What We Do Week #4: Our Water

One of the great benefits of brewing in New Haven is our water.  All of the water used at the brewery comes from Lake Gaillard, a private reservoir with soft water characteristics that are perfect for lager brewing.  The 13 billion-gallon man-made reservoir was built in the 1920s and receives its water from natural watercourses in Guilford, Madison, and Killingworth.  The reservoir is… Read More

What We Do Week #3: Our Hops

In contrast to most breweries who procure hops through a broker, the majority of hops used in the brewery are procured directly from family farms in Germany.  Several of our German hop varieties are sourced from Seitz farm in Hallertau, a fourth-generation family-farm run by farm engineer Florian Seitz.  At 65 square miles, Hallertau remains the largest contiguous hop growing area in the world, producing roughly… Read More

What We Do Week #2: Our Barley

East Rock is honored to be one of the only breweries in the U.S. working with Stone Path Malt of Wareham, MA, an importer of malt from IREKS GmbH of Kulmbach, Germany.  Situated in the Upper Franconia area of Bavaria, IREKS GmbH has been crafting barley into malt since 1856 for some of Germany’s most cherished breweries.  While working with another brewery in the… Read More

What We Do Week 1: What Exactly is German Beer Anyway?

Great question!  Like many brewing cultures, Germany is home to many different styles of beer, brewing traditions and social customs which together characterize what we know as German beer.  The most popular styles of beer encompass a variety of lagers and wheat beers, but the country is also known for producing several regional styles of beer including Kolsch, Altbier, Gose, Berliner Weisse and Rauchbier, among others.  However, what defines German beer more than… Read More