I Wanna Hold Your Hand

We now interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you this fan submitted photo from the Tree House grounds this past Saturday:

 

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Try not to melt, I dare you!

Extra, Extra! Read all about it!

This has been a week of great press coverage here at Tree House.    We can't express how much we appreciate it when someone takes the time to articulate their thoughts about our beer or visiting the barn.  It invigorates us!  So, thank you!

Drink Insider offered the following:

"The thing about this beer is that it isn’t the biggest, it isn’t the hoppiest (though it is quite hoppy), it doesn’t have any crazy ingredients… What it does have, though, is complete precision when it comes to balance, flavor and aroma. The brewers at Tree House have adjusted all of the levels just right. It’s so fresh, so burstingly plump and delicious, so exquisitely hopped. I don’t know what else to say, this is just one hell of an IPA – perhaps one of the best I’ve ever had."

Please support our friends at Drink Insider and check it out! 


Krysten Sikes, writing for the Appalachian Mountain Club, had this:

"Now for the brews. After our hike we drove across US Route 20, where Dearth Hill Road gives way to the winding St Claire Road. Near the top of the hill we arrived at the inconspicuous Tree House Brewing, nestled in the trees. A small group of home brewers, inspired by a successful beer tasting with friends, founded the brewery in 2011. Two of the owners and their friendly puppy greeted us as we stepped out of the car. They showed us around the brewery, and we admired the gleaming brew kettles and fermenters and marveled at their impressive bottle-filling station. Tree House's highly sought-after brews now rival some the best in the Northeast, with beer connoisseurs traveling long distances to visit the brewery."

We love the AMC and all their hard work, so it was humbling to get coverage on their website.  So cool!  You can read the whole thing here. 


The Boston Globe included us in their list of 10 Most Notable New(ish) Breweries in New England:

"Tree House Brewing is a veritable Eden in tiny Brimfield, with views of the Pioneer Valley mountainside, a koi pond perfect for picnicking, and a fire pit where visitors lounge with growlers of Nate Lanier’s fantastic beers. “We work hard to make our little brewery a beautiful space to kill a few hours,” says Lanier. “It’s a peaceful, invigorating space.”"
 


And finally, we were featured in this months issue of BeerAdvocate.  You can purchase the magazine digitally online here, or subscribe to the hard copy here!  We encourage you to do so - we find even the adverts to be interesting and relevant.

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We hope your growlers are pouring well!  We'll see you Thursday with a new batch of "That's What She Said"! 

 

"ON TAP" to go.

I had the idea to make an iPhone/Android app for Tree House that would simply tell you, reliably, what was on tap at any given time.  Instead of diving into the realms of the Mobile Developing Platforms (rather focus on making beer), I made a special "ON TAP" page formatted better for mobile phones.

You can view it HERE.

I recommend saving it to your Home Screen for simple, painless access.  Once you have navigated to the page, just follow these simple steps:

 

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Android directions forthcoming.  Rock and roll. 

Porchdrinking.com visits Tree House.

A heartfelt thank you from all of us at Tree House for the fine job Gabe Bellegard Bastos did covering our tiny brewery in his column for Porchdrinking.com.

"I think that confirmed everything I had hoped Tree House would be. Beautiful and inconspicuous? Check. Awesome, welcoming folks? Check. How many breweries have you been to that weren’t obviously breweries from miles out? There are usually barrels and bottles everywhere, and brewing tanks—giant shiny cylinders—don’t hide easily. Instead, as you get close to Tree House, what first captures your eye is a beautiful koi pond."

Please go here to read the whole thing! 

 

What's going on, Tree House?

Not too much, how are you?

It’s been a great couple of weeks in the Tree House barn.  We spent last Saturday putting more “Julius” into the tanks and a new batch of our favorite summer beer, “Space & Time”.  We have been attending to our new Farmhouse Ale (Name TBD) and hoping to have it packaged for Saturday. . . although we can’t make any promises - remember, the beer rules us!  I will have more to say about this beer and later as the day of release approaches.

We are expecting the arrival of fresh New Zealand/Australian hops any day now.  What does this mean?  It means delicious and ridiculously fresh hoppy beer is on the way.  It means “Green”, one of our favorite IPA’s from the old Brew Magic system will finally get the broader release treatment.  We absolutely cannot wait for this one.  I’ve always thought of it as Julius’s evil twin brother. . . drier, sharper, and bigger.

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We'd like to wish our good friends over at Armsby Abbey a happy 5th Anniversary!  We’ll be helping them celebrate with an inventive, adventurous beer pairing experience in late August.  Five Tree House beers, innovative farm to table fare. . . It’s not to be missed!  More details on this as they become available . . .

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And finally, we were featured on Departures.com in a slideshow showcasing craft brewers and distillers.  Good company, I'd say!  

Until next time. . . :)

 

Photo Contest Winners!

This is a hard one to write, 'cause everyone who submitted a photo is a winner in our book.  The winners were determined by popular vote from 16 friends and family of Tree House.  Each voter chose their three favorites privately and the photos with the most votes won, in their respective order.  Ties would result in a tiebreaker vote, but this proved to be unnecessary.

