Burial Beer Company: Gang of Blades

Burial Beer Company: Gang of Blades

Hops: Amarillo, Belma, Centennial, Columbus, Mandarin Bavaria, Simcoe

Yeast: Wild Ale

ABV: 8.3%

IBU: 65

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.06/5

I have definitely found my gang on the Windowsill today!

There’s so much to talk about when it comes to Asheville, North Carolina’s Burial Beer Company, that I’m gonna have to find more of their beer so I can talk about it all. First of all, they were founded by Jess and Doug Reiser—they’re married—and their friend and head brewer, Tim Gormley in 2013. They started as a one-barrel system and now, just five years later, they have a production brewing facility where they’ll soon be opening a new beer bar. The company’s unique branding is inspired by the few years the Reisers spent living in New Orleans. That time in the Big Easy infiltrates every pore of the brewery—from the names of the beers to the art on the cans, which are designed by David Paul Seymour. Such a great brewery!

Now, the beer. According to an interview in Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine, Gormley and the Reisers are in an “ever-going quest to create the ideal IPA for each customer.” They have come pretty close to creating mine with the Gang of Blades double IPA. It’s brewed with the scintillating combination of Amarillo, Belma, Centennial, Columbus, Mandarin Bavaria and Simcoe hops. However, there’s a twist. They used wild ale yeast for fermentation, which kind of makes this a wild-ish IPA, I guess? Whatever you want to call it, the Gang of Blades is friggin’ juicy and delicious!

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Springdale Beer: Yawp!

Springdale Beer by Jack's Abby: Yawp!

Hops: Chinook, El Dorado, Comet, Centennial, Denali

ABV: 6.0%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Limited

@untappd says: 3.81/5

Is that a herd of yeti on the Windowsill? Well, I highly doubt it. So what is it?

Let’s say you were known for one thing—like putting beers on windowsills, for example. But you dream of putting beers on other things, too! What do you do? Well, the folks at Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers kind of found themselves in a similar situation—you can’t make non-lagers if your company’s name says you only make lagers. How did they get around this problem? They created an offshoot brand, named Springdale by Jack’s Abby. Under this label, which was kicked off in 2016, they’re free to experiment with everything, from barrel aging to IPAs to pale ales to stouts—whatever they want! Will this inspire me to start a side-Instagram named Beers on Other Surfaces? Nah. I’m good. But I’m glad Springdale by Jack’s Abby is a thing!

What does “Yawp!” mean? No, it’s not just a group of yetis traveling together in a pack (sorry @urbandictionary). It’s actually basically a cry out. It can be used to express exultation, frustration or even just agreement, according to this can. It can even be used in reaction to drinking a really tasty American pale ale, like the Yawp! This one is hopped with Chinook, El Dorado, Comet, Centennial and Denali hops, which makes for a really hoppy and bitter brew. Did I like this one! Yawp!

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Lock City Brewing Company: Research Drive #4

Lock City Brewing Co.: Research Drive #4

Hops: Citra, Simcoe, Eukanot

ABV: 5.7%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Limited (Tap room only)

@untappd says: 3.42/5

You know we love to do our research on the Windowsill!

Let’s talk about Lock City Brewing Company’s Research series! Like any good brewery, the Stamford, CT beer maker is always tinkering with its recipes and creating new brews. These “Research” pilot batches are named after the street on which Lock City makes its home. I spoke with someone at the brewery over IG—you know Beers on Windowsills isn’t afraid to slip into the DMs to get that info—and they told me that they do these batches every once in a while, but have been ramping them up of late in order to add new brews to their portfolio. In order to make these, nothing is safe from being tinkered with. Sometimes add the hops at different times, or reuse the hops during the dry hopping process. Other times, they do a little yeast blending to get some stronger fermentation. Whatever they’re doing, I love the experimentation!

The Research Drive #4 is, as you may have figured out, the fourth version of this research concept. It’s an IPA brewed with Citra, Simcoe and Eukanot hops. I’ve grown quite familiar with the first two varieties on my craft beer journey, but the Eukanot is fairly new for me. The aroma profile for this hop is citrus, tropical, fruity and herbal. I thought it was a fine addition to a pretty solid IPA. Here’s hoping this one becomes a regular brew!

