February 23, 2015

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It’s been almost a year since I last posted a list. Then, I had rated 93 Hill Farmstead beers and now I’m up to 107 so not much of a change but there are some new top 25 entrants. I thought it would be fun to do an update to this one. We’ve had CD10, Ann, Sarrasin, a new Barrel Aged Everett, Aaron and a few more since last year so let’s see where they stack up.

Beer Haul 2-18-2015

  1. Hill Farmstead Art 5
  2. Hill Farmstead / Blaugies Le Sarrasin 4.9
  3. Hill Farmstead Arthur 4.8
  4. Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #5 4.8
  5. Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #3 4.8
  6. Hill Farmstead Friendship and Reunion 4.8
  7. Hill Farmstead Abner 4.8
  8. Hill Farmstead Damon 4.8
  9. Hill Farmstead Damon – Port Barrel Aged 4.8
  10. Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 4) 4.7
  11. Hill Farmstead Biere de Norma 4.7
  12. Hill Farmstead What Is Enlightenment? 4.6
  13. Hill Farmstead Sue 4.6
  14. Hill Farmstead Flora 4.6
  15. Hill Farmstead Susan 4.6
  16. Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 5) 4.6
  17. Hill Farmstead Juicy 4.6
  18. Hill Farmstead Jimmy 4.5
  19. Hill Farmstead Simcoe Single Hop Pale Ale 4.5
  20. Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 6) 4.5
  21. Hill Farmstead Madness and Civilization #3 4.5
  22. Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #1 4.4
  23. Hill Farmstead Nelson Sauvin Single Hop Pale Ale 4.4
  24. Hill Farmstead Fear and Trembling – French Oak Cabernet 4.4
  25. Hill Farmstead Madness and Civilization #2 4.4
  26. Grassroots Convivial Suarez 4.4
  27. Hill Farmstead Twilight of the Idols 4.4
  28. Grassroots Brother Soigné 4.4
  29. Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 3) 4.4
  30. Hill Farmstead George 4.4
  31. Hill Farmstead Genealogy of Morals (Bourbon) 4.4
  32. Hill Farmstead Mimosa 4.3
  33. Hill Farmstead Everett 4.3
  34. Hill Farmstead Excursions #2 4.3
  35. Hill Farmstead Beyond Good and Evil 4.3
  36. Hill Farmstead Double Citra 4.3
  37. Hill Farmstead Florence 4.3
  38. Hill Farmstead Vera Mae 4.3
  39. Hill Farmstead Aaron 4.3
  40. Hill Farmstead Amarillo Single Hop Pale Ale 4.3
  41. Hill Farmstead / Mikkeller Daybreak 4.3
  42. Hill Farmstead Phenomenology of Spirit (2013) 4.2
  43. Hill Farmstead / Cigar City Nor 4.2
  44. Hill Farmstead Ann 4.2
  45. Grassroots The Bliss of Absence – Wine Barrel Aged (2014) 4.2
  46. Hill Farmstead E. 4.2 
  47. Hill Farmstead Harlan 4.2
  48. Hill Farmstead Walden 4.2
  49. Hill Farmstead Works of Love #1 4.2
  50. Grassroots Sankt Hans Amber Saison 4.2
  51. Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 8) 4.1
  52. Hill Farmstead Double Galaxy 4.1
  53. Hill Farmstead Damon – Port and Bourbon Barrel Aged 4.1
  54. Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #2 4.1
  55. Hill Farmstead Friendship & Devotion 4.1
  56. Hill Farmstead Legitimacy of Flora 4.1
  57. Hill Farmstead Everett – Bourbon Barrel Aged (2011) 4.1
  58. Hill Farmstead Life Without Principle #3 4.1
  59. Hill Farmstead Birth of Tragedy 4.1
  60. Hill Farmstead Edward 4.1
  61. Hill Farmstead Madness and Civilization #1 4.1
  62. Hill Farmstead Riwaka Single Hop Pale Ale 4.1
  63. Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #4 4.1
  64. Hill Farmstead Fear and Trembling 4.1
  65. Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 10) 4
  66. Hill Farmstead Earl 4
  67. Hill Farmstead Fear and Trembling – Cabernet/Bourbon Blend 4
  68. Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 7) 4
  69. Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #7 4
  70. Hill Farmstead Flora – Blueberry 4
  71. Hill Farmstead Excursions #1 4
  72. Hill Farmstead Motueka Single Hop Pale Ale 4
  73. Hill Farmstead / Kissmeyer / Cambridge Nordic Saison 4
  74. Hill Farmstead Edith (2013) 4 
  75. Grassroots Legitimacy 4
  76. Hill Farmstead Everett – Bourbon Barrel Aged (2014) 4
  77. Hill Farmstead Elaborative #2 4
  78. Hill Farmstead Madness and Civilization #4 3.9
  79. Hill Farmstead Peleg 3.9
  80. Hill Farmstead Dorothy (2014-) 3.9
  81. Hill Farmstead Flora – Satsuma Mandarin 3.9
  82. Grassroots The Bliss of Absence 3.9
  83. Hill Farmstead Ephraim 3.9
  84. Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #6 3.9
  85. Grassroots Song of Spring Ale 3.9
  86. Hill Farmstead James 3.9
  87. Grassroots / Mikkeller Wheat is the New Hops IPA 3.9
  88. Hill Farmstead / Kissmeyer Holger Danske 3.8
  89. Hill Farmstead Life Without Principle #2 3.8
  90. Grassroots / Amager Shadow Pictures Of A Journey 3.8
  91. Hill Farmstead Phenomenology of Spirit (2011) 3.8
  92. Hill Farmstead Elaborative #1 3.8
  93. Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 1) 3.8
  94. Hill Farmstead Galaxy Single Hop Pale Ale 3.8
  95. Hill Farmstead / Mikkeller Daybreak – Orange Liqueur Barrel 3.8
  96. Hill Farmstead Fear and Trembling – Bourbon Barrel 3.7
  97. Grassroots / Jackie O’s Autumn Saison 3.7
  98. Hill Farmstead Anna 3.7
  99. Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 9) 3.7
  100. Hill Farmstead Foster 3.6
  101. Hill FarmsteadLife Without Principle #1 3.6
  102. Hill Farmstead Citra Single Hop Pale Ale 3.6
  103. Hill Farmstead Clara 3.5
  104. Hill Farmstead Prolegomena 3.4 
  105. Hill Farmstead Mary 3.4
  106. Hill Farmstead Genealogy of Morals (2011 – Madeira) 3.3
  107. Hill Farmstead Earl – Barrel Aged 3.3

