SingleCut Beersmiths: Double Dry-Hopped Harry Doesn’t Mind

SingleCut Beersmiths: DDH Harry Doesn't Mind

Style: Double Dry-Hopped IPA

Special Notes: Inspired by the Dire Straits song, The Sultans of Swing.

ABV: 8.0%

IBU: 88

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.19/5

“And Harry doesn’t mind if he doesn’t make a scene on the Windowsill / He’s got a daytime job—He’s doing alright.” – Dire Straits… sort of.

If you like 80s rock, you know the band Dire Straits. They’re a British rock band, formed in London in the late 70s but—at least in my opinion—their biggest hits came off of the 1985 album, Brothers in Arms. That album—the band’s only album to hit #1 on every global chart—contained the band’s only number one single, “Money for Nothing.” All that being said, today’s beer, the Double Dry-Hopped Harry Doesn’t Mind from SingleCut Beersmiths, is named after the band’s very first single, The “Sultans of Swing”, which came off of their self-titled 1979 album.

SingleCut Beersmiths: DDH Harry Doesn't Mind
The double-headed dog represents the double dry-hopping in the brew! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

As the lyric says (paraphrasing here), Harry doesn’t really have time to hit the nightlife during the week, because he works a day job. That’s ok though, because he saves it up for Friday Night… when he plays some tunes with the Sultans of Swing. I relate to this. If there’s one thing I don’t like doing, it’s going out during the week. I like to save my drinking, eating and partying for the weekend. For you, Windowsillers. You guys are my Sultans of Swing.

As for the beer itself, what do you think I’m going to say? It’s from SingleCut and it’s DDHed. That’s literally what they do best. My can had a couple of unfortunate floaties in it, but they didn’t impact the stone fruit and bright citrus flavors, and they didn’t impact the hoppy goodness in the brew. This is a winner, and I don’t mind telling you that.

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. SingleCut Beersmiths: Double Dry-Hopped Harry Doesn’t Mind . “And Harry doesn’t mind if he doesn’t make a scene on the Windowsill / He’s got a daytime job—He’s doing alright.” – Dire Straits… sort of. . If you like 80s rock, you know the band Dire Straits. They’re a British rock band, formed in London in the late 70s but—at least in my opinion—their biggest hits came off of the 1985 album, Brothers in Arms. That album—the band’s only album to hit #1 on every global chart—contained the band’s only number one single, “Money for Nothing.” All that being said, today’s beer, the Double Dry-Hopped Harry Doesn’t Mind from SingleCut Beersmiths, is named after the band’s very first single, The Sultans of Swing, which came off of their self-titled 1979 album. . As the lyric says (paraphrasing here), Harry doesn’t really have time to hit the nightlife during the week, because he works a day job. That’s ok though, because he saves it up for Friday Night… when he plays some tunes with the Sultans of Swing. I relate to this. If there’s one thing I don’t like doing, it’s going out during the week. I like to save my drinking, eating and partying for the weekend. For you, Windowsillers. You guys are my Sultans of Swing. . As for the beer itself, what do you think I’m going to say? It’s from SingleCut and it’s DDHed. That’s literally what they do best. My can had a couple of unfortunate floaties in it, but they didn’t impact the stone fruit and bright citrus flavors, and they didn’t impact the hoppy goodness in the brew. This is a winner, and I don’t mind telling you that. . ABV: 8.0, IBU: 88, Rotating availability . @untappd says: 4.19/5

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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.

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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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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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Captain Lawrence Brewing Company: Tears of Green (with Motueka and Citra)

Captain Lawrence Brewing Company: Tears of Green with Motueka and Citra

Style: New England-style IPA

Special Notes: Dry-hopped with Motueka and Citra hops.

Hops: Motueka, Citra

ABV: 7.5%

IBU: 70

Availability: Limited

@untappd says: 4.04/5

Digging into the archives for another Friday local brewery shout out!

My good friend @beernarrator posted a can of Powder Dreams from Captain Lawrence Brewing Company a few days ago, and it reminded me of just how strong the Captain’s can game has been of late. That, in turn, inspired me to dig through my photo archives for today’s Windowsill brew: The Tears of Green.

