To Øl Brewery: Mr. Pink 2018 Edition

To Øl Brewery: Mr. Pink 2018 Edition

Hops: Citra, Mosaic

Malts: Pilsner, Unmalted Wheat

Special Ingredients: Beets

ABV: 6.0%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Limited

@untappd says: 3.49/5

We have our first ever re-post on the Windowsill today… or do we?

Last year, I posted To Øl Brewery’s Mr. Pink. I lauded the creativity behind the the Mr. Series of brews, which are named after the characters from the 1992 classic film, Reservoir Dogs (Mr. Pink was Steve Buscemi’s character). The beer was a Berliner Weisse made with lychee and pink Guava. It was pretty tasty, and my wife really liked it, so I picked one up for her at @beertable the other day while we were stranded at Grand Central Terminal due to inclement weather. Imagine our surprise when we popped the can and found a completely different beer inside!

To Øl Brewery: Mr. Pink

See that image just above this line? That’s last year’s Mr. Pink. As you can see, it looks nothing like the 2018 edition. That’s because this year, To Øl scrapped the lychee, the guava and even the Berliner weisse, and filled their Mr. Pink cans with an IPA made with beets. Now, like Doug Funnie before me, I love beets. I actually kind of liked this beer, too. It’s hazy and juicy, made with Pilsner malt and Unmalted Wheat, and hopped with Citra and Mosaic. And beets! Who makes beer with beets? I like that! I was just caught completely off-guard by the color, and the fact that a brand new beer was in my can. It threw off my experience, for sure. I’m hoping this becomes the branding for this series—a new [insert series color] beer every year (the other beers in the series seem to also be different this year)—but with more warning next time! OK, this Windowsill rant is now over. Cheers!

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Burial Beer Company: Gang of Blades

Burial Beer Company: Gang of Blades

Hops: Amarillo, Belma, Centennial, Columbus, Mandarin Bavaria, Simcoe

Yeast: Wild Ale

ABV: 8.3%

IBU: 65

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.06/5

I have definitely found my gang on the Windowsill today!

There’s so much to talk about when it comes to Asheville, North Carolina’s Burial Beer Company, that I’m gonna have to find more of their beer so I can talk about it all. First of all, they were founded by Jess and Doug Reiser—they’re married—and their friend and head brewer, Tim Gormley in 2013. They started as a one-barrel system and now, just five years later, they have a production brewing facility where they’ll soon be opening a new beer bar. The company’s unique branding is inspired by the few years the Reisers spent living in New Orleans. That time in the Big Easy infiltrates every pore of the brewery—from the names of the beers to the art on the cans, which are designed by David Paul Seymour. Such a great brewery!

Now, the beer. According to an interview in Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine, Gormley and the Reisers are in an “ever-going quest to create the ideal IPA for each customer.” They have come pretty close to creating mine with the Gang of Blades double IPA. It’s brewed with the scintillating combination of Amarillo, Belma, Centennial, Columbus, Mandarin Bavaria and Simcoe hops. However, there’s a twist. They used wild ale yeast for fermentation, which kind of makes this a wild-ish IPA, I guess? Whatever you want to call it, the Gang of Blades is friggin’ juicy and delicious!

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Maine Beer Company: Peeper Ale

Maine Beer Company: Peeper Ale

Oh boy. Looks like we have a peeper at the Windowsill!

The story of Maine Beer Company starts with family. Brothers Dave and Daniel Kleban started brewing as a weekend hobby in the mid 2000s. The two loved it so much, that Dave asked Daniel to be quit his job at a law firm and be his beer-making partner instead. Maine Beer Company started with a one-barrel system. In 2010, they bought a 15bbl brew house, and a 30 bbl fermenter. In 2013, they opened up a huge facility, complete with a taproom and a warehouse. What started as two brothers just “doing it right” has evolved into one of the more respected breweries in Maine. I also love that they partner with 1 Percent For the Planet a nonprofit that partners with companies who agree to donate 1% of their yearly profits to other nonprofits. Very cool!

The Peeper Ale is near and dear to the heart of the Kleban brothers. When they started, their goal was to perfect one recipe. They wanted to do one beer, do it right, and see if people would drink it. That beer was the Peeper Ale, named after the Spring Peeper, a frog that appears as one of the first signs of spring in the area. The beer was originally known as the Spring Peeper Ale, but the name was changed so it wouldn’t sound so seasonal. The Peeper is brewed with Amarillo, Cascade and Centennial hops, along with a grain bill of American 2-Row, Carapils, Vienna and Red Wheat. It’s light, citrusy, with notes of berries and pine—a really solid pale ale. The Kleban brothers really did do it right! Thankfully, with their operation much bigger these days, they make a lot of different beers. Glad I was finally able to have them on my Windowsill!

