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PLUSH and DREAMSICLE
NEIPA Milkshakes Reviews

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   Almost Famous Brewing Co. likes to invite me to review their beers a lot.  Seems like smart business to me.

   See how PLUSH and DREAMSICLE stack up in the Milkshake NEIPA world.

Roctober Fest

Bud is Brewing at
Almost Famous Brewing Co.

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I have to be real here.  Not only with you, the viewer but also with myself.  I didn't brew this beer.  I was there, I did what was asked of me by Jim Wilfinger the brewer, and by his son Aidan Wilfinger who is an upcoming brewer himself.  

I learned so much while I was there, and Jim is an excellent teacher.

Watch the video and see how we made their October Fest beer called

Roctober Fest!

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Bud is adding the hops!

Check out the brewery review from when the brewery first opened.

That's just below!

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Almost Famous Brewing Co.

May Soon Be Called “Most Famous.”

(These guys really have their  $#&@  together)

I have been to a lot of breweries lately; of course, that happens when you’re a beer blogger.  I like to talk to the brewery owners about other breweries besides their own.  It’s interesting how much support the CT breweries give to each other. For example, I often get asked about Almost Famous Brewing in East Granby.  They are the “New kids on the block,” so other brewery owners wonder if I have been there.  “I have been there twice now,” is my reply, and the next thing that I usually hear is, “I hear they really got their $#&@ together there.  Is that true?”  Well, my friends, it really is true.

     I met with Jim Wilfinger at the brewery on Saturday, April 9th, 2022.  Jim is the brew-master at Almost Famous and co-owner.  He is an amicable person who wants two things from a new person; first, he genuinely wants to get to know who you are.  Jim listens to people.  I mean, he really listens.  He doesn’t give you the “yup, uh-huh, ok” that many people do these days.  He takes in what you have to say and when he speaks in turn, you know he heard you.  While looking me dead in the eyes, Jim said to me,  “If there’s something that you don’t like about one of my beers, please tell me so I may be able to consider it when I am making new beers.”  He wants to hear what we have to say.

     The second thing he wants from anyone he meets is to know what he is all about.  Let me explain what I mean by that.  You can ask Jim anything, and he will answer you.  And he will respond quickly.  That is a sign that he doesn’t have to think about “How” to answer you; he just answers.  Ask him anything about the brewery or the beers, and he will respond to you in the same manner.  There is integrity in that.

     The staff is all about service.  These folks do not want their customers to wait in line for a beer. So they have two tap areas behind a massive bar that Jim claims is the second-longest bar in Connecticut.  Then he smiles and leans in close and says, “If you claim it’s the largest, then someone will check.  But no one checks to see if it’s the second largest.” So at eighty and one-half feet long, it just may be the longest bar in Connecticut, but not in the world. The world's longest permanent bar is the four hundred and five feet, ten inches long counter in the "Beer Barrel Saloon" at Put-In-Bay, South Bass Island, OH, which opened in 1989."  Just in case you were interested.

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Meet Jim Wilfinger

Meet Courtney

Tap Room Manager

     Jim showed me around the brewery and explained his brewing process. He was a “very open book” about everything. Everything is set up to make the operation run smoothly. Everything is immaculate. I understand that new equipment looks nice and shiny and appears nice and clean.  That’s not what I am talking about.  What I am saying is that the floor is clean. The walls are pristine. All of the equipment and under the equipment is clean. You have nothing to worry about with this brewery's cleanliness.

     I also got a tour of some rooms off the main seating area that featured artwork from two local artists, Denise Balcanoff and Alex Raniello.  Every piece that is hanging is available to purchase.  The rooms have plenty of seating, and there are also some sofas and lounge chairs to sit back and completely relax in.

     Behind the massive bar that I mentioned earlier, are beer taps that have custom-made guitars on them, each representing a famous artist such as Eddie Van Halen and Billy Gibbons, to name only a couple.  The brewery’s décor is dedicated to all artists and their desire to become famous.  Music is an art, painting is an art, and beer making is an art.  It all ties together, according to Jim.  Almost Famous Brewing has all the brewery amenities you could ever want, and the beers are delicious.  

Bud's Overall Rating

Atmosphere:  Energetic Rock & Roll

Staff:  Friendly and knowledgable

Seating:  Plenty is an understatement

Beer:  Every beer needs to be tasted!

Location:  Easy to find and a nice area.

Rating:  Almost Famous Brewing Co. gets 4.5 mugs.  They got their $#&@ together!

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Almost Famous Brewing Co.

17 Kripes Rd

East Granby, CT 

Hours Of Operation
Monday- Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 3-9 p.m.

Thursday: 3-9 p.m.
Friday: 3-11 p.m.
Saturday:  12-11 p.m.
Sunday: 12-7 p.m.

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