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Here’s a shoutout to all of the sisters in the world!
Fremont Brewing is family-owned and was founded in Seattle in 2009. It has everything I always love to see in my breweries; locally sourced ingredients (organic when possible), a green mentality, and a passion for making beer that matters. They’ve won awards for sustainability and pride themselves on their conservation and activism record. It’s really an amazing-sounding place. They do so much cool activist and conservation stuff that I can’t even talk about it all!
Fortunately, they also make some pretty solid beer; at least that was the case with the Sister Imperial IPA. It’s brewed with 2-Row Pale, White Wheat and Vienna malts, and the hop lineup features some heavy hitters like Mosaic, Ekuanot and Calypso, with some Amarillo extract thrown in for good measure. It’s dank and tropical, with lots of good fruity flavors and some good hoppiness.
The name and the description on the can are tributes to sisters everywhere. As it says: “Without sisters, we would never have learned the finer points of emotional warfare, or the art of huffing and puffing, or snide remarking, how long to carry a grudge, or the true meaning of loyalty when one of us is hurt. The Sister is fittingly bitter and a little sweet but she will always be there for you. Because sisters matter.”
Shout out to my sister—and constant contributor to the Windowsill—@bookfiend77. Love you, sis!
This past weekend, I did something I’d never done before. No, it wasn’t black tar heroin… I went to a fondue place! It was a chain place called the Melting Pot. I actually had so much fun that I forgot to take pictures of most of the action! Anyway, our waitress was super nice and the food was fun to cook. Definitely liked the cheese starter and the chocolate dipping desserts at the end the best, but the entree course and salad were pretty good too. Also, I discovered a new beer while I was there!
I’d never heard of Pennsylvania’s Funk Brewery before I got to the restaurant, but it was basically the only real craft beer the bar had. It opened its taps in 2014 and is co-owned by Jon Norman and Kyle Funk—that’s his name on the sign, in case you can’t tell. The two are brothers-in-law, too, which is always a good story. If you find yourself in PA, you can visit one of their two taprooms—in Emmaus and Elizabethtown.
The new beer I discovered at the Melting Pot, is one of Funk’s year-round brews: The Citrus IPA. Citrus was Funk’s first IPA, and you can tell that they are very proud of it. It’s brewed with Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic and an experimental hop they refer to as “LemonBomb.” The name is accurate. I got all the citrus goodness on the nose and tongue from this beer. I liked it so much that I ended up having three during our four-hour, four-course meal. I really liked it!
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We have a New England classic on the Windowsill today!
Back in May of 2017, my sister’s friend Arona got me a growler of New England Brewing Company’s Fuzzy Baby Ducks for the sill. Ever since then, I’ve been hoping some cans of this incredible beer landed in my lap. Leave it to my sister and her friend to make this happen again, nearly two years later. As a reminder to those of you who weren’t yet Windowsillers back in the day, and are wondering why the name of this IPA is so absurd, I’ll re-tell the story. NEBCO gave this beer a ridiculous name so that dudes ordering it would have to say something very embarrassing to bartenders. Pretty great!
Don’t let the name of this beer ever discourage you from ordering one from your local barkeep if you’re lucky enough to come across it at one of your local dives. If you like Citra hops, this is your beer. It’s made with 100% Citra. It’s so juicy, hoppy and delicious. The taste is simply magical—like a bunch of fuzzy baby ducks sliding down a rainbow that’s coming out of a unicorn’s butt. Yep. Go find this beer. It’s one of the best in New England!
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Are you ready for Samoa great beer on the Windowsill?
If there’s something Southern Tier Brewing Company does well, it’s dessert beers. That’s what their Blackwater series is all about. From barrel-aged ales with fruit to thick and creamy sweet stouts, they do the after-dinner-brew so well!
Tonight, I hit the town with a few coworkers for some food and drink. Unfortunately, the bar we went to didn’t have craft beer. It did have really awesome onion rings and a surprisingly excellent lamb gyro, but I had to settle for non-craft. When I got home, my wife and I found some cheesecake in the fridge, courtesy of my mother-in-law, so I decided to rectify the dinner wrong by reaching for a dessert beer in my fridge. It was the Samoa This.
If i had to choose one word to describe the Samoa This, it would be decadent. It’s an imperial sweet/milk stout brewed with pink Himalayan sea salt and natural chocolate, with coconut and caramel flavors added. It’s a perfect dessert beer—sweet, creamy and indulgent. It’s Southern Tier’s interpretation of the Samoa cookie, and I gotta say they did a pretty good job! I think we know what @ctbeerandcookies would pair this one with, right?
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Who am I kidding? Stout Season is year-round here on the Windowsill!
Back in January, my good buddy @galleycookinbeersnob and I took a trip with our wives to BAD SONs Beer Co. in Derby, CT. As usual, the beer was solid, and the company was pretty cool too. We did a couple of flights, tried a couple of pints—that was the release day for the Triple Snaps collab they did with @thedrunkalpaca—and even ended up picking up a couple of limited to go bottles from the fridge at the brewery. If you haven’t had the chance to get down to Derby, Y’all need to go there ASAP. Great place!
