Tree House Brewing Company (March 2017)

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  1. NiceBeerCans

    NiceBeerCans Initiate (183) Mar 16, 2013 New York
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    New monthly Tree House thread.

    Always check out the following link to see what is available for sale, starting on Wednesday (the first, of two canning runs, is posted on Tuesday but both are sold on Wednesday). Cans and Tree House growlers are sold and filled at the brewery only. Must be Tree House growlers per MA law. There are bottle releases randomly (i.e. Double Shot or Native bottles) but bottles are infrequent.

    http://treehousebrew.com/on-tap/

    Yes, limits are enforced and subject to change at the brewery's discretion. Only one time through the line, per day, and absolutely no drinking in the line or on the property. Also, don't speed through the neighborhood and don't park on the neighbor's property for any reason. Do not walk behind the brewery , block the driveway, or block the entrance doorway, which serves as the exit too. They have parking lots where you are suppose to park. It's winter and it's cold out there so make room to close the door!

    CURRENT REGULAR HOURS: Wednesday from 12-6 PM for Can Sales Only. Growlers & Can sales Thurs. & Fri 4-8 PM & Saturday Growlers & Can sales from 11 AM - 6 PM.

    Per an arrangement with the town, Tree House will open early if all the parking lots are full.

    THREE TOTAL GROWLERS on Thurs, Fri, and Sat HAS BEEN THE NORM LATELY. DURING SLOWER TIMES 4-5 PP MAY BE OFFERED!

    ON BUSY WEEKNIGHTS GROWLER CARDS MAY BE CAPPED ~ 350


    ALSO PLEASE NOTE THAT LIMITS MAY BE ADJUSTED AT ANY TIME.
    It's very rare that we change limits, but still need the option if we feel it will be more equitable for folks.



    FOLLOW @treehousebrewco on Twitter for real time updates

    @DigitalNate has been known to make occasional comments when speculation is not correct.

    FAQ (work in progress. By the way, Tree House has it's own FAQ page that is well written and everybody should read it before reaching out for answers)

    http://treehousebrew.com/faq/


    There isn't a tap room where you can drink except for special pour days (see below). All beer sold to-go and only available at the brewery. Tree House beer swag is sold at the brewery. They have some nice stuff.

    BT's Smokehouse in Sturbridge (east of Tree House) and serves up some tasty meat stuffs.

    The beer you purchase at Tree House can be enjoyed at Westview Creamery on East Hill Road, and at BT's Smokehouse in Sturbridge. Both establishments carry BYOB rights!


    Asking the thread what is being released before Tree House announces it is pointless. Your guess is as good as theirs.


    Wednesday is a can only release day. Usually two different cans, one announced on Tuesday and second can announced on Wednesday. There is usually no need to arrive early on Wednesday to get your cans but they can sell out of cans before closing time. Check their twitter feed for real time updates.

    There is no canning runs on Saturday. You will only get cans on Saturday if they did not sell out of cans on the previous day (Friday). You can still get growlers on Saturday and maybe some surprises.

    What isn't sold out on the previous day is sold the following open day. People come early, the lines can get long, but the staff is very efficient and the line moves relatively quickly considering the number of people/growlers filled. The staff is very nice and Lauren always has a smile on her face! :)


    Is there a bottle shop nearby for other beers (ie Trillium)?

    Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge, is the closest. It's 20 minutes away. It's just past BT's Smokehouse.

    submitted by @YS1977 (Yankee Spirits)

    Wednesday morning is usually the better day to get Trillium from us during the week. We're usually sold out by mid-afternoon Wednesday, so usually no luck on Trillium for Thursdays. We don't get our weekly delivery until Friday evening or Saturday morning. Sturbridge - @yankeestur


    What about a line?

    If you're there before opening, they'll hand out and a few minutes later collect growler slips which are the small pieces of paper from the Tree House official FAQ you didn't read. If you don't see them, ask someone in front of you or someone that works there about growler slips. Fill it out and give it to a staff member. Your paper waits in the growler line, you as a human wait in the can line. There is only one line, which is the can line. You have the option for growlers by filling out the growler slips. The paper slips are numbered so they get filled in the order you are standing in the can line.

    I want great selection and no line, when can I go?

    Go early in the day when there will be better selection and more lines or go later when lines will be shorter but you risk something running out.

    Where do I park?

    Parking is in three locations: main lot, upper lot, and the way back lot -- follow the red shirted guy with the red sticks on busy days. Drive slowly on Munn/East Hill Road.

    How do I get the rare releases?

    Certain beers are released silently to maintain a manageable situation for our staff, retail shop, and neighborhood. Bottom line, you find out on this thread when somebody is lucky enough to be at the brewery on that special day and posts it on this thread.


    PLEASE NOTE THAT LIMITS MAY BE ADJUSTED AT ANY TIME.
    It's very rare that we change limits, but still need the option if we feel it will be more equitable for folks.



    * Pour Days *

    Are occasional and intermittent. Tree House gets asked about it frequently.


