Zwanze Day in MA

Discussion in 'New England' started by geocool, Nov 7, 2012.

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  1. geocool

    geocool Initiate (175) Jun 21, 2006 Massachusetts

    So which venue in MA do you think will have the better Zwanze Day experience in 2012? I enjoyed Zwanze Day 2011 at Lord Hobo last year, but I'm thinking about heading to the Armsby Abbey in Worcester this year instead. Thoughts?
     
  2. Fujii13

    Fujii13 Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2011 New York
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    I've never been to an event at Lord Hobo so I can't really say, but between the Hill Farmstead Dinner and StoutFest, Alec has killed it at Armsby Abbey. I see no reason why it would would any less than amazing.
     
  3. rowingbrewer

    rowingbrewer Champion (841) May 28, 2010 Massachusetts
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    I will be heading to Armsby Abbey. Love the cheese plates there.
     
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  4. Fluke828

    Fluke828 Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2011 Massachusetts

    See you fools @ hobo...
     
  5. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    Armsby will be horrible!!! Stay away at all costs!!
     
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  6. DogfishTail

    DogfishTail Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2011 Rhode Island
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    This man speaks the truth. Yuck yuck
     
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  7. chrisfromboston

    chrisfromboston Aspirant (262) Feb 20, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Hobo was cool last year - some pricey but nice bottles:

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  8. thedivebar

    thedivebar Initiate (134) Feb 26, 2007 Massachusetts

    Wow I should have you do all of my PR work
     
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  9. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    Will work for beer.
     
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  10. chippo33

    chippo33 Meyvn (1,057) Feb 29, 2012 Vermont
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    Has anyone found any times or details for the Armsby event?
     
  11. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    Nothing yet except that its being poured at 3 like every where else, they'll have shirts and a few other loons on tap but not sure what yet.
     
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  12. thedivebar

    thedivebar Initiate (134) Feb 26, 2007 Massachusetts

    Zwanze is tapped at 3pm 12/1. (don't know price or pour sizes yet)
    We will have some commemorative shirts available for sale (don't know price or sizes yet)
     
  13. tendermorsel

    tendermorsel Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2006 Massachusetts

    Flip a coin... Both are awesome places.

    I am actually heading to Portland for my Zwanze tick!
     
  14. Fujii13

    Fujii13 Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2011 New York
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    See you there. Though I may stop at Armsby Abbey on the way back on Sunday.
     
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  15. Auror

    Auror Defender (634) Jan 1, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Well according to your reviews you've already ticked it!
     
  16. tendermorsel

    tendermorsel Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2006 Massachusetts

    Good point! But tender is a greedy bastard... hehehehehe
     
  17. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Savant (951) Mar 17, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Not one fuck for proof reading was given that day.
     
  18. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Zealot (599) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    What exactly is this? A special Cantillon beer tapped at 3, plus a menu and t-shirts? How packed does Hobo get for this?
     
  19. jomobono

    jomobono Disciple (348) Mar 12, 2012 Massachusetts
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    http://cantillon.be/br/3_21
     
  20. geocool

    geocool Initiate (175) Jun 21, 2006 Massachusetts

    Last year my wife and I showed up one hour before, and we almost didn't get a table. From what I recall, though, there was beer left for people who showed up one hour after.
     
  21. BobCobb

    BobCobb Aspirant (295) Jul 10, 2012 Illinois
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    I thought Hobo put on a nice event - went smoothly, some good brews.

    How was the Armsby event? Frankly, I wish I had been able to make it there, as it looks like they had a stronger tap list than Hobo with Fou Foune and Classic Gueuze (in addition to the unblended), as well as some other nice options like FW15, BB, etc. Not sure if it was just some chest thumping to draw a crowd, but the Hobo claim in the other thread of "if you have seen a better line-up, I won't believe you"...yeah...
     
  22. HopsHopenstein

    HopsHopenstein Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2011 Connecticut
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    Armsby was packed, as I expected but still an amazing time. Great tap list n great food, n zwanze was the Tits.
     
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  23. cbutova

    cbutova Poo-Bah (3,222) Oct 10, 2008 Massachusetts
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    Awesome job by Armsby, as always it seems. Fou Foune, Unblended 2 year, Zwanze and Gueuze all on draft for $7 = stellar.
     
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  24. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    agree on the Hobo tap list - although, the Susan and Anna on draft were really, really nice. still, i can't complain about it.
     
  25. Patrick

    Patrick Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    How busy was Hobo?
     
  26. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    Armsby was great as always.
     
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  27. ImperialStoat

    ImperialStoat Aspirant (246) May 20, 2009 Ireland
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    That's the same price as a glass of Fou' Foune at Chez Moeder Lambic in Brussels.
    Admirable.
     
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  28. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    They were 6oz pours I believe.
     
  29. AverageWhiteGuy

    AverageWhiteGuy Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2012 Massachusetts

    Seemed like hobo put on a good event though I wasn't able to get any of the Zwanze. Got there an hour before the toast and by the time I got in they were entirely sold out. The tap list was pretty good though and I got the chance to have a few beers that I've never had before. Definitely plan on getting there quite a bit earlier next year.
     
  30. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    it was full. i got there at about 12:30, and i think my group of 5 was one of the last groups to get an actual table - and we had to wait for some brunch crowd to clear out.

    there were still people waiting outside in line at 3, although by the time i left everyone had gotten in (and probably got zwanze pours at 60 - i think they said they had about ~30 6 oz pours left after the 3pm toast).
     
  31. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Savant (951) Mar 17, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Obviously some hyping there. I mean...check out Holy Grale's line-up from that day.
     
  32. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Zealot (599) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    We got there around 1, no tables left and most people who were at tables had what appeared to be Cantillon at the table. Indicating they were staying for the long haul until 3 pm. Hadn't eaten so we just headed up the street to CBC for lunch. Nice, quiet, cheap, and of course solid brews/food. Would have liked to get some Zwanze, but CBC was a more than adequate back-up. I'll have to try to get there earlier next year.
     
  33. Patrick

    Patrick Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    Hard to argue with Cerise.
     
  34. chrisfromboston

    chrisfromboston Aspirant (262) Feb 20, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Got there at 2? 2:10? Waited in line outside for half an hour, got in, didn't get a Zwanze token.

    Regardless was happy to take in some HF Foster + the very last of the Susan keg, 2 Year Unblended and a taste of a friend's Zwanze. Armsby's taplist definitely looked superior... Hobo had a lot of beers they normally have on, including the requisite Victory/Port/Stone beers, High & Mighty's Beer of the Gods, Troegs, Jack's Abby on cask, etc.
     
  35. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    I love how these bars are all almost held hostage to have a mediocre high and mighty beer on tap most of the time.
     
  36. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Zealot (599) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Yep, and that's exactly the first beer I had. I was having a sour damnit......
     
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  37. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    what, you don't think Beer of the Gods is incredible??? :eek:
     
  38. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    Ha! I hope that's sarcasm.
     
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  39. thedivebar

    thedivebar Initiate (134) Feb 26, 2007 Massachusetts

    Not hostage at all. Beer of the Gods , when its on point, is the best beer brewed in MA hands down
     
  40. jacksback

    jacksback Initiate (0) Jul 20, 2011 Massachusetts

    :eek:

    :D
     
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