Trillium Brewing Company (w/ Cloudwater Brew Co.): Exchange Student

Trillium Brewing Company and Cloudwater Brew Co.: Exchange Student

Hops: Citra, Galaxy

Malt: White Wheat, Pilsner Malt, Flaked Wheat

ABV: 8.5%


Availability: Limited (brewed once)

@untappd says: 4.18/5

Tree House last week… Trillium this week?!

Last September, I stumbled upon a collaboration release on my trip to Trillium Brewing Company’s Fort Point location. Lo and behold, when I visited this past September, another collab release was on the docket. This one was with Manchester, England’s Cloudwater Brew Co. Although I’ve seen Cloudwater all around the internet, I hadn’t yet tried anything of theirs. Glad I’m able to cross them off the list!

The Exchange Student isn’t just a collaboration of breweries, it’s also a collaboration of two separate styles. What the two breweries did was brewing a traditional German hefeweizen and a double IPA—styles familiar to the respective collaborators—and then blending them after fermentation. The result was a nice blending of fruity, juicy and hoppy flavors that was really pleasant for all my senses.

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Bell’s Brewery: Oberon Ale

Bell's Brewery: Oberon Ale

Malt: Wheat

Yeast: Bell’s signature house ale yeast

ABV: 5.8%


Availability: March to August

@untappd says: 3.76/5

“Lord, what fools these mortals be… on the Windowsill!” – William Shakespeare (maybe)

In William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream—and also in literature from as early as the 13th century—Oberon was the name given to King of the Fairies. In Shakespeare’s famous work, he is involved in an argument with his wife, Titania, over how to raise an orphaned child. Should he be a henchman, or just a normal kid? Go read the classic to find out who wins! OK, you can also find the 1999 Calista Flockhart movie…

The Oberon Ale might just be King of the summer beers. It’s a wheat ale fermented with Bell’s Brewery’s signature house ale yeast. The wheat malt gives it a smoother mouthfeel, and it has a nice hoppy and mildly fruity aroma and flavor. Bell’s takes pride in that this beer is only made with four ingredients, and no spices or fruit. Look at that color. Doesn’t it seem like something you’d want on a nice, hot, summer day?

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