Trillium Brewing Company: Puny Partridge

Trillium Brewing Company: Puny Partridge

Style: American Pale Ale

Special Notes: Part of Trillium’s Small Bird Series of American Pale Ales.

Hops: Mosaic, Nelson Sauvin

Malts: Maris Otter, Naked Malted Oats, Dextrine

ABV: 5.0%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 3.91/5

A little birdie told me there’s a kickass Pale Ale on the Windowsill today!

Have you heard of Trillium Brewing Company’s Small Bird Series of American Pale Ales? Don’t worry, no actual birds were harmed in the making of the series. They’re all named after diminutive versions of popular birds. It’s also a way for the brewery to denote that the beers in this series have a smaller ABV than their typical cans and bottles.

Trillium Brewing Company: Puny Partridge
Look at that adorable little partridge! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Window Sills)

So why is the series named after small birds? Is there a particularly enthusiastic ornithologist in the midsts at Trillium? Not exactly. According to Trillium’s own Twitter, the series was inspired by a typo. It seems someone was trying to type “Little Brewster” (a small island in Boston Harbor), and it was autocorrected to “Little Rooster.” From that mistake arose inspiration, and the rest is history.

Thus far, on my sill, I’ve had the Little Rooster and the Itty Bitty Goose, but several others have been released: Skimpy Sparrow, Tiny Chicken, Pocket Pigeon, Stumpy Duck, Treecreeper (Note: Trillium doesn’t say this is part of the series on its site), Pipsqueak Penguin and today’s avian-inspired brew, the Puny Partridge.

This one was yet another solid pale ale from Trillium. It might be small on ABV, but the Puny Partridge is big where it matters most: flavor. Mosaic and Nelson Sauvin hops provide do most of the work with the taste and aroma of the brew. Citrus and tropical fruit galore. Super refreshing! The Puny Partridge, and the rest of this series, are definitely not for the birds.

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. Trillium Brewing Company: Puny Partridge . A little birdy told me there’s a kickass Pale Ale on the Windowsill today! . Have you heard of Trillium’s Small Bird Series of American Pale Ales? Don’t worry, no actual birds were harmed in the making of the series. They’re all named after diminutive versions of popular birds. It’s also a way for the brewery to denote that the beers in this series have a smaller ABV than their typical cans and bottles. . So why is the series named after small birds? Is there a particularly enthusiastic ornithologist in the midsts at Trillium? Not exactly. According to Trillium’s own Twitter, the series was inspired by a typo. It seems someone was trying to type “Little Brewster” (a small island in Boston Harbor), and it was autocorrected to “Little Rooster.” From that mistake arose inspiration, and the rest is history. . Thus far, on my sill, I’ve had the Little Rooster and the Itty Bitty Goose, but several others have been released: Skimpy Sparrow, Tiny Chicken, Pocket Pigeon, Stumpy Duck, Treecreeper (Note: Trillium doesn't say this is part of the series on its site), Pipsqueak Penguin and today’s avian-inspired brew, the Puny Partridge. . This one was yet another solid pale ale from Trillium. It might be small on ABV, but the Puny Partridge is big where it matters most: flavor. Mosaic and Nelson Sauvin hops provide do most of the work with the taste and aroma of the brew. Citrus and tropical fruit galore. Super refreshing! The Puny Partridge, and the rest of this series, are definitely not for the birds. . ABV: 5.0, IBU: N/A, Rotating availability . @untappd says: 3.91/5

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Goose Island Beer Company: Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout (2018)

Goose Island Beer Company: 2018 Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout

Style: Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels

Special Notes: Brewed with a combination of dark chocolate and two types of cocoa nibs. Only released in Chicago.

Hops: Millenium

Malts: 2-Row, Caramel, Chocolate, Debittered Black, Munich, Roast Barley

ABV: 14.4%

IBU: 60

Availability: No longer in production.

@untappd says: 4.54/5

It may have taken me three months, but the 2018 Bourbon County hunt is over!

As the great Beatles song says, sometimes you can only get by “with a little help from [your] friends.” Back on December 1, I posted what I thought would be the last 2018 Goose Island Beer Company Bourbon County Stout I would be able to find, the Bourbon County Brand Reserve. I was content with that. After all, I’d been able to procure the Bramble Rye Stout, the Coffee Barleywine, the Vanilla, the Midnight Orange, the Wheatwine Ale and the original. Seven out of eight ain’t bad, right?

