So, I made my first trip to Tree House Brewing in Brimfield, MA today. Let me say, I was floored. It's a very simple, unassuming red barn in the backyard of a beautiful New England home with a fantastic view. Outside there is a quaint little seating area adjacent to a well manicured pond. Step through the very inviting green door, currently adorned with a wreath for the holidays, to find essentially the perfect chill spot/man cave. The window is lined with several empty rare beer bottles from Hill Farmstead, Cantillon, Westy, etc. A beautifully air brushed motorcycle sits against the wall just to the left of the entrance. There is a high top bar that separates the entrance area from a "living room" style sitting area reminiscent of Paul Bunyan's log cabin. A coffee table covered in several beer publications is surrounded by couches and a rocking chair built of what must have been wood found outside, unplaned and unfinished. In the corner sits an old school wood stove that heats the entire space. It would appear that their philosophy on the ambiance is the same as theirs on brewing, everything is hand crafted. Behind the small bar, two very welcoming and clearly legitimately joyful young ladies poured me a tour of the beers they had this week. First, I started with the Green, an IPA. It was golden in color, clean, and delicious. Sadly, it ran out before I was able to purchase some to go. That was followed by That's What She Said Milk Stout. Very delicious and easy drinking. Could definitely see myself curling up on a cold CT evening with a few of these. Finally, the reason I decided to quit having any excuses to put off the trip, Merry Mint, a stout that was "dry hopped" with fresh mint leaves. This beer was perfectly balanced so that the base would have stood alone and stood tall. The addition of the mint was very present but did not take center stage or steal the spotlight from the rich stout flavor. I'm hoping to procure more next weekend as it will be a perfect Christmas beer. Finally, I have to note that the hospitality was second to none. As soon as my friend and I walked in, we were greeted by the women pouring, asked our names, where we came from, and if this was our first time. They both seemed genuinely excited when we answered that it was. They immediately called Dean, who I presume is in charge of the operation, over to greet and welcome us. Again, he appeared to be genuininely excited to learn about us and how we heard about Tree House. He continued to mill about the customers waiting for their growlers to be filled as though he were the host and we were all guests at his very intimate party of only close friends. Then came Nate, the head brewer. We were a third time greeted with the same enthusiasm. Shortly after, Dean and Nate engaged a customer in conversation about playing guitar. The quickly went in back and returned with 3 guitars and all broke out in an impromptu jam session. I can't say enough good things about this little start up. If you are every looking for something to do on a Saturday morning, stop by and say hello. You will not regret it.