Another week, another intriguing Connecticut can release! This time, we’re keeping our Drink Local philosophy going by highlighting a relatively new brewery, Nod Hill Brewery, and their first can release! On Tuesday, December 19, at 4PM, head on down to the Ridgefield beer makers for cans of Geobunny and Super Mantis!
First, a little bit about Nod Hill. It’s named after the hill that rises behind the building. The father-son team of Robert and Dave Kaye opened the 10-barrel brewery just before Halloween this year. Although the pair were avid home brewers before Nod Hill, they hired head brewer Kyle Acenowr to help them with the increased volume and precision it takes to go from making beer in your kitchen to making beer for the masses. Acenowr had previously worked for The North Brewery in Endicott, NY.
We are passionate about brewing high-quality beer that encourages a spirit of thoughtful enjoyment. We serve our offerings in a comfortable taproom with an airy, rustic vibe true to our New England roots. Like the campfire depicted in our logo, Nod Hill Brewery is a welcoming gathering place for friends to meet, relax, and enjoy fresh beer. — From Nod Hill’s About Us Page
Those words say it best. Good beers, and good times. That’s what Nod Hill is all about. They brew a nice variety of beers that include IPAs a Belgian Dark Ale, a Trappist-Inspired single and dubbel, and a nice-sounding porter. I haven’t been to their taproom yet, but it’s definitely on my list.
Now, let’s talk about the releases! As I mentioned, there will be two separate cans for sale at the brewery on Tuesday. The first is named Geobunny. According to the official description on Untappd, it’s Nod Hill’s take on the “unique style of highly aromatic and fruity IPAs that has recently developed in New England.” The Geobunny is brewed with Pale malt and flaked oats, dry-hopped with Citra and Eureka hops and fermented with Nod Hill’s own house ale yeast strain. It rolls in at 6.5% ABV.
The second can is the Super Mantis. It’s a double IPA brewed with Pale and Munich malts and flaked oats, hopped with Citra and Galaxy hops and also fermented with Nod Hill’s house ale yeast. At 8.7% ABV, it definitely packs more of a punch than the Geobunny, but that’s what you’d expect from a DIPA. In case you’re wondering, the beautiful labels on both cans are designed by Atlanta-based artist Brian Steely, who also designed Nod Hill’s logo. Check him out on Instagram for more of his art.
I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Nod Hill yet, and I won’t be able to attend this release, but I hope you guys get to, because these beers sound pretty good! Maybe, if there are cans left, I’ll take a trip up there later in the week.
For those of you who can’t take the chance, make sure you show up this Tuesday, December 19 at 4:00PM to get your cans.
Save one for the Window Sill!
Check out Nod Hill’s Instagram post about the release:
All images courtesy of: Nod Hill Brewery