New England Brewing Company
While I’ve long given up trying to review every Connecticut beer, I do try to keep up with NEBCO.
(One of) my (many) visit(s) to NEBCO is here.
668 The Neighbor Of The Beast, A+
668 Chardonneighbor Of The Beast, D
Alpha Weizen, B+
Attempted RedRum, A+
Coffee Breath, B-
Comb Over, A
Coup Beans Coffee Oatmeal Stout, B
Elm City Pilsner, A
Friar’s Quad Quadrupel, A
Gandhi-Bot Double IPA, A+
G-Bot Revisit, still A+
Ghost Pigeon Porter, A
Gold Stock Ale, A+
Hoppy Pils, A
Imperial Stout Trooper, A+
Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Trooper, A-
Locust Reign DIPA, A-
Pre-Meditated Murder Barleywine, A
Sea Hag IPA, A+
Schnitzengiggles Fest Bier, B
Scrumtrulescent Saison, A
Smoke Detector, A-
Sorachi Ace Saison, A
Wet Willy Scotch Ale, B
Weiss Trash Culture, B+
Zapata Bot (2014), A+
Herein lies some of the more whaley NEBCO whales. And please, just shut up about them, even if they are phenomenal.
Fat Ten-er Series:
In 2013, NEBCO got a 10 Barrel system. “Our Fat Ten-er series is brewed up in our chubby, little ten barrel tank.” They plan to mess around a bit with it. I plan to enjoy that.
Fat Ten-Er #1, Belgian Pale Ale, B+
Fat Ten-Er # 2, Double IPA, A+
Fat Ten-Er # 3, Milk Stout, B-
Fat Ten-Er # 4, Red Ale, A
Fat Ten-Er # 5, Smoked Old Ale, B
Fat Ten-Er # 6, Blonde Ale, A+
Fat Ten-Er # 7, Single Hop El Dorado Rye Pale Ale, B+
Fat Ten-Er # 8, Single Hop Equinox IPA, A-
Fat Ten-Er # 9, Belgian Table Beer, A-
Fat Ten-Er # 10, Nelson Sauvin Saison, A
Fat Ten-Er # 11, 3-hop blend IPA, A+
Fat Ten-Er # 12, Smoked Porter, B+
Fat Ten-Er # 13, Citra/Simcoe DIPA, A+
Fat Ten-Er # 14, Hoppy Red Ale, A
Fat Ten-Er # 15, Columbus Pale Ale, A
Fat Ten-Er # 16, Milk Stout, A
Fat Ten-Er # 17, Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale, A
Fat Ten-Er # 18, Galaxy Belgian Blonde, A
Fat Ten-Er # 19, El Dorado IPA, A+
Fat Ten-Er # 21, Citra/Mosaic IPA, A+
Fat Ten-Er # 26, Citra/Mosaic APA
I have retired reviewing the Fat Ten-Er series, but know that they will always be fantastic.
Some of these get repeated, some not. Bottom line: Consider yourself lucky as hell to have any of these.
Double Dry Hopped Fuzzy Baby Ducks, A
Coffee Infused Imperial Stout Trooper, B
Double Dry-Hopped Gandhi-Bot, A+
Mesquite Infused 668 Neighbor of the Beast, C-
Cherry Vanilla Imperial Stout Trooper, A+
I’ve made no secret on this site and via the Twitters that I am an unabashed fan of NEBCO beers. Anytime I’ll be heading up or down the Wilbur Cross near the tunnel, I try to remember to bring a growler or two for a quick stop at the nondescript but always great brewery in Woodbridge.
If you’re lucky, they’ll have some rarities lying around. I was lucky during one such stop and scored a very rare 668 Chardonneighbor Of The Beast bottle. Rare because it’s a Chardonneighbor and rare because it’s a NEBCO beer in a bottle. (And also rare because I didn’t like it at all, but we’ll get into that on its own page.)
NEBCO makes the styles of beer that I love: IPAs, stouts, porters, imperials, dubbels, trippels, and even a quad. They make them with care and label them with wit and humor. For these reasons, I usually say that New England Brewing Company is my current favorite CT brewery.