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Featured Beers

Charter Oak Brewing offers four year-round flagship beers with a focus on well-balanced, full flavor, and copious amounts of hops, yet highly drinkable! We also offer seasonal and limited release beers which enjoy a more complex, robust body, and higher alcohol content. All our styles are handcrafted with all natural ingredients for the freshest, most delicious beers available.

 

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Flagship Beers

 

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1687 Brown Ale

Full flavored American style ale with distinctive roasted taste.

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Charter Oak’s 1687 Brown Ale

Charter Oak’s 1687 Brown Ale (this was the year the legend of the Charter Oak took place, and Wadsworth hid the document in the majestic Oak Tree – later to become know as The Charter Oak) is an American style which is slightly more robust than the traditional English Brown Ale. This beer is brewed to a dark copper shade and is somewhat sweet and malty with distinctive toasted flavors from both our premium specialty roasted and chocolate malted barley, also allowing for a faint undertone of caramel. This style is lightly hopped for balance and this ale will prove to be a wonderful selection for a sessionable beer. Our medium-bodied, limited bitterness and hop aroma make this an excellent choice. Look for our 1687 Brown Ale at your favorite watering hole today. Beer Stats: 6.2% ABV; 30IBU; 25SRM 
Best if served at 48 – 54F (9 – 12C) Tasting Notes: This American Style Brown Ale and its distinctive brown label was first introduced by the brewery in June of 2012.  The American style is somewhat unique because so many of the brown bodied beers are considered an English style, which tend to be sweeter.  The 1687 Brown Ale pours a rich dense brown shade with a faint citrus aroma.  Our brewery uses both malted and roasted barley in this beer for a total of seven types of barley which allow for a wonderfully complex taste, yet well balanced.  Of particular surprise is just how clean this beer finishes, leaving no residual on the tongue.  Interestingly enough, the 1687 Brown Ale also enjoys a very light mouth feel and at 6.2% ABV it enjoys a year round spot at the bar.  This beer is very sessionable and will have you saying “I’ll have another”!  Our 1687 Brown Ale pairs great on a cool summer evening or a bitter cold winter night.

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India Pale Ale

A balanced American style ale with full flavor and big hop aroma.

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Charter Oak’s Wadsworth India Pale Ale

Charter Oak’s Wadsworth India Pale Ale beer (named after Captain Joseph Wadsworth, for it was he who actually rode off to hide the Charter in the Charter Oak Tree)  is our American style IPA with plenty of hop aroma (dry hop twice) and a mild bitterness, yet crisp, refreshing and not over the top! Our Charter Oak IPA style will please your palate with more than your typical ‘every day India Pale Ale’ and you’ll be sure to taste our grapefruit citrus overtone backed with notes of pine and floral aroma and taste. Our beer is a medium bodied beer with a rich amber shade. Plenty of choice, high Alpha hops that we hand select, yet well balanced, with no bite, and not too intense for the best and freshest locally brewed IPA from our specialty malted barley. Beer Stats: 6.5%ABV; 65 IBU; 12SRM
 Best if served at 48 – 54F (9 – 12C) Tasting Notes: Our Wadsworth India Pale Ale , and its bold red branding, is a well balanced brew at 6.5% ABV; plenty of select malted barley, and an aggressive dose of premium hops,  we think you will enjoy the taste and aroma of this style.  Charter Oak’s IPA pours with a full head of foam and a rich amber shade. As you bring your glass up to your mouth, one can not help but enjoy the aroma of the citrus, floral, and piney from our fresh, finishing hops.  Indeed, a familiar nose for most American west coast India Pale styles.   Once the liquid reaches your tongue, our hops are loud and clear and as this IPA reaches the back of your palate, the hops only become more flavorful and intense.  Having said this, our IPA is not too bitter and one could argue, with all the hoppiness of this this well balanced style, it is a beer that can be savored all night long.

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Royal Charter Pale Ale

Superbly drinkable West Coast ale with moderate hop finish.

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Charter Oak’s Royal Charter Pale Ale

Charter Oak’s Royal Charter Pale Ale beer (named after the Connecticut charter hidden in the Charter Oak Tree) is the little brother to our IPA, but still brewed with plenty of flavor and hops. This top fermented ale is solidly a west coast Pale Ale style; not too sweet and not too bitter, but complex enough to not disappoint you. From your first sip and scent of a citrus and floral aroma, a solid backbone of the Cascade and Centennial hops can be detected. We hope you will enjoy this well-balanced, medium-bodied, and deep golden appearance in our Pale Ale. We can assure you it is not intensely hopped up resulting in only a subtle bitterness and dry finish. This is a beer you can drink all night long! Beer Stats: 5.5% ABV; 45IBU; 13SRM
   Best if served at 46 – 50F (8 – 10C) Tasting Notes: The Royal Charter Pale Ale, with its elegant green label, was introduced in October of 2012 as our second of four core Charter Oak Brewery beers.  This west coast styled beer pours a distinctive amber shade and enjoys a nice head of foam.   The Royal Charter Pale Ale beer enjoys a citrus nose and is designed to be a sessionable beer. The beer starts off a well-balanced ale with plenty of malt backbone and the hops become ‘alive’ on the back end.  Unlike the typical west coast styles, the intensity of this full flavored hop does not become any more robust with each sip or pint, but rather remains stable.  At 5.5% ABV and a full taste this Ale could soon become your favorite.

