Counter Weight Brewing (2019)

Discussion in 'New England' started by BranfordBound, Jan 2, 2019.

  1. Swats

    Swats Initiate (44) Jul 1, 2015 Connecticut

    I want to see Ceno come back. As much as I like Slumbering Behemoth I thought Ceno was better
     
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  2. BranfordBound

    BranfordBound Poo-Bah (1,579) Apr 7, 2010 Connecticut
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    Yeah, I'm a bit surprised something else hasn't snuck in. I just checked and here's the rundown:
    This week: Belmageddon (new DIPA)
    Last week: No Hope for the Kids (IPA) & Vulture Culture (DIPA)
    2 Weeks: Cities and Years (IPA) & Sow (Pale Ale) and it had Space Coyote and Void Oatmeal Stout leftover from the previous week. So 3 weeks ago was the last non-IPA drop (Void).

    However, CW is teasing a Rauchbier and Czech Pilsner release on their Insta story, so perhaps your prayers are being answered. Looks like Matt's Germany trip was quite fruitful.
     
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  3. lbower860

    lbower860 Initiate (149) Jun 28, 2011 Connecticut

    Gotta give the hop hungry people what they want. If you're CW and your hoppy beers barely last a week, versus a (spectacular) lager like Ein Helles that might sit for a month or even more. I get very excited when I see a new CW Lager, but you cant blame them for cranking out the hops. They keep the lights on.
     
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  4. BranfordBound

    BranfordBound Poo-Bah (1,579) Apr 7, 2010 Connecticut
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    Absolutely. I feel like I'm the only one in my friend group that actually gets excited for Ein Helles. It's so good and reminds me of my trip to Munich. But with that being said the hoppy stuff keeps me coming back for more.
     
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  5. beanoboy7

    beanoboy7 Initiate (186) Jun 22, 2014 Connecticut

    Completely agree. Loved Ceno. And the Maple version of it was killer!!!
     
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  6. BranfordBound

    BranfordBound Poo-Bah (1,579) Apr 7, 2010 Connecticut
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    Counterpunch cans return on Friday as well as a new Czech Pilsner, Vltava. Nice little can drop there.
     
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  7. bt931912

    bt931912 Initiate (155) Jul 1, 2013 Connecticut

    Does anyone have any idea when the batch of Crucial Mass that was canned this week will hit hartford distro?
     
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  8. BranfordBound

    BranfordBound Poo-Bah (1,579) Apr 7, 2010 Connecticut
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    So I have a half answer for you: I just picked up 2/6 cans from Coastal in Branford. So either now or very soon.
     
  9. pbrian

    pbrian Defender (648) Feb 8, 2001 Connecticut

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  10. tsir

    tsir Initiate (15) Jan 17, 2019 District of Columbia

    Showed up at Southington Wine today.
     
  11. PenningtonNY10

    PenningtonNY10 Initiate (159) Nov 20, 2009 Connecticut

    Harvest in WH had Crucial Mass today
     
  12. BranfordBound

    BranfordBound Poo-Bah (1,579) Apr 7, 2010 Connecticut
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    Wizard Fight (Mosaic DIPA) in cans today at the brewery. Anyone have the Vltava Pils?
     
  13. Mkozaka

    Mkozaka Devotee (494) Apr 25, 2006 Connecticut
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    Hopefully soon; I posted in the trade forum for some cans. Probably the only active listing seeking out a Pilsner!
     
  14. lbower860

    lbower860 Initiate (149) Jun 28, 2011 Connecticut

    Ive got that sweet sweet Vltava.
     
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  15. HopQuest

    HopQuest Initiate (54) Feb 2, 2015 Connecticut
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    Vltava may be the best pils that they have done. Close with Dalliance for my favorite clear beer from CW.
     
  16. lbower860

    lbower860 Initiate (149) Jun 28, 2011 Connecticut

    There are so many good ones to choose from. I think Dalliance was my favorite though.
     
  17. jtodeasa

    jtodeasa Initiate (119) Nov 11, 2015 Connecticut
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    Watched (and contributed to) the lone shelf of Vltava getting cleared out of the cooler yesterday around 1 PM. Had some friends from Brooklyn up to the country and they couldn't say enough nice things about New Haven and CW.
     
  18. Mkozaka

    Mkozaka Devotee (494) Apr 25, 2006 Connecticut
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    Anyone know if Workhorse is back in Hartford or Middlesex county?
     
  19. BranfordBound

    BranfordBound Poo-Bah (1,579) Apr 7, 2010 Connecticut
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    Good lineup for tonight and Friday: Inundation IPA, Drudenhaus rauchbier, Void coffee stout, and Friday will have Superfluous. I'm thinking another run up is in the works for me tomorrow.

    Really want to try the rauchbier. Not too many of those going around. I had the one from Fox Farm and it was delicious.
     
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  20. Newport_beerguy

    Newport_beerguy Zealot (535) Feb 24, 2011 Rhode Island

    Driving back from NYC Saturday afternoon I grabbed some Inundation. Have had a few of my cans thus far and NOT disappointed. Drinking so well...
     
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  21. BranfordBound

    BranfordBound Poo-Bah (1,579) Apr 7, 2010 Connecticut
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    Release update: sorry to inundate this thread (pun intended) but Proper Pause will drop today. Brett beer aged in white wine barrels and then bottle conditioned.
     
  22. pbrian

    pbrian Defender (648) Feb 8, 2001 Connecticut

    Nothing CW does disappoints...
     
