Trillium Brewing Company: Blueberry Soak

Trillium Brewing Company: Blueberry Soak

Style: Sour Wheat Ale

Special Notes: Aged in oak barrels and brewed with blueberries.

Hops: US Goldings

Malts: Pilsner, White Wheat, Flaked Wheat

ABV: 6.3%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.33/5

Who’s ready to get soaked on the Windowsill today?

Have you ever had one of the brews from Trillium Brewing Company’s Soak series? I hadn’t, until my trip to their Canton location this past Saturday. Starting in 2016 with the Blackberry Soak in 2016, Trillium has released many versions of this sour wheat ale: Peach, Plum, Raspberry, Apricot, Black Currant, Cranberry, Sour Cherry, Piña Colada and Blueberry. (Not to mention a couple of Super Soak imperial versions that have come out, too).

As part of my haul—which you saw most of in yesterday’s post—I picked up three bottles of their Blueberry Soak for my wife. I got home at 10 p.m. or so, and my wife immediately popped this bottle. I grabbed a glass, poured it for her and took the photo.

Trillium Brewing Company: Blueberry Soak
Soak in this classy label! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

The way this beer is made is truly a work of art. I’ll let Trillium’s own words tell the tale… “We ferment the base beer with 60% wheat in large oak foeders for several months. Fermentation duties are shared gracefully between our house lactobacillus strain and our Native New England mixed culture. Loosely inspired by the cold-maceration process used in winemaking, we referment fruit in the base beer after primary foeder fermentation to ‘soak’ for a deep extraction of unique colors, aromatics, and flavors.”

Everybody got that? What does it all mean? It’s a bit above my paygrade, but the blueberry flavor was really nice in this ale. It’s light, refreshing, crisp and a little tart. And look at that color!

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. Trillium Brewing Company: Blueberry Soak . Who’s ready to get soaked on the Windowsill today? . Have you ever had one of the brews from Trillium Brewing Company’s Soak series? I hadn’t, until my trip to their Canton location this past saturday. Starting in 2016 with the Blackberry Soak in 2016, Trillium has released many versions of this sour wheat ale: Blackberry, Peach, Plum, Raspberry, Apricot, Black Currant, Cranberry, Sour Cherry, Piña Colada and Blueberry. (Not to mention a couple of Super Soak imperial versions that have come out, too). . As part of my haul—which you saw most of in yesterday’s post—I picked up three bottles of their Blueberry Soak for my wife. I got home at 10 p.m. or so, and my wife immediately popped this bottle. I grabbed a glass, poured it for her and took the photo. . The way this beer is made is truly a work of art. I’ll let Trillium’s own words tell the tale… “We ferment the base beer with 60% wheat in large oak foeders for several months. Fermentation duties are shared gracefully between our house lactobacillus strain and our Native New England mixed culture. Loosely inspired by the cold-maceration process used in winemaking, we referment fruit in the base beer after primary foeder fermentation to ‘soak’ for a deep extraction of unique colors, aromatics, and flavors.” . Everybody got that? What does it all mean? It’s a bit above my paygrade, but the blueberry flavor was really nice in this ale. It’s light, refreshing, crisp and a little tart. And look at that color! . ABV: 5.5, IBU: N/A, Rotating availability . @untappd says: 4.33/5

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Trillium Brewing Company: Peanut Butter Cup

Trillium Brewing Company: Peanut Butter Cup

Style: Imperial Stout

Special Notes: Brewed with peanut butter, chocolate, Madagascar vanilla beans and lactose

Hops: Hop Extract

Malts: Pale Malt, Caramel Malt, Flaked Oat, Black (Patent) Malt, Chocolate Malt, Munich Malt, White Wheat

ABV: 13.5%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Limited

@untappd says: 4.4/5

This past Saturday, I took a trip to @trilliumcanton with my good buddy, Brian aka the Galley Cookin’ Beer Snob, and I had what is now my FAVORITE BEER OF ALL TIME—Peanut Butter Cup from Trillium Brewing Company.

