Not many breweries have come out swinging as hard as Fox Farm in Salem. With a taplist of varied offerings, this old dairy barn turned craft brewery has been absolutely killing everything that comes through its taplines. From Farmhouse Ales to Double IPAs, Fox Farm has their bases covered.
Being a graduate from the Cambridge area I tend to frequent the Boston suburb to reconnect with friends. One night, in particular, lead to Davis Square, a Somerville hot spot filled with restaurants, bars, and theaters. The entirety of the night isn’t relevant, nor appropriate for this website, but the first stop on this night was Five Horses Tavern on Highland Ave. Back in college, this was the first bar I didn’t order a PBR or a Gin & Tonic at, instead I dipped my toe into the world of craft beer, and a few years later here I am, so it held some significance.
When the bartender came over he began listing off the beers. Nightshift, Lamplighter, Aeronaut, Cambridge Brewing…as he went on, I began to feel envious of my previous living situation. He rounded the list off with a few Trillium offerings followed by BURST from Fox Farm. I almost spit out my complimentary water.
I asked for clarification on the last beer mentioned while the group I was with salivated at the chance to drink 12oz. Trillium offerings for $13 a pop. He explained how the brewery was from Connecticut and that the IPA was generously hopped and quite delicious. I countered with the fact that I’m from Connecticut and that I love Fox Farm beer and immediately ordered a round for everyone.
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Although groans were the first reactions from my comrades, I assured them that this beer was right up with the rest of the taplist, if not above.
BURST is a perfect rendition of the IPA style for my taste. It isn’t quite New England style, which can have a distorted finish from one beer to the other, but rather opts for a bold flavored beer with enough body to complement its well-hopped profile. It is unfiltered, so yes, it is hazy, but the best attribute of BURST is its finish. Take one sip of this beer and you might notice the pungent nose of tangerine and pineapple guts, take another and you’ll taste the bold flavor of tropical fruit coupled with a soft mouthfeel that beckons another sip. But wait till the last sip of your pint, and you’ll conclude that the smooth finish and almost evaporated bitterness is what sets this beer apart from its counterparts.
Drinkability is always a factor when it comes to great beer and BURST is one that I will enjoy time and time again no matter what the circumstance. To enjoy this beer in Massachusetts, at a bar that I once frequented in my early craft beer stages was a trip in itself. For the record, even with a juggernaut like Trillium on the menu, we all opted for a second round of BURST because it’s just that damn good.
Fox Farm is still young, but they’re proving themselves to be one of the best breweries in Connecticut, hands down.
Fox Farm is located at 62 Music Vale Road, Salem, CT. Taproom hours are Friday 2pm-7pm, Saturday 11am-5pm, and Sunday 11am-5pm.