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.

 

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.

 

NAME DESCRIPTION STYLE AVAILABILITY SEASONALITY ABV IBU SRM
Easy Ale Session IPA Big Hop profile but very sessionable at 4.9% Citrus nose and well balanced IPA Limited Release – Taproom only 4.9 45 7
Kings ESB If 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! ESB Limited Release – Taproom only 5.25 30 15
Dirty Road IPA Malt forward, yet plenty of hops. Dry hopped with Zythos hop IPA Limited Release – Taproom only 6.1 40
Brewury IPA Full tasting and aromic celeberating Historic Brewbury AKA Danbury.
Big hop profile, but well balanced and dry hopped with both Citra and Galaxy hops
IPA Limited Release – Taproom only 5.9 70 5
Lights Out Summer Ale An 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 Ale Summer Seasonal – 16oz-4pk 4.8 12.7 5
Easy Riding Kolcsh Easy drinker with great flavor. Single hop with Hallertau straight from Germany. A summer favorite Kolsch Summer Seasonal – 16oz-4pkSummer 4.8 25 3
Gentle Rider Helles Low ABV but big in flavor. Excellent summer choice. Ale Late Summer/ Fall Seasonal – 16oz-4pkSummer 3.9 5 3.5
Fall Ride Vienna Lager Clean and flavorful lager. We ferment this cold with our house lager yeast and then condition for over a month to round out all the delicious flavors in the grain. A perfect Fall beer. Lager Limted Release- 16oz-4pkSummer 5.2 27 8

 

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.

NAME DESCRIPTION STYLE AVAILABILITY SEASONALITY ABV IBU SRM
Midnight Ride Porter Full roast/toast flavor, but light on the pallet. All UK Fresh hops – Goldings / Northern Brewer Porter Seasonal – Fall / Winter – Taproom only 5 18 37
Mosaic IPA Great 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. IPA Limited Release – Taproom only 5 70 7
Windy Night Galaxy PALE ALE Big hop profile with a passion melon back end Ale Limited Release – Taproom only 5.1 45 6.5
Quick Dash Cascade/Equinox IPA Complex flavor but well balance and delicious. melon, berry, orange peel aroma IPA Limited Release – Taproom only 5 47 6.5
Wrong Way West Coast IPA West Coast and fully hopped with copious quantities of Pacific Northwest Hops for big aroma and flavor, yet well balanced.. IPA Limited Release – Taproom only 5.1 90 7
Courageous Strong Ale Chinook It 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 Ale Limited Release – 16oz 4pk 5.1 70 15
Brown Ale Citra We’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. IPA Limited Release – 16oz -4pk 6.2 45 25
Marzen Oktoberfest Big German style and popular in the Fall. We’ve brewed this one speicial for our taproom celebration, OAKtoBEERfest Marzen (Malty, flavorful, Oktoberfest delight) Marzen Seasonal – 16oz-4pk 5.25 28 7
Marzen Citra We ‘Americanized’ this one…Added a robust citra hop charge to tour dry hopping schedule for a well balanced, yet complex lager. Marzen Seasonal – 16oz-4pk 5.25 28 7
Cascadian Black IPA Big malt flavor with huge citrus aroma – single hop with Citra hop IPA Seasonal – Fall / Winter – Taproom only 5.75 83 38

 

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.

NAME DESCRIPTION STYLE AVAILABILITY SEASONALITY ABV IBU SRM
Lights Out Stout A robust, yet well-balanced Stout, cellar aged for a year with hints of chocolate, coffee, toffee, and caramel and a solid roasted barley back bone. Imperial Stout Seasonal – 16oz-4pk 9.1 50 50
Lights Out Stout BBL Aged Our Lights Out Stout that we carefully transferred and aged in bourbon barrel for several months in freshly emptied Bourbon Barrels Imperial Stout Limited Release – Taproom only 11.2 50 50