Trillium Brewing Company (w/ Cloudwater Brew Co.): Exchange Student

Trillium Brewing Company and Cloudwater Brew Co.: Exchange Student

Hops: Citra, Galaxy

Malt: White Wheat, Pilsner Malt, Flaked Wheat

ABV: 8.5%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

@untappd says: 4.18/5

Tree House last week… Trillium this week?!

Last September, I stumbled upon a collaboration release on my trip to Trillium Brewing Company’s Fort Point location. Lo and behold, when I visited this past September, another collab release was on the docket. This one was with Manchester, England’s Cloudwater Brew Co. Although I’ve seen Cloudwater all around the internet, I hadn’t yet tried anything of theirs. Glad I’m able to cross them off the list!

The Exchange Student isn’t just a collaboration of breweries, it’s also a collaboration of two separate styles. What the two breweries did was brewing a traditional German hefeweizen and a double IPA—styles familiar to the respective collaborators—and then blending them after fermentation. The result was a nice blending of fruity, juicy and hoppy flavors that was really pleasant for all my senses.

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Tree House Brewing Company: Bright (Citra)

Tree House Brewing Company: Bright with Citra

Hops: Citra

ABV: 7.8%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.37/5

It’s gonna be a Bright (Citra), Bright (Citra), sunshiny day on the Windowsill!

I like when a brewery has the confidence in its recipes to not worry about playing around with them. Knowing the malt base for the Bright series is solid, Tree House Brewing Company has released several varieties of this (mostly) single-hop brew. Several months ago, I was lucky enough to try the Mosaic version, and there have also been others: Nelson, Simcoe & Amarillo, Galaxy, Baby Bright (a more session-able Bright) and the BBBright (a hopped up version of the Mosaic original).

Today, we have another of the Brights on the sill—the Citra. Like the others, it’s created with a simple malt bill and fermented with ale yeast. Like most Citra brews, this Bright is all about the citrus aromas and flavors. Orange juice, grapefruit, tangerine… you name it. Soft finish with decent bitters from the hops. Really bright and delicious!

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Tree House Brewing Company: Doppelgänger

Tree House Brewing Company: Doppelgänger

Hops: Mosaic, Amarillo

ABV: 8.2

IBU: 88

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.51/5

Still going strong with Tree House Week on the Windowsill!

Once upon a time, Tree House Brewing Company made a beer called the Alter Ego, an American IPA brewed with Mosaic and Amarillo hops. It was a very solid IPA, but it needed to be “doubled” up to an Imperial version.

That’s where the Doppelgänger comes in. More Mosaic. More Amarillo. Kettle and dry hopped. More deliciousness, too. It’s juicy, dank, citrusy and mean. You’ll definitely want more than one. So good! Make sure you try this one, the Alter Ego and the even more hopped up version… The Doubleganger.

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Tree House Brewing Company: Green

Tree House Brewing Company: Green

ABV: 7.5%

IBU: 90

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.48/5

I bet you’re green with envy about what’s on my Windowsill today!

Corny jokes aside, it’s almost inexcusable that I haven’t had this Tree House Brewing Company classic on my sill yet. According to the official description, the Green is a favorite of the crew at the brewery. With all the incredible beer they make there, I’d say that’s very impressive.

Why is it so good? Maybe it’s the hop combination. Although they don’t reveal the exact combo, I do know that the recipe includes hops from America and Australia. It’s “intensely” hopped—in the kettle and dry—giving it huge notes of lemon-lime, orange, tangerine and pineapple. It’s also got some solid bitterness on the finish and the mouthfeel is really rich and smooth. The key to this beer is balance. It’s delicious, and green enough for Yoda!

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Tree House Brewing Company: Doubleganger

Tree House Brewing Company: DoubleGanger

Hops: Mosaic, Amarillo

ABV: 8.2%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.64/5

It’s always fun to have a lookalike on the sill!

A few weeks ago, my wife and I took a trip to Boston. On the way home, we hit up Trillium Brewing Company and Tree House Brewing Company—two of the best breweries in New England. The new facilities at the latter are some of the most beautiful in the industry. Although we had to wait in line for about 90 minutes, I came home with more beer than I could carry, and with a big ol’ dent in my wallet. Completely worth it!

According to Tree House, the Doubleganger was conceived with the intent to push the concept of their Doppelganger, which we’ve had on the Windowsill before—to its limits. They increased the kettle and dry hopping rates, while keeping the base the same. The Doubleganger delicious, with notes of mango, citrus and tropical fruit. Very hoppy, but really well-balanced. Amazing!

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Tree House Brewing Company: Super Typhoon

Tree House Brewing Company: Super Typhoon

Hops: Citra, Simcoe

ABV: 7.7%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.44/5

There’s a storm brewing on the Windowsill today!

