Fiddlehead Boosa Pale Ale & IPA - Boosa was brewed with Rachel who runs the Fiddlehead taproom as part of a Pink Boots Society event. Description from Fiddlehead’s website:

Boosa is a medium bodied pale ale brewed with both Columbus & Cascade hops and dry-hopped with Citra. 

A nice, sessionable pale ale. Not a standout like Mastermind was back in September, but glad to have tried it.

Fiddlehead IPA remains solid. One of the under-appreciated Vermont beers. They added some huge fermenters specifically for the IPA so they should be pumping out a lot of it now. 

Alchemist Heady Topper - See the post from last week about the lengths you have to go to get some of this now that the brewery is closed to the public. Admittedly last week was a bit of Vermont beer armageddon with the Hill Farmstead E. release, Lost Nation Gose bottles, Alchemist truck sale, and Lawson’s anniversary event/market. 
Lucky to have what I do and will enjoy every can.

Alchemist Heady Topper - See the post from last week about the lengths you have to go to get some of this now that the brewery is closed to the public. Admittedly last week was a bit of Vermont beer armageddon with the Hill Farmstead E. release, Lost Nation Gose bottles, Alchemist truck sale, and Lawson’s anniversary event/market. 

Lucky to have what I do and will enjoy every can.

Hill Farmstead E. - According to the label E. is for Easter.  Like a beautiful marriage of Edward and Arthur. Only slight tartness at this point, but I bet that will pick up significantly over time. Great beer.

Hill Farmstead Citra Single Hop Pale Ale - When I started this growler Chelsea were 1-0 up and it was looking like they had a decent shot at the title. By the time I got to the 2nd glass that hope had dwindled away. Fed up with sports at this point.

The beer was still great. Went very well with dinner - pork roast, sweet potato, and peas.

Hill Farmstead Ephraim - And the first growler cracked from the haul. The obvious one to try first, having never had it before. Very different than any of the other Hill Farmstead DIPAs I’ve had. Definitely sweeter with a bigger body. You can feel the extra ABV. Very enjoyable and thrilled to have it, but does not knock off Abner or some from the Society & Solitude series as my favorites. 

Vermont Beer Birthday Haul (or How My Parents Went Crazy) -

Well, the Vermont beer drought is broken - kind of. Today I turned an age divisible by 10 and my parents have been insisting for months they were making a Vermont beer run for me to mark the occasion. After trying to talk them out of it several times without any luck I eventually gave in. 

They arrived at Hill Farmstead before they opened only to find about 30 people ahead of them. They toughed it out for a full allocation of E. and even managed an extra growler out of the HF crew somehow - very impressive.

The rest of their day was devoted to a much too complicated search for Heady Topper. They tried 3 different stores on the Thursday delivery list striking out each time. If it was me I would have hit Fiddlehead and headed home, but instead they eventually ended up at the Beverage Warehouse for their 5:30 Heady drop. Even then they were forced to loop around a line multiple times due to the unusual number of other Heady seekers. 

All those shenanigans caused them to extend their stay an extra night, but they insist it was very enjoyable and something they are interested in doing again. I still think they are crazy, but feel incredibly lucky. A truly great birthday gift.

Alchemist Heady Topper - Putting John Kimmich’s word to the test - “It doesn’t go bad and it will be a completely different beer as it ages” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amgfgU5-lhs. 
I have a fresh batch of Heady Topper showing up tomorrow (with an unbelievable story to go along with it). Kimmich’s example from the video was canned in July ans tasted in April. This can I saved from our September trip so not quite as old, but that still makes it 220 days old.  
Is it bad? I wouldn’t go that far. But it’s certainly not good either. It’s absolutely a different beer than where it started. Aroma is extremely muted as you’d expect. A careful pour gives it almost lager-like clarity.  Taste is…just a bit bland…very little bitterness, no juicy hop flavor. 
An interesting experiment, but not one I feel the need to ever repeat.

Alchemist Heady Topper - Putting John Kimmich’s word to the test - “It doesn’t go bad and it will be a completely different beer as it ages” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amgfgU5-lhs

I have a fresh batch of Heady Topper showing up tomorrow (with an unbelievable story to go along with it). Kimmich’s example from the video was canned in July ans tasted in April. This can I saved from our September trip so not quite as old, but that still makes it 220 days old.  

Is it bad? I wouldn’t go that far. But it’s certainly not good either. It’s absolutely a different beer than where it started. Aroma is extremely muted as you’d expect. A careful pour gives it almost lager-like clarity.  Taste is…just a bit bland…very little bitterness, no juicy hop flavor. 

An interesting experiment, but not one I feel the need to ever repeat.

Hill Farmstead Arthur - From last week. The Floras, Normas, and Civil Disobediences are obviously amazing beers, but there is something about the simplicity of Arthur I just love. A truly great beer.

Hill Farmstead Arthur - From last week. The Floras, Normas, and Civil Disobediences are obviously amazing beers, but there is something about the simplicity of Arthur I just love. A truly great beer.

Upstate Brewing IPW - Upstate started canning a while ago but today was the first time I saw cans in a store. I’ve had this on tap, in a growler, and in a can now and have enjoyed it each time.

Upstate Brewing IPW - Upstate started canning a while ago but today was the first time I saw cans in a store. I’ve had this on tap, in a growler, and in a can now and have enjoyed it each time.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout (2012) - A special midweek treat.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout (2012) - A special midweek treat.