On tap at Pompton Craft House, softly creamed dry Irish stout captured on nitro buttresses its nutted black coffee stead with dark chocolate malting and blackened hop char, gaining bitterer Blackstrap molasses treacle, caramelized espresso milking and distant dried black cherry snip. Smooth.
On tap at Rebar – Lodi, dank Maui Waui hemp seed oiliness seeps into orange-juiced mango tang, picking up floral-daubed guava, papaya and lychee licks in semi-sharp citric hop setting.
From Area Two Experimental Series, tart Morello cherries gain sharply vinous white wine pucker, salted raspberry vinaigrette acidity and leathery barnyard astringency for mildly ammoniated pinkish amber-cleared sour ale. In the distance, cinnamon-burned red apple, pomegranate and cranberry illusions waver.
Briny lime-juiced blue agave adjunct – aged in tequila barrels – leaves dry (orange-less) Margarita appeal. But Seltzer-fizzed salted lime pucker receives preclusive lambic-like vinous acidity. Still, pairs well with spicy Mexican dishes.
Musty oak-aged lambic (with profoundly thick purplish red wine hue) places soured black raspberry pureed tartness adjacent to tannic port esters, vinous white wining, dry Muscat grape musk and leathery farmhouse desiccation.
As luxuriously colorful as a Rainbow party cake, well-designed confectionery liquid pastry fills its center with flour-sugared vanilla buttercream as spiced rum persistence contrasts bitterly zestful citrus zing. But it’s sweet side wins out as dazzling white chocolate, marshmallow, vanilla cake, lemon cake, Banana’s Foster and flaked coconut illusions detail this experimentally hybridized ‘Area Two Series’ cream ale.
Heady hard-candied cherry tartness flaunts candi-sugared dark rum spicing and grenadine-like pomegranate syruping in sticky medicinal setting. Whiskeyed cherry midst gains whimsical sugared fig, yellow raisin and cranberry snips as spritzy soda fizz tickles chewy cherry-pureed Belgian yeast foundation.
On tap at Oscar’s Alehouse, lemony peach tartness stays mild as wispy hibiscus flowering and distant cranberry-mango-gooseberry souring flow below alongside its neutral cracked wheat base.
On tap at Growler & Gill, ‘easy riding’ aluminum-cleared helles lager brings tart lemon-dropped green grape esters and mild orange oiling to grassy herbal hop restraint above musky wet-grained sourdough breading.
On tap at Woodstack Pizza, creamily brown-sugared coffee sweetness envelops rich java-influenced stout collab between two respected Connecticut brewers. Vietnamese iced coffee continuance gains light bourbon vanilla, milk chocolate, cacao nibs, cinnamon, molasses and café au lait illusions to further sweeten decadent coffee milkshake alternative.
On tap at Beef Trust, tartly brined Margarita spinoff stays refreshingly clean, effervescent and light-bodied. Limey salt-rimmed tequila cocktail substitute usurps sour lactose acidity above meager flaked rye malting.
On tap at Growler & Gill, serene oak-aged whiskey tone guides treacly rye adjunct and rich dark chocolate malting above mild soy-sauced earthen peat scorch. Sweet vanilla, toffee, caramel, cocoa, coconut and black cherry illusions saddle cookie-like chocolate rye finish.