OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)

OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)
OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

7 Fox Hollow Rd
Unit B
Oxford, Connecticut, 06478-3162
United States

(203) 295-2831 | map

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Photo of npolachek
4.57/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

What a terrific brewery! Super nice facility with long tables as well as a deck with tables overlooking the forest. Lots of games and books for kids and a super good selection of beer on tap. They also have non alcoholic sodas and apple juice as well as food, guest bottles, chips, etc. Great place and will be back!

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Photo of SoursRule
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Any time I'm in CT this is a must stop location for lovers of sour beers. Many of their own production and guest taps. The owner's father is a beer importer which allows for a diverse bottle selection also. Tap room has rather limited hours but also open other hours for bottle sales.

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Photo of mjco04
4.26/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

OEC is probably the most unique brewery in the state of CT. It's in the town of Oxford CT. The vibe is chill and the ambiance is always good in any day you go. I love the location (not the distance) since next to it is a carriage trail where people do hiking, running or walking their dogs. Being an active individual, I like stopping by on the trail the head out to the brewery after. The brewery itself is really nice. Cool set up (small bar) and it's amazing to see the cool ship and gaze at it as you enter to the tasting room. Special releases are always phenomenal!

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Photo of Duffman79
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

I have heard about this place for a while and finally got to check it out last Saturday. They have amazing equipment, really great beers, a nice comfortable atmosphere/tasting room. But what really stood out was the staff. Really great folks who like to talk about beer and explain the process behind what you're drinking. Amazing little brewery making world class beers.

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Photo of Johnct
4.79/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Wow. How beautiful can a brewery be. Vineyards, an herbarium, granite fermenters, giant terra cotta pots with beer fermenting in them, an authentic coolship, barrels stacked throughout the property, barns full with fermenting beer, seating outside, seating inside all around the brewing equipment, seating on the wrap-around deck... The place is a beer-lovers dream. Everything about this property seems to resonate in correlation to the method in which they brew: "let's do whatever the fuck we want"

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Photo of MikeDNYC
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Been only once but never rated but I love these guys. Easily going to be the best brewers in the world soon.
It's like going to the Willy Wonka factory of beer brewing/blending/science/mad science.

Every beer was amazing - then I learned of the BUnited connection and the Schneider & sons. connection - and of course I am in love.

I would leave my current life to live here.
Best place in the World.

I love you OEC.

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Photo of CraftBeerLos
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Awesome place! As soon as you walk in you see brew tanks and coolship room. They some tables and you can have full pours and flights. Atmosphere is hipster farmhouse feel.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.32/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Beautiful place, inside and out. Friendly staff and a great selection of their beers. The hours of opperation could be more friendly but aside from that, OEC is a wonderful experience.

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Photo of Moneypenny
3.76/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

A delightful excursion for nature lovers and sour lovers alike. Beautiful inside and out. I would have liked more food truck options. Not every brew tour maven wants fried food or barbecue. But the surroundings are so lush and buccolic that, had I been prepared, I would have brought a picnic lunch. My only gripe was that the flights were served in plastic specimen cups. I don't think the plastic did the beers any favors. The growler we brought home had more of the charm we'd expected but did not find in the flight. Overall a great way to spend an afternoon. Sweet merch too!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.21/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Cool spot out in the middle of nowhere in Connecticut. The place it medium sized with some indoor and outdoor seating, small bar space as well. The beer selection is interesting, some of it better than others in my opinion. A few bottles for take out as well. It's a neat spot but definitely off the beaten path a bit.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Let me start by saying I've been to maybe 50 or so brewpubs/tasting rooms but this may be one of the best I have been to.

The worst part about this place is that it may be difficult to find... it's tucked away in a business park in the woods and the Google GPS directs you a few buildings off.. but once you're there, it's more than worth it.

They had 7 drafts on at the time, all were either barrel aged or blended beers... no typical boring golden ales or IPAs here. They offered flights of 6 beers on a paddle (a tad bit ironic, considering they had 7 on draft so you're forced to leave one off) and tasters of the beers ran from $2-3 for a nice sized sample (approx 4 oz. I'd say).

The beers ranged from really good to excellent, not a bad one in the bunch. They also offered a few of the beers for growler fills and had lots of pre-bottled beers available for purchases along with plenty of glassware from European breweries, including some nice Teku style glasses.

I should also note that their draft list seems to change daily and they are very good at updating their website draft list so when you go there you know exactly what you can expect on tap, which is refreshing for a change.

TL;DR I've been to countless breweries, and this is easily one of the best, if not the best, I've been to. Will be visiting every time I'm in the area and well worth the trip.

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Photo of Tsull123
5/5  rDev +9.9%

This place is impressive, very unique beers. One flight of their beers was a tour de force! Drove 2 hours to check this place out and I wasn't disappointed. Looking forward to more releases from them.

