Six Pack Project: Connecticut


Being a beer blogger has opened me up and introduced me to a lot of cool people and ideas. This month, I am excited to be participating in Bryan Roth’s Six Pack Project. It’s a project that brings beer bloggers from across the country together, through giving props to local brews. The rules are pretty simple:

  1. Pick a six-pack of beers that best represents your state and/or state’s beer culture.
  2. Beer must be made in your state, but “gypsy” brewers are acceptable, so long as that beer is brewed with an in-state brewery and sold in your state.
  3. Any size bottle or can is acceptable to include. Current seasonal offerings are fine, but try to keep selections to year-round brews as much as possible. No out-of-season brews preferred.

Without further ado, here is my six pack!

Cannoli Beer- Shebeen Brewing Company– Wolcott, CT

I love the presentation of this beer when I tasted at the brewery. They rimmed the glass with powdered sugar and sprinkled cocoa powder all over it. Very much a dessert beer because of its sweetness, but in a different way than say, a sweet milk stout. The cannoli beer is most certainly unlike any other beer I’ve tasted.

Conntucky Lightning- 2 Roads Brewing Company– Stratford, CT

Lots of brewers are testing out the waters of barrel-aging, with some results better than others. 2 Roads’ Conntucky Lightning is one of the better ones. I’ve had it on draft and have yet to taste it from a bottle to compare. Brewed with corn grits, Conntucky Lightnin’ has a bit of a moonshine flavor to it. I like that it’s a relatively low alcohol content in comparison to other barrel-aged beers out there.  It allows the flavor to come through while remaining drinkable.

Misty Mountain IPA- Back East Brewing Company– Bloomfield, CT

As a fan of Lord Of the Rings as well as Led zeppelin, I love the name on this one. For a 7% ABV IPA, Misty Mountain goes down incredibly smoothly and easily. Back East has recently started canning it, so it’s easy to bring on road trips to the beach or camping. This one is definitely my favorite offering from Back East Brewing.

Ten Penny Ale- Olde Burnside Brewing Company– East Hartford, CT
A tasty, almost-session (5.6% ABV) Scottish ale. Named for the old saying, “You can get a good beer for a nickel, but a really good beer will cost you ten pennies!”. Drink well, it’s worth the price. The blend of 2-Row and Caramel malts give it a well-balanced sweetness. The label illustrates a story of the brewer’s grandfather working as an ice deliveryman, and drinking a beer after a long day of work. Ten Penny is a great end-of-the-workday beer.

668 The Neighbor Of The Beast- New England Brewing Company– Woodbridge, CT
A surprisingly big beer that can be found in a can. 668 is a Belgian-style strong ale at 9% ABV. Its name says it all- “the neighbor of the beast”. 668 is pretty beastly in its own right, sneaking up on you with it’s flavor that hides behind the beautiful golden color and lighter body. The label is great as well- it’s a cartoon of a kindly older man dealing with the tribulations of living next door to Satan. You know, getting your shrubbery burned down occasionally. This one is from New England Brewing, which is located just outside my own city of New Haven, Connecticut.

Coffee Stout- Thimble Islands Brewery– Branford, CT

Thimble Islands Brewing is another fairly new brewery to Connecticut. They have 3 flagship brews- a pale ale, an IPA, and my favorite, the coffee stout. It’s delicious, and definitely showcases the flavors and aromas of roasted beans. The brewery itself is actually down the road from Willoughby’s Coffee, a company that has been roasting their beans in the New Haven area for over 25 years.

Check out the rest of this month’s 6 packs here!


12 thoughts on “Six Pack Project: Connecticut

    1. I’ve gotten that a few times! I felt like I was making a list of my top 6 albums, hard to pick what to include or exclude in some cases when it’s a small number. There are so many great beers being brewed in Connecticut! These are definitely beers I personally have gotten most excited about lately though and I hope it encourages people to try some new things.

      1. One of the saving graces of this effort has been keeping picks to bottles and cans, although it’s never easy to go with just six. It’s hard, but a good problem to have when it comes to quality beer variety.

        Just think how tough this would be if we could include all the new or up-and-coming breweries that aren’t even there yet!

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