Trillium Brewing Company: Raspberry Lineage Wheat American Wild Saison

Trillium Brewing Company: Raspberry Lineage Wheat American Wild Saison

Hops: US Goldings

Malts: Pilsner, Valley Wheat, Flaked Wheat

Special Ingredients: Raspberries

ABV: 7.4%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Limited

@untapp says: 4.21/5

It’s Trillium time on the sill again!

Every September, my beautiful wife, Jeannie, goes to Boston for an email marketing conference. For her, that means long days of fun email marketing sessions. For me? It means I get to go to Trillium Brewing Company! Oh, and enjoy the lovely Boston nights with my babe, too of course. This trip, we stopped by the Trillium location at Fort Point… and maybe at another brewery we’ll talk about later in the week. Hint: It’s Tree House!

The Raspberry Lineage Wheat Trillium’s latest member of their Wild Saison series. It features a heaping helping of local MA wheat, and it is gracefully aged on raspberries. It’s tart and funky, with flavors of raspberry, blackberry and some lemon peel for good measure. Very light, very crisp. I was a big fan, for sure.

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Brasserie Dupont: Saison Dupont Vieille Provision

Dupont Brasserie: Saison Dupont Vieille Provision

ABV: 6.5%

IBU: 30

Availability: Year-round

@untappd says: 3.75/5

There’s an award winner on the Windowsill today!

Belgium’s Brasserie Dupont has a rich history. In 1844, a then already 85-year-old farmhouse became the Rimaux-Derrider brewery. Their specialty? Honey beer and saisons. The brewery survived World War I, and was sold to the Duponts in 1920. After World War II, the brewery was sold again, but within the Dupont family. All the while, saisons were their thing. See where I’m going with this? A 175-year-old saison specialist made today’s brew!

Thousands of breweries around the world make saisons, which makes it hard to choose the “best.” Despite stiff competition that has been around hundreds of years, the Vieille Provision is widely considered to be the prototypical farmhouse ale. It’s a simple brew, made with only malt, hops and yeast, but it’s so damn good. Must be that signature Dupont yeast strain that gives the Vieille Provision it’s funky, peppery goodness. It’s been around the U.S. since the 1980s, so go find it. Definitely a must drink!

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Simple Roots Brewing Company: Elderflower Saison

Simple Roots Brewing Company: Elderflower Saison

Special Ingredients: Elderflowers

ABV: 5.3%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 3.7/5

Saison season is not over yet!

Have you guys seen Breaking Bad? You know, the one about the science teacher that decides to make meth on the side? Well, Simple Roots Brewing Company is kind of like that… except without the meth. It was opened in 2014 by former high school science teacher Dan Ukolowicz and his wife, Kara Pawlusiak. There’s lots more to tell about this Vermont-based brewery, so I hope to get their beers back on my Windowsill soon!

I’ve really gotten into saisons lately, and I really enjoyed this one from Simple Roots, too. It’s a little bit tart, crisp and light, and infused with dried elderflower for a very unique flavor. As the can says, this one is definitely good to drink on rocking chair, under the shade of a tree and with family and friends. Pull up a picnic table, because I really enjoyed the Elderflower Saison!

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Aspetuck Brew Lab: Symbiosis Saison

Aspetuck Brew Lab: Symbiosis Saison

Hops: Mandarina Bavaria, Lemon Drop

ABV: 6.7%

IBU: 27

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 3.6/5

Going back to the lab on the Windowsill today. Get your white scientist coat!

Why is the now three-year-old brewery named Aspetuck Brew Lab? The word means “river originating at the high place” in the language of the Algonquin people—a group of Native Americans from New England, Canada and some of the plains states. The water that the brew lab uses for its beers comes from the Aspetuck watershed and Aspetuck River in the hills of Redding and Easton, Connecticut. It’s one of the cleanest rivers in the Nutmeg State, which makes for some pretty tasty beer.

