SingleCut Beersmiths: Double Dry-Hopped Harry Doesn’t Mind

SingleCut Beersmiths: DDH Harry Doesn't Mind

Style: Double Dry-Hopped IPA

Special Notes: Inspired by the Dire Straits song, The Sultans of Swing.

ABV: 8.0%

IBU: 88

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.19/5

“And Harry doesn’t mind if he doesn’t make a scene on the Windowsill / He’s got a daytime job—He’s doing alright.” – Dire Straits… sort of.

If you like 80s rock, you know the band Dire Straits. They’re a British rock band, formed in London in the late 70s but—at least in my opinion—their biggest hits came off of the 1985 album, Brothers in Arms. That album—the band’s only album to hit #1 on every global chart—contained the band’s only number one single, “Money for Nothing.” All that being said, today’s beer, the Double Dry-Hopped Harry Doesn’t Mind from SingleCut Beersmiths, is named after the band’s very first single, The “Sultans of Swing”, which came off of their self-titled 1979 album.

SingleCut Beersmiths: DDH Harry Doesn't Mind
The double-headed dog represents the double dry-hopping in the brew! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

As the lyric says (paraphrasing here), Harry doesn’t really have time to hit the nightlife during the week, because he works a day job. That’s ok though, because he saves it up for Friday Night… when he plays some tunes with the Sultans of Swing. I relate to this. If there’s one thing I don’t like doing, it’s going out during the week. I like to save my drinking, eating and partying for the weekend. For you, Windowsillers. You guys are my Sultans of Swing.

As for the beer itself, what do you think I’m going to say? It’s from SingleCut and it’s DDHed. That’s literally what they do best. My can had a couple of unfortunate floaties in it, but they didn’t impact the stone fruit and bright citrus flavors, and they didn’t impact the hoppy goodness in the brew. This is a winner, and I don’t mind telling you that.

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. SingleCut Beersmiths: Double Dry-Hopped Harry Doesn’t Mind . “And Harry doesn’t mind if he doesn’t make a scene on the Windowsill / He’s got a daytime job—He’s doing alright.” – Dire Straits… sort of. . If you like 80s rock, you know the band Dire Straits. They’re a British rock band, formed in London in the late 70s but—at least in my opinion—their biggest hits came off of the 1985 album, Brothers in Arms. That album—the band’s only album to hit #1 on every global chart—contained the band’s only number one single, “Money for Nothing.” All that being said, today’s beer, the Double Dry-Hopped Harry Doesn’t Mind from SingleCut Beersmiths, is named after the band’s very first single, The Sultans of Swing, which came off of their self-titled 1979 album. . As the lyric says (paraphrasing here), Harry doesn’t really have time to hit the nightlife during the week, because he works a day job. That’s ok though, because he saves it up for Friday Night… when he plays some tunes with the Sultans of Swing. I relate to this. If there’s one thing I don’t like doing, it’s going out during the week. I like to save my drinking, eating and partying for the weekend. For you, Windowsillers. You guys are my Sultans of Swing. . As for the beer itself, what do you think I’m going to say? It’s from SingleCut and it’s DDHed. That’s literally what they do best. My can had a couple of unfortunate floaties in it, but they didn’t impact the stone fruit and bright citrus flavors, and they didn’t impact the hoppy goodness in the brew. This is a winner, and I don’t mind telling you that. . ABV: 8.0, IBU: 88, Rotating availability . @untappd says: 4.19/5

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Counter Weight Brewing Company: Crucial Mass

Counter Weight Brewing Company: Crucial Mass

Style: Imperial IPA

Special Notes: Brewed with unknown American and southern hemisphere hops.

ABV: 8

IBU: N/A

Availability: Rotating availability

@untappd says: 4.31/5

I’ve been a little too Trillium heavy on the sill lately, time to counter that weight with some more local fare!

I don’t say this enough—mostly because I make the mistake of not drinking beers from there as much as I should—but Hamden, CT’s Counter Weight Brewing Company is one of the better breweries in the great state of Connecticut. Kickass taproom. Awesome brews. Solid can art, too. I wanted to show them some love!

Counter Weight Brewing Company: Crucial Mass
Look at that radiating label art! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

A big reason I wanted to show that love was because my buddy, @galleycookinbeersnob, recently got me a couple cans of one of their better Double IPAs, Crucial Mass. This beer is so good, my taste buds almost went nuclear when the first sip hit them. Not sure what the hop bill is, but Counterweight does say that it’s made up of a blend of American and Southern hemisphere hops. It’s a very tropical brew with a very nice malt backbone. Hops in your face all day, though. Crucial Mass of hops!

