Black Hog Brewing Co. Grand Opening
|August 31, 2014||Posted by Sarah under Connecticut, Eating Local|
Local breweries in Connecticut are really starting to make a name for themselves and the newest one to join the ranks is Black Hog Brewing Co. Black Hog is the creation of Jason and Tom Sobocinski of Caseus Fromagerie Bistro in New Haven and Tyler Jones, former brewer at The Portsmouth Brewery in New Hampshire. During all of their family celebrations, Jason and Tom have roasted a hog, so Black Hog was an obvious choice to name this brewery celebrating all things family and food.
Even though Black Hog started distributing around Connecticut in July and is already in over 100 locations statewide, yesterday was the grand opening of their tasting room in Oxford, CT! After hopping off of a plane from our week in Florida, B and I headed straight there to support the opening. How could I miss it? I’ve been super excited about this since they announced the brewery back in the spring!
By the time we arrived, it was packed! There was a long line to get inside the 3,500 ft. brewery to taste all of the beers Black Hog currently has to offer. Once inside you could choose from a pint or squealer (Black Hog’s 32 oz version of a growler – very clever) of one of their four year round brews or a tasting of any of their current seven offerings.
Black Hog prides itself on using ingredients from local farms that can be found in their Farmland Series and they even grow some of them right outside including hops and strawberries. This series will feature a new brew every season and donate part of the proceeds to the Working Lands Alliance. Currently in the works is a Basil Pale Ale!
So let’s look at all the beers Black Hog currently has to offer!
Year Round Brews
Ginja Ninja is a Red India Pale Ale infused with fresh ginger. This is a refreshing brew with only a slight hoppiness to it. It’s perfect for a warm summer day or maybe paired with your favorite fall dish.
Easy Rye’ Da is an easy drinkin’ low ABV Rye India Pale Ale. Due to the low ABV, this brew can be sipped on all day long and is perfect paired with a cheese board to bring out those grassy undertones.
Granola Brown is a Brown Ale brewed with a granola mix of oatmeal, grains, hops and roasted malts. Remember that roasted pig that this brewery was founded on, this here is its perfect pairing.
Nitro Coffee Milk Stout combines a sweet stout with organic Columbian Supremo and Espresso roasted coffees. This brew is lighter than your typical stout and has a lovely silky texture that comes from being poured over Nitrogen gas lines.
S.W.A.G. is a Summer Wheat Ale brewed with grapefruit peel. This contains everything you want in a summer brew. It’s has the light wheat flavor with bitter citrus notes from the grapefruit. A perfect pair with a lobster roll on the water.
Strawberry Gose is a German-style Wheat Beer infused with organic strawberries from Massaro Farm in Woodbridge, CT as well as coriander and pink Himalayan sea salt. This just screams summer!
The Hop Collective (T.H.C. Series)
THC Chinook is a Single Hopped American Pale Ale. This brew has piney aromatics and notes of exotic spices.
While on line, I grabbed a pint of Granola Brown and after about 30 minutes I made it up to the tasting bar. Now to decide which four beers I wanted to try!
Since I already had the Granola Brown (which is DELICIOUS!), I decided to try Easy Rye’ Da, Ginga Ninja, Nitro Coffee Milk Stout and THC Chinook. Look at the awesome branded paddle for the samples!
No Sobocinski celebration would be complete without a hog roast of course! Jason roasted up an 80-pound hog for his guests, but sadly by the time we arrived it was all gone! That’s right folks, 80 pounds of deliciousness gone in 2 hours.
Thankfully The Cheese Truck was on-site to deliver some crispy, melty goodness. The perfect pairing with some craft beer.
Since I’m a fan of darker and not so hoppy beers, the Granola Brown was right up my alley. I knew I was going to love this beer from the first time I read the description and I’m so glad it will be available year round. I also really liked the Coffee Milk Stout and surprisingly so did B! It was smooth and had a subtle coffee flavor…YUM! The other 3 weren’t my style. I’m not a fan of Pale Ales because they are generally too hoppy for me which these were, but I did enjoy the Ginga Ninja. It was refreshing and would be nice on a hot day.
My friend Ashley came and met us there and we all had a great afternoon! I will definitely be back to the tasting room to try more of Black Hog’s seasonal and limited release series as they come out and I’m looking forward to seeing more taps in restaurants around the state.
Have you tried Black Hog Brewing Co.? What is your favorite local brewery?