Captain Lawrence Brewing Company: Tears of Green with Motueka and Citra hops
Let the tears rain down like a shower on this sexy label! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

Tears of Green is one of those fun, rotating series from the Elmsford, New York-based brewery. Thus far, they’ve released several versions of it, with the most recent being dry-hopped with Vic Secret and Citra hops. Today, however, we have the first version to be canned—the Motueka and Citra version. The beer was very solid, with bold tropical flavors and not a ton of bitterness. I definitely recommend it if you’re looking to try some of Captain Lawrence’s new-ish and best-ish (in my opinion) IPAs.

I also wanted to give a quick shout out to the brewery itself, which sold its first keg in 2006, and is still going strong 13 years later. I haven’t been there just yet, but I’ve always been an admirer. Cheers to the Captain, and cheers to Tears of Green!

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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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SingleCut Beersmiths: Mo’ Shuggie Double Dry-Hop IPA

SingleCut Beersmiths: Mo' Shuggie Double Dry-Hop IPA

Style: Double Dry-Hopped IPA

Special Notes: The latest iteration on the SingleCut series inspired by cult guitar legend Shuggie Otis.

ABV: 7.2%

IBU: 77

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.16/5

Why settle for less, when you can have mo’?

Once again, we have a delicious IPA from SingleCut Beersmiths on the Windowsill today. The Mo’ Shuggie Double Dry-Hop IPA! This one comes courtesy of my neighbor Jesse. He told me this was his favorite beer from SingleCut, and that I had to try it. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed!

As usual, the Mo’ Shuggie gets its name because of SingleCut owner Rich Buceta’s undying love for obscure classic rock lyrics and artists. That’s not meant as any disrespect towards Johnny Alexander Veliotes, Jr. aka “Shuggie” Otis. But I, like many casual music fans I’m sure, had never heard of Otis before I started researching this beer. So who is he? Only one of the best guitarists of his day, of course. He’s a cult legend who was once asked to join the Rolling Stones on tour, and was approached by Quincy Jones to produce an album. He turned both down!

SingleCut Beersmiths: Mo' Shuggie Double Dry-Hop IPA

I’ll let you guys do your own research on this guy, but check out his song “Strawberry Letter 23.” Although Shuggie didn’t make this a hit, it became a hit when the Brothers Johnson covered it in 1977, and it has been sampled to high heaven in the decades since. Watch the video below!

None of this matters if the beer’s no good, right? SingleCut originally released a beer called the Shuggie Mini Soulbender IPA. It was a session IPA named after Otis, and a type of guitar pedal used by musicians like him for sound distortion. Several months later, they released the Mo’ Shuggie Soulbender IPA—a bigger version of the beer. Finally, in 2018, they double dry-hopped the crap out of the beer. Even Mo’ hops. Even Mo’ malts. Even Mo’ Mo’ Shuggie.

The result is a beer that’s deliciously hazy and hoppy. Great aroma, wonderful flavor. Great usage of those New Zealand hops! Just plain awesome. Go get some!

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. SingleCut Beersmiths: Mo’ Shuggie Double Dry-Hop IPA . Why settle for less, when you can have mo’? . Once again, we have a delicious IPA from @singlecutbeer on the Windowsill today. The Double Dry-Hopped Mo’ Shuggie! This one comes courtesy of one of my neighbors, @jessedaignault. He told me this was his favorite beer from SingleCut, and that I had to try it. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed! . As usual, the Mo’ Shuggie gets its name because of SingleCut owner Rich Buceta’s undying love for obscure classic rock lyrics and artists. That’s not meant as any disrespect towards Johnny Alexander Veliotes, Jr. aka “Shuggie” Otis. But I, like many casual music fans I’m sure, had never heard of Otis before I started researching this beer. So who is he? One of the best guitarists of his day, of course. He’s a cult legend who was once asked to join the Rolling Stones on tour, and was approached by Quincy Jones to produce an album. He turned both down! . I’ll let you guys do your own research on this guy, but check out his song “Strawberry Letter 23.” Although Shuggie didn’t make this a hit, it became a hit when the Brothers Johnson covered it in 1977, and it has been sampled to high heaven in the decades since. . None of this matters if the beer’s no good, right? SingleCut originally released a beer called the Shuggie Mini Soulbender IPA. It was a session IPA named after Otis, and a type of guitar pedal used by musicians like him for sound distortion. Several months later, they released the Mo’ Shuggie Soulbender—a bigger version of the beer. Finally, in 2018, they double dry-hopped the crap out of the beer. Even Mo’ hops. Even Mo’ malts. Even Mo’ Mo’ Shuggie. . The result is a beer that's deliciously hazy and hoppy. Great aroma, wonderful flavor. Great usage of those New Zealand hops! Just plain awesome. Go get some! . ABV: 7.2%, IBU: 77, Rotating availability . @untappd says: 4.16/5

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Other Half Brewing Co.: Space Soyez Sauce (Cocoa Nibs And Raspberries)

Other Half Brewing Co. and Zagovor Brewery: Space Soyez Sauce

Style: Red wine barrel-aged Imperial Stout

Special Notes: Aged with Ararat brandy-soaked staves, cocoa nibs and raspberries. Collaboration with Zagorov Brewery.

