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!
Cloudbreak™ Double IPA
Our Double IPA features light malt and a hazy appearance that suddenly yields to bright, big hop flavor. Pacific hops impart notes of papaya, berry and black tea with an enticing tropical fruit aroma. One sip will part the clouds and lead you to the summit of flavor. 8.5%, Lots of IBU; Hops: Idaho 7, Mosaic; Malts: Pisner, Oats, Carapils, Acidulated
Shoreline Series - Seasonal & Experimental Brews - Winter 2018
FIRELANDS SMOKED CHERRY PORTER Our seasonal porter, brewed with chocolate wheat malt, a dash of smoked malt, and tart cherries. Tastes like Thanksgiving in a glass. Last year, it won a gold medal at the Great International Beer Competition in the Robust Porter category. Great beer, and one of our better sellers in the cooler months! ABV: 5.3%; IBUs: 20; SRM: 39; Malts: Pale, Munich, Chocolate Wheat, Caramel, Oats, Cherry Wood Smoked Malt; Hops: East Kent Goldings, Perle
YOU'RE SO LAST SUMMER ALTBIER (Temporarily off tap, coming back soon!) An altbier, like a Kölsch, traditionally is a hybrid beer: an ale that is lagered (cold-stored) for an extended period. We decided to make ours a SMaSH beer (SMaSH = Single Malt and Single Hop). This beer is 100% Red X malt (which we use in Hopsteady and in The Academy German Pale Ale) and Tettnang hops (seen in Swell East Coast Lager). Clean, crisp finish. Smells like fresh bread. Tastes like lightly toasted bread. Hops: Tettnang ; Malt: Red X ABV: 5.1%; IBUs: BEACH BODY
CONNECTICUT BREWERS GUILD COLLABORATION A Wassail-Inspired Belgian Ale. Brewed in collaboration with Thomas Hooker, Stubborn Beauty and Firefly Hollow. Light, crisp, a touch of fall inspired spice. ABV: 4.8%; IBUs: 10; SRM: 11; Malts: Pilsner, Munich, Wheat, Special B, Adiculated; Adjuncts: Oranges, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger; Hops: Perle and Cascade
BREWERY LEGITIMUS COLLABORATION HOP CHOCOLATE WHITE IPA We brewed this beer up in New Hartford at Brewery Legitimus. It's a witbier (like Hoegaarden or Blue Moon or Grey Sail's Hazy Day) dry hopped with Mandarina Bavaria and Amarillo hops. Then we added organic chocolate. Nice citrusy beer with a fun choco twist. ABV: 6%
NO BILLBOARDS IN SPACE PALE ALE If you're an alien on another planet looking for refreshment, you probably won't discover this beer because, well, there . are no billboards in space If you're an Earthling looking for a beer that is out-of-this-world delicious, look no further. Locally grown Chinook hops from our friends at Pioneer Hops of Connecticut and Equinox hops tease the palate with piney, green pepper, and tropical fruit flavors, complementing our soft English ale yeast strain and the slight caramel sweetness of our malt. Every time you drink a pint of No Billboards in Space, you save the planet. Remember, it's an environmentally friendly beer because we say it is. ABV: 5.7%; IBUs: 30; SRM: 6; Malts: 2 Row, Vienna, Oats, Caramel, Acidulated; Hops: Equinox, Connecticut-Grown Chinook, Magnum
NO ONE HAS TO KNOW BROW ALE (Temporarily off tap, coming back soon!) Are you a proud IPA fan? Sweet! We can help there. How about a proud Brown Ale fan? Hmm, maybe not as cool to admit that one? Maybe you feel like you're betraying your favorite IPA? Maybe your bros or girlfriends will poke fun at you? Don't worry! No One Needs to Know Brown Ale can be our little secret! Don't ever get to try Brown Ales? Well come on down. We can tell the world how much we love this toasty, chocolaty, hint of rye libation together! ABV: 5.0; IBUs: 15; SRM 18; Malts: Pale, Golden Naked Oats, Caramel, Rye, Chocolate, Victory, Acidulated, Blackprinz; Hops: East Kent Goldings
NOANK SMACK OYSTER STOUT 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 (http://www.oysterclubct.com/) in Mystic. And the oysters couldn't be fresher - they were harvested the morning of our brew. In typical Outer Light fashion, we gave our oyster stout a few qualities unique to the style. We used chocolate wheat malt and rye to give it a rich, dark chocolate punch with a hint of spice. Then we lightly dry hopped it with Sorachi Ace to mimic the lemon and herbal garnishes that often accompany oysters. ABV: 5.4%; IBUs: 14; SRM: 33; Malts: Pale, Oats, Rye, Caramel, Roasted Barley, Chocolate, Pale Chocolate, Blackprinz; Hops: Perle and Sorachi Ace
Australian Summer Beer Series
GREEN AND GOLD AUSTRALIAN SPARKLING ALE It A "sparkling ale" is the only beer style indigenous to Australia. This golden, light-bodied, sessionable ale gets its name from its high levels of carbonation. As a result, Aussies serve the sparkling ale almost exclusively in bottles because draft systems cannot handle the extreme levels of carbonation. It's basically beer's version of champagne. You'll note that Green and Gold contains slightly above average levels of carbonation, but due to the limits of beer dispensing systems we did not make it a fizz bomb. Green and Gold uses Coopers Ale yeast, the most prominent of all Australian yeasts and one that produces lightly fruity "esters," or yeast-derived flavors. It's also interesting to note that in Australia the sparkling ale undergoes a secondary fermentation (and carbonation) in the bottle. Then the yeast settles to the bottom of the bottle. Australians prefer to roll the bottle to stir up the yeast sediment before pouring the beer into a glass, which makes the sparkling ale pour rather hazy. And we thought New England started the haze craze! ABV: 5.2%; IBUs: Low; SRM: 3.5; Hop: Pride of Ringwood; Malts: Pils, Munich, Wheat, Carapils, Acidulated
WALKING BACKWARDS AUSTRALIAN-STYLE PALE ALE The second beer in our Australian Summer Series. In 2016, the Australian-style pale ale became a recognized beer style in the Great American Beer Fest. According to the guidelines, this style mimics an intensely fruity American IPA. So why call it a pale ale? No one really knows. Our version of the Australian pale ale is a more traditional pale ale using Australian hops. In fact, we highlighted one of our favorite Australian hops - Summer. Summer hops are derived from the famed lager hop called Saaz. Summer hops produce strong pear and melon flavors, with a hint of tropical fruit lingering in the background. Our light-bodied pale ale drinks perfectly in the Australian summer. ABV: 5.5%; IBUs: Somewhere; SRM: 6; Hops: Summer, Vic Secret; Malts: 2 Row, Carapils, Munich, Crystal-20, Acidulated