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Flora Blue/Black, the busiest day (3/18/2015) and insight on limits

Hi Everyone,

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

Gratefully Yours,

The Hill Farmstead Brewery team



Introducing Flora Blue/Black, March 18

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.


Biere de Norma Release - March 4, 2015

We will release our Biere de Norma on Wednesday, March, 4, 2015, during normal retail hours. $30 per bottle, three (3) bottles per person. 

Norma (1939 - 2011) was my maternal grandmother, my Guardian Angel, and the woman that nourished the laughter and innocence of my youth. In her honor, we craft this Bière de Mars each February and condition it in oak barrels with our resident microflora, allowing it to develop indefinitely until it is ready for release. We realize the influence of those closest to us only after having left their presence. At Hill Farmstead, our spirit is forever defined by Norma and the memory of our loved ones.


Hill Farmstead Named Best Brewery in the World

Greensboro Bend, Vt. (January 30, 2015) - Hill Farmstead Brewery has been named 2015 Best Brewery in the World, as well as Best Brewery in the United States and Vermont, by RateBeer, the world’s largest, most popular beer review and rating website. This is the second year in the past three that the brewery has been honored as Best Brewery in the World, United States and Vermont. Seven of its beers were listed in the top 100 beers in the world by RateBeer, and six of its beers were honored in the Top 50 New Releases in the World. Its secondary brand, Grassroots Brewing, received two nods in the best beers in the world category, as well as two mentions in the Top 50 New Releases of 2015.

The RateBeer awards are determined solely by the reviews of RateBeer’s millions of active members. RateBeer is home to the most experienced beer critics in the world with more than100 master beer tasters having over 5,000 documented beer reviews. RateBeer is also home to countless certified cicerones, GABF, GBBF and BJCP judges.

Hill Farmstead Brewery is grateful for the overwhelmingly positive support of the beer community, its members and our loyal fans. We look forward to continuing our work of providing the best beer in the world.

About Hill Farmstead Brewery

Hill Farmstead Brewery is the culmination of many years of travel and insight—of experience and education—of friendships and explorations. The brewery is the revival and continuation of 225 years of Hill heritage and hand crafted history in North Greensboro, Vermont. Its logo is retrieved from a sign that once hung in Aaron Hill's (our great-great-great-grandfather) tavern, just up the hill, in the early 1800s.


RateBeer is widely recognized as the most accurate and most-visited source for beer information. RateBeer is an independent world site for craft beer enthusiasts and is dedicated to serving the entire craft beer community through beer education, promotion and outreach.


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