Cigar City Brewing: Marshal Zhukov’s

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Special Notes: Named after a famous Russian WWII general

ABV: 11.8%

IBU: 70

Availability: Yearly release (Summer)

@untappd says: 4.21/5

With the help of Cigar City Brewing, we’re honoring a great military leader on the Windowsill today.

If you know what my day job is, you know I’m a big fan of history. That’s why I love when a brewery digs into the past for inspiration for its beer names. Tampa, Florida’s Cigar City Brewing has done a great job of this with their Marshal Zhukov. It’s a Russian Imperial Stout named after Georgy Zhukov—one of the greatest generals of World War II.

Cigar City Brewing: Marshal Zhukov's
Proper label color for this Russian Imperial Stout! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on WIndowsills)

Most of us living in the United States only get to know about the great American generals during the war, like Dwight D. Eisenhower or Douglas MacArthur, so, to me, it was cool to research Zhukov and learn a bit about his role for Russia in WWII. Zhukov’s story is a classic rags-to-riches story. He was born in 1896 into extreme poverty, served—and was injured—in WWI and eventually rose to command the entire Red Army during WWII. I won’t get much further into his life on the Windowsill, but his is a fascinating story. Look it up if you want to know more.

Now that the history lesson is over… does the Marshal Zhukov do a good job of honoring the great Russian general? “Da.” Without a doubt. It pours into the glass like motor oil—in both color and viscosity—and the notes of chocolate, coffee and other roasty goodness hit my taste buds like a bullet from a PPS-43. It also had some pretty solid sweetness… perfect for dessert.

If you’re looking for a good Russian Imperial Stout, bid “do svidaniya” to the rest… Marshal Zhukov’s is a must-have.

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. Cigar City Brewing: Marshal Zhukov’s . With the help of @cigarcitybrewing, we’re honoring a great military leader on the Windowsill today. . If you know what my day job is, you know I’m a big fan of history. That’s why I love when a brewery digs into the past for inspiration for its beer names. Tampa, Florida’s Cigar City Brewing has done a great job of this with their Marshal Zhukov. It’s a Russian Imperial Stout named after Georgy Zhukov—one of the greatest generals of World War II. . Most of us living in the United States only get to know about the great American generals during the war, like Dwight D. Eisenhower or Douglas MacArthur, so, to me, it was cool to research Zhukov and learn a bit about his role for Russia in WWII. Zhukov’s story is a classic rags-to-riches story. He was born in 1896 into extreme poverty, served—and was injured—in WWI and eventually rose to command the entire Red Army during WWII. I won’t get much further into his life on the Windowsill, but his is a fascinating story. Look it up if you want to know more. . Now that the history lesson is over… does the Marshal Zhukov do a good job of honoring the great Russian general? “Da.” Without a doubt. It pours into the glass like motor oil—in both color and viscosity—and the notes of chocolate, coffee and other roasty goodness hit my taste buds like a bullet from a PPS-43. It also had some pretty solid sweetness… perfect for dessert. . If you’re looking for a good Russian Imperial Stout, bid “do svidaniya” to the rest… Marshal Zhukov is a must-have. . ABV: 11.8, IBU: 70, Limited availability . @untappd says: 4.21/5

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Two Roads Brewing Company: Igor’s Dream

Two Roads Brewing Company: Igor's Dream

Style: Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout

Special Notes: Versions aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels, Absinthe Barrels, Armagnac Barrels and Ruby Port Barrels.

ABV: 12.0%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Limited

@untappd says: 4.27/5 (Rye whiskey version)

We have a brand spanking new brew on the Windowsill today!

As I mentioned on the blog yesterday (check out the link in my profile), Stratford, Connecticut’s Two Roads Brewing Company released the Igor’s Dream—and its variants—today. I managed to snag all three 2019 versions (the rye whiskey barrel-aged, the ruby port barrel-aged and the absinthe barrel-aged), as well as the 2017 Armagnac barrel-aged version for my buddy @galleycookinbeersnob. For those of you who missed the blog post, and are curious, the beer is named after Igor Sikorsky, who emigrated to the United States from Russia back in 1919, and founded one of the greatest aviation companies in history.

