All the buzz these days surrounding Back East is usually about their latest feature in DRAFT magazine who ranked three of their IPA’s in their list of the Top 50 in the US. As much as I would love to discuss this achievement, I’m too hung up on drinking their latest batch of Summer Ale.
When my brother and I first started covering Connecticut craft beer, we visited Back East relatively early along our journey. Being close in proximity to our living situations, we have revisited the brewery on multiple occasions. For the record, the conversation usually started, ended, or revolved around our utter shock about how the whole state is sleeping on Intergalactic Lupulinary (DRAFT ranking #16 in the US), and now we’ve fallen victim to can limits, limited availability, and jacked prices. I remember a time when I could walk into my local package store, grab a six-pack at an incredibly reasonable price, and enjoy, but I digress.
The last time we visited something else butted into our conversation. We’ve sampled Summer Ale before but the newest batch for Summer 2017 is absolutely killer. Surpassing both our previous expectations we had to double-check and make sure we were drinking the correct beer.
What was once a tad dull and dare I say bland, has been revamped to a whole new level. Maybe our taste buds have changed, or maybe BE is tweaked something, but Summer Ale went from an every now and again kind of beer to something everyone should be actively looking for.
BACK EAST BREWING
A blend of Galaxy, Citra, and Simcoe meld together to create a bed of tropical citrus notes with highlights of peach and tangerine, only to be humbled by subtle pine and earthy tones. Hazy in appearance and easy on bitterness, Summer Ale has come back with a vengeance and in my opinion, claimed the title once again as Beer of the Summer.
Back East is located at 1296 Blue Hills Avenue. Hours are Thursday-Friday 4-8pm and Saturday 12-4pm.