Hill Farmstead Vera Mae, Arthur and Florence

Hill Farmstead

Hill Farmstead

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Every summer, my family stays at a bed and breakfast at a working dairy farm in Pennsylvania. The experience is idyllic and therapeutic. You can see first hand how farms have moved from generation to generation and you can clearly see the transition of knowledge from generation to generation. I enjoy soaking in their interactions. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of the grandkids be disrespectful and I’ve never heard an adult say “Not now, I’m busy”. I take a lot of lessons home with me every year.

Hill Farmstead Growler Label (well said).

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While I don’t know Shaun Hill or his family, I picture the same multi-generational farm existence in northern Vermont at the Hill Farmstead. One of the things I really like is that Shaun Hill pays homage to the eight generations of his family by naming a quite a few of his beers after these forbearers. I like that these bottles make the introduction and explain how they are related to Shaun.

Arthur
Tasting: October 9, 2015
Style: Farmhouse Saison
Beer #: 824
ABV:6.0%

Hill Farmstead Arthur

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While farmhouse saison is not one of my go to styles, I did discover that I do like Hill Farmstead’s take on the style. What’s different? I find most saisons are dominated with a yeasty banana clove flavor while Hill Farmstead has a tart lemon that overrides and compliments a barnyard funk, hay and grass. It’s like Hill Farmstead is on their own saison-style island. Solid and very drinkable – 92 points.

Vera Mae
Tasting: August 22, 2015
Style: Saison
Beer #: 825
ABV: 6%

Hill Farmstead Vera Mae

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Shared a bottle of Vera Mae with another couple at the lake. They both love IPA so I wasn’t sure how the mild sour experience would go over but overall, I think it was a hit. General comments were of lemon, crispness, sourness, funky. To me, it really hit the spot on a somewhat warm day. 92 points.

Florence
Tasting: October 16, 2015
Style: Farmhouse Saison
Beer #: 826
ABV: 5%

Hill Farmstead Florence

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Just finished splitting some logs – not the manly way with an axe but rather sitting with a log splitter. Nonetheless, worked up a sweat lugging the machine back to the garage. This beer is totally refreshing. Sour, crisp, lemon. The subtleties between each of these beers is lost on me. The best I can judge is that Vera Mae was the strongest in flavor followed by Arthur then Florence but all with similar flavor profiles. I liked this one just the same — 92 points.

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