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Discussion in 'New England' started by ScottieD, Nov 30, 2012.

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  1. audioserf

    audioserf Aspirant (253) Sep 3, 2010 Connecticut

    I was able to visit the brewery on Saturday. The above poster's assessment of their bar service/growler service is spot-on. I waited 20 minutes to get myself and my buddy a pint of the saison. I took one look at the growler process and said, "forget that". Maybe a visit to the brewery will be more mellow in a month or so once the hype dies down, but there is nothing relaxing or enjoyable to me about fighting for elbow room amongst 100 people competing for the limited bar service. I took home a six pack of the saison and I am really loving it. Great beer and glad to have a local, go-to saison that comes in a six pack.
  2. phishfoolme

    phishfoolme Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2011 Massachusetts

    Went today for the first time. It was crowded, but my buddy and I were served right away. They had an interesting contraption for filling growlers that I had not seen before. They filled growlers the whole time and I don't think people waited that long. Maybe they have worked out the kinks. I loved the Saison. According to the bartender, they have a barrel aged rye stout coming out in a few weeks.
  3. xenjoiii

    xenjoiii Disciple (339) Jul 24, 2010 New York
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    Yes. Imperial Rye Stout aged in Rye whiskey barrels.
  4. audioserf

    audioserf Aspirant (253) Sep 3, 2010 Connecticut

    I'd love more people to be discussing Two Roads. Support the new guys! I've been up there three times now and can't seem to stop myself from going back. It's an amazing facility with fantastic beer. The DIPA has really grown on me, as I was initially not that impressed by it, and I can't get enough of the pils or the fantastically sessioanble saison. I'm really looking forward to seeing what else they come up with. They're quickly becoming a favorite brewery of mine. :slight_smile:
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  5. CharlatanSin

    CharlatanSin Zealot (513) May 28, 2009 Connecticut
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    I'm saving my first visit for when the rye stout hits. Anyone know when that will be?
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  6. audioserf

    audioserf Aspirant (253) Sep 3, 2010 Connecticut

    I don't know, but I bet if you ask on FB they'll reply pretty fast. They are good about that.
  7. NJOssie

    NJOssie Aspirant (210) Feb 28, 2012 New Jersey

    I was told Feb...
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  8. Genuine

    Genuine Devotee (463) May 7, 2009 Connecticut

    I had their Double IPA a couple weeks ago when I saw the sixpack on the shelves. I haven't heard of them before and figured I would give them a shot. Very Glad I did. They brew a great IPA. I have yet to try their other offerings as of yet.
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  9. LambAndTunaPhish

    LambAndTunaPhish Initiate (162) Nov 16, 2012 Connecticut
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    From their Twitter Feed
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  10. jjpm74

    jjpm74 Initiate (0) Apr 10, 2005 Connecticut

    I've been back a few times since they opened. It is a fun place. They need to get the growler stations away from the bar area, though and there is plenty of dead space they could use to do this.
  11. firedwarftj

    firedwarftj Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2011 Connecticut
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    Ive tried the 4 bottle offerings that made it to SE CT, and I wasnt overwhelmed with the offerings. I will pick up more of the double IPA, def was the one that stood out to me out of the 4. I understand its tough to appeal with bottles on a crowded shelf, and I dont fault them for any of the beers I tried, I wouldnt turn any of them down if offered, but I dont see them being stocked in my beer fridge on a regular basis. ]

    With that being said, I am def gonna check out the brewery, I have heard good things about it and am looking forward to visiting it, it certain has generated some buzz and I was told its worth the trip for me to check it out.
  12. LambAndTunaPhish

    LambAndTunaPhish Initiate (162) Nov 16, 2012 Connecticut
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    From beer pulse yesterday
    They also confirmed, when asked, that Igor will be in 750ml bottles on Twitter.
  13. woosterbill

    woosterbill Poo-Bah (2,616) Apr 6, 2009 Kentucky
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    While I'm certainly excited about the limited-release IDRRIS, I can't say I'm thrilled about the bock being in bombers. One of my favorite things about Two Roads has been their affordability, and we all know that even a modestly-priced bomber translates into a ~$15 sixpack.
  14. pjs234

    pjs234 Zealot (544) Jun 29, 2008 Connecticut

    $20 seems a tad steep....
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  15. Gmr75

