I have always maintained that contract brewed beers can be every bit as good as beers brewed in a brewery owned by the Brewing Company, and I submit the case of Connecticut's New Haven Brewing in support of my position. New Haven produces it's own draught product, but contracts out it's bottled beer to Saratoga in New York. The brewery-restaurant still produces draught beer, and all of the contract brewing is supervised by their brewmaster.
Elm City Connecticut Ale is in the English brown ale style, is unpasteurized in the bottle, and boasts American two-row, crystal, and chocolate malts, Kent Goldings, Willamette, and Northern brewer hops, and English Whitbread yeast. The beer is a light reddish brown in color with a minimal head. A hint of DMS is present in the nose immediately after pouring, but soon fades as the beer sits in the glass. This is a rather light bodied beer, with a delicate, sweet toffee-like malt palate. Hops balance nicely, and linger briefly in the finish. A very flavorful, quaffable brew.
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
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