Two Roads Brewing Company: Igor's Dream
How good are these variants gonna be? (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

My day started out super cold. I arrived at Two Roads at about 8:05 AM, and it was 22 degrees. As advertised, tickets for the bottles went on sale at 9:00 AM sharp. I bought my five tickets, paid and got myself some coffee and a sausage, egg and cheese from the 744 Express Food Truck in the parking lot, and headed to my car. The nice part about the way Two Roads does their releases is that once you have your tickets, you’re all set with your guaranteed beer. I was able to snag the tickets and then go home and do a couple of errands. When I was ready, I went back to pick up the bottles.

When I came back, I was ushered to the big glass doors at the back of the taproom, and down the stairs into the actual brewing area, where tables were set up with all of the bottles of Igor’s Dream. I quickly went table to table, got my bottles—I put them into the free big bottle tote bag that Two Roads handed out to everyone who bought bottles—and went out the back door and back to my car. Easy as pie!

I haven’t tried any of the beers yet, but I couldn’t wait to show them to you guys. I’ll do a full review of the Igor’s Dream if and when I pop them open.

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. Two Roads Brewing Company: Igor’s Dream . We have a brand spanking new brew on the Windowsill today! . As I mentioned on the blog yesterday (check out the link in my profile), Stratford, Connecticut’s Two Roads Brewing Company released the Igor’s Dream—and its variants—today. I managed to snag all three 2019 versions (the rye whiskey barrel-aged, the ruby port barrel-aged and the absinthe barrel-aged), as well as the 2017 Armagnac barrel-aged version for my buddy @galleycookinbeersnob. For those of you who missed the blog post, and are curious, the beer is named after Igor Sikorsky, who emigrated to the United States from Russia back in 1919, and founded one of the greatest aviation companies in history. . My day started out super cold. I arrived at Two Roads at about 8:05 AM, and it was 22 degrees. As advertised, tickets for the bottles went on sale at 9:00 AM sharp. I bought my five tickets, paid and got myself some coffee and a sausage, egg and cheese from the 744 Express Food Truck in the parking lot, and headed to my car. The nice part about the way Two Roads does their releases is that once you have your tickets, you’re all set with your guaranteed beer. I was able to snag the tickets and then go home and do a couple of errands. When I was ready, I went back to pick up the bottles. . When I came back, I was ushered to the big glass doors at the back of the taproom, and down the stairs into the actual brewing area, where tables were set up with all of the bottles of Igor’s Dream. I quickly went table to table, got my bottles—I put them into the free big bottle tote bag that Two Roads handed out to everyone who bought bottles—and went out the back door and back to my car. Easy as pie! . I haven’t tried any of the beers yet, but I couldn’t wait to show them to you guys. I’ll do a full review if and when I pop them open. . ABV: 12.0%, IBU: N/A, Limited availability . @untappd says: 4.27/5 (for the Rye)

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Two Roads Brewing Company to Release Igor’s Dream 2019 on Saturday, January 26

Two Roads Brewing Company

With new breweries popping up seemingly everywhere, the Connecticut beer scene is doing better than ever. This weekend, however, it’s a classic that’s making the big news. You might want to get yourself to Stratford this Saturday, January 26, because Two Roads Brewing Company is releasing the 2019 version of it’s famous Igor’s Dream, a rye whiskey barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout.

This will be the seventh release of the Dream, which is named after world famous aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky. Sikorsky emigrated from Russia to the United States in 1919, at the age of 30, and founded the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation—one of the most prolific aviation companies in American history. Among the company’s many accomplishments is the design and production of America’s first viable working helicopter, which Sikorsky flew himself in 1939. Why is Two Roads so obsessed with the Russian immigrant? The company’s headquarters are also in Stratford. This beer is just Two Roads’ way of paying homage to a true Connecticut hero.

So what can you expect this Saturday? Head over to Two Roads’ official site to check out their list of things to know for this release, but here’s a quick summary:

How do I buy the Igor’s Dream?:

Ticket sales for bottles will start at 9:00AM (Cash, credit and check accepted), and the doors to the brewery open at 10:00AM.

What versions of Igor’s Dream are coming out this Saturday?