Goose Island Beer Company: 2018 Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout
Look at this lovely box! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

A month later, I got a random DM from my good buddy, @bedwetr7 aka Josh. He had seen in my Instagram stories that I was hoping to score a Proprietor’s—a story I had posted mostly as a shot in the dark—and he’d answered my call.

Josh contacted me saying that he’d bought one with me in mind, if I was interested in a trade. All Josh wanted was some Trillium brews. I was pretty shocked. The Proprietor’s goes on Ebay for tons of money, after all. To get an offer for a fair amount of brews was great. Thankfully, I don’t live prohibitively far away from either Trillium location, and I’m always looking for a reason to go to them. I asked Josh to cellar my stout for a month while I planned a road trip to Canton. Two Saturdays ago, I went (you’ve been seeing the fruits of that trip for the last 9 days). A week later, I shipped out his beers, and he shipped me mine.

Goose Island Beer Company: 2018 Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout
And yes, this beautiful bottle was inside! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

Last night, I got my end of the trade, and completed the greatest beer hunt of my Windowsill’s young life. So, what makes the Proprietor’s so special? Every year, Goose Island makes a special version of their Bourbon County Brand Stout for the ones they consider “the adventurous beer lovers who responded so favorably to our first batch of Bourbon County Brand Stout in the early 90s, and who loyally, year after year, share our passion for bourbon barrel-aged stout.”

The Proprietor’s is always the best of the best, made with unique ingredients from the rest and a special recipe put together by Brian LaGro. For 2018, the magic word is chocolate. It uses a combination of dark chocolate and two kinds of cocoa nibs. It’s rich, decadent and includes all the chocolate flavors, from “silky milk chocolate” to “deep and earth dark chocolate.”

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. Goose Island Beer Company: Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout (2018) . It may have taken me three months, but the 2018 Bourbon County hunt is over! . As the great Beatles song says, sometimes you can only get by “with a little help from [your] friends.” Back on December 1, I posted what I thought would be the last 2018 Bourbon County Stout I would be able to find, the Reserve. A month later, I got a random DM from my good buddy, @bedwetr7 aka Josh. He had seen in my Instagram stories that I was hoping to score a Proprietors—a story I had posted mostly as a shot in the dark—and he’d answered my call. . Josh contacted me saying that he’d bought one with me in mind, if I was interested in a trade. All Josh wanted was some Trillium brews. I was pretty shocked. The Prorpiertor’s goes on Ebay for tons of money, afterall. To get an offer for a fair amount of brews was great. Thankfully, I don’t live prohibitively far away from either Trillium location, and I’m always looking for a reason to go to them. I asked Josh to cellar my stout for a month while I planned a road trip to Canton. Two Saturdays ago, I went (you’ve been seeing the fruits of that trip for the last 9 days). A week later, I shipped out his beers, and he shipped me mine. . Last night, I got my end of the trade, and completed the greatest beer hunt of my Windowsill’s young life. So, what makes the Proprietor’s so special? Every year, Goose Island makes a special version of their Bourbon County Brand Stout for the ones they consider “the adventurous beer lovers who responded so favorably to our first batch of Bourbon County Brand Stout in the early 90s, and who loyally, year after year, share our passion for bourbon barrel-aged stout.” . The Proprietor’s is always the best of the best, made with unique ingredients from the rest and a special recipe put together by Brian LaGro. For 2018, the magic word is chocolate. It uses a combination of dark chocolate and two kinds of cocoa nibs. It’s rich, decadent and includes all the chocolate flavors, from “silky milk chocolate” to “deep and earth dark chocolate.” . ABV: 14.4, IBU: 60, No longer in production . @untappd says: 4.54/5

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Trillium Brewing Company: Coconut PM Dawn

Trillium Brewing Company: Coconut PM Dawn

Style: Imperial Stout

Special Notes: Brewed with new Trillium brand coffee and tons of toasted coconut.

Hops: Hop extract

Malts: Pale Malt, Caramunich, Crystal Malt, Dextrine, Black (Patent), Roasted Barley, Special B, Chocolate Malt

ABV: 9.0%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Limited

@untappd says: 4.46/5

Here at Beers on Windowsills, we never say no to coconut.

