Archive for the ‘Hill Farmstead Brewery’ Category

The next brewery we went to was Tributary. This was in a strip mall and seemed to be quite crowded when we entered. When we took a seat at the bar, we noticed that we were probably the only people there without an AARP card. The space was open, with plenty of seating and appeared to be dog-friendly as well. We tried a sampler paddle here as well. The beers were only okay at best. There was not one (including their collaboration with Earth Eagle) that was easy for me to get down. There weren’t any games at this brewery either, but even if they did, it was obvious we wouldn’t be staying long. We finished the paddle and headed to dinner.

works

ABV: 3.75%

Style: American Blonde Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A new series showcasing collaborations at Hill Farmstead with friends, this one brewed with Ryan Merithew of Siren Brewing. Low abv, hoppy blonde ale (3.75%) with Lady Grey tea; dry hopped with Amarillo, Citra and Centennial.”

Random: This was the beer that I had Val order so I could review it.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left the glass covered in lacing. The body was a cloudy yellow color with light carbonation visible. The nose was light with yeast and some spice. I didn’t pick up the tea in the nose. The taste was equally light, but had more depth. I got notes of lemon, white peppercorn and tea. The yeast and spice were present, but very subtle. It had a light body with moderate carbonation. It finished quickly with lemon and tea. This was a really nice, easy-drinking beer that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

The next place we ended up at was Earth Eagle in the middle of Portsmouth. It was a small brewery/restaurant that is well-known for their gruits. As soon as we sat at the bar, we were greeted by the bartender who gave us the rundown of their beers. We got a sampler paddle as we took in the ambiance. It had a decent size bar along with some table seating. They do offer food, but we didn’t try any. We got into a conversation with the bartender, who upon learning that we were visiting from Jersey, wrote us a list of every place we should try in the area, which was incredibly nice. Their beers were quite impressive, and this was another place that I should have gotten a growler from. My favorite was their hot pepper gruit, which had perfect heat. If you’re in Portsmouth, do yourself a favor and go visit them.

edward

ABV: 5.2%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Edward (1917-2002) is our grandfather; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his five children. in his honor, this American Pale Ale is dutifully crafted from American malted barley, a plethora of American hops, our ale yeast and water from Edward’s well. It is unfiltered and dry hopped. Aromatic and flowery, with the impressions of citrus and pine, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Edward.”

Random: We stopped at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, who had a few Hill Farmstead beers on tap. Needless to say, I needed to try them.

This brew poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange with light carbonation visible despite the cloudiness. The nose was very fragrant and filled with grapefruit, lemon and grass. The taste was exactly the same as the nose. It had a lot of grass, citrus (specifically lemon and grapefruit). It also had some floral notes that were very nice. It was light and crisp and had high carbonation. The finish was moderately long with grass. This beer was just outstanding. It had a lot of clean flavors and was insanely drinkable. This is my new favorite pale ale and I’m glad I got to try it.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

The last beer of that night was this gem. I haven’t had a chance to try anything from this brewery, so when I got a chance to try a glass of this, how could I refuse? Also of note, is that I haven’t had a “black saison” that I’ve ever really enjoyed, so I was definitely even more excited to try it.

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ABV: 6.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Edith (1897-1992) was our grandfather’s sister, and Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to her and her 13 siblings. In her honor, this black saison is crafted from American malted barley, German roasted malts, European hops, our farmhouse yeast, and water from our well. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Edith.”

Random: I’m getting through the new season of Arrested Development and this one was absolutely hilarious.

This brew poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly and left decent lacing on the tulip glass. The body was a clear, dark brown color with lots of visible carbonation. The nose presented with yeast and lemon and a bit of clove and nutmeg. The nose was really pleasant. The taste was really complex as well. I got citrus hops, brett and yeast as well with some roasted malts. The body was medium thickness with heavy carbonation. It also had a quick finish with some lemon and roasted malts. This brew was perfection and what every beer of the style should taste like. It was a balance between roasted malts and yeast and citrus brightness. I loved this beer. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0