Gun Hill Brewing Company: Live From Jacobi

Gun Hill Brewing Company: Live from Jacobi

ABV: 7.4%


Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 3.9/5

Coming to you live from the Windowsill today!

Although it was once a booming brew town, the Bronx went suds-less for 50 years before Gun Hill Brewing Company opened its taps in 2014. Owners Kieran Farrell and Dave Lopez have ties to the borough; Farrel is born and bred there, and Lopez went to school there. They operate as a New York state farm brewery, which means they’re allowed to sell pints and growlers on-site without additional permits. In return, all they have to do is source a certain cut of their ingredients from their home state. Pretty sweet deal!

Now let’s chat about the Live from Jacobi. It’s a “both coasts IPA.” I’ve also read it described as a “tribute from an East Coast brewery to a West Coast style IPA.” What does it all mean? The beer is good. The hop aromas get you right in the nostrils when you pop the tab, and the flavors are tropical, piney and citrusy. The backbone is light an bready, too. Solid beer that I really enjoyed!

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Connecticut Valley Brewing Company: I’m in Love with the Simcoe

Connecticut Valley Brewing Company: I'm in Love with the Simcoe

Hops: Simcoe

ABV: 6.0%


Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 3.9/5

I’m feeling in love on the Windowsill today!

Connecticut Valley Brewing Company was established in 2012 by the husband and wife team of Steve and Lori Palauskas. As I mentioned in my review of The New Frontier, they’re really into their home state’s massive aviation history (after all, Steve spent 25 years in the industry). Their logo features the F4U Corsair, which is the official plane of Connecticut and first flew during WWII. Head down to their South Windsor, CT taproom to check out more of their tasty brews!

While I might not call O.T. Genasis the songbird of our generation, his blazing hit “I’m In Love with the Coco” has been playing in my head since I took my first gander at the label of today’s Windowsill brew. As the name suggests, I’m in Love with the Simcoe is a single-hop NEIPA that features the talented and versatile Simcoe hop. The beer is light and lemony, but still has a lot of resin and citrus going on. Will you fall in love with the Simcoe? I did!

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Karmic Daaru Company: Citrus Suraj

Karmic Daaru Company: Citrus Suraj

Hops: Idaho-7, Calypso, Lemondrop

ABV: 8.0%


Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 3.89/5

What better to see through the Windowsill than a nice citrusy sun?

Karmic Daaru Company was founded in 2016 by Wallingford, Connecticut’s Ravi Patel, who started the company while he was still in school. Although Karmic Daaru has been very successful in its early going, Patel doesn’t see it as his long-term plan. I really hope he keeps Karmic Daaru running, because his beers are delicious, and I need them for my Windowsill!

The Citrus Suraj (meaning sun) is just the second beer Ravi has brewed and distributed under the Karmic Daaru banner. It’s a really solid dry-hopped Double IPA made with a blend of Idaho-7, Calypso and Lemondrop hops. Really bright, tropical and tasty. Karmic Daaru is 2-for-2 so far, as far as I’m concerned. Shout out to Doug Fortin for the Citrus Suraj label work. He also did the artwork for their first beer, the Space Komet Sitra. So good!

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BAD SONS Beer Company: Lupefied

BAD SONS Beer Co.: Lupefied

Wet Hop: Ctz, Centennial, Citra, Simcoe

Dry Hop: Lupulin powder from Mosaic, Simcoe, and Citra

ABV: 8.8%

IBU: 86

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 3.66/5

Don’t get Funkdafied or Stupified right now. It’s time to get Lupefied on the Windowsill!

Have you guys gotten your butts down to Derby, Connecticut to visit BAD SONS Beer Company yet? If not, this Saturday might be a good day to right that wrong. They’re throwing a St. Patty’s Day Cask & Nitro party. There will be limited release beers on hand, like Nitro Stout, Cask Stout, Cask Bock, Nitro Brown and Scotch Ale. Those delectable treats will only be available on St. Patty’s day, so head down there! It lasts from noon until 10PM!

If you do go, make sure you pick up a 4-pack of today’s Windowsill brew, the Lupefied. It’s an Imperial/Double IPA loaded with a sick amount of hops. Head brewer Mark daSilva stuffed as much CTZ, Centennial, Citra and Simcoe hops as he could into this beer. However, it’s in the dry hop where this DIPA really gets its oomph, with added lupulin powder from Mosaic, Simcoe and Citra hops as well! The Lupefied is hoppy, fruity, tart and really quite good. Plus… BAD SONS’ can art is on point as always.

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Common Ground Roots Company: Beta

Common Ground Brewing Company: Beta

Hops: Citra

ABV: 6.5%


Availability: Brewed differently each time

@untappd says: 4.05/5

It’s time to get experimental on the Windowsill.

I have to imagine that half the fun of owning a brewery is the research and development phase of production. Nearly infinite combinations of ingredients are at the brewer’s fingertips, meaning he or she can make nearly infinite flavors of any particular type of beer. With their Beta Experimental IPA program, Common Roots Brewing Company has, essentially, opened up the R&D portion of their production process to the public, by releasing slightly different versions of the IPA, as they try to perfect the recipe.