Like any good brewery worth its salt, Tree House Brewing Company is always innovating on its recipes. The Super Typhoon—one of the highlights of the available beers when I visited the brewery—is a hopped up version (pun intended) of another great Tree House beer, the Hurricane. I haven’t had the hurricane, but if it’s half as good as the Super Typhoon, I’m sure it’s great too.

The Super Typhoon takes the Citra and Simcoe hop bill from the Hurricane and kicks it up a couple of notches. The resulting beer was well worth the 90-minute wait in line. The tropical and passion fruit flavors blend really well with a creamy body to create a pretty fantastic experience. It’ll hit your throat like a great big storm of aromas and flavors, too. I loved it!

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Tree House Brewing Company: Lights On

Tree House Brewing Company: Lights On

ABV: 5.6%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.26/5

There’s something comforting about seeing a light on the Windowsill when you come home.

Lights On was brewed for a very special reason. Before moving to their current gigantic facility in Charlton, Tree House Brewing Company were based at a 10,000 square foot brewhouse in Monson. The Lights On was brewed to celebrate the opening of that Monson location. Prior to that, Nate Lanier was brewing in a 550-square-foot garage. With Lights On, they wanted a beer that represented everything Tree House was, is, and will be. They did a great job.

This beer definitely turned my lights on. From the beautiful can art designed by @keever, to the improbably even more beautiful color, this American Pale Ale is a real eye catcher. All that haze hints at the hoppy nature of the brew, and it doesn’t disappoint the nose or the tongue. Tropical, citrusy, delicious juicy goodness. Loved this brew! Truly enlightening.

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Tree House Brewing Company: In Perpetuity

Tree House Brewing Company: In Perpetuity

Hops: Citra, Nelson

ABV: 6.7%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.43/5

I hereby promise to love Tree House Brewing Company… in perpetuity.

It’s awesome when a beer has a great backstory, and In Perpetuity has one that comes from a place of love. On the eve of his one-year anniversary, head brewer Nate Lanier, brewed a beer for his wife Lauren (aka Tree House L-Dog). He wanted it to represent “foreverness—in love, passion and regardless of circumstance.”

So, is this brew a good sign for the future of their union? If the marriage of Citra and Nelson hops has anything to say about it, YES! I loved the In Perpetuity. It’s hazy, bright and tropical, with lots of strong citrus flavors in the backbone. So delicious, it made me want to say “I do.”

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Evil Twin Brewing: Every Day, Once A Day, Give Yourself An IPA

Evil Twin Brewing: Every Day, Once A Day, Give Yourself an IPA

Special Ingredients: Lactose, Vanilla

ABV: 9.0%

IBU: 75

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.01/5

I don’t know about every day, but there’s an IPA on the Windowsill today!

In case you don’t know, Evil Twin Brewing’s head brewer, Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, is a huge fan of Twin Peaks. When the beloved series came back on Showtime in 2017, the Danish beer maker put out nine different beers with names inspired by random lines from the show. Nine! Sadly, I’ve never seen any episodes of the series—old or new—but I have had one of those beers. In case you’re wondering, the actual quote is “Every day, once a day, give yourself a present.”

My present to myself was this beer. More accurately, the beer was a present from @itsmebmd1085. It’s definitely one of the better gift beers I’ve ever gotten. It’s a milkshake IPA—meaning it’s brewed with lactose—with a vanilla added during the brewing process. Great mouthfeel, awesome hoppyness and that vanilla kick was a nice little extra dose of sweet. Give yourself one of these ASAP!

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Mikkeller Brewing San Diego: Misty Elliott

Mikkeller Brewing San Diego: Misty Elliott

ABV: 10.5%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Limited

@untappd says: 3.96/5

Let’s get supa dupa fly on the Windowsill today!

I’d like to get to know ya so I can show ya… a little bit about the great Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott. The Virginia native overcame a very tough upbringing to become a true pioneer in the hip hop game for women. You must know her hits, like “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly),” “Work It,” “Get Ur Freak On,” “One Minute Man,” and many others. Now, the First Lady of Hip-Hop (sorry to all the pretenders to the throne, new and old) is commemorated on a beer from Mikkeller Brewing San Diego, and I was excited to try it!

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While Missy Elliot couldn’t stand the rain against her window, I really enjoyed having the Misty Elliott on my sill. Supa dupa juicy. Supa dupa hazy. Supa dupa strong with that ABV. For me, though, it was supa dupa smooth for a triple IPA. Not sure what hops, but whatever the recipe, I really enjoyed it. There’s also that label art from Keith Shore, perfectly “Mikkellerizing” the Queen in her inflated purple suit. Don’t put this beer down. Instead, you should flip the Misty Elliott and reverse it into your mouth hole. Cheers!

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