Lindley Park Stout Olde Hickory Bourbon Barrel Aged with Raspberries and Honey

Lindley Park Stout Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout with Raspberries and Honey, brewed by Old Hickory Brewing

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Tasting: August 4, 2017
Style: Bourbon-Barrel Aged Stout with Raspberries and Honey added.
Beer #: 1,085
ABV: 10%

Lindley Park Stout

Lindley Park is a neighborhood in Greensboro, North Carolina. The area is named after Quaker and local businessman John Van Lindley. In 1902, he donated 60 acres of land to be used as a recreation complex. The area had a man-made lake and amusement park. The lake and amusement park closed in 1917 and the town fathers set out to create a neighborhood with a park as its main element. Coincidentally, the community celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Another serendipitous discovery is that the name Lindley comes from the English text, Lind – meaning tree and Ley – meaning clearing. So, it seems Van Lindley lived up to his name by clearing some trees for the construction of the lake.

Maybe it’s just the age on this bottle (probably 2 years old) but the raspberry is non-existent. Well-polished stout with robust roasted coffee, baker’s chocolate but soft edges and a plush mouthfeel. A nice stout, wonder what it would have been like with some raspberry. I’ll give Lindley Park Stout 92 points.

Was Lindley Park better than this Raspberry Stout?

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Trillium Small Bird Series Pale Ale Pocket Pigeon and Tiny Chicken

My cooler had room for one more 4-pack. Since we were there at Trillium, why not go back in for a variety of single cans? My selections? Scaled – 93 points, Secret Stairs (review to come) and two selections from Trillium Small Bird Series: Pocket Pigeon and Tiny Chicken. While the names in the series suggest diminutive ales, it refers to the lower ABV in each offering.

Trillium Small Bird Series Pocket Pigeon, Tiny Chicken

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Tiny Chicken
Tasting: July 23, 2017
Style: Pale Ale
Beer # 1,082
ABV: 5.6%

Tiny Chicken pecks away at your palette with a sturdy and hoppy punch. Made with a combination of Galaxy and Amarillo hops and out of the gate, it pops with bright citrus and a wisp of tropical fruit. In typical Trillium fashion, Tiny Chicken is soft around the edges and pithy. This beer does not offer much in the way of a base but that’s not its purpose. It’s a lawnmower beer meant for a summer’s day and a pretty good one at that – 90 points.

Pocket Pigeon
Tasting: July 26, 2017
Style: Pale Ale
Beer # 1,083
ABV: 5.4%

Pocket Pidgeon is made with Mosaic, Galaxy, and Columbus hops. Pours a hazy and golden color with a fresh juicy aroma. My first impression is that of a grilled pineapple. It’s dank smokey up front with some sweet pineapple. Also has some mellow orange rind and a dash of black tea. Nicely crisp finish. Pocket Pigeon rocks, 93 points. If you call this is a sessionable ale, then this is probably the best one I’ve had.

Visit the Trillium Website and their description of Tiny Chicken

Visit the Trillium Website and their description of Pocket Pigeon

Other beer in the Trillium small bird series:
Pipsqueak Penguin
Skimpy Sparrow
Itty Bitty Goose
Stumpy Duck
Little Rooster
Tree Creeper

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Equilibrium Fractal Citra Galaxy Hoptimization & Photon Citrus as well

Equilibrium Fractal Citra Galaxy

Tasting: July 17, 2017
Style: American Pale Ale
Beer #: 1,079
ABV: 6.8%

Equilibrium Brewing, Fractal Citra Galaxy Middletown, NY

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This was an unexpected excursion on a hot summer afternoon. After dropping the boys off at Boy Scout camp my wife suggested that we check out some local hiking trails in the Dingman’s Ferry area. She knew I’d be tepid about the idea so she threw in, “Maybe we can hit a brewery in the area.” When Equilibrium popped up as a “brewery near me”, I was all in. After sweating my butt off for a few hours, we raced to the brewery in Middletown, NY in an attempt to make the growler fill deadline. As you can see, we made it and had a couple other beers just for unwinding.

If you go to Equilibrium Brewing.

The brewery seems centrally located and is across from the police station on Henry Street (be careful on your intake bruh). Ample parking on the silo side of the brewery. In the cooling down period of a summer evening, the garage door of the tasting room was wide open and the pleasant breeze washed away my sweaty afternoon. While growler fills ended at 6 p.m. on that Sunday, the tasting room remained open until 10 p.m. For hours, visit the brewery website.