First, a bit about our day. Brian got to my house at about 10:20AM and we hit the road to Canton, MA. We made no stops along the way and were inside the building at Trillium’s Canton brewery and taproom at 1:00 PM sharp. As was the plan, we went immediately to the taproom line to get a couple of 5oz pours each. I went with the Resolution Break, an Imperial Stout brewed with cold brew coffee, liege waffles, lactose and vanilla; and the Cape Elizabeth Light House, a double IPA. I’ll save the details on those for another post, because the attention today needs to be placed on the third 5oz pour I picked up.

Trillium Brewing Company in Canton
The sign outside Trillium Brewing Company in Canton (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

Just from the smell, I knew I was in for something life changing. I don’t think I’ll forget that first sip for a long, long time. The creamy, viscous goodness coated the inside of my mouth like motor oil does engine lines. The flavors of chocolate, peanut butter and Madagascar vanilla beans and lactose transported me back to younger days, enjoying peanut butter milkshakes on hot summer nights. I’m pretty sure I floated off the ground for a minute, too. OK… but seriously, this was some unbelievable beer! I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it!

After taking time to make sure I was OK to drive, we went over to the retail shop section to pick up our to-go beers. I ended up buying a case of all different kinds of cans and bottles for me, my wife, a buddy and for an upcoming trade. Sadly, the Peanut Butter Cup was not available to take home. No cans. No bottles. Not even growlers. How disappointing!

Trillium Brewing Company: Peanut Butter Cup
Here’s hoping these aren’t the only 5oz of Peanut Butter Cup I ever drink. (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

Anyway, we packed our beers into the back of the car and headed home. On the way, we stopped off at Castle Island Brewing Company, Grey Sail Brewing of RI, Cottrell Brewing Co., Beer’d Brewing Company (which was closed) and Outer Light Brewing Company. After grabbing food at the Half Keg Tavern in New London, we drove home. Our 12-hour, 4-brewery road trip was over! Amazing day. More to come on those stops soon!’

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. Trillium Brewing Company: Peanut Butter Cup . This past Saturday, I took a trip to @trilliumcanton with my good buddy, @galleycookinbeersnob (Brian), and I had what is now my FAVORITE BEER OF ALL TIME—Peanut Butter Cup from Trillium Brewing Company. . First, a bit about our day. Brian got to my house at about 10:20AM and we hit the road to Canton, MA. We made no stops along the way and were inside the building at Trillium’s Canton brewery and taproom at 1:00 PM sharp. As was the plan, we went immediately to the taproom line to get a couple of 5oz pours each. I went with the Resolution Break, an Imperial Stout brewed with cold brew coffee, liege waffles, lactose and vanilla; and the Cape Elizabeth Light House, a double IPA. I’ll save the details on those for another post, because the attention today needs to be placed on the third 5oz pour I picked up. . Just from the smell, I knew I was in for something life changing. I don’t think I’ll forget that first sip for a long, long time. The creamy, viscous goodness coated the inside of my mouth like motor oil does engine lines. The flavors of chocolate, peanut butter and Madagascar vanilla beans and lactose transported me back to younger days, enjoying peanut butter milkshakes on hot summer nights. I’m pretty sure I floated off the ground for a minute, too. OK… but seriously, this was some unbelievable beer! I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it! . After taking time to make sure I was OK to drive, we went over to the retail shop section to pick up our to-go beers. I ended up buying a case of all different kinds of cans and bottles for me, my wife, a buddy and for an upcoming trade. Sadly, the Peanut Butter Cup was not available to take home. No cans. No bottles. Not even growlers. How disappointing! . Anyway, we packed our beers into the back of the car and headed home. On the way, we stopped off at @cibrewing, @greysail, @cottrellbrewing, @beerdbrewing (which was closed) and @outerlightbrewing. After grabbing food at the Half Keg Tavern in New London, we drove home. Our 12-hour, 4-brewery road trip was over. More to come on those stops! . ABV: 13.5%, IBU: N/A, Limited availability . @untappd says: 4.4/5

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SingleCut Beersmiths: I’m An Alligator

SingleCut Beersmiths: I'm An Alligator

Style: Double IPA

Special Notes: Double dry-hopped. Named after a David Bowie lyric. Formerly known as Cold Fire.