In October, the Beta was made with Amarillo hops and dry-hopping additions. In November, El Dorado, Columbus and Amarillo hops were used. In January, Citra and Columbus hops were the go to for flavoring. In February, un-malted wheat was added to yet another combination of hops. In March’s release, which is the version I picked up at my local beer distributer, all Citra hops were used.

I must say, I was a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, the beer was off the chain. I just wish I’d known about all the other versions too. I would have put them all on my sill and compared the flavors! The latest incarnation was crisp, floral and refreshing. The freaky label art is pretty fun too. Very cool stuff from the South Glenn Falls, NY brewery!

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Oliver Brewing Company (with Stillwater Artisanal): Whipped 2.0

Oliver Brewing Company with Stillwater Artisanal: Whipped 2.0

Hops: Citra, Simcoe

ABV: 8.0%


Availability: Limited

@untapped says: 3.91/5

Are you ready to watch the Windowsill whip? Great! There will be no nae naes, though.

Maryland’s Oliver Brewing Company and Stillwater Artisanal—a gypsy brewery based in Brooklyn, NY—have collaborated on many beers. Although Oliver started in 1993, and Stillwater is just a baby (2010), the two seem to work really well together. This is the first time I’ve had the pleasure of hosting one of them on my Windowsill, but it won’t be the last.

The Whipped 2.0 was a really interesting choice for my first from this team. It’s a double IPA brewed with over 500 lbs of pureed mangos, flaked oats, lactose (for mouthfeel) and vanilla beans. The hop profile is actually really nice, too. 130 lbs of Citra and Simcoe hops are used to give it a nice, juicy, tropical deliciousness. Top top it all off, it’s a Nitro beer! This brew combines everything, from aroma to flavor to mouthfeel. Superb effort!

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Trinity Brewing & Evoke Fermentations: Super Juice Solution

Trinity Brewing & Evoke Fermentations: Super Juice Solution

ABV: 4.1%


Availability: Summer seasonal

@untappd says: 3.83/5

There’s a problem on the Windowsill, and there’s only one solution: Lost Photo Friday!

Trinity Brewing & Evoke Fermentations is all about finding solutions. Not just for beer-related problems, either. They also want to solve their patrons’ health problems. Starting after St. Patrick’s Day, they host a running group called Soul Runners every Monday at 5:45PM. Anyone—at any level of fitness—can come, and there are 4 and 8-mile (can we call these “Spaghetti, Spaghetti?”) trails. This is very smart business. Healthy customers live longer, and come back for more beer. Everyone wins!

When I had the Super Juice Solution over the summer, it was the first sour IPA I’d ever had. For whatever reason, the photo got lost in the BOW archives, but the beer is definitely one to be remembered. It’s soured with Lactobacillus delbrueckii yeast bacteria and uses fruity american hops for aroma and flavor. It’s a very juicy IPA that really refreshed me. And, at 4.1% ABV, your summer solution can involve more than one of these.

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Last Stand Brewing Company: Black IPA

Last Stand Brewing Company: Black IPA

ABV: 6.9%

IBU: 70

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 3.81/5

Is that another stout on the Windowsill? Nope! It’s a Windowsill first—a black IPA!

What the hell is a black IPA, anyway? The style was recognized officially at the Great American Beer Festival… in 2010. Yep. It’s a baby! You might know it by a different name: the Cascadian Dark Ale, named after the Cascadian region of North America where it originated. Or maybe the India Black Ale? How about an American Black Ale? At the most basic level, it’s a beer brewed with dark malts and American hops, and a true Cascadian Dark Ale is made with ingredients from the Cascadian region. Now I know!

Let’s talk about Last Stand Brewing Company’s Black IPA. This was my very first black IPA, so I didn’t know what to expect. It was a little weird getting that hoppy aroma and flavor from a dark ale, but once I got over that, I enjoyed it. I do think the “black IPA” monicker is a bit misleading. This isn’t at all like an IPA, other than the hops. It was good though. More caramel and maltiness than an IPA would have, but good lingering and lacy hoppiness, too. Looking forward to exploring this style more in the future!

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Industrial Arts Brewing Company: Wrench

Industrial Arts Brewing Company: Wrench NEIPA

ABV: 6.8%


Availability: Year-round

@untappd says: 4.22/5

The Windowsill’s got a couple of nuts and bolts loose after the last two days, so I grabbed a Wrench to get the fix done!

I’m starting to become a fan of New York’s Industrial Arts Brewing Company. I picked up today’s beer on two recommendations. The first was from @mikemags75, who told me to hit up a little market called @clintongourmetcorp. The craft selection here was unreal. Check it out if you’re near Times Square. The second recommendation came from the guy at the store, who said he was having trouble keeping the Wrench NEIPA on the shelves, and I should grab it now. Two amazing recommendations that really worked out for me. Thanks!

So why is the Wrench NEIPA so popular? It’s one of the juiciest New England Style IPAs I’ve ever had! It’s absolutely loaded “to the point of sickness” with Mosaic and Citra hops. It’s light, bright, crisp and wonderfully hazy, juicy and hoppy. This might be the perfect New England IPA! As the official description says, “after you drink this, you’ll be a certified JuiceWolf.” I’ll howl for that!

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