They do serve food and we decided to stay for dinner. I’ll sum up our dining experience by saying the food was excellent but the service was painfully slow. So slow, they offered to comp our appetizer but in the end, they forgot the discount part (oh well). That was a minor ding on the overall experience.

Equilibrium Fractal Citra Galaxy.

Anyway, this blog is about beer not food service and onto the main event, Equilibrium Fractal Citra Galaxy. One of the definitions of a fractal is an object that displays self-similarity. Think of cutting snowflakes out of paper. In the case of this beer from Equilibrium, I believe a fractal applies to the base recipe as the similarity and the different hops as what makes it unique. There is are other hop versions of this beer and was thrilled that my timing included one of my favorites – Galaxy.

Equilibrium Fractal Citra Galaxy, Hoptimization, Photon Citrus

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Lighter straw color white wine grapes, fleshy orange, pithy and crisp dry finish. Really nice, 94 points.

Equilibrium Hoptimization:

Tasting: July 17, 2017
Style: American Double IPA
Beer #: 1,080
ABV: 8.5%

A hazy and beautiful looking beer. Wonderful up front with juicy orange, mango, and strawberry. Finish is a bit clunky acrid. Doesn’t detract, 92 points.

Equilibrium Photon Citrus:

Tasting: July 17, 2017
Style: American Pale Ale
Beer #: 1,081
ABV: 4.8%

I was caught a little off guard with Photon Citrus. My first sips were of ripe with banana and clove that I would associate with a farmhouse style. Took a while to acclimate to some pepper, grassy and citrus rind qualities of a pale ale. Very refreshing 88 points.

If you go with non-craft beer friends, they can go to the bar next door, Players for a Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Players, The bar next door to Equilibrium Brewing

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Visiting Tree House for Haze and Bright Citra Road Trip, June 14, 2017

Visiting Tree House in Monson

A week after my 2016 visit to Tree House Brewing in Monson, MA, the brewery announced that they were breaking ground on a new facility about ten miles from the current facility. The initial prediction was that the new facility in Charlton would be operational sometime in June of this year. It was pure fantasy, but a part of me wished that they would make a stealth announcement about the new facility opening (like The Alchemist) while we were in transit. But no such luck. We had to (settle) on visiting Tree House in Monson.

If you go…parking

I know this will be outdated advice once the Charlton facility opens but if you go…here’s how visiting Tree Hose works now.

They have three lots. One is on-site and may hold about 50 cars. The next lot is across the street and my guess would be about 75 cars. Further down the street is the third lot in a field and that holds more than 100 cars. Parking isn’t an issue and there are attendants that will direct you. My advice…the first two lots are fine. If you find that you’re being directed to lot three, remember people in the first two lots will come off the line first.

If you go…the wait

We’ve been lucky so far. The lines move very fast. Don’t be discouraged if you are in the third line switchback on the field. It’ll only be a 20 to 25-minute wait. They’re great with the line. It has been my experience that full allotments will last a few hours after opening.

If you go…the allotment

On Wednesday, the brewery offers strictly cans. Usually two offerings, six cans of each. They say that the brewery opens for business at noon but depending on the parking, they may open earlier.

On Thursday, the brewery offers two additional offering and usually, they will distribute a total of 8 – 12 cans in total. They also offer growlers but of late they’ve been limiting to two vessels. I’ll note that they standard classics are usually available Wednesday and Thursday. The same guidance on parking and early opening apply here as well.

I haven’t been to the brewery on either a Friday or a Saturday but following their releases on Twitter, I notice they offer less frequent releases on these days. Cans and growlers. It might be a gem like a Curiousity release or an annual release like Ma, Bear or Tornado. They also have a limited pour license and I’ve seen those on Saturday.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to contribute some information about the new facility soon. Cheers.

Tree House Bright Citra

Tasting: June 16, 2017
Style: Imperial IPA
Beer # 1,076
ABV: 7.8%

Tastes like a tropical paradise. Aroma and flavor of smooth citrus oranges and tangerines, and some pineapple. The waves of flavor roll in and out on every sip and don’t linger on the finish. Very drinkable and very enjoyable, 94 points for Tree House Bright Citra.

Read my previous thoughts on Tree House Haze – 95 points

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