Brass Works Brewing Company is a family affair. Originally created by brothers Michael and David Leronimo in the late 1980’s out of their mother’s kitchen, it wasn’t until 2004 with the additions of Christopher Urban and Kyle Ondrush that saw this idea truly take shape. From forming a brew club, to a growing obsession, and finally (and thankfully) into a full grown business, Brass Works represents the state proudly.
Opening their doors in December 2015, it’s hard to believe this brewery is less than a year old. The taproom has a comfortable English style feel to it. Church pews, small tables, and congregation style seating are scattered about. Feel free to bust out a few card games, or pick from the shelf of games Brass Works has to offer. It’s family friendly, inviting, and food trucks are known to take up residence in the parking lot on the weekends.
After settling in and grabbing a few flights we got down to the important stuff, the beer.
The Wee Windy English Bitter is a logical choice for session lovers. With a low ABV (4.2%) but similar taste and body of something a little stronger, this British inspired ale has something for everyone. Big Cog Amber is another crossover with a full body of malt and hop flavors. Inspired by German-style beers, the Big Cog is balanced and is extremely drinkable.
We zipped through a few more selections and our taste buds weren’t quite sure where they were happiest. My brother and I are loyal IPA lovers, but as of late, we have been creeping over to the dark side. Nothing has confirmed this change of heart more than our decision to crown the Abel Porter our Must Try and Our Favorite for the night. Yes, even with the delicious Double Bird IPA sitting there, the Abel Porter came out on top.
Named after a veteran of the Revolutionary War, and one of the original brass makers in Waterbury, the Abel Porter combines chocolate malt and roasted barley for a delicious taste. One taste that was unmistakable was the vanilla bean lingering toward the end. When we approached brew master Mike to talk about his favorites and the flavor profile of the Abel Porter, it was obvious that this selection was his favorite too. This beer will definitely change the minds of those who refuse to delve into the darker selections.
However, it would be wrong not to give the Double Bird IPA its due. This refreshing IPA packs a citrusy punch with a 7.1% ABV. The infusion of four different kinds of hops complete this beer. Enjoy from a tulip glass for the ultimate experience.
For our Porter lovers, Brass Works is perhaps home to one of Connecticut’s best. With a standout to get you in the door, and a slew of other delicious creations to stay, Brass Works is a young brewery that is on the right track.