What "hype breweries" are actually worth their hype?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Beer_Stan, Jul 7, 2019.

  1. Oh_Dark_Star

    Oh_Dark_Star Meyvn (1,199) Mar 4, 2015 Washington
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    In WA we get lines for Fremont Brewing and Holy Mountain, haven't heard of any others, except for the Black Friday lines for Bourbon County variants.

    All of these are worth the accolades IMO. I don't know of any undeserving breweries that get big lines though there probably are some.

    Ones that deserve more praise include Cloudburst and Structures.

    Good idea for a thread! I'm interested in the read.
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  2. _NoCrapBeer

    _NoCrapBeer Initiate (115) Mar 21, 2019 California

    First time poster! I cool thread. When I visited breweries with my lady we get tasters of the everything they have in tap. I’m over just going for one beer thats “hype” they better be well rounded or I’m out! Rate the breweries not just one beer.
  3. SMGJR

    SMGJR Initiate (20) Jul 3, 2019 Rhode Island

    Tree House definitely worth the hype and reasonably priced compared to other lesser quality breweries. Stouts are incredible and Julius is my favorite IPA. I had my first Heady Topper back when The Alchemist was still operating their restaurant in downtown Waterbury before the flood. Used to be top on my list until I tried Tree House. Now I think Alchemist may be overhyped. Stouts are poor quality.
    Beer'd is a good brewery worthy of a trip to CT
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  4. gr8ful

    gr8ful Initiate (89) Aug 17, 2014 Texas

    I have not had too many beers for which I would regularly pay $16/six for, let alone 4.
  5. justmebro

    justmebro Initiate (132) Mar 9, 2015 Massachusetts

    Redemption Rock in Worcester understands that the world does not revolve around IPA DIPA, NEIPA. They quietly produces those, but also produce some tasty alternatives.
  6. balosss

    balosss Initiate (140) Aug 21, 2003 New Jersey

    Think he meant Tired Hands and not Tree House.
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  7. ZappaCat

    ZappaCat Aspirant (216) Jun 23, 2004 Louisiana

    It does make me smile that a "worth the hype" thread is being discussed by the very community where pretty much all brewery-related hype is born.

    You'd be better served by asking people outside of the BA world if this beer or that is worth the noise those within this site make.
  8. Beer_Stan

    Beer_Stan Initiate (122) Mar 15, 2014 California

    Perhaps you've never heard of a platform called Instagram, pretty much the place where ALL hype is born. This is where said hype is discussed.
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  9. Lelampp

    Lelampp Defender (623) Sep 1, 2012 Ohio

    Russian River. Went there for Pliny Week from Ohio a few years ago. Well worth the trip!
  10. bennyman12

    bennyman12 Defender (644) Oct 10, 2008 Missouri
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    Side project brewing. A couple miles from my house and continuing to nail everything they attempt. I’m generally over standing in line and paying that much for beer, but the on site lists continue to grow and the owners seem like good folks.
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  11. AllOfTheCats

    AllOfTheCats Aspirant (220) Mar 27, 2018 California

    I must say, I was not so impressed with Modern Times when they first arrived on the scene. They started putting out some special release bombers for like $30-35 when they were not yet known. I didn't want to spend that much on bombers from anyone at the time and same with now unless something is super rare or a must have.

    I still haven't had many of their highly-rated membership beers, but almost everything I've had from them has been very good to excellent. They always have something good on in the tap rooms (stouts, IPAs, sours), lots of obtainable special releases for non-members, and they have put out some of the best IPAs in San Diego. I still can't bring myself to pay for a membership, even though I'm sure I would love it.
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  12. iridium_verde

    iridium_verde Initiate (26) Mar 5, 2018 Greece

    An outsider here, from Europe. I read the comments and I laugh. 4-5$ for a can of world class IPA and you complain? In the UK craft beer market (the most advanced in Europe), you have to pay around 6-8$ for a (440ml) can of local IPA (just check any online shop). In Scandinavia, perhaps even more.I live in Greece, where the access to the European beers is even more difficult. I have to pay 8-10$ for a can of these UK hyped IPAs by ordering online...and my income is wayyy less than yours. You, guys, are so blessed. Keep it in mind!
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  13. Thenomad512

    Thenomad512 Initiate (53) Mar 19, 2019 California

    I’m somewhat surprised by this. I don’t think Stone is hyped at all. It’s more of a “Okay...well if ya got nothing local” for me.

    For me, Bottle Logic is worth it, and Horus is not far off though I admit I am a big critic of the latter. Bottle Logic has had several releases I’d still consider paying secondary for some more bottles if I couldn’t trade.

