Steady Habit Brewing Company Beers
This page includes some necessary updates as of mid-September 2016), below
The Beers, During the Jon Years (2015-Fall 2016:
- A Hop and a Dream (Equinox/Galaxy), B
Bogan’s Family Reunion/A Hop and a Dream – Galaxy, A
Yeah Nah Bro, A
Humorous Attempts at Being Good Stout, A
In Robust We Trust, A-
- Our Daily Bread, A
He Died With His Boots On, A+
Lasting Habit (With Lasting Brass), A
Dirty Habit (with Lasting Brass), A+
Other Collaboration Beers:
Route 82 Musings (With Fox Farm)
Sparkle Boots (With Kent Falls), A
I need to change this entire little write-up, as Jon Peterson has abruptly left Steady Habit, a year and a half after the brewery came online. The brewery industry is an ever-changing one and while these types of things happen across the state fairly often, this one has resonated a bit more than the rest.
After all, in the past few weeks, Matt announced he’s leaving NEBCO and some dude from Banded Horn will be head brewer at Kilted Kinsmen. These recent tidbits are relatively big news… but Jon IS Steady Habit.
This page used to be all about how I’ve known Jon for several years and how I sort of watched him go from homebrewer to professional brewer. About how I was confident his beers would quickly ascend to the top of the heap in Connecticut, and how Steady Habit would gain respect right out of the gate.
I was right on all accounts.
It will be weird to have Steady Habit without Jon. He and I went back and forth about his hammer logo two years ago. I felt his pain when certain pieces of his rig were installed upside-down. I shared his pride regarding all the positive reviews of his beers. I tried to offer advice regarding how to deal with social media and ratings apps. We shared talks about our kids and music (we were both hardcore/punk kids back in the day) and life and stuff.
Steady Habit had its growing pains, sure. One could argue that running out of beer is a good problem to have, but the consumers often felt otherwise. There were equipment issues, marketing snafus, and some difficulties with the first mobile canning run.
Ownership changed and a new money guy was brought on in mid-2016. Beyond that, I’m not going to gossip or speculate, but a decision was made by someone that Steady Habit will continue without Jon. The new head brewer is Austin Japs who comes from Hooker. Hooker continues to be the incubator for several very good brewers at other breweries. I’ve only heard good things about Austin, so I’m excited to try his stuff.
Jon is a passionate and emotional dude, as well as a skilled brewer. I’m sure he’ll land on his feet somewhere else and we’ll all, including Jon, be better for it.