    Gmr75 Aspirant (244) Apr 30, 2002 Connecticut
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    They had the RIS at the BAR cask fest, and I found it to be one of the standouts of the fest. I'll certainly be ponying up for a few bottles when it's released.
  16. EDNOSE

    EDNOSE Aspirant (235) Oct 27, 2007 Connecticut

    With production of that capacity ... it's hard to believe they will be doing brewery only releases. I would have expected everything to get to retail. Unclear from the posts if the Doppelboch will get to retail or just be smaller brewery only release. Contracting getting in the way of their own brand or limited release building a vibe? Will be interesting to see.
  17. NJOssie

    NJOssie Aspirant (210) Feb 28, 2012 New Jersey

    I believe the Doppelboch will be the seasonal on tap. (Replacing the Biere de Garde)
  18. Longstaff

    Longstaff Initiate (0) May 23, 2002 Massachusetts

    Who are they contracting for (or will be)that is getting them up to 42K bbls for 2013? The short list I've seen are all smaller breweries that don't seem to have that kind of sales volume.
  19. Zbyler

    Zbyler Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2013 Connecticut

    Two roads just came to do a tasting at our store last week. The sales rep told me they're running a bit behind on the IGOR but they're hoping to have it by the third week in march. It was originally set to be released march 9th but due to problem with state approval it has taken longer.

    From my tour of the brewery and speaking with Clem, one of the partners for the brewery, he was only allowed to tell me that city steam was one of the places they would be contract brewing for. But he said there were several others as well.
  20. Gmr75

    Gmr75 Aspirant (244) Apr 30, 2002 Connecticut
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    They've been brewing the City Steam IPA for sometime. I did a tour a couple months ago, and that's what was on their bottling line. It'll be interesting to see what else is contracted there, as they projected contract brewing to be the far majority of the brewery's output in 2013.
  21. codasnap52

    codasnap52 Aspirant (258) Jan 24, 2008 Connecticut
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    Stillwater and Evil Twin are two they are slated to start contracting for. They will also be contracting for some breweries that distribute outside of CT (rumor has it Firestone Walker). If that's the case I'll be watching to see if any bottles happen to fall off the truck when they leave the facility :wink:
  22. Pahn

    Pahn Meyvn (1,456) Dec 2, 2009 New York
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    i've only had the saison, at willibrew the other night. to be honest, i thought it sucked. reminded me of when breweries like sam adams phone in a style and release it once. (and i love sam adams and southampton public house, so no bias here)

    that said, given the pedigree i still expect great things. i'll give them a few more tries before writing them off.
  23. Takeanotherswing

    Takeanotherswing Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2011 New York
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    They've been contract brewing Evil Twin and Stillwater already there. I'm sure there are others in the works.
  24. Takeanotherswing

    Takeanotherswing Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2011 New York
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    Spoke to Clem as well last week, Nice guy. He told me only ones they were able to speak of were City Steam, Stillwater and Evil Twin. They were doing Stateside I believe there and the Evil Twin beer I can't remember they were testing out
  25. Takeanotherswing

    Takeanotherswing Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2011 New York
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    Not sure about that, when I went, I tried it, and was told it was a sort of a test batch that came from the apprentices' recipes.
  26. NJOssie

    NJOssie Aspirant (210) Feb 28, 2012 New Jersey

    that may be a stopgap though... I don't think they were bottling the doppleboch
  27. ColdOne

    ColdOne Aspirant (220) Jan 19, 2013 New York
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    I'm finishing off a bottle of the DIPA that my cousin gave me, and I'm loving every sip. The saison was very nice, too. Delicious and refreshing.

