You gave every single one of us our fondest wish...a bigger wiener.
I was perusing the available options at Trillium's Fort Point (Boston) location, and I came across this label, and it needed to be shared.
For those who don't know, Storrow Drive in Boston is a major roadway, but trucks can't go on most parts of it due to height restrictions. Inevitably during college move-ins and/or around Sept. 1, when the vast majority of Boston leases start, someone will drive a moving truck on Storrow, crash into an overpass, and cause gridlock for hours on end.
Trillium is just doing their part to raise awareness about this phenomenon, and I, for one, am thankful for it. To show my gratitude, I will go and buy numerous beers from their brewery, including this one. Hopefully I won't sit in gridlock on Storrow on that trip.
Now that we're over 2000 beers, I figured I'd share some data about beers and breweries on the site. Thanks to Tip Tap Room for accounting for probably a third of these beers with their fast rotating set of taps. On to the statistics:
Breweries with only 1 beer: 212
Breweries with 5+ beers: 117
Fox Farm highest average of those at 5.71 for 7 beers
Breweries with 10+ beers: 45
Ommegang highest average of those at 5.5 for 10 beers
Breweries with 25+ beers: 8
Trillium highest average of those at 5.34 for 29 beers
Breweries with 50+ beers: 3
Night Shift 4.52 for 79 beers
Sam Adams 4.41 for 69 (nice)
Harpoon 4.32 for 68
Most inconsistent breweries (biggest standard deviation of ratings) with 5+ beers:
Shipyard (3.55 avg), Goose Island (3.78), Heineken (3.29), Dogfish Head (4.78), Hermit Thrush (4.2)
Most consistent breweries with 5+ beers:
Cheeky Monkey (4), SixPoint (4.17), Pipeworks (4.2), Down The Road (4.3), Bone Up (4.33)
Worst Beer (this is unlikely to ever change):
Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale
Breweries with at least 1 beer 6 or higher rating: 150
Breweries with 5+ beers with 6 or higher rating: 15
Breweries with 10+ beers with 6 or higher rating: 5
Breweries with more than 1 7 Shyoh beer: 6 (Southern Tier only one with 3).
Beers rated 7 Shyoh's: 36
Beers rated 6 Shyoh's: 293
Beers rated 5 Shyoh's: 642
Beers rated 4 Shyoh's: 700
Beers rated 3 Shyoh's: 285
Beers rated 2 Shyoh's: 57
Beers rated 1 Shyoh : 9
There's a lot more good beer than bad beer out there, and there are always new ones to try. I guarantee I will have more beers to add in the future (and maybe Josh will add some too).
Needless to say, we fell apart again on beer of the week, but given that we (read: mostly me) reached 2000 beers this week, I figured I would try to revive it. The beer:
Description: Very balanced beer. It's got a little bit of creaminess, sort of like a porter, but not quite a stout, in terms of body and finish. The flavor is a mix of mild piney bitterness and a blast of citrus in the finish. It's not overwhelming on the taste buds, so you can definitely have a couple, but it's 8.4%, so don't drive after.
What you should know: This was one of Trillium's first beers, and they still make it because it's awesome. Trillium excels at making hazy (New England) IPA's, sours, and dark beers. All their stuff is great. As far as their IPA's go, this is one of the more bitter offerings, but I certainly wouldn't call this beer bitter by any normal IPA standard.
Recommendations: Make your way to their Boston brewery in the summer and get this if they have it. If they don't, just get whatever they have. They have beer lists updated frequently on the website for each location. After you've picked up everything they have at the brewery (I got 8 different ones last time I was there) and stashed it away somewhere, head on over to the beer garden and waste the day away. The last time I was there, I met a group of guys from Philly (go birds) who came to Boston just to come to Trillium. It's that good.