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What’s Brewing This Winter At Connecticut’s Craft Breweries

Photo: Courtesy of Tyler Jones
Tyler Jones, Master Brewer at Black Hog Brewing in Oxford and New Haven, Conn.

Who needs a hot toddy when Connecticut breweries are making such great winter brews? Who is crafting your favorite beer in the state right now? Like many restaurants, local breweries have found ways to bring their beers to you safely. Let’s celebrate them. This week on Seasoned, we’re live with the master brewer from Black Hog Brewing in Oxford and New Haven, Tyler Jones. Tyler talks with us about the brewing process, IPAs, and more. “Lady Lager” brewer Alisa Bowens-Mercado, owner of Rhythm Brewing Co. in New Haven, shares a bit of her beer journey as well. She’s a pioneer in the state.

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Robyn Doyon-Aitken and Catie Talarski produced this show.

Alisa Bowens-Mercado, owner of Rhythm Brewing Co. in New Haven, Conn. Photo: Courtesy of Alisa Bowens-Mercado
Alisa Bowens-Mercado, owner of Rhythm Brewing Co. in New Haven, Conn. Photo: Courtesy of Alisa Bowens-Mercado


Tyler Jones – Master brewer, Black Hog Brewing, locations in Oxford and New Haven, Conn.
Alisa Bowens-Mercado – Owner and brewer, Rhythm Brewing Co. in New Haven, Conn.

Shout Outs & More

Visit Sacred Heart University’s website to learn more about the first brewing science program in Connecticut. And, learn more about the African American Brewer Scholarship.

Caller favorites: Forest City Brewing in Middletown, Problem Solved Brewing in East Windsor, Two Roads in Stratford

We reached out to Will Siss – the writer of the “Beer Snob” column for the Waterbury Republican-American, and the host of the podcast “It Starts With Beer” and asked about the local beers he’s excited about right now. His picks are. . .

In the west, Clocktown Brewing in Thomaston makes a rich porter called Quittin’ Time that he loves.

In the southwest, Lock City has a 10-percent ABV coffee stout that sounds appropriately warming, called Subliminal Verses.

To the north, out of Suffield, Broad Brook has a Doppelbock called Chewbockanator he wants to try.

And of course he’s a fan of, Rhythm Brewing Co‘s new BGM Vanilla Porter.

On Instagram, we asked for your favorite local breweries, and you offered shout outs to...

Hoax Brewing
Little House
Fat Orange Cat
Five Churches
New Park
Black Hog
NEBCO (New England Brewing Co)
Back East
No Worries
Thomas Hooker
Front Porch

Robyn is the senior producer of Seasoned, a show celebrating food and farms. She’s filled in as a producer for several of our local shows, most notably, Where We Live. In 2021, she was part of the team that received first place in the Interview category from the Public Media Journalists Association for the episode “Who Owns History? Connecticut Woman Sues Harvard For Family Photos.” She produced The Faith Middleton Food Schmooze® from November 2015 until the broadcast ended. Before that, she ate her way through the previous seven years of Fine Cooking magazine while its web producer. Robyn is food-obsessed, loves to bake, and constantly thinks about people in the food world, both nationally and locally, who have compelling stories to tell about food.
Chef Plum, co-host of Seasoned.
Marysol Castro, co-host of Seasoned.