We spent Columbus Day Weekend in New Haven, Connecticut for Karen and Glenn’s wedding, and I took the opportunity to sample some Connecticut brews (October 8-11, 2009).
Our first stop in Connecticut was the New England Beverage Company in Orange, CT, a huge beverage store that I located using RateBeer.com. I found a great selection of regional beers that I can’t get in Maryland! With the family in tow, I couldn’t spend as much time inspecting the inventory as I would have liked. So after a quick once-over of the beer aisle and cooler, I started dropping 12-pack mix packs into my cart. I picked up two 12-packs from brewers I had never tried before:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company (Bloomfield, CT) (pictured)
- Hop Meadow IPA
- Blonde Ale
- Irish Red Ale
Farmington River Brewing Company (Ipswich, MA) (pictured)
I grabbed a couple of six packs too:
- UFO Pale Ale, the newest beer in the UFO line from Harpoon Brewing Company (Boston, MA). I love the UFO Hefeweizen and White so I was curious to try the latest UnFiltered Offering. According to Harpoon, “Like the rest of our UFO beers we leave it UnFiltered for more natural taste, a soft, full mouthfeel, and a distinctive cloudy appearance.” I enjoyed this drinkable Pale Ale.
- Sea Hag IPA, a canned craft beer from New England Brewing Company (Woodbridge, CT). As I wrote in my post about craft beer from a can, I’m a huge fan of beer in a can. This IPA was smooth and well-balanced.
I could have spent more time and more money at the beer store, as I only grabbed one single from among the many in the singles section. I spotted an Imperial IPA from D.L. Gearys Brewing Company (Portland, ME) that I saved for after I got home.
With plenty of beer for the weekend (and enough to take some home too), I concentrated on finding local beers at restaurants. A nice Chinese place the first night did my search no good. But I scored the next day at lunch at a New Haven landmark, Modern Apizza. You haven’t had pizza until you’ve tried New Haven-style pizza. Odd fact: my favorite pizza joint in Chicago is Piece, where they serve New Haven, not Chicago-style pizza. It doesn’t hurt that they also brew awesome beer! But I digress… At Modern, I washed down the most incredible slices of sausage, pepperoni, and bacon pizza with Long Trail Ale, on draft from Long Trail Brewing Company in Bridgewater Corners, VT.
Wedding Day: After a beautiful and quick service, we celebrated the union of Karen and Glenn with Sam Adams Octoberfest – the perfect beer for an October wedding. The smooth, malty, easy drinking Octoberfest was just what was called for on a sunny, crisp day in early fall.
Thanks, Mike; I liked your write-up! I like the NE Brewing Co beers. I’ve wondered about doing a tour there. I knew a salesman for it, Eric, but not sure if he still works for the co.
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