I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading about my prosperous pilgrimage to Boston’s Trillium Brewing Company. First, there was my serendipitous sojourn to Trillium’s Fort Point retail location, which ended up being only a 12-minute walk from my hotel. Next, I told you about my auspicious adventure at the Trillium Garden on the Green, which I accidentally stumbled upon while trying to get home after a rainy walk. Today, we have the final installment of the Beers on Window Sills Goes to Trillium series; the story of how I got my hands on 12 cans of Two Hundred Thousand Trillion. Continue reading “Beers on Window Sills Goes to Trillium: Two Hundred Thousand Trillion”
As I mentioned in the first post of this BoWS Goes to Trillium series, my trip to Boston might as well have been called “a series of fortunate events.” The fact that I basically accidentally stumbled into the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is just another example of how everything was coming up Millhouse for me. Continue reading “Beers on Window Sills Goes to Trillium: The Trillium Garden”
When you love good beer, and put good energy into the world, sometimes fortune smiles upon you. That’s what I learned from my trip to Trillium Brewing Company this week. A lot of really cool stuff happened over the few days I was in and around the brewery, so I’m going to break them down over a few posts. Let’s start with my first trip to the retail store. Continue reading “Beers on Window Sills Goes to Trillium Brewing Company, Part I”
If you’ve been following Beers on Window Sills on Instagram, you know we’ve been powering over the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across the World 12-pack over the last six weeks. Well, We’re all done! I have to say, I was overall very impressed by these collaborations. I learned a lot about a lot of new breweries, and every beer ranged from good to great, in my book.
Check out all of my reviews below. I can’t wait for next year’s Beer Camp release! Continue reading “Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Is on the Window Sill!”
Brewery: Montauk Brewing Co.
Beer: Watermelon Session Ale
Hop Varieties: Cascade and Magnum
I had a really cool experience with Montauk Brewing Co. this week, so I wanted to tell you guys all about it.
Every Thursday after work, my company graciously hosts a free bar for us in the lobby. Once we’re done with our work, we all head on down to the mezzanine level for some free wine and beer (and sodas and such for you non-drinkers). Because we’re based in New York, we usually end up with a lot of local beers as part of the offering. Did I mention it’s all free? Continue reading “An Evening with Montauk Brewing Co., and the Watermelon Session Ale”
Today on the window sill, we have the story of the woman I love, and the beer that once seemed undrinkable: The Aunt Sally, by Lagunitas Brewing Co.
There was a time when my wife, Jeannie, couldn’t drink. No, she didn’t have a drinking problem or anything like that, but physically… She couldn’t drink. Even something as simple as a glass of wine, or one beer, would send her stomach into a three-day tumult. For a woman whose friends once lovingly called her “Pub Jeannie,” when she’d go out drinking with them, this was definitely a change.
If it was only booze that caused her this discomfort, we wouldn’t have been as concerned about it (it would just be a bummer), but many different kinds of foods caused her the same problems. She could only eat small portions, and she had to avoid things like garlic, red meat, or anything really heavy, otherwise it would make her feel sick. She also got terrible heartburn and pressure. Sometimes, there seemed to be no rhyme nor reason to what food made her feel sick, but any kind of alcohol was problematic. It was bad. Continue reading “Lagunitas Brewing Company’s Aunt Sally: My Wife Can Drink Again!”
Have you heard the term “session IPA,” or “session beer” thrown around your local craft beer watering hole? Are you unsure of what it means, but too scared to ask, lest you be revealed as a beer novice? Don’t worry, I’m here to answer that question for you, and I’ll even recommend a delicious one with which to wet your whistle after you read.
If I’ve learned anything from my day job, it’s that, before the last 40 years or so, people were extremely dumb. From letting kids to play with plastic bags on their heads to smoking on airplanes to using led paint on baby toys, we used to do some stupid shit. The origin of the session beer is no different, it just takes place even earlier, when people were that much more idiotic. Continue reading “Collective Arts Brewing’s State of Mind: What Is a Session IPA?”
Brooklyn’s in the house, and in this double IPA from Interboro on my window sill!
As an up-and-coming beer connoisseur, blogger and Instagrammer, one of the things I some day wish to accomplish is to have relationships with breweries all over the country. I’ve joked with my wife that I would consider this entire endeavor a success if some day just one brewery sends me a free beer to drink, photograph and write about. While I’m not quite there yet, I did have a really pleasant experience with one of the breweries whose beer I put on the window sill, and I think it makes for a pretty good story.
Here’s what went down. The other night, I photographed and reviewed today’s window sill inhabitant, the Super Bad–a double IPA from Brooklyn’s Interboro Spirits & Ales. As part of my writeup, I did a brief tongue-in-cheek anti-hipster rant related to the beer’s chosen home base of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which is basically hipster central in New York City. Continue reading “Interboro Spirits & Ales: Super Bad”
I don’t know if you have noticed, but the world is suddenly all about Nitro. No, I’m not referring to the movement honoring former American Gladiators for their contributions to the world of battering laypeople with oversized q-tips that I hope to one day start. I’m talking about nitrogen gas, the biggest trend in brewing today.
So what’s the big deal with Nitro beer, and why is it suddenly everywhere?
First of all, we need to establish one thing. Using nitrogen to carbonate beer instead of CO2 is not a new thing. I know you might be seeing a lot of craft nitro brews emerging in the last year, and even some from the big time beer companies, but there’s one brewery that has been using nitrogen to make their delicious beers for over 50 years.
We can always use some sunshine, and what better place to get it than in an IPA on a window sill?
When my journey into the world of craft beers began, I didn’t really know too much about the intricacies of the beer industry. Yes, I knew I liked beer, and that I preferred “good” beer, as opposed to the swill my dad’s generation somehow pushes down its gullet (and I pushed down my gullet in college), but I didn’t really know how to differentiate between beers.
As I expanded my palate, and learned about new styles of brew, I came to find a real appreciation for one kind of beer in particular: the India Pale Ale, or IPA.
So what’s an IPA, and how is it made? Continue reading “Lawson’s Finest Liquids: Sip of Sunshine IPA”