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Firefly Hollow Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

25 Ratings
Ratings: 25
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%
Active Beers: 26
Beer Ratings: 227
Beer Avg: 3.77
Taps: 9
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

139 Center St
Bristol, Connecticut, 06010-5074
United States
phone: (860) 845-8977

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @fireflybrewing

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(Place added by: nebula1999 on 10-25-2013)
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brewcifix, Feb 27, 2014
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3.89/5  rDev -4.4%

Set in an old factory, this place nails it for the atmosphere, plenty of seating, a fairly good sized bar, and a nice friendly crowd. they had a good variety of beer. which made it hard to choose. They do serve "flights" which I like, but I personally didn't take that route. Service was slow, and understandably they were understaffed for the day. But for the size of the place and the fact that tastings are not really existent here (that's what the flights for) there should be more people behind the bar.

Devin84, Feb 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

MenardMa, Jan 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

bccrosley, Jan 06, 2014
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4.09/5  rDev +0.5%

Firefly Hollow is located in the rear of an old factory, hopefully that means it has room to grow. I tried four of their beers and all were fantastic.

They do not serve food, but supply menus to food trucks in the parking lot. Even encourage calling in your order to decrease outside waiting and increase inside drinking.

The vibe is laid back, casual in a steampunk atmosphere. Tables and chairs encourage groups and perhaps even game-play.

Service was friendly and as speedy as could be.

My recommendation would be to open up the floor plan a little. I don't know how much of the building they own/operate, but easing the bottleneck where bar gets most of its patrons would be key. As they get more popular, increasing capacity will be necessary.

One reviewer nailed, in the summer time, with good weather and hopefully a large selection of food trucks, this place will be hoppin'. The only truck that was there during my recent visit had no vegetarian options, so we hit up a local Mexican place for food.

sinstaineddemon, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of nebula1999
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%

Firefly Hollow Brewing was a long time coming. Finally, Bristol has it's own brewery!

I have tried all the beers and they are good to great.

They do not serve food, but do bring in area restaurant offerings and food trucks, and also encourage patrons to call in food orders and eat it right there in the taproom. Low key atmosphere.

Speaking of atmosphere....they have to do something about the harsh left over industrial fluorescent lighting hanging from the ceiling. So bright and abrasive. Makes it feel like it's eternally 'last call'. It imparts kind of a of cold feeling, and after about 30-40 minutes I'm ready to leave. Walls are barren, except for the tap lists.

Another issue that I immediately realized was the need for a separate growler filling spot at the bar. The bend in the bar by the register is where everyone seems to congregate for walk up service to get a pint, or walk in service to get a growler fill. This creates a huge traffic jam preventing people from getting to the lounge area. It doesn't help that this spot is by one of the massive columns and a wall, further enhancing the cluster effect. A separate growler fill lane at the bar closest to the entry door is sorely needed. Some might say this would take up a seat at the bar, but the same thing, or worse is currently happening in front of that cash register.

Overall, I really like this place. I will frequent it often and look forward to their beers, which after all is the most important thing, isn't it.

nebula1999, Dec 28, 2013
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4.29/5  rDev +5.4%

Went here on a random Thursday afternoon, very easy to find in the rear portion of an old factory building alongside an old train track.

They had five beers on tap at the time and a bonus sixth beer (a great barleywine). They served up paddles of the five beers for $8 or $9 and the addition of the barleywine pushed it to $10-11.

Our group all tried a paddle + 1 and the beers were all fantastic. The tasting room was huge and there were plenty of tables and seating worked into the restored factory setting. One of the nicest and best atmosphere tap rooms I've seen (and they even provide chess boards and playing cards to boot!!).

The pint prices were reasonably priced in the $4.50 to $5.50 for the lower ABV range and same prices for 12 oz. of the higher octane stuff, but the growler prices seemed a little steep. Overall, great taproom with tons of potential and great beer, look forward to visiting again soon. Also, more merch available for sale would be nice (mugs and glassware was reserved for kickstarter people).

oriolesfan4, Dec 28, 2013
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bootdown21, Dec 28, 2013
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3.89/5  rDev -4.4%

Great Steam Punk vibe, good crowd and a reasonable and tasty selection of beers for a brewery that has been open for less than a month. The taps were a bit foamy, making growler fills slow. The beer definitely worth the wait. The food truck just left as we got there; it gets dark earlier these days. This place will be wild in the summertime.

DrunkinYogi, Nov 24, 2013
Firefly Hollow Brewing Co. in Bristol, CT
91 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.