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”
@untappd says: 4.4
We interrupt Trillium on the Sill Week for a special announcement: Double Fuzzy has arrived! Continue reading “New England Brewing Company: Double Fuzzy Baby Ducks (Growler)”
Hops: Centennials, Cascades, Citra
Malts: Pale, Red Wheat, Crystal 60, Carapils
@untappd says: 3.76/5
The window sill is visiting our nation’s capital today! Continue reading “3 Stars Brewing Company: Two to the Dome”
Hops: Citra, Centennial
@untappd says: 3.79
There’s no brewery more local to me than Half Full Brewery, so it’s definitely about time we get one of their beers on the window sill. Continue reading “Half Full Brewery: Liquid Hoptimism”
Hops: Hallertauer Blanc, Citra, Mandarina Bavaria
@untappd says: 4.05/5
We continue Two Roads Week on the window sill, with a juicy limited release delight! Continue reading “Two Roads Brewing Company: Two Juicy”
@untappd says: 3.95/5
If the windowsill is rockin’ don’t bother knockin’. Just put a delicious double IPA from Rock Art Brewery on it
Did you ever hear about the time a tiny Vermont micro-bewery took on one of the titans of the energy drink industry and lived to tell the tale? In September of 2009, Hansen Natural (since renamed Monster Beverage Corporation) sent the Rock Art Brewery a cease and desist order. Why? Because the Vermont-based brewery had a barley wine named the Vermonster. According to Hansen Natural, that name was encroaching on the Monster Energy Drink brand. Yep. Apparently, no other drinks could have the word “monster” in their name. Rather than give in, Rock Art Brewery fought back, and so did many local Vermont stores, who boycotted Hansen products in solidarity. The boycott, and the bad PR caused by the entire affair, caused Hansen to drop the cease and desist order. Flawless victory. Rock Art still makes the Vermonster today, and Monster is now the official drink of NASCAR, so I guess everybody won in the end, but the little guy took a stand, and that’s what’s important.
As for the Limited Access double IPA, I can’t recommend it enough. At 7.5% alcohol, it’s a bit of a kick in the pants, but it’s citrusy, tropical, refreshing and delicious with a well-balanced finish that will leave you wanting another.
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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 windowsill, and I think it makes for a pretty good story.
Here’s what went down. The other night, I photographed and reviewed today’s windowsill 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 “Chatting with Laura Dierks (Probably) from Interboro Spirits & Ales”
Hops: Simcoe, Colombus, Centennial, Citra, Cascade
@untappd says: 3.88/5
This beer is so hoppy, it practically jumped onto my sill on its own today. Continue reading “Green Flash Brewing Company: West Coast IPA”
Hops: Northern Brewer, Cascade, Falconer’s Flight, Citra
Malts: 2 Row, Caramel, Roasted Barley
@untappd says: 3.8/5
Is that a… g-g-g-ghost on the Window Sill? Continue reading “Thimble Island Brewing Company: Ghost Island”