The last time I visited Trillium Brewing Company’s Fort Point location, I picked up a 4-pack of their PM Dawn. I drank three pretty quickly, but one ended up lost in the back of the fridge for a while, before I finally reviewed it back in early January. On my trip to Canton, I was lucky enough to score the Coconut PM Dawn. So happy I did!

There are two major differences between the original PM Dawn and the coconut version. First, the coffee. The original, at least the cans I got, were made with coffee from Barrington Coffee Roasting Co. OK, so that’s still technically true, but the coffee used in this can of Coconut PM Dawn is branded as Trillium Coffee. It was developed with the team from Barrington, though.

Trillium Brewing Company: Coconut PM Dawn
That tiny little yellow lettering makes all the difference! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

The second main difference is—you guessed it—the coconut. Toasted coconut, to be exact. Trillium does something interesting with these variants—so far they’ve canned Cacao PM Dawn, Vanilla PM Dawn and Peanut Butter PM Dawn, too—in that they lower the coffee ratio used in order to allow the other ingredients to shine. You get less coffee, and more coconut, or whatever delicious special ingredient they decide to use.

The results were pretty amazing. I loved the original, but this one blew it out of the water. It’s so sweet and coconutty! That added flavor goes perfectly with this style of stout. Especially one made by a tremendous brewery, like Trillium.

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. Trillium Brewing Company: Coconut PM Dawn . Here at Beers on Windowsills, we never say no to coconut. . The last time I visited Trillium’s Fort Point location, I picked up a 4-pack of their PM Dawn. I drank three pretty quickly, but one ended up lost in the back of the fridge for a while, before I finally reviewed it back in early January. On my trip to Canton, I was lucky enough to score the Coconut PM Dawn. So happy I did! . There are two major differences between the original PM Dawn and the coconut version. First, the coffee. The original, at least the cans I got, were made with coffee from @barringtoncoffee. OK, so that’s still technically true, but the coffee used in this can of Coconut PM Dawn is branded as Trillium Coffee. It was developed with the team from Barrington, though. . The second main difference is—you guessed it—the coconut. Toasted coconut, to be exact. Trillium does something interesting with these variants—so far they’ve canned Cacao PM Dawn, Vanilla PM Dawn and Peanut Butter PM Dawn, too—in that they lower the coffee ratio used in order to allow the other ingredients to shine. You get less coffee, and more coconut, or whatever delicious special ingredient they decide to use. . The results were pretty amazing. I loved the original, but this one blew it out of the water. It’s so sweet and coconutty! That added flavor goes perfectly with this style of stout. Especially one made by a tremendous brewery, like Trillium. . ABV: 9.0, IBU: N/A, Limited availability . @untappd says: 4.46/5

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Trillium Brewing Company: Double Dry-Hopped Fort Point

Trillium Brewing Company: Double Dry-Hopped Fort Point

Style: American Pale Ale

Special Notes: Double dry-hopped version of Trillium’s classic F

Hops: Citra, Columbus

Malts: American 2-row Barley, White Wheat, C-15, Dextrine

ABV: 6.6%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.47/5

Are you working today? I’m not, so I’m celebrating with a Trillium classic on the Windowsill!

Today is a day to celebrate the Presidents of the United States. No, not the band who sang “Lump;” the men—and, hopefully some day very soon, women—who run what I feel is one of the greatest countries in the world. I’m not going to get too deep into my politics for those of you who are just here for the beer, but let’s just say that I don’t think our current president is altogether worthy of a holiday. That doesn’t stop me from celebrating the holiday, though. Lots of good history behind the office, and hopefully a bright future!

Trillium Brewing Company: Double Dry-Hopped Fort Point
Oh yeah. That’s that good stuff right there. Classic Trillium! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

For my Presidents Day post, I decided to go with a classic from one of the best breweries in the world—the Double Dry-Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale from Trillium Brewing Company. Both the original Fort Point and the DDH version were first brewed in 2013, and Trillium considers it to be their signature American pale ale. It’s named after their original location, the Fort Point section of Boston. It’s their “standard daily drinker.”

The hop bill is made up of Citra and Columbus hops, and the DDH version is double dry-hopped with copious amounts of extra Citra. All those extra Citra hops make for an even juicier, even more lovely pale ale. Lots of tropical fruit on the nose and tongue. This is one of the beers on which Trillium built its foundation, so it’s worthy of celebration. Pale ale perfection in a can!