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Stubborn Yankee Citra Lager

Rich & complex lager, dry-hopped with copious amounts of Citra hops.

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Charter Oak’s Stubborn Yankee Citra Lager

Our newest core !  Charter Oak’ s Stubborn Yankee Lager is a unique style.  This beer has a wonderful and complex aroma yielding both a malt and a big citrus nose. We dry hopped this Lager with  a generous dose of the popular Citra Hop. It pours a golden yellow shade with plenty of carbonation and at 6.3% ABV could be your next favorite beer!  It’s a beer you could drink all year round and enjoys a nice light month feel with a clean finish.  Grab a six pack today!
Beer Stats: 6.3% ABV; 32 IBU; 7.8 SRM
 Best if served at 43 – 50F

 

Legendary Series

Our Legendary Series includes exclusive beers that are well balanced and full flavored from the highest quality malted barley and bountiful quantities of exceptional hops.

NAMEDESCRIPTIONSTYLEAVAILABILITY SEASONALITYABVIBUSRM
Danbury PilsnerThis is a special lager brewed for the town our brewery operates in. Full flavor, yet clean finish and appearance.  All natural ingredients and delicious!LagerLimited Release - Taproom only5.1%226
Sanford Tavern Extra Special BitterThere's nothing about this English style, malt forward beer that is biiter!.  Big malt flavor from our big grain bill and just enough hops from East Kent to make this a well balanced AleESB Limited  and only seasonally available in Taproom  also 16oz-4pk in select stores and bars.  Look for it in  Fall and Winter5.75%4015
Over Yonder LagerGerman styled Lager with all German hops.  We cold fermented this batch for weeks to bring out all the natural flavors.  Refreshing and delightful beerLagerLimited Release - Taproom only4.7%224
Pale Mild Amber  AleUnique style that is big in Europe with its origin from England. It is light on the palate, very flavorful and malt forward. This is considered a ‘young’ ale and is mildly hopped just enough for balance. Very sessionable and amber in appearance with a low ABV.Pale MildLimited Release - Taproom only4%2911
Fallen Oak WheatLight in appearance and mouthfeel, big on flavor, somewhat cloudy yet clean, refreshing finish.WheatLimited and Summer seasonal4.9%404
Smoke Signals Rauchbier LagerElegant, malty German amber lager with a balanced, complementary beechwood smoke characterLagerLimited Release - Taproom and select bars6.1%2812
Easy Ale Session IPABig Hop profile but very sessionable at 4.9% Citrus nose and well balancedIPALimited Release - Taproom only4.9%457
Kings ESBIf flavor begins with the nose and aroma, our ESB will have plenty of flavor! This British styled session beer will enjoy a fairly strong hop scent, flavor, and of course bitterness, yet you will clearly experience a well balanced ale from our specialty malted barley. Our ESB will be full bodied, bitter style that pours a rich and deep golden shade with plenty of carbonation. This beer will be available in mid 2015. This ESB will be a wonderful, crisp, and deliciously refreshing session styled beer without the harshness of an unbalanced hoppy beer. We hope you will enjoy this beer!ESBLimited Release - Taproom only5.25%3015
Dirty Road IPAAs a Charter Series offering, this special release style was created at the brewery and enjoys a bit of a combo between our Brown Ale and the Wadsworth IPA with a malt forward flavor, yet plenty of hops on the nose. Dry hopped with copious quantities of the Zythos hop.IPALimited Release - Taproom only6.1%40
Brewbury IPAFull tasting and aromic celeberating Historic Brewbury AKA Danbury. Big hop profile, but well balanced and dry hopped with both Citra and Galaxy hopsIPALimited Release - Taproom only5.9%705
Lights On Summer AleAn easy drinking, very sessionable Summer Ale with a full Orange aroma and taste as one enjoys your first sip, yet finishes very clean and refreshing.Wheat AleSummer Seasonal - 16oz-4pk4.8%12.75
Easy Riding KolschAs a Legendary Series offering, this sessional beer is an easy drinker with a great flavor. It is warm fermented, then aged at a chilly 40F for several weeks to yield a slightly dry and softness on the palate. A faint fruitiness might exist, but low hop character and no bitterness. Single hop with Hallertau straight from Germany.KolschSummer Seasonal - 16oz-4pkSummer4.8%253
Gentle Rider HellesOfficial description from the brewery:  As a Legendary Series offering, this sessional beer enjoys a low ABV but big in flavor. Excellent summer choice but enjoyable all year long.  This beer has a malt character with defined, yet indistinctive hop aroma and flavor and absent of any bitterness. Light in shade, but big on taste! B Best if served at: 39 – 45FAleLate Summer/ Fall Seasonal - 16oz-4pkSummer3.9%53.5
Fall Ride Vienna LagerAs a Legendary Series offering, this Winter release proves to be a light, flavorful and malty selection.  This beer enjoys a medium body with a malt aroma and slightly sweet with a toasty or biscuit backend. Hop bitterness is distant, clean, and crisp.LagerLimted Release- 16oz-4pkSummer5.2%278

