On Weds., May 6, 2015, at 12 p.m., during normal retail hours, we will release Flora Plum. Bottles are $22 each with a limit of 2 bottles per person, 375ml (see updated special bottle release policy here).
Flora is the wine barrel aged version of Florence (1915-1967), our grandfather's sister as well as the name of our wheat farmhouse ale. Selected barrels were aged on a variety of hand-picked organic plums from Elmore Roots Nursery in Wolcott, Vt., for several months. The result is a vibrant, refined expression of both harvest and craft.
We've held off making any determination of the Anniversary Celebration this year, waiting for the snow to recede (finally!) so we could evaluate the grounds properly. Now that spring has arrived, it's clear that we won't be able to host our celebration at the brewery again this year, unfortunately. Too much work remains, and with Memorial Day weekend at its earliest point in the calendar, far too great a chance for a late blast of winter.
However, with the amazing success of last year's Waterbury events, once again we're turning to our friends at Blackback Pub, Prohibition Pig and The Reservoir to host a celebration on Saturday, May 23!
Not only that, we're bringing our friends at Farmhouse Tap & Grill and Three Penny Taproom into the mix for Friday, May 22!
Don't worry, we haven't forgotten about Parker Pie...
To celebrate locally, we're teaming up with Parker Pie for a weeklong celebration from May 27 through May 30!
Details on times, taplists and more will be updated as we get closer.
More information is posted here: www.hillfarmstead.com/anniversary
Also, we've locked in a date for our Festival of Farmhouse Ales, which WILL be held onsite this year (no snow in August, right?!).
Mark your calendars for August 8 for a fine summer afternoon of great beer, great friends and *fingers crossed* great weather!
Details to follow, and stay tuned to www.hillfarmstead.com/fofa for updates.
And yes, retail is open normal hours during the anniversary week! Wednesday - Saturday, 12 - 5 p.m.
On Weds., April 15, 2015, at 12 p.m., during normal retail hours, we will release Birth of Tragedy. Bottles are $20 each with a limit of 3 bottles per person (see updated special bottle release policy here).
Birth of Tragedy is the imperial and oak barrel-aged version of our annual winter porter, Twilight of the Idols. Brewed with locally roasted coffee and Vermont honey, we age this beer for a year in personally selected bourbon barrels from our favorite distilleries.
Luxurious and complex, Birth of Tragedy reveals its rich, beautiful nature gracefully over time—sit back, savor and enjoy.
Following up on what we’ve learned from the release of Flora Blue/Black, and reviewing comments and suggestions from many of you (thank you for your constructive input!), we will be amending our release policy for all special releases and barrel-aged beers, effective immediately.
In an effort to ensure a fair and equitable distribution of special release bottles, we will be implementing a bottle per person limit in total—not per day.
For example, if we release a beer with three (3) bottles per person limit, you may purchase up to three bottles on any given day during normal retail hours; once you’ve purchased bottles, you may not come back another day and buy more of that release.
This policy allows more people access to these releases for a longer period of time—ultimately, making it easier for more of you to enjoy these special beers!
Please note that this change does not apply to our ongoing releases of farmstead ales—Anna, Dorothy, Arthur, etc.—with normal bottle limits of 12 or more.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we refine and improve our retail experience!
The Hill Farmstead Brewery Team
Thanks so much to all of you who have visited this week. Wednesday’s turnout ended up being far greater than we expected—literally it was the busiest day in the history of our retail shop. So thanks for your patience, your support and your understanding as we tried our best to keep things moving as quickly as possible. We apologize to those who waited several hours in line. We are not satisfied with those wait times and we will continue to try to improve them.
Given the extreme circumstances this week we want to share our thought process with you. We always try to set limits such that a beer released on Wednesday of a given week makes it to that Saturday, as we understand people have commitments that often prevent them from visiting during the week. We also try to set the limit so that we can hold that limit (per person, per day) for the entire first week and sometimes beyond that (i.e., the recent Norma release). Demand and turnout are extremely difficult to predict and thus we sometimes have to adjust the limits day to day as we are doing this week. Again, this is an attempt to be as fair as possible and allow folks arriving on Saturday a reasonable chance of getting at least one bottle of a beer that was released on Wednesday. We do not always succeed, but this is what we try very hard to accomplish. Adding another layer of complexity, we try to set limits that make it worth the drive since many of our customers travel long distances and spend large amounts of their time to visit us. We are always thinking about this balancing act. Hopefully this provides some context.
So on to the rest of the week! We are doing everything within our power to make Flora Blue/Black last as far into the day Saturday as possible. Therefore, we will be dropping the bottle limit to 1 bottle per person (per day, as always) on Friday March 20th and Saturday March 21st.
Additionally, if the lines and waits begin to suggest that customers will have 2+ hour waits in the growler line we will drop the growler limit, as needed, to speed the line. If this occurs we apologize in advance and hope you understand that we are doing it to improve the experience for everyone.
Thanks again for all the support! It is quite humbling and we look forward to seeing many of you soon, or perhaps for one of our future releases.
The Hill Farmstead Brewery team
On Weds., March 18, during normal retail hours, we will release Flora Blue/Black. $17 each.
The bottle limit beginning Friday, March 20, is of 1 bottle per person.
About the beer:
Flora is the wine barrel aged version of Florence (1915-1967), our grandfather's sister as well as the name of our wheat farmstead ale. Only a few barrels were selected, and that beer was aged further on a blend of fresh, hand-picked blueberries and black currants from Greensboro and East Hardwick. The result is a complex, elegant, fruit-forward blend that both marries and highlights each of its constituent elements.