ABV: 12.0%

IBU: N/A

Availability: No longer in production

@untappd says: 4.25/5

The Windowsill is simply out of this world for Stout Season today!

Have you guys heard about the Russian Revolution? No, not the Communist one back in 1917 that I covered in my post about The Czar from Avery Brewing Company. I’m talking about the Russian craft beer revolution! Back in 2014, the Russian currency collapsed, making many things unaffordable for the Russian people. One of those things was foreign beer. But, from a tragedy, arose a great thing. When they couldn’t afford to get outside craft beer, many Russian people just decided to make their own. Over the last five years or so, the Russian craft industry has boomed, and there are now over 100 craft breweries in the country. That boom is partially why we got today’s Windowsill brew—the Space Soyez Sauce.

Back in 2015, Brooklyn’s Other Half Brewing Co. teamed up with Moscow’s Zagovor Brewery. Zagovor is the Russian word for “conspiracy,” and the brewery bills itself as a provider of “craft beer from the deep end of the Moscow underground.” There’s no conspiracy behind today’s beer, though. It’s phenomenal.

Other Half Brewing Co. and Zagovor Brewery: Space Soyez Sauce
Another classy bottle from Other Half. The contents inside were even better! (Credit: Martin Stezano / Beers on Windowsills)

I can honestly say that the Space Soyez Sauce is one of the more unique beers I’ve ever tried in my life. The base beer is a really solid imperial stout, but the two breweries put out three other varieties as well. All three varieties are aged in red wine barrels with Ararat brandy-soaked birch staves thrown in for good measure. One of them went to market just like that, but the other two are special. One is also aged on cherries and vanilla. The one I got, that you see in the photos, is aged on raspberries and cocoa nibs. I love nibs!

This variant is phenomenal. Every flavor is palatable. The rich chocolate, the red wine notes and the raspberries all shine through. The base stout is also quality, smooth and delicious despite the high ABV. When i first poured, the lack of thick head kind of made me pause, but the nose and flavor knocked it out of the box for me. Sadly, it’s not in production anymore, so you’ll have to dig to find it. I got my Space Soyez Sauce at Decicco & Sons!

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. Other Half Brewing Co.: Space Soyez Sauce (Cocoa Nibs And Raspberries) . The Windowsill is simply out of this world for Stout Season today! . Have you guys heard about the Russian Revolution? No, not the Communist one back in 1917. I’m talking about the Russian craft beer revolution! Back in 2014, the Russian currency collapsed, making many things unaffordable for the Russian people. One of those things was foreign beer. But, from a tragedy, arose a great thing. When they couldn’t afford to get outside craft beer, many Russian people just decided to make their own. Over the last five years or so, the Russian craft industry has boomed, and there are now over 100 craft breweries in the country. That boom is partially why we got today’s Windowsill brew—the Space Soyez Sauce. . Back in 2015, Brooklyn’s Other Half Brewing Co. teamed up with Moscow’s @zagovorbrewery. Zagovor is the Russian word for “conspiracy,” and the brewery bills itself as a provider of “craft beer from the deep end of the Moscow underground.” There’s no conspiracy behind today’s beer, though. It’s phenomenal. . I can honestly say that the Space Soyez Sauce is one of the more unique beers I’ve ever tried in my life. The base beer is a really solid imperial stout, but the two breweries put out three other varieties as well. All three varieties are aged in red wine barrels with Ararat brandy-conditioned birch staves thrown in for good measure. One of them went to market just like that, but the other two are special. One is also aged on cherries and vanilla. The one I got, that you see in the photos, is aged on raspberries and cocoa nibs. I love nibs! . This variant is phenomenal. Every flavor is palatable. The rich chocolate, the red wine notes and the raspberries all shine through. The base stout is also quality, smooth and delicious despite the high ABV. When i first poured, the lack of thick head kind of made me pause, but the nose and flavor knocked it out of the box for me. Sadly, it’s not in production anymore, so you’ll have to dig to find it. I got mine at @deciccosbeer! . ABV: 12.0%, IBU: N/A, No longer in production . @untappd says: 4.25/5

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SingleCut Beersmiths: Electric Blue DDH IPA

SingleCut Beersmiths: Electric Blue DDH IPA

Style: Double Dry-Hopped IPA

Special Notes: Inspired by the David Bowie song “Sound and Vision.” A bigger version of another SingleCut IPA named “Weird & Gilly.”