ABV: 8.2%

IBU: 126

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.15/5

“I’m an alligator, I’m a mama-papa coming for you / I’m the space invader, I’ll be a rock ‘n’ rollin’ Windowsill for you” David Bowie… sort of.

It’s common knowledge to SingleCut Beersmiths fans that owner Rich Buceta loves David Bowie. Bowie’s fifth studio album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, has been a huge influence on the Queens-based brewery’s beer names and label art. I always get a kick out of the Bowie-inspired names. Buceta really knows how to find those names, doesn’t he?

SingleCut Beersmiths: I'm An Alligator
Are you an alligator, too? (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

I’m An Alligator—formerly known as Cold Fire—is the “bigger brother” of another SingleCut IPA that has previously graced my sill, the Weird & Gilly. It’s a double dry-hopped DIPA inspired by Moonage Daydreams, a song Bowie originally recorded in 1971 with a band Arnold Corns, and subsequently re-released as the third track on Side one of Ziggy. I’m not sure what the hop recipe is for this one—SingleCut usually keeps that close to the chest—but, as the can says, it’s mega dry-hopped because “the Spiders demanded it.” Never disappoint the Spiders, I always say.

Like everything else SingleCut does, I’m An Alligator is phenomenal. Smooth, juicy and a little dank… Definitely one to chomp down on ASAP.

You know I wasn’t gonna make you Google this. Take a listen to the live version of Moonage Daydreams!

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• SingleCut Beersmiths: I’m An Alligator • “I'm an alligator, I'm a mama-papa coming for you / I'm the space invader, I'll be a rock 'n' rollin' Windowsill for you” David Bowie… sort of. • It’s common knowledge to SingleCut fans that owner Rich Buceta loves David Bowie. Bowie’s fifth studio album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, has been a huge influence on the Queens-based brewery’s beer names and label art. I always get a kick out of the Bowie-inspired names. Buceta really knows how to find those names, doesn’t he? • I’m An Alligator, formerly known as Cold Fire, is the “bigger brother” of another SingleCut IPA that has previously graced my sill, the Weird & Gilly. It’s a double dry-hopped DIPA inspired by Moonage Daydreams, a song Bowie originally recorded in 1971 with a band Arnold Corns, and subsequently re-released as the third track on Side one of Ziggy. I’m not sure what the hop recipe is for this one—SingleCut usually keeps that close to the chest—but, as the can says, it’s mega dry-hopped because “the Spiders demanded it.” Never disappoint the Spiders, I always say. • Like everything else SingleCut does, I’m An Alligator is phenomenal. Smooth, juicy and a little dank… Definitely one to chomp down on ASAP. • ABV: 8.2, IBU: 126, Rotating availability • @untappd says: 4.15/5

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Double Nickel Brewing Company: Spartan 117

Double Nickel Brewing Company: Spartan 117

Style: Amber Ale

Special Notes: Double dry-hopped with Waimea hops from New Zealand. Someone on the staff is a big Halo fan!

Hops: Waimea

ABV: 8.0

IBU: 12

Availability: One time release, tasting room only.

@untappd says: 3.74/5

I love when I get my hands on an exclusive beer for the sill. What a way to celebrate Beers on Windowsills’ second birthday!

First, the beer. Spartan 117 is a hoppy amber ale from Pennsauken Township, New Jersey’s Double Nickel Brewing Company. It’s heavily dry-hopped with Waimea hops from New Zealand. The result, for me, was very tasty. Citrus and pine punched through right away, and the beer had a nice sweetness to it that i really enjoyed. Love a good amber ale, and this one was very unique.

You Windowsillers that also play video games know exactly what inspired the name for this brew. It’s named after SPARTAN II Commando, Master Chief Petty Officer John-117—the hero of the immensely popular video game series, Halo. That’s him, right there on the can. Appropriately enough, this beer released on January 17. The cool part? It was a taproom exclusive that was not sent out for distribution at all.

