Tree House Brewing Company: Trail Magic

Tree House Brewing Company: Trail Magic

ABV: 5.2%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 3.74/5

Abracadabra! Hocus Pocus! Magic on the Windowsill today!

We’ve had stouts and plenty of pale ales—both the American and Indian varieties—from Tree House Brewing Company on the Windowsill this week, so I figured we’d try something new for this weekend bonus edition of Tree House Week. It’s a Geman pilsner, which is a style that originated in the Bohemian city of Pilsen in the 1840s. Aged in caves before the advent of refrigerators in the early 20th century, the classic style is still found all over the world. Great for a change of pace!

Hold onto your butts, but the Trail Magic wasn’t my favorite brew. I think it’s just because I’m more of a stouts and IPAs kind of fella, though. As far as pilsners go, this was a pretty solid one. Solid malt base with a good balance of hops, and even some spice to counteract that dry finish. Very clean, very crisp. Solid pilsner… if you like that kind of thing.

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Kiuchi Brewery: Hitachino Nest Yuzu Lager

Kiuchi Brewery: Hitachino Nest Yuzu Lager

ABV: 5.5%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 3.74/5

Hitachino Nest is back on the Windowsill today!

Last February, something wonderful happened in San Francisco: Kiuchi Brewery—my favorite Japanese brewery—opened up a restaurant and taproom in the Tendernob area of the city! It’s called Hitachino Beer & Wagyu, and is based on Kappo, a Japanese style of eating that focuses on pairing food with wine or beer. If you like beef, and beer, you’ll love this place. It also serves the highest grades of Hitachiwagyu beef—meat from the Hitachino area’s Japanese Black Wagyu cattle, which also drink the beer their delicious flesh is cooked in—and features ten varieties of Hitachino beer brewed exclusively for the location. I haven’t been, but it sounds like a super cool place I need to visit some day.

Now, the beer. Today’s Windowsill wonder is the Yuzu Lager. It’s a relatively new brew from Kiuchi. It’s a lager brewed with lots of added Yuzu fruit. If you don’t know what Yuzu is, it’s a unique Japanese citrus fruit that has been around for centuries, but has only relatively recently started making appearances in cuisine around the world. I thought it worked pretty well with this traditional lager. The Yuzu flavor wasn’t overpowering, but the acidity was a nice complement to the crispness from the lager. Sometimes, a simple addition of extra citrus fruit really brings a lager to the next step. This one was solid!

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Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery: Pure Brewed Organic Lager

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery: Pure Brewed Organic Lager

Malts: Organic Malted Barley

ABV: 5.0%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 3.48/5

It’s Friday, so you know what that means! Lost Photo time!

This is the first time we’ve had Yorkshire’s Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery on the Windowsill in a while, and it’s nice to have our old friend back. The brewery prides itself in its organic beers, and the fact that they’ve been using the same brewing techniques for 250+ years. Their water even comes from the same well they dug in 1758. Old!

There’s something nice about a simple old timey lager, and the Pure Brewed Organic Lager is about as simple as it gets. Ingredients? Water, organic malted barley, yeast and organic hops. Four things, all organic, combining for a nice, crisp lager? It’s not the best beer I’ve ever tasted, but it was decent. And vegan! According to their site, the best temperature to drink the Pure Brewed is 44°F (7°C).

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