This weekend PK and our friends came up from NYC to visit of my favorite breweries, Two Roads, which was throwing a Winter Classic release party for there new Coffee Stout, Esspressway.
We got hotel rooms in Stamford and took the MetroNorth into Stratford. The brewery has a shutle bus that will pick you up and drop you off from the train station, it’s called The Twelve Pack and it’s a fantastic, free convenience. You text them 20 minutes before you arrive with the numbers of guests and they’re there waiting for you.
The whole reason we came up for the day was to celebrate the release of the Esspressway Stout. I’m usually not a stout person which is odd considering my love of coffee and chocolate which is what most stouts are flavored with. This, however, blew my mind. It was so incredibly smooth and had such a clean non-bitter finish. It actually tasted like a heavier iced coffee. Very dangerous.
The stout was brewed with beans from local Connecticut roaster Shearwater Coffee. Many Connecticut breweries took a 10% pledge that (obviously 10%) of products they use will be locally sourced from farms and other small businesses. Not only are you supporting local brewers but you’re supporting your local farms as well.
It ended up being an pretty warm day for February at 53 degrees which was a nice surprise, but the “winter activities” didn’t survive the day. The curling demonstrations were canceled and the ice sculptures began to fall apart but the watching the sculptures get made was very cool.
At the end of the event we headed inside for a brewery tour. It’s one of the best tours I’ve taken to date. The tour is about an hour long and you get a great history of the company and building as well as an interesting crash course in brewing was plenty of taste testing.
Check out the brewery if you ever get the chance. For my NYC-ers it’s actually a great day trip or weekend. Also, look out for the Esspressway Stout which should be coming out bottled in March.