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Trillium Brewing Company: Double Dry-Hopped Fort Point

Trillium Brewing Company: Double Dry-Hopped Fort Point

Style: American Pale Ale

Special Notes: Double dry-hopped version of Trillium’s classic F

Hops: Citra, Columbus

Malts: American 2-row Barley, White Wheat, C-15, Dextrine

ABV: 6.6%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.47/5

Are you working today? I’m not, so I’m celebrating with a Trillium classic on the Windowsill!

Today is a day to celebrate the Presidents of the United States. No, not the band who sang “Lump;” the men—and, hopefully some day very soon, women—who run what I feel is one of the greatest countries in the world. I’m not going to get too deep into my politics for those of you who are just here for the beer, but let’s just say that I don’t think our current president is altogether worthy of a holiday. That doesn’t stop me from celebrating the holiday, though. Lots of good history behind the office, and hopefully a bright future!

Trillium Brewing Company: Double Dry-Hopped Fort Point
Oh yeah. That’s that good stuff right there. Classic Trillium! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

For my Presidents Day post, I decided to go with a classic from one of the best breweries in the world—the Double Dry-Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale from Trillium Brewing Company. Both the original Fort Point and the DDH version were first brewed in 2013, and Trillium considers it to be their signature American pale ale. It’s named after their original location, the Fort Point section of Boston. It’s their “standard daily drinker.”

The hop bill is made up of Citra and Columbus hops, and the DDH version is double dry-hopped with copious amounts of extra Citra. All those extra Citra hops make for an even juicier, even more lovely pale ale. Lots of tropical fruit on the nose and tongue. This is one of the beers on which Trillium built its foundation, so it’s worthy of celebration. Pale ale perfection in a can!

How are you celebrating Presidents Day? Answer in the comments below.

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. Trillium Brewing Company: Double Dry-Hopped Fort Point . Are you working today? I’m not, so I’m celebrating with a Trillium classic on the Windowsill! . Today is a day to celebrate the Presidents of the United States. No, not the band who sang “Lump;” the men—and, hopefully some day very soon, women—who run what I feel is one of the greatest countries in the world. I’m not going to get too deep into my politics for those of you who are just here for the beer, but let’s just say that I don’t think our current president is altogether worthy of a holiday. That doesn’t stop me from celebrating the holiday, though. Lots of good history behind the office, and hopefully a bright future! . For my Presidents Day post, I decided to go with a classic from one of the best breweries in the world—the Double Dry-Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale from Trillium Brewing Company. Both the original Fort Point and the DDH version were first brewed in 2013, and Trillium considers it to be their signature American pale ale. It’s named after their original location, the Fort Point section of Boston. It’s their “standard daily drinker.” . The hop bill is made up of Citra and Columbus hops, and the DDH version is double dry-hopped with copious amounts of extra Citra. All those extra Citra hops make for an even juicier, even more lovely pale ale. Lots of tropical fruit on the nose and tongue. This is one of the beers on which Trillium built its foundation, so it’s worthy of celebration. Pale ale perfection in a can! . How are you celebrating Presidents Day? . ABV: 6.6, IBU: N/A, Rotating availability . @untappd says: 4.47/5

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Trillium Brewing Company: Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse

Trillium Brewing Company: Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse

Style: Imperial New England IPA

Special Notes: Part of Trillium’s Lighthouse Series. Named after a lighthouse in Casco Bay, Maine.

Hops: Citra

Malts: Pale Malt, Honey Malt

ABV: 8.9%

IBU: N/A

Availability: LImited

@untappd says: 4.31/5

A quality brew has run aground on my Windowsill today!

If you know a little something about lighthouses, you know that New England is full of really beautiful ones. Trillium Brewing Company, always ones to puff their NE chests out and exhibit pride for this area of the country, have been honoring some of the best lighthouses in New England with a very cool series of beers named, appropriately enough, the Lighthouse Series. Thus far, there have been five of these releases: the Nauset Lighthouse, Butler Flats Lighthouse, Gay Head Lighthouse, Minot’s Ledge Lighthouse and today’s beer, the Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse. The series isn’t just designed to showcase a particular New England lighthouse, though. They also each let a specific hop do all the work.

