo-Bah (2,228) Mar 16, 2013 Massachusetts
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    why dude why
     
  5. rozzom

    rozzom Meyvn (1,058) Jan 22, 2011 New York
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    The power of Christ compels you. The power of Christ compels you.
     
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  6. Sabtos

    Sabtos Poo-Bah (10,103) Dec 15, 2015 Ohio
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    You know, you're driving past a lot of awesome shit you could enrich your life with, besides some music, alone time in the car, and beer at the end of the road.
     
  7. cdinardo21

    cdinardo21 Initiate (129) Oct 29, 2019 Pennsylvania
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    ...as opposed to....?

    I'm not sure I Presented is as such, but if you're going to road trip it to Tree House from a fair distance, you're not just picking up a mixed case and turning around to drive home. To present it as though you would is just lunacy.
     
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  8. KingforaDay

    KingforaDay Crusader (759) Aug 5, 2010 New Jersey
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    Can anyone give me a guess as to the wait for cans on a Saturday if I were to get there between 1pm-2pm? I've been there on summer Saturdays in the past but not sure if things have changed or if the winter months affect people lining up. I'll be in the area this weekend but just not sure any kind of substantial wait in the cold is doable with my wife and daughter in the car with me. Any help is appreciated.
     
  9. rozzom

    rozzom Meyvn (1,058) Jan 22, 2011 New York
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    I mean this is sort of reinforcing the prior point no? Hand on heart I wouldn’t max out in that situation. I mean I wouldn’t do a 10 hour round trip beer run (in the there and back in one day sense) ever. But I have been to Hill Farmstead several times (which is a 12-14 hour round trip from NYC, even longer sometimes depending on traffic / when you go) - that’s the longest I’ve driven where beer is the main / joint main reason for going. We have made a long weekend/vacation out of it each time. And despite it being a once a year type of trip I definitely didn’t come close to maxing out
     
  10. BRYeleJR

    BRYeleJR Disciple (347) May 18, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Unfortunately, still probably one of the busiest times. I'm thinking probably around an hour in line...? If you're on Facebook, you can join the Line Updates group and look at historical data.

    I'll note one minor plus that may have changed since your last time there -- there's much more inside seating (available picnic tables throughout) and they usually have the line snake inside much more than it had in the past.

    So while you'd still be waiting ... there's zero reason to wait in the cold. Family can go to the food truck, grab lunch and sit at a picnic table inside while you wait in line and then join them. Hope it works out for you!
     
  11. bryantc3

    bryantc3 Aspirant (206) Apr 12, 2017 New Jersey
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    they would post barrels and what not on their stories

    https://www.beeradvocate.com/commun...brewing-company-may-2018.570885/#post-5999495 references it

    https://www.beeradvocate.com/commun...ompany-august-2018.583088/page-5#post-6137286 another reference
     
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  12. 9percenthurdle

    9percenthurdle Aspirant (206) Sep 6, 2018 Massachusetts
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    the later on Saturday the better from my experience. 1 - 2 is usually peak lines
     
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  13. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Poo-Bah (3,156) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire
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    Nah. I drove past some place called "Gettisborg" or something, idk. Apparently it's popular. I didn't care I just wanted to score my mixed case of Aslin.
     
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  14. nesarebad

    nesarebad Zealot (516) Feb 4, 2012 Massachusetts
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    That where the dude Lincoln burned down that blueberry tree?
     
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  15. nesarebad

    nesarebad Zealot (516) Feb 4, 2012 Massachusetts
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  16. bryantc3

    bryantc3 Aspirant (206) Apr 12, 2017 New Jersey
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    marshmallows are shaped like a barrel


    marshbarrel
     
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  17. Dukies222001

    Dukies222001 Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2016 New Hampshire

    Yeah that's crazy I max out at 6 hours round trip and I usually plan it to hit 2 or 3 breweries in one day.
     
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  18. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Poo-Bah (3,156) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire
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    It is crazy but I was being a bit hyperbolic. I definitely drove all the way to Aslin and left with a case of beer, but I went to DC to meet up with a relative. Ended up staying in a hotel.
     
  19. oldbean

    oldbean Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2005 Massachusetts

    I mean you're talking about a twelve hour drive for special beer. It's lunacy at its base.

    Like I don't know, it just seems to me like when you're in a situation where it only makes sense to buy beer six cases at a time, you passed the signpost for lunacy several hundred miles back.
     
  20. ColdOne

    ColdOne Aspirant (269) Jan 19, 2013 New York
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    All this discussion about how far is okay to drive for beer kind of reminds me of a line from George Carlin:

    "Anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac."
     
  21. Sabtos

    Sabtos Poo-Bah (10,103) Dec 15, 2015 Ohio
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    Not to mention, it's essentially cheaper to buy secondary at that point. That is, if one values their own time at all.
     