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Photo of JimmyAloysius
5/5  rDev +9.9%

I try to leae reviews up to the professionals.... This place was phenomenal. Tucked away im the middle of no where CT stands a red building with white pillars. A crest hangs outside and the double church style doors are wide open. Brand new construction it seems as you enter with a stunning brew system in open view immediatly to your right. Cool room apears on your left with a Cool ship room directly next to it. The ceilings are cathedral like and the whole room is filled with great decor to match the mood. The place appears to be furnished by someone who cares. The people working/serving are very polite and knowledgeable about their product. The product here is stellar beer that seems to focus more on the special side. Saisons(my favorite) wild ales, porters, dark ales and more saisons. No hopped up IIPA or BA stouts. The beer is very reminiscent of Europeon beer. The pricing was reasonable and my visit there was truely unforgettable. Highly recomended if you are seeking out world class beer.

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Photo of Durge
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

The beer here is, with just a couple months under its belt, simply unparalleled if you are at all a fan of the more refined beer styles, like saisons, sour brews, weisse, not to mention many creative dark brews of malt imaginations. The beer is worth the visit any time, and many times. Prices are reasonable for the quality and styles they are selling. The growler fills are done with the type that minimizes air in the bottle and they have the ceramic seal tops to allow for long term keeping. The place itself is also pretty neat although it could stand some relatively minor improvements. The current inside area is relatively small, especially considering the following this place is clearly developing. A number of large picnic-type tables along with a very small bar with a few stools. Parking out in this unique country/industrial park area is very adequate for now and you can park along the driveway and road if necessary. The surrounding area is largely wooded and attractive, including gardens and orchards that the brewery/distributorship owns to feed only the freshest, natural ingredients to it's fast growing beer lineup. Standing and seating room is also available just outside the main entrance as weather allows but more exciting is news that a deck will be added in September so patrons will have more room and can enjoy the forest views. The growler filling station is a bit chaotic and might stand some expansion in my view, but it's not a big problem at all. The staff is pretty plentiful, knowledgeable and friendly. While the atmosphere is generally nice, I think they could do more with the place. But these are smart folks with great tastes in beer so I expect many great developments will come as they grow. An absolute gem of a place for this area of Connecticut. Classy but not necessarily snobby. And did I mention the beer?

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Photo of codasnap52
4.61/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Their facility was picturesque, and on a gorgeous Spring day its hard to beat spending time amongst the brand new stainless steel tanks, coolship and wood paneling of the tasting room. Everything was state of the art, from the pouring/growlering station, the brewing system, ant the wood tables and flights. It felt more like a showroom than a working brewery (which in this case was a good thing).

That being said, this is NOT your typical new local brewery. We've seen mediocre brewery after brewery open up in our state, and yes some might be better than others, but for the most part they offer varying degrees of the the same experience and beer styles. Nice people, slightly interesting offerings, with a fun tap room or space to hang with friends for a few hours. That quaint experience has become a hallmark of the recent craft beer revolution, and has become commonplace and expected when you go to any new brewery. OEC goes way beyond this.

This is a European craft brewery, the kind that ships over 50% of its beer to the US, except this one was grown right here in CT. When I walked into OEC on Saturday, saw a hybrid of the US model and that of our European brethren. I recognized De Dolle, Struise, Alvinne, BFM and Trois Dames infused with the New England farmhouse model of Tree House and HF, with a little Allagash thrown in. Importers by trade, they are very familiar with the specialty brewers in Europe, and it is clear they utilized the best of what they have seen in building their own brewery. I found the facility and the beer to be very appealing, and the hybrid they have created is instantly fresh and interesting. It is GREAT to have them in our back yard, and with the team they have I only expect the best from OEC going forward. Well done.

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Photo of banik
4.44/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This is a great little beer-and-maybe-snacks brewery. They generally have 6 items on tap, plus a few bottles, and will occasionally have snacks, like fresh pretzels, available for purchase.

The indoor and outdoor areas are both nice- with a view into the coolship and at the brewing system inside, and nice wooded areas outside.

The beer is, by and large, pretty darn great. Their flagship Exilis seems to be a big hit with just about everyone who stops in- it's truly a great Berliner, and nice to try with their home made syrups.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.11/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

A bit off the main road in a rural industrial park the location is nice secluded, and there are picnic table set out in the front courtyard to make the most of nice weather. One enters through a short hallway where the shining brew kettles are on the right and the coolship room is on the left. The ceiling is open trussed and make the whole place seem like one big airy room. There are a few rows of beer-hall tables and bench and a small bar the seats maybe 6 to 8 people. To the left of the bar is a growler fill station equipped with 2 counter-pressure filler. They employ a growler fill menu card system that worked very well, allowing me to sit at the bar enjoying my samplers as my growlers were filled. The brewery folk were pleasant and knowledgeable. OEC does sours, not my favorite style, but these were quite tasty and interesting. Overall a great place to come with friends and hang out. I don't know if they have plans for a food truck...that would be a definite plus.

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OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores) in Oxford, CT
Brewery rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 1587 ratings