At OLBC, we understand the sacred oath between brewer and enthusiastic beer connoisseurs the world over. The connection begins with a quality product, it grows through the experience, and it endures through a relationship created in that oath.
Our beer selection is a mix of some of our favorite standards as well as an innovative rotation of flavors that you'll be able to connect with, from grain to glass. That includes the three year rounds highlighted below along with an innovative line up and exclusive brewery releases over time. Farther below you can catch the latest we'll have to offer!
Shoreline Series - Seasonal & Experimental Brews - Early Spring 2017
CLOUDBREAK™ DOUBLE IPA Connecticut has spoken. We listened. You want hops. More hops. EVEN MORE HOPS. We've delivered. Cloudbreak DIPA joins the family as our fourth year-round beer. What is Cloudbreak DIPA? We blended Mosaic and Idaho 7 hops for a bright but pungent brew full of papaya, berry, and black tea flavors. Or, metaphorically...
Close your eyes and imagine that feeling you get when you're hiking any one of the majestic mountains in New England. Surrounded by trees and greenery, you finally break free to the top. The clouds part, the sun breaks through, you're swept away by the beauty of it all. Now open your eyes. You've been drinking. Get off the damn bar stool and get outside. Take some Cloudbreak DIPA with you. Enjoy the weather, no matter what it is. You only get one go-round. Make it memorable. ABV: 9.0%; IBUs: Many; SRM: 6; Hops: Mosaic, Idaho 7; Malts: Pale, Oats, Carapils, Acidulated
FIRELANDS SMOKED CHERRY PORTER Firelands is a smoked cherry porter. Deep brown with a hint of red, this beer smells of ripe cherries and autumn afternoons. Tart cherries and a hint of smoke become immediately apparent upon the first sip, but this delightful brew gives way to cocoa powder on the back end. It's a complex beer reminiscent of chocolate-coated cherry cobbler. ABV: 5.6%; IBUs: 20; SRM: 40; Hops: East Kent Goldings, Perle
Malts: Maris Otter, Munich, Chocolate Wheat, Crystal, Flaked Oats, Cherrywood Smoked Malt, Blackprinz
HALF AND HALF MILK SUGAR IPA Outer Light Brewing Company (Groton) and Stony Creek Brewery (Branford) have plenty in common. In addition to being large production breweries situated along the Connecticut Shoreline, the two breweries opened within a month of each other two years ago. While each brewery approaches recipe design in their own unique way, they maintain a deep mutual respect for each other's craft. Somehow, that respect led to a desire to brew a beer based on a popular cereal - Froot Loops. No one quite remembers how it all came about, but everyone agrees that it had something to do with consumption of the "froots" of their labors.
Recreating this fruity cereal began with the malt. Grain makes up the majority of cereals anyway, so the key here was to get the haze and texture just right to approximate the character of milk. A mixture of flaked oats and flaked wheat, combined with a pale Pilsner malt base, imparted the desired mouthfeel without unnecessarily darkening the beer's color. What's cereal without the milk? The addition of lactose (milk sugar) added more body and enhanced the sweetness, helping to approximate that delicious sugary flavor of leftover milk from a bowl of cereal. But it's the cereal that makes the milk. Froot Loops combines flavors from several different fruits, and this beer would be no different. The brewers selected some of the fruitiest hops they could acquire to make this beer: Mosaic (berry), Denali (pineapple), Amarillo (tangerine), and Ekuanot (lime). Heavily dry hopped with Denali and Mosaic, this brew's over-the-top flavor will make your taste buds go loopy. The yeast selection provided the finishing touch. Outer Light's house yeast, an English strain, naturally accentuates the fruity character of hops while softening the bitterness. Aptly dubbed Half and Half, this lactose IPA collaboration between two distinguished breweries is an exciting addition to the Connecticut craft beer scene. ABV: 6.6%; IBUs: Included; SRM: 4; Hops: Mosaic, Denali, Amarillo, Ekuanot; Malts: Pilsner, Golden Naked Oats, Flaked Oats, Flaked Wheat, Lactose, Acidulated
F&A INDIA PALE LAGER F&A IPL brings the hop bite to pair with that traditional crisp, clean lager finish. Brewed with Centennial and Azacca hops, and dry hopped with Azacca and Hallertauer Mittelfruh, this Shoreline Series addition blends citrus and floral flavors. F&A is as sharp as the coming winter but leaves you with a welcome warmth inside. ABV: 6.3%; IBUs: Enough; SRM: 4.5; Hops: Azacca, Centennial, Hallertauer Mittelfruh; Malts: Pils, Vienna, Carapils, Crystal
BARREL AGED PITCH & ROLL IMPERIAL STOUT Organic cacao nibs. Freshly roasted coffee from Ashlawn Farm Coffee (Old Saybrook, CT). Bourbon barrels courtesy of Woodford Reserve and Early Times. A shockingly smooth 9.5% ABV. Bourbon Barrel Aged Pitch and Roll Imperial Chocolate Coffee Stout. Let's do this. ABV: 9.5% IBUs: 25 SRM: 90; Hops: Perle; Malts: Pale, Chocolate, Oats, Caramel, Roasted, Blackprinz
NOANK SMACK OYSTER STOUT Mystic Seaport, the largest maritime museum in the world, holds many treasures. Among them are four ships designated as National Historic Landmarks. One of these vessels is the Emma C. Berry, the last remaining American Noank smack. A Noank smack was a fishing sloop with a unique design. It featured a large well amidships with circulating water to keep fish alive until it returned to port. These ships debuted in England in 1775 as "well smacks." By 1920, they were mostly obsolete. Remaining Noank smacks were either sunk or re-rigged, often as training vessels for young sailors.