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  22. jacincm

    jacincm Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2018 Pennsylvania

    I live 10 min from Pizza Boy. If you’re interested in anything from there and would like to trade, shoot me a PM
     
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  23. msiegel04

    msiegel04 Initiate (0) Oct 5, 2017 Connecticut

    Anyone care to venture a guess as to why we don’t see doppelgänger and alter ego more often?

    I feel like you used to be able to reliably see those every single month. Now it seems like it’s mostly doubleganger and aaatlerrrr

    Wondering out loud because for my money those are two of their best IMO
     
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  24. kingsuect

    kingsuect Initiate (32) Oct 6, 2018 Connecticut

    indeed, they definitely do not get enough love for being core beers. i think they come out like quarterly at this point.
     
  25. CTHopman

    CTHopman Initiate (166) Jul 22, 2016 Connecticut

    Likely because a pinch is worth a pound. Literally and figuratively.
     
  26. Dukies222001

    Dukies222001 Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2016 New Hampshire

    I will at Tree House Saturday. Last time I was there you could get one beer in line and then buy 2 beer tickets with your can sale. Is that still the set up?
     
  27. cdinardo21

    cdinardo21 Initiate (129) Oct 29, 2019 Pennsylvania
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    If one values their own time, they just add additional things to the list when they make a trip, like a game at Fenway, or a dinner in the north end, or a weekend visiting friends in Cambridge, or seeing one's hockey team play the Bruins.

    You guys really don't do traveling well.
     
  28. parg0

    parg0 Initiate (70) Feb 22, 2018 Massachusetts

    To be fair, what you're describing is vacation. Not a white knuckle round trip beer excursion.
     
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  29. Sabtos

    Sabtos Poo-Bah (10,103) Dec 15, 2015 Ohio
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    This is actually the greater point I was getting at, with particular focus on national parks, landmarks and other more substantive experiences that are often just off the highway on the way to many of these beer destinations.
     
  30. dele

    dele Initiate (112) Mar 13, 2019 Massachusetts

    According to their Twitter, TH are out with a kolsch today. This is just what I've been hoping to see. It's going to be a couple of weeks before I can get down there - hope they still have some then.
     
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  31. YourDigitalGrave

    YourDigitalGrave Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2019 Massachusetts

    I wonder how it will compare to the better New England ones.
    What is the current gold standard? Notch? Exhibit A?

    edit: Nomad, Outlier, Old Man, Trail Magic, and Bear. It is happening.
     
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  32. CTHopman

    CTHopman Initiate (166) Jul 22, 2016 Connecticut

    Goody Two Shoes is phenomenal.
     
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  33. Newport_beerguy

    Newport_beerguy Defender (637) Feb 24, 2011 Rhode Island
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    That's a stretch, you know what they say about those lager bois buying up and selling those cans on the black market. One kolsch for your two Swish cans or GTFO. It may be sold out already...
     
  34. meb3476

    meb3476 Aspirant (206) Apr 1, 2013 Massachusetts

    I'd love it! I probably wouldn't have to drive to Charlton and wait 2 hours for cans.
     
  35. cdinardo21

    cdinardo21 Initiate (129) Oct 29, 2019 Pennsylvania
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    I don't know about vacation - I think about a week in Nassau as a vacation - but long weekend out of town? Visit a few friends? Load up on booze? Absolutely.
     
  36. cdinardo21

    cdinardo21 Initiate (129) Oct 29, 2019 Pennsylvania
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    Yeah - man - there's so much to see. Especially depending on what you like. And if you like beer, or bourbon, or whatever...so easy to rope that in.

    Hell, I can justify a 6 hour drive to tree house, get in two rounds of golf at some courses I wouldn't normally get to play, and get in a nice dinner and brunch, and that's a weekend worth having every time.
     
  37. agreenman19

    agreenman19 Poo-Bah (2,054) Apr 10, 2011 Connecticut
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    You already don't have to do one of those things.
     
  38. Dukies222001

    Dukies222001 Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2016 New Hampshire

    When are the wait times that long anymore? We arrived Saturday at 1pm had cans in 10 minutes and a drink in our hands 5 minutes after that. I thought that was peak time.
     
  39. cmoney13

    cmoney13 Initiate (153) Sep 9, 2017 Massachusetts
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    I for one welcome TH's foray into lagers, kolsch, ESBs. It's fun to poke fun at TH but I do think at the end of the day, this is a work of love for Nate, and if they want to make kick ass lagers and classic european styles they'll figure it out in the long run.
     
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  40. meb3476

    meb3476 Aspirant (206) Apr 1, 2013 Massachusetts

    Got there at 9am for a 10am opening time got my cans and was driving home at 10:45.
     
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