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Thomas Hooker Brewery Tour Doesn’t Disappoint

Thomas Hooker Brewery
Written by Sean Henri

Nestled away a few miles outside of Hartford on a unappealing side street is a world class brewery I never even knew existed until I started to pursue the Connecticut Beer Trail – the Thomas Hooker Brewery.

Thomas Hooker Brewery Tour

Our brewery tour guide lets us sample the Hop Meadow IPA

Bloomfield, CT – Nestled away a few miles outside of Hartford on a unappealing side street is a world-class brewery I never even knew existed until I started to pursue the Connecticut Beer Trail – the Thomas Hooker Brewery.

My friend Bret and I recently traveled up to the brewery for their Saturday tour and tasting, which is held every week between 12 and 5pm.  For just $5 we were given a well presented, informative, fun tour of the brewery which brought us through the brewing process and even let us sample some freshly brewed Hop Meadow IPA. That same $5 bought us a bracelet that allowed us to have 10 samples of the 5 or so beers they currently had on tap, which we were told we could hang out and sample until our tour started several minutes later.

On tap was their flagship Watermelon Ale, Hop Meadow IPA, Blonde Ale, Chocolate Truffle Stout, and the very strong but surprisingly good Old Marley Barleywine. My personal favorites were the IPA and Barleywine, although they were all fairly good.

The tasting area has plenty of room and places to sit and hang out – including a  couch or two.  They had a Nintendo Wii set up as well as a flat screen playing Monty Python and the Holy Grail. If I lived a bit closer I’d probably hang out here all the time.

The brewery has an interesting history, originally starting as the Trout Brook Brew Pub over ten years ago and gradually building itself up to the nationally known micro-brewery it is today.  You’ll get the full run-down of the story of Thomas Hooker Brewery on the tour and the tasting area provides you with a nice history of Connecticut brewers as well.

The lesson I learned – there is no need to head into New York or Boston if you’re looking for a great brewery experience. Just head to Thomas Hooker Brewery in Bloomfield. You won’t be disappointed.

Thomas Hooker Brewery hosts tours and tastings every Saturday from 12 noon to 5pm. For $5 you’ll get a guided tour of the Brewery and a full tasting of our Brews. If you taste a beer you like pick up a growler of brewery fresh beer. Every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month they hold their Friday Open House. For just $10 you get drinks, a guided tour, and take home your pint glass. You’ll be drinking for a great cause too as Thomas Hooker Brewery donates a portion of the proceeds to The Village for Families and Children. For more information visit http://hookerbeer.com

Stay tuned for more on the Connecticut Beer Trail!

A 360 view of the inside of the brewery:

Our brewery tour guide lets us sample the Hop Meadow IPA Bloomfield, CT - Nestled away a few miles outside of Hartford on a unappealing side street is a world-class brewery I never even knew existed until I started to pursue the Connecticut Beer Trail - the Thomas Hooker Brewery. My friend Bret and I recently traveled up to the brewery for their Saturday tour and tasting, which is held every week between 12 and 5pm.  For just $5 we were given a well presented, informative, fun tour of the brewery which brought us through the brewing process and even let us sample some freshly brewed Hop Meadow IPA. That same $5 bought us a bracelet that allowed us to have 10 samples of the 5 or so beers they currently had on tap, which we were told we could hang out and sample until our tour started several minutes later. On tap was their flagship Watermelon Ale, Hop Meadow IPA, Blonde Ale, Chocolate Truffle Stout, and the very strong but surprisingly good Old Marley Barleywine. My personal favorites were the IPA and Barleywine, although they were all fairly good. The tasting area has plenty of room and places to sit and hang out - including a  couch or two.  They had a Nintendo Wii set up as well as a flat screen playing Monty Python and the Holy Grail. If I lived a bit closer I'd probably hang out here all the time. The brewery has an interesting history, originally starting as the Trout Brook Brew Pub over ten years ago and gradually building itself up to the nationally known micro-brewery it is today.  You'll get the full run-down of the story of Thomas Hooker Brewery on the tour and the tasting area provides you with a nice history of Connecticut brewers as well. The lesson I learned - there is no need to head into New York or Boston if you're looking for a great brewery experience. Just head to Thomas Hooker Brewery in Bloomfield. You won't be disappointed. Thomas Hooker Brewery hosts tours and tastings every Saturday from 12 noon to 5pm. For $5 you'll get a guided tour of the Brewery and a full tasting of our Brews. If you taste a beer you like pick up a growler of brewery fresh beer. Every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month they hold their Friday Open House. For just $10 you get drinks, a guided tour, and take home your pint glass. You'll be drinking for a great cause too as Thomas Hooker Brewery donates a portion of the proceeds to The Village for Families and Children. For more information visit http://hookerbeer.com Stay tuned for more on the Connecticut Beer Trail!
A 360 view of the inside of the brewery:

The Breakdown

The Beer - 85%
The Tour - 80%
The Price - 100%

88%

Great beer, great value, and an all around great time.

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About the author

Sean Henri

Sean is the founder and editor of The Connecticut Weekender, and CEO and Founder of Pepperland Marketing. He's a lifelong CT resident and frequently blogs about the outdoors, beer, food, family life and small business in CT. Follow him on Twitter at @SeanHenri.

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