Overshores Brewing Co.
250 Bradley St
East Haven, CT 06512
Hours: Sunday: 1-5PM Monday: Closed Tuesday: Closed Wednesday: Closed Thursday: 4-9PM Friday: 4-9PM Saturday: 1-5PM
A brewery in your backyard.
After thinking I had exhausted all of our local breweries, it was brought to my attention that we skipped one in our own backyard: Overshores Brewing Company in East Haven. Located on a backroad of a backroad, you’d probably never stumble upon this venue accidentally. A decent sized lot allows for plenty of parking. Walk up the stairs or ramp and into a medium sized taproom. A few tables are strewn about, as well as ample seating at the bar. A large chalk menu hangs behind the bar, while paper beer lists sit on the tables and bars. To your right is the entrance to the brewery.
Google told us that 8:00PM (an hour before close) on a Friday night was “not too busy.” Apparently, Google isn’t in the hardcore scene. As it turns out, there was a concert in the brewery section of the building. This meant we were sort of stuck standing at a table while leather jackets and torn hoodies bumped into and rubbed against us as if we weren’t there. Looking at the menu, we were incredibly confused. I mean it–two of us stood there staring at this piece of paper that had words on it. Words with no meaning to us. In case it isn’t clear, I go to a lot of breweries, but I can honestly say I was completely stymied. Eventually, we figured, “Screw it.” Flights of four are $10 each and there were eight options on tap. We pushed our way to the bar, through the sea of septum rings and bleached fauxhawks, where we were helped immediately by one of the three or four, or maybe it was two (I’m still confused) bartenders.
Of the eight beers I had in tasters and the two I sampled, (I know you’re thinking that the math doesn’t make sense; keep reading, I’ll explain) only one was awful. I don’t say that lightly; it was by far the worst beer I’ve ever tasted. It was what I imagine drinking skunk spray would be like. I wouldn’t normally tear apart a single brew with such passion, except that the same brewery offered the best Sour Beer I’ve ever had. I would go as far as to say I would order a pint of it, and those of you who read the site know that I am not a big fan of sours.
I know you’re all confused now. How did you sample ten beers, with eight on tap? How do you not know how many bartenders were there? Are you saying there was more than one brewery in the tasting? Welcome to how I felt last night, only now surround yourself with hand tattoos, eye shadow, and angst. Eventually we made our way to the bar and pulled up a seat. Again, the staff helped us immediately. This time I asked him about all of these words that held no meaning to us. I asked, “Why are there eight options and only one that says Overshores?” He explained that the brewery itself was Overshores; however, multiple breweries brew out of the same building. “Hoax,” his personal brewery, held three taps, while “Armada Brewing,” the other bartender’s brewery, held four. So as I was sitting there finishing my second flight of tasters, one of the Armada brews kicked and they replaced it with, get this, ANOTHER BREWERY. This brewery was “Sine Cera” and this guy was now also behind the bar! I asked him about it and he said, “You’ve never heard of it. It’s my brewery and this is my first brew; Lemon Meringue IPA.” We decided we’d call it Lemon Meringue PiePA but he didn’t seem to want to change the name of his first because a couple of schmucks thought it was more clever. Go figure. Finally, one of the Hoax brews kicked and that was replaced by, you guessed it… yet…another…brewery–New Haven Nighthawks and their brew “Nite Lite.” Now I hope you all understand how I felt, hell, how I feel even trying to explain it. Oh, and they listed three or four other breweries that were brewing beer at their facility and just weren’t on tap.
The brewery offered a cheese and cracker platter for $5 and a bag of chips for $2. I saw some board games and an arcade game in the corner opposite the brewery. A sign on the door read, “Tour Times: Thurs/Friday – 5:30 & 7:30 and Saturday/Sunday – 2:30 & 4:30.” Oh, and they had a bottle list filled with mostly foreign beers that I didn’t even get to venture into.
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I don’t know how to answer the question, “Is this brewery worth checking out?” I guess I’d have to answer a question with a question and say, “Which one?” In all seriousness though, the facility is definitely worth checking out. I was only able to try one of Overshores’ own brew but the building is absolutely worth it. The beer list was a revolving door of options while I was sitting there! I can’t even imagine what it is going to be like in a week but you can bet your ass I’m going to find out. Seating, tours, games, and tons of beer. I’m not really sure what else you could ask for in a brewery.
Tours: Yes; Thurs/Fri (5:30 & 7:30) and Sat/Sun (2:30 & 4:30)
Activities: Board Games, Arcade Game, Trying to figure out what the hell is going on here, Concerts.
Merch: Yeah, they have a little shop in front.