This past summer I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Chris and Christina Sayer, co-owners of Brewery Legitimus, about what it’s going to be like when the doors of their brewery finally open. On the day of their soft opening in early September, my brother and I squeezed our way into a packed house and sampled the five house beers that were available that night. Since then, their grand opening went off without a hitch, the taproom has gone under the knife for some great cosmetic adjustments, and the lineup of beers is still solid.
On the day of the soft opening, we crowned Rock Skipper, an American Pale Ale as our favorite beer of the flight. Since then, it’s been hard to get Rock Skipper back in our glasses considering its popularity with the Legitimus crowd. Could it be that the glowing review sparked the attention of the CT craft beer faithful? Or could it be that it’s just simply great beer. My ego is telling me one thing but I’ll settle on the latter.
Rock Skipper is a fairly hop driven Pale Ale. At just 37 IBUs, it’s not going to scorch the palate, but it certainly packs a punch. The current version of the APA features Amarillo and Simcoe during the boil, with Citra during the dry hop stage. The result is a soft, pleasant tangerine aroma, most likely from the Amarillo, and the palate accompanies that with a sharp kick of citrus. Rock Skipper has the body to accompany the hop profile which really holds the beer together. It’s not thin on the finish like some Pale Ales can be nowadays, but rather a sturdy example of the style and still very sessionable at 5.4% ABV.
Considering the brewery is just about six months old, distribution is mainly local. But keep your eyes peeled for a Legitimus tap handle at your local watering hole, and if it’s Rock Skipper, make sure to grab yourself one. Or, head down to the brewery and taste the beer straight from the source as it was intended.
Brewery Legitimus’ tasting room is open Thursday and Friday from 4-9pm, Saturday from 12-9pm, and Sunday from 12-5pm.