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Newburgh Brewing Company: NewYorkBoss IPA

Newburgh Brewing Company: NewYorkBoss IPA

ABV: 7.0%

IBU: 35

Availability: Limited

@untappd says: 3.77/5

I Paid the cost to drink the boss on the Windowsill today!

Whole Foods is at it again, partnering with a New York craft brewery to bring an exclusive beer to market. This time, the supermarket chain struck a deal with Newburgh’s Newburgh Brewing Company to release today’s beer, the NewYorkBoss. This is actually part of an even bigger collaboration initiative from Newburgh, called the Boss Series. The NanoBoss, MegaBoss and GigaBoss are their original IPAs (there’s also a LagerBoss), but the new series includes the following collaborations: NewYorkBoss (Whole Foods), the ChefBoss (with The Brewery at CIA) and the MooeyBoss (with Bonn Place Brewing). A new Boss collaboration will be released every month!

I Decided to drink the NewYorkBoss in honor of the New York Yankees, who currently wear that title after winning 15 of their last 16 games (the crosstown Mets, meanwhile, have won just 5 of their last 16). It’s an IPA brewed using 100% New York State-grown ingredients, with hops from Pedersen Farms in the Finger Lakes, and malt from Germantown Beer Farm. Very citrusy and delicious! Those NYS ingredients really make for great brews. Go Newburgh, Go Boss Series, and Go Yankees!

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Four Corners Brewing Company: La Lechuza S’more Stout

Four Corners Brewing Company: La Lechuza S'More Stout

ABV: 7.6%

IBU: 50

Availability: Retired

@untappd says: 3.54/5

Happy Cinco de Mayo from the Windowsill to you!

Let’s talk about the Lechuza. No, not the stout, the animal at the forefront of a pretty creepy Mexican leyenda. Lechuza means owl. The leyenda speaks of a witch named La Lechuza, for the shapeshifting powers that allowed her to turn herself into an owl. There are many origin stories for the leyenda, but one of them says that she is seeking revenge for the death of her child at the hands of a drunk. At the end of the night, she hangs out near bars, looking for the last drunk to walk out so she can take them. They’re never seen alive again. Interesting that the only people reporting this giant owl woman are the dudes closing out the bars, but i digress. She also steals children who are allowed to play alone at night, so be careful kiddies!

Now let’s talk about the La Lechuza S’more Stout. It’s a no-longer-in-production stout from Dallas, Texas’ Four Corners Brewing Company. It’s a dry stout brewed with cinnamon, graham crackers and chocolate malts (hence the S’mores). The aroma hits you with some good cocoa and cinnamon, like Mexican chocolate. Pretty chocolaty on the palate, too, with a little kick from the cinnamon. It’s not sweet, though, and only slightly creamy. Pretty solid brew for sitting around a campfire telling stories of La Lechuza! Check out how the can opens, too!

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Industrial Arts Brewing Company: Power Tools

Industrial Arts Brewing Company: Power Tools

ABV: 7.1%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 3.94/5

Sometimes you need the right tools for the Windowsill job!

Typically I would tell you about the brewery here, but instead, I’m going to tell you about the two newest members of the Windowsill family, our new kitties, Luna, who is modeling nicely on the Windowsill, and Charlie, trying her best to ignore my empty can. We adopted them this past Saturday and, as you can see below, they’re adjusting just fine! Don’t worry, they don’t drink, they’re just being pretty for the camera. They’ll be debuting on their own Instagram soon enough, but I figured I’d introduce them to you guys!

Charlie the cat and the Power Tools IPA from Industrial Arts Brewing
Charlie the cat and the Power Tools IPA from Industrial Arts Brewing
Not only could I not get Charlie to sit on the sill, she wouldn't even look at the beer! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)
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Now, let’s talk about the Power Tools IPA. New York’s Industrial Arts Brewing Company is really becoming one of my favorite breweries. I couldn’t find much information about the ingredients in this IPA—other than that it’s a beefed up version of the Tools of the Trade—but it’s pretty great. Big aroma of grapefruit and pine oils punches you in the nose up front, and it has an awful lot of hoppy bitterness on every sip, with some good light maltiness for balance and body. The Power Tools is Delicious!

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Lord Hobo Brewing Company: Steal This Can

Hops: Chinook, Zeus, Centennial

Grain Bill: Pilsner, American Red Wheat

ABV: 6.5%

IBU: 80

Availability: Year-round

@untappd says: 3.81/5

No, I didn’t steal today’s beer, but maybe I should have!

