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62 Beers
635 Ratings
Place Score: 88
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
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Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

95 Whiting St
Ste B
Plainville, Connecticut, 06062-2842
United States
phone: (860) 255-4252

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @relicbrewing

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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 8
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3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

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3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

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3.9/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of NEBeerGirl
4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Always something new to make your trip worthwhile. Mark is super knowledgeable about his craft and loves to talk "shop" with everyone that stops in. I love that he is willing to experiment with his recipes. A recent twist with his Huntsman Oatmeal stout using coffee beans resulted in The Double Huntsman and IMHO the best beer to come out of Relic so far.

Relic has something for everyone at great prices. In addition to beer, you can also pick up some nice glassware and other swag.

I agree with fellow posters that seating would be a welcomed addition. Until this is resolved, my husband and I have found that Big Steve's (turn left out of the parking lot and drive about 1 minute) allows you to bring in your Relic bottles and growlers and eat and drink there. The staff there is SUPER friendly.

I am already looking forward to my next visit!

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.4/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

In the last few years I have been to Relic a number of times and find that the on-tap selection will always give you something worth making the trip no matter how far you came. I happen to be roughly .1 miles away and I still leave w a growler or two or 3 and a couple bottles every visit. I find that Relic's beer fills a niche especially for foodies and beer geeks and without charging an arm and a leg for something unique. Mark likes to incorporate lots of elements in his beers (earl grey tea, brettanomyces, lavender, cherries to name a few things he's put into his beers) and makes a lot of styles you will not find elsewhere. From saisons to porters lagers to ipas and everything in between he always keeps it interesting. Some of the beers seem to be staples like the Queen Annes Revenge Porter (so friggin good) and some more experimental like the Cygnet Strong Ale w/ loads of Centennial Hops (again so friggin good) but thats the beauty of a Nano brewery done right IMHO. Always a good mix of beers and usually something new or even something different to try. The staff is always friendly and the brewer/owner is usually on hand to talk about everything beer and food related that you could talk about. Its always a great time. I would agree w what others mentioned that some seating would be stellar and probably help to keep people around for the duration of the open hours. If you like food or wine or beer or art or just a good time this place is a must visit.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Csparks33
3.86/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The guys at Relic are great. Mark is super knowledgeable about his craft and loves to talk to people about the beers they brew.

I give kudos to Relic for experimenting with different types of beer and not falling into the pigeon hole of the big IPAs that are so popular right now.

The space is unique as is the art on the walls. I'd love to see them add some tables/chairs and an outside seating area would be great. They have some events with food catered, but there isn't regularly available food.

They are not pushy at all, and you can try samples to your hearts content. I hear they have a new brewer who is making some of his own stuff, so those aforementioned IPA fans need not stay away. He made one called "Something Different" that a friend of mine loved. Prices are great and overall, so is Relic.

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of JKali860
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Very nice place where there will always be different beers on-tap. Very interesting choices and selections for beers that don't usually get a lot of attention otherwise. Someone will always be glad to walk you through the beers on-tap as every time I've gone, I have been able to talk with the owner multiple times. Great place, great beers, very friendly.

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