How are you celebrating Presidents Day? Answer in the comments below.

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. Trillium Brewing Company: Double Dry-Hopped Fort Point . Are you working today? I’m not, so I’m celebrating with a Trillium classic on the Windowsill! . Today is a day to celebrate the Presidents of the United States. No, not the band who sang “Lump;” the men—and, hopefully some day very soon, women—who run what I feel is one of the greatest countries in the world. I’m not going to get too deep into my politics for those of you who are just here for the beer, but let’s just say that I don’t think our current president is altogether worthy of a holiday. That doesn’t stop me from celebrating the holiday, though. Lots of good history behind the office, and hopefully a bright future! . For my Presidents Day post, I decided to go with a classic from one of the best breweries in the world—the Double Dry-Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale from Trillium Brewing Company. Both the original Fort Point and the DDH version were first brewed in 2013, and Trillium considers it to be their signature American pale ale. It’s named after their original location, the Fort Point section of Boston. It’s their “standard daily drinker.” . The hop bill is made up of Citra and Columbus hops, and the DDH version is double dry-hopped with copious amounts of extra Citra. All those extra Citra hops make for an even juicier, even more lovely pale ale. Lots of tropical fruit on the nose and tongue. This is one of the beers on which Trillium built its foundation, so it’s worthy of celebration. Pale ale perfection in a can! . How are you celebrating Presidents Day? . ABV: 6.6, IBU: N/A, Rotating availability . @untappd says: 4.47/5

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Trillium Brewing Company: Resolution Break

Trillium Brewing Company: Resolution Break

Style: Imperial Stout

Special Notes: Made with Liege waffles, Belgian pearl sugar, Lactose, Madagascar vanilla bean and Trillium brand cold brew coffee.

Hops: Hop Extract

Malts: Pale Malt, Crystal, Flaked Oats, Black (Patent), Chocolate Malt, Munich Malt, White Wheat

ABV: 13.5%

IBU: N/A

Availability: No longer available

@untappd says: 4.15/5

Are you doing a dry month? It’s time to end that right now!

Every time the ball drops in Times Square—once the hangover ends, anyway—people decide to change their lives for the better. Everyone gets a gym membership, picks up yoga, throws out their deep fryer or buys a bunch of self help books. We’ve all been there. Some people decide to quit drinking for a month. I haven’t been there yet though, lol. Anyway, whatever your resolution, people say they are meant to be broken. Trillium Brewing Company’s imperial stout, Resolution Break, encouraged beer drinkers to stop being so damn good, and start quenching their damn thirst.

Trillium released this beer on January 27, just 4 days before the end of most people’s dry month resolutions. Kinda mean, right? It’s no longer available, which means the glass you see on that makeshift Windowsill at Trillium’s Canton location—it’s actually the part of the door that you push to open—is probably one of the last ones poured. I got mine on February 8.

So what made the Resolution Break worthy of breaking a dry month resolution? Waffles. 500 lbs of liege-style waffles (a thicker, richer and chewier style of the Belgian specialty), which Trillium got from Burgundian Coffee & Waffles. To top it all off, Trillium threw in some of their own branded coffee, which they developed with the help of their regular local collaboration partner Barrington Coffee Roasting Co. Did I mention the lactose and vanilla, too?

Do I even have to tell you how good this beer is? It wasn’t as good as the Peanut Butter Cup, but it was pretty damn good! Here’s hoping they bring it back some day.