Double Nickel Brewing Cans
The cans sent to me by DNBC: the Spartan 117, and the Failed Resolution. Look at those beautiful labels!(Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on WIndowsills)

So how did I get it? I started seeing other cans from the brewery all over Instagram, so I slid into their DMs to ask if they were planning on distributing to my area any time soon. John, the designer for DNBC—he does all of the can art, except for their core cans—got back to me and said no, but offered to send me out some beers to try.

John also filled me in about why the brewery is called Double Nickel. His grandfather, whom John delightfully called Pop Pop, came up with it. There’s a bridge down the street from Double Nickel named the Tacony Palmyra bridge. Since it used to cost 2 nickels to get across, people started calling it the Double Nickel Bridge. The nickname stuck, and it made for a pretty great name for a brewery when DNBC opened its taps three years ago.

A week or so later, I got the package. I ended up receiving the Spartan 117 and the Failed Resolution, a New England-style IPA double dry-hopped with Motueka hops. It was also very solid!

I have to thank John, and the Double Nickel crew, for their awesome generosity and quality beer.

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. Double Nickel Brewing Company: Spartan 117 . I love when I get my hands on an exclusive beer for the sill. What a way to celebrate Beers on Windowsills’ second birthday! . First, the beer. Spartan 117 is a hoppy amber ale from Pennsauken Township, New Jersey’s Double Nickel Brewing Company. It’s heavily dry-hopped with Waimea hops from New Zealand. The result, for me, was very tasty. Citrus and pine punched through right away, and the beer had a nice sweetness to it that i really enjoyed. Love a good amber ale, and this one was very unique. . You Windowsillers that also play video games know exactly what inspired the name for this brew. It’s named after SPARTAN II Commando, Master Chief Petty Officer John-117—the hero of the immensely popular video game series, Halo. That’s him, right there on the can. Appropriately enough, this beer released on January 17. The cool part? It was a taproom exclusive that was not sent out for distribution at all. . So how did I get it? I started seeing other cans from the brewery all over Instagram, so I slid into their DMs to ask if they were planning on distributing to my area any time soon. John, the designer for DNBC—he does all of the can art, except for their core cans—got back to me and said no, but offered to send me out some beers to try. . John also filled me in about why the brewery is called Double Nickel. His grandfather, whom John delightfully called Pop Pop, came up with it. There’s a bridge down the street from Double Nickel named the Tacony Palmyra bridge. Since it used to cost 2 nickels to get across, people started calling it the Double Nickel Bridge. The nickname stuck, and it made for a pretty great name for a brewery, when DNBC opened its taps three years ago. . A week or so later, I got the package. I ended up receiving the Spartan 117 and the Failed Resolution, a New England-style IPA double dry-hopped with Motueka hops. It was also very solid! . I have to thank John, and the Double Nickel crew, for their awesome generosity and quality beer. Check out the photos to see both beers, and all the stuff John and DNBC sent me! . ABV: 8.0, IBU: 12, Limited availability . @untappd says: 3.76/5

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Sixpoint Brewery: Dabble

Sixpoint Brewery: Dabble

Style: New England-style IPA

Special Notes: Part of Sixpoint’s Infinite Loop Series of experimental double IPAs.

Hops: Cashmere, Idaho 7, Sabro

ABV: 8.2%

IBU: 20

Availability: Limited

@untappd says: 3.85/5

We’re dabbling in some cool hops on the WIndowsill today!

If you follow my sill, you know I have a soft spot in my heart for Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery. I love their logo, and the unique slim cans they put all their beers in. Unfortunately, I have really only had their year-round brews… until now. Check out the Dabble, an experimental New England-style Double IPA!

Sixpoint Brewery: Dabble
Look at this work of art! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

This is a very special beer from Sixpoint. It’s the second release in their “Infinite Loop” Series of innovative DIPAs. Max Nevins, VP of Marketing at Sixpoint told Brewbound.com about the series:

“We created the Infinite Loop series to bring our small batch innovation to the entire Sixpoint network, while also ensuring we have a great tasting, innovative IPA available year-round. The Meltdown liquid just blew people away—it went so quick we were out of stock two months before we expected. We’re definitely going to go bigger for Dabble.”

