Equilibrium Can Release Middletown, NY Can releases, bottle shares and more

Equilibrium dHop4, Dream Wave Fluctuation and Fluctuation

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Saturdays are Equilibrium can release days. The social media site with the best information is the Equilibrium Instagram Page.

Parking: The brewery is located directly across the street from the Middletown police station.That should be incentive enough to obey the parking rules. The brewery has a main lot but it will fill up on Equilibrium can release days. The other businesses in the neighborhood have had some issues over parking and I hear cars have been towed. My advice? If you drive into the lot and its full, continue through the lot and you’ll see a long and narrow lot between Hanford and Mill Street. That usually handles most of the overflow parking.

The line: The brewery uses a numbered ticketing system and tickets are given out beginning around 5:30 a.m. (opening at 11:30 a.m.) If you arrive later in the morning, you’ll have to find the person with the tickets. Everyone can help you spot him. The idea is that you have a reserved place in line and you are free to leave/come back or partake in the bottle share. At opening everyone attempts to find their place in line. There’s a lot of “hey, what ticket number do you have?” No one from the brewery checks and it relies on self-policing. There are some unscrupulous characters, but as you draw closer to the front, the number checking intensifies. On this particular Saturday, I arrived at 8:30 and got number 259. I was served at nearly 1:00.

When you get to the front of the line, you tell them what you want (no forms).

The Bottle Share: It must begin pretty early as the table was filled with empties by 8:30 a.m. I didn’t intend to partake, but I did bring a few cans of Tree House, in case there were some trading opportunities. I had to laugh as I did put out a couple cans of Tree House onto the table and some guy who just arrived (empty-handed) picks it up and checks the date before he gave himself a pour. If you do partake, bring a Solo cup as I didn’t see any around the table (maybe they were all gone). They do ask that if you partake in the share, that you stay within the fenced area. The day I was there, the brewery was pouring samples.

Other points: There are two doorways at the brewery that are open at release. One is the main release door (closest to the bottle share area). That’s where the Equilibrium can release happens. If there are special release glasses, you buy them on the can line. On the far corner, the other door is a small merchandise shop but worth a stop as they also sell crowlers.

Restrooms: It’s nice that the brewery has restrooms inside that are available. You’ll see the door by the bottle share area. It’s easy to spot as it’s got a lot of foot traffic. The bathrooms are upstairs and it will have a line.

Food: Not much food in the area, but the brewery has a griddle set up outside and they make egg sandwiches. No charge, just pay what you feel. Later in the morning, they broke out a nice looking piece of smoked brisket. At one time, the brewery had a tap room inside a connected restaurant. From what I gather there was a falling out. Look for a new tap room at the brewery.

As far as my haul at this particular week’s Equilibrium can release day, all three offerings were spectacular.

Beer # 1,130: Dream Wave Fluctuation: The main event of the day. It certainly doesn’t disappoint. Mellow, elegant, juicy, pineapple, wonderful mouth feel. Could be the best IPA I’ve had this year, 97 points.

Beer # 1,131: Fluctuation: As they described, this is the base beer for Dream Wave Fluctuation. Other Half Brewing applied their “dream” technique. As for the original, really nice. I’d say 95 points.

Beer # 1,132:  dHop4: I was completely surprised at this beer. It was an add-on and I wish I bought more. Well-balanced, juicy as you’d expect. 96 points

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MC2, Fractal Mosaic-Galaxy, Equilibrium Brewing Oh, How the Hop has Turned!

MC2 and Fractal Mosaic Galaxy by Equilibrium Brewing, Middletown, NY

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IBU has been an important craft beer label initialism for a number of years. It stands for International Bittering Units and it’s a numerical score that indicates (you guessed it) bitterness. In the beer world, the higher the number the more bitter the beer. Scores of 25 might represent a mild bitterness while a score of 100 or more might indicate a face-puckering bitterness. As a side note, bitterness isn’t limited to hop-heavy beer as stouts using roasted grains or coffee also present a bitterness.

Over past four to five years, the beer world has seemingly turned 180 degrees. Pushing the limits of 100 + IBU ales has given way to the pillowy soft juicy experiences of New England style IPA. Many brewers today forego the addition of bittering hops in the kettle in favor of a post-boil dry-hopping. While the boiling wort releases the bitter alpha acids found in hop oil, dry-hopping or late addition hops allow for a different hop experience.

Fractal Mosaic Galaxy by Equilibrium Brewing
Tasting: January 30, 2018
Style: IPA
Beer # 1,128
ABV: 6.8%

I really wasn’t impressed with my first can of Fractal Mosaic Galaxy. It was an easy-drinking beer that went down quick but it was demure and unassuming. While having my second can, it dawned on me the demure piece was bitterness. I see this beer in a whole new light. Taking it in slowly, Fractal Mosaic Galaxy offers up a swirling range of mellow hop characteristics like orange rind 90 points

MC2 by Equilibrium Brewing

Tasting: January 31, 2018
Style: IPA
Beer # 1,129
ABV: 8.2%

While Fractal Mosaic Galaxy may have been a low IBU, MC2 moves the bitterness up a few ticks. Certainly not face puckering but really well balanced. 93 points

My trip to Equilibrium last summer.

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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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