Anderson Sant’anna Delima, Head Brewer at Hell or High Water Brew Pub In South Norwalk, [2012 Interview With New York Times]

By Mitchell Young

East Haven: Overshores Brewing is celebrating its 3rd anniversary on Saturday with a free event at its 250 Bradley Street location [12-4 pm]. Overshores is part of a growing craft beer and brew pub industry in Connecticut, that keeps on fermenting.

Connecticut’s brew masters have a one hundred-billion-dollar beer market to target and their passion is making it even lager [sic].

“We love Belgian beer. We love strong beers. We like funky beers. Malty, smooth, rich, crisp, the beers we love take many forms, but they are all delicious and remind us that drinking beer is an act to savor, to contemplate, and to enjoy,” says Christian Amport, Overshores’ founder.

overshoresLike many of his brewing colleagues he is a Connecticut native, he describes himself as “a passionate devotee of Belgian beers and is committed to bringing that passion to the shoreline of Connecticut.”

If you miss the celebration in East Haven, don’t worry, there are sixty-five Craft beer breweries and brew pubs listed on the website.

The Brewers Association which also professes love of the cause, cites data and their mission as a “passionate voice for craft brewers.” The BA claims there were 2,420 craft breweries in the US in 2012 and more than double that 5,234 by the end of 2016.

The new Connecticut-non-profit advocacy group, based in Milford, the Campaign for Tomorrow’s Jobs, founded by Bill Phillips and Brett Broesder has cited the BA data to promote the industry as a local job engine. The BA says Connecticut’s Craft Beer industry produces $569 million in economic impact with 100,000 barrels of beer.

That strong taste for craft beer is showing up on Main Streets and even in residential neighborhoods as more brewing companies start up.

In New Haven city officials and nearby residents spoke overwhelmingly in favor for the location of the East Rock Brewing Company in what is a relatively quiet residential neighborhood, it was located less than a 1000 feet from the pre-K to 8th Grade, East Rock Community Magnet School. East Rock, which will brew and serve on premises is expected to open in the fall 2017.

West Hartford also showed its taste for locally brewed beer when it welcomed the New Park Brewing at its opening at the end of March at 485 New Park Avenue. The 2,500-square foot brewery and tap-room, will seat 80 inside and has an outdoor patio for 30 more beer lovers.

The Hell or High Water Brew Pub at 136 Washington Street, just opened its doors in South Norwalk and is already crafting 8 local beers under the direction of head brewer Anderson Sant’anna Delima. The New York Times interviewed the Brazilian native in 2012 about his love of craft beers and his experience honing his craft in Brazil. The interview is available on YouTube here.

After a four-year effort seeking the right location, Bloomfield, based Thomas Hooker Brewing Company is finally arriving in Hartford along with the May flowers and an opening of a “tasting room and pilot brewery” at the South Armory at Coltsville.hooker tasting room large

The Alvarium Beer Company has announced it will open later this Spring in New Britain

In early April, the Connecticut State House of Represenatives passed a bill unanimously that would help farmers open breweries. The bill is awaiting action in the Senate, and with Connecticut’s growing taste for Craft Beer, we might expect the taps to be poring soon.


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