Relic Brewing Co

BEER AVG
3.85/5
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

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

(860) 255-4252 | map
relicbeer.com

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Added by naproxen on 02-27-2012

BEER STATS
Beers:
97
Ratings:
1,168
Reviews:
215
PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Ratings:
52
Reviews:
10
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
2.88%
 
 
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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by tobelerone:
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3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
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 AngeloPietri
4.88/5  rDev +17%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of skyfra
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mccrackrlm
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
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 mkyer
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Kelvarsmom
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

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3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of TheDudeFromTheThing
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Clamzo
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of psweendogg
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of HopsinBarley
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of MikeRusso
3.14/5  rDev -24.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25

Photo of Drazdi
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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 NYR-Zuuuuc
3.88/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Mertman256
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of neil2me
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of xtonytx
3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5

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4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.57/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

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Relic Brewing Co in Plainville, CT
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,168 ratings.
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