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  • mcgruff10mcgruff10 New JerseyPosts: 23,794
    I m drinking a nice Pinot Grigio around the fire. Cheers everyone!

    I'll ride the wave where it takes me......
  • Jearlpam0925Jearlpam0925 Deep South PhillyPosts: 12,463
    Whiskey in the daytime, wine at night? I think for the integrity of this thread you need to change drinks again.
  • mcgruff10mcgruff10 New JerseyPosts: 23,794
    Whiskey in the daytime, wine at night? I think for the integrity of this thread you need to change drinks again.
    Lol. I m good! Enjoy your Saturday night bud. 
    I'll ride the wave where it takes me......
  • Glorified KCGlorified KC KCMO NativePosts: 1,763
    Half Acre, you continue to wow me.

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  • 23scidoo23scidoo Thessaloniki,GreecePosts: 14,025
    mcgruff10 said:
    I m drinking a nice Pinot Grigio around the fire. Cheers everyone!

    Can't see ice cube chris!!!
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  • BentleyspopBentleyspop Craft Beer Brewery, ColoradoPosts: 8,050

  • mcgruff10mcgruff10 New JerseyPosts: 23,794
    23scidoo said:
    mcgruff10 said:
    I m drinking a nice Pinot Grigio around the fire. Cheers everyone!

    Can't see ice cube chris!!!
    No ice for me!  That bottle was nice and chilled.   
    I'll ride the wave where it takes me......
  • bbiggsbbiggs Posts: 5,447
    Some recent ones I’ve had


    @Weston1283    Are TreeHouse stouts as good as their IPAs? 
  • darwinstheorydarwinstheory LaPorte, INPosts: 4,224
    mcgruff10 said:
    I m drinking a nice Pinot Grigio around the fire. Cheers everyone!

    I don't even know who you are anymore!
    "A smart monkey doesn't monkey around with another monkey's monkey" - Darwin's Theory
  • darwinstheorydarwinstheory LaPorte, INPosts: 4,224
    bbiggs said:
    Some recent ones I’ve had


    @Weston1283    Are TreeHouse stouts as good as their IPAs? 
    Anyone know of anyplace in NW Indiana that carries Half Acre or Tree House?

    The Trillium brews look fantastic.
    "A smart monkey doesn't monkey around with another monkey's monkey" - Darwin's Theory
  • BentleyspopBentleyspop Craft Beer Brewery, ColoradoPosts: 8,050
    bbiggs said:
    Some recent ones I’ve had


    @Weston1283    Are TreeHouse stouts as good as their IPAs? 
    Anyone know of anyplace in NW Indiana that carries Half Acre or Tree House?

    The Trillium brews look fantastic.
    Tree house is a non-distributing brewery.
    Their packages beers are only available at the brewery.
  • Weston1283Weston1283 Cleveland, OHPosts: 2,832
    TreeHouse can only be purchased at the brewery in Mass.
    Trillium will distribute a few cans and kegs locally but in general its only brewery pickup for them as well
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  • Indifference71Indifference71 ChicagoPosts: 13,639
    bbiggs said:
    Anyone know of anyplace in NW Indiana that carries Half Acre or Tree House?

    The Trillium brews look fantastic.

    Yeah you'll only find TreeHouse on some re-sale sites at obscene prices.  I've ordered some a couple times but not sure it's worth the prices.

    Surprised you can't find Half Acre in NW Indiana....their distribution seems to be all over the place now so you'd think somewhere as close as NW Indiana would have plenty of Half Acre available.
  • darwinstheorydarwinstheory LaPorte, INPosts: 4,224
    @Bentleyspop @Weston1283 @Indifference71

    Thank you guys for your feedback. I haven't ever done anything on the re-sale sites as I just can't justify dropping so much money on beer. There are enough good brews around Chicagoland, NWI and SW Michigan. 

    Now, when I do finally venture out to Mass. it's game on! 

    As for Half Acre, Pipeworks or some other Chicago brews, I would definitely think they would be over here by now. I guess I should find a store closer to the state line. Or watch a little less tv some weekend and drive to a Binny's over there.
    "A smart monkey doesn't monkey around with another monkey's monkey" - Darwin's Theory
  • bbiggsbbiggs Posts: 5,447
    @Bentleyspop @Weston1283 @Indifference71

    Thank you guys for your feedback. I haven't ever done anything on the re-sale sites as I just can't justify dropping so much money on beer. There are enough good brews around Chicagoland, NWI and SW Michigan. 

    Now, when I do finally venture out to Mass. it's game on! 

