Tree House Brewing Company Eureka Citra

Tree House Brewing, Monson, Massachusetts

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Tree House beer is legendary and available exclusively at the Monson, Massachusetts brewery. Part of the allure is that you never know what you’ll get in any given week. The one thing you do know is that whatever it is, you wont get as much as you want.

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On a Wednesday, it’s cans only. You’ll get a maximum quantity of about ten – twelve cans of two different beers. They get hit pretty hard on Wednesday and they lower the can limits for these two offerings on Thursday but introduce a third release. Growler fills begin on Thursday and of late, limits have been a total of 3 glass bottles (most likely 2 -750ml & 1- 2L). In many cases, they will release a fourth beer on Friday.

Tree House Brewing Company

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I plotted a twenty week history of their releases hoping to discover a pattern. In all but two weeks, Julius or Alter Ego were released on Wednesday. Expect to get one or the other. I noticed that Green was released every fifth week and it was due on our week. For us, Alter Ego and Green were the first two cans released the day before our trip.

Here’s my Tree House Release Grid

We hit the road, knowing that we should get 2 cans of Green and 2 cans of Alter Ego (provided we were in the first six-hundred people on line). It would be hours into our trip before we learned the mystery third release. While at Night Shift, Mike asked me, “What release would disappoint me the most?” To me, it sounds like picking the ugliest Miss America contestant but I settled on Eureka Citra. I mean, it’s a blond ale (not an IPA or pale ale) with only a 4.1% ABV. His response while checking his phone was, “well, you’re not going to be happy.

We can’t complain. We just loaded up on Night Shift and we were heading to Trillium. Tree House is a bonus stop. The pressure to get there early lifted so we made our scheduled side stop at Jack’s Abbey in Framingham (just 10 minutes detour on the road from Trillium to Tree House).

We arrived at Tree House at about 3:45 and got tickets 105 & 106. The opening time is 5 p.m. but the doors opened early at 4:30. We surmised that it had to do with their parking. They don’t want people causing problems for the neighbors so, they try to get it rolling to clear the building crowd. They do a great job of organizing – you hit the can line first and then wait for your number to be called on the deli-style number board. We left the can line and they were already serving number 85 on the deli board. We pulled out of the lot at about 5:45.

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My haul: 2 cans and 2 liters of Alter Ego, 2 cans and 2-750’s of Green (for two separate bottle shares) and the 8 cans of Eureka Citra.

750 ml growler of Tree House Green IPA

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While on line, others convinced us that we should in no way be disappointed with Eureka Citra. I even see the Beer Advocate community gave it 96 points. Well, let’s see what’s all about…

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Tasting: June 24, 2016
Style: Blonde Ale
Beer #: 973
ABV: 4.1%

Eureka Citra

Sits squarely in the “sessionable” world and definitely displays the culinary art of creating craft beer. Eureka Citra is very tropical and it has flavor beyond expectation. Lot’s of fruit punch, papaya and mango. Wow, definitely the best sessionable ale I’ve ever had, entirely drinkable. 93 points.

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