When we first began our journey into the world of Connecticut craft beer, Relic in Plainville was one of our first visits. Since then, we’ve popped in and sampled some incredible beers from the quaint location and enjoyed several beers on tap in restaurants/bars around the state and available cans/bottles at package stores.
But just over the past six months, we’ve seen a change in Relic’s approach, and we’re not mad about it either. It seems as if Relic has put all of their creative energy into brewing IPAs and Double IPAs. This may seem a bit shallow, but perhaps it’s just plain smart.
It’s no secret what drives the market for craft beer right now. But at the same time, the consumer always wants options. To put a stacked taplist of IPAs on tap may seem delightful for hopheads, but don’t worry, Relic continues to brew their staples to cater to everyone else.
Out of all the recent experimental hoppy ales, I’d say Blind Knife Fight is the best one. I’ve sampled The Mage, sucked down a Correspondent, enjoyed Centrifuge and The Golden Rose, was impressed by Funeral Song, and just recently got my hands on Birth of Liquid Desire. Most of these beers are solid, but Blind Knife Fight came out the most balanced.
BLIND KNIFE FIGHT
There’s a difference between making an IPA and simply just throwing in as many hops as you can. Some of their previous offerings were a bit redundant, but BKF is stellar. Huge tropical citrus notes accompanied by a backbone of malt, this 8% offering is one that I would have again and again.
Whatever Relic is doing, it’s obviously working. Their name is being tossed around consistently when it comes to some of the best hoppy beers in CT. Relic has also expanded their liquor license and now has a taproom with seating available and on-site pours. With that in mind and a slew of delicious IPAs, we hope to see you in Plainville very soon.