Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Active Beers: 20
Beer Ratings: 2,929
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 10 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by sinstaineddemon:
4.3/5 rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $
Thomas Hooker is a fabulous beer destination for CT. Not much more than a factory brewery with a tasting area and a merch area, two fridays a month it transforms. On these days, it fills up withcraft beer lovers (and their friends) for tastings. For $10 you get a sample cup and unlimited refills at whatever taps they have lined up, usually 4-6 beers in two stations to relieve pressure at one spot. Then as you leave for the night, you trade in your sample cup for a Hooker Logo pint glass. Win!
The service there is wonderful, simply by asking, we managed to convince the employees to give us an impromptu tour. Very informative and appreciated. They even let us taste beer right out of the tank.
The one downside is the crowd, unlimited beer for $10 attracts a lot of buzz seekers who don't care about the beer.
They dont offer food. While I was there there was delivered pizza for $2 a slice, but that may have been anoutside organization for charity, I cannot recall.
If you live in CT you must do this at least once, quite an experience.
07-17-2012 15:35:55 | More by sinstaineddemon
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4.34/5 rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $
Visited this brewery in early October after visiting Back East Brewery down the street. Easy to get to with plenty of signs and parking.
As you walk in, you pay $5 and get a bracelet with 10 pull tabs and a 4 oz. plastic cup. Would have been nice to have a nice branded, glass tasting glass like the other brew tours I've done... but beggars can't be choosers.
I believe they had 10 beers on tap, including Liberator (which at 9% is a steal), and you can use your 10 pull tabs for any of the beers, hell you could use all 10 on the liberator if you please. As a note, it's pretty laid back and they just fill your cups when you get to the bar, there were a few times I forgot to even throw a tab in the bucket to 'pay' for the sample. Also a plus, they had 2 bars and 2 servers at each bar, which greatly helped the ease of getting a quick refill.
Nice, large open space with TONS of memorabilia and swag and cool articles and history things on the walls (almost museum like). A tour was offered, but it was only about 15 minutes and didn't offer too much you didn't know already, although getting to taste a sample straight from the fermenter was kind of cool.
There was a big crowd there but it was handled well and there was plenty of staff on hand. I think we were supposed to get pint glasses on the way out but kind of snuck out and didn't get them, but not a big deal. Through and through, it was a really good tasting room with so-so brew tour and definitely worth the $5.
10-13-2013 17:03:24 | More by marlinsfan4
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company in Bloomfield, CT
89 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.