Since I had my sneak peek at Two Roads Brewery a couple weeks ago, I have been waiting with happy anticipation for them to open their doors to the public and a chance to try more of their brews.
My opportunity came on Tuesday, Dec. 18, when they had a 'soft' opening in order to work out the kinks in the tap lines, so to speak. Other than minor technical difficulties and a few foamy pours, I think they're off to a great start.
Every stool at the bar in the tasting room was occupied with enthusiast beer lovers. Others roamed about taking in the view from the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the brewery.
On tap were Ol' Factory Pils, Honeyspot Road White IPA, Worker's Comp Saison, Road 2 Ruin Double IPA and Holiday Ale. With the exception of the Holiday Ale, all the beer currently on tap will be available in bottles and available where beer is sold.
I've tried all of the beers currently on tap but I'm looking forward to future brews that are already in various stages of the brewing process; a rye imperial stout and a double bock.
Two Roads Brewery is a great thing for Stratford. Besides drawing new business and increasing revenue for the town, they took a defunct factory and transformed it into a state-of-the-art brewery all the while retaining and incorporating much of the original woodwork and other aspects of the unique environment. Two Roads is creating a quality product that is made with care. In return, this draws positive attention to our historic small New England community.
Two Roads is now open Tuesday through Thursday, 3 to 7 p.m.; Friday, 3 to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
In the future, there will be snacks for sale in the tasting room, and tours will be available Friday, Saturday and Sunday.