What were your top 5 beers from the EBF?

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  1. ArkyVaughan

    ArkyVaughan Meyvn (1,063) Nov 1, 2013 New Jersey
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    In no particular order:

    Give Me Truth
    Vanilla Bean Triple Shot
    Map of the Sun
    BA Darkness
    Jackie O's Cucumber Ginger Berliner Weisse

    I missed out on Kane (huge line!), but I've had Mexican Brunch and Coconut ANTEAD in the past. Both would have made my EBF list if I'd had them at the festival.
  2. NYMike0802

    NYMike0802 Initiate (0) Sep 30, 2015 New York

    In order:

    1. Plasmatic - Proclomation (must have gone back 5 times for a pour, so damn good)
    2. Harper II - Proclomation
    3. Framboise Morte - Wicked Weed
    4. Figtasma - OEC
    5. Impossible Soul - The Rare Barrel
    All sours. Wasn't expecting that because last year was all stouts. However 5b. Kane Mexican Brunch and 5c. Kane ANTEAD Coconut.
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  3. MichaelHatter

    MichaelHatter Initiate (0) Jun 29, 2015 Virginia

    The dark stuff:
    Surly - BA Darkness
    Jackie O's - Dark Apparition Nuts
    Treehouse - Give Me Truth
    Barreled Souts - Barrel Aged M.C.A.M.
    Hardywood - Trickery

    Honorable mentions:
    The North Brewery - Frenchkiss
    Proclamation Ale Company - The Amazing Adventures of the Alpaca Magi
    Proclamation - Harper 2
    Hardywood - Chardonnay Barrel Aged Peach Tripel

    Best Stunt beers:
    Dark Horse - Sarsaparilla 666 Bourbon Barrel Root Beer Stout
    Wicked Weed - Chocolate Covered Black Angel
    Right Brain Brewing - Thai Peanut (I didn't care for it, but damned if they didn't nail the flavor)

    The only beer I regret drinking was Jack's Abbey Framinghammer Italiano. Yuck! I went there for the PBJ version, but that was out...

    Barreled Souls, Proclamation, and the North Brewery we're my favorite overall first time trying breweries. Hardywood, Grimm, Surly, Wicked Weed continued to show me why they are so awesome.
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  4. NYMike0802

    NYMike0802 Initiate (0) Sep 30, 2015 New York

    Guess you didn't try Newburgh's Cafe Sour. Oh god, the horror.
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  5. Johnct

    Johnct Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2014 New York

    Did I miss Pirate Bomb?!?
  6. Johnct

    Johnct Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2014 New York

    Cafe Sour surprised me at how awful it was. And the 666 Root Beer Stout seemed like it was either received well or just horribly (I thought the latter)
  7. NYMike0802

    NYMike0802 Initiate (0) Sep 30, 2015 New York

    Pirate Noir.
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  8. alex_delany

    alex_delany Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2015 New York

    • Trickery - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
    • Oscillation 003 - Finback Brewery
    • Money IPA - Barrier Brewing
    • Maple Bourbon Double Negative - Grimm Artisanal Ales
    • Way Down Yonder - Upland Brewing Company
  9. pwoody11

    pwoody11 Champion (804) Nov 23, 2009 Delaware
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    Lost Abbey C9, Grimm, Shorts, and Other Half had several that stood out.
  10. MichaelHatter

    MichaelHatter Initiate (0) Jun 29, 2015 Virginia

    Nope, but they are localish to me so I'm sure I'll have the chance to make a bad face at some point.
  11. Mikexw

    Mikexw Savant (998) Mar 3, 2014 New York

    I'm apparently the exception, but I really liked C.A.F.E. Sour when I had it at the brewery a few months ago (I didn't try if at EBF). However, I could also see it varying significantly batch to batch, and being something where your perception of it is significantly affected by whatever else you drank right before. I would also guess it's unique enough that it could be very polarizing (people either love it or hate it).
  12. TheOneTC

    TheOneTC Initiate (182) Aug 23, 2013 Massachusetts

    I was there on both Friday and Saturday, and C.A.F.E. Sour was one of the very few beers I went back and revisited the next day. I really enjoyed it. Obviously, coffee and sour flavors aren't going to be a combination that some people like, but I think they nailed exactly what they were going for. Carton's Grape Swisher though....ugh.

    Some of my favorite standouts were...
    Jackie Os - Dark Aparition with nuts
    OEC - FIGtasma
    Rivertown - Pear Lambic
    Lost Abby - Expirimental C9
    Grimm - Maple Bourbon Double Negative
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  13. MenardMa

    MenardMa Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2011 Connecticut

    Yeah, the last 2 years Lost Abbey has had either my favorite or 2nd favorite of the fest...last year Veritas 15 was easy #1 and this year Experimental was certainly close to it.
  14. bittym87

    bittym87 Initiate (0) Mar 1, 2011 Massachusetts

    In no particular order, and also good luck getting me to pick just five:
    - Revolution - Queequeg's Coffin
    - Carton - Cafe Y Churro
    - Kane - Mexican Brunch & Hoplab
    - Tree House - Triple Shot (didn't get to try the Vanilla, sadly, but still OMG)
    - Other Half - 2nd Anniversary

    I think my biggest takeaway is that between Carton and Kane, New Jersey's got it going on.
  15. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (3,162) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    From my experience, Jackie O's beers have plenty of substance to accommodate the hype. Sounds like the DA Nuts had all kinds of substance:slight_smile:
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