Brewery Retail (Holiday Hours)

This week we will be having special retail hours at the brewery for the holiday weekend.  And the selection is headlined by this year’s first batch of Alternate World.

Friday July 1

2-6pm.  (farm tour at 130, 330 and 430)

Saturday July 2

10-3pm. (farm our at 930 and 130).

 

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Alternate World | Dry hopped gose, 4.6% abv

$7 each

Ales for ALS | IPA brewed with Simcoe, Equinox, and 7 experimental hops, 6.8% abv

$6 each ($1 from each beer goes to fund ALS.net)

 

Field Beer Spelt | mixed fermentation farmhouse ale brewed with spelt, 5.2% abv

$6 each

cash and credit cards accepted.  

18 bottle limit per person per day.

Brewery Retail – Ales for ALS

9:30 am – Farm Tour

10:00 am – Brewery and farm store open

1:30 pm – Second Farm tour with Farmer John

3:00 pm – Brewery and Farm store close.

 

Here’s what’s available at the brewery this week:

Ales for ALS | 6.8% IPA brewed with a special blend of Simcoe, Equinox and 7 experimental hops.

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Field Beer Spelt | 5.2% mixed fermentation farmhouse ale

500 ml, $6 each – one case limit

Blueberry vs Blackberry | 5.0% wild ale with blueberries and blackberries

500 ml, $8 each – one case limit

 

18 bottle limit per person.  Cash and credit cards accepted.

Ales For ALS

Each year, HopUnion and ALS.net come together and create a unique hop blend featuring both experimental and widely sought after hops.  This year’s blend is particularly interesting – featuring Simcoe and Equinox; two distinct hops we love to use in our brewery alongside seven experimental hops that we have never before had the opportunity to brew with.  The result is rather beautiful..  Once Hopunion has blended the hops, they are distributed to participating brewers who in exchange agree to donate $1 per pint sold.  Last year, we donated the money from our keg sales since we were not able to serve pints or sell bottles at our brewery.  This year, that changes.

On Saturday, June 25 we will release our first bottled IPA, this year’s batch of Ales for ALS.  To date, all of our clean IPAs have been draft only, and brewed in one of two dedicated 10 bbl tanks.  In order to bottle some of this beer we ramped up production and switched over to one of our 30 bbl tanks.  The last thing we wanted to do, even if it is for a good cause is begin bottling our IPAs and have to pull draft beer from the market as a result.

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I first found out about the program when I was tagged on Facebook by an old friend who’s father has the disease.  While doing research online I found that we would be only the second participating brewery (after Willibrew) in the State of Connecticut.  A unique hop blend, a chance to raise money for charity, and call awareness to a dreadful disease while simply doing what we wake up every morning to do… brewing beer was a no brainer.  As it turns out, participation in the program is surprisingly simple and for any brewers reading this that have not yet inquired I cannot encourage you enough to reach out to the good folks at Ales for ALS through their website http://www.alesforals.com/ContactUs.aspx and see if its not too late.  Through participation last year, we found out that Connecticut has one of the highest rates of ALS in the country.  To see three additional Connecticut breweries, City Steam, Stony Creek, and Tidal River participating this year is tremendous and I hope it continues to gain steam each and every year.

This year we will be donating a $1 per bottle sold and the equivalent of each beer in every keg distributed.  We estimate that between the two we should raise nearly $6000, three times what we donated last year!  To raise the stakes even higher, we are sending donation boxes out to each account that share a little bit of this story and ask for your additional support to raise money to fight this disease.  Once all of the kegs have been tapped and the donation boxes collected, we’ll tally up the totals and a very special keg will be sent out to the bar that has collected the most donations.

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If you can’t make it to the brewery for the bottle release or make it to a bar while our batch is on tap and the donation jars are out, you are certainly not excluded from participating!  All you need to do is click here and make a donation!  Otherwise, we hope you have as much fun drinking this and trying to get your favorite bar a special keg as we have had making it.