Igor’s Dream aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels (limit 3 per customer, $20 per bottle)

Igor’s Dream aged in Absinthe Barrels (limit 1 per person, $25 per bottle)

Igor’s Dream aged in Ruby Port Casks (limit 1 per person, $25 per bottle)

You can also pick up several different vintage versions for previous years. See their info page for full list.

That’s so early, though. Will there be coffee?

Yes. 744 Express Food Truck will be there for you.

Anything else cool?

Yep. Starting at noon, the Sikorsky Historical Archives and CT Air & Space Museum will be displaying some cool stuff and signing bottles. Master Brewer Phil Markowski will also be signing bottles. Also, 10% of all pint sales will be donated to the Sikorsky Historical Archives, and there’s going to be a raffle for an Igor’s Dream Swag Bag that benefits the CT Air & Space Museum!

Head over to Two Roads’ Instagram for more info, too!

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Westbrook Brewing Company: Mexican Cake

Westbrook Brewing Company: Mexican Cake

Style: Imperial Stout

Special Notes: Brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon and habañero peppers

ABV: 10.5%

IBU: 25

Availability: Limited

@untappd says: 4.31/5

Who’s ready for dessert on the Windowsill today?

It’s cold AF in New England this week, so we’re turning up the heat with the Mexican Cake—a stout brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon and habañero peppers from South Carolina’s Westbrook Brewing Company.

You may have heard of Westbrook through their work with Evil Twin Brewing—the two collaborate on a lot of brews, including previously windowsilled goodies such as Bible Belt and Bozo Beer—but they more than hold their own when it comes to making tasty beers.

Westbrook Brewing Company: Mexican Cake
I always need a break, and don’t get me started on Mexican Cake! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Window Sills)

The Mexican Cake is a prime example. It was originally released in January of 2012 to celebrate the brewery’s one-year anniversary. People dug it so much, that Westbrook now releases it every May. They have also released several barrel-aged versions, and have even released a few versions that combine the Mexican Cake with Evil Twin’s Break series. You hard core Windowsillers will recall that I had the Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break on the sill in May of 2017.

What can I say about this stout, other than that it’s delicious? All those ingredients are palpable in the beer, and the habañero kick at the end definitely warmed my throat, no matter how frigid the temperatures outside were. I may have waited several months to open the bottle—I got two for my birthday back in August—but I don’t think I’ll be waiting that long to open the second one!

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. Westbrook Brewing Company: Mexican Cake . Who’s ready for dessert on the Windowsill today? . It’s cold AF in New England this week, so we’re turning up the heat with the Mexican Cake—a stout brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon and habañero peppers from South Carolina’s Westbrook Brewing Company. . You may have heard of Westbrook through their work with Evil Twin Brewing—the two collaborate on a lot of brews, including previously windowsilled goodies such as Bible Belt and Bozo Beer—but they more than hold their own when it comes to making tasty beers. . The Mexican Cake is a prime example. It was originally released in January of 2012 to celebrate the brewery’s one-year anniversary. People dug it so much, that Westbrook now releases it every May. They also release a barrel aged version every summer, and have even released a few versions that combine the Mexican Cake with Evil Twin’s Biscotti Break stout. You hard core Windowsillers will recall that I had the Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break on the sill in May of 2017. . What can I say about this stout, other than that it’s delicious? All those ingredients are palpable in the beer, and the habañero kick at the end definitely warmed my throat, no matter how frigid the temperatures outside were. I may have waited several months to open the bottle—I got two for my birthday back in August—but I don’t think I’ll be waiting that long to open the second one! . ABV: 10.5. IBU: 25, Available every May . @untappd says: 4.31/5

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Evil Twin Brewing: Bozo Beer (2018)

Evil Twin Brewing: Bozo Beer

Style: Imperial Stout

Special Notes: Brewed with hints of cocoa, chocolate, coconut, cinnamon, oak chips, chili, coffee, vanilla, hazelnut, chestnut and marshmallows.

ABV: 17.2%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Limited

@untappd says: 4.23/5

Who knew being a bozo would feel so good?

Not only is it Stout Season, but it snowed and was extremely cold in the North East this weekend. That meant I needed an extra beefy stout to keep me warm. Who do you go to when you need a beefy stout? Evil Twin Brewing, of course. At 17.2% ABV, and with the consistency of pure motor oil, the Bozo Beer is one of the beefiest stouts I’ve ever had.

