According to Paste Media Group. The 10 Best Breweries of 2017
Brew Gentlemen – Braddock, PA Triple Crossing – Richmond, VA
Two Roads – Stratford, CT WeldWerks Brewing – Greeley, CO
Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery – Athens, OH Perennial Artisan Ales – St. Louis, MO
Societe – San Diego, CA J. Wakefield Brewing – Miami, FL
Austin Beer Garden Brewing – Austin, TX Tired Hands Brewing Company – Ardmore, PA
Now being from New England Two Roads is available in my area, and I have tried about 12 different ones of theirs. As for the rest no, but it was nice to see two of them in PA where I have in-laws and may get to try, and now I do believe that there was a top 50 Breweries this year and I don’t think any of these were in it! I guess it’s up to who ever is doing the tasting!
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A great looking lineup of brews! Can be found here.
Massachusetts came in at 5th, Vermont at 6th, Maine at 9th place and New York at 11th place. check it out along with breweries Here.
Still antsy I visited Connecticut Valley Brewing on Sunday for my first time and it opened this year also. It was easily found at 765 Sullivan Ave, “off Rt. 194 just east of Rt. 5” South Windsor, CT. It is situated in a large building, that contains the brewing process in the back part, along with a big bar tavern type area that could hold at least 60 people, along with an outdoor sitting area, and a section I think that could be rented out? At the bar and maybe by waitress the pours are 5oz, 12oz, & some at 16oz, plus they will give small samples. They don’t fill growlers just 16oz cans to go and they will let you mix a four pack. The brews I tasted, and pictures are below.
A Fantastic Voyage pours golden with good head and sticking lacing. Nose of citrus & pine aromas. Taste is big on citrus flavor with a gentle bitterness. very good at 6.5% at brewery on 12/3/17.
Into the Woods IPA pours golden with short head and sliding lacing. Nose of citrus & melon/fruit? Taste of melon with an upfront bitterness that lingers. very tasty 6.5% at brewery on 12/3/17.
Farmhand Kölsch small sample.
Alt, Alt, and Away Altbier small sample.
I got antsy seeing winter is coming on and camping has been over for almost some 2 months or more. On Saturday I visited Hitchcock Brewing in Whately MA. For the first time that it’s been opened this year. To find that finding it would be an adventure with just a sign like people running for some town election would put on some one’s lawn, and then some 1000 feet off Christian Lane just past a lama farm and a couple of homes. Now that I’m writing this I should have taken pics of the farm, but sorry about that just imagine that I did. The tasting was free, and you could try all 9 brews from a 2-oz. plastic cup, and then purchase cans or a growler fill to go. The brews I tasted, and pictures are below.
Crossover Golden Ale Very good ale.
Single Bottom IPA Big on citrus aromas and flavors. Nice bitterness to it.
Double Bottom IPA nose of faint citrus. taste is big and over whelming of bitter aromatic flavors. very frigging good
Angry Sparrow Very deep malt aromas and flavors. Very good.
HBC Alpha-1 Big on grapefruit aromas. Taste is grapefruit sweet creamy mouth. A great double IPA.
HBC Alpha 2 Big smooth of fruit and citrus, with gentle bitterness. Very friggin good.
Hurricane Porter Chocolate and roasty coffee aroma and flavor. Very good.
Raspberry Hurricane Porter Big on raspberry aromas and flavors. With porter back ground. Very tasty.
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