Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Two Roads Brewery opens quietly

Since I had my sneak peek at Two Roads Brewery a couple weeks ago, I have been waiting with happy anticipation for them to open their doors to the public and a chance to try more of their brews.

My opportunity came on December 18th, when they had a “soft” opening in order to work out the kinks in the tap lines, so to speak. Other than minor technical difficulties and a few foamy pours, I think they’re off to a great start.

Every stool at the bar in the tasting room was occupied with enthusiast beer lovers. Others roamed about taking in the view from the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the brewery.

On tap were Ol’ Factory Pils, Honeyspot Road White IPA, Worker’s Comp Saison, Road 2 Ruin Double IPA and Holiday Ale.  With the exception of the Holiday Ale, all the beer currently on tap will be available in bottles and available where beer is sold.  

I’ve tried all of the beers currently on tap but I’m looking forward to future brews that are already in various stages of the brewing process; a rye imperial stout and a double bock.

Two Roads Brewery is a great thing for Stratford.  Besides drawing new business and increasing revenue for the town, they took a defunct factory and transformed it into a state of the art brewery all the while retaining and incorporating much of the original woodwork and other aspects of the unique environment.  Two Roads is creating a quality product that is made with care.  In return, this draws positive attention to our historic small New England community.

Two Roads is now open to the public every day except Monday. Tuesday through Thursday, 3 to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  There will be snacks for sale in the tasting room and there will be food trucks parked out front on Fridays and Saturdays offering more substantial food stuff. Tours will be available Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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