Evil Twin Brewing: Bozo Beer
Just a couple of bozos on the label. Can you guess who they are? (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Window Sills)

So why Bozo? According to a piece in the New York Times, Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø (owner of Evil Twin) designed this beer “make fun of” the extreme flavor experiments in which craft brewers like Mikkeller often engage. Said Jeppe: We added cocoa, chocolate, coconut, cinnamon, oak chips, chili, coffee, vanilla, hazelnut, chestnut, marshmallows. It’s not a beer I’d drink, but it came out excellent, and it gets crazy high ratings.”

So, when Evil Twin made this beer, which was brewed in conjunction with Westbrook Brewing Company, they set out to make a ridiculous beer, kind of to make fun of us craft beer bozos. With all those giant flavors, and all that booze, I really loved this brew. I’ll be a bozo all day long if it means Jeppe keeps making this beer. It’s amazing!

How about you, Windowsillers? Would you be a bozo for this delicious Bozo Beer?

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Two Roads Brewing Company: Two Evil: Saigon Scooter Selfie

Two Roads Brewing Company: Two Evil: Saigon Scooter Selfie

Style: Vietnamese-style Coffee Stout

Special Notes: Brewed with coffee, brown sugar and cream extract—in the style of Ca Phe Sua Da (Vietnamese iced coffee). Collaboration with Evil Twin Brewing and Heart of Darkness Brewery Saigon.

ABV: 9.5%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Limited

@untappd says: 4.05/5

Taking the Windowsill to Saigon today!

Have you ever heard of Ca Phe Sua Da? I hadn’t either. As it turns out, it’s a style of coffee that originated in Vietnam. According to Steamy Kitchen, “Vietnamese Iced Coffee is an intensely brewed coffee concentrate that drips down into a tall glass of ice and a big spoonful of sweetened condensed milk.” The result is a rich, creamy, smooth, sweet and intense coffee flavor that can be a bit shocking to those of us used to “regular” coffee.

Two Roads Brewing Company: Two Evil: Saigon Scooter Selfie
Sometimes a happy accident can lead to great inspiration. Like this label! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

Sounds good, right? Well, that’s what the Saigon Scooter Selfie is; a Vietnamese style coffee stout. It’s brewed with coffee, as well as brown sugar and cream extract. The beer is the latest—along with the Geyser Gose and the Pachamama Porter—in the Two Evil series of collaborations between Two Roads Brewing Company and Evil Twin Brewing. For this Vietnamese-inspired stout, brewers Phil Markowski (Two Roads) and Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø (Evil Twin) actually traveled to Saigon—they’ve traveled somewhere to brew all of the Two Evil beers—to work with Duane Morton, head brewer at Heart of Darkness Brewery.

The label is inspired by a real photo taken by co-founder of Two Roads Clem Pellani. Pellani was actually trying to take a video, but ended up taking selfie instead… on a scooter… in Saigon.

Much like the Vietnamese-style coffee, the end product of this collaboration was rich, creamy, decadent stout. The label describes it like a coffee milkshake, and that’s really what it is. I haven’t had another stout quite like it, and I really wish I had another. It also makes me desperately want to try the real Ca Phe Sua Da… so I think that’s what I’ll be doing next!