I missed out on the Meltdown, but the Dabble features a great and unique hop lineup: Cashmere, Idaho 7 and a new breed of Sabro hops to which, according to Brewbound, The Hop Breeding Company granted Sixpoint early access. It was super juicy, with a lot of big hoppy flavor and aroma. Really bright and tasty!

On Sixpoint’s own blog, Brewing Manager Heather McReynolds said: “I just wanted to make the juiciest IPA we could with the best, freshest ingredients available to us. Something for the New York hop heads who love dat juice.”

I think Sixpoint did a pretty solid job!

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. Sixpoint Brewery: Dabble . We’re dabbling in some cool hops on the WIndowsill today! . If you follow my sill, you know I have a soft spot in my heart for Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery. I love their logo, and the unique slim cans they put all their beers in. Unfortunately, I have really only had their year-round brews… until now. Check out the Dabble, an experimental New England-style Double IPA! . This is a very special beer from Sixpoint. It’s the second release in their “Infinite Loop” Series of innovative DIPAs. Max Nevins, VP of Marketing at Sixpoint told @brewbound about the series: . “We created the Infinite Loop series to bring our small batch innovation to the entire Sixpoint network, while also ensuring we have a great tasting, innovative IPA available year-round. The Meltdown liquid just blew people away—it went so quick we were out of stock two months before we expected. We’re definitely going to go bigger for Dabble.” . I missed out on the Meltdown, but the Dabble features a great and unique hop lineup: Cashmere, Idaho 7 and a new breed of Sabro hops to which, according to Brewbound, The Hop Breeding Company granted Sixpoint early access. It was super juicy, with a lot of big hoppy flavor and aroma. Really bright and tasty! . On Sixpoint’s own blog, Brewing Manager Heather McReynolds said: “I just wanted to make the juiciest IPA we could with the best, freshest ingredients available to us. Something for the New York hop heads who love dat juice.” . I think Sixpoint did a pretty solid job! . ABV: 8.2%, IBU: 20, Rotating availability . @untappd says: 3.85/5

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Stillwater Artisanal: Rio De Sauvin

Stillwater Artisanal: Rio de Sauvin

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Special Notes: Brewed with passion fruit juice and mango juice. Collaboration with Against the Grain Brewery.

Hops: Nelson Sauvin

ABV: 7.7

IBU: N/A

Availability: No longer available

@untappd says: 3.79/5

This one has been in the archives for a while, but it’s too cold to drink, so I have nothing new to share!

This collaboration between Stillwater Artisanal and Against the Grain Brewery started when, as Stillwater puts it on the label, “the boys at Against the Grain made a beer based on a fictional ‘sexy man’ and uhh, his sheep friend.”

If you know your beer, you know that refers to Against the Grain’s Rico Sauvin, a double IPA made with Nelson Sauvin hops. In keeping with the theme, Stillwater took that Rico Sauvin base and turned it into an even sexier Farmhouse Ale brewed with added passion fruit juice and mango juice. It’s part of Stillwater’s remix series of collaborations.

I love a good farmhouse ale, and this didn’t disappoint me. From the label to the beer inside, it was all good. Cheers!

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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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Beer’d Brewing Company: Dogs Vs. Shinobi

Beer'd Brewing Company: Dogs Vs. Shinobi

Style: New England-style IPA

Special Notes: Collaboration with Pipeworks Brewing Company. Guava added.

Hops: Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic

ABV: 6.4%

IBU: 5

Availability: Limited

@untappd says: 4.08/5

There’s an epic battle on the Windowsill today. Who will win?

If you know anything about me, you know that I love collaboration beers with a passion. Can you imagine my absolute joy when I saw that one of my new favorite breweries, Beer’d Brewing Company, had decided to collaborate with one of my other favorite breweries, Pipeworks Brewing Company? That’s what we have on the Windowsill today… the Dogs Vs. Shinobi, a New England-style IPA with guava puree added that essentially mashes together the two breweries’ most iconic brews—the Dogs & Boats from Beer’d and the Ninja vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks.

