Hanging Hills has gained some serious traction since we last visited. It was just the other day I was driving home and flipping through radio stations when I stumbled upon an advertisement for the brewery. If getting your name spread through the airwaves isn’t a big deal then I must be missing something, especially if you’re a craft brewery. But there is something to obtain, or in this case, sustain when you are a brewery representing Hartford.
The state’s capital has a trio of breweries that are doing it proud which is amazing because let’s face it, without them what is? When the Minor League baseball season runs dry at least you can still travel to Hartford for some great beer.
Wheelhound Wheat is a wheat beer coming in at 5.2% ABV and now available in 16oz cans. The first encounter of seeing it in cans was a nice treat and quickly brought me back to a “back in my day” moment when I recalled it had been stylized Wheelhound Weisse when Hills first opened. Perhaps the perception of “Weisse” brought about uneducated guesses of what it really might be, when in reality; a Witbier, Weisse, Hefeweizen, or Dunkelweizen are actually all just wheat beers with either geographic differences or minor details that differ one from the other.
Wheelhound is made up of both Pilsner and Wheat malts giving it a soft golden color. Ditching the German tradition of clove and banana esters, Hanging Hills opted for an American approach and replaced said characteristics with touches of grapefruit, which is probably why the name change occurred in the first place.
Wheelhound Wheat is a perfect beer to wrap up your summer with. Enjoy it after or while you mow the lawn, hanging at the beach, by the pool, or on the patio as the sun goes down, either way, you'll be drinking a truly refreshing wheat beer.
Hanging Hills is located at 150 Ledyard Street in Hartford.
Tasting room hours are; Thursday 5pm-8pm, Friday 4pm-9pm, Saturday 12pm-6pm, and Sunday 12pm-6pm.
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