 So, without further adieu..... drumroll.... the winners are:...!

 # 3 - Mr. John Barker!

John submitted this photo with the following narrative: 

Good Day, This will be my submission to the contest. It is Tornado,taken at Hodges Village Dam in Oxford,MA...Thank You all and have a Wonderful Day,

John Barker"

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 #2 - Ms. Erin Lea Lovern!

Erin submitted her photo with the following comment: 

 "celebrating independence day; drinking curiosity 3! cheers!!"

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Grand Prize Winner - Mr. Jonathan Baczek!

Jonathan submitted his photo with the following comment: 

"This is a picture of Julius taken on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The golden glow of the beer was almost as beautiful as the sun that day.

I hope you enjoy the picture as much as I enjoy drinking your beer!"

 

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Congratulations to the winners and thank you so much to everyone who participated!  We will be reaching out to the winners soon with their loot!   Please enjoy the rest of the entries below. . .

Photo Contest Update

We wanted to take a second to thank everyone for their Photo Contest entries. . . We are in the process of voting and we will announce winners in the next few days! 

"Making Brimfield A Beer Mecca"

We are featured today in an exceptionally well researched, detailed, and poignant article by Correspondent Bill Janson in today's Worcester Telegram. 

 

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 The full article can be read here:  

Sunday Living - Making Tree House a Beer Mecca

And Mr. David Niles produced an excellent video, which can also be seen here:

Thank you so much guys, we're thrilled! 

Fourth of July Hours & Photography Contest

Just a quick note - We'll be open on Wednesday, July 3rd from 5:30-8:00 instead of Thursday this week to celebrate the Fourth.  Again, we are closed on the 4th!

And a reminder about the Photography Contest:  you have until tomorrow (July 1st) at 8:00 PM to submit your entry!  This weekend has seen a ton of entries. . . lets finish strong! 

Happy Sunday. 

"Is Julius going to be on this weekend?" (6.22.13)

Why yes, yes is.

One of our favorite nurtured liquids, “Julius”, is available at Tree House this weekend and we've given considerable thought to how best distribute it fairly, equally, and as quickly as possible.

Early arrivers (please do not arrive too early - we need every last second to prepare for a given Saturday) will receive an “Order Card” with a number on it - the number is your place in ‘line’. This will preclude the need for a proper line, so you can relax and enjoy the property while deciding what you would like.

After we open at 11 AM, newcomers will receive order cards as they normally would, with no number necessary. . . we just suggest that you fill out and turn in your cards in a timely fashion to reserve your place in line.  The whole design of this process is to uphold the spirit of first come, first served in the most relaxed way possible.

We suggest bringing food, or a deck of cards, or a great book in anticipation of a longer than normal wait.  The Tree House grounds are in full bloom, and they are beautiful! 

The limits will begin as follows and may change subject to the pour girl’s discretion:

  • Five container limit per turn in line.  

  • 3 750ML or 2 2L of “Julius” (Three container limit, any combination of bottles)

  • There is no limit on Curiosity Three (just subject to the container limit)

We will have four “Julius” taps and two “Curiosity Three” taps in an effort to keep wait times down.  We are so, so excited to share our freshest and most recent creations with you!

If you have any questions, please leave them in the space here!

Prost!! 

 

Let's Have A Photography Contest

We love photography and we love beer.  What do you get when you combine the two?  Zebras.  No, not Zebras... You get photographs of beer.

And thus, the very first Tree House Photography Contest was born!

The rules are simple:

  • Photos must show our beer in Tree House branded bottles or glassware.  That’s it.  Everything else is fair game.  Use your imagination.  We want to see how you enjoy Tree House.

  • The contest will run from June 9th, 2013 Monday, July 1st at 8:00 PM EST.  Entries received after the 8:00 PM deadline will not be considered.

  • Photos can be entered by tagging “Tree House Brewing Company” with the photo on Facebook or by e-mail to treehousebrewing@gmail.com .  Label the subject “PHOTO CONTEST ENTRY!”  In the body, please state the beer that was photographed and your name.

  • Photos will be judged independently and blindly by ten Tree House associates (ie our friends and family).  Photos will place depending on the number of votes received.  Ties will result in a ‘tiebreaker vote’.

  • (Optional) - A narrative about the image and why you like it.  Where it was taken and with what technology (eg - My cabin in the woods using a Canon S95).

  • Be awesome.

Prizes:

  • 1st Place - $75 gift card to Tree House.  International Fame and Glory - and we’ll hang your photo in the brewery.  ( + $25 Gift Card to B.T.'S Smokehouse! )

  • 2nd Place - $35 gift card to Tree House. ( + $15 Gift Card to B.T.'S Smokehouse! )

  • 3rd Place - One empty 750 ML Bottle & a set of 4 Tree House glasses.

  • Every place - All entries will be posted and shared both here and on Facebook for everyone’s enjoyment.

We hope this is the first in a long line of diverse, topic oriented photography contests. If you have any questions, please post them here in the comments.  Let's have fun!