You'll fit right in, Peterbell. Do you have a sister named "Tinker" by any chance?
Sorry. Couldn't resist.
I rather like the Sleeman beers I've had; they are small (subtle) but nice. They are NOT a good value here, though. I expect the draught versions would be much better than the bottles.
I recently tried several Fresh Hop (or "wet hop") beers; I really enjoy that style. In descending order of preference:
1. Port Brewing High Tide IPA
. All the beers from this place are terrific. Big, resiny, fresh. Just what I wanted.
2. Rogue - Chatoe Rogue (not a misspelling). Had this on draught at the brewery in Newport, OR. It was a nice beer, but lacked that certain something to make it sparkle. I am becoming more convinced than ever that my beer preferences are predicated upon particular yeast strains. I don't seem to "love" the yeast in Rogue beers, and I loathe the yeast they use at Red Hook. In both of these cases, the brewery goes to great pains to use the same strain regardless of style; I think they're just being stubborn and that lifeless beers result.
3. Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale
. Recognizable, but seriously, the hops come from Washington to the other side of the Rockies before they hit the boil. Nice beer, just not as good as the Port or Rogue.
4. Deschutes Hop Trip - not nearly as good as in prior years. Still quite nice, but suffers in comparison to the others.
5. Bridgeport Hop Harvest - Pretty disappointing, actually. Flat, dull and lifeless. Surprising.
Since Mrs. Tuttle also confirmed these rankings, they are indisputable (and I am clearly on my way to world domination).