Trillium Brewing Company: Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse
Check out this coaster! Head to Instagram to find out where I got it! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

On Saturday, when I visited Trillium’s Canton location, they had the Cape Elizabeth on tap. It’s a Juicy, Hazy IPA brewed with Citra hops. It’s actually an iteration on the Marblehead Lighthouse, which was retired, tweaked and renamed because the brewery was made aware of another beer with the same name. I can’t say enough about how good this one was. Really awesome work on these NEIPAs from Trillium. Perfect for a foggy night. Or any night, really. Or the day.

The namesake lighthouse for this delicious beer is located in Casco Bay, Maine. It was built in 1874, and is nearly 70 feet high. Might be one I have to visit one day!

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. Trillium Brewing Company: Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse . A quality brew has run aground on my Windowsill today! . If you know a little something about lighthouses, you know that New England is full of really beautiful ones. Trillium Brewing Company, always ones to puff their NE chests out and exhibit pride for this area of the country, have been honoring some of the best lighthouses in New England with a very cool series of beers named, appropriately enough, the Lighthouse Series. Thus far, there have been five of these releases: the Nauset Lighthouse, Butler Flats Lighthouse, Gay Head Lighthouse, Minot’s Ledge Lighthouse and today’s beer, the Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse. The series isn’t just designed to showcase a particular New England lighthouse, though. They also each let a specific hop do all the work. . On Saturday, when I visited Trillium’s Canton location, they had the Cape Elizabeth on tap. It’s a Juicy, Hazy IPA brewed with Citra hops. It’s actually an iteration on the Marblehead Lighthouse IPA, which was retired, tweaked and renamed because the brewery was made aware of another beer with the same name. I can’t say enough about how good this one was. Really awesome work on these NEIPAs from Trillium. Perfect for a foggy night. Or any night, really. Or the day. . The namesake lighthouse for this delicious beer is located in Casco Bay, Maine. It was built in 1874, and is nearly 70 feet high. Might be one I have to visit one day. . I threw in another shout out to @craftedcoaster at the end of this post, because one of the coasters he sent me was from the Butler Flats Lighthouse release. Check him out on Instagram! . ABV: 8.9%, IBU: N/A, Limited availability . @untappd says: 4.31/5

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BAD SONS Beer Company: Big Whoop

BAD SONS Beer Co.: Big Whoop

Style: New England-style Double IPA

ABV: 9.0%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 3.89/5

Beers on Windowsills Returns to BAD SONS!

We’ll keep it brief for you Friday Instagrammers, but I wanted to give a quick shout out to BAD SONS Beer Co. with this photo that somehow got lost in my archives. Their top notch taproom is located in Derby, CT, and has only been around since the summer of 2017. Despite its short time in business, the brewery has always impressed me with the quality of the brews it puts out. If you’re looking for solid beer in CT, you can’t go wrong with BAD SONS!

Unfortunately, I don’t have too much information about the Big Whoop. It’s a pretty hefty double IPA that, at 9.0% ABV, packs quite a punch. That being said, it’s still very juicy and smooth, which makes it a little dangerous. I didn’t know it was so potent until I stood up after I drank it!

Big Whoop

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I’ll actually be in the taproom with my good buddy, Brian and our wives this Saturday… Maybe I’ll see you there? Maybe I’ll have a Big Whoop?

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Trillium Brewing Company: Double Dry-Hopped Stillings Street

Trillium Brewing Company: Double Dry-Hopped Stillings Street IPA

Style: Double dry-hopped Imperial IPA

Special Notes: The DDH is done with Nelson Sauvin hops. Named after a street near Trillium’s Fort Point Location

Hops: Nelson Sauvin, Columbus

Malt: American 2-row Barley, White Wheat, C-15, Dextrine, Dextrose

ABV: 7.2%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.44/5

One from the back of the fridge on the Windowsill today!

The Double Dry-Hopped Stillings Street is named after one of the streets surrounding Trillium Brewing Company’s Fort Point Boston location. This is nothing new to any of you who are familiar with the Boston-based brewery. Their “Street” series includes several different New England-style IPAs, all named after streets in the area: The Sleeper Street, the Summer Street, the Congress Street, the Melcher Street, the A Street, the Farnsworth Street and the Pittsburgh Street. I think it’s a great way to pay homage to your home, don’t you?

