Favorite breweries/beer from CT?

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  1. j-rad

    j-rad Initiate (26) Dec 27, 2017 Connecticut

    Curious what everyone is liking from CT this year.

    Ice cream man from Back East and the stuff New Park is doing were some of my favorites.
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  2. Kozaka

    Kozaka Defender (625) Apr 25, 2006 Connecticut
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    Counter Weight is my # 1. Doing a variety of styles exceptionally well. Few highlights for me: Galaxy Space Coyote, Van Art and Void. But Workhorse is my favorite.

    Fox Farm is fantastic as well. Roam: Nelson was amazing as are the Pils and Porter. Unfortunately, 60 mile round trip for me so the visits are infrequent. Don’t care for growlers, either.

    New Park has potential but their growler policy and pricing is extremely off putting.

    I must be in the minority because I don’t have the love for Kent Falls as many others do. Around a dozen or so beers at this point and all forgettable.

    Trying to think of specific beers to add to the list...
  3. ppaauull

    ppaauull Initiate (34) Nov 3, 2017 Connecticut

    Kent falls is absolutely amazing in every way, and relic who’s IPAS are over the top good.
  4. JayKoz

    JayKoz Initiate (102) Jun 20, 2014 Connecticut

    Kent Falls has been very disappointing lately to me, for the last year or so.

    Fox Farm and Counterweight are my personal favorites.
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  5. mountaindewORcrabjuice

    mountaindewORcrabjuice Initiate (90) Sep 6, 2017 Connecticut

    Haven't been out to Fox Farm yet but definitely need to make the trip. I'm a huge NEBCO proponent. Most of their beers are on a solid-excellent scale for my tastes, Locust Reign + Coriolis being the favorites.

    Not surprisingly, Counterweight is up there for me, too. Enjoyed the Void + Void w Coffee as well as a number of their IPAs. Heard good things about the Ceno Stout (and the BA Maple variant). The Audition series is a nice way to switch things up, too.
  6. lic217

    lic217 Champion (882) Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut

    NEBCO is and has always been great. I have really enjoyed every Counterweight beer that I have tried. Was not a big fan of relic, but I am now and not just because of their hoppy beers. Some of their other beers are very good as well...
  7. j-rad

    j-rad Initiate (26) Dec 27, 2017 Connecticut

    I still need to make it to Fox Farm. ~45 min drive each way. Do they have bottles usually?
  8. AndrewUVM

    AndrewUVM Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Connecticut

    Couldn’t agree more on Kent Falls, never have I seen a brewery be more inconsistent.
  9. NYR-Zuuuuc

    NYR-Zuuuuc Disciple (335) Jan 1, 2013 Connecticut

    My favorite beers from CT.
    Fox Farm
    Two Roads

    Favorite Brewery/Tap Room Experiences:
    Back East
    Fat Orange Cat
    Fox Farm
    Du Vig
    Two Roads
  10. NYR-Zuuuuc

    NYR-Zuuuuc Disciple (335) Jan 1, 2013 Connecticut

    Agree on this one. Have had some great beers from them this year. Buddy Sprinkles Saves The Day, Glitter Rainbow were awesome. But the lemon coconut gose was probably the worst beer I ever had. Tasted like soap.......
  11. jaxon53

    jaxon53 Meyvn (1,169) Mar 1, 2006 Connecticut

    Beer'd Brewing in Stonington, Fox Farm in Salem, Epicure in Norwich. I've only had one Kent Falls Brew, and it was friggin delicious!
  12. purephase

    purephase Initiate (149) Feb 23, 2008 Connecticut

    I agree with all of the love in this thread for Counterweight, NEBCO, and Fox Farm and would probably consider those my 3 favorite in the state. All of them feature impressive variety and consistency in execution.