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. Two Roads Brewing Company: Two Evil: Saigon Scooter Selfie . Taking the Windowsill to Saigon today! . Have you ever heard of Ca Phe Sua Da? I hadn’t either. As it turns out, it’s a style of coffee that originated in Vietnam. According to @steamykitchen, “Vietnamese Iced Coffee is an intensely brewed coffee concentrate that drips down into a tall glass of ice and a big spoonful of sweetened condensed milk.” The result is a rich, creamy, smooth, sweet and intense coffee flavor that can be a bit shocking to those of us used to “regular” coffee. . Sounds good, right? Well, that’s what the Saigon Scooter Selfie is; a Vietnamese style coffee stout. It’s brewed with coffee, as well as brown sugar and cream extract. The beer is the latest—along with the Geyser Gose and the Pachamama—in the Two Evil series of collaborations between @tworoadsbrewing and @eviltwinbrewing. For this Vietnamese-inspired stout, brewers Phil Markowski (Two Roads) and Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø (Evil Twin) actually traveled to Saigon—they’ve travel somewhere to brew all of the Two Evil beers—to work with Duane Morton, head brewer at @heartofdarknessbrewery. The label is inspired by a real photo taken by co-founder of Two Roads Clem Pellani. Pellani was actually trying to take a video, but ended up taking selfie instead… on a scooter… in Saigon. . Much like the Vietnamese-style coffee, the end product of this collaboration was rich, creamy, decadent stout. The label describes it like a coffee milkshake, and that’s really what it is. I haven’t had another stout quite like it, and I really wish I had another. It also makes me desperately want to try the real Ca Phe Sua Da… so I think that’s what I’ll be doing next! . ABV: 9.5%, IBU: N/A, Limited availability . @untappd says: 4.05/5

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Trillium Brewing Company: PM Dawn

Trillium Brewing Company: PM Dawn

Style: Imperial Stout

Special Notes: Brewed with coffee from Barrington Coffee

ABV: 9.0%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.30/5

Stout Season is still going strong on the Windowsill today!

This is another Trillium Brewing Company brew from my trip in September, the PM Dawn. It’s one of many beers—of all styles—that the Boston-based brewery has made in collaboration with their Fort Point neighbors, Barrington Coffee Roasting. You might have tried some of the others, like the Night & Day, the Day & Night, the Coffee Cake and the Affogato.

Trillium Brewing Company: PM Dawn
Why show one, when I can show two? (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

This is the first Stout I’ve ever tried from Trillium, and I can absolutely guarantee you I’m going to be looking for more of them when I go to their Canton location in February. It’s brewed with cold brewed coffee, which, in my opinion, is way better than regular coffee brewed hot. Why? First of all, it contains more caffeine than regular coffee. It’s also easier on your stomach, as the heat used in brewing a regular cup of Joe can add to the drink’s acidity.

Enough about the Java though. The PM Dawn is divine. The nose hits you with some solid earthy, roasted coffee and chocolate. The flavor follows suit with more chocolate, vanilla and rich and creamy coffeeness. One thing I like in my stouts is a heavier mouthfeel and, although it’s not quite motor oil, the PM Dawn is fairly heavy and thick. Very balanced, and just plain awesome.

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The Alchemist: Luscious (2018)

The Alchemist: Luscious

Style: British Imperial Stout

Special Notes: Made with 50% specialty malt for more flavor.

ABV: 9.2%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.27/5

We have a nice bit of deep, dark lusciousness on the Windowsill today!

Can you imagine a world without beer from Vermont’s The Alchemist? Well, back in 2011, their brewpub in Waterbury—this was long before the beautiful new facility in Stowe—was completely devastated by a flood. According to the Waterbury Record, the floodwaters “destroyed nearly everything in the Alchemist basement. A walk-in cooler, compressors, computers, the malt, beer, food, recipes—all were damaged beyond repair.”

Facing basically being out of business, owner John Kimmich was able to save two beers. Heady Topper and Luscious. Four days after the flood, Kimmich opened a temporary cannery. The Luscious and the Heady Topper helped save the company when it was released for 11/11/11. You can imagine why this beer holds a special place in Kimmich’s heart.

The Alchemist: Luscious
Like the label says, this one was truly luscious.(Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

Well, now it holds a special place in my heart, too. I picked up this can all the way back in June, when I visited for @itsmeitsbmd1085’s bachelor party. This was my last can leftover from that trip. As bittersweet as that is, this beer definitely had no bitterness to it at all. Just luscious, sweet deliciousness. It’s a British-style imperial stout with a good kick and some great flavor to boot. One interesting note about this version that separates it from the ones brewed before 2017 is that Alchemist now works on a five-week-brewing cycle. Previous versions of the Luscious was often aged for 8, or even 12, weeks.

The ones you’re getting at their Stowe location these days are much younger. You can have them fresh, or age them a while. Mine spent almost seven months in the fridge, and it was still incredible!