    Thankfully neither require camping out like Three Chiefs or Monkish and some others around here. If they drop some cans while I’m driving to work and I can get in and out in 20 minutes cool, but there is so much competition in the region the people who camp out for Saturday releases are silly.
  14. NYR-Zuuuuc

    NYR-Zuuuuc Zealot (583) Jan 1, 2013 Connecticut

    You are correct...
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  15. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (1,777) Apr 16, 2015 New Hampshire
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    My main point was that prices are high for everything in the North East and New England.

    If I go to a bar near my home a 12oz pour is in the $8 range, a burger is around $18.

    I travel a lot for work. Other than California, costs are less in most of the country.
  16. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,945) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    Every Cape May Brewing beer I’ve had has been terrific, if they were a local I’d be all over it. Kane is really good too, as is Carton.
  17. owenlift

    owenlift Disciple (362) Jan 20, 2011 Kentucky

    Hey - I'm not sure how far these beers are distributed, but we were in Savannah last month and enjoyed a lot of regional beers. After a morning on the Tybee beach, we stopped at the local bar. They did not have any draft beers, but I thought the can of Scofflaw Basement IPA was the best new beer I had tasted in a long time. That only lasted three days until we stumbled across Green Fire Pizza in Savannah. My wife is not an IPA fan, but found the Creature Comfort Amber to be a tasty beer… But for me, my new favorite beer has to be Rye Charles from Pretoria Fields.

    How close are you to Albany? I am officially starting a hype for Pretoria Fields!
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  18. TheGent

    TheGent Poo-Bah (2,032) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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    Agreed about Cape May. They are not a “hype brewery” though.
  19. zebra6331

    zebra6331 Initiate (35) Jan 16, 2019 Indiana

    I live 20 minutes from 3 Floyds so I've seen the hype increase over the last 15 years. I've met people from all over the world there. And most concur---the food there is even better than their beer. And with the addition of the distillery, the hype will continue. But well deserved. I never have been to the ultimate hype day, Dark Lord, but obviously it's worth it too. Close by in Michigan, Transient meets the expectations.
  20. AnthonyDAngelo

    AnthonyDAngelo Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2018

    You’re absolutely correct with this one. They haven’t released a dud yet. In fact, it’s because of their great releases time and time again, that I have well broke my beer budget.
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  21. KidGalaga

    KidGalaga Initiate (69) Apr 21, 2014 Illinois

    beer aficionados in Chicago had hyped up Equilibrium quite a bit.

    perhaps we didn't get their best stuff, but they did a drop of 4-5 cans and Paradise City a few months back. there are pallets of some of them still sitting at the signature liquor store locally.

    tried photon, MC2, energy level, relative rates, sexier fluctuation and paradise city.

    given the hype, i was completely underwhelmed and I only bought a 4 pack of the collab with D9. none of them were "bad" beers, just not even close to the level i was expecting.
  22. Amendm

    Amendm Zealot (588) Jun 7, 2018 Rhode Island

    Tree House.
    They started small, earned a loyal fan base, then grew really fast. The "Hype" is a result of this.
    The first brewery grew out of it's self and the new place has plenty of parking and a shuttle bus. The lines can be long yet the availability of the classic beers is solid. They handle the demand.
    Great NEIPAs and stouts.
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  23. islay

    islay Aspirant (289) Jan 6, 2008 Minnesota

    Funny; I had just been thinking about how the hype for Three Floyds had died. It was perhaps the most heavily hyped brewery in the country when I first started getting into craft beer in the mid-'00s. It was famous for challenging styles that were the toast of craft beer fandom back then but that simply don't play in the late '10s to the easy-and-sweet-oriented contemporary hype-driving consumers as craft beer's customer base has broadened. Three Floyds just started distributing in the Twin Cities area to notably limited fanfare. I like Three Floyds, but the scenesters have downgraded to much dumber fare (NEIPAs, pastry stouts, fruited kettle sours; you know the drill).
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  24. wmscottsimpsonjr

    wmscottsimpsonjr Disciple (366) Jun 18, 2018 Missouri

    How much do you have to pay for their beer? I'm not far but I've never been.
  25. Sayre7

    Sayre7 Initiate (60) Jun 7, 2015 California

    Great question, and my answer might be the example I believe you're seeking. Highland Park Brewery: The Hermisillio Highland Pk. and their Chinatown location (both Los Angeles) offer the same beer releases most of the time. The Chinatown location will get the "lets all stand in one line" BS that dummies do rather than pony up to the bar and let the beertender work the bar. The highland Park location is way more chill and has a more nuianced clientele that knows how to behave in bars. Obviously it's always about beer but a good local vibe doesn't hurt.
    Also "worth the hype" tasting rooms: Indie Brewing LA , Great Notion Portland, Sierra Nevada Chico, Nikasa Eugene Or., Crux Fermentation Project Bend Or., M Special Goleta Ca.
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  26. AnthonyDAngelo