    I'd also mention Forest City, which has quietly been making some of the best hoppy stuff in the state IMO (and the non-hoppy stuff is solid too). I find everything they do really refined, especially in comparison to some of the other hazy IPA producers in the state that receive more hype.
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  13. PenningtonNY10

    PenningtonNY10 Initiate (170) Nov 20, 2009 Connecticut

    Kent Falls is consistently great, IMO. I've never had a beer from them I haven't liked and the brewery experience is second to none. Counter Weight, Fox Farm, NEBCO help round out my top four. I could make a long list of others who could vie for that fifth spot, including Beer'd, Back East, Fat Orange Cat. And considering how much I loved Jon-era Steady Habit, I think Parable will sneak its way into that conversation very soon.
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  14. ppaauull

    ppaauull Initiate (34) Nov 3, 2017 Connecticut

    I sing my praise for Kent falls and a few hours later I have my first beer from them I didn’t like... AZ AM was not that great. Supposed to be a citrusy sour but all I tasted was sour. Kinda upset.
  15. jtodeasa

    jtodeasa Initiate (126) Nov 11, 2015 Connecticut

    OEC. Hands down doing the most interesting stuff in CT.
  16. swierczt

    swierczt Zealot (539) Sep 8, 2008 Connecticut

    In addition to the great breweries listed already, I would add Armada to the list. They are currently brewing out of the Overshores location in East Haven. Several of their IPAs have been solid.
  17. dmolz

    dmolz Initiate (128) Dec 2, 2014 Connecticut

    oec, twelve percent, new park.

    fox farm is on my list to visit.
  18. nicktown

    nicktown Initiate (22) Nov 12, 2017 Connecticut

    OEC is small but they are leaps and bounds better than anything else in CT.
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  19. JayKoz

    JayKoz Initiate (102) Jun 20, 2014 Connecticut

    I feel ashamed I left off OEC, I guess I overlooked them because typically when I talk to people, they're just looking for IPAs/Stouts and not Sours.

    OEC is probably my favorite CT brewery.
  20. CTHopman

    CTHopman Initiate (161) Jul 22, 2016 Connecticut

    NEBCO, Fox Farm, Counter Weight, Lasting Brass and OEC. Best news of all is that the middle three are only about a year old each. Bodes well for the future as their line ups will expand and all have significant barrel aging systems in place. Wait until those fine elixirs start rolling out. Couple that with 2 former NEB brewers starting Tribus Brew and the state of CT craft is trending upwards quickly.
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  21. bsullivan

    bsullivan Initiate (82) Aug 17, 2017 Connecticut

    Back East is a personal favorite, slight bias as it's on my way home from work... Hooker actually surprised me recently with Super Duper Double Citra, that beer was crazy good. Had my first OEC this year in Artista Zynergia Plumtastic which was one of my personal favorites of the year. Other notables include Fox Farm, Cold Creek, Counterweight, Relic. I think CT Valley Brewing can really be top notch, they just still have that weird carbonation issue.
  22. pbrian

    pbrian Defender (689) Feb 8, 2001 Connecticut

    If I go by my spending habits, I'd have to say NEBCO and Counterweight. But I really enjoyed our outing at Fox Farm this fall and I think Alvarium has some potential as well. After that, there's still so much good beer being brewed in CT that it's hard to rank them. I'll just continue to enjoy trying them all.
  23. lbower860

    lbower860 Initiate (151) Jun 28, 2011 Connecticut

    1. NEBCO 2. Counterweight 3. Fox Farm

    As an experience Fox Farm is incredibly beautiful, especially when its nice out. As an overall beer experience its almost unmatched for me.

    I really appreciate the variety and consistent greatness of NEBCO. If I could only drink 1 breweries IPAs it would probably be theirs.

    Everything Counterweight does has been great (best hazy IPA in CT as well). Not even any real growing pains from them.

    OEC is spectacular but they're kind of in their own category

    I don't like Kent Falls....
  24. PicoPapa

    PicoPapa Poo-Bah (2,785) Mar 6, 2009 Connecticut

    I’m lucky enough to live less than 10 mins from Fox Farm so I will echo everyone’s love for this brewery. I have also been impressed with Relic now that their cans seem to be much more readily available. My top 5 best CT beers from 2017 are 1) Fox Farm Alta 2) Fox Farm BA Witch Meadow 3) NebCo Chocolate Vanilla Imperial Stout Trooper 4) Relic The Correspondent 5) Fox Farm Roam: Nelson Sauvin.
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  25. Lupin

    Lupin Aspirant (298) Jun 4, 2006 Connecticut

    #2 and #3 are definitely in my top 10, I'm just wondering why I liked the choco-vanilla so much more than the regular beer.
  26. Lupin

    Lupin Aspirant (298) Jun 4, 2006 Connecticut

    I think this partly has to do with the sheer number of recipes they make, but some of the beers themselves have varied from batch to batch.