I still have yet to rate these:

  1. Hill Farmstead Columbus Single Hop Pale Ale
  2. Hill Farmstead / Tired Hands The Myth of Saison – 1 Time brew
  3. Hill Farmstead Ephraim and Society & Solitude #5 – VIP Keg for an event
  4. Hill Farmstead Apollo Single Hop Pale Ale
  5. Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 4.5) - VIP Keg for an event
  6. Hill Farmstead Pacifica Single Hop Pale Ale
  7. Hill Farmstead Abner Without Principle - VIP Keg for an event
  8. Hill Farmstead Sorachi Ace Single Hop Pale Ale
  9. Hill Farmstead Summit Single Hop Pale Ale
  10. Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 2)
  11. Hill Farmstead Abner is Enlightenment? - VIP Keg for an event
  12. Hill Farmstead Phenomena
  13. Hill Farmstead Rakau Single Hop Pale Ale
  14. Hill Farmstead Edith (2010)
  15. Hill Farmstead Genealogy
  16. Hill Farmstead Iced Coffee Stout (Iced Earl)
  17. Hill Farmstead Jim
  18. Hill Farmstead Phenomenology of Flora - VIP Keg for an event
  19. Hill Farmstead Dorothy (-2010)
  20. Hill Farmstead Biere de Mars

I’ve indicated which beers there are going to be impossible to get. I hold out hope that some of those single-hop beers do make a comeback. Thanks for reading my updated top-list.

