Alewife Brewing Company: Death to Ego

Alewife Brewing Company: Death to Ego on the Windowsill

Hops: Azacca, Centennial, El Dorado

ABV: 6.1%

IBU: 54

Availability: Year-round

@untappd says: 3.9/5

Let’s set our egos aside in favor of good beer on the Windowsill today!

Yesterday, my good pals Mike and Christine introduced me to Alewife Brewing Company—a great brewpub in Long Island City, Queens. I’m really grateful that they did. Not only did Alewife have a Windowsill for me to put a beer on (although it was a tad dark), they also brew their own solid beers, and carry over two dozen craft beers from New York, and all over the country, too. I tried some delicious in-house beers, as well as other craft brew on tap from LIC Beer Project, SingleCut Beersmiths and Clown Shoes Beer. One nice detail you can see in the photos in the Instagram post below… at 8:29 PM, they printed out a new tap list. It replaced the 3:38 PM tap list. These guys are on top of their stuff. Oh, did I mention they also have delicious food? I devoured my burger so quickly, I didn’t even take a picture of it. If you’re in Long Island City, check them out!

It doesn’t matter how many craft beers a brewpub has, I have to judge them on the beer they brew in in their own barrels and tanks. Thankfully, the Death to Ego was tasty! It’s an American IPA, and the official description says it all. CITRUS. FRUIT. LOVE. If you ask me, those are some pretty key ingredients for brewing a good IPA. Thankfully, they also used actual ingredients—namely, Azacca, Centennial and El Dorado hops. Great combo! I wish I’d tried more of Alewife’s in-house brews to see how they stacked up to the Death to Ego, but I was too busy oogling the rest of the craft brew list. Oh well. Next time!

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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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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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SingleCut Beersmiths: Tomorrow Who’s Gonna Fuss?

SingleCut Beersmiths: Tomorrow Who's Gonna Fuss

ABV: 10.0%

IBU: 155

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.32/5

We have another kickass New York beer on the Windowsill today!

SingleCut Beersmiths is at it again with the rock references! “Tomorrow Who’s Gonna Fuss?” is a lyric from the song “Androgynous” by the Replacements. The song says: “Here comes Dick, he’s wearing a skirt / Here comes Jane, you know she’s sporting a chain / Same hair, revolution / Same build, evolution / Tomorrow who’s gonna fuss?” The song goes on to say that Jane and Dick love each other, and the message behind it is… In the grand scheme of things, who gives a crap what they look like, their gender or who they love? This is a message that I fully support. Love whoever you want, as long as you love my Windowsill! Logo note: To the best of my understanding, the Replacements wore a lot of plaid. The reason behind rainbow coloring should be clear.

I’ve been on a bit of a triple IPA kick of late, and I think I’ve found the absolute cream of the crop with the “Tomorrow Who’s Gonna Fuss?.” SingleCut doesn’t say what the hop blend is for this beer, and I don’t want to guess and reveal my novice status in the craft beer game, but just know that this is triple dry-hopped to go along with being a triple IPA. Triple! All that brewing, and hopping contribute to not just the hefty 10.0% ABV, but also to the highest IBU total I’ve ever had in a beer, 155. Despite all that bitterness and alcohol, it’s incredibly smooth and easy-drinking. No booziness at all! Goodness, gracious this was great. Tomorrow, I will still definitely make a fuss about it!

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SingleCut Beersmiths: Conform or Be Cast Out

SingleCut Beersmiths: Conform or Be Cast Out

ABV: 7.2%

IBU: 70

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.16/5

Don’t worry, we won’t cast you out of the Windowsill today, whether you conform or not!

In 1982, Rush released their ninth studio album, Signals. The first track on that album, Subdivisions, says this: “Subdivisions / In the high school halls / In the shopping malls / Conform or be cast out.” Whether you agree with that social commentary or not, that lyric inspired the name of today’s beer from SingleCut Beersmiths. If you’re wondering about the label, you Rush fans should recognize “that Darn Dragon!” The Dragon originally appeared in the live concert tour Rush in Rio, before the band played “One Little Victory,” and eventually returned during their R30 tour. The writing uses simplified Chinese characters generally only used in China (thanks @mindic1782 for the translation) to say the name of the beer. Conform or be Cast Out!

OK, enough about Rush, let’s talk about the beer. This one was really special, and really tasty! It’s an IPA brewed with pink peppercorns—actually a berry related to cashews and not pepper—and Szechuan peppercorns, which is a commonly used spice in Chinese cuisine (is the label situation becoming clearer?). The result is really astounding. The pepper hit my nose immediately when i poured it into the glass, and the tropical flavors combined really well with the late hint of heat from the Szechuan. Really a work of art!

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SingleCut Beersmiths: Weird & Gilly

SingleCut Beersmiths: Weird & Gilly

ABV: 6.6%

IBU: 88

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.1/5

“Now Ziggy played guitar / Jamming good with Weird and Gilly on the Windowsill. – David Bowie… kinda.

