Thomas Hooker Brewery at the Colt Building

Thomas Hooker Brewery at the Colt Building (Note that the flagship Thomas Hooker Brewery is in Bloomfield, Ct.)

Link

Hours

Monday: 3pm – 10pm

Tuesday: 3pm – 10pm

Wednesday: 3pm – 10pm

Thursday: 3pm – 10pm

Friday: 12pm – 10pm

Saturday: 12pm – 10pm

Sunday: 12pm – 8pm

When I went:

Night time Wed Jan 9th, after food service stopped.

They do offer food, but not meals. More snacky stuff, and only during certain hours. We were disappointed that we came just a wee bit too late for noms.

Atmosphere/vibe

It was not too busy, but not dead. There was wide variety of people, mostly under 40s. Some that seemed to be hanging out after work, others just meeting friends. Only the bar was filled. There were high top tables, but we were the only ones at a table.

Bathrooms were clean. They seemed to have an outdoor seating area which would be great in the summer months. There was a bookshelf filled with various and sundry games. Depending on the crowd and vibe, I can see it being a fun place to play board games.

It was a very industrial vibe with a lot of cold, metallic, urban renewal feel to it.

Service was good. Bartenders were friendly and personable.  

Beer

I had a pint of the Peanut slayer Imperial Stout. I liked it, but not a lot of peanut butter flavor came through. There was a dark burnt nutty flavor indicative of many dark beers. It was a nice pour, but in comparison to other peanut butter beers, I feel that it really lacked in that peanut butter flavor. Foolproof Brewery (In RI) has a Peanut Butter Raincloud that delivers on the Peanut Butter flavor. You can visit Foolproof in RI, but you can also taste their beer at the BIG E in the Rhode Island Building. That is where I tried their porter last September.  For me, it felt like a let down because I was hoping for a smack of nutty penut flavor to compliment a dark beer where nutty flavors work so well. Instead I just got a decent Imperial Stout. If I had ordered a stout blind and received it I think I would have been less disappointed because I would have only been expecting a stout on which points they delivered.

I’m not a fan of IPA, as will be evident by my many many mentions of this fact at all opportunities, however I went with my Father in Law who does like IPA. He had an IPA. I believe it was #NOFILTERIPA. Witty hipster name if ever I saw one. He enjoyed it very much. I usually take pretty good notes, but I am sadly delinquent in the note taking and so I don’t remember exactly which beer he had or his exact response to it. I am delinquent also  in my lack of pictures from the Thomas Hooker Brewery at the Colt. I didn’t get any from their food menu or their beer list. This is obviously a flaw and only means I should be punished by going back and being forced to drink…more beer. HAHA

Peanut Butter Slayer Imperial Stout… Our nice bartender is blurry in the background. She was very friendly.

Free plentiful parking in a well lit parking lot.

Beer Sales? They sell cans and growler fills of some of their beers.

Overall?

I liked the brewery. The people were friendly. The location easy to find. It looks like there is a nice, comfortable space. The outside patio seems fun when the weather gets warmer. The one beer I had was good. Not blow me away good, but good enough that I want to go back and try their other offerings. I was particularly disappointed that I hadn’t noticed the Chocolate Truffle Stout. That seems worth going back to try! I think it is a solid brewery worth going to.

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