It’s not like we ever need a reason to look forward to the weekend, but this Saturday, we’re training it down to the capital for The Beavertown Extravaganza. We’ve been to beer festivals before, but nothing on this scale – on Friday and Saturday this week, a 95000 sq ft former newspaper factory will host more than 70 breweries from not only the UK and Europe, but all around the world. Did I mention that the tickets include all of our beer? We’ve loved Beavertown for a while now, but the love just keeps on growing stronger. Seriously, Beavertown, we really love you, even without looking into Logan Plant’s dreamy eyes.
We’ve been so excited for The Beavertown Extravaganza since the first murmurings of the event on social media and it’s nearly here. There’s absolutely no chance in hell that we’ll get to sample everything that’s on offer, but you can make a hefty bet that we’ll try our best to make a respectable dent in the beer list.
One of the aspects that makes the idea of The Extravaganza so cool is that we’ll get to drink beers from breweries who just don’t ship to the UK. Beavertown are flying kegs of the best of the best from around the globe back to London so we get the freshest of the fresh from some of the craft beer world’s most talked about breweries. One of these breweries is Trillium.
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, if you want to get your hands on Trillium beers, you’re going to have to travel very close to the source. When I first read about Trillium last year, I realised that I’d been very close to the source back in 2013 and I’ve been filled with regret ever since. I was so naïve back then. The amazing news is that Trillium beers will be finding their way down my neck on Saturday, even better than that, Trillium have brewed an IPA with Beavertown and we’re going to talk about it now.
Beavertown X Trillium – Beaverillium IPA, 7.5%
Trillium are well known for the New England style of IPA that we’ve grown so fond of in Old England, so it’s fitting that Beaverillium fits that bill. As soon as you pop open the can, you know this beer is going to be juicy.
It pours a murky amber colour, crowned by a frothy white head. There’s so much tropical stone fruit happening in the aroma, think ripe passion fruit and mango, paired with a nice whiff of piney dankness. The nose on this bad boy beckons you in for a proper taste.
Tastewise, Beaverillium has everything you want from an NEIPA. Tangerine, orange pith, mango, with a spicy and slightly floral, bitter finish. The Columbus, Citra, Mosaic and Amarillo hops team up well here.
However, you don’t get a juice bomb IPA just by throwing a few New World Hops together – the malt bill and yeast choice play a key role in the party here. The result of all these carefully curated ingredients is a ridiculously tasty beverage with a thick, smooth mouthfeel. Whilst some of the pretenders on the market can stick to your teeth like candy floss, the only thing that Beaverillium leaves behind is a feeling of contentment.
Beaverillium only serves to raise anticipation for the weekend. Let’s find out why the Boston crowds line up outside the doors of the brewery for the latest Trillium beer.