    Surprised that Two Roads isn't getting more chatter, but then again, maybe they're not releasing very widely so far.
  28. TheLostGringo

    TheLostGringo Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2011 Connecticut
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    Have not been to the taproom yet but the Saison and IPA I bought in the store have been nothing but mediocre.
  29. EDNOSE

    EDNOSE Aspirant (235) Oct 27, 2007 Connecticut

    Strongly disagree with the mediocre assessment. Nothing they've bottled is a world beater, but mediocre is an unfair assessment. The saison at mid-4's ABV is fantastic given the ABV. Could and would drink that all day. The double IPA is very drinkable. It won't set the world on fire and is very strangely named given that it's only 7.2%. I've had each of the other two (White IPA and Pils) once and thought they were good beers but haven't bought them again which would indicate I didn't love them, I guess.
  30. TheLostGringo

    TheLostGringo Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2011 Connecticut
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    Glad you enjoy them. Different strokes and believe me I so wanted to love them as I love to support the local.
  31. Newbiebeer

    Newbiebeer Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2012 Connecticut

    I enjoyed the DIPA but will not drink the saison or white IPA again. Not terrible, just nothing worth drinking again. Looking forward to the stout though!!
  32. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,278) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Two more contractees that I haven't noticed mentioned yet in this thread are Fire Island Brewing Co, and Notch but, yeah, added together all these smaller companies' previous barrelage wouldn't seem to come close to 42,000 bbl.
  33. LambAndTunaPhish

    LambAndTunaPhish Initiate (162) Nov 16, 2012 Connecticut
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    Sounds like that sales rep was right. From their Facebook page, March 23rd.
  34. DougC123

    DougC123 Devotee (476) Aug 21, 2012 Connecticut

    I just orderd a 1/6th keg of Ruin. I have been ok with their other offerings, but I really like Ruin. I am all about supporting local, but to get 5 gallons of something "ok" is tough. I don't think it is oddly named....I assumed it was a play on Stone's Ruination, but maybe not. I usually buy matching tap handles, but they are so new there aren't any floating around yet. I don't think they are selling them at the brewery either.
  35. Longstaff

    Longstaff Initiate (0) May 23, 2002 Massachusetts

    I wonder if the rumors of Firestone Walker brewing there have any merit. Getting fresh FW ipa and pale ales in MA would be a real nice addition to my available selections. I am excited about Notch brewing there too - especially if the bottles are dated.
  36. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,278) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    And would probably make sense for the private label Trader Joe's brands they brew, too, to have east and west coast brewing sites. Altho' I have no idea what sort of percentage those beers make up of F-W total production.

    In NJ, I bought a case of FW Union Jack IPA early last fall that was only about 3 weeks old. I went to another local store the other day and there's still a stack of case on the floor with the same bottling date :grimacing:
  37. Longstaff

    Longstaff Initiate (0) May 23, 2002 Massachusetts

    And there's the Yardhouse house beers too. Been really enjoying the Yardhouse Hop Yard Anniversary IPA as of late.

    Yeah, IME UJ IPA is good up to 2 months old, then I look elsewhere for hoppy beer. But they must drop huge shipments, because I have had similar experiences with seeing the same bottling dates on shelves for quite a long time.
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  38. CharlatanSin

    CharlatanSin Zealot (513) May 28, 2009 Connecticut
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  39. jmarce

    jmarce Initiate (70) May 15, 2011 Connecticut

    I saw the new Evil Twin Yin and Yang 4 packs that are brewed at Two Roads today for $14.99 today, cool to see that their prices are coming down for the ones brewed at Two Roads. Now we just need IBB in 4 packs.
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  40. FrankLloydMike

    FrankLloydMike Devotee (499) Aug 16, 2006 Massachusetts

    I haven't had a chance to try the saison yet, but felt the same about the DIPA and the white IPA. I tried the white IPA on-tap in New Haven a couple months back and wasn't a fan. It wasn't bad and admittedly it's not a style that I really like, so it just didn't do it for me. The DIPA, on the other hand, is quite nice--again not world-class, but something I'd definitely pick up again or be glad to order on-tap.
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