    AnthonyDAngelo Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2018

    I’d say that Alchemist is perhaps the most OVER hyped beer. Maybe it’s by being the first NEIPA or tough to get, but I wasn’t so impressed based on the hysteria and then what I actually tasted. Not saying it’s bad, by any means, just saying it may not be worth the hype.
  27. AnthonyDAngelo

    AnthonyDAngelo Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2018

    Troon for sure is hyped, but I think it’s because of the scarcity and the infantilism amount brewed in each batch. I have had some at the restaurant on site and can say it’s pretty darn good though. Worth the hype though?
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  28. Jim777

    Jim777 Initiate (25) Nov 16, 2018 New Jersey

    Alchemist is one I see hyped a lot, especially for "Heady Topper" (which is great - but not as good as their Skadoosh or Focal Banger ), but do I LOVE their stout called "Luscious". It is absolutely gorgeous if you get a chance to get a few.
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  29. detpizzaboi

    detpizzaboi Aspirant (279) Feb 10, 2019 Michigan

    EQ just did a drop here in Michigan a few weeks ago, and I was similarly a bit underwhelmed. We got Middletown Waves, Breaking Enigma, MC2, and a couple others. Really really juicy, to the point of feeling a little underdeveloped/thin. I was expecting something a bit more, only bought a handful of cans.
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  30. Roguer

    Roguer Poo-Bah (4,361) Mar 25, 2013 Georgia
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    Creature Comforts gets a little bit of attention, in particular for Tropicalia. Scofflaw is quite good (and yes, definitely Basement!), but definitely not hyped - for an example, they brought three variants of their exceptional barrel aged stout, Absentium, to a beer festival in Jacksonville a few months ago, and they had absolutely no line; no takers at all! (I was more than happy to chat with the team and sample everything they brought with no wait. :grinning: )

    But .... they're both out of Atlanta (not my area at all), and I wouldn't consider either of them really hyped.

    Albany is also quite a hike for me. I've never heard of Pretoria Fields; if they distribute here, I'll definitely keep an eye out for them!
  31. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Devotee (405) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Had Head High for the first time last week and also had some Cape May beers. Have had Carton beers in the past. NJ is killing it.
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  32. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,945) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    These breweries are real quit amazing maybe super hyped, but a well keep secret out of area.
  33. spersichilli

    spersichilli Initiate (110) Apr 26, 2018 Florida

    Angry Chair always delivers on what they set out to do IMO. Releases, while busy, are well organized and run smoothly
  34. drinkin-beeers

    drinkin-beeers Disciple (363) Jan 29, 2014 Montana

    Fremont Brewing has earned all their hype.

    Urban Family in Seattle deserves way more hype.
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  35. iridium_verde

    iridium_verde Initiate (26) Mar 5, 2018 Greece

    In the same vein, I always enjoy reading these snobbish comments for TH, like "I live next door to TH, but I never walk in due to the hype" or "Julius, nowadays, is crap" or "TH hasn't brewed anything noteworthy since the glory days in Monson". Nowadays, EVERYBODY has the chance, every single day, to get TH cans in abundance, choosing from a list of around 10 cans and bottles of great IPAs and stouts for 4-5-10$. On top of that, you have the chance now to get more frequently your hands on the scarce cans, and you keep nagging?. I have drunk several times TH and visited the new place two times already. I wish I could live closer to such an amazing brewery!
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  36. invertalon

    invertalon Crusader (777) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio
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    I'll be the oddball.

    Schlenkerla in Bamberg.The OG lived up to the hype.

    (Love you too, Spezial!)
  37. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,052) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Thread winner right here
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  38. thedaveofbeer

    thedaveofbeer Initiate (180) Mar 25, 2016 Massachusetts

    Tree House is dope- I have had other NEIPAs and pastry stouts that are as good or almost as good, but TH also sells beers cheaper than most of those close competitors, so yeah they are hyped but deserve it. I also have to give props to Alchemist on their pricing. Great beer at a fair price. I also thing the HF shelf farmstead ales are a good deal.
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  39. DrumKid003

    DrumKid003 Aspirant (227) Aug 10, 2013 Oklahoma

    I don't think there are any breweries around here that have any hype associated with them anymore. I've stopped going to, or buying beer from, more than half the breweries in the state (mostly the ones opened in the last 5 years) because they've all jumped on the >$12/4-pack (both 12oz & 16oz cans) train of thought.
  40. spersichilli

    spersichilli Initiate (110) Apr 26, 2018 Florida

    You’re upset that they’re charging more than 12 bucks for 4 16oz cans? For NEIPA around the country 16-20 is par for the course. Even the cheaper 4 packs (Heady topped, tree house rotational) are 14/15 bucks man