Lord Hobo Brewing Company’s back on the Windowsill for the fourth time! The Massachusetts-based brewery picked a fun name for this one. Steal this Can. I was unable to nail down if the name is inspired by the 1971 Abbie Hoffman novel Steal this Book, or the 2002 System of a Down album “Steal this Album,” but I imagine it’s one or the other. Depends on whether owner Daniel Lanigan is more of a rocker or a reader. You’ll have to ask him!

Steal this Can is a “West Coast-inspired IPA” brewed with Chinook, Zeus and Centennial hops (and a mystery fourth hop variety). Aromas of pine and citrus hit the nose up front, and the bready, bitter flavor is quite tasty on the tongue. It’s got some good mouthfeel to it, too. Nice, solid IPA from Lord Hobo. So, how about it? Are you going to Steal this Can?

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Firefly Hollow Brewing: Cone Flakes IIPA

Firefly Hollow Brewing: Cone Flakes IIPA

Kettle Hops: Zeus, Galaxy, Mosaic, Palisade, Nugget, Citra

Dry Hops: Mosaic, Galaxy, Amarillo

Grain Bill: UK Pale Malt, Gr Vienna, Special Roast

ABV: 7.7%

IBU: 85

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 3.95/5

Today’s Windowsill beer might be a part of a very balanced breakfast!

The Connecticut beer scene is growing so fast, it’s getting hard to keep track, but I didn’t want to miss out on Bristol’s Firefly Hollow Brewing. I love a good origin story, and Firefly Hollow definitely has one. Co-founders Bill Collins and Rich Loomis originally partnered up on a different endeavor, when they purchased Brew & Wine Hobby, a homebrew shop in East Hartford, CT. They soon decided owning a brew shop wasn’t enough; they wanted to own a brewery! In 2012, they started a Kickstarter, and in October of 2013, Firefly Hollow Brewing was born. Dana Bourque, who had been their first employee at the hobby shop, became head of brewing operations. Today, Dana runs the entire CT Craft Brewers Guild, too.

According to Firefly Hollow, they named this beer Cone Flakes because it’s so damn hoppy, you might as well pour yourself a bowl of hops, added beer and grabbed a spoon. I know they’re being funny, but it’s not that far from the truth. Six varieties of hops—Zeus, Galaxy, Mosaic, Palisade, Nugget and Citra—are added in the kettle, and it’s also dry-hopped with Mosaic, Galaxy and Amarillo. Hops on hops on hops! The Cone Flakes was really good! You’ll definitely want to taste this one again… for the first time!

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New Belgium Brewing Company: Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA

New Belgium Brewing Company: Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA

Hops: Citra, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe, Nugget

Grain Bill: Pale, Wheat, C-80, Oats

Yeast: American Hefeweizen

ABV: 7.5%

IBU: 50

Availability: Year-round

@untappd says: 3.78/5

Who is the Voodoo Ranger? Consider him a brand extension for Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing Company. In December(ish) of 2016, New Belgium retired some year-round brews, including its Ranger IPA, and debuted a new IPA, the Voodoo Ranger. The now famous skeleton with the ranger hat became the de facto mascot for this brand swap, and he’s graced the bottles and cans of several incarnations of the Voodoo Ranger brew in the last 18 months or so. Check his wacky adventures out on Instagram, @voodooranger. Also, check out Frost Motion, the design company that created him!

The Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA is the latest major incarnation (not counting special releases) of the Voodoo series. True to its name, it’s an unfiltered IPA brewed with Citra, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe and Nugget hops. All those hops, and the hefeweizen yeast strain, combine for a very citrusy and tropical delight that I definitely wouldn’t kick out of bed in the morning. Very enjoyable brew from a brewery that remains one of my favorites. I definitely recommend trying the Juicy Haze IPA, and the rest of the other Voodoo Ranger line.

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Kent Falls Brewing Company: Super Sparkle

Kent Falls Brewing Company: Super Sparkle

Hops: Simcoe, Mosaic, Centennial

ABV: 6.0%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.04/5

Don’t go blind, cuz the Windowsill is sparkling right now!

Kent Falls Brewing Company has the distinct honor of being the very first farm brewery in Connecticut. It sits firmly on Camps Road Farm, a 50-acre property in Kent, CT that focuses on pasture-raised poultry and pork, beer and cider. An acre of the farm is dedicated to hops for the brewery, and 1.5 acres are dedicated to cider apples for Neversink Spirits. The farm itself has been in agricultural operation for 250 years.

The Super Sparkle is gemstones, rainbows and Care Bear Stares™ all brewed up and poured into a 16-oz can. It’s an IPA brewed with Simcoe, Centennial and Mosaic hops. All those hops give it a nice blend of fruit, citrus and pine flavors that I really enjoyed. Hopefully, this beer helps them figure out that Unicorn problem they seem to have. They can be awfully demanding.

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