    Buddy was AMAZING. The lemon coconut gose was great last year, didn't try it this year. That's a shame.

    If you like those three breweries, and haven't visited the fourth, just go as soon as possible. Only downside is their silly growler policy. They only fill their own growlers for quality control purposes (they're standard 1l fliptops), yet one of their growlers exploded on me.
  27. Lupin

    Lupin Aspirant (298) Jun 4, 2006 Connecticut

    Aside from a couple of the 2R sours, they've made hands-down the best wild/mixed-ferment/weird beer in the state, but they also have a habit of trying too much to the point where it's hard to tell some of the stuff apart.
  28. dmolz

    dmolz Initiate (128) Dec 2, 2014 Connecticut

    oh, it's on the list. I'm just on other side of the state. next time i hit casino or proc, it'll happen.

    and some of the oec stuff can get repetitive, but at the right times they got tons of crazy stuff, a super deep cellar, and imo the best overall brewery experience top to bottom. the bakery is amazing sometimes when it's open.
  29. Lupin

    Lupin Aspirant (298) Jun 4, 2006 Connecticut

    In my weird version of heaven, every morning, Matthias describes a charcuterie plate to me for breakfast. Some of those cheeses have been amazing. OEC is the only place of its kind in the world.
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  30. Shyla987

    Shyla987 Initiate (117) Jul 18, 2013 Connecticut

    I think you guys got your wires crossed. Fox Farm fills any growler. New Park only fills their own.
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  31. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Initiate (187) Nov 6, 2010 Idaho

  32. mike22ne

    mike22ne Defender (602) Aug 5, 2014 Massachusetts

    I always like NEBCo, and have been pleased to see Two Roads continue to grow and do good things. New this year I have been very impressed with Armada brewing out of East Haven.
  33. Jsukys

    Jsukys Initiate (64) Apr 18, 2015 Massachusetts

    Fox Farm has been a favorite since I moved to the state last summer. Great vibes at the brewery, buzzy without being too busy, beautiful space. Alta IPA has been my favorite, has a depth to it that I don’t get from a lot of the one trick pony NEIPAs out there, and Hearthbound Porter is excellent as well
  34. Lupin

    Lupin Aspirant (298) Jun 4, 2006 Connecticut

    Very excited for Five Churches' planned opening in the next couple months, but does anyone know anything about this place?

    CANTON CT 06019

    They've registered a few keg labels, but the address on the registration appears to be a house.
  35. Shyla987

    Shyla987 Initiate (117) Jul 18, 2013 Connecticut

    A legal brewery already exists in someone's house, Breakaway Brew House in Bolton. He literally sells the beer out of his garage. So maybe selling beer out of a house is the new, new thing.

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  36. PenningtonNY10

    PenningtonNY10 Initiate (170) Nov 20, 2009 Connecticut

    Here's some essential reading on that place: http://www.ctmq.org/breakaway-brew-haus/
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  37. Mjmoney23

    Mjmoney23 Initiate (100) Sep 28, 2017 Connecticut

    Hello everyone, first time poster. My new favorite is Kent Falls. Had shruggie on tap a few weeks ago and went up to the brewery to grab more the next weekend. I have had several beers from them and all were very good to excellent. Another favorite of mine that hasn' been mentioned much in this thread is Ct Valley. Several very good hazy iPas, and the porter they had at the brew fest this past weekend was outstanding. Definitely will pick a few them up if I see them in stores.
  38. ppaauull

    ppaauull Initiate (34) Nov 3, 2017 Connecticut

    oh you will see them in stores because they're the current biggest shelf turds in existence.
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  39. CTHopman

    CTHopman Initiate (161) Jul 22, 2016 Connecticut

    CT Valley:Marginal at best, overpriced as hell. The End!
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  40. Shyla987

    Shyla987 Initiate (117) Jul 18, 2013 Connecticut

    You forgot inconsistent to the extreme.
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