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. The Alchemist: Luscious (2018) . We have a nice bit of deep, dark lusciousness on the Windowsill today! . Can you imagine a world without beer from Vermont’s The Alchemist? Well, back in 2011, their brewpub in Waterbury—this was long before the beautiful new facility in Stowe—was completely devastated by a flood. According to @beerconnoisseurmag, the floodwaters “destroyed nearly everything in the Alchemist basement. A walk-in cooler, compressors, computers, the malt, beer, food, recipes—all were damaged beyond repair.” . Facing basically being out of business, owner John Kimmich was able to save two beers. Heady Topper and Luscious. Four days after the flood, Kimmich opened a temporary cannery. The Luscious and the Heady Topper helped save the company when it was released for 11/11/11. You can imagine why this beer holds a special place in Kimmich’s heart. . Well, now it holds a special place in my heart, too. I picked up this can all the way back in June, when I visited for @itsmeitsbmd1085’s bachelor party. This was my last can leftover from that trip. As bittersweet as that is, this beer definitely had no bitterness to it at all. Just luscious, sweet deliciousness. It’s a British-style imperial stout with a good kick and some great flavor to boot. One interesting note about this version that separates it from the ones brewed before 2017 is that Alchemist now works on a five-week-brewing cycle. Previous versions of the Luscious was often aged for 8, or even 12, weeks. The ones you’re getting at their Stowe location these days are much younger. You can have them fresh, or age them a while. Mine spent almost seven months in the fridge, and it was still incredible! . ABV: 9.2%, IBU: N/A, Rotating availability . @untappd says: 4.27/5

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Left Hand Brewing Company: Wake Up Dead Nitro (2018)

Left Hand Brewing Company: Wake Up Dead Nitro

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Special Notes: Carbonated with Nitrogen.

ABV: 10.2%

IBU: 45

Availability: Winter seasonal

@untappd says: 3.82/5

Happy New Year Windowsillers!

Did you ever wake up dead? I thought I did this morning, but it turned out I was just hungover from celebrating New Year’s Eve at Barcelona Wine Bar in Fairfield, CT. It’s something my wife and I have done a few times now, and it’s always a blast. We typically start with dinner at the restaurant, where they do pretty incredible Spanish-style tapas and entrees. Our favorite tapas are definitely the Sweet & Sour Chorizo & Figs and the Potato Tortillas and the very best entree is the Vegetable Paella. The best part? It’s attached to the Hotel Hi-Ho, so we just rented rooms. No drinking and driving. All drinking and partying!

Left Hand Brewing Company: Wake Up Dead Nitro label closeup
This is definitely a badass label design. Love it! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

It’s the hotel that I have to thank for today’s Windowsill. You can even see the Barcelona Wine Bar sign in the background. Beautiful! As far as the beer? It’s a Nitro Imperial Russian stout from Left Hand Brewing Company named Wake Up Dead. It’s brewed with a slew of delicious malts, including Pale 2-row, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Black Barley and Flaked Oats. Magnum and US Goldings hops make up the rest.

I love Nitro everything. I don’t care if it’s coffee or beer. Today, it’s beer, and the creamy, cascading head from the nitrogen carbonation works beautifully with this stout. It’s chocolately with hints of dry fruit. I really loved it. Got my New Year’s Eve rolling! Plus, that can art is awesome! Hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s Eve, and that your 2019 includes a lot of great beer—on a windowsill if possible!

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. Left Hand Brewing Company: Wake Up Dead Nitro (2018) . Happy New Year Windowsillers! . Did you ever wake up dead? I thought I did this morning, but it turned out I was just hungover from celebrating New Year’s Eve at Barcelona Wine Bar in Fairfield, CT. It’s something my wife, @jbeataetn, and I have done a few times now, and it’s always a blast. We typically start with dinner at the restaurant, where they do pretty incredible Spanish-style tapas and entrees. Our favorite tapas are definitely the Sweet & Sour Chorizo & Figs and the Potato Tortillas and the very best entree is the Vegetable Paella. The best part? It’s attached to the Hotel Hi-Ho, so we just rented rooms. No drinking and driving. All drinking and partying! . It’s the hotel that I have to thank for today’s Windowsill. You can even see the Barcelona Wine Bar sign in the background. Beautiful! As far as the beer? It’s a Nitro Imperial Russian stout from Left Hand Brewing Company named Wake Up Dead. It’s brewed with a slew of delicious malts, including Pale 2-row, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Black Barley and Flaked Oats. Magnum and US Goldings hops make up the rest. . I love Nitro everything. I don’t care if it’s coffee or beer. Today, it’s beer, and the creamy, cascading head from the nitrogen carbonation works beautifully with this stout. It’s chocolately with hints of dry fruit. I really loved it. Got my New Year’s Eve rolling! Plus, that can art is awesome! Hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s Eve, and that your 2019 includes a lot of great beer—on a windowsill if possible! . ABV: 10.2%, IBU: 45, Winter seasonal availability . @untappd says: 3.82/5