In a nod to the rich maritime history of our region, Outer Light Brewing Company would like to present Noank Smack Oyster Stout. We know what you’re thinking: Does it taste like oysters? In general, sometimes. In our case, no. Oyster stouts do not have to taste briny. The powerful malt background often overwhelms any hint of salt. Oyster shells offer other benefits to beer. Their high levels of both calcium and alkalinity soften the beer and provide a necessary nutrient for healthy yeast. We brewed Noank Smack with whole Noank oysters, courtesy of Oyster Club in Mystic. And the oysters couldn't be fresher - they were harvested the day of our brew. In typical Outer Light fashion, we gave our oyster stout our own twist. We used chocolate wheat malt and rye to give it a rich, dark chocolate punch with a hint of spice.
Come by the Taproom for a taste of your own town. ABV: 5.2%; IBU: 20; SRM: 35; Malt: Maris Otter, Rye, Oats, Crystal, Roasted Barley, Chocolate Wheat, BlackprinzHop: Perle
OUT COLD BIERE DE GARDE Collaboration beers give breweries the opportunity to brew something wildly different from their usual offerings. They come about from a mutual admiration for each other's products and skill. Brewers love to do them, when time and tank space permits. In November, Cold Creek Brewery's head brewer, Sean Piel, came down from Ellington, CT, to brew something unique to both of our breweries: a blonde Bière de Garde aptly dubbed Out Cold.
The Bière de Garde style originated hundreds of years ago in northern France. The style leaves itself open to interpretation: filtered or unfiltered, blonde or amber or brown, malty sweet or some noticeable hop flavor, fruity or with a lager-like crispness. Traditionally brewed in the winter and lagered (aged) until the spring, the Bière de Garde has been a staple in Europe while underappreciated in the USA. Outer Light and Cold Creek decided to put their own twist on this old style by brewing a blonde Bière de Garde with Pinot Grigio grapes. We then enhanced the wine character by adding Hallertau Blanc hops, which impart a grape-like sweetness comparable to Nelson Sauvin hops. Then we dry hopped it with just a touch of Citra for an even juicier finish. The malt bill is unique as well. It contains 16% spelt, which is a species of wheat that imparts a slightly nutty flavor. The result is Out Cold Blonde Bière de Garde, a beer unlike any other that we've released. And at 8.6%, it'll help you chase away those winter blues. ABV: 8.6%; IBUs: 16; SRM: 5; Hops: Hallertau Blanc, Citra; Malts: Pilsen, Spelt, Vienna, Aromatic, Acidulated\
SO HELLES PITTED If you’re unfamiliar with a Helles lager, here’s a quick primer. The German word “Helles” translates to “light” or “bright.” But “light” doesn’t mean “flavorless” or “low alcohol.” It refers to the color, which is pale straw. A Helles lager typically clocks in at 4.7-5.4% ABV, and it is the ultimate exercise in balance. The idea is to showcase the delicate Pilsen malt flavor while still allowing the subtle, herbal German hops to shine through. It can’t be too sweet or too bitter. The beer must be medium-bodied, not too watery and not at all thick. It must be translucent, never cloudy. And it must not exhibit any off flavors. It is the embodiment of perfection, the measure by which German brewers judge each other. It is, simply, the most difficult beer for any brewer to brew. So yeah, we’re totally showing off here. And we hope you get it. Because a Helles-style lager is one of the most beautiful beers in the known universe, and to do one well is a brewer’s wet dream. The Helles lager is the epitome of German beer. And ours? It’s So Helles Pitted, man. ABV: 5.5%; IBUs: 14; SRM: 2; Hop: Hallertauer Mittelfrueh; Malts: Light Pilsen, Carapils
TRAIL MAGIC EL DORADO IPA Trail Magic Session IPA is an offshoot of our Shoreline Series, with each batch featuring a different hop. This single-hop brew will be re-imagined and re-released intermittently throughout the year. Single-hop beers are a great way to get to know and recognize a specific hop variety. We brewers especially like them, because they help us understand how to best use a hop in future batches. On this trip down the magical hop trail, we decided to isolate one of the dominant flavor hops in SUBduction IPA - El Dorado. Hailing from Moxee Valley, part of the famed Yakima Valley in Washington state, El Dorado hit the hop market in 2010. Brewers celebrate El Dorado for its distinctive flavors - apricot and citrus. Drinking a beer with El Dorado is like biting into a dried apricot fruit roll up, or sucking on a Jolly Rancher candy. Once you try this beer, you'll be able to recognize El Dorado in any beer which uses it, including our own SUBduction IPA. Trail Magic - El Dorado is a light, easy drinking, apricot-forward session IPA that we double dry hopped for additional taste and aroma. ABV: 4.4%; IBUs: Huh?; SRM: 5; Hop: El Dorado; Malts: 2 Row, Munich, Caramel, Oat