  23. Mkozaka

    Mkozaka Devotee (494) Apr 25, 2006 Connecticut
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    Very nice Rauchbier. Subtle smoke, not intense. Clean Marzen base. Moderate, maybe slightly higher, bitterness. Would love CW to brew quarterly.
     
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  24. Swats

    Swats Initiate (44) Jul 1, 2015 Connecticut

    Anyone get the CW-Tribus collab? Reading mixed reviews on the CTBeerdrinkers FB site. Also miffed I have not been able to get up there for the latest Coffee Void thanks to work and kid hockey tournament.
     
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  25. BranfordBound

    BranfordBound Poo-Bah (1,579) Apr 7, 2010 Connecticut
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    New beer for Thursday release (3/14): Stratagem IPA which uses those new Strata hops. I think this one will be more berry/citrus like than the tropical pineapple/coconut Sabro hops that Cities & Years used. Curious as to how this one tastes...
     
  26. wasatchback

    wasatchback Disciple (309) Jan 12, 2014 Utah
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    Strata is very different than Sabro. Strata reminds me a lot of Mosiac. Interesting yet different fruit/berry character and a bit of dank. An awesome new hop. It’s great on its own. Most people are finding Sabro is best at only 10-20% of a hop blend. On its own it’s way to intensely woody, like cedar almost.
     
  27. GeoffreyWolken

    GeoffreyWolken Initiate (34) Jul 22, 2017 Connecticut
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    I'm excited to try this one. Has anyone tried the proper pause yet?
     
  28. BranfordBound

    BranfordBound Poo-Bah (1,579) Apr 7, 2010 Connecticut
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    If that's the case then I am a fan already. Mosaic is one of my all time favorite hops.
     
  29. msiegel04

    msiegel04 Initiate (43) Oct 5, 2017 Connecticut
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    Fortunate enough to have the day off tomorrow and I am able to head down to CW in the afternoon. Any suggestions on must try or must buys? I’ve had crucial mass and headband before but that’s about it. Both outstanding beers. Cheers.
     
  30. EDNOSE

    EDNOSE Aspirant (214) Oct 27, 2007 Connecticut

    Honestly, the pour of Headway at the brewery last weekend blew me away (and I've had it there before as well as can and at bars) ... so delicious. To more broadly answer your question, everything is good to excellent there. Of what's on right now, I'm a big Inundation fan and I'd try the Stratagem because it is new. They do flights so you can try a bunch of things (not cheap, but you can).
     
  31. smutty33

    smutty33 Crusader (707) Jun 12, 2009 Connecticut
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    I stopped through last weekend for some Creature Preacher and thought it was outstanding.

    Citra and Galaxy with a bite on the back end. Really good, tremendous flavor at only 5.8%.

    Either way, I'm sure you will dig whatever the hell you pick up.

    Stratagem sounds tasty especially since they described it as having really nice dank qualities.

    Cheers and enjoy!
     
  32. Mkozaka

    Mkozaka Devotee (494) Apr 25, 2006 Connecticut
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    I’ll be taking the wife with me this weekend to double up - Ein Helles, No Hope and Space Coyote!
     
  33. msiegel04

    msiegel04 Initiate (43) Oct 5, 2017 Connecticut
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    Any brief comments or reviews on either of these three? Never had them before and considering stopping in this weekend.
     
  34. Mkozaka

    Mkozaka Devotee (494) Apr 25, 2006 Connecticut
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    Unfortunately, no detailed notes, just memory. I really need to start reviewing.

    Coyote is all Galaxy and No Hope is Mosaic dominant so depends on how you feel about those hops. Both beers are exceptional but I have slight preference for No Hope. I recall distinct berry and tea characteristics.

    Ein Helles is the perfect lager. Clean, sweet malt. Think it’s the best German interpretation from CW.

    Nothing from CW should be rated under a 4 (to style).
     
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  35. lbower860

    lbower860 Initiate (149) Jun 28, 2011 Connecticut

    Their IPAs are great (although I am a much bigger fan of No Hope than Space Coyote), but Ein Helles might be my favorite beer that they do period. It was first brewed last year around this time for their first anniversary (Believe it was called Ein One). Its a really great Helles style lager. Even though they make lots of NEIPA I love CW for their lagers.
     
  36. msiegel04

    msiegel04 Initiate (43) Oct 5, 2017 Connecticut
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    This is all I needed. Thanks. Cheers.
     
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  37. Swats

    Swats Initiate (44) Jul 1, 2015 Connecticut

    Best batches of No Hope and Space Coyote that I've ever had. The Mosaic and Galaxy are so well represented, respectively. Going to have to find some time to get more this week.
     
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  38. Mkozaka

    Mkozaka Devotee (494) Apr 25, 2006 Connecticut
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    How can we convince CW to open at noon every Friday? It’s only three additional hours of labor costs...
     
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  39. Swats

    Swats Initiate (44) Jul 1, 2015 Connecticut

    I agree. Especially once summer comes the traffic starts to back up on the Merritt at 2:30. I'd love to run up during lunch time and grab cans. And speaking of cans, Vulture Culture back tomorrow! Crossing my fingers that there's some Space Coyote and No Hope left as well tomorrow.
     
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  40. pbrian

    pbrian Defender (648) Feb 8, 2001 Connecticut

    Thirded. I'm only going through that area during the day, returning from meetings in fairfield county. Since NEBCO started opening at noon, I always try to fit in a pit stop on my way back up to the Hartford area. They of course are particularly convenient right off the Merritt.
     
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