I want to introduce you to the best brewery you’ve probably never heard of. Treehouse Brewing Company out of Monson, Massachusetts. The fact that I even know about this brewery is a testament to the scope of the craft beer movement! You see, they do not have distribution anywhere near where I live in SE Tennessee. In fact, I don’t think they have distribution at all! Everything is sold from the brewery itself from what I understand. People line up for hours to get their hand on this beer every day that the brewery is open. That’s how good this beer is!
Enter my new hero.
Most of you are probably aware of this, but I began working at a local bottle shop in Chattanooga a couple of months ago. It’s a great job! Working in this shop lets me meet many different types of people, most of whom are just a craft beer crazy as I am. One particular guy splits his time between Chattanooga and Massachusetts because of his job. Every time he goes up there he makes a trip to Treehouse Brewing to pick up whatever beer they have available at that particular time. I have had the good fortune to be added to his “list” of people that get to partake in what he brings back. It’s a tough thing, but someone has to do it!
The main focus of Treehouse Brewing is IPAs from what I can tell. (They do have a stout that I’m dying to try, though!) Now, before your eyes glaze over at the mention of IPA let me tell you these IPAs are better than ANY OTHERS I’ve ever had! I am pretty much burned out on IPA at the moment, and I can’t get enough of these!
The two I’ve had most recently are called Julius and Sap. They both look like juice when poured into a glass. Very hazy with that beautiful, translucent glow from the light. Both were very hoppy, but there is something different about them. There is no harsh, hop-bitter bite. Can you imagine it? Strong IPAs that are very hop forward but no bite? They are smooth as silk!
Not only do they look like juice, the taste is very juicy. Lots of grapefruit and other citrusy notes (orange, pineapple, mango). Sap had the additional note of strong, piney note. It was slightly more bitter than Julius, but still very smooth and delicious.
I really can’t say enough about the beers from Treehouse Brewing. If you already know about them, give thanks unto God! If you have yet to experience them, pray that you get to opportunity soon! This brewery is absolutely amazing!