If you know SingleCut Beersmiths, you know their brand is, more or less, designed around classic rock. If you know your David Bowie, you know where Weird & Gilly comes from. Ziggy Stardust is a song written from the perspective of the Spiders from Mars, the backup band for fictitious singer Ziggy Stardust (Bowie’s alter ego for the album). In real life, “Weird” is bassist Trevor Bolder and “Gilly” is drummer Woody Woodmansey. SingleCut keeps the it rocking, and I love them for that.

Now let’s talk about the brew. The Weird & Gilly label says “Some Cat from Japan asked us to make an IPA that was juicy, and nothing else.” The first part is another Ziggy Stardust lyric reference, but did SingleCut get the job done? YES. The soft, tangy malt backbone lays out and really lets the hoppy citrus, pine resin and tropical fruit aromas and flavors shine bright. So many flavors. So delicious! So juicy!

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Yonkers Brewing Company: Bakesale Oatmeal Nitro Stout

Yonkers Brewing Company: Bakesale Oatmeal Nitro Stout

ABV: 5.0%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Very limited in cans

@untappd says: 3.65

Having a delicious bake sale on the Windowsill today! What treats do we have in store?

Yonkers natives John Rubbo and Nick Califano grew up helping their grandfathers make homemade wine. They’re endlessly proud of those years spent crushing grapes and learning about booze, but they’re even prouder of their home city. When they decided to open their taps in 2015 only one name stood out: Yonkers. Appropriately enough, their brewery is located in the heart of downtown Yonkers. John and Nick wouldn’t have it any other way.

I love a good Nitro anything, and the Bakesale Oatmeal Nitro Stout is not an exception, at least when it comes to flavor and mouthfeel. This brew had what I love in any stout, with great flavors of chocolate and oatmeal, as well as the nice, creamy, thick mouthfeel that laced the inside of my mouth. The one thing I didn’t like is the ABV. If you know me, you know I love a good imperial-level stout. The Bakesale falls short there, so I guess I just have to drink two!

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Captain Lawrence Brewing Company: Barrel Select Green

Captain Lawrence Brewing Company: Barrel Select Green

Hops: Columbus, Crystal

Dry Hops: El Dorado, Super Galena

Malts: 2-Row, Wheat

ABV: 6.5%

IBU: 15

Availability: Limited

@untappd says: 3.66/5

Let’s get GREEN for St. Patrick’s Day on the Windowsill today! HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

Why do we celebrate St. Patrick? No, he wasn’t a drunken Irishman. He was a legitimate saint! He actually wasn’t even Irish. St. Paddy was born in Britain to wealthy parents somewhere around the end of the 4th century. At 16, he was captured by Irish Pirates, who took him to Ireland by force. During his six years in captivity, he became a devout Christian. He left Ireland, came back, spread the gospel and may or may not have (probably not) have driven all the snakes off the island. He died on March 17, 461, and that’s why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day today… with lots and lots of alcohol!

We’re celebrating today with a really special beer from New York’s Captain Lawrence Brewing Company. It’s their Barrel Select Green, a dry-hopped sour ale aged in Italian Oak Tanks. It’s part of their barrel select series (Green, Gold, Black and Red). The Green is the only dry-hopped variety—the process is executed with El Dorado and Super Galena hops—and that extra hoppyness goes a long way to making this a very flavorful beer. It’s crisp, light, super carbonated, sour and “assertive.” A solid wild ale from a great Brewery.

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Cortland Farm Distillery and Brewery: Red Dragon Ale

ABV: 7.0%

IBU: 48

Availability: Year-round

@untappd says: 3.42/5

Lost Photo Friday is back on the Windowsill!

Cortland Beer Company aka Cortland Farm Distillery and Brewery was founded in historic Downtown Cortland, New York in 2010. Before 2012, they only sold their beer to-go, but that year, they committed to becoming a farm brewery. As we found out in my Gun Hill post yesterday, that means they use local ingredients to make their products, and can now serve draughts, flights, kegs, growlers and cans to go. Good stuff.

Although I drank the Red Dragon Ale a while ago, I remember it pretty well (OK, fine. I took notes). It’s sweet and malty with just a little bit of hop character. It was a nice beer, but I would definitely hold it at “nice.” Love the can art, though!

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Gun Hill Brewing Company: Live From Jacobi

Gun Hill Brewing Company: Live from Jacobi

ABV: 7.4%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 3.9/5

Coming to you live from the Windowsill today!

Although it was once a booming brew town, the Bronx went suds-less for 50 years before Gun Hill Brewing Company opened its taps in 2014. Owners Kieran Farrell and Dave Lopez have ties to the borough; Farrel is born and bred there, and Lopez went to school there. They operate as a New York state farm brewery, which means they’re allowed to sell pints and growlers on-site without additional permits. In return, all they have to do is source a certain cut of their ingredients from their home state. Pretty sweet deal!

Now let’s chat about the Live from Jacobi. It’s a “both coasts IPA.” I’ve also read it described as a “tribute from an East Coast brewery to a West Coast style IPA.” What does it all mean? The beer is good. The hop aromas get you right in the nostrils when you pop the tab, and the flavors are tropical, piney and citrusy. The backbone is light an bready, too. Solid beer that I really enjoyed!

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