Connecticut Beer: A History of Nutmeg State Brewing, Will Siss, Charleston, American Palate, 2015, 155 pages, $21.99, ISBN: 978-1-62619-793-0.
Please do not ever pick up this book! Certainly do not read it. If you must read it as I did, in no time you will be driving toward a brewery with Google maps dictating your every move. Connecticut Beer: A History of Nutmeg State Brewing by Will Siss, self-anointed ‘Beer Snob’ and columnist for the Waterbury-Republican American, details the highlights and brief histories of twenty-seven Connecticut breweries. It will leave beer aficionados and hopeful aspiring beer snobs thirsty for a frosty pint or a fifty degree one if it happens to be filled with stout ale. A few fairly local breweries covered include Black Pond Brewing Company in Danielson, Willimantic Brewing Company in, well, Willimantic, and Powder Hollow Brewery in Hazardville. The real treasure of Siss’ sudsy reference masterpiece is his exposé of breweries unbeknownst to enjoyers of hop juice. There’s also an appendix of craft beer bars included in the book, pointing the reader to tucked away venues such as J. Timothy’s Taverne in Plainville, and Eli Cannon’s Tap Room in Middletown. So, that’s it. Short and snappy. Why not explore Will Siss’ “liquid bread” guide for yourself? There’s beer a ’brewing and no time to spare! Connecticut Beer is available at Pomfret Library in the “New Non-Fiction” section.
Book Review by Nicholas Beams