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Tapped In CT: Keep things light and refreshing this week with 6 easy-drinking craft beers

As summer rolls on and keeps us sweatin’ with 90+ temperatures, let’s keep this week’s beers on the lower end.

The heartiest beer you’ll find on this list clocks in a touch over 6%: a out-of-season Märzen to treat yourself until Oktoberfest. You’ve also got a blonde ale with a New England twist, a crisp, classic pilsner, a easy-drinking Kölsch, a traditional APA, and a raspberry sour for the fruit lover in you. Hope you like raspberries!


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Alvarium Beer Company: B-side, 4.9% Blonde Ale

365 John Downey Dr Suite B, New Britain

Looking for something new? How about a blonde ale with a New England twist? Alvarium’s got a unique brew for you to try with their B-side: an easy drinking blonde ale with some tropical fruit notes.

“Utilizes Idaho 7, Azacca and Simcoe for a delicate and multilayered drinking experience. Soft tropical fruit, mango, citrus and pine.”

Berlinetta Brewing Co.: Velvet Pilsner, 5.5%

90 Golden Hill St, Bridgeport

Hard to beat a pilsner in the summer heat. Berlinetta Brewing’s flagship beer is a fantastic choice if you’re in search for something crisp and refreshing!

“Our flagship beer; a classic Czech pale lager brewed with all imported ingredients. Find it everywhere in the yellow can with the wolf.”

Broad Brook Brewing Co.: Chit’s & Giggles, 5.4% American Pale Ale

915 South St, Suffield

Still looking to get your IPA fix without committing to a 8%-er? Dial it back to a pale ale and give Broad Brook Brewing’s rendition a try, with familiar hops and a simple yet delicious taste.

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“American Pale brewed with Amarillo, Centennial and Mandarina Bavaria hops.”

Hog River Brewing Co.: Golden Messenger, 4.5% Kölsch-Style Ale

1429 Park St, Hartford

Keeping with our theme of lighter, refreshing beers, the folks over at Hog River have their brewer’s favorite style on tap to enjoy. Stop on by while you’re in Hartford and grab a pint!

“Our Brewer’s favorite style, this classic, cold-fermented German ale is brewed with Cologne malt imported from Germany. Lightly hopped with Hallertau Mittlefruh hops and conditioned for 3 weeks. A clean, crisp and refreshing lighter-style craft beer.”


Norbrook Farm Brewery: The Kaiser’s Oktoberfest, 6.2% Märzen

204 Stillman Hill Rd, Colebrook

Who says you can’t have a Märzen this early? Norbrook Farm’s got a delicious rendition of the popular Oktoberfest brew to cool off in the hot, summer weather.

“We brewed this beer to honor Heinz Gundlach, known as “The Kaiser”. Heinz led with a firm but fair hand in the woods, at the sawmill and at home. This traditional copper-hued lager is our way of paying homage to him in our local heroes series.”

Urban Lodge Brewing Co.: Stop ‘n Go w/ Raspberry, 4.5% Fruited Sour

47 Purnell Pl, Manchester

Pair up something light and fruity with some Lucky Taco chow to-go at Urban Lodge this weekend! Their Stop ‘n Go w/ Raspberry sour clocks in at a modest 4.5%, making for a pleasant pairing with their outdoor patio.

This fruited brew is our second creation in the Stop ‘n Go fruited sour series. Our goal was to create a refreshing sour with a finely tuned balance of sweet and tart. Add raspberries and you get an obscenely crisp, crowd pleasing beer with beautiful crimson shades. This beer is bound to awaken blissful sentiments of summers past.”