Here’s the list of participating accounts:

@ The Corner

Backstage

Bar 140

Birch Hill Tavern

Blue Hound Cookery and Taproom

Camilles Pizza

CJ Sparrow

Community Table

Cover Two Sports Bar

Craft 260

Eli Cannons Tap Room

Elm St Oyster House

Greenwoods Grille and Ale House

Greers and Beers

Hoodoo Brown BBQ

J Timothy’s Taverne

Krust Pizza

Little Pub Ridgefield

Local Kitchen & Beer Bar – Norwalk

McLaddens Irish Pub – W Hartford

Mikro Beer Bar

Parrott Delaney Tavern

Plan B W Hartford

Prime 16 New Haven

Prime 16 Orange

Stone Hearth

The Cask Republic New Haven

The Cask Republic Stamford

The Half Door

The North House

The Olive Bar

Three Sheets

Westbrook Lobster Wallingford

Westbrook Lobster Clinton

Widow Browns Cafe

Willimantic Brewing Co

World of Beer W Hartford

World of Beer Stamford.

 

Let’s have a beer and do some goo.

 

ALS

Most of our IPA releases will be one off batches, showcasing individual and blends of different hop varieties but this beer is particularly special.

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About two months ago, I was contacted by an old friend who’s father was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) almost five years ago.  Since that time, he and his family have become dedicated advocates for his father, and others afflicted with this debilitating disease.  Last year, when the Ice Bucket Challenge was taking over the internet, people shook it off as a glorified meme (is that the right internet term?!).  I’d be bending the truth if I said, at first I did not feel the same way.  Raising money is important.  But is no easy task.  Raising awareness, and doing so in a manner that gets people involved in a way that is “fun” might be the best way to do it.  After all, the Ice Bucket Challenge raised over $100 million.

So to join the fight, we’re pitching in the best way we know how – by making beer!  Ales for ALS is a partnership between HopUnion (one of the nations largest hop suppliers) and ALS.net, an organization raising awareness and funds for drug research and discovery.  Each year, a propriety hop blend is created for this program and distributed to participating brewers.  In return, the brewers pledge to donate $1 per pint produced.

After completing the necessary forms to participate in this great program, there was a bit of silence… and then… one day, a mysterious package from HopUnion made it’s way into our cold room while the brewery staff was out at an event.  Puzzled, we opened it up like a kid on Christmas.  THE HOPS!

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Several people from the bars and restaurants we work with have reached out to us and shared a story of how they have been personally affected by this disease.  Connecting outside of our beer with those we work with makes our participation in this amazing program all the more personal and meaningful.

So while everyone loves a special batch of beer, this one is truly something else.  This year’s blend of hops has us extremely excited.  Five experimental hop varieties.  Equinox (it’s a serious palate mind game) and Mosaic – two of the most sought after and hard to get hops on the market.  And a good cause.

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By producing a 10 bbl batch, we will donate over $2,500 to the program, and are asking all of our participating bars/restaurants and those of you reading this to make a donation of your own.  It doesn’t matter how big or small the donation is – we want to continue spreading the word.  Here are a few websites where you can do so.

Ales for ALS donation page

Charley’s Angels Walk for ALS donation page (my friend’s personal page, a thank you for his reminder about this program).

Here is a list of the locations set to receive kegs of our Ales for ALS IPA.

@The Corner, Litchfield (tapping Thursday for a 10 tap Kent Falls Brewing Takeover)

Backstage, Torrington

Bar Sugo, Norwalk

Birch Hill Tavern, Glastonbury

Cask Republic, New Haven

Center Street Public House, Darien 

Christys Irish Pub, New Haven

Coalhouse Pizza, Stamford

Craft 260, Fairfield (tapping for IPA Day)

Dew Drop Inn, Derby

Eli Cannon’s, Middletown

J Timothy’s Taverne, Plainville

McLaddens, Simsbury (donating an additional $1 per pint)

McLaddens, West Hartford (donating an additional $1 per pint)

Mikro Beer Bar, Hamden

My Place, Newtown

Olive Bar, Canton

Ordinary, New Haven

Parrot Delaney Tavern, New Hartford

Pizzeria Marzano, Torrington

Plan B, Glastonbury 

Prime 16, New Haven

Prime 16, Orange (tapping for IPA day)

Stanziato’s, Danbury

The Corner Tavern, Naugatuck

The Half Door, Hartford

Widow Browns Cafe, Danbury

White Hart Inn, Salsbury

White Horse Pub, New Preston

Westbrook Lobster, Wallingford

Walrus + Carpenter, Fairfield