So as many of my friends know that I get around…for my job.  Part of my work rotation involves an occasional stop in the capital district of New York state at various points throughout the year.  This time it happened to coincide with the week after the Biere de Norma release at Hill Farmstead and my buddy Fuj’s 1000th beer tick on Untapped.  Not exactly a ‘stars in full alignment’ event but very nicely timed out, especially given that he was kind enough to mule from Hill Farmstead selections for me.

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When I arrived at his house that night, he was already at #995 and we were awaiting a few more guys to show up. Thankfully, of all the beers we consumed that evening, there wasn’t a single selection that I had previously and there were some heavy hitters in the bunch. The selections were as follows:

    • Logsdon Peche n Brett – Saison / Farmhouse Ale – 10.0% ABV – 4.36 /5 Rating
    • Cigar City Brewing El Murchielago – Cream Ale – 9.5% ABV – 3.94 /5 Rating
    • Brasserie de Blaugies /Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise – Saison / Farmhouse Ale – 6.0%ABV  – 3.85 /5 Rating
    • Hill Farmstead Biere de Norma – Biere de Garde – 7.0% ABV – 4.21 /5 Rating
    • Cascade Vlad the Imp Aler – American Wild Ale – 10.6% ABV – 4.60 /5 Rating
    • Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #6 – American Double / Imperial Ale – 8.1% ABV – 4.31 /5 Rating
    • Cigar City Ghost Stories – Braggot – 10.0% ABV – 3.81 /5 Rating
    • Hill Farmstead James – American Black Ale – 6.8% ABV – 3.64 /5 Rating
    • Bells Hopslam – American Double / Imperial Ale – 10.0% ABV – 4.48 /5 Rating
    • Cigar City White Oak Jai Alai IPA – American IPA – 7.5% ABV – 3.98 /5 Rating
    • Enlightenment Ales Illumination – Belgian IPA – 6.8% ABV – 3.94 /5 Rating
    • Revolution Anti-Hero IPA – 6.5% ABV – 3.76 /5 Rating

Some quick reflections on some of the beers…
First Up as the Logsdon Peche n Brett, which was absolutely awesome by the way, was a huge want of mine. Only in LA would it be sitting on a shelf with no bottle limits. If that beer ever made it to Buffalo, it would never make it beyond the front counter, kept totally secret and still gone in 6 hours. My buddy Matt hooked me onto Logsdon about 5-6 months ago when he tried a bottle of their Seizon Bretta and raved about it. He sent me the Seizon Bretta and it was really good, especially being that it was a USDA certified organic beer (which organic beers usually are lacking in my opinion). Matt knew that I was on the hunt for Peche n Brett and scooped one for me, so worth the $30 price tag.

Cigar City is always a brewery that I will try out all their beers. After making two trips to Tampa in January and August of last year (and stops to Cigar City), I have sampled many of their offerings in bottles and on tap in their tasting room.

Hill Farmstead is one of those breweries that you have to drink whatever they put out because of their hype (mostly deserved, sometimes just hype).  I have some really killer beers from Hill Farmstead over the past couple fo years, but have also followed some of them up with some pretty average beers that just receive too much hype because of the name on the label.

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