February 16, 2015

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New House-wide ThermometerWhat you see here is the “Ambient Weather WS-10 Wireless Indoor/Outdoor 8-Channel Thermo-Hygrometer with Three Remote Sensors” that just arrived via Amazon. I can control the temperature in my basement but I can only do so if I know the current temp. #1 is my bedroom and 2/3 are the 2 basement zones. 3 being the insulated Lambic room and the other being general area where the furnaces, washer/dryer are located.

It beeps at me if the temp gets above 70 or below 35 and I can intervene. Works pretty well so far. Highly recommended if you suffer from seasonal temperature changes. The 3 sensors that come with it have a 150 foot range line of sight so a floor below me isn’t an issue. I haven’t had any issues with the sensors not updating the main unit.

February 15, 2015

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Bud Light Lime Lemon-ade-Rita

This ultra “limited summer edition” doesn’t come out for a few more weeks but someone didn’t get the InBev memo @ my local gas station. First review on RateBeer. woot! I’m sure we’re all stoked to see what I thought about this one. Before you read on, I should note that I actually really like the Bud Light Rita series. I think I gave mango a 4/5

3.6

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Picked this up at Jake’s Market & Deli – Lebanon, NH. It was $2.99 for a 25 ounce can. Split 2 ways after work a whole 3 weeks before this is released to the public. Ultra Rare Malt Liquor ticks!!!!! Enjoyed at 55F in stemware. I’m a huge fan of the rita beers.

A – Pours a 2 finger solid white fizzy head that fades fast. Looks like lemonade in the glass. cloudy light yellow, white and very lemonjuice-like.

S – Nose is a sweet state fair lemonade affair with a little bit of plastic, maybe that’s just the ethanol speaking to me.

T – Pretty much as straight up clone of Minute Maid Lemonade with a boozy middle and finish. The lingering finish is a honeydew melon and strawberry. Not as sour as I would hope for lemon. still getting that plastic taste. Sweetness is nice. I can certainly chug this on a hot day.

M – Decent mouthfeel, a bit oily.

O – Yeah, this is not my favorite in the rita category but certainly better than mango.

Bud Light Lime Lemon-ade-Rita

Bud Light Lime Lemon-ade-Rita

February 14, 2015

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Ticking Shelf Beers

I realize that I haven’t rated beers like Brooklyn Lager or 2X IPA from Southern Tier. Heck, I haven’t rated Folsom or Molson XXX. so I hit the local store and grabbed a bunch of out-of-code shelf beers for this weekend. If anything stands out, I’ll be sure to post reviews here but I’m not holding out hope.

February 11, 2015

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Cantillon - Brussels, Belgium

This is more of a preliminary announcement for my readers in Benelux but I’ll be in the area March 5th – 8th to see some friends and also attend the Alvinne festival. This trip also includes a 24 hour stop-over in Istanbul to take photos and rate some beers from a new country. Mostly, I just wanted the extra Star Alliance miles.

Here’s a schedule-preview:

  • Arrive in Brussels, 4th of March @ 21:45
  • 5th: Beer buying w/ Rental car (3 Fonteinen, Cantillon, Hopduvel Gent, etc)
  • 6-7 Alvinne Festival with Tim, Eugene, Dylan, others?
  • 8th: Grote Dorst for lunch and beers
  • 8th evening (plane ride to Istanbul)
I have a few trades already established so apologies that I can’t arrange any further trades while there. On the 5th, I will be hitting Brussels, Gent and Antwerp so let’s meet if we can. I’d like to visit Kulminator again on this trip as the last 2 times it has been closed.
A return visit is planned in May when I’ll be visiting France, Belgium, Copenhagen and Stockholm with hopefully a single day in Cologne Germany.
See you all very soon!