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Lawson’s Finest Liquids: No Collusion

Lawson's Finest Liquids: No Collusion

Style: Whiskey barrel-aged Imperial Stout

Special Notes: Aged in Mad River Distillers’ “Hopscotch” Whiskey barrels.

ABV: 11.0%

IBU: N/A

Availability: No longer in production (brewed once)

@untappd says: 4.38/5

Sometimes, collusion amongst friends leads to very good beer.

Despite the fact that today’s beer is named No Collusion, it’s very much a product of collusion… without the deceptive part of the word’s meaning, though. It comes from a partnership between Vermont’s Lawson’s Finest Liquids (makers of the Sip of Sunshine) and Mad River Distillers (a Vermont-based maker of fine spirits).

The process is detailed on the bottle, but just in case you can’t read it, it’s basically this: First, they started with Mad River’s “Hopscotch” Vermont Whiskey barrels. After the whiskey was emptied, Lawson’s filled those barrels with a maple imperial stout. One year later, the barrels were tapped and the beer inside was harvested for sale.

Lawson's Finest Liquids: No Collusion label closeup
No fancy frills for this bottle. Just the facts, and the beer. (Credit: Martin Stezano / Beers on Windowsills)

The next collusion that led this beer to my Windowsill, is one amongst friends. My good buddy Brian, and his new wife, had themselves a house warming party. Another good friend of the Windowsill, Alex, brought this bottle to the party and shared it with all of the guests. Collaboration at its finest, all around!

What else can I say about this beer? It was so good, that I couldn’t stop thinking about it for a few days! I still remember it fondly! Chocolatey, mapley, whiskey goodness. Although, I must say, I didn’t realize it was aged in whiskey barrels until I saw the label. The beer itself was ultra smooth. The rest of the night got away from us a bit (Bourbon County and Pumking made appearances), but the Lawson’s really stuck in my mind. Incredible. I really hope they decide to make more some day.

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. Lawson’s Finest Liquids: No Collusion . Sometimes, collusion amongst friends leads to very good beer. . Despite the fact that today’s beer is named No Collusion, it’s very much a product of collusion… without the deceptive part of the word’s meaning, though. It comes from a partnership between Vermont’s Lawson’s Finest Liquids (makers of the Sip of Sunshine) and Mad River Distillers (a Vermont-based maker of fine spirits). . The process is detailed on the bottle, but just in case you can’t read it, it’s basically this: First, they started with Mad River’s “Hopscotch” Vermont Whiskey barrels. After the whiskey was emptied, Lawson’s filled those barrels with a maple imperial stout. One year later, the barrels were tapped and the beer inside was harvested for sale. . The next collusion that led this beer to my Windowsill, is one amongst friends. My good buddy @itsmeitsbmd1085, and his new wife, had themselves a house warming party. Another good friend of the Windowsill, @sherk.alex, brought this bottle to the party and shared it with all of the guests. Collaboration at its finest, all around! . What else can I say about this beer? It was so good, that I couldn’t stop thinking about it for a few days! I still remember it fondly! Chocolatey, mapley, whiskey goodness. Although, I must say, I didn’t realize it was aged in whiskey barrels until I saw the label. The beer itself was ultra smooth. The rest of the night got away from us a bit (Bourbon County and Pumking made appearances), but the Lawson’s really stuck in my mind. Incredible. I really hope they decide to make more some day. . ABV: 11.0%, IBU: N/A, Limited availability (brewed once so far) . @untappd says: 4.38/5

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