Toppling Goliath Brewing Company: Fire, Skulls & Money

Toppling Goliath Brewing Company: Fire, Skulls and Money

Hops: Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy, Nelson

ABV: 7.2%

IBU: 50

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 4.29/5

Send fire, skulls and money… that shit has hit the Windowsill!

As a connoisseur of craft beer, I know that sometimes a can, bottle or glass isn’t always good enough to hold that glorious nectar. None of the vessels do a good enough job of keeping my beer cold for long periods of time. Sometimes, they need help. With that in mind, take a look at the container on my sill today. It’s the Hopsulator by BruMate, and it’s a really cool product. It can be used in several different ways: It’s meant to hold 16 oz beer cans (with the special screw top), but you can put 12 oz cans in it (with the booster). It’s also stainless steel, so you can pour your liquids directly in it… hot or cold. I use it just about every day for my coffee, and I sometimes pour my beer in it. Just switch tops, and it’s a drink on the go (coffee for the car, beer for the beach). Awesome product!

The Hopsulator and its many accessories. Keep everything cold! (Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

What beer did I pour in my Hopsulator? One of the best IPAs I’ve had all year. The Fire, Skulls and Money from Iowa’s Toppling Goliath Brewing Company was unreal. Incredibly juicy, amazingly hoppy (Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy and Nelson), and with haze for days. You can see some of that amazing color shining through the dark bottle in the sun, right? Unfortunately, I took this one to the beach, so I couldn’t open it to show you guys the full pour color, but trust ya boy when I say it’s incredible.

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company: Pseudo Sue

Toppling Goliath Brewing Company: Pseudo Sue

Hops: Citra

ABV: 6.8%

IBU: 50

Availability: Year-round

@untappd says: 4.21/5

Is Jurassic Park happening on the Windowsill today?

I love a good collaboration brew, and today’s beer is no different. However, the interesting part of this collaboration is that it’s not between two breweries. For this dino-inspired brew, Iowa’s Toppling Goliath Brewing Company—one of the best craft breweries in the country—collaborated with Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. In 2016, Toppling Goliath was looking to distribute their beers to the Windy City, but ran into a legal snag with their Pseudo Sue and King Sue pale ales—they were named after the museum’s famous Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton, Sue, and that name and likeness were trademarked. Instead of waging a legal battle against the brewery, the museum reached out, and the two entities decided to form a partnership. The beers got a new label shouting out the Field, and a big release was planned at the museum. The rest, as they say, is history. Natural history.

Now let’s chat about the actual Pseudo Sue, because it’s amazing. This was my first beer from Toppling Giant, and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a pale ale brewed with only Citra hops. It has a delicate body, with just enough bitterness to create a really lovely finish. One sniff is all it took, and the “ferocious” aromas of citrus and mango make it refreshing and oh so crisp. Believe the hype behind this Iowa brewery. They’re definitely doing the T-Rex proud!

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