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. Trillium Brewing Company: Resolution Break . Are you doing a dry month? It’s time to end that right now! . Every time the ball drops in Times Square—once the hangover ends, anyway—people decide to change their lives for the better. Everyone gets a gym membership, picks up yoga, throws out their deep fryer or buys a bunch of self help books. We’ve all been there. Some people decide to quit drinking for a month. I haven’t been there yet though, lol. Anyway, whatever your resolution, people say they are meant to be broken. Trillium Brewing Company’s imperial stout, Resolution Break, encouraged beer drinkers to stop being so damn good, and start quenching their damn thirst. . Trillium released this beer on January 27, just 4 days before the end of most people’s dry month resolutions. Kinda mean, right? It’s no longer available, which means the glass you see on that makeshift Windowsill at Trillium’s Canton location—it’s actually the part of the door that you push to open—is probably one of the last ones poured. I got mine on February 8. . So what made this stout worthy of breaking a dry month resolution? Waffles. 500 lbs of liege-style waffles (a thicker, richer and chewier style of the Belgian specialty), which Trillium got from @burgundian_coffee_waffles. To top it all off, Trillium threw in some of their own branded coffee, which they developed with the help of their regular local collaboration partner @barringtoncoffee. Did I mention the lactose and vanilla, too? . Do I even have to tell you how good this beer is? It wasn’t as good as the Peanut Butter Cup, but it was pretty damn good! Here’s hoping they bring it back some day. . ABV: 13.5, IBU: N/A, No longer available . @untappd says: 4.15/5

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Trillium Brewing Company: Brimming Bin

Trillium Brewing Company: Brimming Bin

Style: American Wild Ale

Special Notes: Aged on Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc Grapes. Collaboration with New Jersey’s Carton Brewing Company.

Hops: Aged hops

Malts: Malted Oats, Pilsner, C20, Crystal Oats, Raw Wheat

ABV: 10.9%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Limited

@untappd says: 3.89/5

I love a good collaboration brew, don’t you?

Trillium Brewing Company makes some pretty badass beers on their own, so I like to think they choose their collaboration partners extremely carefully. That’s why when I saw today’s brew on the available list at Trillium Canton, I knew I had to have it.

Trillium Brewing Company: Brimming Bin
This bin is definitely brimming with grapes, just like the beer! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

The Brimming Bin is a collaboration between Trillium and New Jersey’s Carton Brewing Company. Carton was started in 2011 by cousins Augie and Chris Carton, and is located in the Jersey Shore. They’ve been fist pumping out the good beers since then, and are known for their signature orange and white cans.

The Brimming Bin is a very interesting beer. It’s an American Wild Ale aged on both Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc grapes. It’s slightly sour, and very fizzy. Because of the grapes, I got a pretty nice white wine type flavor and dryness from it. Really pretty color, and a pretty hefty ABV for a Wild Ale! It’s brimming with flavor, crisp and refreshing too.

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Trillium Brewing Company: Lineage Wheat

Trillium Brewing Company: Lineage Wheat

Style: Wild Farmhouse Ale

Special Notes: Aged in oak casks

Hops: US Goldings

Malts: Pilsner, Valley Wheat, Flaked Wheat

ABV: 7.9%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 3.91/5

It’s Friday, so let’s get wild with a wild farmhouse ale on the Windowsill!

The Lineage Wheat was the original release from Trillium Brewing Company’s Lineage series of wild saisons. I typically would name them all, but there have been so many, that I’ll be here all weekend. Back in September, I was lucky enough to pick up a few bottles of the Raspberry Lineage Wheat, though. That one was delicious. So how was the O.G. Lineage Wheat?

Trillium Brewing Company: Lineage Wheat
You know it’s fancy, because the letters are in cursive! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

Well, Trillium made it. So you know the answer to that. It was awesome! Three types of malt combine with US Goldings hops to make a tart—not sour—saison that really refreshes the palate. It was super crisp and bright, a little bit white wine-ish, with a solid funky taste and a nice, dry finish. Good character added by the oak aging, too!

So far, this series is two-for-two for me. Have you had any of them? Let me know in the comments below!

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Trillium Brewing Company: Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse

Trillium Brewing Company: Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse

Style: Imperial New England IPA

Special Notes: Part of Trillium’s Lighthouse Series. Named after a lighthouse in Casco Bay, Maine.

Hops: Citra

Malts: Pale Malt, Honey Malt

ABV: 8.9%

IBU: N/A

Availability: LImited

@untappd says: 4.31/5

A quality brew has run aground on my Windowsill today!

If you know a little something about lighthouses, you know that New England is full of really beautiful ones. Trillium Brewing Company, always ones to puff their NE chests out and exhibit pride for this area of the country, have been honoring some of the best lighthouses in New England with a very cool series of beers named, appropriately enough, the Lighthouse Series. Thus far, there have been five of these releases: the Nauset Lighthouse, Butler Flats Lighthouse, Gay Head Lighthouse, Minot’s Ledge Lighthouse and today’s beer, the Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse. The series isn’t just designed to showcase a particular New England lighthouse, though. They also each let a specific hop do all the work.

