While the explosion of new breweries is making shockwaves in central and southern Connecticut, it’s easy to forget the eastern part of the state. It’s well worth the ride to get tastes of seasoned veteran Cottrell Brewing Co. and brash newcomer Beer’d Brewing Co., which is just what a group of us did last weekend.
The Beer’d Brewing Co. (Stonington, CT) used their Instagram account to announce an upcoming collaboration with Night Shift Brewing (Everett, MA)! This will be the 1st time the two breweries have collaborated a new brew for the public.
Beer’d Brewing Co. and Night Shift Brewing Co. may be in two different states, but both companies believe in the craft of beer. Today, Aaren Simoncini from Beer’d Brewing went to Night Shift, located in Everett, Mass., to collaborate on a hoppy IPA loaded with experimental and New Zealand hops. Look for this collaboration brew to hit Night Shift Brewing Co. taps in a few weeks! Don’t worry CT, Vince will visit Beer’d Brewing Co. for another collaboration brew!!!
I f you only have one beer road trip in you this summer, aim southwest and head to Beer’d (with stops at Grey Sail and Malted Barley to maximize your time and gas and pleasure). Aaren Simoncini started pouring late in 2012 and quickly made converts with the results of the hop alchemy at his three-barrel brewhouse, which he says “allows us to be creative, agile and extremely hands-on with every ounce of beer we produce.” Aaren is big on imperial/double IPAs; more than a dozen current and past variations are listed on their website. Their tasting/growler filling room is in the American Velvet Mill (think: Hope Artiste Village; Beer’d is open on Friday from 5-9 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 pm). Aaren’s partner, Precious Putnam, was the engaging beer guide, proffering two-ounce samples and detailing the particulars of the brews. All five beers were superb, including Whisker’d Wit and Midnight Oil, an oatmeal stout, but we decided on growlers of Hobbit Juice, a phenomenal double IPA single-hopped with the distinctive New Zealand hop, Nelson Sauvin, and 8 Days a Week, a great American Pale Ale made with the uber-tropical Citra hop (and further maximized our time and gas and pleasure with a great lunch — with a great beer selection — at the Engine Room in nearby Mystic). Beer’d is nano-brewing at its finest.
Providence, RI (Providence Journal) –
Bill Nangle was finishing up his last semester at the University of Rhode Island and decided he wanted to start his own business. A home brewer and a craft beer enthusiast, he decided to start a brewery tour company and buying a bus was his starting point.
Now, the Rhode Island Brew Bus is set to run its first all-inclusive brewery tour on Friday.
The first tour is called “The Border Jumper” and it starts at Grey Sail Brewing, in Westerly. Then it heads to Cottrell Brewing and Beer’d Brewing in Connecticut before ending at The Malted Barley pub in Westerly.
The Connecticut Pour Tour is coming to Stonington and North Stonington on Saturday.
It’s part of a yearlong plan by Todd Ruggere, a Massachusetts man who is on his way to drinking a beer in each of Connecticut’s 169 towns. While he drinks, he’s also raising money for the pediatric unit of the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hosptal.
First he plans to have lunch at Mystic Pizza II in North Stonington. No fanfare there, he said, just some pizza and a beer. He welcomes the public to join him, and he’ll accept any donations for Smilow that are offered.
At 2 p.m., he’ll be at Beer’d Brewing in Stonington Borough’s Velvet Mill. The craft brewer will be hosting Tulips for Treatment, with a goal of raising $500. From noon to 6 p.m. that day, Beer’d will sell 13-ounce tulip glasses with one drink ticket for $7. Half of each sale will go to Smilow. The tulip glasses, according to Beer’d co-owner and operations manager Precious Putnam, are ideal for drinking double IPA and Belgian pale ales.
STONINGTON, CT (WFSB) –
A brewery in Stonington that opened only two months ago told Eyewitness News that the company has broken even.
Beer’d, which is located in the old mill building in the borough of town, is the newest of a dozen micro-breweries in Connecticut.
“We’re brewing one batch a week and selling one batch a week,” said Aaren Simoncini of Beer’d Brewing Company. “So, it’s kind of like treading water at this point in time.”
Simoncini and his partner Precious Putnam say it’s not easy holding down full-time jobs and getting the brewery up and running, but it’s been rewarding.