    As for Half Acre, Pipeworks or some other Chicago brews, I would definitely think they would be over here by now. I guess I should find a store closer to the state line. Or watch a little less tv some weekend and drive to a Binny's over there.
    Yeah, dude, both breweries have a pretty good distribution reach so I'm surprised they're not making it out to you, being that you're so close to Chicago.  As you said, if a trip over to Binny's isn't too far, you could go and load up on both (and several others) and be in good shape for quite a while. 

  • mcgruff10mcgruff10 New JerseyPosts: 23,794
    @Bentleyspop @Weston1283 @Indifference71

    Thank you guys for your feedback. I haven't ever done anything on the re-sale sites as I just can't justify dropping so much money on beer. There are enough good brews around Chicagoland, NWI and SW Michigan. 

    Now, when I do finally venture out to Mass. it's game on! 

    As for Half Acre, Pipeworks or some other Chicago brews, I would definitely think they would be over here by now. I guess I should find a store closer to the state line. Or watch a little less tv some weekend and drive to a Binny's over there.
    You still a fan of greenbush brewery?
    I'll ride the wave where it takes me......
  • darwinstheorydarwinstheory LaPorte, INPosts: 4,224
    mcgruff10 said:
    @Bentleyspop @Weston1283 @Indifference71

    Thank you guys for your feedback. I haven't ever done anything on the re-sale sites as I just can't justify dropping so much money on beer. There are enough good brews around Chicagoland, NWI and SW Michigan. 

    Now, when I do finally venture out to Mass. it's game on! 

    As for Half Acre, Pipeworks or some other Chicago brews, I would definitely think they would be over here by now. I guess I should find a store closer to the state line. Or watch a little less tv some weekend and drive to a Binny's over there.
    You still a fan of greenbush brewery?
    Absolutely! Had dinner there on Saturday. They were out of brisket by the time I got there, which was disappointing. Went with my go to IPA and tried a new BA strawberry and habanero brew.
    "A smart monkey doesn't monkey around with another monkey's monkey" - Darwin's Theory
  • bbiggsbbiggs Posts: 5,447
    ^ Strawberry and habanero...damn. How did it taste? 
  • mcgruff10mcgruff10 New JerseyPosts: 23,794
    mcgruff10 said:
    @Bentleyspop @Weston1283 @Indifference71

    Thank you guys for your feedback. I haven't ever done anything on the re-sale sites as I just can't justify dropping so much money on beer. There are enough good brews around Chicagoland, NWI and SW Michigan. 

    Now, when I do finally venture out to Mass. it's game on! 

    As for Half Acre, Pipeworks or some other Chicago brews, I would definitely think they would be over here by now. I guess I should find a store closer to the state line. Or watch a little less tv some weekend and drive to a Binny's over there.
    You still a fan of greenbush brewery?
    Absolutely! Had dinner there on Saturday. They were out of brisket by the time I got there, which was disappointing. Went with my go to IPA and tried a new BA strawberry and habanero brew.
    Man I need to get back there.  The food and beer were on point!
    I'll ride the wave where it takes me......
  • darwinstheorydarwinstheory LaPorte, INPosts: 4,224
    bbiggs said:
    ^ Strawberry and habanero...damn. How did it taste? 
    The flavors melded together well enough. I'm not a big BA guy but this wasn't overwhelming in the least. The habanero was just a short lived bite at the finish. Previously, I had this brewed as an IPA and I did prefer it as a BA. 
    "A smart monkey doesn't monkey around with another monkey's monkey" - Darwin's Theory
  • mcgruff10mcgruff10 New JerseyPosts: 23,794
    @darwinstheory
    Is journeyman distillery still around?  That place was cool too.
    I'll ride the wave where it takes me......
  • bbiggsbbiggs Posts: 5,447
    bbiggs said:
    ^ Strawberry and habanero...damn. How did it taste? 
    The flavors melded together well enough. I'm not a big BA guy but this wasn't overwhelming in the least. The habanero was just a short lived bite at the finish. Previously, I had this brewed as an IPA and I did prefer it as a BA. 
    Good deal.  I don't recall ever having a beer brewed with habanero, but I have had a delicious BBA stout brewed with some sort of chile peppers (maybe jalapeno).  As strange as it sounds to have any beer brewed with peppers in it, the taste works in a barrel aged stout for sure.

  • darwinstheorydarwinstheory LaPorte, INPosts: 4,224
    mcgruff10 said:
    mcgruff10 said:
    @Bentleyspop @Weston1283 @Indifference71

    Thank you guys for your feedback. I haven't ever done anything on the re-sale sites as I just can't justify dropping so much money on beer. There are enough good brews around Chicagoland, NWI and SW Michigan. 