Trillium Brewing Company: Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse
Check out this coaster! Head to Instagram to find out where I got it! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

On Saturday, when I visited Trillium’s Canton location, they had the Cape Elizabeth on tap. It’s a Juicy, Hazy IPA brewed with Citra hops. It’s actually an iteration on the Marblehead Lighthouse, which was retired, tweaked and renamed because the brewery was made aware of another beer with the same name. I can’t say enough about how good this one was. Really awesome work on these NEIPAs from Trillium. Perfect for a foggy night. Or any night, really. Or the day.

The namesake lighthouse for this delicious beer is located in Casco Bay, Maine. It was built in 1874, and is nearly 70 feet high. Might be one I have to visit one day!

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. Trillium Brewing Company: Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse . A quality brew has run aground on my Windowsill today! . If you know a little something about lighthouses, you know that New England is full of really beautiful ones. Trillium Brewing Company, always ones to puff their NE chests out and exhibit pride for this area of the country, have been honoring some of the best lighthouses in New England with a very cool series of beers named, appropriately enough, the Lighthouse Series. Thus far, there have been five of these releases: the Nauset Lighthouse, Butler Flats Lighthouse, Gay Head Lighthouse, Minot’s Ledge Lighthouse and today’s beer, the Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse. The series isn’t just designed to showcase a particular New England lighthouse, though. They also each let a specific hop do all the work. . On Saturday, when I visited Trillium’s Canton location, they had the Cape Elizabeth on tap. It’s a Juicy, Hazy IPA brewed with Citra hops. It’s actually an iteration on the Marblehead Lighthouse IPA, which was retired, tweaked and renamed because the brewery was made aware of another beer with the same name. I can’t say enough about how good this one was. Really awesome work on these NEIPAs from Trillium. Perfect for a foggy night. Or any night, really. Or the day. . The namesake lighthouse for this delicious beer is located in Casco Bay, Maine. It was built in 1874, and is nearly 70 feet high. Might be one I have to visit one day. . I threw in another shout out to @craftedcoaster at the end of this post, because one of the coasters he sent me was from the Butler Flats Lighthouse release. Check him out on Instagram! . ABV: 8.9%, IBU: N/A, Limited availability . @untappd says: 4.31/5

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Trillium Brewing Company: Pilsner

Trillium Brewing Company: Pilsner

Style: Pilsner

Hops: Hallertau Magnum, Saaz

Malts: Pilsner, Melanoidin, Acid Malt

ABV: 4.7%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 3.78/5

In a world where hoppy ales and oily stouts rule the roost, sometimes it’s nice to get back with a classic!

I don’t often drink pilsners, but when I do, I make sure it’s from a brewery that knows what it’s doing. My last two have been Trail Magic, from Tree House Brewing Company, and what you see on my sill today: the aptly named Pilsner, from Trillium Brewing Company.

Trillium Brewing Company: Pilsner
Crisp and classy label on these classic cans of Pilsner! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

This Pilsner is, as Trillium puts it on the official description, “the result of a continued, iterative focus on lager brewing.” What does that mean? Well, iteration means repetition, but with improvements every time. That’s how digital products—think apps, software, etc.—are released. You get the minimum viable product on the market, and then you release updates. In beer terms, this means Trillium has fine-tuned this recipe in order to try to reach pilsner perfection.

It’s brewed using mostly Pilsner Malts—with some Melanoidin and Acid Malt thrown in for good measure—and some Hallertau Magnum and Saaz hops. The extended lagering is done using the brewery’s traditional horizontal lagering tanks.

My verdict? Good spice to this lovely straw-colored brew. There’s even a little bite of hops, with a crisp finish. Solid pilsner! Tomorrow? We’ll get back to the IPAs. Shout out to Double Nickel Brewing Company for the kickass pilsner glass, and to @craftedcoaster for the awesome coaster!

