The Interesting Story Behind Revival Brewing’s Fanny Session IPA

Revival Brewing Company's Fanny

Brewery: Revival Brewing Co.
Beer: Fanny Session IPA
ABV: 4.7%
IBU: 55
Hop Varieties: Simcoe, El Dorado, Mosaic, Equinox, Centennial, Kohatu and Rakau

When it comes to craft beer, sometimes the name on the label has as diverse a background as the ingredients in the can. Let’s get the story behind Revival Brewing’s Fanny Session IPA. Continue reading “The Interesting Story Behind Revival Brewing’s Fanny Session IPA”

Beers on Window Sills Goes to Trillium: Two Hundred Thousand Trillion

Trillium Beer Company and Other Half Brewing's Two Hundred Thousand Trillion

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”

Collective Arts Brewing’s State of Mind: What Is a Session IPA?

images of beer–Collective Arts Brewing: State of Mind Session IPA

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?”

Interboro Spirits & Ales: Super Bad

images of beer – Interboro Spirits and Ales' Super Bad double 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”

Lawson’s Finest Liquids: Sip of Sunshine IPA

Image of beers–Lawson's Finest Liquids' Sip of Sunshine IPA

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”

Wachusett Brewing Company: Green Monsta IPA

Image of beers–Wachusett Brewing Company's Green Monsta IPA

Even though this beer is a little out of left field for me, it’s still cool enough to sit on my sill.

Did I ever tell you that I hate the Red Sox?

I’ve hated the Red Sox since I first learned about baseball after moving to the United States in 1987, and I will hate the Red Sox until the day I die (there will still be beers on my window sill, don’t you worry). That being said, I kinda like Fenway Park.

Sure, it’s got a bit of an awkward layout, is a dreadful pea green color and has seats that are not comfortable if you’re any larger than your average-sized seven-year old boy or girl, but it has personality. It has character. It has a certain…je ne sais quoi that almost makes it tolerable for a Yankees fan like me that the place is always full of obnoxious Red Sox fans.

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Founders Brewing Company: Azacca IPA

Image of beers–Founders Brewing Company's Azacca India Pale Ale IPA

What better place for a beer made from hops named after the Haitian Loa (spirit) of agriculture than right here on my window sill?

Last time, I answered one of the key “why” questions pertaining to this Beers On Window Sills obsession of mine. Why craft beer? That leaves one big question unanswered. Beer looks great posed just about anywhere, so why am I obsessed with window sills? Continue reading “Founders Brewing Company: Azacca IPA”

Bronx Brewery: Name This Beer! IPA

Image of beers–Bronx Brewery's Name this Beer IPA

A beer, by any other name, still sits nicely on a window sill.

As William Shakespeare once wrote, “What’s in a name?” While Juliet wasn’t referring to hops and barley when she posed this famous question, Name This Beer! IPA–a hazy, citrusy American IPA flavored with tangerine–really puts it to the test. In November of 2016, the Bronx Brewery, Whole Foods Market, Inc. and The Infatuation partnered up to boldly release this delicious brew without a name at all.

Why no name? You’ll notice that under the bottle there are two blank lines. That’s because they literally want their customers to name their beer. In case you aren’t keen to believe them, they say right underneath that, “For real… We want you to name this beer!”

Being a glass-half-full kind of person, I don’t see this as a nameless beer at all. To me, this beer has infinite names. Anybody can name it anything they want. Have too many clever fantasy football team names in your reserves? Name your beer Wolf Cola, and make all of your buddies laugh. Did you get overruled when the time came to name the last family pet? Why not name your beer Dolph Lundgren instead? If you’re afraid you’ll get outvoted, just buy your naming rivals their own bottle. Everybody wins.

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