The Great New London Brewing Company
New London, Contract Brewed at Cottrell Brewery, Stonington
Note: This is now an archived page. At some point, perhaps even before you read this, all of my CT Beer Review pages will suffer this same, sad fate. After much reflection in late 2017, I decided that my beer reviews would come to an end. For more on that decision, go here.
In case you missed or glossed over my intro page about Connecticut beers, I wrote that several of “our” beers’ provenance is somewhat tricky to figure. As if on purpose to prove that point, the first page I’m writing for this section of CTMQ will make it clear.
The Great New London Brewing Company is a real company with real people working to promote it. It is indeed located in New London and it’s run by a guy who co-owns a flower shop/package store there. But he has no actual brewery. So what’s a beer-loving flower shop/package store co-owner to do?
He partners with my man Charlie Buffum up in Pawcatuck on the Rhode Island border at Cottrell Brewery. Now, in addition to their own labeled beers, Cottrell brews a bunch of contract beers. But this particular beer, we’re told, is not a true “contract” beer but rather a “partnership.”
What that means is that the guy from TGNLBC had Cottrell brew some different versions of their vision and the guys from TGNLBC tasted and tested and ultimately decided upon what to release. I made that up, but it sounds good.
Okay then, so is it a contract beer or is it truly an independent beer from the Great New London Brewing Company? I don’t frickin’ know. Why do I delve into this stuff so much? Does anyone care?
Or does anyone care that they deem their first beer the “official beer of the Whaling City?” Personally, I think that is only setting themselves up for consternation if and when they contract/partner brew up something else in the future.
But that’s their problem, not ours.