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. Trillium Brewing Company: Pilsner . In a world where hoppy ales and oily stouts rule the roost, sometimes it’s nice to get back with a classic! . I don’t often drink pilsners, but when I do, I make sure it’s from a brewery that knows what it’s doing. My last two have been Trail Magic, from Tree House Brewing Company, and what you see on my sill today: the aptly named Pilsner, from Trillium Brewing Company. . This Pilsner is, as Trillium puts it on the official description, “the result of a continued, iterative focus on lager brewing.” What does that mean? Well, iteration means repetition, but with improvements every time. That’s how digital products—think apps, software, etc.—are released. You get the minimum viable product on the market, and then you release updates. In beer terms, this means Trillium has fine-tuned this recipe in order to try to reach pilsner perfection. . It’s brewed using mostly Pilsner Malts—with some Melanoidin and Acid Malt thrown in for good measure—and some Hallertau Magnum and Saaz hops. The extended lagering is done using the brewery’s traditional horizontal lagering tanks. . My verdict? Good spice to this lovely straw-colored brew. There’s even a little bite of hops, with a crisp finish. Solid pilsner! Tomorrow? We’ll get back to the IPAs. Shout out to Double Nickel Brewing Company for the kickass pilsner glass, and to @craftedcoaster for the awesome coaster! Scroll to see the awesome work! . ABV: 4.7, IBU: N/A, Rotating availability . @untappd says: 3.78/5

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Trillium Brewing Company: Blueberry Soak

Trillium Brewing Company: Blueberry Soak

Style: Sour Wheat Ale

Special Notes: Aged in oak barrels and brewed with blueberries.

Hops: US Goldings

Malts: Pilsner, White Wheat, Flaked Wheat

ABV: 6.3%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.33/5

Who’s ready to get soaked on the Windowsill today?

Have you ever had one of the brews from Trillium Brewing Company’s Soak series? I hadn’t, until my trip to their Canton location this past Saturday. Starting in 2016 with the Blackberry Soak in 2016, Trillium has released many versions of this sour wheat ale: Peach, Plum, Raspberry, Apricot, Black Currant, Cranberry, Sour Cherry, Piña Colada and Blueberry. (Not to mention a couple of Super Soak imperial versions that have come out, too).

As part of my haul—which you saw most of in yesterday’s post—I picked up three bottles of their Blueberry Soak for my wife. I got home at 10 p.m. or so, and my wife immediately popped this bottle. I grabbed a glass, poured it for her and took the photo.

Trillium Brewing Company: Blueberry Soak
Soak in this classy label! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

The way this beer is made is truly a work of art. I’ll let Trillium’s own words tell the tale… “We ferment the base beer with 60% wheat in large oak foeders for several months. Fermentation duties are shared gracefully between our house lactobacillus strain and our Native New England mixed culture. Loosely inspired by the cold-maceration process used in winemaking, we referment fruit in the base beer after primary foeder fermentation to ‘soak’ for a deep extraction of unique colors, aromatics, and flavors.”

Everybody got that? What does it all mean? It’s a bit above my paygrade, but the blueberry flavor was really nice in this ale. It’s light, refreshing, crisp and a little tart. And look at that color!

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. Trillium Brewing Company: Blueberry Soak . Who’s ready to get soaked on the Windowsill today? . Have you ever had one of the brews from Trillium Brewing Company’s Soak series? I hadn’t, until my trip to their Canton location this past saturday. Starting in 2016 with the Blackberry Soak in 2016, Trillium has released many versions of this sour wheat ale: Blackberry, Peach, Plum, Raspberry, Apricot, Black Currant, Cranberry, Sour Cherry, Piña Colada and Blueberry. (Not to mention a couple of Super Soak imperial versions that have come out, too). . As part of my haul—which you saw most of in yesterday’s post—I picked up three bottles of their Blueberry Soak for my wife. I got home at 10 p.m. or so, and my wife immediately popped this bottle. I grabbed a glass, poured it for her and took the photo. . The way this beer is made is truly a work of art. I’ll let Trillium’s own words tell the tale… “We ferment the base beer with 60% wheat in large oak foeders for several months. Fermentation duties are shared gracefully between our house lactobacillus strain and our Native New England mixed culture. Loosely inspired by the cold-maceration process used in winemaking, we referment fruit in the base beer after primary foeder fermentation to ‘soak’ for a deep extraction of unique colors, aromatics, and flavors.” . Everybody got that? What does it all mean? It’s a bit above my paygrade, but the blueberry flavor was really nice in this ale. It’s light, refreshing, crisp and a little tart. And look at that color! . ABV: 5.5, IBU: N/A, Rotating availability . @untappd says: 4.33/5

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