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Beer’d Brewing Company — Stonington, CT

Last weekend, I made the trip North to visit a family member who recently took a job in Connecticut. With a free day to see the sights and a growler in tow, we decided to check out Beer’d Brewing Company, which I had stumbled across after a few quick internet searches. We figured we’d kill some time at one of the newest craft breweries in town before getting dinner at famed Mystic Pizza.

The adventure begins

The adventure begins

It wasn’t difficult to find, although we were a bit confused as we drove through when looked like suburban New England and hadn’t seen a business for at least 20 minutes. We eventually came to a warehouse with the Beer’d sign prominently displayed, parked on the street, and wandered in. If you ever went to East End’s old location in Pittsburgh, then you’ve had a similar experience. To say it was not what we were expecting was an understatement. We found ourselves standing in a roughly 30 foot high empty warehouse space that you’d expect to house art, or invasive vines. The only light came from the sun, peering through some small windows up near the ceiling. Diagonal from the entrance, I spotted a sign that basically said “beer, this way,” and a sigh of relief escaped my lips.

The whole brewery

The whole brewery

The brewery was smaller than I had imagined, but could have guessed had I done some more research. Beer’d is only open for a few hours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, pushing out at least its year-round offering of Whisker’d Wit, a Belgian-style witbier, and hopefully another one-off. The only other beer they had available for us was the Realization Imperial IPA, which was brewed with Zythos, Chinook, and Falconer’s Flight hops. The set-up is simple, you can taste any of the beers in the little plastic cups they provide, and then you can buy a growler (or swag). That’s it. You can’t buy pints, yet, because the laws of Connecticut stipulate that’s a different permit than just selling growlers…Gotta love the archaic laws breweries must face no matter which state they open in. Beer’d is exploding in popularity, with most of their one-offs being sold out in the three hour window on Friday alone. They only send the Whisker’d Wit to local bars, and the rest is sold on the premises. It’s definitely worth a stop if you’re in the region, but don’t expect to spend a lot of time there!

I picked up a 32oz growler of the Realization. They sell their own 32oz and 64oz growlers, or they’ll fill your own. Two days later, I opened the growler with a few friends down in Virginia, where it was much enjoyed. I wonder if that’s the farthest a Beer’d growler has ever travelled? The place hasn’t been open for a year yet, but I bet their beer will cross a lot more borders as they continue to grow!

Realization

Realization

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Written by Russ Beck

Russ can trace his beginnings in craft beer to sitting in Zeno’s Pub in State College drinking various craft beer options from across Pennsylvania. Since then, he has never faltered in finding new brews, whether they’re rare, delicious, or hopefully both. Russ will be writing on a large variety of subjects, including but not limited to: reviews, homebrewing, and how to take labels off of beer bottles. He’ll drink just about anything, but prefers a nice Stout, IPA, or Weizenbock. Find Russ Beck on Google Plus

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