The New England Brewing Company is home to a large assortment of beer that shows off their brewing ability. I recently gave NEBCO a visit and enjoyed it so much that I just had to let all of you know about it.
I have lived in the New Haven area for four years now, and I felt pretty foolish when we pulled up to the New England Brewing Co.: I’ve driven past this place almost every week. I never knew it was tucked behind a car dealership right down the street from me; if I had, I would likely have become a much more frequent patron.
NEBCO has easily sky-rocketed to the top of my favorite breweries list: The brewery has its own personality and really gives you a unique experience, the quality of their beer is amazing, and the atmosphere is relaxing, giving any customer a reason to be come back again and again. If you don’t believe me, you’ll just have to visit yourself.
The Beer at the New England Brewing Co.
If you’ve never had any of NEBCO’s beers, I would suggest that you try their Fuzzy Baby Ducks, an IPA flavored with mango, citrus, and papaya that has quickly become one of their favorite beverages. I’m not a huge IPA drinker, but I love this beer: It’s simply amazing.
Plus, picture this: A whole lot of big, burly, beer-loving macho men walking up to a bar and ordering something called “Fuzzy Baby Ducks” is a hilarious experience that never gets old.
My friend and loyal brewery companion ordered one of NEBCO’s other crowd favorites, the Sea Hag, which is a blended beer including hints of pilsner, Munich, and crystal malt flavors. He let me have a sip of his beer, and I have to say, even though Fuzzy Baby Ducks is my favorite, I almost couldn’t decide which was better.
And that is certainly not everything that the New England Brewing Company has to offer. Other favorite brews that you can find when you visit (if you’re lucky) include:
- Baby Bot, a slightly less-intense version of their famed G-bot IPA
- Coffee Breath, an imperial coffee oat milk stout
- Spin Cycle, a sort of experiment in hops
- The Ocho, flavored of pine, fruit, and citrus
- Supernaut, with flavors of passion fruit, pineapple and mixed berry
How NEBCO Stacks Up To Other Breweries
I have to say that the beer at New England Brewing Company stands tall next to a lot of CT’s other famous breweries. They have a really great selection of beer, which is one of the primary ways that I evaluate a brewery. Why? Because the variety shows me how much expertise they have in creating great tasting beers in all categories. Simply put, NEBCO has one of the largest selections of all the craft breweries that I have visited.
I tried three beers while I was here and have to say that Fuzzy Baby Ducks takes the cake. Call it cliche, but it’s popular for a reason. It was such a good tasting beer that I couldn’t help but take a few cans home with me for later (well, I had to buy them before I could take them home, but you know what I mean).
If you’re new to the word of the New England Brewing Company, I would highly recommend getting a flight when you go so you can try out a few of their beers and find a favorite.
I think that if you like local craft breweries, this has to be on your list. It doesn’t matter where in the state you live, if you like craft beer, you have to check out the New England Brewing Company at some point. No Connecticut craft brew enthusiast would be complete without making a the journey.
If you do make the trip, just give in and get the Fuzzy Baby Ducks. If you plan on staying a while and want to get a table, get here early, because this place can get busy for the after-work happy hour. Enjoy playing Jenga or other board games with your friends and family.
One other special thing about NEBCO is that they allow dogs, which is pretty different from other breweries I’ve been to. I loved the fact that some furry friends were hanging out and relaxing with their owners. What could be better?
Are you a fan of the New England Brewing Company? What’s your favorite beer to get when you visit? Let us know in the comments below!