Donation jar stolen from the brewery

As you may have seen on local news, an intruder broke into the brewery Sunday night and took off with a carboy full of donation dollars intended for the Village for Families and Children.  We’ve posted various angles of the security footage below. If you can help identify this individual please contact the Bloomfield Police Department at 860-242-5501.

If you’d like to help by making a small donation to help the Village make up for the lost donations that would be awesome.

update 10/4/2014 – Donations continue to pour in, over $4,500 so far and still growing! Great coverage by Hartford Courant, NBC CT, and Fox CT

update 10/1/2014 – Thanks to the generous listeners of the Chaz and AJ morning show who raised over $2,500 in donations in less than 30 min.

update 9/30/2014 – Thanks to the numerous individuals and groups who have reached out and contributed to the Village to help make up for the stolen donations!

A New Look for Our Watermelon Ale

Just in time for summer, we’re proud to introduce our Watermelon Ale . . . now in cans! This is a fan favorite beer and, we think, a perfect style to flagship our canning endeavors. Canned beer is easily portable, and doesn’t shatter if you drop it; making it perfect for backpacking, boating, and any other shenanigans you may get up to when the weather gets hot!

Can Publicity Shot

If you aren’t lucky enough to have tried out Watermelon Ale yet, this beer is a popular summertime ale that is crisp and refreshing, with a mild watermelon aroma, but a finish that is all beer.

Our canned Watermelon Ale should be hitting shelves as you’re reading this post. Enjoy!

Three Belgian-style Beers Available Now!

After the very warm reception our CT barrel-aged saison received last year, we are pleased to announce not just one, but three brand new limited edition beers (releasing this Friday)! Even more exciting, all three of these new beers will be Belgian inspired, sessionable, and each unique in its own right.  Let’s take a look at what’s brewing!

First up we have our Belgian IPA. Called “Tenacious,” the Amarillo hops in this classic Belgian style give it a smooth bitterness with hints of grapefruit and clove, and a subtle, sweet finish. Standing at around 7.5%, Tenacious is the biggest and hoppiest of our beer, but reflects the Belgian brewing tradition with sweet malts and fruit overtones.

The next beer we’ve brewed up is a Belgian table beer called “Soft Spoken.” The name comes from the rather unassuming Abv, which is only 3.8%. Though that Abv is low by American standards, it’s quite common for the style: which is meant to be shared among friends at lunch or dinner. This hazy golden brew has a slight hoppy note, and pulls with a lemony flavor that develops into peach and mango undertones. The beer finishes quietly with a burst of Belgian yeast and bready malts.

Our last special release sees us returning to our smash hit saison style, this time done up with a Belgian-inspired twist! Named “Demure,” this is a slightly smoked saison that stands between the other two beers at around 6% Abv. Pouring out hazy golden orange, this is a beer that you can smell the Belgian yeast on! At first sip this beer fills your palate with a smoky tone that swells, and finishes with refined Belgian yeasting, banana, and clove. Not very hoppy, this is a balanced beer that is designed with layers of flavor to enjoy sip after sip.

We are very excited for these new styles, especially after all the love we have already gotten for our existing limited releases. These Belgian beers are available only in draft right now, so get your growlers (and your thirst) ready as we’re confident this beer will be flying out of our brewery real quick! If you can’t make it down, don’t worry – we are in the process of developing a variety 12 pack called “The Belgian Trio” that should be hitting stores in a few months.

Grand Opening of the Hooker Test Kitchen at Mohegan Sun

Did you ever wish that there was a place where you could get local, fresh, and cutting edge, outside-the-box beers from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company on a daily basis? We did too, and with that we are very pleased to announce the grand opening of our Thomas Hooker Test kitchen! Located in the Mohegan Sun Casino, right in the Race Book, the festivities kick off at March 28th from 5 – 8 PM. After the grand opening the Test Kitchen will host our 3rd monthly open house on the final Friday of every month. In addition to this, the craft beer lounge we’ve created at the Test Kitchen will be open during normal Race Book times.

BrewingSystem-placedThe Test Kitchen will have five beers regularly rotating through the lines, including special offerings that will be available on-site only! Due to the limited nature of these test beers, we’ll change through batches quickly; this means you will be able to experience beer that defies conventional brewing wisdom and pushes the boundaries of the brewing norm every single time you come down. If you’re not feeling the special brews that we have on, we’ll always have our locally produced, fresh flagship beers present for consumption as well.

Our partnership with Mohegan Sun has been in the works for awhile now, and it’s been hard for us to keep it a secret –as we’re very excited to be offering our fans a chance to experience these new, wildly creative brews with us! Now, for the first time, you’ll have the chance to take a real part in our brewing process. Here’s how: as we cycle through the one-off beers, we’ll ask for your feedback. Based on your thoughts we may tweak the recipe and send the resulting beer back to the test kitchen, or the test beer may make its way into a full production line. Either way –as you drink Hooker beer at the Hooker Test Kitchen you’ll be helping us make brewing history by helping decide the fate of our beer!

moheganentranceThe Test Kitchen will make its Grand Opening March 28th at 5 PM and run until 8PM. During this special launch event you can get all the beer present for 50% off, as well as a few more surprises that we don’t want to ruin here. This is the next big step for us here at Thomas Hooker Brewing Company, and we hope that you’ll stop on down to help us celebrate!