I spoke to Beer’d’s Aaren Simoncini about this collaboration. Here’s what he had to say:


How did the partnership with Pipeworks come about?

Mike from Pipeworks has family in CT and had planned a trip back home to visit them. As luck would have it, Sarene Craft Beer Distributors, our Western CT distributor, also carries Pipeworks here in CT and thought it would be a great idea to put us in touch. We started the conversation and it was pretty obvious early on that our brewing styles were similar. We discussed some of our favorite ingredients and techniques and Dogs Vs. Shinobi was born!

How did you incorporate the two brands to make this one beer?

The final product is certainly a mashup of the two brands (there’s an IP issue preventing us from calling it Dogs Vs. Ninja). We talked about the beer we like to drink, and how we wanted those brands in a bit more of a sessionable ABV range.  We also wanted a fruity punch to be included in the final product, and we both immediately gravitated to the Guava, as it plays so well with the Citra, Simcoe and Mosaic.

Beer'd Brewing Company: Dogs Vs. Shinobi
Check out the awesome label, created by Dan Hamilton. (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

Who did the label for this can?

Dan Hamilton created the imagery for the can label. We started working with Dan a few years ago and love the fact that we can pitch him a cool name or concept and set him loose. We wanted to incorporate both brands without loosing our style and this is where we landed!

Anything else cool about this collaboration?

We love collaborations because they get us outside of our wheelhouse.  They’re a great opportunity to learn a new technique or incorporate unfamiliar ingredients in someone else’s workshop.  With all that said, it’s time for us to get outside of our wheelhouse, wink, wink, so keep your eyes out for the next step.


As for the Dogs Vs. Shinobi itself? I think you already know… It was awesome. Great mix of hops, and the guava made everyone so nice and fruity. Great collaboration!

Thanks to Aaren! I can’t wait to visit Beer’d myself in a couple of weeks!

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. Beer’d Brewing Company: Dogs vs. Shinobi . There’s an epic battle on the Windowsill today. Who will win? . If you know anything about me, you know that I love collaboration beers with a passion. Can you imagine my absolute joy when I saw that one of my new favorite breweries, @beerdbrewing, had decided to collaborate with one of my other favorite breweries, @pipeworksbrewing? That’s what we have on the Windowsill today… the Dogs Vs. Shinobi, a New England-style IPA with guava puree added that essentially mashes together the two breweries’ most iconic brews—the Dogs & Boats from Beer’d and the Ninja vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks. . I spoke to Beer’d’s Aaren Simoncini about this collaboration. Here’s what he had to say: . Me: How did the partnership with Pipeworks come about? . Aaren: Mike from Pipeworks has family in CT and had planned a trip back home to visit them. As luck would have it, Sarene Craft Beer Distributors, our Western CT distributor, also carries Pipeworks here in CT and thought it would be a great idea to put us in touch. We started the conversation and it was pretty obvious early on that our brewing styles were similar. We discussed some of our favorite ingredients and techniques and Dogs Vs. Shinobi was born! . Me: How did you incorporate the two brands to make this one beer? . Aaren: The final product is certainly a mashup of the two brands (there's an IP issue preventing us from calling it Dogs Vs. Ninja). We talked about the beer we like to drink, and how we wanted those brands in a bit more of a sessionable ABV range. We also wanted a fruity punch to be included in the final product, and we both immediately gravitated to the Guava, as it plays so well with the Citra, Simcoe and Mosaic. . Me: Anything else cool about this collaboration? . Aaren: We love collaborations because they get us outside of our wheelhouse. They're a great opportunity to learn a new technique or incorporate unfamiliar ingredients in someone else's workshop. With all that said, it's time for us to get outside of our wheelhouse, wink, wink, so keep your eyes out for the next step. . Thanks to Aaren! . ABV: 6.4%, IBU: 5, Limited availability . @untappd says: 4.08/5

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Check out the first shirt I got, this badass 3/4 sleeve from Second Chance Beer Company. (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

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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.

Check out more photos of the versions on my Instagram page!

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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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