After seeing an Instagram post announcing a peanut butter chocolate porter, we made the trip to Shebeen Brewing Company in Wolcott, Conn. Best known for their Cannoli and Cucumber Wasabi beers, Shebeen has been around since 2013 and is very easy to find. The brewery shares its space with Sullivan Brothers Kitchen & Bath, but all you need to do is follow the walkway to find their taproom. The giant Shebeen sign helps too.
When you walk into Shebeen, friendly staff and a colorful, warm taproom greet you. It is very reminiscent of your favorite hometown pub. Shebeen’s space is divided in two main rooms. The first is the smaller, colorful taproom with a few tables and a large TV for all your sports viewing needs. The second is a large, open room with several picnic tables, lots of games, and merchandise. When the weather is nice, you can even park it on the grass in front of the brewery. Shebeen is definitely a place where you can hang out for a few hours.
On the Saturday we visited, Shebeen had thirteen beers on draft. We were able to show some restraint and ordered two flights for a total of twelve different beers. We started our first flight with the Turbo IPA (7% ABV). This was a good, everyday IPA with a slight bitterness and a dry finish. It was a nice palate cleanser for the Black Hop IPA (6.8% ABV). The Black Hop had a malty taste with slightly smokey notes. It had a creamy, bitter finish. Then we tried Shebeen’s Irish Pale Ale (4.8% ABV), which we thought was a drinkable, everyday beer. It was somewhat similar to the Fore! Session IPA (4.4% ABV). The Fore! was a solid session – drinkable and smooth with a slightly dry finish. Next we tried Finnegan’s Ladder FES (6.8% ABV). This Foreign Extra Stout was smooth with a great smokey, slightly charred taste. It also had some nice chocolate notes. The next beer in our flight was Shebeen’s Oktoberfest (5.4% ABV). This was a smooth, solid lager that was slightly sweet. A great follow up to the FES.
We kicked off our second flight with the CT United FC Pilsner (5.1% ABV). This Euro pale lager was light with a slight bitterness. It is also the signature beer of the Connecticut United FC American Soccer League. Then we moved onto one of Shebeen’s best known beers, Cannoli (5.2% ABV). This beer, typically served with a confectioners sugar rim and a dusting of cocoa powder, was sweet with warming spices. It is a great dessert beer and a definite must try! Next we tried the Toasted Coconut (7% ABV). This was smooth with a nice toasty flavor with a smooth, sweet finish – though not as sweet as Cannoli. We followed up with the Sour Thing #3, which was pucker-ably sour with a sour aftertaste. Basically, all you need to know about the beer is in the name – SOUR. Then we tried Shebeen’s Trick ‘O’ Treat (5.6% ABV), a chocolate peanut butter stout. It had distinct peanut butter and chocolate notes with a sweet, smokey taste. It was smooth, creamy, and paired nicely with a peanut butter cup. Finally, we finished our flights with an Imperial Milk Porter (11% ABV) by Greater Good. This porter had smokey notes, a dry finish, and tasted slightly boozy.
Just when you thought we were finished, some of our friends met us at Shebeen. It was the perfect excuse to order the Half ‘n Half – half Cannoli and half Trick ‘O’ Treat. So good, but obviously sweet – the perfect Halloween treat.
Shebeen’s flights of six beers of your choice are only $8 each. You can also buy individual 3-ounce pours in addition to pints and 32-ounce growler fills. Shebeen also serves wine and has snacks-like cheese!-for purchase. You can bring in food if you’re in the mood for something more substantial. You can also pick up cans from Shebeen, Pioneer, and Good News (these are just a few of the breweries that Shebeen shares their production space with). Of course, if you can’t make it to the brewery, you can find some of Shebeen’s beers – like cans of Cannoli – at local liquor stores.
She said, “Shebeen is really creative with their beers, and it’s great that they always have so many on tap at the brewery for you to try. My favorites (so far) are the Cannoli and the Cherry Cannoli beers!”
He said, “The Trick ‘O’ Treat was one of the best stouts I’ve tasted all year – definitely top-5.”
If you decide to make the trek to Shebeen, plan to spend a few hours there trying all their tasty beers. You’re sure to find one – or several – to add to your list of favorites!
1 Wolcott Road