Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.
Entering into the Eli Cannon’s Beer Fest the other week, I was immediately met by Rocco (Eli’s general manager) who insisted that I make my over to the Shebeen Brewing Company tent right away and try some of their cannoli beer. I did, the beer was crazy good, and thus was my introduction to the eccentric (and delicious) taste varieties of beer offered by CT nano brewery Shebeen Brewing Company.
I spoke to Richard M. Visco (or Rich, the CEO/founder of Shebeen) during the beerfest, and he was more than happy to talk a little bit about what makes the brand so special. First of all is the choice in beer styles. With a lineup of beer like Pineapple Wheat, Cannoli, and Rye Porter, it’s obvious to see that Shebeen isn't afraid to brew what they like. In fact Shebeen currently has around 12 different beers on tap right now at their brewery including the above styles as well as a Scotch Pumpkin Ale and a Double Rye Porter. With all this beer out there right now Rich is still trying to nail down a flagship, but is very excited about the love he has been receiving for his beer in the meantime.
Shebeen, which is a Gaelic term that refers to an illegal drinking establishment or “speakeasy,” is in Wolcott, and has been open for around 3 months now. They are open for tours and tastings (which you can find on their site). Rich himself has been brewing beer for 30 years, and loves to brew beer that is different: or that uses different flavors but still tastes balanced and delicious. As of now the brewery is open for growler fillings, tours, and tastings.
From a personal point, I find Shebeen's beer to be fascinating. To a beer purist Shebeen comes off as being gimmicky at first, but all it takes is one taste to see that Rich and Shebeen are dead serious about beer. Their cannoli, for instance, isn't a gimmick, or even just an "ok" beer: no their cannoli beer is well balanced, sweet, delicious, and a solid style unto itself. Stay tuned to my blog for a spotlight feature on Shebeen, coming soon! Then, follow me on on Blogger, Twitter, and Facebook for more beer rants and raves!