Relic Brewing Co


Type: Brewery, Bar

95 Whiting St
Ste B
Plainville, Connecticut, 06062-2842
United States

(860) 255-4252 | map

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Added by naproxen on 02-27-2012

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 51
Photo of mccrackrlm
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

This is a small location, but worth stopping at if in the vicinity. I had first heard about it searching here at BA, then found some bottles of Sorceress at a nearby store. The first time I dropped in to the brewery, it was early afternoon, I had planned to just fill two growlers. I believe one was Sorceress and the other Flaxen Foal. The friendly staff insisted I check out the list of what was on tap, and I was impressed with what I tried at that time. Thrice, Ryddle and probably the Flaxen Foal were what I had sampled. Other times I had stopped in just for growler fills, but recently stopped for more samples on a Friday afternoon; the place was quite busy, people inside and also right outside the door as it was a nice day. New to me were Blackheart, Cygnet, Points West and Simcot samples. All were very good, and then a glass of the Cygnet. The only bad thing was that I had not properly prepared for the trip, and should have also had my growlers to fill.

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Photo of Drazdi
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

I visited today for the second time I'm in the last year candy tend to enjoy the style and variety of beer that is offered here. I am careful to suggest that this is a Farmhouse style brewery, but the taste and sense are there then bring me back to a time when beer was made at home with those ingredients left in surplus. Fruity, sweet, aromatic, slightly sour funkalicious, if you will.

Every offering they had today I enjoyed thoroughly, in some I loved. I really enjoy the slightly fruity, poignantly aromatic offers commonly offered here, but I always wonder if I'd enjoy a whole glass, rather than just a taste or two?

I tend to be a fan of Belgian style beers, whitbeirs, Farmhouse and Saison's, so my ratings will tend to be a bit higher than others, but I think Relic Brewing their niche justice.

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Photo of NEBeerGirl
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
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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Photo of slim2043
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of Csparks33
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Photo of JKali860
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Photo of Devin84
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Great place, set back from the road. I didn't catch the Owners name, but it was a great experience. He was very informative, and took the time to answer everyone's questions. This is a great brewery if your looking to find that quirky odd flavor that makes you open your eye's and say, "Wow that's different!"

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Photo of tobelerone
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I've only been once so far but enjoyed my visit and left with both bottles and a growler. It's a fairly spartan tap room and as others have mentioned there is some pretty odd art hanging. Also mentioned was the lack of seating which definitely needs correcting and maybe it has since I've visited.

I've heard Relic criticized for some inconsistent and at times unsuccessful beers. I felt like the samples I had, probably six in all, ran the gamut from so so to very good. In the end I felt the porter was the best as it had all the traditional roasty qualities and was well crafted and also had a very appealing sweetness ad chocolatey flavor. I feel Relic is worthy of praise, even if they have a few misses here and there, because the owner/brewer is by all accounts an exceedingly friendly dude who is happy to chat, pour, and discuss what he's making, and due to the fact that he is really willing to go outside the box a bit and isn't just throwing out the same predictable and boring stuff you will find at any run of the mill brewpub. Relic could eventually ascend to the top of the Connecticut beer scene, or at least approach NEBCO status, because of their willingness to take chances and because the state is really pretty barren when it comes to top quality breweries. If I lived closer I would be in here often for sure.

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Photo of ScottieD
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Relic is located in a commercial building located in the rear of a parking lot. They recently built a very nice tasting room and serve an eclectic grouping of beers. Mark, the owner and brewer, is always on hand and eager to discuss each beer in detail. I always enjoy stopping in for a growler fill as I find it to be a very enjoyable experience--really good beer mixed with really good people!

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Went here on a Friday evening with my father. For those planning on going here, be warned it is pretty tricky to find even with a GPS, especially at night. The building is set back pretty far from the road and there didn't appear to be any signs on the road pointing you in the right location (it's the driveway after the Peck Spring Co building).

Anyways, once you find the place, it's well worth it. The tasting room atmosphere leaves much to be desired, has an almost 'frat party' look with linoleum floor and a small wooden bar with some tap handles on it (and no seating!!). There's also some pretty crazy local artwork for sale hanging in the area. But, the beer is what sets this place apart (which is all that really matters, right?) The staff was very friendly and offered complimentary tastings of six of their beers (5 of which were on draft, one poured from a bottle). All of their beers were fantastic and unique, I like how they stayed away from the typical pale ale, IPA, stout line up and instead had interesting styles and tweaks to the norm. After you tried them all, you are able to purchase a tulip glass and get a 'complimentary' pour of whichever beer you liked the most. You were not able to purchase a pint to drink there.. but they did sell growlers and bottles to go.

A nice little find and probably the best tasting beers I've tried in CT. They could use more signs or lights along Whiting Street to make the place more accessible. Also, an upgraded tap room with some couches, chairs, stools or somewhere to sit would be a nice improvement. But, it's still in it's early stages and this place has a ton of potential.

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Relic Brewing Co in Plainville, CT
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,053 ratings.
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