    Good Morning

    Good Morning releases are silent releases and thus are NOT announced ahead of time. Nobody, outside of Tree House staff, know the release days. Good Morning has only been released in their 750 mL growlers in very limited quantities per person. This is done to allow as many people, as possible, to try and enjoy this beer. Growlers of it usually last more than one day, so don't worry if you miss the first silent release day. There is no guarantee that Good Morning will be released this winter but Nate knows how much people love that beer.


    Other things...
    • Don't throw stuff in/destroy the koi pond
    • Children, dogs and families are always welcome at Tree House

    Busy Parking Days:


    REGARDING PARKING ON VERY BUSY EVENINGS - AS A FIRST OPTION, ALWAYS PULL INTO TREE HOUSE PARKING LOT. LOOK FOR TREE HOUSE STAFF IN RED SHIRTS TO GUIDE YOU. ALSO, PLEASE DRIVE SLOW AND WITH EXCEPTIONAL CAUTION ON EAST HILL AND MUNN ROAD - THANK YOU!


    Historical information on can/bottle releases:

    Awesome Tree House can release spreadsheet done by @BeerTraveler33.

    In his own words:

    Feel free to remind me, @BeerTraveler33, to update this as I usually only update the file on my work PC and I forget to update the google doc.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1zWyBt7I2feobTsX5GcZvm91pn3fxuxEu-cI8oodXBi8/edit?usp=sharing

    This is the spreadsheet that you seen cropped, cut, and pasted on posts. Full credit should be given to @BeerTraveler33 for creating and maintaining it.
     
  2. beardfacejesus

    beardfacejesus Initiate (147) Apr 30, 2016 Massachusetts

    Doppelganger, 6 per. Interesting combo for a Wednesday!
     
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  3. danclark312

    danclark312 Initiate (116) Jan 21, 2016 New York
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    Heading up this week with my mom. Anything else to do in the area that she might enjoy?
     
  4. JLK7299

    JLK7299 Zealot (520) Apr 21, 2016 Connecticut
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    Heres to another great month Treehouse Peeps!
     
  5. dwoolley1

    dwoolley1 Devotee (442) Dec 16, 2009 New York
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    Old Sturbridge Village maybe.
     
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  6. DeweyCheatem-n-Howe

    DeweyCheatem-n-Howe Disciple (333) May 23, 2015 Massachusetts
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    Doppel and Sap is a great combo. I like seeing Sap show up more often lately.
     
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  7. skleice

    skleice Aspirant (202) Aug 6, 2015 Connecticut
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    Yeah, nice piney/dank combo....but still always juicy and delicious. These two need a legit can!
     
  8. BababooeyHTJ

    BababooeyHTJ Initiate (139) Mar 3, 2016 Connecticut
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    My favorite th brew and my least favorite th brew....
     
  9. DeweyCheatem-n-Howe

    DeweyCheatem-n-Howe Disciple (333) May 23, 2015 Massachusetts
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    Which is which?
     
  10. BababooeyHTJ

    BababooeyHTJ Initiate (139) Mar 3, 2016 Connecticut
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    That goes without saying. Is sap anyone's favorite brew? ;)

    I just don't get sap, personally. I know that some people enjoy it.
     
  11. DeweyCheatem-n-Howe

    DeweyCheatem-n-Howe Disciple (333) May 23, 2015 Massachusetts
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    Sap is my 2nd-favorite TH brew behind Green. DG is tied with Julius for #3. I love what they wring out of the Chinook hop.
     
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  12. beardfacejesus

    beardfacejesus Initiate (147) Apr 30, 2016 Massachusetts

    I knew it seemed rare, but didn't realize just how rare. According to the shared Google doc, in all of 2016, only once did they release 2 non-core 4 beers on a Wednesday. Granted, they've already done it twice since the start of 2017. Not trying to make any point, just knew it was uncommon to not see a core 4 beer available on a Wednesday.
     
  13. DeweyCheatem-n-Howe

    DeweyCheatem-n-Howe Disciple (333) May 23, 2015 Massachusetts
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    For my edification, 'core 4' is Julius, Green, Haze and Alter Ego?
     
  14. beardfacejesus

    beardfacejesus Initiate (147) Apr 30, 2016 Massachusetts

    Yep. Just a nickname I gave them to save time on typing out all 4 names. o_O
     
  15. BucketsB

    BucketsB Initiate (52) Mar 1, 2011 Massachusetts
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    First Charlton job was posted on Twitter last night: http://treehousebrew.com/shipping-receiving/

    Seems like this keeps them on track for the targeted first half of 2017 opening. Based on Nate's Twitter, seems like the first Charlton-brewed batch will be mid-May. I wouldn't be surprised if they are selling Monson-brewed stuff in Charlton to alleviate parking before that batch is ready.
     
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  16. Shyla987

    Shyla987 Aspirant (235) Jul 18, 2013 Connecticut
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    Dean did a brief radio interview in CT last week, said production is ahead of schedule in Charlton. "We envisioned August-September opening, but now maybe mid-summer, June-July."
     