Charter Series

Our Charter Series includes innovative and distinctive beers that enjoy a full body, robust aroma, and ample ABV. Brews in this series include copious quantities of both hops and specialty malted barley.

NAMEDESCRIPTIONSTYLEAVAILABILITY SEASONALITYABVIBUSRM
Devious DIPAFor a double, it’s still balanced, not too boozy and big citrus nose)IPATaproom only8.1%805
India Pale LagerCold Fermented lager with plenty of hop aroma - Mango, citrus, tropical fruitIPLTaproom and select bars6.9%607
EZ IPAFun beer to brew and create. We took several varieties of malted Barley looking for a home in our grain room and brewed a delicious IPA. We also grabbed some of our unique hops, Zythos and Equanot for a late hop additional and big aroma for this well balance big IPA.
IPATaproom only release6.5%307
Rebellious Yankee – Citra NEIPAWe brewed this again, this time with the popular Citra hop. Medium bodied, Single hop,  limited release is a hazy New Englander and full of hops yet well integrated, silky and full mouthfeel. We specially treated our water to result in a soft, crisp, dry finish. Hazy in appearance, delicious and well balanced in taste! Big Citra hop charge for a citrus  aroma.NEIPALimited to Taproom only7.1%807
Hidden Constitution Honey  India Pale AleThis is our newest for the Charter Series, it’s a well balanced IPA with big hop nose and flavor from the first sip! Somewhat hazy in appearance and silky on the monuhfeel.IPALimited to Taproom Only6.5%7510
Candles Out NEIPAMedium bodied limited release has a big citrus aroma and flavor. It’s a big New England styled IPA that is hazy and hop monster, yet easy drink’r and actually very well balanced.NEIPALimited to taproom, restaurants and select stores7.5%976
SMaSH SeriesCurrent beer: Golden Promise Barley and Mosaic HopSMaSHUltra Limited – Taproom only
Rebellious Yankee – Galaxy 2XNEIPAMedium bodied, Single hop,  limited release is a hazy New Englander and full of hops yet well integrated, silky and full mouthfeel. We specially treated our water to result in a soft, crisp, dry finish. Hazy in appearance, delicious and well balanced in taste! Big Galaxy hop charge for a citrus and passionfruit aroma.NEIPATaproom and select Bars and Restaurants7.1%807
Midnight Run Brown with CitraWe’ve taken our popular Brown Ale and rebrewed this to include the citra hop for combine for a big ciitrusy aroma to the nose!AleTaproom and select bars6.2%4025
King Charles Wee HeavyThis big Scottish Ale (or Strong Scotch Ale) has a bunch of ABV and full caramel flavor that pours a rosy copper shade. It is moderately hopped with European hops and  is well balanced and easy drinking.Scottish AleLimited Release, available at Taproom only8.2%3820
Governor Treat 2XIPAThis brew is a  double IPA and hopped with generous quantities of Cascade and the popular Citra Hop for a delicious Tropical Fruit, citrus / grapefruit aroma and taste. Amazingly well balanced and not overly ‘boozy on the backside.2XIPALimited release at both taproom and select stores and restaurants7.1%859
Rebellious Patriot NEIPAAs a Charter Series offering, this ‘cloudy’ special release is chock full of hops and uniquely tart with a soft lemon/lime on the back end. Immense addition of Equinox Hops in our dry hop.NEIPALimited to Taproom only6.1%607.2
Hazy Rider NEIPAAs a Charter Series offering, this juicy special release is a delicious hazy New England India Pale Ale hop bomb, yet well balanced. Dry hopped with plenty of the Southern Hemisphere Galaxy Hop.NEIPALimited to Taproom7.8%918.6
Defiant Oatmeal IPAAs a Charter Series offering, this limited release has a well-balanced grain bill with big citrus aroma at the back end.  This one is a medium bodied style with intense hop aroma from our skillful use of pacific northwest hops.IPALimited to taproom only6.2%556.1
Rebellious Yankee – Galaxy  NEIPAAs a Charter Series offering, this medium bodied limited release is hazy and full of hops yet well integrated, silky and full mouthfeel. We specially treated our water to result in a soft, crisp, dry finish.  Hazy in appearance, delicious and well balanced in taste!  Big Galaxy hop charge for a citrus and passionfruit aroma.NEIPALimited to taproom only6.1%655.8
Midnight Ride PorterAs a Charter Series offering, this seasonal release was inspired by the English and improved by the American craft brewer, this release enjoys a slight roast/toast (not burnt) malt flavor, but light monthfeel on the palate. Absolutely no bitterness yet a full dose of fresh hops right from the UK – Goldings / Northern Brewer. A great choice for a cool Fall evening or cold winter night.PorterSeasonal – Fall / Winter – Taproom only5%1837
Mosaic IPAGreat tasting and approachable. Single hopped throughout the boil with Mosaic hops and the process continues with abundant amounts of the Mosaic hop during our dry hop additions.IPALimited Release – Taproom only5%707
Windy Night Galaxy Pale AleBig hop profile with a passion melon back endAleLimited Release – Taproom only5.1%456.5
Quick Dash Cascade/Equinox IPAComplex flavor but well balance and delicious. melon, berry, orange peel aromaIPALimited Release – Taproom only5%476.5
Wrong Way West Coast IPAWest Coast and fully hopped with copious quantities of Pacific Northwest Hops for big aroma and flavor, yet well balanced..IPALimited Release – Taproom only5.1%907
Courageous Strong Ale ChinookIt will pour a rich deep brown with two fingers of tan foam and a wonderful, yet subtle piney aroma. This style is complex, yet well balanced and very drinkable; brewed with generous quantities of hops, and yet plenty of specialty malted barley. A Full month feel with plenty of flavor left on the pallet through the last drop in the pint glass. This is also the beginning of our single hops releases. The Courageous Strong Ale is hopped with aggressive quantities of Chinook.Strong AleLimited Release – 16oz 4pk5.1%7015
Midnight Run Brown Ale CitraWe’ve taken our popular Brown Ale and rebrewed this to include the citra hop for combine for a big ciitrusy aroma to the nose! Hopped throughout the boil with Cascade, Centennial and Columbus hops and the process continues with abundant amounts of the Citra hop during our dry hop additions.IPALimited Release – 16oz -4pk6.2%4525
OAKtoBEER Marzen OktoberfestBig German style and popular in the Fall. We’ve brewed this one special for our taproom celebration, OAKtoBEERfest Marzen (Malty, flavorful, Oktoberfest delight)MarzenSeasonal – 16oz-4pk5.25%287
Stubborn Yankee Citra LagerWe ‘Americanized’ this one…Added a robust citra hop charge to tour dry hopping schedule for a well balanced, yet complex lager.A Charter Oak original MarzenSeasonal – 16oz-4pk 2018  Look for this to be a core in 20195.25%287
Cascadian Dark AleBig malt flavor with huge citrus aroma – single hop with Citra hop.  Sometimes referred to as Black IPAIPASeasonal – Fall / Winter – Taproom only5.75%8338
Goner IPATraditional IPA with bittered back end, citrus and herbs come throughIPALimited Release Taproom only6.1%306.2