ABV: 7.2%

IBU: 112

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.21/5

Is it too late for a Christmas post on the Windowsill?

I don’t know, but it’s definitely been too long since I had a SingleCut Beersmiths selection on the Windowsill. For those of you unfamiliar with the Queens, New York brewery, y’all better get familiar. Whether it’s their array of hoppy, hazy, juice IPAs or their collection of delicious stouts, everything they make is awesome. Also, their brewery, and all of their beers, are named in reference to something related to classic rock.

SingleCut Beersmiths: Electric Blue DDH IPA
This beer lived up to its name. Absolutely electric! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

Owner Rich Buceta specifically loves himself some David Bowie, which is where the Electric Blue name comes from. In 1977, Bowie released his 11th studio album, “Low.” Although it wasn’t embraced initially by critics, it is considered one of Bowie’s best, and most influential, outputs. The first single off of that album was a little song called “Sound and Vision.

It’s a bit of a somber tune in which Bowie sings the following lines: “Blue, blue, electric blue / That’s the colour of my room / Where I will live / Blue, blue.” According to Genius Lyrics, the song is about someone who is depressed and bound to their room, with only the light of their black and white TV to brighten their existence. Super sad.

The beer itself is a Double Dry-Hopped IPA that SingleCut refers to as Weird & Gilly’s slightly bigger brother. As with most of their beer recipes, I couldn’t find the exact hop bill for this one, but the Electric Blue did taste very similar to to what I remember Weird & Gilly tasting like. Super juicy and delicious. Extremely hoppy and hazy. Solid IBU, too. So good! I definitely wasn’t blue after sipping this one on Christmas Day.

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• SingleCut Beersmiths: Electric Blue DDH IPA • Is it too late for a Christmas post on the Windowsill? • I don’t know, but it’s definitely been too long since I had a SingleCut Beersmiths selection on the Windowsill. For those of you unfamiliar with the Queens, New York brewery, y’all better get familiar. Whether it’s their array of hoppy, hazy, juice IPAs or their collection of delicious stouts, everything they make is awesome. Also, their brewery, and all of their beers, are named in reference to something related to classic rock. • Owner Rich Buceta specifically loves himself some David Bowie, which is where the Electric Blue name comes from. In 1977, Bowie released his 11th studio album, “Low.” Although it wasn’t embraced initially by critics, it is considered one of Bowie’s best, and most influential, outputs. The first single off of that album was a little song called “Sound and Vision.” It’s a bit of a somber tune in which Bowie sings the following lines: “Blue, blue, electric blue / That’s the colour of my room / Where I will live / Blue, blue.” According to @Genius, the song is about someone who is depressed and bound to their room, with only the light of their black and white TV to brighten their existence. Super sad. • The beer itself is a Double Dry-Hopped IPA that SingleCut refers to as Wild & Gilly’s slightly bigger brother. As with most of their beer recipes, I couldn’t find the exact hop bill for this one, but the Electric Blue did taste very similar to to what I remember Wild & Gilly tasting like. Super juicy and delicious. Extremely hoppy and hazy. So good! I definitely wasn’t blue after sipping this one on Christmas Day. • ABV: 7.2%, IBU: 112, Rotating availability • @untappd says: 4.21/5

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Foreign Objects: Chrysalis into Beauty

Foreign Objects: Chrysalis Into Beauty

Style: New-American Hoppy Ale (Imperial IPA)

Special Notes: Silence of the Lambs!

Hops: Simcoe, Centennial, Mosaic

ABV: 9.0%

IBU: 90

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 3.92/5

It puts the lotion on its beer, or else it gets the hose again!