Trillium Brewing Company: Double Dry-Hopped Stillings Street IPA
You can see the respect Trillium has for its city of origin in the map that adorns this label. (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

For this beer, Trillium took its Stillings Street IPA and, you guessed it, double dry-hopped it with New Zealand’s Nelson Sauvin hops (to go along with Columbus and more Nelson Sauvin already used in the kettle). What else can I say about this beer? Once again, Trillium has knocked it out of the hazy, juicy ballpark. The smell and flavor are knee-shakingly delicious. I’m only disappointed that I left it in the back of my fridge for so long!

What about you, Windowsillers? Do you have any goodies in the back of your fridge?

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Foreign Objects: Chrysalis into Beauty

Foreign Objects: Chrysalis Into Beauty

Style: New-American Hoppy Ale (Imperial IPA)

Special Notes: Silence of the Lambs!

Hops: Simcoe, Centennial, Mosaic

ABV: 9.0%

IBU: 90

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 3.92/5

It puts the lotion on its beer, or else it gets the hose again!

You know me. I love to fill my sills with beers that have creatively-inspired names. The Chrysalis into Beauty from New Paltz, NY-based Foreign Objects is inspired by, as the can says, “one of the greatest literary characters of all time”… Hannibal Lecter. If you haven’t seen Silence of the Lambs, spoilers are a-coming. Although, to be fair, it’s nearly 30 years old, so just go watch it.

In the movie, young FBI agent Clarice Starling is on the hunt for a serial killer named Buffalo Bill, whose calling card is stuffing a Death’s Head Moth cocoon down the throat of his lady victims (and also skinning them to make a suit for himself). Bill’s motivation for all of this was transformation. Transforming himself, and transforming his victims.

What does this have to do with anything? Chrysalis. Chrysalis is the hard shell that surrounds bill’s moths (and butterflies and other insects that use cocoons to transform), ushering their transition to beauty. Chrysalis into Beauty! Do you see?

That label art is also inspired by the movie. Do you all remember Buffalo Bill’s Dance scene? You know… the tuck? Bill says a little something while applying his lip gloss… it’s what the can says… but it’s not “drink.” It’s another word that ends with K. We’ll keep it clean for you Windowsillers, though!

Foreign Objects Chrysalis into Beauty can
Love the backstory behind the Chrysalis’ name! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

OK, now for the beer. Untappd says the Chrysalis into Beauty is an Imperial IPA, but Foreign Objects calls it a New-American Hoppy Ale. It’s brewed with Simcoe, Centennial and Mosaic hops. If you know your hops, you know that’s a killer combo. Whatever you want to call it, I really enjoyed the aroma and taste of this beer… even more than fava beans with a nice chianti.

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. Foreign Objects: Chrysalis into Beauty . It puts the beer into its belly, or else it gets the hose again! . You know me. I love to fill my sills with beers that have creatively-inspired names. The Chrysalis into Beauty from New Paltz, NY-based Foreign Objects is inspired by, as the can says, “one of the greatest literary characters of all time”… Hannibal Lecter. If you haven’t seen Silence of the Lambs, spoilers are a-coming. Although, to be fair, it’s nearly 30 years old, so just go watch it. . In the movie, young FBI agent Clarice Starling is on the hunt for a serial killer named Buffalo Bill, whose calling card is stuffing a Death’s Head Moth cocoon down the throat of his lady victims (and also skinning them to make a suit for himself). Bill’s motivation for all of this was transformation. Transforming himself, and transforming his victims. . What does this have to do with anything? Chrysalis. Chrysalis is the hard shell that surrounds bill’s moths (and butterflies and other insects that use cocoons to transform), ushering their transition to beauty. Chrysalis into Beauty! Do you see? . That label art is also inspired by the movie. Do you all remember Buffalo Bill’s Dance number? You know… the tuck? Bill says a little something while applying his lip gloss… it’s what the can says… but it’s not “drink.” It’s another word that ends with K. We’ll keep it clean for you Windowsillers, though! . OK, now for the beer. Untappd says the Chrysalis into Beauty is an Imperial IPA, but Foreign Objects calls it a New-American Hoppy Ale. It’s brewed with Simcoe, Centennial and Mosaic hops. If you know your hops, you know that’s a killer combo. Whatever you want to call it, I really enjoyed the aroma and taste of this beer… even more than fava beans with a nice chianti. . ABV: 9.0%, IBU: 90, Rotating availability . @untappd says: 3.92/5

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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: 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!

Check out some photos from my trip on Instagram, too!