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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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Maine Beer Company: Peeper Ale

Maine Beer Company: Peeper Ale

Oh boy. Looks like we have a peeper at the Windowsill!

The story of Maine Beer Company starts with family. Brothers Dave and Daniel Kleban started brewing as a weekend hobby in the mid 2000s. The two loved it so much, that Dave asked Daniel to be quit his job at a law firm and be his beer-making partner instead. Maine Beer Company started with a one-barrel system. In 2010, they bought a 15bbl brew house, and a 30 bbl fermenter. In 2013, they opened up a huge facility, complete with a taproom and a warehouse. What started as two brothers just “doing it right” has evolved into one of the more respected breweries in Maine. I also love that they partner with 1 Percent For the Planet a nonprofit that partners with companies who agree to donate 1% of their yearly profits to other nonprofits. Very cool!

The Peeper Ale is near and dear to the heart of the Kleban brothers. When they started, their goal was to perfect one recipe. They wanted to do one beer, do it right, and see if people would drink it. That beer was the Peeper Ale, named after the Spring Peeper, a frog that appears as one of the first signs of spring in the area. The beer was originally known as the Spring Peeper Ale, but the name was changed so it wouldn’t sound so seasonal. The Peeper is brewed with Amarillo, Cascade and Centennial hops, along with a grain bill of American 2-Row, Carapils, Vienna and Red Wheat. It’s light, citrusy, with notes of berries and pine—a really solid pale ale. The Kleban brothers really did do it right! Thankfully, with their operation much bigger these days, they make a lot of different beers. Glad I was finally able to have them on my Windowsill!

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Newburgh Brewing Company: NewYorkBoss IPA

Newburgh Brewing Company: NewYorkBoss IPA

ABV: 7.0%

IBU: 35

Availability: Limited

@untappd says: 3.77/5

I Paid the cost to drink the boss on the Windowsill today!

Whole Foods is at it again, partnering with a New York craft brewery to bring an exclusive beer to market. This time, the supermarket chain struck a deal with Newburgh’s Newburgh Brewing Company to release today’s beer, the NewYorkBoss. This is actually part of an even bigger collaboration initiative from Newburgh, called the Boss Series. The NanoBoss, MegaBoss and GigaBoss are their original IPAs (there’s also a LagerBoss), but the new series includes the following collaborations: NewYorkBoss (Whole Foods), the ChefBoss (with The Brewery at CIA) and the MooeyBoss (with Bonn Place Brewing). A new Boss collaboration will be released every month!

I Decided to drink the NewYorkBoss in honor of the New York Yankees, who currently wear that title after winning 15 of their last 16 games (the crosstown Mets, meanwhile, have won just 5 of their last 16). It’s an IPA brewed using 100% New York State-grown ingredients, with hops from Pedersen Farms in the Finger Lakes, and malt from Germantown Beer Farm. Very citrusy and delicious! Those NYS ingredients really make for great brews. Go Newburgh, Go Boss Series, and Go Yankees!

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Four Corners Brewing Company: La Lechuza S’more Stout

Four Corners Brewing Company: La Lechuza S'More Stout

ABV: 7.6%

IBU: 50

Availability: Retired

@untappd says: 3.54/5

Happy Cinco de Mayo from the Windowsill to you!

Let’s talk about the Lechuza. No, not the stout, the animal at the forefront of a pretty creepy Mexican leyenda. Lechuza means owl. The leyenda speaks of a witch named La Lechuza, for the shapeshifting powers that allowed her to turn herself into an owl. There are many origin stories for the leyenda, but one of them says that she is seeking revenge for the death of her child at the hands of a drunk. At the end of the night, she hangs out near bars, looking for the last drunk to walk out so she can take them. They’re never seen alive again. Interesting that the only people reporting this giant owl woman are the dudes closing out the bars, but i digress. She also steals children who are allowed to play alone at night, so be careful kiddies!

Now let’s talk about the La Lechuza S’more Stout. It’s a no-longer-in-production stout from Dallas, Texas’ Four Corners Brewing Company. It’s a dry stout brewed with cinnamon, graham crackers and chocolate malts (hence the S’mores). The aroma hits you with some good cocoa and cinnamon, like Mexican chocolate. Pretty chocolaty on the palate, too, with a little kick from the cinnamon. It’s not sweet, though, and only slightly creamy. Pretty solid brew for sitting around a campfire telling stories of La Lechuza! Check out how the can opens, too!

