Located in Bristol, Firefly Brewing Co. has placed itself amongst the more established tier of the Connecticut breweries. Upon entering the tap room, it was clear to see that the space alone was a good indicator of Firefly’s success. The bar stretches out to accommodate up to at least 15-20 patrons. If the bar is full, which more than likely it will be, then lounge style seating is available on the second half of the tap room.
Along the windows, you’ll find two seater high-tops for pairs of beer lovers, tables for larger parties, and standalone seats positioned for a truly relaxed feel. However, the vibe was split. The bar scene was more of a classic brewery feel, while the sitting area was more of a market or deli. The large exposed heating pipes that lined the ceiling kept banging as if Andy Dufresne himself was escaping Shawshank prison all over again. It wasn’t very cohesive, but we’re not here to talk about feng shui, we’re here to talk about beer! So let’s do so.
Firefly was home to a few of my personal favorites from our winter tour thus far. One highlight I would have to point out, was the Prototype 2.0, a beautifully bitter selection. Being a fan of IPAs and bitterness, this was a full flavored beer with a nice kick. Out of the entire flight, there weren’t any obvious misfires. Although we weren’t huge fans of the taste, the perfectly named Smokey Moor Scottish Ale was something I have never encountered previously, and rightfully deserved our Must Try nod.
Our favorite was the Red Lantern which surprised our taste buds and made us question our loyalty to IPAs. But even more so than the Lantern, the Big Brass Bock was clearly the diamond in the rough. The “BBB” had us daydreaming to warmer days ahead and tossing back a few (or 10) of these straight from the growler. We hope this one remains in the rotation, considering some of these beers come and go in such a short frame of time, if you don’t get your hands on them now, you might miss your chance altogether.
It would be wrong not to add a little bit of love for the Toadstool Oat Stout which is a mainstay at the brewery. Firefly prides itself on creating a product that represents a lifestyle. They consider themselves a “conglomerate of creative minds” who believe that their beer can make the world a better place. After polishing off my flight and enjoying some local food truck cuisine delivered right to our table, I can honestly say that it has.