You know me. I love to fill my sills with beers that have creatively-inspired names. The Chrysalis into Beauty from New Paltz, NY-based Foreign Objects is inspired by, as the can says, “one of the greatest literary characters of all time”… Hannibal Lecter. If you haven’t seen Silence of the Lambs, spoilers are a-coming. Although, to be fair, it’s nearly 30 years old, so just go watch it.

In the movie, young FBI agent Clarice Starling is on the hunt for a serial killer named Buffalo Bill, whose calling card is stuffing a Death’s Head Moth cocoon down the throat of his lady victims (and also skinning them to make a suit for himself). Bill’s motivation for all of this was transformation. Transforming himself, and transforming his victims.

What does this have to do with anything? Chrysalis. Chrysalis is the hard shell that surrounds bill’s moths (and butterflies and other insects that use cocoons to transform), ushering their transition to beauty. Chrysalis into Beauty! Do you see?

That label art is also inspired by the movie. Do you all remember Buffalo Bill’s Dance scene? You know… the tuck? Bill says a little something while applying his lip gloss… it’s what the can says… but it’s not “drink.” It’s another word that ends with K. We’ll keep it clean for you Windowsillers, though!

Foreign Objects Chrysalis into Beauty can
Love the backstory behind the Chrysalis’ name! (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

OK, now for the beer. Untappd says the Chrysalis into Beauty is an Imperial IPA, but Foreign Objects calls it a New-American Hoppy Ale. It’s brewed with Simcoe, Centennial and Mosaic hops. If you know your hops, you know that’s a killer combo. Whatever you want to call it, I really enjoyed the aroma and taste of this beer… even more than fava beans with a nice chianti.

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. Foreign Objects: Chrysalis into Beauty . It puts the beer into its belly, or else it gets the hose again! . You know me. I love to fill my sills with beers that have creatively-inspired names. The Chrysalis into Beauty from New Paltz, NY-based Foreign Objects is inspired by, as the can says, “one of the greatest literary characters of all time”… Hannibal Lecter. If you haven’t seen Silence of the Lambs, spoilers are a-coming. Although, to be fair, it’s nearly 30 years old, so just go watch it. . In the movie, young FBI agent Clarice Starling is on the hunt for a serial killer named Buffalo Bill, whose calling card is stuffing a Death’s Head Moth cocoon down the throat of his lady victims (and also skinning them to make a suit for himself). Bill’s motivation for all of this was transformation. Transforming himself, and transforming his victims. . What does this have to do with anything? Chrysalis. Chrysalis is the hard shell that surrounds bill’s moths (and butterflies and other insects that use cocoons to transform), ushering their transition to beauty. Chrysalis into Beauty! Do you see? . That label art is also inspired by the movie. Do you all remember Buffalo Bill’s Dance number? You know… the tuck? Bill says a little something while applying his lip gloss… it’s what the can says… but it’s not “drink.” It’s another word that ends with K. We’ll keep it clean for you Windowsillers, though! . OK, now for the beer. Untappd says the Chrysalis into Beauty is an Imperial IPA, but Foreign Objects calls it a New-American Hoppy Ale. It’s brewed with Simcoe, Centennial and Mosaic hops. If you know your hops, you know that’s a killer combo. Whatever you want to call it, I really enjoyed the aroma and taste of this beer… even more than fava beans with a nice chianti. . ABV: 9.0%, IBU: 90, Rotating availability . @untappd says: 3.92/5

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Evil Twin Brewing: Imperial Biscotti Chili Hazelnut Break

Evil Twin Brewing: Imperial Biscotti Chili Hazelnut Break

Special Ingredients: Biscotti, Hazelnut, Chili Peppers

ABV: 11.5%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Rotating

Who needs a break? A break from beer? Not me!

The “Break” series is one of Evil Twin Brewing’s ongoing series. From donuts to biscotti to maple bourbon to raspberry, the series has some of the best experimental stouts I’ve ever had. For me, the “Jesus” series still wins out, but I also haven’t had a Break that I’ve disliked. Definitely love what Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø is doing with his recipes!

The Imperial Biscotti Chili Hazelnut Break is a big time stout that packs a ton of punch, with incredible flavors of roasted Italian hazelnut, vanilla and even a hint of chili pepper. Got all that? Can I get a hell yeah? I loved this brew. From the upfront sweetness and creaminess to the nice little heat from the chilies on the finish, it was on point. Also, it was 11.5%, so you know I really did need a break after I had it. Pair it with some Nutella crepes for desert!

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