The Symbiosis saison is a fruity, bright farmhouse ale brewed with oats, wheat and rye, fermented with Belgian yeast and then dry-hopped with Mandarina Bavaria and Lemon Drop hops. That melding of the two styles (the farmhouse ale and the hoppyness) created a pretty nice beer. Didn’t blow me out of the water, but it was pretty good. The Symbiosis is worthy of the 3.6 rating from untappd.

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Two Roads Brewing Company and Lawson’s Finest Liquids: Typecast Farmhouse IPA

Lawson's Finest Liquids and Two Roads Brewing Company: Typecast Farmhouse IPA

Hops: Wye Challenger, Cascade, Centennial

Special Ingredients: Vermont White Cedar, Connecticut Balsam Fir Tips

ABV: 6.5%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Limited

@untappd says: 3.7/5

We have a really atypical collaboration on the Windowsill today!

I love a good collaboration brew, so you know I was excited to find out that one of my favorite local breweries, Two Roads Brewing Company, and one of Vermont’s finest breweries, Lawson’s Finest Liquids, had come together to create a very unique Farmhouse IPA—the Typecast. For those of you know know Lawson’s story, it shouldn’t be a surprise that these two made a beer together. They already make a lot of beers together. If you’ve ever had any Lawson’s in a can, know that it was actually brewed at Two Roads. The two have had a solid contract brewing relationship for a while now.

Now onto the brew. A farmhouse IPA? Sounds wild, right? What is it? It starts out as a farmhouse ale (aka saison), and then it’s dry-hopped to perfection. One extra cool thing about this beer is that it uses all local ingredients. It uses Cascade and Wye Challenger hops grown in Connecticut, as well as Centennial hops grown in Vermont. The Typecast also includes Vermont white cedar and CT balsam fir tips in the boil. Overall, this brew wasn’t really for me, but it’s definitely an eclectic style, with some pretty good flavors that you might like. Cheers!

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Zero Gravity Craft Brewery: Wilson’s Plover

Zero Gravity Craft Brewery: Wilson's Plover

Hops: Azacca

Malts: Pilsner

ABV: 6.2%

IBU: 20

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 3.7/5

‘Tis the Saison on the Windowsill today!

Some beers are for the birds. While today’s brew, from Vermont’s Zero Gravity Craft Brewery is not for the birds, it is named after a local bird—the Wilson’s Plover. The bird was named after famed ornithologist Alexander Wilson (I wish my friends named a bird after me) in 1814. It’s a coastal wader, meaning it basically sticks to the coast, and sand bars and what not, wading around, living that beach life. Perfect summer bird, for a perfect summer beer.

I really enjoyed this Saison. I had it during my trip to Vermont a couple of weeks ago—I’m still going through all the beer I photographed and bought there, so bear with me—at American Flatbread Burlington Hearth in Burlington. American Flatbread is where Zero Gravity got its start, so it was a cool place to eat lunch at with the fellows. The Wilson’s Plover is a saison brewed with Pilsner malts and Azacca hops. The hops really bring out that dry saison finish, which made it really refreshing and gave the beer style a uniquely American twist. Good stuff!

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Left Hand Brewing Company: Saison Au Miel

Left Hand Brewing Company: Saison Au Miel

ABV: 6.8%

IBU: 10

Availability: Spring seasonal

@untappd says: 3.61/5

The Windowsill is feeling sweet like honey today!

Left Hand Brewing Company is the brainchild of Dick Doore and Eric Wallace, two friends who met in college, at the Air Force Academy. They incorporated in 1993, and started rolling out the beers. Why Left Hand? The company is named in honor of Chief Niwot, an Arapaho chief who wintered his tribe in the Boulder Valley area of Colorado. Niwot, whose name meant Left Hand, was killed during the Sand Creek Massacre, betrayed by the U.S. soldiers he thought were his friends.

I love a good saison (aka farmhouse ale). The Saison Au Miel was my first of the style from Left Hand, and I really enjoyed it. It was dry, crisp and mildly tart, and the Colorado wildflower honey really came through in the middle to soften my palate. Makes me sad that I only picked up one!

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