A La Carte
8:38 PM EDT, September 30, 2013
Connecticut's craft beer scene expands again, with the official opening of Broad Brook Brewing in East Windsor Thursday. The brewery and taproom at 2 North Road will be open from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on its first day.
The first beers to be poured are the "flagship" Broad Brook Ale, Oktoberfest and 6 Balls Alt, said president Eric Mance. A porter is brewing at the moment, to be ready for the following week. "We're brewing three times this week, so we're just going to ramp up and get going with it," he said.
In the months leading up to the opening, Broad Brook Brewing sold more than 200 memberships in its mug club, which allows members to receive discounts on beer and merchandise along with invites to special events. The owners are also working with local restaurants to set up food deliveries to the brewery, said Mance.
At the taproom, Broad Brook, which has 16 taps, will serve regional guest beers in addition to its own brews. Mance says the eventual plan is to serve 8 to 10 house beers, with 4 to 6 other options. "The main focus is on our beers, but we just want to round our selection out with some other stuff as well," he said.
Among the brewery's more unusual offerings is the Pink Dragon Wit, a summer seasonal Belgian-style ale infused with dried hibiscus petals at the end of the boil. The addition turns the beer pink and gives it a floral aroma, Mance said, and it was a favorite at tasting events earlier this year.
"The response has been so good that it might go year-round," he said, with a portion of proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen foundation.
Broad Brook is also currently working with farmers and producers in north central Connecticut and western Massachusetts to use local hops and grain in its beers, Mance said.
After this week, the brewery will be open 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. 860-623-1000, broadbrookbrewing.com.