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Out and About: Thomas Hooker Brewery

Posted Apr 29 2012 5:05pm

  1. Yesterday, I went on a tour of Thomas Hooker Brewery  in Bloomfield, CT using a Living Social deal I had bought a while back.
  2. Mister E and I aren’t huge beer lovers, but still enjoy it from time to time.
  3. We got to see the entire operations of how the beer is brewed. I don’t remember much, except that you start off with barley and water in fermenters where you add the hops and yeast. Do you know that they can reuse the same yeast for multiple brews? The machines in the picture are the brighteners. I think that’s where they add the carbonation.
  4. This is Steve, our tour guide. He was pretty awesome and taught us cool facts like how beer never comes in contact with oxygen during the brewing process. And also that beer originally didn’t contain hops. Hops weren’t added to the beer until Europeans started making long sea voyages and were looking for a way to preserve the beer. This beer became known as Indian Pale Ale (or IPA).
  5. Did you see Steve’s shirt? It didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me…
  6. …until I saw the back.
  7. During the tour, we were given a chance to taste the beer straight out of the fermenter. I didn’t particularly care for it, but I suppose a true beer lover might have.
  8. Thomas Hooker brewery runs all of their operations out of the one building. This machine is what they use to fill up the bottles.
  9. There were stacks and stacks of bottles everywhere.
  10. Likewise, boxes ready to be filled were also everywhere.
  11. I have a feeling that Mister E and the rest of the guys from our group did a better job of paying attention to what was said during the tour. In my defense, I had already sampled four beers by the time the tour started.
  12. With our admission, we were given a wrist band with ten tabs. Each tab got you one beer sample. The sample glasses were a little large in my opinion, so I only ended up using five of my tabs before calling it quits.
  13. The first beer I sampled was the Watermelon Ale which tasted amazingly like Watermelon. Steve said the sales of the Watermelon Ale alone was enough to sustain the entire company.
  14. Their second most popular beer is the Chocolate Truffle Stout. The beer had a delicious chocolate-y, coffee taste, but was quite strong. I managed to finish my sample, but don’t know if I would be able to finish an entire glass of it.
  15. The Nor’Easter Winter Lager was my absolute favorite beer so much so that I actually got a second sample of it. It was very light and smooth and didn’t leave me with any sort of aftertaste.
  16. It was a little unexpected, but Hooker Brewery had two XBox Kinects set up for people to play while tasting the beers. Jennifer and her boyfriend totally killed it.

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