One of the limited release bottles I snagged was the S’Mores variant of their Mechanical Milkman stout, which is a “silky smooth” bourbon barrel-aged nitro stout loaded with chocolate malt and lactose sugar. This variant is further conditioned on espresso beans and all of your favorite s’mores ingredients—graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallow. Although it’s less hefty than I typically like my stouts, and the s’mores flavors were a bit subdued, I really liked this brew. I wasn’t blown away or anything, but I liked this one.
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It’s the last day of winter, so we’re repping stout season on the sill today! Spring is at 5:58PM Eastern, so get an IPA ready!
The saga that led to me drinking this beer is like no other in the history of the world. OK, that’s an exaggeration, but it took me a long time to get to it! Allow me to explain.
This past August, my buddy @galleycookinbeersnob gifted me a mixed 6-pack containing a bottle of the Choklat Oranj from Southern Tier Brewing Company that was bottled on March 16, 2016. It went into my fridge, where it was then lost for several months, until another friend, @marcs108, asked me if I knew of any stouts that were made with chocolate and orange. Not only did I know one, I actually had one! This was about a month ago.
This past week, I took a trip to my local beer spot because they had more in stock. It turns out they had a 4-pack of the very same batch of Choklat Oranj sitting on the shelf. I picked it up and split it with my buddy—you read about this exchange in my Vapor Ringz post from a couple of days ago. This past Friday, one day shy of the beer’s third birthday, I finally cracked a bottle and gave it a try. Three years after it was bottled, and seven months after it had been given to me.
Three-year-old beer? Probably tasted bad, right? Wrong, son. This Choklat Oranj stout aged incredibly well. All the promised flavors were there. It was super chocolaty with a really nice twang of orange. The creaminess was there too, as was the sweetness. Just a solid stout. I was almost ashamed that it had taken me this long to crack open the bottle. It’s currently not in production—the last time it was made was 2017—but here’s hoping they bring it back. Awesome release from Southern Tier’s Blackwater Series. I really enjoyed it!
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Let’s see how the Other Half is living on the Windowsill today!
Let me tell you the story of the two-day beer exchange. I have a buddy who lives quite close to Other Half Brewing Company in Brooklyn, NY. A few weeks ago, he was going to the brewery, and offered to pick me up some stuff… or I asked? Who’s to say? Anyway, he picked me up some brews, and we decided that I would pick him up some brews to exchange, and we set up a drinks and beer exchange outing in the city.
When exchange day came, my friend brought the beers with him, carrying them around all day so that he could trade them with me later. Me? Of course, I left them on my kitchen counter, like a jerk. We decided to get drinks and food anyway and actually went to a pretty cool spot on 26th and 3rd named @taproom307. Solid nachos and flatbread. Pretty sweet beer selection, too! You should check it out if you’re in the area. Anywho, because of my forgetfulness, We met up again the next day, and I finally fulfilled my end of the bargain. Shadily exchanged a sixpack of beer from backpack to backpack in the middle of 18th street. Exchange complete!
Why on earth did you just have to read that whole story? No, not just a test to see if you guys actually read my long posts. Today’s beer is one of those beers! It’s the Vapor Ringz, a double IPA brewed with lots of Citra, with a side of Galaxy and Nelson Sauvin. “Pilowy” oats, raw wheat make up the malt bill, and there’s some lactose thrown in for good measure. I’d put a ring on the Vapor Ringz. It was amazing.
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Today’s beer, the I Like My Sugar with Coffee and Cream, which I got from a good buddy, may not be inspired by No Sleep, but it is inspired by another Beasties song—”Intergalactic,” from their 1998 Album Hello Nasty. If you don’t know about it, go take a listen. Celebrate the Beastie Boys with me and Other Half NYC!
As for the beer, the I Like My Sugar with Coffee and Cream is an Imperial Stout made with coffee, milk sugar, hazelnut and vanilla. It’s rich, creamy and super sweet with a great coffee aroma and flavor. The hazelnut and vanilla show up in really nice hints, too. Nice and thick… great for dessert! Did I mention that it’s 15% ABV? Doesn’t feel that way until you try to stand up, though. Hoo boy. That’s what @galleycookinbeersnob and I call a “shoulder slapper!”
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Got any snacks? Cuz I have the muncheez on my Windowsill today!
Let’s talk about Rochester, New York’s Swiftwater Brewing Company. Their story is all about home and family, and the respect that Andy Cook—the owner and head brewer—has for both. Everything about this brewery is tied to the Rochester community and Andy’s family. 80% of their barley is provided by the family farm, which also supplied the trees from which their taproom tables are made. As much as they can, they keep the rest of the ingredients they use local too. That passion for the community really shines through in everything they do, including their beer.
The Muncheez Truck is one of those stouts that you guys know I love. Creamy, Motor Oily, Chocolaty with an awesome coconut sweetness and a nice, albeit more subtle than I typically like, peanut butter touch. I love me some sweet milk stouts, and this one hit that craving right on the nose for me. According to the official description, it was inspired by a mysterious muncheez truck parked across the street from the brewery. Really dug it!
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