The last brewery that we went to was in Monson, Massachusetts. Yep, you guessed it. We went to Tree House. We pulled up to the gravel driveway and I was shocked that the brewery was relatively empty. I immediately saw a port-a-potty outside. This is not a good sign for a brewery. But, as we walked in, we were immediately greeted and offered samples of what they had on tap for the day. As we sampled, I looked in the brewhouse, which was very open and incredibly clean. The beers were all outstanding, so I came home with a growler of each since they ran out of cans. It was definitely worth the trip, but I can only imagine the craziness when they release one of their more popular beers.
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A fresh, clean, cranberry hard apple cider, with real cranberry juice.”
Random: I finally have all of my brewery introductions done. I guess I’m going to have to go to some more breweries to keep it interesting.
This cider poured with less than half a finger of white head that dissipated by the time I tried to take a picture. It left no lacing on the glass. the body was a clear, light orange with moderate visible carbonation. The nose had tart cranberries with apple skins. The taste was much more towards the cranberry side than apple. The cranberry gave a punch of tartness, which then followed up with some sour apple notes. The body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with cranberries. This was more towards the dry side of cider. It was $2.17 a bottle, which came to $.18 per ounce. I enjoyed it, but there wasn’t much in terms of complexity. Val, on the other hand, didn’t like it at all due to the tart notes.
Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0