    Now, when I do finally venture out to Mass. it's game on! 

    As for Half Acre, Pipeworks or some other Chicago brews, I would definitely think they would be over here by now. I guess I should find a store closer to the state line. Or watch a little less tv some weekend and drive to a Binny's over there.
    You still a fan of greenbush brewery?
    Absolutely! Had dinner there on Saturday. They were out of brisket by the time I got there, which was disappointing. Went with my go to IPA and tried a new BA strawberry and habanero brew.
    Man I need to get back there.  The food and beer were on point!
    Their beer is consistent but I do wish they'd get into the NEIPA game. Their food is aces! Excellent pub style food for sure. It's a fantastic little campus just off 94 as well.
    "A smart monkey doesn't monkey around with another monkey's monkey" - Darwin's Theory
  • bbiggsbbiggs Posts: 5,447
    Another swing and a miss on the Prop Day Lottery.  I'll get a couple bottles of Prop anyway, but it's crazy how hard it is to win this lottery. 
  • darwinstheorydarwinstheory LaPorte, INPosts: 4,224
    mcgruff10 said:
    @darwinstheory
    Is journeyman distillery still around?  That place was cool too.
    @mcgruff10
    Journeyman is still around. Southwest Michigan is a hotspot for winery's, distilleries and breweries. During the warmer months if you come back and bring the Mrs. I would recommend Round Barn. That is a winery and a brewery. I can't give an accurate judgment on their wine and the beer isn't great but will suffice just fine. But the environment is fantastic on a nice summer/ fall afternoon. But I do recommend wearing your sunglasses as you will be unable to prevent your eyes from wandering. 
    "A smart monkey doesn't monkey around with another monkey's monkey" - Darwin's Theory
  • mcgruff10mcgruff10 New JerseyPosts: 23,794
    mcgruff10 said:
    @darwinstheory
    Is journeyman distillery still around?  That place was cool too.
    @mcgruff10
    Journeyman is still around. Southwest Michigan is a hotspot for winery's, distilleries and breweries. During the warmer months if you come back and bring the Mrs. I would recommend Round Barn. That is a winery and a brewery. I can't give an accurate judgment on their wine and the beer isn't great but will suffice just fine. But the environment is fantastic on a nice summer/ fall afternoon. But I do recommend wearing your sunglasses as you will be unable to prevent your eyes from wandering. 
    Ha ha! Love it!!!
    I'll ride the wave where it takes me......
  • darwinstheorydarwinstheory LaPorte, INPosts: 4,224
    mcgruff10 said:
    mcgruff10 said:
    @darwinstheory
    Is journeyman distillery still around?  That place was cool too.
    @mcgruff10
    Journeyman is still around. Southwest Michigan is a hotspot for winery's, distilleries and breweries. During the warmer months if you come back and bring the Mrs. I would recommend Round Barn. That is a winery and a brewery. I can't give an accurate judgment on their wine and the beer isn't great but will suffice just fine. But the environment is fantastic on a nice summer/ fall afternoon. But I do recommend wearing your sunglasses as you will be unable to prevent your eyes from wandering. 
    Ha ha! Love it!!!
    Nice secluded area (that takes you by Greenbush for lunch or dinner) on a hillside at a vineyard with live entertainment on the weekends. The last time I was there, it was about 80° and there was a birthday party and 4 Bachelorette parties. 🤷‍♂️
    "A smart monkey doesn't monkey around with another monkey's monkey" - Darwin's Theory
  • Indifference71Indifference71 ChicagoPosts: 13,639
    bbiggs said:
    Another swing and a miss on the Prop Day Lottery.  I'll get a couple bottles of Prop anyway, but it's crazy how hard it is to win this lottery. 
    I missed out too.  Signed up my wife and she didn't win either.  But I really can't complain since I won last year and went to the event....pretty much expecting to never win again.
  • bbiggsbbiggs Posts: 5,447
    bbiggs said:
    Another swing and a miss on the Prop Day Lottery.  I'll get a couple bottles of Prop anyway, but it's crazy how hard it is to win this lottery. 
    I missed out too.  Signed up my wife and she didn't win either.  But I really can't complain since I won last year and went to the event....pretty much expecting to never win again.
    Yeah, I remember you winning it last year.  That's awesome.  I wonder what the actual odds are.  Very slim, needless to say.  On a bright note, there are some very tasty-sounding variants this year.  Looking forward to it as always.

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