Nod Hill Brewery: Super Mantis

Nod Hill Brewery: Super Mantis

Hops: Citra, Galaxy

Grains: Pale, Munich, Flaked Oats

Yeast: Nod Hill’s House Ale yeast

ABV: 8.7%


Availability: Year-round

@untappd says: 3.86/5

Oh no! The Windowsill is under attack from a super delicious beer monster!

Nod Hill Brewery is named after the hill that rises behind their Ridgefield, CT building. The father-son team of Robert and Dave Kaye opened the 10-barrel brewery just before Halloween last year. Although the pair were avid home brewers before Nod Hill, they hired head brewer Kyle Acenowr to help them with the increased volume and precision to make beer for the masses. Like the campfire depicted in their logo, Nod Hill Brewery is a welcoming gathering place for friends to meet, relax, and enjoy fresh beer. Sounds pretty good!

The Super Mantis is a double IPA brewed with Pale and Munich malts and flaked oats, hopped with Citra and Galaxy hops and also fermented with Nod Hill’s house ale yeast. At 8.7% ABV, it definitely packs a punch, but that’s what you’d expect from a DIPA. In case you’re wondering, the beautiful labels on both cans are designed by Atlanta-based artist @briansteely, who also designed Nod Hill’s logo. Check out his Instagram page for more of his art!

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Hanging Hills Brewing Company: Irregular Hartbeat

Hops: Galaxy

ABV: 8.4%


Availability: “Almost never”

@untappd says: 3.87/5

Is that a murmur in my chest, or am I just happy to have this beer on my Windowsill?

I love a brewery with a clear cut mission statement. Hanging Hills Brewing Company upholds the following values in order to make the best beer possible: purest ingredients, traditional techniques, attention to detail, creativity, community, commitment to environment, and gratitude. How do they make great beer? With “ingenuity and a dogged pursuit of quality. Like what you hear? Head up to Hartford today!

I’ve been looking for another good Hanging Hills brew for my Windowsill for a couple of weeks now, and man did I make a good choice! The Irregular Hartbeat (Hanging Hills is always showing the love for Hartford, CT) is a Galaxied up version of their other brew, named Hartbeat. While the Hartbeat is made with Mosaic and Citra, the Irregular Hartbeat is all Galaxy, all the time. It’s bright, juicy and hoppy. Made my heart skip a beat!

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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 South Windsor Connecticut’s Akshar Patel, who started the company while he was still in school. The company has seen its fair share of success in its early going and Patel continues to plan its long-term strategy, as he expands to other states. 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 Akshar 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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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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