Oak Series

Our Oak Series includes our proprietary ultra unique brews that are generally aged for several months or (even years!) to offer a diligent balanced beer and typically higher ABV.

NAMEDESCRIPTIONSTYLEAVAILABILITY SEASONALITYABVIBUSRM
Lights Out StoutAs an Oak Series offering, Charter Oak's ultra-limited release is a very well rounded and perfectly balanced, yet robust, Russian Imperial Stout. This winter release was brewed to an opaque, midnight black shade with an abundance of specialty malted and roasted barley and plenty of East Kent Golding and Northern Brewer hops. Lights Out Stout enjoys a complex taste profile of coffee, toffee and a mild chocolate backend and at 9.1% ABV it's a real sipper on a chilly New England winter evening. Look for the bourbon barrel release soon.Imperial StoutSeasonal - 16oz-4pk8.7%5050
Lights Out Stout BBL AgedOur Lights Out Stout that we carefully transferred and aged in bourbon barrel for several months in freshly emptied Bourbon BarrelsImperial StoutLimited Release - Taproom only8.7%5050
Brown Ale Bourbon Barrel agedOur popular 1687 Brown Ale has been aged in local bourbon barrels for many months to bring out a big flavor to compliment our roasty profile.Conditioned Brown AleLimited Release - Taproom only6.5%3025