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Industrial Arts Brewing Company: Power Tools

Industrial Arts Brewing Company: Power Tools

ABV: 7.1%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 3.94/5

Sometimes you need the right tools for the Windowsill job!

Typically I would tell you about the brewery here, but instead, I’m going to tell you about the two newest members of the Windowsill family, our new kitties, Luna, who is modeling nicely on the Windowsill, and Charlie, trying her best to ignore my empty can. We adopted them this past Saturday and, as you can see below, they’re adjusting just fine! Don’t worry, they don’t drink, they’re just being pretty for the camera. They’ll be debuting on their own Instagram soon enough, but I figured I’d introduce them to you guys!

Luna the cat and the Power Tools IPA from Industrial Arts Brewing—on the Windowsill
Luna the cat and the Power Tools IPA from Industrial Arts Brewing—on the Windowsill
Luna is definitely ready for the Windowsill spotlight to shine on her! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)
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Now, let’s talk about the Power Tools IPA. New York’s Industrial Arts Brewing Company is really becoming one of my favorite breweries. I couldn’t find much information about the ingredients in this IPA—other than that it’s a beefed up version of the Tools of the Trade—but it’s pretty great. Big aroma of grapefruit and pine oils punches you in the nose up front, and it has an awful lot of hoppy bitterness on every sip, with some good light maltiness for balance and body. The Power Tools is Delicious!

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Lord Hobo Brewing Company: Steal This Can

Hops: Chinook, Zeus, Centennial

Grain Bill: Pilsner, American Red Wheat

ABV: 6.5%

IBU: 80

Availability: Year-round

@untappd says: 3.81/5

No, I didn’t steal today’s beer, but maybe I should have!

Lord Hobo Brewing Company’s back on the Windowsill for the fourth time! The Massachusetts-based brewery picked a fun name for this one. Steal this Can. I was unable to nail down if the name is inspired by the 1971 Abbie Hoffman novel Steal this Book, or the 2002 System of a Down album “Steal this Album,” but I imagine it’s one or the other. Depends on whether owner Daniel Lanigan is more of a rocker or a reader. You’ll have to ask him!

Steal this Can is a “West Coast-inspired IPA” brewed with Chinook, Zeus and Centennial hops (and a mystery fourth hop variety). Aromas of pine and citrus hit the nose up front, and the bready, bitter flavor is quite tasty on the tongue. It’s got some good mouthfeel to it, too. Nice, solid IPA from Lord Hobo. So, how about it? Are you going to Steal this Can?

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Firefly Hollow Brewing: Cone Flakes IIPA

Firefly Hollow Brewing: Cone Flakes IIPA

Kettle Hops: Zeus, Galaxy, Mosaic, Palisade, Nugget, Citra

Dry Hops: Mosaic, Galaxy, Amarillo

Grain Bill: UK Pale Malt, Gr Vienna, Special Roast

ABV: 7.7%

IBU: 85

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 3.95/5

Today’s Windowsill beer might be a part of a very balanced breakfast!

The Connecticut beer scene is growing so fast, it’s getting hard to keep track, but I didn’t want to miss out on Bristol’s Firefly Hollow Brewing. I love a good origin story, and Firefly Hollow definitely has one. Co-founders Bill Collins and Rich Loomis originally partnered up on a different endeavor, when they purchased Brew & Wine Hobby, a homebrew shop in East Hartford, CT. They soon decided owning a brew shop wasn’t enough; they wanted to own a brewery! In 2012, they started a Kickstarter, and in October of 2013, Firefly Hollow Brewing was born. Dana Bourque, who had been their first employee at the hobby shop, became head of brewing operations. Today, Dana runs the entire CT Craft Brewers Guild, too.

According to Firefly Hollow, they named this beer Cone Flakes because it’s so damn hoppy, you might as well pour yourself a bowl of hops, added beer and grabbed a spoon. I know they’re being funny, but it’s not that far from the truth. Six varieties of hops—Zeus, Galaxy, Mosaic, Palisade, Nugget and Citra—are added in the kettle, and it’s also dry-hopped with Mosaic, Galaxy and Amarillo. Hops on hops on hops! The Cone Flakes was really good! You’ll definitely want to taste this one again… for the first time!

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