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  17. beardfacejesus

    beardfacejesus Initiate (147) Apr 30, 2016 Massachusetts

  18. Matted24

    Matted24 Initiate (135) Jun 1, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Any regulars there today that might have an idea as to what the odds of 6 pp of Sap and Doppel lasting till 5:30ish is?
     
  19. beardfacejesus

    beardfacejesus Initiate (147) Apr 30, 2016 Massachusetts

    They should be doing a case update pretty soon on Twitter.
     
  20. agreenman19

    agreenman19 Champion (897) Apr 10, 2011 Connecticut
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    That's gonna be tight. Too close for comfort.
     
  21. Matted24

    Matted24 Initiate (135) Jun 1, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Thanks for the input. I've never managed to get my hands on Sap or Doppel so I was stoked on this lineup. I can probably get there around 5:30 tomorrow as well, so hopefully any leftovers from today last till then!
     
  22. beardfacejesus

    beardfacejesus Initiate (147) Apr 30, 2016 Massachusetts

    Worst case, you'll be able to get growlers of it tomorrow...I just don't see it surviving the night, let alone until 5:30 tomorrow. I'm hoping for an 8 can release tomorrow of Haze or Green, personally.
     
  23. agreenman19

    agreenman19 Champion (897) Apr 10, 2011 Connecticut
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    By "tight", I mean there's a good chance it sells out by 5:30!
     
  24. TPIR

    TPIR Initiate (143) Jan 29, 2017 Connecticut
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    Maybe the fact that they released all four core beers last week has something to do with it. Just a thought.
     
  25. beardfacejesus

    beardfacejesus Initiate (147) Apr 30, 2016 Massachusetts

    Absolutely. That's gotta be nearly as rare as not seeing a core beer on Wednesday. Guess I gotta call up the Google doc again. o_O
     
  26. beardfacejesus

    beardfacejesus Initiate (147) Apr 30, 2016 Massachusetts

    No tweets saying they sold out of either can, so there should be a bit left over for the early birds tomorrow.
     
  27. skleice

    skleice Aspirant (202) Aug 6, 2015 Connecticut
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    Website updated:

    Sap - 70 cases
    Doppelgänger - 40 cases
     
  28. BucketsB

    BucketsB Initiate (52) Mar 1, 2011 Massachusetts
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    The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, it's to post the wrong answer.

    Thanks!
     
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  29. CADMixes

    CADMixes Initiate (166) Feb 29, 2012 Massachusetts

    People should really consider going tomorrow because this batch of doppel should not be sitting around. I know there were some questions about recent Green/Alter batches but this is tremendous.
     
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  30. Matted24

    Matted24 Initiate (135) Jun 1, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Kicking myself for not just taking the risk and driving out yesterday. I'll definitely be taking the trek either tonight or tomorrow.
     
  31. OnlyTheFinest

    OnlyTheFinest Initiate (176) Feb 5, 2016 Maine
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    Silent release today?
     
  32. slengteng

    slengteng Initiate (156) Apr 9, 2014 Massachusetts

    It's one of my favorites. I love it.
     
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  33. JSackett

    JSackett Initiate (139) Oct 13, 2015 Massachusetts
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    Julius 6pp
     
  34. beardfacejesus

    beardfacejesus Initiate (147) Apr 30, 2016 Massachusetts

    Was hoping for Haze or Green, but I'll always take more Julius...6 per, 10 cans total if you get there early enough.
     
  35. Matted24

    Matted24 Initiate (135) Jun 1, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Sap and Doppel at 2 pp with those case counts should hold pretty well over the first two hours I'd assume.
     
  36. TPIR

    TPIR Initiate (143) Jan 29, 2017 Connecticut
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    So we're in total speculation mode now, but does only releasing 6 Julius for a total of 10 cans indicate that they may not be advertising what could potentially fit in those last two slots?
     
  37. TPIR

    TPIR Initiate (143) Jan 29, 2017 Connecticut
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    Curious, what's your definition of "early enough"?
     
  38. Matted24

    Matted24 Initiate (135) Jun 1, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Well if everyone buys their full allotment...
    70 cases of Sap at 2 pp = Be one of the first 840 people.
    40 cases of Doppel at 2 pp = Be one of the first 480 people.

    At 500 cases you're safe for Julius.
     
  39. marcrgrenier

    marcrgrenier Initiate (131) Apr 22, 2015 New Hampshire
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    My guess is they'll up the Julius to 8 cans once sap/dopple run out
     
  40. CTHopman

    CTHopman Initiate (136) Jul 22, 2016 Connecticut

    Unlikely. There are always Sap and Doppelgänger fills tonight for diehards. Also, keeping Julius at 6 will likely leave an allotment of 3 or 4 cans for tomorrow which will likely mean a limit of 6 of tomorrow's brew in addition. That should leave some of tomorrow's cans for Saturday. I doubt that they will have a back to back Saturday pour license but could be wrong.
     
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